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Delta Systems Hiring Web Designer / Front-End Developer

December 12th, 2014

Job Opening: Graphic Designer / Front-End Developer

Delta Systems was founded in 1986

Delta Systems is looking for another self-motivated and enthusiastic web designer / front-end developer to join our team. You will be responsible for designing and developing websites and user interfaces for web-based applications. Strong creative and design sense, ability work efficiently in a team, and ability to communicate directly with the client are key. You will be expected to read and interpret client design briefs, translate their ideas into complete website mock-ups, and cut and code those designs into static HTML/CSS templates. Anything you can do beyond that is gravy. And we love gravy.

The ideal candidate will have real passion for the web and always keeps an eye on emerging technologies. You will be working closely in a team of highly skilled web developers that are scattered across the United States. If you can design it, they can make it a reality.

Requirements:

  • Strong web design portfolio
  • Proven experience designing for client needs
  • Strong understanding of HTML/CSS
  • Strong understanding of User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) principles
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Understand and practice web standards
  • Ability to work on multiple projects is essential

Bonus Points:

  • Bachelor’s degree in something (if it’s something related to graphic/interactive design, even better!)
  • Experience working with a modern CMS – Experience templating for WordPress is a huge plus
  • Experience with JavaScript / jQuery / YUI / Backbone.js / etc
  • Strong understanding of HTML5/CSS3
  • Experience with PHP would be nice, but not expected
  • You know your way around Basecamp
  • You are used to keeping detailed, client-friendly time records
  • You have a dribbble.com account
  • You have a GitHub account

 

Work Environment:

Since 1986, Delta has been building tracking systems for everything from napkins to insurance policies, from golf courses to hot dog ingredients, from horse ailments to yoga certifications, and from blood donors to paddlefish.

Building online applications and data management systems that are intuitive and powerful is our specialty.

Read about Delta in the Columbia Daily Tribune

Delta Systems has been named “one of Mid-Missouri’s foremost web design and support firms” by the Columbia Daily Tribune and “a premier providers of computing solutions” by the Columbia Business Times. Our employees enjoy many freedoms and benefits. We do group coding weekly for reviews and single-project focusing to knock out features, do some spec work, or just to put an app together to find and fix issues quickly. Free lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for ongoing training.

Delta builds award winning websites.

Delta Systems employees exemplify professionalism in every aspect of client relations and work.

Typical daily activities:

  • Work along other senior developers to provide PHP programming and functionality for a wide variety of consumer related websites, intranets, extranets, and web-based applications
  • Be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways
  • Design, evaluate, update, and maintain object oriented applications in PHP
  • Design, evaluate, update, and maintain complicated database schemas in PostgreSQL and SQL Server
  • Share your opinions and insights with business leaders on a daily basis in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective solutions to business requirements

Benefits:

  • Paid by the hour
  • Flex time – If you like working from 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm great!
  • Health Insurance, 90% paid by employer
  • SIMPLE retirement plan with corporate matching
  • Dental
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • AFLAC

Perks:

  • Free soda, tea, coffee and occasional lunches.
  • Development environments: Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac, whichever
  • We’ll pay for applicable certification exams
  • Subscription to O’Reilly Media
  • Enjoy “Virtual Tuesdays”; you can work from anywhere you want without meeting interruptions
  • Dress is casual – jeans and t-shirts are just fine. When meeting with clients, we expect business appropriate attire and demeanor.

Email resumes to info@deltasys.com

Please no phone calls.

This job will also be posted on Craigslist, dice.com, Indeed.com, etc when we get around to it.

 

Some additional thoughts:

We like to see examples of work. This means chunks of code that you’ve written as well as URLs to sites/systems that were built for school, work, practice, or a charity that you’re involved with.

 

Include the URL to your personal site. If you don’t have one then make one.

 

Resumes that have a list of proficiencies in certain technologies and programs but have zero URLs that point to examples usually don’t make it very far.

 

Create an account on GitHub and post sample code there.

 

Show where you’ve improved or worked on some open source projects. Perhaps you could make an extension to a JavaScript library.

 

Learn a CMS and build out a site in one of them. We prefer WordPress for multiple reasons. Millions of websites are built using it so it would not be a wasted exercise. Not knowing WordPress isn’t a deal killer though. We just like seeing that people are curious and want to know more about these platforms. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of multiple Content Management Systems is a big plus.

