With the ever-changing landscape of devices, web and native applications on both mobile and Desktop, developers are increasingly expected to understand how to create user experiences. UX expectations are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. What's a Developer to do? Never fear, join Jeff Julian And John Alexander of AJi Software for an interactive and entertaining session! We'll focus on some fundamental UX concepts and terminology to enable you to tackle this new and exciting frontier. Whether working on your own or with a designer, you'll be able to design and communicate more effectively.
Jeff Julian loves creating awesome software. In his role as Managing Partner at AJi Software, he specializes in creating software programs that help customers achieve their business goals—using best-in-class Agile methodologies and well-refined system integration procedures.
“The key is accuracy—making sure we understand exactly what the customers want, through every step of the development process,” Jeff said. “That’s why we take the time to get regular input from our customers.”
Jeff has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for experience in the areas of XML and SharePoint. He co-authored a bestselling book on SharePoint development and has been a leader in the .NET User Group of Kansas City for over 10 years.
In 2003, Jeff founded a startup software community called Geekswithblogs.net. By 2012, when he finally sold the website, it had grown to 2.5 million unique visitors each month.
“We want to deliver the best quality application possible,” Jeff said. “We want our customers to be blown away every day by the level of quality they receive from AJi.”
In his free time, Jeff enjoys photography, training for marathons, and hanging out with his wife and two children.
John Alexander loves making customers happy and has a passion for process. Whether it’s finding the right software solution to support their business vision—or simply making a suggestion on a new approach—he enjoys helping them find exactly what they need to achieve their goals. As Managing Partner at AJi Software, John spends a great part of his time analyzing customer requirements and directing the project team to meet those requirements, even when they change on the fly. The agile process that AJi uses is an area he spends considerable time on as well.
“I like teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring,” John said. “It’s a wonderful experience when someone finally understands a concept, and has that ‘Aha!’ moment.”
John is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, author, coach, and system architect, specializing in Team Foundation Server, for which he received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. He has served as the Microsoft Regional Director for the Kansas City area for the last 15 years. In addition, John was the lead architect and coach of a software development team that was directly responsible for placing that organization on CIO Magazine's Agile 100 List.
A widely respected speaker and writer on Microsoft .NET applications, he co-authored two bestselling books on .NET development, as well as a bestselling book on Microsoft SharePoint development. He routinely speaks at industry conferences such as VS Live! and DevConnections,
“What excites me?” John asked. “Giving our customers a world-class service experience through a collaborative and transparent process.”
John is an avid baseball fan. His favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. John loves spending time with his wife and 3 children, drawing and painting, and swimming.