Redstone Content Solutions announced today that they have joined the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
. Company officials say that what drew them to the Quad Cities Chamber
is their commitment to growing the region. “As a high-tech firm, we have a specific interest in attracting the best workforce and growing the high-tech market in our local community,”
says John Klein, Principal, Redstone Content Solutions. “We recognize that the Chamber’s efforts to facilitate job creation will have a positive impact on our growing business in the coming years,”
Redstone Content Solutions opened its doors in July 2009 and, according to Klein, could have located anywhere in the world due to the nature of its business, but believed that the company’s fundamental core values could be best realized by establishing its headquarters in the Quad Cities. “Our goal is to bring high-paying, technology-based jobs to the Quad Cities. This is good for Redstone and our community. In fact, 56% of our current staff has relocated here from outside of the area,”
Redstone Content Solutions was recently recognized by the Quad Cities Chamber
as a finalist for the Small Business Excellence Awards
For more information about Redstone Content Solutions, visit redstonecontentsolutions.com. About:
Redstone Content Solutions provides its customers with technology solutions to securely accumulate and disseminate knowledge.
Thank you to all that provided positive feedback to last month’s published Application Development Framework (ADF) Case Study! The feedback we received made it clear that there was a strong demand for more high-quality information about ADF .
To satisfy this demand, Redstone has worked together with Oracle and Standard Forwarding to produce an informative webinar, for the WebCenter in Action series. This webinar is an exclusive opportunity to see and hear firsthand the many benefits that Standard Forwarding has received by implementing ADF technology. **Updated Information**
- Standard Forwarding saves annually in processing, paper, and personnel savings
- Standard Forwarding has grown 18% in last 12 months with 0% increase in Customer service staff.
- Standard Forwarding has increased revenue by 30% in last 2 years
Included in this Educational Webinar:
- Key Features & Benefits of ADF
- Standard Forwarding – Before & After
- Implementation Details of Target Solutions
- Live Demo
- No Cost WebCenter Software Download Offer from Redstone Content Solutions
WebCenter in Action Presenters
It's no secret anymore that Facebook is going to launch an internal search engine that will use user information as the index. What does that actually mean for businesses, competitors and users? Do users truly have a need for it? Will it take away from Google's search engine traffic and others like it? These questions, and many others, will all be answered over time, but in order to capitalize on a tool like the Graph Search, businesses must identify early on how to utilize it to improve their business operations.
The following topics will be discussed in this blog post:
| |The following topics will be discussed in this blog post:
- Facebook users and how they will use the Graph Search
- What are some potential privacy settings for user to user usage of the Graph Search?
- Why Facebook will allow businesses to use it?
- How Businesses will use it.
- What Potential Privacy Settings will Facebook implement to ease the minds of their users?
Facebook Graph Search
What we already know about the Graph Search
In Facebook's initial press release about the Graph Search, they clearly state how users will interact with this new feature and what problems it can solve and questions it can answer. Examples:
If you have an extra concert ticket and you are looking for a friend to take it off your hands. You can ask the Graph Search, What friends have a similar taste in music?
You just obtained a new job at Redstone Content Solutions and you have to relocate. You can ask the Graph Search, Do I have friends that live in or near Davenport, Iowa?
The Graph Search can answer these questions, but do we ask these questions frequently enough for this feature to be relevant? It will be interesting to see if people will use the Graph Search as often as Facebook predicts they will. Facebook users will certainly conduct a lot of Graph Searches initially, purely out of curiosity if nothing else.
User to User Privacy Settings for Graph Search
It is unclear what the privacy settings for the Graph Search will be at the moment. Facebook has kept everyone in the dark on this issue. Users will be able to select multiple silos and set custom settings within them. Business Privacy settings are listed in the business section towards the end of the blog.
This setting will allow only friends to find you through the Graph Search.
Possible Custom Settings – "Friends of Friends"
This feature will allow any Facebook user to find you through a Graph Search, when your profile is relevant to the search query.
Possible Custom Settings – No Photos, Interest Only, Cannot View Wall, Hide Last Name, Hide Location & Hide Contact Info
A student at St. Ambrose University conducts a Graph Search for students interested in disc golf. If you enabled this privacy setting and are interested in disc golf, this student may find your profile via the Graph Search and ask you to go play a round of disc golf.
Facebook's True Motive with the Graph Search
All public statements from Facebook about the Graph Search to date have been all about the users. Facebook is getting their users on board by saying "Hey! Look at what we are doing for you!" but could the real intent for this feature be the hope of getting businesses interested? If that strategy sounds familiar, you may remember when only people could have Facebook profiles?
Business to Consumer Privacy Settings on the Graph Search
In order to speculate on how businesses will use Facebook’s Graph Search; we first have to speculate on the level privacy settings there will be for businesses. Although these settings are for business, the Facebook user will have control over enabling/disabling these settings.
