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In recent years, the terms “SaaS”, “Cloud” and other forms of jargon have entered the mainstream technology lexicon. Like a lot of buzzwords, though, sometimes the actual meaning can get confused, obscured by the process of commonization. These days, it seems that everyone has a cousin, nephew, or colleague who is working on a SaaS app of their own. But what are they exactly? SaaS (Software as a Service) According to Wikipedia: Software as a service, sometimes referred to as "on-demand software", is a software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud. SaaS…

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Surge, a leading custom software development and consulting firm, today announced the acquisition of 10X Design, a boutique technology consulting company with deep expertise in the Insurance industry. As part of this acquisition, Brett Houghton, Owner 10X Design, has joined Surge as EVP and Chief Operating Officer. “We are delighted to be part of the Surge team.” said Brett Houghton. “Surge is a solid company with a track record of successfully delivering Enterprise software solutions, a loyal customer base, and an amazing team of software architects, designers, developers, and testers with experience building on every major technology platform.”

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In this latest White Paper, Surge CEO Matt MacKay takes an in-depth look at offshoring software development work, with specific emphasis on the hard realities most companies face. Offshoring is not a simple, cut-and-dry sort of topic.  There is a lot of rhetoric surrounding this topic, positive and negative, and in this white paper we deal with the hard facts that companies see as common results of their offshoring efforts. [button link="http://www.surgeforward.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Offshoring-Software-Development-Reality-Hits-Home1.pdf" target="_blank" style="solid-light-blue"]Download White Paper[/button]

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One of the things that makes Surge unique is the fact that we are a 100% telecommuting company. And although it is true that having employees spread out all over the country does create some unique challenges, it is also true that it creates some incredibly powerful benefits. One of the amazing things about this day and age, for better or for worse, is just how connected we all are. From mobile devices, to multiple means of keeping in touch with one another, never before have we had so many different tools to stay in-touch. Now, sometimes these tools can…

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Surge announced today their first product, Surge Hub.  Surge Hub is a complete mobile content management and sales platform.  Built for remote sales forces, Surge Hub allows remote sales persons to access all of their company's sales collateral, sales materials, etc. from anywhere. The Surge Hub is a tablet-based app that lets your sales force instantly and securely access all of their sales and marketing collateral, including presentations, slicks, brochures, training docs, videos, spec sheets, etc., online or offline, regardless of where the content is stored.  This app can also be configured to show sales reports, enter orders, manage contacts,…

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Surge ranked number 530 out of 5000 on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Surge, a US-Based Software Development and Consulting firm, announced today it had made Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500/5000 fastest-growing companies in America. Inc. ranked Surge number 530 on its 31st annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This ranking places Surge #45 out of all Software Companies, and #11 of all companies in the Greater-Seattle Area. Members of this year’s list include the most innovative and successful companies in…

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One of the biggest revolutions of the past 5-10 years has been the focus on the user for both software and website design. At one time, user experience issues were an afterthought, something to be caught during testing (if at all). The focus was on the company’s version of how their product was to be used and whom would use it. This shift in focus has largely been due to the fact that many of these assumptions were wrong. It is often illuminating for a development team, not to mention designers, to watch actual users use their products. Anyone who…

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Icons are a wonderful thing.  Whether used in software development, the custom-designed interface of a SaaS application, or on a website, icons can be a useful design shorthand.  Especially when it comes to software, where it seems like the most successful designs are the simplest designs, every pixel is scrutinized for its overall effectiveness.  Often, icons can be used to make designs more efficient, clean, and usable.  Icons can make copy more skimmable, features more discoverable, and application functions more accessible.  However, like anything else, there is a danger to the over-reliance on icons. The problem with icons, as we…

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There is a lot of talk these days about responsive design, and for good reason.  Most large websites out there have seen huge upticks in their mobile traffic over the past year.  Not only that, but the trend seems to be increasing.  Some estimates claim that the majority of web traffic will be viewed on mobile devices by 2016.    We are seeing this growth here at Surge too.  In fact, just over the past six months, mobile visits to our company site are up over 25%.  This certainly appears to be a trend that will only continue, and it is…

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Often times, as designers (or even as developers) it can be easy to forget the user.  Now, this seems antithetical, with all of the current focus on user experience, persona development, user research, user testing, etc., but it is actually a surprisingly easy trap to fall into. Now, it is important to note, that this is not something we usually do on purpose.  When we are building something, especially something complicated, there is a momentum that builds.  Sometimes, this momentum can be strong enough to blow right by the user.  It it a forest through the trees sort of scenario,…

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