 

We’re going to Google you. So either ensure that the nefarious stuff you do online is not associated with you personally or clean up your act. Our clients know how to Google people as well. We pride ourselves on professionalism and high ethical standards. We hire those that practice the same.  If you do not have a web presence, then make one. If you intend to work on building the Internet then we expect you to be a part of it and use it well.  Contributions to StackOverflow show a willingness to help others and show off skills. Having a Dribbble account shows that your peers like your graphical skills.  Working on projects on eLance, oDesk, or Guru.com show you’re anxious to be challenged and want to be paid for the effort.

 

A red flag for us is anyone that says they can do design AND development. People that can do this are extremely rare; we’ve been blessed with employing a few. These people have an online portfolio, personal websites, and code samples they’ve tinkered with to sharpen their skills. One side or the other is usually stronger but most people are weak in one. That’s ok.

 

Finally, we like to know how people keep up with changes in technology. All of us continue to learn from outside sources. We will want to know what sites you read, what industry experts you follow, what conferences you’ve been to or watched online, etc.

 

* Zend Framework Certified

Delta Systems Hiring Senior Web Developer – PHP / Zend / WordPress

December 12th, 2014

Job Opening: Senior Web Application Developer – PHP / Zend Framework

“Just Call Delta” Today!

Delta Systems Group is hiring developers

http://www.JustCallDelta.com

Do you have a passion for helping companies? Are you skilled in WordPress, PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, XML, Zend Framework? Delta Systems, an online application development company headquartered in Columbia, Missouri with employees also in Kansas City, MO, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon and North Carolina, offers an exciting and high-energy work environment. As a rapid application development company, we minimize over-engineering and empower you to make decisions and manage tasks.

Work Environment:

Since 1986, Delta has been building tracking systems for everything from napkins to insurance policies, from golf courses to hot dog ingredients, from horse ailments to yoga certifications, and from blood donors to paddlefish. Building online applications and data management systems that are intuitive yet powerful is our specialty.

Read about Delta in the Columbia Daily Tribune

Delta Systems has been named “one of Mid-Missouri’s foremost web design and support firms” by the Columbia Daily Tribune and “a premier providers of computing solutions” by the Columbia Business Times. Our employees enjoy many freedoms and benefits. We do group coding weekly for reviews and single-project focusing to knock out features, do some spec work, or just to put an app together to find and fix issues quickly. Free lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for ongoing training.
Delta Systems employees exemplify professionalism in every aspect of client relations and work.

We’ve helped over 900 companies in the past 27 years, here is a sample client list:
McGraw-Hill Education
Paramount Studios
United Nations
Harvard Business School
Maybelline
Arm & Hammer
University of Missouri
University of California
Shelter Insurance
State Farm Insurance
Earth’s Best
SABEW.org
IRE.org
Grafs.com
Missouri State Teachers Association
Several Chambers of Commerce
Several Film Festivals
Dozens of Startups

Typical daily activities:

* Work along other senior developers to provide PHP programming and functionality for a wide variety of consumer related websites, intranets, extranets, and web-based applications
* Be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways
* Design, evaluate, update, and maintain object oriented applications in PHP
* Design, evaluate, update, and maintain complicated database schemas in PostgreSQL, mySQL and SQL Server
* Share your opinions and insights with business leaders on a daily basis in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective solutions to business requirements

Benefits:

– Paid by the hour or salaried (let’s talk about your needs)
– Flex time – If you like working from 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm great!
– Health Insurance, 85% paid by employer
– SIMPLE retirement plan with corporate matching
– Dental
– Paid vacation
– Paid sick leave
– Paid holidays
– AFLAC

Perks:

– Free soda, tea, coffee and occasional lunches.
– Development environments: Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac, whichever
– We’ll pay for applicable certification exams
– Subscription to O’Reilly Media
– Enjoy “Virtual Tuesdays”; you can work from anywhere you want.
– Dress is casual – jeans and t-shirts are just fine. When meeting with clients, we expect business appropriate attire and demeanor.

