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5 Tips on Selecting a Custom Software Developer

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Custom software helps companies set themselves apart from the competition. Outsourcing your development needs to a third party can help streamline processes, track workflows, and increase productivity.

You want a product on your terms that meets your requirements. There are certain things to look for in a software developer:

1. What experience do they bring?

This means not just how long they’ve been in the software business, but what kind of experience they have with the type of software you’re looking for. Quality development requires programming from the ground up, not just patching together code snippets behind a user interface.

There’s a lot involved in this, such as data integrity, security, error handling, and cross-platform compatibility. The more experience a development team has in customizing a certain type of system, the higher the quality of their product. Be sure to ask about past development in similar projects, as well as the experience of the programmers involved.

2. Do they understand your industry?

Outside developers also need to be familiar with your industry. They need to be aware of current trends, regulations, common service issues, and customer expectations. For example, the requirements for a healthcare system will be very different from those of a construction company.

Ask just how much industry knowledge your developers bring to the table. They should at least be willing to learn whatever information you can give them. Instead of being focused on the latest technology or flashiest interfaces, they should deliver a solution that supports your brand within your industry.

3. What do they recommend?

An experienced agency should have clear ideas on how to best meet your requirements. Their developers should determine quickly what frameworks, protocols, and platforms will deliver the best value. They should be able to explain to you the current technical standards, understand exactly what needs to be done, and outline the steps they’ll take to get there.

Be wary of developers who try to sell you an out-of-the-box solution without taking the time to understand your company and your needs. If you’re pressed for time and money, an existing solution with a few minor changes may work. But the best value will come from a software vendor with a solid grasp of your operations and your expectations.

4. Can they provide accurate price quotes?

The pricing for software development can vary widely, depending on the vendor, the scope of the project, plans for integration, or future maintenance. You want a developer that will give you a fair and comprehensive estimate of your costs. However, if there’s a chance that you’ll be initiating changes mid-project, you should be flexible on your budget.

Custom software can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. You may run out of funds if the agency requires further compensation as projects become more complex. Both sides should be clear on the pricing structure.

5. What level of testing do they conduct?

Thorough testing is necessary to identify and avoid potential failures and security vulnerabilities. They should explore a variety of likely use cases. Checks, including user testing and real data, should be done at every phase to ensure you have the desired speed, capacities, and functionality.

This should include full documentation and accountability on all discovered bugs and fixes. Marginal or no system glitches are rare, and such claims should be viewed with suspicion if adequate testing hasn’t been done.

Even for smaller companies, customized software tools can provide a distinct advantage. Whether it’s a mobile app for customers or in-house analytic tools, only experience and careful attention will ensure that it fits your unique operations.

 

Major Feature Considerations In App Development

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Mobile apps are a dime a dozen these days. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there, all of varying quality. Some of these apps stand head and shoulders above their competition, while others are poorly designed and barely functional. That’s to be expected in such a saturated market, but what does it really take for a company-oriented app to really stand out? What kinds of features should you include in your own apps if you want to get noticed?

There really aren’t any hard and fast rules to designing an application for a mobile device. You should be mostly okay as long as your app is functional and does what it’s supposed to do. However, there are still some features that a good app should have in order to be successful, especially since there are so many apps available today. Here are some things to consider when developing your app:

Consistent Performance

Consistent performance is the most important feature of any app. Simply put, an app needs to be able to function reliably and do what it is supposed to do every time it is used. This means going through a rigorous testing process during development and taking into account every aspect of its performance. A top-selling mobile app will work perfectly without consuming too much battery power or memory. This should be obvious to any developer, but a surprising number of apps do manage to slip into the market without proper testing, and they are almost always failures as a result.

Major Feature Considerations In App Development

Compatibility

A good app should naturally be compatible with the operating system it is being designed for. Once again, this sounds like a no-brainer, but many apps fail to make the jump from one platform to another because of compatibility issues. You should always make sure that your new app runs well on a particular platform, even if that means redesigning it from the ground up.

Short Loading Times

It’s probably safe to say that nobody likes loading times. Modern technology has evolved enough to minimize the issue, but larger apps often still need to load before they can be used. This is often unavoidable, and many users have come to expect it, but any loading time over five seconds is often too long for a mobile app. Users tend to get impatient if they have to wait any longer than that, and that can kill an app’s marketability.

If your app must have a loading time, do what you can to keep it short. As we said before, most users won’t mind waiting a few seconds, but some programs and apps have been known to load for as long as a minute.

