Best Practices for IT Staffing and Custom Software Development

Flat Rate Vs Hourly Rate

Posted by Donella Muzik on May 1, 2017 10:03:00 AM

Introduction

A flat rate refers to an overall amount that a vendor might charge for a project and that amount will not change. Regardless of the time it takes to complete the project and the resources used, you’re expected to pay this rate. Conversely, if the contractor charges an hourly rate, you’re expected to pay that rate for each hour that the contractor works. Both rates can improve cost efficiency if you’re careful and choose wisely.

  • Flat Rates Are Easy to Budget and Track
  • Familiarity with Project Details is Key
  • Hourly Rates Are Sometimes Cheaper
  • Pricing Choice Might Be Out of Your Hands
  • Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
  • Other Pricing Options
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

Tips to Ensure Project Management Success for Your Software Project

Posted by Anastasia Bokareva on Apr 20, 2017 7:32:00 AM

Introduction

When companies pursue authentic solutions to pressing problems faced by their customers, projects connected to these solutions have a greater chance of success. But successful projects must not only meet business needs, they also must remain within financial and time boundaries and include strategies for keeping the business stakeholders well informed of the project’s progress along the way.

Choosing the right project methodology to help project teams achieve this balance is critical and ensures that they deliver successful project solutions. This post offers:

  • Overview of Project Methodologies
  • Single Method Approach
  • Hybrid Approach
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

Key Factors in Choosing a Cloud Based Development Platform

Posted by Donella Muzik on Apr 15, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Introduction

Many companies focus on Software as a Service (SaaS) to incorporate cloud computing into their infrastructure. However, Platform as a Service (PaaS) is another cloud service your company benefits from if you develop custom applications or do other types of development. A cloud based development platform provides a number of benefits, from allowing you to offer your applications as a service to clients and customers to leveraging the power of the cloud platform instead of relying on your own hardware. So what should you look for in a cloud development platform?

  • Security
  • Platform Flexibility
  • Storage
  • Support
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

How Your Organization Benefits From Professional IT Consultation

Posted by Donella Muzik on Apr 10, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Introduction

Your IT infrastructure is the life blood of your organization, running your back end and front end operations. Whether you’re a start-up company where you handle the IT, or you have a large corporation with its own IT department, you gain several benefits from professional IT consultation:

  • A fresh pair of eyes
  • Existing vendor relationships
  • Core business focus
  • On-demand scalability
  • Specialized skill sets
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

3 Ways to Make Your Business More Efficient with Web Applications

Posted by Anastasia Bokareva on Apr 1, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Introduction

Your business has many standard operating procedures that would benefit from a liberal dose of efficiency. The processes may have been the most efficient options when they were created, but as your business grows and technology improves it becomes easy to outgrow your existing procedures. Custom web applications work well in many work flow types. They save you money by reducing the amount of load your workstations handle on their own, and create tools for your business to work more efficiently. Here are a few ways that web applications smooth out your work flow when you need it most:

  • Accessible from any browser
  • Custom designed for your business needs
  • Centralized data
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

The Cost of Large-Scale IT Project Failure

Posted by Donella Muzik on Mar 15, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Introduction

Any company that’s looking to expand or sustain itself comes to a crossroads where current technology just isn’t getting the job done anymore. That means it’s time to invest in a new system. This process includes developing the software or selecting a vendor, planning, training, implementation, and post-support. With so much involved in an IT project, there are plenty of points for it to fail. Below, we’ll discuss the cost of these failures, why they fail, and how you can avoid falling into the same traps yourself.

  • The Cost of IT Project Failure
  • Why IT Projects Fail
  • How You Can Ensure Success
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

Good Languages for Crunching Big Data

Posted by Anastasia Bokareva on Mar 10, 2017 11:07:00 AM

Introduction

Does selecting the right language matter when dealing with massive amounts of data? Many companies have experienced problems because some formerly well-tuned SQL requests have skidded to a halt as datasets grew exponentially larger over time. It’s obvious that databases and query turning might matter, but what about the choice of procedural language?Just knowing the size of the data might not be enough information to make a decision. Other considerations could include the platform that the procedures will run on and the kinds of uses the data gets put to. One choice might be better for analysis, but another may be favored for reporting or queries. In any case, it might be a good idea to consider some common programming languages that are used for big data:

  • JAVA
  • PHP
  • R
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

Coding Languages

Posted by Donella Muzik on Mar 1, 2017 4:34:00 PM

Introduction

The idea of what a programming language is has become common knowledge in the world: a combination of human language and modifications are used to give instructions to a digital processing unit. Knowing some of the differences in how the languages perform is one step towards improving your understanding and implementation of technology. Here are some of the most popular languages used in software development:

  • Java
  • C#
  • .NET Framework 
  • PHP
  • ASP.NET

 

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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

The Benefits of Owning Your Own Proprietary Software

Posted by Anastasia Bokareva on Feb 15, 2017 4:13:00 PM

Introduction

When you’re looking for a software solution for your business, it’s natural to look at out-of-the-box software solutions. They’re simple and they’re cost-effective. For many businesses, however, owning your own software is a much better option. Whether you build it yourself or contract a developer to help you, here are five important benefits of owning your own proprietary software:

  • Affords You Greater Functionality
  • Offers You Room to Grow
  • Makes Software Integration Simple
  • Helps Boost Your Security
  • Gives You a Competitive Advantage
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Topics: IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How

7 Ways to Get the Most From Your Contracted Developers

Posted by Anastasia Bokareva on Feb 10, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Introduction

Contracted staffing, sometimes called “outsourcing,” is an excellent way to save money and pay only for what you need. But, perceived savings on labor can end up biting you in the end if you don't take time to purposefully set up your environment to achieve success.

Here are 7 tips to get the most from your contracted developers and make your projects succeed every time:

  • Know What You Want
  •  Set Quality Standards
  • Communicate Often
  • Be Mindful of Time Differences
  • Understand Cultural Differences
  • Know Who You’re Dealing With
  • Leave Room For Adjustments
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Topics: Outsourcing, IT project management, Custom software development, Cost-cutting, We Know How