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When we talk about building stable software, it doesn’t get any better than this

This is amazing. When we talk about building stable software, it doesn’t get any better than this.


In Gdansk, Poland there is an auto repair shop that is still running a Commodore 64 computer for its operations.


Commodore’s USA Facebook page recently posted:

This C64C used by a small auto repair shop for balancing driveshafts has been working non-stop for over 25 years! And despite surviving a flood it is still going...


Seeing this both makes me smile, and painfully aware of every grey hair that remains in my head.


Back in 1983, I learned basic programming on the C64. After school, I would go to my family-run advertising agency and write code for a sales lead program we developed (CRM wasn’t a thing yet), and then go home to play Zaxxon or appease my older brother by developing a program that could predict the next Lotto numbers (it couldn’t). The Commodore 64 holds a special place in my heart and was truly the foundation of my eventual career. In fact, a Commodore 64 sits in my company’s lobby today. It still works after all these years!

 


 

Ford Announces Release of SYNC 3 Emulator

For those looking to build mobile apps for the automotive world, this is a very big deal! The Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator helps developers create mobile apps for Ford vehicles that are equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to the developer’s workstation as though it would normally connect with SYNC 3. From there, developers can accurately build their apps and see exactly how their app will function in a SYNC 3 vehicle. This new capability, released free by Ford, will dramatically speed the development, testing and deployment times for new apps coming soon to Ford vehicles.

 

For more information: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/07/21/ford-sync-3-applink-software-tool-speeds-development.html

 

As i2Integration provides the technology support of the Ford Developer Program, including website, mobile apps, global hosting and data integration, we see the release of the SYNC 3 Emulator as a powerful addition to bringing new developers to the Program. With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road globally (and 43 million expected by 2020), that’s a tremendous amount of potential for the mobile developer market.

 

For Ford and i2, it's exciting times ahead.

 


 

i2Integration Takes Reins of Mousetrap Mobile Applications and Services

Lansing, Mich.— A Detroit-area mobile strategies agency will transition its applications and services to Lansing-based information technology company, i2Integration. The transition comes after the unexpected death of Mousetrap's founder and president, Greg Nasto.

 

Mousetrap’s core services included web and graphic design, mobile apps, text (SMS) messaging, social media management and online digital marketing for associations.

 

“To ensure that Greg’s dream lives on and our service continues, we have been working closely with i2Integration,” said Jessica MacConaghy, Mousetrap Mobile’s former project manager. “i2 has been working with associations for 20 years, so we knew they have the means, capability and experience to take this on quickly. We also felt strongly that i2 has the standards and morals that reflected our own, so we were very confident that this was a great fit to move forward.”

 

John Forsberg, CEO of i2Integration, was introduced to Nasto through the tight-knit association community.

 

"I got to see over the years how he and his staff built a hard-earned reputation for their work and responsiveness," Forsberg said. "Our mission now is to continue that level of excellence.”

 

In the months ahead, i2Integration will complete the various projects in-progress for the association conference season.

 

Forsberg said i2 will begin to gather feedback from its new clients, evaluate the various mobile applications and begin to lay out plans for improvement and expansions for 2017.

 

 


 

Automaker Partners with i2Integration on Mobile App Integration

i2Integration is helping Ford Motor Co. expand the connected car on a global scale, and setting the stage for a growing presence in developer program creation and management.

As the technology company behind the digital assets in the Ford Developer Program, the Lansing-based web and application developer is playing a key role in establishing the Detroit automaker as the leader in integrating mobile apps with vehicles.

i2Integration provides technology support for both developer and consumer facing resources within the Ford Developer Program for AppLink which is the Ford product built upon the open-source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) platform.

"Other automakers are picking up Ford's open source architecture," said Scott Burnell, who heads the Ford program. "This is a brand-new world for a very old industry, and it's going to grow -- exponentially.”

Right now, some 15,000 developers are part of the FordDev Program, from Pandora and Major League Baseball to one-person shops that span nearly 100 countries.

"What we really like about having i2Integration on board is, we’re a global company but we're still where the entire automotive industry began, in Michigan," Burnell said. "It's great to have a Michigan company working alongside us that can work at a global level."

For i2Integration, that global capability includes developing, establishing and managing systems, content and mobile apps for the development program in key locations worldwide, with each installation tailored for speed, reliability and accessibility.

“Our team is at the forefront of what is truly a transformation of the automotive and mobile app industries and the growth of the 'Internet of Things,'" said John Forsberg, CEO of i2Integration. “We're proud to be a key component in Ford’s lead in that transformation.

“There's also a real and growing need for industries to integrate their products with independent mobile app developers worldwide, whether that's retail, automotive, b2b or healthcare. i2Integration is perfectly positioned to support that need, and that is extremely exciting for us.”

 


 

Wireframing and Prototyping Seminar

On May 10th, i2Integration was proud to conduct an hour long seminar to the Michigan Information Systems Association, discussing the new technologies and processes in application wireframing and prototyping. Sounds dry and boring, right? Actually it’s pretty cool stuff that has fundamentally changed design and development and, in doing so, has shaved a TON of time (and money) from the process. Not so boring! i2Integration CEO, John Forsberg, Vice President, Sean McEvoy and Sales/Strategic Partnerships, Mark Stiles all presented in this informative one hour event.

Want to know more. Here’s the Prezi:



 Have questions? Give us a holler or email. We can talk about this stuff all day.

 


 

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