Utility

A good app will be usable and able to solve some kind of problem, even if the “problem” is a boring couple of minutes that can be spent playing a game. The most successful apps can do things like report the weather, direct you to a nearby restaurant, or do all sorts of things that technically aren’t needed but are welcome nevertheless. They are also very intuitive; anybody should be able to download a good app and immediately start using it without any problems.

 This article was provided by CJ Gordon, recent Computer Science graduate and app developer. If you need help with developing your own company’s mobile app, CJ recommends FuelFX, a top choice for mobile app development in Houston.

Ways to Promote and Not Promote Content on Social Websites

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You see, most of the new Internet Marketers out there are unable to think beyond pasting links on different parts of social media and shouting “PLEASE BUY OUR PRODUCT”, today we are going to concentrate our efforts in finding good ways to promote our products online.

The Internet Marketing business is the fastest growing one as the people use the Internet as their main source of information and their main place to communicate with the others. Seeing this, marketers saw the opportunity of promoting their products for much cheaper and reach more people.

But we already have thousands of freelance and hired marketers that are already occupying the most of the positions, so what are we gonna do? We are going to gain an advantage by not making the mistakes most do and doing things that they are not doing yet.

People in social media will accept your attempts of marketing plus will even trust you as their source for new and quality products as long as they see you contributing with something. Content is the authority here and you better become one by posting a lot of it. Good social media promotion will get you much more leads than a twitter post or spamming your link.

So the steps to promote your content in Social Media are:

  • Build yourself a good online social circle (refer to my last article about building an online social circle for steps on how to do it)
  • Start a facebook page, twitter fanpage, or the equivalent of a group of information and people on your preffered social network
  • If you afford it, make one of these Facebook games or apps about your product (for example, a Romanian newspaper made an app for their website, and they are reaching thousands of Facebook users right now thanks to it)
  • Do post infomercials, videos, cool graphics presenting your product in a good light (remember, users prefer to look at pictures rather than read for some reason )
  • Promote your stuff inbetween the good content (for example, if you are posting funny pictures in your page, post a link of the stuff you wish to promote between 5 or 10 funny pictures, in a way that will attract attention )

And now we should follow up with things to NOT to do when trying to get your product to get noticed in these social network websites. Let’s start with the most obvious ones right now:

  • DO NOT, i mean NEVER EVER, start spamming links on social networks or even trying to get a product noticed more than like 2-3 times in a row without first building yourself a social circle that accepts you first. Not only will your links not be clicked, but they will be associated in your possible client’s minds as to not be clicked and some may even consider it viruses
  • Do not send private messages to users with links except if they ask for them.

So this is my to do and not to do list while marketing on social media. Thanks for the read and see you later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Smartphone Apps to Plan a Great Family Day Out

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A day spent with the family doing fun activities is great for quality time. Planning a great family day out has gotten a lot easier with apps for smart phones.

Activities

To help you decide what to do on your day out you can use Goby. It will search for outdoor recreation, concerts, places for family fun, museums, spas, and more. The Where app will also help you find interesting things to do, such as zoos, museums, or festivals.

For an active day out, check out Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder. It shows places for hiking, boating, cycling, to name a few.

If a beach is what you want, the app Beach Finder will give you directions and reviews for 5300 beaches. Before you go, you might want to check Surf Report, an iPhone app to get the surfing conditions. Android users can use Magic Seaweed Surf Forecast.

During your day out you may decide to see a movie. The Showtimes app gives you the theaters in your area plus the times of the movies and directions to the theater. It also has movie trailers for you to watch and descriptions of movies.

To stay organized so you won’t forget anything important for your day, use the Remember The Milk app. You can keep track of operating hours for the places you are going or movie times.

Apps for Driving

If your day out includes driving, Google Maps can help plan your route and will be handy if you get lost. It can help you pick alternate routes if necessary.

Weather can be unpredictable and a day that starts with sun can quickly change. The Weather Channel app can be invaluable to making sure your day goes according to plan.

If you are driving through parts unknown, the GasBuddy app will help make sure you don’t run out of gas. It also lets you know the prices for gas so you can save some money.

Personal Needs

Looking for a place to eat is simple with the FastFood app. This will point out all the kids’ favorites and you can view the menu options. If you don’t do fast food, then GoodFoodNearYou will give you healthier options.

There are two apps that help you find restrooms. One is Have2p and the other is SitOrSquat. Both will find bathrooms that are near and have information about cleanliness and features, like a changing table.

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