Category: Web Development

Lean MEAN Custom Apps from Horton Group

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 30, 2015

Horton Group, a Nashville based web marketing agency, has made the shift to the MEAN software stack to develop custom websites and mobile apps. A software stack is a set of specialized computer programming languages, tools and libraries that are put together to build applications. The MEAN software stack consists of MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.JS.

The world of web and app development is moving towards asynchronous solutions, says Christopher Schaub, Technical Lead at Horton Group, our clients want modern designs and functionality. MEAN helps us deliver that.

Traditional web navigation requires a user to move from page-to-page to gain information. However, modern websites such as Facebook are pulling information from various sources in the form of news feeds, notifications and chat boxes to create a more efficient and dynamic web experience. Hortons Custom Shop is building websites and apps with this asynchronous functionality to deliver cutting edge software solutions.

In addition to modern aesthetic and functionality, Horton Group is using MEAN to develop highly advanced apps in a fraction of the time it took with previous generation software tools. The MEAN software stack combined with Apache Cordova is compatible with both Apple and Android, allowing Horton Group to develop one mobile app supported by both operating systems.

Horton Group is a web marketing agency located in Nashville, TN. The agency provides an expansive selection of digital marketing solutions, from inbound marketing to website development. Horton Group has worked with clients in various industries, including nationally recognized brands. Visit to learn more or call (615) 292-8642.

Retrofit Taps Key Healthcare Executive to Accelerate Growth

Chicago, Ill. (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Retrofit, the company driving leading weight loss outcomes at the nations top employers, announces today that it has recruited former Johnson & Johnson executive Matthew L. Schoenthaler to lead its sales and account management team.

Schoenthaler joins the recent high-talent hires at the comprehensive national weight management solution, signaling steady growth for the company as it makes aggressive moves into the corporate weight loss space. CEO Mary Pigatti has recently added technology, healthcare and people leaders to assist with innovation and employee engagement for the fast-growing company, which was named one of the best companies to watch for 2015.

Retrofit is thrilled to add this key addition to our leadership team, said Pigatti. Matthew is well known for his high-energy, consultative and passionate commitment to health improvement. He is a proven industry leader who is respected by employee benefit consultants and decision makers at the nations largest companies.

Retrofits ability to attract some of the countrys best and brightest is testament to our culture and the sustainable outcomes that we deliver to our customers, said Pigatti.

Schoenthaler brings more than 15 years of healthcare industry experience, specifically in behavioral change and wellness, to his new role at Retrofit. He recently held the position of Vice President of Market Development for the Human Performance Institute of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., and VP of Sales for Wellness & Prevention, Inc. Prior to J&J, Matthew also served in sales leadership roles at Cigna and Health Net. He is actively involved in many trade groups and has proudly served on several industry boards including Integrated Benefits Institute and Institute for Health & Productivity Management.

Four out of ten of Fortunes Best Companies to Work For use Retrofit. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the national weight management company has been making national headlines as it aims to deliver the most personalized, effective and sustainable results. In fact, 90% of its clients lose weight and 68% keep it off 18 months later. Retrofit clients are two times more satisfied than those on other weight loss programs, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey.

Retrofit delivers a turnkey solution for weight loss, including proactive one-on-one coaching, interactive video classes and expert moderated communities that work with cutting-edge mobile apps and devices. Current corporate customers include Google,, DeVry Education Group, the American Hospital Association and more.

I am looking forward to contributing to the expansive growth at Retrofit and providing employers with a proven weight management solution that delivers sustainable outcomes and a positive ROI, said Schoenthaler. I am energized by the fact that Retrofit is transforming lives and workplaces with its personalized, holistic solution. I am excited to help Fortune 1000 employers combat the obesity epidemic and help employees get happier and healthier.

