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Our Development Mission Statement

by Randy Syring on April 7, 2017 | software development

software development mission statement

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...

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Understanding Custom Software Cost Estimation

by Adam Robinson on March 29, 2017 | software development

custom software cost estimation

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...

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Excel Hacks to Boost Your Productivity

by Adam Robinson on March 14, 2017 | data management

excel hacks to boost your productivity

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...

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5 Ways The Wrong Software May Be Draining Cash From Your Business

by Adam Robinson on March 8, 2017 | software development

5 ways your software may be draining cash from your business

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...

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What is Agile Software Development?

by Adam Robinson on January 5, 2017 | software development

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,...

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Prioritizing Our Tech Stack

by Elliot on April 13, 2016 | Python,software development,Tools

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...

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Level 12 CDO presents on Software Testing at Code PaLOUsa 2016

by Biz Dev on April 8, 2016 | software development,Testing

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...

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Four Reasons to Move your Database out of Excel

by Biz Dev on April 6, 2016 | software development,Tools

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...

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