The mini app allows visitors to digitally tour Amadeus Consulting’s offices, interacting with objects and learning about the company along the way.
A Silverlight mini app is a small custom development application which can be embedded onto a website, or function as a stand-alone application, or be ported onto different devices and platforms, and is created using Microsoft’s Silverlight development tools. Creating the application included wireframing, a process which designs the flow and layout of the application, prototyping and finally presenting a finished product. Many members of the team participated in order to bring all of the artistic elements together, including developers, photographers and graphic designers.
Visitors to the Amadeus Consulting website can use the app by clicking on the “View the Interactive Office Tour” button located on the home page. The app will work with any browser; however users may need to install the Silverlight plug-in, which can also be done through the site.
In addition to a site tour, the mini app also incorporates interactive features that let users learn more about the specific elements of Amadeus Consulting. Specifically, users can learn about the mobile CHaRM Center, which is part of Amadeus Consulting’s recycling initiative. It teaches which types of items can be recycled, composted or salvaged, rather than turning everything into trash.
The Interactive Office Tour also takes advantage of Silverlight’s deep-zoom feature, which allows users to zoom into images with very minimal reduction in quality. This feature stitches together different photos with a near-seamless transition, so as users zoom in and out, the picture quality remains consistent without slowing down the application. For example, users can view a wall of the many awards that Amadeus Consulting has won, and then quickly zoom into each one with enough quality to read them, as if the photo had been taken up close.
Overall the mini app was an experiment for the application developers to work with some of the features of Silverlight, and a way to highlight Amadeus Consulting’s unique culture with more than just words.
“The Interactive Office Tour mini app is a great way for people to see who we are,” said Jay Millard, Vice President of Business Development. “Our business values include ‘Doing the Right Thing’ and ‘Everything is Possible,’ but those are meaningless if they are just words. This helps people see who we are, and how we have used them to build up a reputation of success.”
About Amadeus Consulting
Amadeus Consulting (amadeusconsulting.com) is a custom software development company dedicated to creating intelligent technology solutions with successful business results. Amadeus Consulting is a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner as well as a Silverlight™ Partner, winner of the Microsoft Office XP Challenge, and has Microsoft Partner Competencies in Custom Development, Mobility and Data Management Solutions. The company is an expert in custom software applications such as rich Internet Applications, content management systems, e-commerce, surveys, social networking sites, data collection and management, browser plug-ins, and mobile application development including iPhone™, iPad™, Windows Mobile® and Android™. Amadeus Consulting ranked in the top 25 on the prestigious Mercury 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties for three consecutive years, and has placed on the Inc. 5000 list for four consecutive years.