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How an Agency Successfully Outsources Development for a Client

Written by Steve Mezak on Friday, 25 July 2014. Posted in Software Development

Many agencies now achieve significant results for their clients by outsourcing development of certain website projects and web apps. Successful use of such outsource resources requires a disciplined approach that overcomes the natural difficulties of geographically dispersed development projects.

It is a simple fact that most clients turn to their digital agencies more for strategic guidance and creative insights than tactical execution of many tasks. Likewise, it is impractical today for agencies to maintain a competent and efficient web development team for sporadic or periodic projects.

 

Should You Use Python / Django For Your Web Applications?

Written by Steve Mezak on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Web Apps

It is difficult to create robust web apps quickly. Each of the popular web app development languages and frameworks have weaknesses. With PHP it can be sloppy coding leading to security issues. Java can be complex and hard to learn and use. Ruby on Rails also has a steep learning curve. Maybe Python and the Django framework is the best choice?

6 Qualities a Great JavaScript Programmer Should Have

Written by Steve Mezak on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Technology

Are you looking to update the user experience of your web app? Do you want to take advantage of modern dynamic user interface capabilities that will make your software extremely easy to use? All it takes is a little programming in JavaScript!

Here are six qualities of a JavaScript programmer you should look for to ensure you’re finding someone that will not just code but also innovate.

Elements of a Good Outsourcing Agreement

Written by Steve Mezak on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Software Outsourcing

I agreed to outsource some work to another company after several discussions about what needed to be done and how and when it should be carried out. We also discussed the cost and payment terms which were acceptable to both of us.

The vendor said, “Great, I’ll send over a copy of our agreement.” The agreement that arrived attached to an email was absolutely shocking! It had so many one-sided terms and conditions (none of which were on my side of course) that I almost refused to do business with the vendor.

3 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Outsourcing Partner

Written by Steve Mezak on Wednesday, 25 June 2014. Posted in Software Outsourcing

During a visit with a client and a business development VP from one of our partners in Argentina who happened to be in town. We met for breakfast at the Café de la Presse in San Francisco (which I recommend you try if you’re ever in the area), and as I was enjoying my breakfast and watching the interaction between the two, I realized how proud I was to make the connection and introduce this partner to the client.

How the Swift Language Will Impact Mobile Apps Development

Written by Steve Mezak on Friday, 20 June 2014. Posted in Mobile Apps

Apple introduced a new programming language called Swift at their recent developer conference. This fall when iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are released, you can submit apps that use Swift to the App Store and Mac App Store. You may be wondering what impact this will have on your mobile apps development. Do you need to redevelop your apps now?

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