this is blog
June 19, 2014– CodeSmart, Inc. (CodeSmart), today announces that 75% ownership of CodeSmart has been acquired by People Tech Group, Inc. (PTG), a global business and technology solutions consulting company. CodeSmart joins the Ramp Technology Group within the PTG family.
“We are keenly excited to be a part of People Tech Group. Combining our two organizations provides CodeSmart with increased scale in offerings to existing clients as well as expansion into other geographic areas where People Tech Group already has a presence. This also provides greater opportunities for our consultants allowing them to continue to grow their careers”, said Chad Stoker, Founder, CEO and CTO of CodeSmart. “As we focused on our business planning and reviewed industry trends, we decided a merger with a well-run, high-end partner like People Tech Group would be the best solution to meet our clients’ and staff’s future needs”, Stoker added.
CodeSmart will continue to operate under the CodeSmart brand. Mark W. Meyer will continue on as President and COO and remains an owner in partnership with People Tech Group. Chad Stoker will move into the CTO role for the companies and Hans Stoker will take on the role as a liaison between CodeSmart and People Tech Group to ensure a seamless transition.
“This was a key acquisition for People Tech Group as we continue to grow and expand. We truly want to continue the focus CodeSmart has built on serving public entities as well as their dedication to customer intimacy providing quality solutions to their clients”, said Vishwa Prasad, President and CEO of People Tech Group. “We intend to extend the brand and the good will associated with it into other markets and areas. CodeSmart, through its consultants, has done a great job building trust and confidence with their clients and we want to continue that process.”
"Adding CodeSmart to the PTG group of companies extends our reach in the public sector and provides our customers a broader array of services. CodeSmart can now tap into the User Experience design and Business Inteligence depth of Ramp and provide their customers end-to-end services in designing and implementing effective business solutions", added Bob Duffy, Managing Partner in Ramp Group.
Since 2002, CodeSmart has been locally owned and operated in Washington. They provide excellence in developing custom IT solutions tailored to meet the needs of the client. They employ highly qualified professionals with excellent technical skills and a commitment to total customer satisfaction. CodeSmart has continually been recognized as a “Fast Growing” and “Best Company” since 2011. Most recently awarded Washington’s Best Workplaces-2013 and a member of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies – 2013 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. And Top Places to Work-2014- Equity Award by the Business Examiner.
About People Tech
Founded in 2006, People Tech is an emerging leader in the Enterprise Applications and IT Services marketplace. People Tech draws its expertise from strategic partnerships with technology leaders like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP and combines that with the deep understanding of its employees. With a strong focus on frameworks for information availability and analysis, People Tech has developed Centers of Excellence for each of its service areas, ranging from Cloud Applications to Mobile Solutions and Business Intelligence. Given this understanding and the expertise of its employees, People Tech has consistently delivered high value solutions and support to its customers.
About Ramp Technology Group
Founded in 2001, Ramp Technology Group's core business is the conception, design and implementation of scalable web- and client-based applications. Each project that we take on is founded on the principle that user experience, information technology, and business goals are interconnected and essential to an exceptional end-result. Our projects range from User Research; to UX/UI design; to systems design, development, deployment and support. Ramp combines its expertise in project management, usability and technology integration to accelerate our client’s initiatives. We work with our client’s up front to assess existing systems and determine the approach that best leverages their existing investment.
This Roadmap event covers using Windows 8 and mobile platforms to extend the reach of your existing applications. Our featured speakers will be Steve Luper Sr. Solution SPEC Devices, US- MSG Devices Commercial Microsoft, Bruce Armga from Dell, Bob Duffy, Mobile Practice Manager from the Ramp Group. Sridhar Seshadri from Ramp will present live demonstration of Public Sector and Government Enterprise apps to help participants visualize Modern Windows8 applications in the Enterprise.
Windows 8 Mobility and Windows 8 Style. Mobile applications can allow your target audience to reach legacy data where they need it most, whether that is in the field, on the road, or down the hall. We will explore some examples of applications where mobile components have extended the usefulness of existing applications and talk about how to secure your applications and data as well as how to manage your mobile applications.
In addition, we will explore the new paradigm in user interface design, Windows 8 style. This new “tiled” interface paradigm was specifically created to support “Responsive Design” that scales smoothly across form factors. Learn the keys to using this new interface design style to create applications that look great and are easy to use.
There will be two identical sessions, one in the morning from 8:30 to Noon, and an afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:30. Sessions will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Olympia on Tuesday, May 8th, 2014.
You are invited to join us at this event where you will be introduced to:
1. Microsoft Windows 8 Security and Management
2. Responsive Design with Window 8 Interface Style
3. Bringing mobility to existing applications
Ramp is co-hosting an event on Friday with Microsoft featuring Windows 8 app design and development. We will be talking about using Windows 8 Apps to extend existing systems and add mobility to your existing applications. These aren’t games or social apps, these are business applications extending your existing databases and systems via web services and mobile platforms through an easy to use tablet or phone application.
The event will be held in the Microsoft Civica Building in downtown Bellevue (108th Ave and 2nd Ave).
