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The Time to Migrate Your Drupal 6 Build is NOW - Migrating from D6-to-D8

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 13:34
Wondering what the fuss is about Drupal 8? Here’s what you need to know.
 
As applied to software, a deprecated version or release is no longer recommended, and — presuming the software is still being actively maintained — a version that has usually been superseded by a release that is superior in terms of security, stability, and/or underpinning architecture. 
 
With the November 19th release of Drupal 8, Drupal 6 falls into that category and will reach end of life on February 24, 2016.
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We're Hiring!

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 13:53
Breakthrough Technologies is growing at a rapid pace, and we’re looking for experienced Business Development and Account Managers.
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Breakthrough on the Radio!

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 13:07

Breakthrough Technologies is honored to have been the subject of an interview by Small Business Radio's Don Mazzella. Litha Ramirez, Breakthrough's award winning director of experience strategy and design, sat in for Managing Partner Doug Wilson as an expert lending her insight on how to find, hire and keep top technical talent in a very competitive industry. The program aired live Wednesday, November 17, 2015 and Litha, as usual, was quick witted and succinct in her responses.

ADA 25 Year Anniversary 1990-2015

Happy Birthday to the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Submitted by Patrick Gallardo on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 09:04

Happy Birthday!

That sentiment brings us all to a certain level of nostalgia. Where did the time go? What do you remember? What awaits us in the next chapter? For some it’s a rather cold reminder of time marching on. For some it’s a celebration tinged with excitement for the future. The American Disabilities Act just turned 25 this year. We at Breakthrough are in the latter category. It’s a celebration!
 
So, Happy Birthday to you ADA!
 
In all frankness we do have a nagging question about this particular birthday.
Breakthrough Technologies Inc. 5000 Award

Thank You for Helping Us Grow

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 11:06
Breakthrough is excited to tell you that we made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for the 2nd time! We're working hard to produce the best custom software products on the market. A great big thank you to our illustrious clients for helping us grow our business! 
 
 
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Why We Rejected Mobile Frameworks and Went Totally Native

Submitted by Bradley Walker on Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:55

Developing a winning mobile User Experience (UX) is similar to delivering a culinary masterpiece to restaurant-goers. The minimization of hurdles between the harvest of produce and the dinner plate makes for a memorable outing because the dish is untainted. In the world of application development, Native Software Development Kits (SDKs) are the purest method by which an application can be developed. Similar to the farm-to-table dining experience, mobile products are best developed with the most organic tools available.

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Part 2 of Smart Government: An Oxymoron No More

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Thu, 10/08/2015 - 14:14

Read Part 1 of Smart Government: An Oxymoron No More

In Part Two of our conversation about smart government, let’s talk about some of the things that governments do really well, with which private companies struggle. In this, we will delve into a few areas that are actually kind of taboo here in America. Because of the “rugged individualism” that is bound to our DNA, there are some things that just don’t sit well with us.

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Growing Breakthrough, Part II

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 12:04

If the Name Fits, Wear it!

In 1998 three senior software engineers with Abbott Laboratories launched their own software development business with little fanfare and big objectives.
 
“We each put in $5,000 and bought laptops. That’s how the company started,” says Doug Wilson, cofounder and managing partner with Breakthrough Technologies. Wilson was first “boots on the ground” in November, with Randy Knapp and Jonathan Monroe joining him a month later.
 
Two objectives served to guide the fledging operation.
Litha Ramirez - Breakthrough's Director of Experience Strategy and Design

Breakthrough's Litha Ramirez Named a Finalist for Chicago's Best Technology Manager

Submitted by Monique Muldrow on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 15:58
The 1st Annual Chicago Timmy Awards are upon us! We are honored to tell you that Breakthrough's prodigious Director of Experience Strategy and Design, Litha Ramirez, is one of ten finalists in the running for Chicago's Best Technology Manager. Perhaps even more notable, is the fact that she is the one and only woman to make this exclusive list. Needless to say, the Breakthrough team is proud and primed to support Litha.