What we look for in you:

* 2 years of solid PHP and MySQL/PostgreSQL
* Experience with a MVC framework (Zend Framework, Cake, Symphony, Codeigniter)
* Strong working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript libraries (YUI, jQuery)
* Capabilities in working with WordPress, Drupal, Expression Engine, Joomla, etc
* The ability to translate business requirements into system design.
* Develop solutions based on organizational and users’ needs, strategies, and goals, including recommending improvements based on researching and evaluating web software.
* Successful track record of working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment
* Exceptional debugging skills
* Experience with Version Control Systems (subversion, github, etc)
* Zend PHP and/or Zend Framework Certification: If you’re not already certified, be expected to work towards obtaining certification. We’ll even pay for the first test.

BONUS Talents Sought:

* Know your way around Basecamp
* Experience deploying to a load-balanced environment
* Experience with the Zend Framework
* Ability to administer Linux servers running CentOS
* Familiarity with Xdebug
* Linux Server administration experience
* Know your way around Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, etc.
* Know your way around Google Analytics, Omniture, etc.
* eCommerce platform experience (Magento, etc)
* Zend PHP5 Certified
* Zend Framework Certified

Do not apply if you:

* are “learning” PHP and want some experience
* are representing a company and want us to outsource to you

Email resumes to info@deltasys.com

Please no phone calls.

This job will also be posted on Indeed.com, Craigslist, dice.com, etc when we get around to it.

 

Some additional thoughts:

We like to see examples of work. This means chunks of code that you’ve written as well as URLs to sites/systems that were built for school, work, practice, or a charity that you’re involved with.

 

Include the URL to your personal site. If you don’t have one then make one.

 

Resumes that have a list of proficiencies in certain technologies and programs but have zero URLs that point to examples usually don’t make it very far.

 

Create an account on GitHub and post sample code there.

 

Show where you’ve improved or worked on some open source projects. Perhaps you could make an extension to a JavaScript library.

 

Learn a CMS and build out a site in one of them. We prefer WordPress for multiple reasons. Millions of websites are built using it so it would not be a wasted exercise. Not knowing WordPress isn’t a deal killer though. We just like seeing that people are curious and want to know more about these platforms. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of multiple Content Management Systems is a big plus.

 

We’re going to Google you. So either ensure that the nefarious stuff you do online is not associated with you personally or clean up your act. Our clients know how to Google people as well. We pride ourselves on professionalism and high ethical standards. We hire those that practice the same.  If you do not have a web presence, then make one. If you intend to work on building the Internet then we expect you to be a part of it and use it well.  Contributions to StackOverflow show a willingness to help others and show off skills. Having a Dribbble account shows that your peers like your graphical skills.  Working on projects on eLance, oDesk, or Guru.com show you’re anxious to be challenged and want to be paid for the effort.

 

A red flag for us is anyone that says they can do design AND development. People that can do this are extremely rare; we’ve been blessed with employing a few. These people have an online portfolio, personal websites, and code samples they’ve tinkered with to sharpen their skills. One side or the other is usually stronger but most people are weak in one. That’s ok. If you’re good at both, awesome. We want to pay you well and put you to work on national brands and high traffic websites.

 

Finally, we like to know how people keep up with changes in technology. All of us continue to learn from outside sources. We will want to know what sites you read, what industry experts you follow, what conferences you’ve been to or watched online, etc.

 

* Zend Framework Certified

Job Opening: Web Application Developers – PHP / Zend Framework / Backbone.js

December 12th, 2014

Job Opening: Web Application Developer – PHP / Zend Framework / Backbone.js

“Just Call Delta” Today!

Delta Systems Group is hiring web application developers

http://www.JustCallDelta.com

Do you have a passion for helping companies? Are you skilled in WordPress, PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, XML, Zend Framework? Delta Systems, an online application development company headquartered in Columbia, Missouri with employees in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, and Oregon, offers an exciting and high-energy work environment. As a rapid application development company, we minimize over-engineering and empower you to make decisions and manage tasks.

Work Environment:

Since 1986, Delta has been building tracking systems for everything from napkins to insurance policies, from golf courses to hot dog ingredients, from horse ailments to yoga certifications, and from blood donors to paddlefish. Building online applications and data management systems that are intuitive and powerful is our specialty.

Read about Delta in the Columbia Daily Tribune

Delta Systems has been named “one of Mid-Missouri’s foremost web design and support firms” by the Columbia Daily Tribune and “a premier providers of computing solutions” by the Columbia Business Times. Our employees enjoy many freedoms and benefits. We do group coding weekly for reviews and single-project focusing to knock out features, do some spec work, or just to put an app together to find and fix issues quickly. Free lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for ongoing training.