You can register using the link below:
Ramp was honored to be selected by Microsoft to demonstrate application integration with Bing Maps at WPC 2013 in Houston. Ramp showcased a Windows 8 field audit application built for Weyerhaeuser that mapped audit locations within a stunning Windows 8 app designed specifically for Surface. This application was designed to efficiently capture well audit data in the field when offline and then synchronize the data and pictures captured when the auditor was back on Wifi. This application was designed by the award winning Ramp User Experience team and cost effectively developed by offshore Ramp resources. "We implemented a web services interface to the existing Weyerhaeuser Windows audit application. The Surface app hits that existing database to populate the map with color coded well locations. The colors indicated which properties are due for an environmental audit", said Sridhar Seshadri, Ramp's Technology Evangelist. "This targeted functionality Windows 8 application is used to extend an existing application into the field and is a great way to cost effectively extend legacy applications, making them more usable and useful at the same time".
WPC was quite a show bringing together technologists from over 70 different countries and Ramp was proud to demonstrate how Windows 8 and Bing Maps can enable new capabilities and efficiencies.
Ramp is co-hosting an event with Microsoft on using Windows 8 to extend existing applications into the field via Windows Phone and tablet devices.
It will be held in the Microsoft Civica Building in downtown Bellevue (108th Ave and 2nd Ave).
You can register using the link below:
Agenda brief for Wednesday, 27 February 2013:
8 am Why Windows Phone and Surface make sense for business.
10 am Designing Windows 8 apps for high usability
12 noon Lunch - Sponsored by Ramp Technology Group
1 pm Microsoft Customer Stories and Demos
1:30 pm Interactive Design Session for your business scenarios
3 pm Extend Networking at Sea Star Restaurant
Everyone is welcome for any or all of the agenda. And if you have some scenarios you’ve envisioned enabling with mobile or tablet solutions bring your ideas and we will see where they can go. Some of the best ideas might be developed as proof of concepts.
The Ramp Group unveiled an application they developed for the Indian Forensics Science Institute at SPC12 in Vegas. The Crime Analysis Solution Ecosystem-CASE is a Bing Maps framework for SharePoint which helps local, state and federal investigators track and manage criminal investigation information in a most efficient way. The solution leverages out-of-the-box SharePoint capabilities for document management, workflow and calendaring to speed investigators while also utilizing integration with Bing Maps to display key investigation information graphically. The solution also provides ways to view criminal case locations by type identifying high crime areas and on Bing Maps.
"This solution demonstrates the power of Bing maps integration with Sharepoint in providing new and intuitive ways to display data", says Sridhar.Seshadri, Ramp’s Technology evangelist (Sridhar.Seshadri@rampgroup.com). "The conference was a big success and our ability to be part of the event by demonstrating this application along with a new Sharepoint App on Surface in the Microsoft booth was a great opportunity for us".
For more information on the event and to view the keynote go to:
e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government has announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards and the State of Washington Employment Security Department website that Ramp helped redesign and rebuild was a winner.
In its 17th year, Best of the Web (BOW) recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. Ramp tested the usability of the old site and identifiedthe priority needs of the site's key users--job-seekers, employers and researchers. Then we redesigned the site wrapped around their needs. This user-centered design approach achieved the highest score of any Employment and Economic Information site in the country, pulling down the Honorable Mention award in the prestigious Government-to-Business category.
“Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their government and we are seeing it demonstrated through everything from full service portals to special purpose mobile apps,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “We’re excited about the opportunities governments are creating to make new things possible and to do the old things faster and more efficiently. The Center thanks them for their continuing innovation and congratulates them on their achievements!”
Ramp will join a delegation of Washington businesses accompaning Washington's governor Christine Gregoire on a trade mission to India. Gregoire will leave the state on Sunday, Sept. 30th, arriving in Hyderabad, India on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd where she will kick off the 10-day trade mission, followed by stops in Delhi and Mumbai. While in India, Gregoire will establish an official relationship with the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, an area rich in high-tech opportunities with a large Microsoft presence.
“I will be the first governor to lead a trade mission to India, where the opportunities are significant,” Gregoire said. “As India’s economy thrives, we know that consumers there are seeking more imported products from the United States. This is our opportunity to get out in front, and make sure that consumers and businesses in India are aware of the quality items produced in Washington state. I’m confident our efforts will lead to business expansions and new jobs for Washingtonians.”
We at Ramp Group are excited to announce the launch of our new website. In order to provide our customers with the most innovative tools and offerings we are continually applying these tools in everything we do. Our new website is a direct example of our unique formula of “Business Analysis + UX + Development.”
Our hope is to provide a site that demonstrates our distinctive combination of left and right brain thinking; a synthesis of the analytic plus the creative. Our experienced staff provides a balanced perspective. We pride ourselves on communicating technical expertise without heavy technical jargon and expressing creative capabilities that are grounded in real solutions that will meet real business objectives.
“This new site represents who we are and what we bring to each and every engagement”, states Bob Duffy, Ramp’s Managing Partner – User Experience and Technology. “It emphasizes our unique value proposition that brings world-class creative design together with enterprise-class software engineering”.
Ramp services represented on the site in service descriptions and case studies cross the software development life-cycle, from inception to go-live. The process is revealed starting with user research and defining information architecture; right through technical architecture, development, and test. This is what has set Ramp apart from the beginning and has led to where we are, and who we are, 12 years later.
Our new site also seeks to keep our customers, employees and potential employees informed via our integrated Blog, LinkedIn, and Twitter. We hope you will enjoy our new user experience and look forward to your feedback.
CareOregon's new website was designed to improve the level of user engagement and efficiency for Care Oregon members. In addition, they wanted to rebrand the site with a bright, healthy and hopeful style. The UX process included user surveys, usability tests, creating user personas, brand exploration, editorial, photography selection, sitemap and wireframing, and design. The resulting site has acheived CareOregon's goals of generating more traffic and has received rave reviews from both internal and external users.