About Retrofit

Retrofit provides a science based, tech-enabled proven approach to weight loss, delivered with the human touch of multi-disciplinary certified wellness experts. Retrofit is the truly personalized, holistic weight management solution that transforms lives and workplaces. Retrofit expert nutritionists, exercise physiologists and behavior coaches help individuals and corporate employees address underlying behavioral issues, and close the gap between what they know and what they do, in order to help them lose weight and live a healthy life they love. Retrofit has raised $ 15.7 million in venture financing, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). Cambia Health Solutions also participated. Retrofit can be found on the Web at and by calling 855-4-RETROFIT. Follow the company on Facebook and Twitter at @retrofitme.

TerraGo Edge

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

TerraGo, a pioneer of geospatial collaboration and enterprise mobility software, announces the availability of the TerraGo Edge hosted solution. Now customers have the flexibility to determine the best deployment option for their organization. Whether they want to install the software on-premise or access a hosted solution, TerraGo Edge provides a cloud-based solution that lets mobile users share and synchronize GPS location notes in real-time from iOS and Android apps, or any web browser.

TerraGo Edge is designed with a modern mobile, cloud-based architecture that makes it a natural fit for organizations looking for a hosted solution, said Dave Korte, Managing Partner, Portal Systems. You really get the best of both worlds with the ease of a cost-effective, zero infrastructure, instant deployment out-of-the-box and the benefit of high-availability systems, world-class security and data protection for ongoing operations.

The TerraGo Edge hosted solution enables rapid deployment of TerraGo Edge without the need for any IT resources, networking or server expertise, said John Timar, Vice President, Global Business Development, TerraGo. This is ideal for both small organizations that lack an IT department and large corporations that want a 100% turnkey option.

The TerraGo hosted solution offers these benefits:

Speed of Deployment: Immediate service availability and instant app downloads.
Security: Advanced encryption, intrusion detection systems, and security audits.
High Availability Architecture: Maximum uptime is established with redundant power, hardware and network systems.
Data Protection and Back-Up: Automatic backups, and a secured physical location.
Automatic Software Upgrades: TerraGo will manage upgrading your server as new versions of Edge are released regularly.

Additional information on the TerraGo Edge Hosted Solution is available here.


About TerraGo

TerraGo develops software applications and mobile apps that make it easy for our customers to collect data, share information and work together anywhere, any time. From sharing feature-rich maps and imagery to deploying on-demand apps for a mobile workforce, TerraGo builds intuitive products that enable collaboration from any place on the planet.

Founded in 2005, TerraGo invented the industrys most widely adopted geospatial collaboration technology with its innovative GeoPDF products and is revolutionizing field data collection with its TerraGo Edge mobile platform.

TerraGos customers include the worlds leading defense and intelligence departments, government agencies, non-profits and commercial enterprises in every industry, with over 1,500 global customers based in over 70 countries and all 50 US states.

The NEA Foundation Names 2015 Global Learning Fellows; Educators to Receive Extensive Training, Field Study in Peru

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

The NEA Foundation has named 32 award-winning public school educators as the 2015 class of Global Learning Fellows. This years Global Learning Fellows are building their global competency skills with a field study in Peru, broadening their capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance.

The Global Learning Fellowship equips educators with the knowledge, skills and disposition to bring an international perspective to their students, associations and districts. Through robust professional development training, collaboration with outstanding educators across the globe, an international field study, and sharing newly-created global curricula, teaching and learning is transformed in their classrooms as they empower their students to become global citizens.

To thrive as global citizens, todays students need to be taught how to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action, said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. In order to be taught these new global skills, teachers must be supported with comprehensive professional learning focused on authentically integrating these skills into classroom instruction.

The Fellowship provides a structured and collaborative learning experience that supports educators as they acquire global competence skills. Over the course of one year, Fellows are supported by the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through the following:

1) Online coursework on effectively integrating global content into core instruction

2) An online resource guide and webinar, comprised of country-specific concepts

3) Introductory language learning

4) A two-day professional development workshop in Washington, DC with sessions led by leaders in global competency and country-specific knowledge; and

5) An international field study designed to focus on the themes of global competence, education (both practice and issues of international, national, and state policy) and economics.