Delta Systems employees exemplify professionalism in every aspect of client relations and work.

Typical daily activities:

* Work along other senior developers to provide PHP programming and functionality for a wide variety of consumer related websites, intranets, extranets, and web-based applications
* Be challenged on a daily basis to solve problems in new and creative ways
* Design, evaluate, update, and maintain object oriented applications in PHP
* Design, evaluate, update, and maintain complicated database schemas in PostgreSQL and SQL Server
* Share your opinions and insights with business leaders on a daily basis in order to affect rapid decision cycles and effective solutions to business requirements

Benefits:

– Paid by the hour
– Flex time – If you like working from 7am to 3pm or 3pm to 11pm great!
– Health Insurance, ~80% paid by employer
– SIMPLE retirement plan with corporate matching
– Dental
– Paid vacation
– Paid sick leave
– Paid holidays
– AFLAC

Perks:

– Free soda, tea, coffee and occasional lunches.
– Development environments: Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac, whichever
– We’ll pay for applicable certification exams
– Subscription to O’Reilly Media
– Enjoy “Virtual Tuesdays”; you can work from anywhere you want without meeting interruptions
– Dress is casual – jeans and t-shirts are just fine. When meeting with clients, we expect business appropriate attire and demeanor.

What we look for in you:

* 2 years of solid PHP and MySQL/PostgreSQL
* Experience with a MVC framework (Zend Framework, Cake, Symphony, Codeigniter)
* Strong working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript libraries (YUI, jQuery)
* Capabilities in working with WordPress, Drupal, Expression Engine, Joomla, etc
* The ability to translate business requirements into system design.
* Develop solutions based on organizational and users’ needs, strategies, and goals, including recommending improvements based on researching and evaluating web software.
* Successful track record of working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment
* Exceptional debugging skills
* Experience with Version Control Systems (subversion, github, etc)
* Zend PHP5 and/or Zend Framework Certification: If you’re not already certified, be expected to work towards obtaining certification. We’ll even pay for the first test.

BONUS Talents Sought:

* Know your way around Basecamp
* Experience deploying to a load-balanced environment
* Experience with the Zend Framework
* Ability to administer Linux servers running CentOS 5
* Familiarity with Xdebug
* Linux Server administration experience (Preferably Plesk)
* Know your way around Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, etc.
* Know your way around Google Analytics, Omniture, etc.
* eCommerce platform experience (Magento, etc)
* Zend PHP5 Certified
* Zend Framework Certified

DO NOT APPLY if you:

* are “learning” PHP and want some experience
* are representing a company and want us to outsource to you

Email resumes to info@deltasys.com

Please no phone calls.

This job will also be posted on Craigslist, dice.com, Indeed.com, etc when we get around to it.

 

* Zend Framework Certified

Susan Hart Named 2014 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year

June 26th, 2014

Susan Hart was recognized as the 10th recipient of the Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award on June 18, 2014 at the 2014 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet.

Susan Hart Named 2014 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award winner

Dave Benish and Steve Powell pose with most of the previous Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award winners

This award is designed to honor a Columbia Business Woman who:
• Exhibits leadership in supporting small business
• Has a record of volunteering in the community
• Is a mentor to other business women, and
• Owns or is employed by a Chamber-member business, preferably a Women’s Network member

With the support of Steve Powell, the current owner of Delta Systems, and Debin’s husband, Dave Benish, Women’s Network continues the encouragement of Debin’s smile with this memorial award, an engraved picture frame, and $1,000 grant.

Mary Ropp, the 2013 winner, presented the award to Hart and shared the following kind words:

“Our achiever this year is my friend.  Her nominator feels she is a mentor a coach and a leader in our Chamber and community.  When our chamber decided to audit themselves, she was chosen as chair and worked tirelessly to successfully accomplish the chamber mission.

Our achiever is a giver.  Freely giving her time to the Jazz Series, Rotary, North Village Arts, Habitat for Humanity…and we could go on.

Our achiever is renowned in her industry. She earned her accounting degree from Central Methodist University. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in ST Louis and here in Columbia for Mr. Gerding.  She joined Huebert Builders in 1991 and the rest is history.  Her nominator is continually impressed with our achievers capabilities to work in a male dominated environment and manage large construction projects!  She is just like Debin Benish.