Recruiters Eyes Only
Typically, social media is only used to cross reference job candidates once a resume and cover letter have been received. This will no longer be the case when Facebook allows businesses to seek out Candidates through the Graph Search. Under this silo, companies will only be able to view the Work & Education Section of a candidate’s profile. If this is a path Facebook decides to take, the Graph Search will look for the Work & Education Section to be updated and expanded with fields such as: Upload Resume & Cover Letter, Career Field, Willing to Relocate - Yes or No?, Years of Experience etc.
Companies will now be able to seek out candidates for open positions asking Graph Search questions like:
Software Developers in Davenport, Iowa?
Graphic Designers with five years’ experience and are willing to relocate?
Give Me Give Me
Currently, Facebook is making a lot of money on behaviorally targeted ads. For example, It is NO coincidence that your girlfriend for the last three years is seeing bridal ads on the side of her news feed. The Graph Search will take behaviorally targeted ads from passive to aggressive. For example:
Companies will be able to search for customers by asking Graph Search questions like:
People in California who are interested in Fitness? People interested in hiking? People who like candy?
Now that a company has a list of potential customers who are interested in hiking, what’s next? A special offer is sent to the inbox of a potential customer with a code or unique link that leads to a 45% off coupon for hiking boots. The Facebook user will also have control over how many times they can be contacted.
The privacy settings of the Graph Search are not yet public. It is unclear whether businesses will ever use the Graph Search. In the end, the information companies know about you through Facebook will come down to two things.
1. How much information you are willingly to disclose on Facebook and
2. How much these companies are willing to pay Facebook for access to it.
This was the first installment in a two-part series about the Graph Search. Part 2 will be published in the coming weeks and will focus on: Who are the obvious competitors of the Graph Search? & why they aren’t really direct competitors? and What businesses are going to be hurt most by the Graph Search and don’t even know it yet?
Collaborate13 is here and Redstone couldn't be more excited! We are looking forward to meeting with all of you at booth #1471 or at any one of our six technical presentations!
Fact: During last year’s Collaborate12 conference in Las Vegas, Redstone had five of the top twenty most well attended presentations!
Jason Stortz will be kicking off Collaborate13 with a 2-hour technical WebCenter architecture deep dive on Sunday during the pre-conference workshop beginning at 9am.
Please see below for this year’s Session # and Presentation Title.
"We look forward to meeting with our valued clients and prospects at Collaborate13 in Denver", states John Klein, co-founder of Redstone. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with Redstone at Collaborate 13, please schedule your time here
Redstone Content Solutions (“Redstone” or “the Company”), a leading strategic consulting and training provider of WebCenter Content, Portal and Sites solutions, and Standard Forwarding LLC (“Standard Forwarding”), a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, providing overnight service within and between Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, southern Michigan, and cities in Missouri and Nebraska, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership.
Under the terms of the partnership, Redstone and Standard Forwarding will engage in various marketing activities to promote improved customer service and operational efficiencies by expanding self-service applications that enable Standard Forwarding’s customers to conveniently manage every phase of their shipment lifecycle. Redstone is headquartered in Davenport, IA and will be Standard Forwarding’s exclusive partner in North America.
“Standard Forwarding is the model for using innovative technology solutions to do more with less,” said John Klein, Principal for Redstone. “Standard Forwarding is the envy of their industry; recently being named Great Lakes/Midwest LTL Carrier of the Year for the fifth consecutive year in Mastio Company’s annual Value and Loyalty Benchmarking Study.”
Kevin Mishler, IT Director, Standard Forwarding commented: “The combination of WebCenter and Redstone’s expertise has enabled us to cut invoicing costs by $350,000 annually and significantly improve website self-service for our valued clients. We consider Redstone to be an extension of our marketing, customer service and IT teams.”
Redstone has been Standard Forwarding strategic consulting partner for several years. Redstone recently assisted in scoping and building Standard Forwarding’s new Web site, including many integrated applications that seamlessly interact with Standard Forwarding’s ERP environment.
For further information regarding Redstone, please visit the company website at www.redstonecontentsolutions.com
or call John Klein at (563) 355.1558 ext. 21.
For further information regarding Standard Forwarding, please visit the company website at www.standardforwarding.com
or contact email@example.com
Redstone is proud to announce that Oracle
has recently published our ADF (Application Development Framework) & WebCenter case study on its corporate website. This is the second Redstone case study published on Oracle.com. See DCSD case study here
Standard Forwarding’s case study is an in-depth value-added look at the capabilities of Oracle ADF, WebCenter Content & Capture, JEE & WebLogic and how Standard Forwarding
, Oracle and Redstone worked together to save $350,000 in annual invoicing costs, while providing better service to more customers. **Updated Information** Standard Forwarding has grown 18% in last 12 months with 0% increase in Customer service staff.
Standard Forwarding has increased revenue by 30% in last 2 years “The recent case study published on Oracle’s corporate website is an excellent way for Standard Forwarding to be recognized for their significant achievements”, states John Klein, Principal at Redstone.
