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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Innovation Software Development Cloud Computing

Here's why you should be thinking about a business app

Looking for that X factor which sets your company apart from the competition? Chances are, it can be found in software and that’s why you should be thinking about your company’s next application.

Think of the by-now usual suspects: Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Amazon. These companies have revolutionised industries which were once unassailable fortresses, protected by regulation or high cost of entry.

How did they do it?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 30, 2018 8:26:28 AM

Software Development Cloud Computing Digital Transformation

What’s serverless technology (and why it matters to you)

Seems almost crazy, but the era of ‘serverless architecture’ is upon us. It’s a continuation of the availability of utility cloud computing and it matters to most businesses because it means you can develop and operate your services without ever worrying about operating systems or underlying hardware. All you need to do is produce the code and run it.

On what, you rightly ask? The short answer is ‘containers’.

Serverless computing is an execution model in which your cloud provider dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources (those machines would be the actual ‘servers’ – but they have nothing to do with you, certainly not in a physical sense: they are completely abstracted away from the end user). Pricing is based on the amount of resources consumed by your application, rather than on pre-purchased capacity. In other words, serverless consumption models are ‘on demand’ utility computing.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

A reality check: Why you should NOT develop that app

We see (and write!) a lot of articles about why you should create custom software applications, how to come up with app ideas, and the cost of developing software. But then when we think about how we interact with clients, the first thing we do is check if they should not be creating the app. 

Yes, we are aware of the contradiction! However, as you know we are all about creating leverage, and despite acknowledging custom software is the ultimate way to gain competitive advantage, if results are not generated as expected it can quickly turn into a pit of wasted resources

To make sure you've thought through your idea, here are instances where we suggest NOT to pursue custom software development: 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 5, 2018 9:53:29 AM

Efficiency Software Development Business Automation

How to come up with awesome business app ideas

You would be right if you thought investing in an app would be a wise decision this year. You can probably name half a dozen apps off the top of your head that have helped to simplify your life, yet you probably have a few tasks in mind of what you wish you had an app for!

The rise of digital transformation has meant that, apps are now a “thing” for businesses too. Companies who realise this opportunity are able to come up with app ideas that help keep them in their consumers’ pockets, streamline business processes, or automate routine processes to save time (and money).

However, coming up with winning business app ideas can be tricky! So, we have compiled a list of six things you should consider before hitting the go button on a new business app:

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Sep 26, 2017 9:57:12 AM

Software Development Business Automation Digital Transformation

This is how you generate the data that actually helps you make business decisions

Generating reports from data that actually provide you with the information you need to make high level business decisions is not easy.

In most cases, not only is their creation process heavily manual with the sourcing, collating and calculating data from numerous outputs, but the process lends itself to being time consuming and highly prone to errors.  

It's easy to see how only 29% of the companies who strive to be data driven are able to achieve this reality.  

So, how is their data different to yours?  They are able to transform their numbers from data to insights. 

What's the difference between your data and their insights? Well, quite a lot. To break it down, there are 6 key attributes that differentiate actionable insights from data. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

Technical Debt: Your technology may be costing you more than you think

Imagine you have just discovered a gap in the market, and you have an exciting opportunity to release software to service this market's needs. The only catch? Time is not on your side and you need to jump at it quickly.  

Or, you've just had an amazing idea of how your business could create software that would save you 100 man hours per month, naturally you want to launch it ASAP.  

In both these situations time is not on your side, and neither is technical debt.  

Wait, technical debt? What debt!?

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Jul 5, 2017 10:52:12 AM

Software Development Business Automation Digital Transformation

Breaking down the pricing factor: how much developing an app will cost you

We all have our favourite apps we can’t live without, and most of us also have an A+ idea for a business app we know would give our business leverage.

And if you don’t? It might be time to put your thinking cap on! The right business app can help you get and retain customers, increase your revenue and give your business the upper hand in the industry you play in.

But like everything amazing, it comes at a cost. That’s the big question a lot of business have before committing to developing an idea further. So, we thought we’d answer the sticky question!

 

How can you figure out the expected cost of your business app idea?

 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Innovation Software Development Business Automation

4 simple ways to get staff buy in for a new business app

You have decided your business needs to modernize its operations and innovate. You have done all the hard work to come up with an app idea, and you are ready to start your project.

But, how do get your staff buy in?

Over the years, we have worked with many businesses who had a tough time when introducing a new tool to their team. What follows is a guide on the simple tactics you can apply when launching an internal tool.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

4 Steps to Planning Your First App

It has long been established that great software, applications or simply “apps” can help businesses to improve customer engagement, reinvent productivity, modernize operations and transform processes and innovate products and business models.

But how do you actually go about developing an app?

Just like many things in in life, developing an app implies preparation. Planning your app will make things go smoother, faster, and with less stress.

You’re about to learn that the actual app creation process is relatively straightforward. And we’ll guide you through the entire process. 

To make this guide as easy to follow as possible, we’ve broken it up into four stages:      

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software Development Digital Transformation

The Software Development Trends You NEED to Know in 2017

If software is eating the world (thanks for the prediction Marc Andreessen!), it’s a good idea to know what’s on the menu. With 2017 well underway, let’s look at the top four  trends which are driving software development this year.

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