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BT Agile Practioners

Next Generation of Agile Practitioners

Submitted by doug.wilson on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:41
A field report by Katey Berg, BT Agile Practice Manager

I recently had the pleasure of guest speaking at DePaul University’s Software Projects for Community Clients I (IT394) class.
BT Booth at ASAE Technology Conference & Expo 2016

BT Attends ASAE Technology Conference & Expo 2016

Submitted by dcallahan on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:50
J. Weber, BT Business Solutions Manager, and Casey O’Brien, BT Solutions Lead, spent a few days at the American Society of Association Executives™ (ASAE) Technology Conference & Expo this month. We talked with them about their experience.
What did you discover from talking with ASAE Expo attendees?
Breakthrough Technologies Chicago Innovation Awards Illinois State Board of Education

Chicago Innovation Awards 2016

Submitted by doug.wilson on Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:19
Breakthrough Technologies, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, was nominated for the 2016 Chicago Innovation Awards.  Breakthrough was identified as a finalist and the awards ceremony was held on October 25th.  The Breakthrough team was there to honor the awards winners, network with the finalists and winners, and soak up the great Chicago business entrepreneurship vibe.
Screenshot from Dries's post

This week in Drupal: Settings Tray

Submitted by luke on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 12:50
At BT, we like Drupal because we think it's the most robust, stable, and flexible CMS in all of open source.  Our developers have argued that it's really also a framework, and we've used it even more for building B2B applications than we have for building websites.  But while our developers may love it, Drupal has always been hit with criticisms for being a developer's CMS, with some drawbacks in the UX for administrators as a result of a focus on an audience of coders.
Enable the use of open source software within government agencies

Code.gov Now Online!

Submitted by doug.wilson on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 13:49
The Federal Government has initiated a series of activities that are designed to enable the efficient reuse of open source and hybrid software for federal software contracts.

Breakthrough Technologies is proud to be one of the many companies who have volunteered to help move this initiative forward.
Breakthrough Technologies Front Office Entrance

3x on Inc. 5000 – We Don’t Take It for Granted

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Fri, 08/19/2016 - 13:41
On behalf of Breakthrough Technologies, I am excited and proud to announce that for the third time, we have been placed on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list! We are listed as #1563 in the 2016 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies. Last year we were placed at #4023, so it’s pretty evident that the momentum of Breakthrough Technologies is picking up. It is incredible to continue to see the immense growth that this company experiences every year, and how it has affected the clients and supporters as well.
Portrait of Luke Anderson

Cast Your Vote for Luke

Submitted by monique.muldrow on Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:11
We cannot tell you how pleased we are to be included in the running again for Chicago's Best Technology Manager. Luke, our Director of Content Platforms, is one of ten worthy candidates to make the finals for the distinguished Timmy award. He leads the team of Drupal developers here at Breakthrough Technologies. His passion for this company, his team, and well, Drupal is contagious.
Wooden table w/ chalkboard, chalk, & tea cup w/ cookie. Written on chalkboard are words relating to Web Design.

The Balance Between SEO & Web Design

Submitted by litha.ramirez on Mon, 07/25/2016 - 14:35
When it comes to Web Design, you have to consider the intersections between design and SEO, otherwise you risk being lost in a sea of competitors. This is nothing new, and it is worth restating over and over again that Google owns the primary search market shares. According to comScore, it is well over half the searches worldwide. According to Internet Live Stats, there are over 3.5 billion search queries a day, which is about 40,000 searches every second. Knowing that and that there is estimated to be over a billion websites, no one can doubt the importance of SEO.   
Team working on the kanban board (placing post-its in appropriate column).

Moving from a Six – Continuous Improvement Within Agile Frameworks

Submitted by dcallahan on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 14:09
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with a few company presidents about Scrum Maturity – great conversations that helped put some perspective into how far Breakthrough Technologies has come in our journey towards being a strong, Agile service provider.  
Managing Partners Doug Wilson and Randy Knapp sitting in lobby at BT headquarters with BT logo behind them.

What the Crain’s Fast Fifty Means to Me

Submitted by doug.wilson on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 15:05

While I was busy running and growing Breakthrough Technologies over the past 18 years, there was always a barometer of my peer companies in Chicago. An august list - a list of the firms that seemed, generally, inaccessible to me. They were the movers and shakers of the Chicago business economy. They were members of that year’s Fast Fifty.