The international field study in Peru, from June 20-30, 2015, includes visits to schools in and around Lima and Cusco to provide educators with structured opportunities to observe instruction and exchange ideas and best practices with Peruvian teachers and administrators. It also includes opportunities to investigate Perus economy, history and culture. To deepen understanding about the global economy, Fellows will meet with representatives from a multinational business. Finally, the field-study will include time for Fellows to intimately engage with local communities by participating in a service learning project.

In preparation, the Fellows will have access to a wide array of web tools in order to contextualize their experiences in Peru by examining the impact of its historical, economic, and cultural legacies on contemporary Peruvian society and its educational system.

The NEA Foundation has partnered with Berlitz to provide Fellows with basic Spanish language training, and VIF International Education, to provide online learning tools and resources to strengthen their understanding of global competencies.

By the end of the Fellowship, each educator will have created at least four lessons or unit plans integrating global competency skills. All lesson plans will be shared with educators around the world via, an open source platform, contributing to an increasing field of knowledge on this topic and encouraging other educators to authentically integrate global content into their own classrooms.

Names and photos of the 2015 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows are posted on the NEA Foundations website. The international field study is sponsored by the NEA Foundation and is designed by Education First.


About the NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors, foundations, and others who support public education initiatives. We support student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility. Visit for more information.

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Kodiak to Display Power of Interoperability at IWCE 2015 Annual Convention

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Kodiak, the leading provider of carrier-integrated broadband push-to-talk announced today that it will showcase the latest enhancements to its Broadband PTT solution in booth #249 at the 2015 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, NV, March 18 – 19. At IWCE, Kodiak will also formally introduce its new name which highlights that Kodiak is a provider of complete broadband push-to-talk solutions, including standards-based interfaces, and an ecosystem of applications, accessories, and devices, not just Networks.

At IWCE, Kodiak will demonstrate a Web API to extend push-to-talk functionality to 3rd party applications; new features and components that enhance land mobile radio (LMR) integration, including a wireline IP interface to LMR dispatch consoles; as well as new purpose-built PTT accessories and devices that enhance the user experience.

Visitors to the booth will see how the Kodiak Broadband PTT Web API makes it possible for 3rd party developers/integrators to add fast, easy push-to-talk voice communication to their applications. The Web API extends Broadband PTT functionality into workforce management applications, increasing productivity adding by providing real-time voice communication, presence, and alert capabilities to existing workflows.

Kodiak will also showcase a new IP interface that provides enhanced interoperability between the Broadband PTT solution and LMR dispatch consoles from leading vendors. Providing a new level of LMR augmentation, the IP interface makes it possible for dispatch consoles to seamlessly communicate with Kodiak Broadband PTT users.

Additionally, visitors will see the latest additions to the Kodiak ecosystem, including a new gateway for seamless communication between cellular and LMR networks, a mobile device that meets the transportation requirement for hands-free operation, as well as headsets, external speakers, and other devices that provide enhanced audio. A key part of the Kodiak ecosystem demonstrations will be a new Bluetooth remote speaker microphone with talkgroup control which allows Broadband PTT users to scroll through and select talkgroups without the need to access the PTT application on their smartphone.

The results of a recent survey show that 75% of users are supplementing their LMR communications with cellular service today, said Bruce Lawler, Chief Product Officer of Kodiak. Visitors to IWCE will see how the Kodiak integrated ecosystem of carriers, devices, and solution partners makes it possible for customers to unleash their LMR networks, using Broadband PTT to expand coverage and enhance interoperability.

