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MicroComputer Task Group News

2017

MicroComputer Task Group developed a warranty registration app for the web for a York area air-conditioning systems firm.  Alpha Anywhere was chosen as the development platform of choice. Alpha Anywhere is a front-end to back-end production environment for rapidly developing and deploying enterprise-level, cross-platform mobile, web business and SaaS applications. Alpha Anywhere 2.0 incorporates a host of powerful enhancements, including Adobe PhoneGap Build integration, enhanced security, built-in support for high-quality icons fonts and design elements, and new style templates that mirror the latest iOS7 and Android look and feel.  

Garth developed a new web site www.lanandcloudapps.com to emphasize the company's growing LAN and Cloud app capabilities and increased web presence.  Garth also joined The Alternative Board for to enjoy the benefits of peer advising and coaching. 

Completed ofice renovations: fiber cement siding, windows. door, entrance stop, walks, patio, kitchen, entrance stairway, and hanging of large MCTG corporate banner. Upgraded employee wellness options with exercise equipment, inversion table, jacuzzi and healty drinks and snacks.

2011-2017

MicroComputer Task Group developed a product selection and quotation app for United Cooled Air using Visual FoxPro. This cutting edge app's interface has been praised by users for greater usability over competitors' releases. Factory pricing and application features are kept current via timely web updates. This app is downloadable for registered distributors and dealers from the United CoolAir website and runs on work stations. The app was formally launched in April 2013. Additional products and features are planned for the app to be added incrementally until the company's full product line is included. The design of this app surpasses in many ways the ESP app developed for by MCTG for Johnson Controls.

MCTG established Cloud Apps Studio to support the company's expanded focus on web app development, and created  www.cloudappsstudio.com  www.cloudappsstudio.net  

In addition to FoxInCloud, MCTG evaluated a number of development platforms such as Polar Fox and Lianja as alternatives to .Net app development. The VFP community is very active and busy developing VFPx open source add-ons (www.vfpx.codeplex.com), a 64 bit compiled version of VFP and two new products Visual FreePro and Visual FoxPro .Net. The developer community supports Visual FoxPro effectively on www.foxite.com and the Universal Thread (www.universalthread.com) among numerous other sites.

 

2006-2013

MicroComuter Task established an Affiliation with MANTEC as a Qualified Solutions Provider which broadens MCTG customer and application's base.

MCTG developed its first dynamic web app using VFP / VFP2IIS and later using VFP / FoxInCloud for a package shipment tracker business. This web app which was completed with assistance from FoxInCloud allows customers to view / edit their shipment invoices. The web app is integrated with a LAN desktop app which processes raw invoice data for the various shipment carriers.  

MicroComputer Task Group began developing a cutting edge product selection and quotation app for United Cooled Air using Visual FoxPro. Garth worked in Paris France with the FoxInCloud lead architect, adapting this VFP LAN app to run on the web as a beta test.  

Garth presented two web apps developed by MCTG to the 2011 and 2012 Southwest Fox Developer conference and to the Philadelphia VFP developer group.

MicroComputer Task Group developed a variety of custom data analysis apps for testing facilities, package shipment trackers, racks manufacturer, metal enclosures and steel fabricators, heat exchanger manufactures, paving material supplier, heavy lifting and light hoist and crane builders, and financial fund management brokerage, among others. applications include product selection, rating and quotations, job tracking, labor reporting, invoicing, test data analysis, product directory query, membership billing / profile, marketing planning, fishing log book, and furnace certified performance calculation,

Garth developed the complex AFUE furnace and boiler calculation app for GAMA.

MCTG staff expanded to seven developers to support its largest development project to date: ARI's on line web based directory of Certified Equipment. Developed a companion app for Gama (Gas Applications Manufacturers Association).

MCTG installed networks and repaired servers, work stations and printers for local business.

 

2005

MCTG launched it's home developed company website http://www.mctg.com hosted by web.com.

MicroComputer Task Group presented its custom software and networking capabilities at the 2005 York Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The MCTG staff demonstrated YORK ESP, the Equipment and Selection Program developed for Johnson Controls. This app enables salesmen, architects and engineers in the HVACR (air- conditioning, heating and ventilating and refrigeration) industry to prepare submittals and quotations specifying equipment manufactured and sold by Johnson Control's YORK and YORK/UPG OEM brands. ESP program has been cited as the best software in its class. The ESP user base exceeded 3000 users worldwide.

 

2004

Moment with a Manager. MicroComputer Task Group and founder Garth Groft was featured in the "Moment With a Manager" section of the York Newspaper, Sunday June 2014 edition. download word document.

 

1989 - 2003

MicroComputer Task Group developed YORK ESP, the Equipment and Selection Program developed for Johnson Controls and launched it worldwide. This app enables salesmen, architects and engineers in the HVACR (air-conditioning, heating, ventilating and refrigeration) industry to prepare submittals and quotations specifying equipment manufactured and sold by Johnson Control's YORK and YORK/UPG OEM brands. ESP has been cited as the best software in its class. The ESP user base would go on to exceed 3000 users worldwide. Garth developed affiliations with The Leo Group and two other consultants in joint development project ventures.

 

Customer Testimonials

“Selecting Garth to develop our equipment selection program was easy, with his renowned success with the comparable ESP app that he and his team developed for Johnson Controls.  The development environment he offers enables us to participate heavily in the app’s development.  Garth is instructing us on most of the coding techniques required to make the program work - a deliverable seldom offered or achievable with other developers.  This results in enormous cost savings as well as the personalization of our app to our preferences and refinements beyond our original specifications. Moreover, his keen eye for esthetics and creating a user intuitive interface coupled with his heat transfer, mathematical and business (MBA) experience is a valuable asset.  Using our program, our customers are now able to select our equipment themselves in minutes.  We are seeing a significant increase in quotation and orders.  Our program offering reflects favorably on how well try we serve our customers.  We highly recommend Garth for developing your computer apps.  You too can enjoy the benefits."   Becky Weaver, Sales Engineer;  Brad Dunn, Sales Manager;  Neil Tucker, President, United CoolAir Corporation  2016.9.15

"Other branch office managers asked me how I made the Philly branch the top selling branch in the country.  I tell them - "It's simple! I make everyone who works for me use Garth's ESP program. ESP is so easy to learn and use that a new hire with limited knowledge of our product line can roll out profession and accurate quotes after just a few days of training." Marty Fischer, Branch Manager, Philly Branch,  Johnson Controls, Inc.  1998

"Every time I ask you to add a new feature to my software, you manage to do it in ways that exceed my expectations. Your applications are refreshing to look and use.  You have a very nice touch."  Mark Sindivich, President Bituminous Paving, Inc.  2007

Employee Testimonials

“If I worked for what was believed to be the best-rated company in the world, I would leave to work for MCTG. Challenge can be viewed as an adversary or an opportunity.  There are those who turn their backs when the road ahead becomes unclear, and those who blaze a new path.  My experience at MCTG has allowed me to treat every obstacle that I encounter as a chance to create a new road.  On a daily basis, I may be expected to balance the tasks and report on the progress of several projects, each with their own unique issues to accommodate.  I may work face to face with a client, program a complex application, and debate programming techniques with a fellow employee, all within the same day. These challenges have allowed me to sharpen my skills in multiple fields and to become more focused in many ways.  The relaxed work environment at MCTG eliminates much of the stress that would normally accompany such requirements. The opportunities and freedoms at MCTG have created a workplace that is second to none."  Wyatt McGuire, Developer / Network Specialist, MicroComputer Task Group  2005.3.1