June 26, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: BEN

This bass-playing band member knows the best of both worlds! Not only is he a U.S. citizen, he also has citizenship in the U.K. Let me introduce: Ben Sailer.

June 26, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Why Social?

When a company takes on social media it’s about truly enabling them to become socially engaged beyond social media tools and tactics. Social is a mind shift in the way companies do business. Rather than pushing out messages, companies are creating, nurturing and building relationships, which should be the focus of a company’s interactions. Social’s more about communication than advertising. Companies need to understand relationships are built over time through loyalty, recommendations and sharing.

June 23, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: How is a social strategy different from a digital strategy on social?

A digital strategy on social networks uses social to broadcast promotional messages. This is nothing different from what companies have done using other mediums like print, email and online advertising. A true social strategy steers clear of pushing out marketing messages but provides value to their communities and concentrates on building relationships through a balance of messages. These relationships in social are built, nurtured and exchanged for the community doing various tasks like sharing content with their friends for free.

June 21, 2014 | Terry Luschen: The Transition in Salesforce from Portals to Communities

The move from Portals to Communities in Salesforce forces us to re-look at what functionality Sites and brings to us in relation to Communities.

June 20, 2014 | Dani Krolak: Summer Intern Spotlight

This Sundog Spotlight is dedicated to our summer interns: Braden, Alecia, Meredith and Katie. These four have studied at the U of M, MSUM and NDSU. The summer internship session started at the end of May and will continue through the middle of August.

June 16, 2014 | Susanna Oliver: Learn From Lulu: Don’t Spam Your Customers

“Two’s company, three’s a crowd” applies well to marketing emails. Lulu, a publishing company that I use, has gone awry with their email strategy and somehow I’ve been getting three emails at a time from them lately - all within fifteen minutes of each other.

June 15, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Salesforce Triggers - Updating Restricted Records

There are times where a simple update on one object can force a change to a field on another object, which the logged-in user may not have access to.  How do we deal with that scenario?

June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: The Two Sites that Every Android and iOS Developer Should Have Bookmarked

Are you into both Android and iOS Development?  Maybe just one or the other?  If so, I have a “Pro Tip”.  Sometimes it is hard to know what is already out there in forms of Libraries for certain things you do everyday in Android or iOS.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a centralized place for each platform to go to to find out what is available and what you should use in your own project?

June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Google and Apple Working on Adding Health and Fitness

Hot off the heals of the announcement of Apple’s Healthkit we have just received word that Google will also be joining the Health and Fitness trend with Google Fit.  A recent Forbes article shows that Goole is planning to unveil this program in a couple of weeks at this year’s Google I/O.

June 13, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Client-Side JSON to CSV Converter

Working in the world of the web, we are often given data from API’s in JSON format.  This is great for most programming situations because it is lightweight and easy to deal with.  There are times when we do get that data in JSON format but it needs to be in something more consumable by either other applications or by humans.  In those cases, you might need to convert said JSON to CSV.

June 12, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Speed Up Gradle in Android Studio

It was about a year ago when Google announced that they were working on Android Studio as the IDE to replace ADT.  Android Studio uses IntelliJ at its core and replaces the use of ANT for building projects to using Gradle.

June 06, 2014 | Susanna Oliver: Quick Tips for Responsive Email Development on Android devices

If Android doesn’t cooperate with your responsive design, there might be a technical reason for it since Android tends to be pickier than Apple when it comes to email display. Here are two possible reasons for Android display issues.