About Kodiak

The leading provider of standards-based broadband Push-to-Talk, Kodiak delivers clear, reliable, sub-second calling performance with LMR interoperability over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks. The Kodiak solution allows organizations to cost-effectively scale their LMR networks, add users, extend coverage, and access broadband data capabilities. The Kodiak-powered platform supports a robust partner ecosystem including iOS, Android handsets/tablets, ruggedized devices, dispatch consoles, accessories, and enterprise productivity applications. Kodiak has the largest carrier-integrated PTT network footprint in the world, with deployments across a number of carriers in North America, Latin America, and Europe, including AT&T, Bell Canada, KPN, Telef

Best Custom Web Design Firm Awards Bestowed by 10 Best Design

Farmingdale, New York (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

10 Best Design recently issued its latest list of companies that illustrate some of the best web custom design firms in the industry.

10 Best Design is an organization that gives awards to the best web design firms all over the world in different categories. Three of the top web development companies are Blue Fountain Media, Big Drop Inc. and Maxburst. The following is a short description of the top three firms on their list.

Blue Fountain Media, located in New York, New York, is first on the list and thus considered to be the Best Custom Web Design Firm. Blue Fountain Media is a custom web design firm that helps build identities and is very imaginative in the process. They will help the brands of their clients really stand out online. They do this by creating websites that are customized for the particular company, so that innovation and ingenuity are emphasized. They understand that web design is constantly changing with new trends and ideas. As such, they make an effort to stay current and at the very forefront of technology, so that they can make a client’s website as relevant and innovative as possible. They are the company to choose for any client who wants to grow and thrive as a business.

Big Drop Inc. is the Number 2 contender for the title of Leading Custom Web Development Agency. Big Drop Inc. is based in New York, New York. The experts at this firm know that every company has a website these days, and simply having a website is not going to do their clients much good. As such, they use their extensive knowledge in graphic design and trends in web development to create websites that truly stand out and excel in terms of both form and function. They build great relationships with their clients.

Maxburst, another top web design firm in Farmingdale, New York is Number 3 on the list. It is considered to be a smart and creative custom web design firm that is especially good at helping its clients really achieve a dominant presence on the Internet. They employ online advertising strategies, a major one of which is web development and design. Their experts have a great deal of experience in graphic design, and they use their knowledge and experience to put together websites that build and develop their clients’ identities and draw the attention of the target audiences.

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Best Web Design Firm Awards Issued by 10 Best Design

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) March 16, 2015

10 Best Design recently released its current list of companies that exemplify some of the best web design firms in the industry. The top three web development firms are Big Drop Inc., Blue Fountain Media and Maxburst.

10 Best Design is fast becoming a trusted source of information for companies looking to find top-tier web development services. Based in San Francisco, 10 Best Design is comprised of a digital marketing team of experts who know the industry like the back of their hand. As a result, they have the experience and expertise required to develop a list of premier Web development companies from around the world. Categories include the best web design firm and the best web design company.

As a top web design firm, Big Drop Inc. is noted for its passion for text and images. As a result, it produces some of the most highly creative, relevant, and attention-grabbing website pages in the industry. They understand the supreme importance of brand building as it relates to loyalty and customer conversion rates. Services include content creation, link building, reputation management and search engine optimization.

Blue Fountain Media has also established itself as a leading web design firm. Customers looking for an innovative Web design firm thats on the cutting edge, have found this company to be a leading contender. The firm is driven to provide 100% customer satisfaction, and they believe in nurturing strong relationships with their customers. The companys team members are professional and precise in what they do. Customers convert on the website pages that this firm designs.

Maxburst is yet another incredibly innovative Web development company that prides itself on being able to distinguish a companys online presence. Their experts communicate with customers to determine brand value and positioning. This information is used to create a unique and innovative website that meets their customers goals. Being among the best web design firms, Maxburst offers an effective array of SEO marketing strategies that are known to get results. Companies turn to web development firms because they value those skills and methodologies that can help them remain competitive. Search engine optimization is far more than just building a website. For best results, its necessary to understand the tenets of social media as well. Top notch web development companies can provide the tools and support needed to find and engage a company’s customers wherever they are in the sales cycle.

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