Scrum is a great way to rethink code-writing strategy, but only for companies whose structure supports it. Trying to layer a scrum approach on top of a traditional developer environment can deliver painful frustrations, as companies find themselves tripping over their own virtual feet. That's the lesson we have learned through 2017, as we tried to integrate scrum teams into existing waterfall operations for hundreds of custom development projects across more than a dozen verticals. The scrum benefits of much faster time-to-market and greater control of the appdev process melted under the load of a client's architect and a client's…

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When it comes to the world of QA, automated testing is becoming more and more popular. In fact, a quick search of QA jobs on sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, etc. will show that the majority of these jobs now require automation experience with a language like Java, Python, etc. This can prove daunting for testers with a background in manual testing, who typically leave the coding to developers. It can also be confusing to employers, who aren’t sure how much automated testing they need, and whether it can replace manual testing completely. I’ve worked with clients who use 100% manual…

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Nearly everyone who has heard about blockchain has heard of it in the context of cryptocurrencies -- BitCoin, Etherium, and the like. While those are interesting and some people have found them profitable, it's likely the real game changer is going to be the blockchain, the technology that is the foundation of cryptocurrencies. So, what is a blockchain? A blockchain is a distributed, cryptographically assured ledger. A ledger was a bound book with numbered pages. Transactions are recorded sequentially in indelible ink in the ledger. These ledgers provided a certain amount of trust because sequential transactions on numbered pages of…

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Surge, LLC, an onshore software consulting firm offering America’s best software engineers, on demand, at an affordable price, announced that for the sixth straight year it has been named to the 36th annual Inc. 5000 list recognizing America’s fastest-growing companies. Surge has now achieved Honor Roll status putting it in the top 10% of an already elite group. Surge ranked #811 on the prestigious list with a staggering growth rate of over 550% over the past three years, while employing more than 275 senior level software professionals in the US and Canada. This achievement comes on the heels of Surge’s 10-year anniversary…

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Surge, LLC, a leading onshore software consulting firm offering America’s best software engineers, on demand, at an affordable price, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Surge was founded by Matt MacKay, a former software engineer, on July 19, 2007. When starting Surge, Matt wanted to create a different kind of company, one that gave people flexibility but still had high expectations. When the company was formed it was the early days of telecommuting and Surge was one of the first companies to offer 100% telecommuting to everyone in the company. Surge has been one of the most successful pure telecommuting companies…

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Enhancing E-Commerce Platform - IT Staff Augmentation Case Study A leading American manufacturer of high-end tools and equipment designs products and solutions that center on improving productivity in franchised dealerships and their supply chain. Their key goals are to increase sales, reduce structural costs, and improve the customer experience. Franchises are provided a complete set of information tools including electronic parts catalogs, diagnostic systems, financial and operational reporting services and warranty management solutions. Challenge When one of their largest customers requested help improving their e-commerce website, the project was assigned to one of their 3rd party offshore vendors. This low-cost vendor…

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Complex Business Intelligence - Web-based Application Development Case Study A global leader in management consulting with offices in 26 countries specializing in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. This practice group addresses challenges that confront senior business executives, COOs and CIOs. They help clients translate business strategy into action, optimize the operational support for their business and improve performance. Challenge This consulting group was experiencing rapid growth and required additional senior IT resources to lead a complex project to build a next generation web-based business intelligence (BI) tool to help their client’s sales team price their products and services…

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Recently, there have been quite a few blogs written about the benefits of offshore software development for medium and large enterprises. Benefits such as lower cost, and fast development to name a few. The challenge in today's complex world is, just because you can hire 3rd party offshore vendors to develop new applications or enhance legacy systems at a lower cost, it doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful outcome. Let me give you an example and see if this has happened to you. A client came to us for help with an existing legacy e-commerce website that had poor performance,…

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Who has the advantage? In the recent NFL Wildcard games all of the home teams failed to advance to the next round. Yet this week in the Divisional Round all of the home teams won. So is there really any advantage? This question is similar to the challenge CIO's face when developing new software applications. Do we hire our own software engineers or we do we hire a 3rd party staff augmentation firm? Assuming they have the budget, time, infrastructure, and can find the right senior software developer in this competitive market, most CIO’s would hire a new associate. However…

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In software development there are two methodologies that are widely used to guide a project’s planning and execution; Agile and Waterfall. The Waterfall method breaks everything up into sections and runs in sequential order, beginning with project requirements, followed by the design phase, then development, and finally testing and debugging. By the end of this process, the project should be completed and the software ready to deploy. These individual sections can often take months or even years to complete before moving on to the next section. The Agile method, although similar in order, allows for continual deployment of shippable software…

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