Please read the entire case study Standard Forwarding ADF Case Study
For further information regarding WebCenter solutions, please contact Redstone here
For further information regarding Standard Forwarding, please visit the company website at www.standardforwarding.com
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This initiative contributed to Redstone’s recent ADF Specialization; you can read more about that here
DISE, from Display Evolution, is a digital signage platform targeted at advertising, public and corporate information. DISE’s main goal is to present content to viewers with high quality, dynamic playback, with full control and reliability.
DISE is being used at Redstone to show dynamic content. With clear messages and material which is constantly being updated; DISE positively impacts our employees and customers. DISE can display current information from multiple mediums simultaneously. For example, the webpage object connects to REST APIs which allows you to consume information from a virtually limitless amount of sources. DISE also provides a slurper for parsing, which allows you to clean up all otherwise cluttered data and makes it readable on the DISE platform.
How we did it: Redstone Use Case
Display online task manager unfinished assignments
- Insert a webpage object into a scene - Within the DISE Composer, implement a webpage object into your scene.
- Locate your task manager’s API - Once you’ve found the task manager’s API, you need to manipulate it to show the information you wish to see. We manipulated ours to give information on unfinished assignments.
- After finding the correct URL, implement that into your code - We used the text editor Notepad++ all Redstone implementations. You need to take the URL you decided on from your API (see previous step), and put that into your code. Now is where a parser/slurper came in useful.
- Connect your webpage object to the controller file via the webpage objects properties tab - Now that your code is ready, we needed to make the same changes on the composer. Within the properties tab on your webpage object, connect your editor file to the webpage object.
- Schedule to display - It’s now time to schedule your movie in your player. Be sure to save your movie in an easily accessible location. From the Composer main view,you should see the “Schedule” button in the top ribbon, click this. Choose the schedule you’d like to show your content on. Now publish this content to your player using the “Publish to players” button. Pick the player(s) you wish to use and you’re ready to start communicating with your viewer.
Redstone is excited to release our annual training survey results!
According to survey results gathered during 2012, 100% of class participants rate the Overall Value of Redstone class curriculum as either "Good" or "Excellent". Additionally, 100% of class participants gave a "Good" or "Excellent" Overall Rating for Redstone training instructors.
Redstone customers are asked a variety of curriculum and instructor-related questions. These questions are asked during class to make sure initial objectives are in sync with course deliverables. Early feedback allows for "in flight" curriculum changes and/or enhancements. Additionally, survey questions are asked at the conclusion of class to ensure agenda items have been discussed and demonstrated and expectations have been met.
All survey responses are strictly confidential and protected by law. Findings in today's data include:
"Class is going well. The setup was terrific...very simple and not a distraction from the material in any way. The guys like your instructor, so that is half the battle." Jody Chmielewski, Sr. Project Manager, Avantia, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Redstone Achieves Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialization for Oracle Application Development Framework
Davenport, Iowa (Monday, January 21, 2013) – Redstone Content Solutions LLC, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved OPN Specialized status for Application Development Framework (ADF).
To achieve a Specialized status, Oracle partners are required to fulfill a stringent set of requirements based on the needs and priorities of the customer and partner community. In achieving a Specialized distinction, Redstone has been recognized by Oracle for its expertise in delivering services, specifically involving Oracle ADF through competency development, business results and proven outcomes.
Specialized status assures customers that they are teaming with an insightful, knowledgeable partner; an expert in the defined product area, capable of working together toward a common goal in developing and implementing specific solutions that meet their business needs.
“Clients are most interested in working with an organization that is recognized for their experience as well as expertise in the various technologies they are reselling, implementing and supporting,” states Teresa Cahill, Redstone’s Specialization program director. “ADF continues to be an area of focus for Oracle. We see opportunities to leverage and combine this knowledge with our WebCenter practice.”
For further information regarding WebCenter & ADF solutions, please visit Redstone Content Solutions at www.redstonecontentsolutions.com
or call John Klein at 563-355.1558 ext. 21.About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit http://www.oracle.com/partners.
About Oracle Application Development Framework
Oracle Application Development Framework is an end-to-end Java EE framework that simplifies application development by providing out-of-the-box infrastructure services and a visual and declarative development experience. For more information about Oracle Application Development Framework, go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/adf/overview/index.html?ssSourceSiteId=ocomen
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On January 4th 2013, Redstone Content Solutions launched its upgraded website, including new social media channels.
The primary goal of this initiative was to achieve a more consistent brand presence across company blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
The revamped website has been redesigned to improve engagement, navigation and usability. Corporate content (including text, images and photos) has been updated; new pages have been added across the entire site including a software downloads section. John Klein
, Principal, comments: “I am looking forward to this new phase in our overall corporate communication strategy. With most of us now “always online” through 24/7 access, we have to be more visible across a wider variety of social media outlets. Social networks extend Redstone’s reach and give our valued clients and partners more opportunities to connect with us.”
Redstone’s social media channels will act as platforms for company updates on forthcoming product and service offerings, future events such as workshops, insight and expert analysis on emerging WebCenter industry trends. Michael Lawrence
added: “We look forward to engaging actively with the online community. We encourage you to ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ us!”