Our Hiring Process
culture by Biz Dev on May 10, 2017 |
There are lots of people who call themselves developers or say they can write code. Like any other endeavor, capabilities range from the elite to those who should look for something else to do. Just because a person says they can code doesn’t mean he or she can. According to Peopleware, the best developers are up to 28 times more...
Freelancer vs Software Development Firm: Who should you hire?
software development by Biz Dev on May 3, 2017 |
For the sake of this article, let's assume you have decided NOT to hire a full-time developer as an employee and need to outsource work on a custom software project. Who should you hire? Freelancer vs Software Development Firm Before we assess each option, it is important to have answers to the following questions: What is the core problem being...
What is DevOps?
technology by Biz Dev on April 26, 2017 |
The term DevOps is a frequently used in the software development community; however, it means different things to different people. In this article, we are going to explore the origin of the word along with various definitions. DevOps Origin The term DevOps was first mentioned during a presentation by Andrew Shafer and Patrick Debois at the Agile 2008 conference. The...
Why Level 12 uses Python, in one Tweet!
Python by Randy Syring on April 25, 2017 |
I sometimes struggle in business, as I try to lay out things like vision, mission, strategy, guiding principles, and the like. But I don't struggle to justify why we so often reach for Python: it's just easy to get things done. You see, the reality with most software development, especially consulting based custom software development like Level 12 focuses on,...
software development,technology by Biz Dev on April 19, 2017 |
What are containers? The use of containers has grown significantly over the past couple of years with Docker leading the charge. The multifaceted deployment scenarios provided by containers are changing IT strategies and tactics. Docker defines a container as, "a lightweight, stand-alone, executable package of a piece of software that includes everything needed to run it." Containers vs. Virtual Machines...
Is Microservices Right for Your Organization?
software development by Biz Dev on April 12, 2017 |
An increasing number of businesses are exploring the possibility of leveraging microservices for software development projects. Microservices are not the right fit for every organization. This article is meant to provide non-technical business leaders with an overview of the pros and cons of this development architecture along with conditions when making a move to microservices may make sense. It is...
Our Development Mission Statement
software development by Randy Syring on April 7, 2017 |
We ask a lot of our developers and they know how to deliver. It's not easy to describe everything that is needed in order to develop high quality software that isn't prohibitively expensive for the typical business. But our development team put their heads together and came up with the following Mission Statement to guide the development team at a...
Understanding Custom Software Cost Estimation
software development by Biz Dev on March 29, 2017 |
Custom software cost estimation is hard and often inaccurate due to the complex nature of the development process. In fact, a study by McKinsey revealed that 66% of software projects go over budget. "Can you give me a custom software cost estimate for my project?" is usually one of the first questions we are asked when a prospect is inquiring about our...
Excel Hacks to Boost Your Productivity
data management by Biz Dev on March 14, 2017 |
Do you use Excel to manage your data? If you are manually shifting data around, struggling to get the information you or are frustrated by scrolling through large datasets, these Excel hacks are for you. 1. Get Rid of Duplicates Whether you are planning a mailing, trying to segment a list for marketing purposes or simply want to make sure...
5 Ways The Wrong Software May Be Draining Cash From Your Business
software development by Biz Dev on March 8, 2017 |
Regardless of the type of business, you're trying to run or even the industry that you're operating in, software is more important than ever. According to a study conducted by Forrester Research, a total of $542 billion was spent in the United States on software development in 2013 - representing a colossal 25% of the country's total IT spend. Likewise, those numbers...
What is Agile Software Development?
software development by Biz Dev on January 5, 2017 |
Ask ten developers what the term Agile software development means and you will likely get ten different answers. Fundamentally, Agile software development is a series of 12 core principles outlined in the Agile Manifesto. These principles frame an iterative approach that delivers value-driven software to an organization. Over time different systems of Agile software development have been created including lean software development,...
Prioritizing Our Tech Stack
Python,software development,Tools by Elliot Cameron on April 13, 2016 |
The technological landscape is vast and varied. Hundreds of programming languages each with thousands of tools, libraries, and services all compete for recognition. Most tech tools offer at least some legitimate benefit, so gazing at the metropolis of possibilities is often bewildering. As a tech company, how do we sort through the maelstrom and land on a good technology stack? The answer can...
Level 12 CDO presents on Software Testing at Code PaLOUsa 2016
software development,Testing by Biz Dev on April 8, 2016 |
Level 12's Chief Executive Developer (CED), Randy Syring, was invited to present on automated software testing at the Code PaLOUsa developer conference (Louisville, KY), March 29/30, 2016. Session Overview Session 1: Automated Testing Overview and Best Practices Session summary: We'll cover testing best practices, ways to make team testing more effective, test-centric vs. test-driven development, and how to get started testing when there are no tests and the...
Four Reasons to Move your Database out of Excel
software development,Tools by Biz Dev on April 6, 2016 |
Excel is an easy program to love. The software is excellent when it comes to displaying data, charts, and clearly organizing information on a worksheet. However, Excel is not a good database option. Many Excel users make a habit of pushing Excel beyond its helpful boundaries. This may have the unintended consequences of putting business-critical information at risk or adding time-sucking...