Above all is the joy and pride she enjoys with her family.  She is a dedicated mother full of compassion, integrity and love for her boys.

Her dear friend shares if you look up  friend, volunteer, businesswoman, commitment, dedicated, giving, loving, smart, beautiful, funny and  honest in the dictionary there would be a picture of Susan Hart next to each word.

Please help me congratulate the 2014 Debin Benish business woman of the year Susan Hart.

 

About Debin Benish

Debin Benish started Delta Systems Group at a time when women were not encouraged to venture out on their own, not to mention in a technology field. During her 18 years in business, Debin and her staff trained thousands of people in Mid- Missouri on many different software programs and provided computer network support to hundreds of companies.

In addition to achieving great success in her company, Debin was actively involved in the Chamber and Women’s Network. She served on the Chamber Board of Directors, Accreditation Task Force, Business Conference and Showcase Committee, Government Affairs, Education, Leadership Columbia, Women’s Network Business Owners Committee, and Ambassadors.

Debin had a philanthropic heart. She and the Delta Systems staff quietly assisted many charities and non-profits with their technology needs, such as the Central Missouri Food Bank, as she served on countless technology committees and boards. Among the most noteworthy accomplishments is the revolutionizing of the registration process for the biannual MU blood drives by creating the system that is still used to this day to assist in minimizing donor wait times. For all these reasons and her corporate mantra of providing excellent customer service and caring for projects, the Chamber honored Debin and Delta Systems as the 1992 Small Business of the Year.

Ten years after we lost Debin to cancer, Delta continues the tradition of excellence she laid out. This has resulted in being named a Small Business of the Year Finalist in 2005 and again in 2013; that same year Delta was named a Blue Ribbon Award Winner by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Delta Wins Seven 2013 ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation

March 5th, 2014

silver_addy_times_7 Delta Systems won SEVEN ADDYs as part of the American Advertising Awards on March 1,2014 at the RADDYS, held at the Diamond Room in Springfield, MO.

The American Advertising Awards exemplify the best of the best in advertising. They represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types and creative of all sizes. Delta won the following awards:

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“It is truly an honor to be recognized for our work and a pleasure to share these awards with our clients,” said Steve Powell, Delta Systems’ President. “This was definitely a team effort with several of these projects involving staff that was spread across 4 time zones. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s outstanding work and professionalism in design, implementation, project management, and hosting — all top notch!”

 

AAF of the Ozarks logoSince the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the AAF has disbanded, Delta Systems is now members of the AAF of the Ozarks. The AAF of the Ozarks American Advertising Awards Competition is the first of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The American Advertising Awards Competition is the industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence. Entry into the American Advertising Awards supports the entire industry, because AAF and its local and district membership use the proceeds to enhance advertising through programs such as internships, advocacy groups and advertising education.

Some of these entries will now go on to compete at the District level.

The AAF American Advertising Awards were previously known as the American Advertising Federation ADDY® Awards. So the awards are still called the “ADDYs”. . . . we think.

Delta President Named Job Point Volunteer of the Year

February 26th, 2014

Steve-Powell-Delta-Systems-Job-Point-Volunteer-Of-The-Year

Pictured left to right: Volunteer of the Year, Steve Powell, Delta Systems Group and Frank Aten, Job Point Board Chair

Job Point  held their 2014 Annual Awards Banquet on Feb 26, 2014 and honored several individuals. Presented by KOMU, Job Point’s Annual Banquet is widely considered one of the area’s most anticipated awards events.  The evening of celebration began with a social hour and dinner followed by a brief program.  The highlight was a video featuring persons served who have overcome significant barriers to employment.  Patrons were invited to meet these extraordinary individuals during a dessert reception.

Delta’s President, Steve Powell, was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Powell then commented, “All I did was play Donald Trump as the Celebrity Apprentice. I’m very pleased we raised over $30,000 for such a great organization. I just fired 23 people while making fun of the contestants on an open mic for 3 hours.  Heck, it looks like I’m even wearing the same jacket and shirt as on the Facebook Event Page. But seriously, I’m proud that Job Point thinks of me in such high regard.  Delta is proud to continue to help Job Point as we have for the past 12 years and will continue to do so.  The real people we should be celebrating are the Award of Excellence winners, so I thank you as I take my plaque and slip back into the background.”

