If you are a public sector organization or part of the healthcare industry, you’re probably well aware of accessibility testing and why it’s important for the business. If you have never heard of accessibility testing as a term, but you want to create a company’s product or service so that it can be used by as many people as possible, then you need your product to be designed for people with disabilities.

Do you know how complex accessibility testing is? How much time does it take for a QA to perform it? How many categories are there for accessibility testing?

Though it has been a growing effort in many industries for some time, digital transformation in healthcare has lagged behind. That is, until 2020. COVID-19 caused worldwide devastation, but in the case of healthcare, It also spurred needed change. As patients and doctors sought ways to maintain care relationships under lockdown, digital solutions came to the fore. Now, the question becomes how to leverage that progress to design a digital transformation framework for the future.

Digital transformation is the strategic integration of digital technology into an enterprise, to significantly change the way it operates. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the…

This blog about the Digital Product Design Process: Foundational Research is an excerpt from our eBook “Fulfilling Users’ Needs: Take a Design Thinking Approach to Ship Digital Products that Win”. Click here to download the entire eBook.

The mobile landscape has changed a great deal since MentorMate developed its first mobile app twenty years ago. At that time, we were limited to the few mobile devices that could handle any sort of third-party application — mainly PalmPilots.

Mobile devices have obviously become much more plentiful and powerful since then and so too have our options for creating mobile applications. Over…

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When it comes to Agile software development, there are several different frameworks that teams adopt. Two of the most common are of course Scrum and Kanban. While each has its own set of advantages, they also have shortcomings that the other addresses. That’s where Scrumban comes in. Scrumban is a new and interesting concept that lies halfway between Scrum and Kanban.

Before we dive into how Scrumban helps teams effectively stay on track, let’s take a quick look at Scrum and Kanban individually.

Scrum Principles

Scrum is an agile methodology for managing software development projects. With Scrum, the team organizes itself into…

Women in Tech: Working Towards Equality and Inspiring Others

Today is the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) 10th annual International Girls in ICT Day. Each year, ITU (the United Nations agency dedicated to the Information and Communication Technology industry) shines a light on the accomplishments of women in tech to build awareness of the gender gap in STEM fields. The goal is to inspire girls and young women to pursue education and careers in STEM while breaking down the barriers of entry.

In the spirit of the day, we thought we’d look inward to our team and reflect on some of our own efforts to increase STEM equity within MentorMate…

It takes many different resources, deployment methods, and tools in Azure to get an application working just the way you want it. But that’s just the beginning. Building observability in Azure brings your application sustainability, increased visibility, and could even lead to a better user experience.

To add observability, there are a lot of different tools from which to choose. Azure has its own suite of built-in tools, but there are also many third-party add-on solutions available. Today, we’ll look at some of the commonalities of these two approaches and how they differ.

Monitoring vs. Observability: What’s the difference?

Before we dig into observability too much…

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There is a common misconception that Agile and DevOps cannot work together. That thinking does a disservice to everyone in the software development and delivery field. In fact, both approaches significantly add to the pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation. Both enable product teams to better develop, deliver, and sustain complex products.

Let’s review how businesses benefit from adopting the Agile and DevOps principles, culture, and practices.

Is producing and operating software simple, complicated, or complex?

Before we look at Agile and DevOps, let’s first look at software as a whole. If we review software development and operations through the Cynefin framework’s lens, where would it fit? …

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What is product design? What does the product design process entail? At what point should you enroll your design team? These questions always come up during any conversation about design.

Today, we answer those questions and offer insight into how successful product design profoundly impacts your business’s success.

What is product design?

The world of product design has evolved considerably over the years. And so too has the product design process. To a lot of people, design is simply how a product looks and feels. And while that is a component of product design, it is so much more than that. …

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In today’s digital world, content is everything. It’s the cornerstone of how brands connect with customers, sell products and services, and build a successful business. One of two content management systems (CMS) powers all of that content — traditional or a headless CMS.

Traditional CMS

Traditional CMSs are content management systems built solely for use with web content. The industry standard for years, they functioned as intended and published content to millions of websites. But a traditional CMS has a lot of shortcomings in the modern digital world that a headless CMS doesn’t.

Traditional, or coupled, CMSs are a monolith. Built together…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily life around the world, several MentorMate clients are doing their part to combat its effects. From helping with testing efforts to boosting people’s mental health to keeping public places clean, technology is at the core of everything.

Since the start of the pandemic, we worked with these clients to quickly implement solutions that make a difference.

Valley Medical & Wellness

With several locations across the Twin Cities, Valley Medical and Wellness specializes in chronic pain and addiction care. As part of that work, they already have a high-complexity toxicology lab in their facilities. …


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