Job Point

Delta named a 2014 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

February 21st, 2014

Delta Systems' US Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon Award

Download the Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 19, 2014   Contact: Tyler Hernandez 202-463-5682

 

Delta Systems Group Named U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Delta Systems Group of Columbia, MO, a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner. The annual program recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. Delta was selected from a record number of applicants across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.

 

“As the business community has worked hard to do its part in moving the country forward economically, small businesses have continued to be the driving force responsible for much of our progress,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Our Blue Ribbon Award winners are the best of the best—growing and succeeding despite significant challenges.”

 

The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists on March 19 and honor all of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners at the 10th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 11 – 13 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided through online public voting February 19 – 28.

 

“The Chamber is proud to honor these outstanding small businesses for their contributions to the country’s economic recovery and continued hard work in their communities,” Donohue continued. “They represent the creativity, the determination, and the resilience of the U.S. business community and are examples of the enormous potential of businesses and employees across the country.”

 

A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners is available here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 116 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.

 

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Group Scheduling App for Film Fest Lets You Keep Up With Your Friends

February 20th, 2014

The crew at Delta Systems is crazy about the True/False Film Fest. Couple that fanatical spirit with some truly amazing talent and you come up with this:

http://truefalse.org/group

Use our group scheduling app to coordinate your friends in a mobile-friendly display.

A fully responsive design that works on all mobile devices allows a way to visualize your T/F film schedule as a fun subway map. Want to see which films your friends are also attending? Behold. . .http://truefalse.org/group/ 

How did we do it?  It’s all HTML5.

Delta is proud to once again be a SUPER Sponsor of the True/False Film Fest.

group-schedule-example

 

UPDATE: We’ve now demonstrated this in Chicago at the TECHstars open house – DEMO your best… event

group-schedule

Delta’s Microsoft SQL Server Experience Spans 17 Years And Counting

January 1st, 2014

We often get asked if we have experience with Microsoft SQL Server. The answer is a resounding YES. While we are also experts in PostgreSQL and MySQL systems, and build more systems in those technologies, Delta’s experience with Microsoft SQL Server goes back the furthest.  Delta Systems Group has been building and maintaining systems powered by Microsoft SQL Server since at least 1997.  Or to put that in SQL: SELECT * FROM Experience WHERE date_created >= ‘1997-01-01 00:00:00′;  Ok, that was a little too geeky.

Delta’s Database Philosophy

  • We nurture a culture wherein correctly designed databases are the foundation upon which all good apps are built.  This goes for all database driven systems be it Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or MySQL.
  • Where possible, we don’t let clients delete data, we just mark it inactive. This has saved time, money, and jobs.
  • All our tables contain at least four fields: id, date_created, date_updated, and updated_by_user_id. We can share many a war story on how these fields have saved the day time and again.
  • We are intolerant of orphaned data and enforce referential integrity at every turn.
  • Table relationships and strong data typing are the norm (We don’t let something like a birthdate be stored as a string).
  • We loathe slow queries and are very good at optimizing tables, indexes, server settings, and query structuring to speed things along.
  • We’re big proponents of noun-based table naming and properly named fields so future programmers don’t have to guess as to what is stored where.
  • We’re well-versed in triggers, views, indexes, foreign-keys, calculated fields, stored procedures, user defined functions, maintenance plans, data cubing services, reporting services, as well as the differences between SQL, T-SQL, PL/SQL, and pgSQL.

 

Some Microsoft SQL Server-Based Client Examples

 

Job Point

Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

boone hospital center

columbia orthopaedic group

mizzourec-logo

Mizzou

Shelter Insurance

Agents National Title Insurance

  1. We built a system for Job Point that handles all of their client tracking. HIPAA compliance needed to be maintained. The system has been online for 9 years and houses dozens of tables.
  2. We built a system for the SUCCESS project which was a Federally funded 5 year grant administered by Job Point. HIPAA compliance needed to be maintained. The system was successfully used by many people including low-vision and blind users. The Microsoft SQL Server based system successfully communicated and shared data with a Lotus Notes server at the Missouri Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Division. The grant project was equally divided between 10 States, only 5 of which met the requirements to receive funding all the way to the end. We were proud to be recognized as the dominant leader of all the States’ efforts with having built the most complete system first (18 months faster than anyone else) that served thousands of consumers and provided automated, detailed reports to the Feds to show exactly how the system served Missouri’s citizens.
  3. Boone Hospital had us build reports for their Microsoft SQL Server system. Sensitive patient records were involved.
  4. Columbia Orthopedic Group had us build reports and database update forms for their Microsoft SQL Server system. Sensitive patient records were involved.
  5. The State of Missouri asked us to serve on a committee to help develop a standard for data communication as well as a list of baseline database fields that could be shared between a dozen different agencies at the State level. We got an award. Pictures were taken.
  6. We’re expanding upon a system used by the MizzouRec Complex to manage facility bookings, security, and the memberships of their 34,000 members. We’re integrating data from that system directly into WordPress.
  7. We’re trusted by the MU registrar’s office to handle student data and have built scripts that pull said data from their systems nightly to ensure the MizzouRec membership database is up to date (a feat never before attained). Additionally, we helped to build APIs for the MU Registrar’s office so that we could pull class description and room/teacher assignments dynamically into http://journalism.missouri.edu (which we also built and host)
  8. We’ve built multiple systems for Shelter Insurance, most notably the system that handles all the billing and tracking of all their marketing initiatives.
  9. Over the past 7 years, we’ve built, maintained and expanded a revolutionary and industry-changing system for Agents National Title Insurance based on SQL server that needed real-time replication between geographically separate data centers that needed nightly backups and could never go down.  Hundreds of thousands of title insurance policies and closing protection letters have been generated so far representing millions of dollars of revenue and insuring well over $35 Billion in property in several States. We just retired the SQL Server based system on July 1, 2013 and are proud to say that server and database did not go down once. Ever. The new system we built is powered by PostgreSQL and we built data transformation services that allowed us to migrate and adjust the data from the legacy Microsoft SQL Server using scripts that took over 27 hours to run. The transition went perfectly and it was business as usual in the new system on Monday morning.

 

Saving $200 Now by Buying the “Home” or “Personal” Operating System Version Wastes $400 Later

November 27th, 2013

As we hit the end of the year,  you may be considering buying new computer hardware for the office.

Sometimes companies like to buy things from big chain retailers because it is the quickest option and in some cases cheaper than buying a unit online.  What most people don’t realize is big chain retailers are often selling to the home market or personal consumer market, NOT the business market.  And the computer might work in a business environment, but eventually the system starts slowing down, a hard drive crashes or it catches a virus of some type and the computer has to be “reloaded” back to the “factory” settings just like it was when you purchased it.  We recently had to reload a laptop for a client to factory settings due to employee turnover.  We used the original factory DVDs to install the operating system, drivers and programs from the factory.

 

We then had to spend time removing the following trial programs and game programs that were included on the factory image:

Juno Preloader, NetZero Preloader, Office Home & Student Trial, Norton Internet Security Trial, SPORE Creature Creator Trial Edition, Agatha Christie – Death on the Nile, Bejewled 2 Deluxe, Big City Adventures – San Francisco, Blackhawk Striker 2, Blasterball 3, Build-a-lot 2, Chuzzle Deluxe, Diner Dash – Hometown Hero, Dream Chronicles 2, FATE, Family Feud 3, Jewel Quest Solitaire 2, JoJo’s Fashion Show, Luxor 3, Mystery P.I. – The Vegas Heist, Peggle, Penguins!, Poker Superstars III, Polar Bowler, Polar Golfer, Polar Pool, Slingo Deluxe, The Hidden Object Game Show, The Price Is Right, Tradewinds Legends, Virtual Villagers – A New Home, Virtual Villagers – The Secret City, Wedding Dash, Wheel of Fortune 2, Zuma Deluxe.

 

Of course once a program is loaded it always seems to leave traces of itself on the hard drive and so we had to download additional registry cleaning software to make sure the unit was no longer running little bits of software that had already been uninstalled.  This all had to be done before we could get to installing the business software the company actually used.  So the $200 saved by purchasing a cheap machine off the shelf was negated by the 4 hours of labor it took to reload and clean off all the junk that came with the machine.

 

Save your time and money by buying the “professional” and “office” versions of operating systems when the computer is going to used at, or connected to, an office network.

– A friendly reminder from the friendly Network Support department at Delta Systems.

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