Getting an ROI from Your UI Redesign – How Can It Impact Your Bottom Line?

Your app needs an overhaul. The user interface is outdated and clunky and needs to be redesigned. And doing it right will take time, talent, and other resources that all add up to money. This is why a lot of companies are reluctant to update their designs. They see what it will cost them to do so and immediately run for the hills. But like anything else your company spends money on, UI redesign is an investment. And UI, in particular, is one of the most important and potentially profitable ones. It’s estimated that every dollar spent on UI redesign can yield between ten and a hundred dollars in revenue. Let’s take a look at the importance of UI to your profits and how you can maximize your ROI. Why UI Redesign Is a Good Investment UI is all about how users interface with your app, or your website, or […]

What Hardware Do Programmers and Developers Use?

When you think about writing code or designing websites, you generally think about software. Web developers work tirelessly to create a wide variety of sites and applications. You might even think of the software they use to create those programs, or the software they use to test them and make sure they run well and are free of bugs. But you can’t have software without hardware. So what kind of hardware does the average software programmer or web developer use to do their job? Well, every web developer works differently. They have their own workflow, which they’ve often honed over the course of years on the job. And that workflow includes different hardware setups that they’re comfortable with. If you’re lucky enough to work for a big tech company with plenty of money and resources, often they’ll provide the hardware you request, so you can set your workstation up for […]

Power Your Dreams Episode 2

The freedom to work remotely is a powerful experience. Meet Chris: husband, father, football coach, and remote software engineer extraordinaire. Chris discovered manageable work-life balance which helped him become a better software engineer. Watch him as he describes his journey towards better wellness and finding the freedom to live life on his terms. A happy developer does indeed make for better code. Surge forward with us today. Work For Us Hire Us

Announcing Tech Terms for Memorization

TLDR; I created a project to help students in software development via memorization techniques. Project here List of terms here Flashcards here Read on for background! My academic career is that of an all right student. Perennially in the A- to B- range, good at understanding concepts, and able to cram just hard enough to do fine on tests. I never understood the point of doing much more. I always regarded “deep understanding” and rote memorization to be wholly independent of each other with the latter being helpful for tests and little else. Many people parrot back facts without any understanding whatsoever, merely impersonating intelligence without the ability to synthesize anything new. At the same time, you can really understand things while having mediocre memory; the internet exists, we can always look things up. During the past year, my opinion on this has been evolving. I’ve always been a fan […]

Where Have All the Coders Gone?

It seems like coding bootcamps, coding programs in schools, and other development initiatives are popping up left and right these days. After all, learning how to code, even just a little, is helpful for more careers than software engineering. In fact, some none-coding jobs are starting to require a basic level of coding ability. With all of these programs pushing coding these days, you may start to think the industry is flooded with would-be-developers as well as senior engineers, right? Wrong. In fact, there’s a significant shortage of qualified people in this country to fill the available programming positions. The Job Disparity In 2015, just under 60,000 people in the U.S. graduated with degrees in computer science, whereas the number of open jobs in the computing field was over 500,000. Of course, graduates aren’t the only that can fill open positions. Many of those jobs are likely to require at […]

Coding for a Better Life

A few years ago, there was a viral story about a programmer in Manhattan who met a homeless man and, instead of simply giving him a few dollars and walking away, bought him a used laptop and spent weeks teaching him how to code. While this type of gesture from an individual may be unusual, the underlying concept is actually fairly common. Coding skills are in high demand. There are a myriad of good, stable, well-paying jobs that hire people who can code, and the field is continually growing. In fact, there are dozens of organizations out there who specialize in finding and reaching out to people looking to improve their station in life, whether it’s adults who are down on their luck or underprivileged kids, and teaching them the ins and outs of coding. Here are six such organizations. #YesWeCode. The #YesWeCode initiative was originally begun by Prince, with […]

Do People Enjoy Being Software Engineers?

With an annual salary ranging from $50,000 to $120,000, software engineering can be a very lucrative career. But is it a fulfilling one? What’s the rate of job satisfaction among programmers and software engineers? And how does it compare with the rest of the country’s jobs? Job Satisfaction Statistics A survey last year by weekly magazine The Economist found that, overall, 58% of workers in the U.S. are at least reasonably happy in their jobs. Only 12% are actually unhappy with their jobs, while around 31% are ambivalent. According to another study by the University of Chicago, the career with the highest rate of job satisfaction in 2017 was the clergy, at 87.2%, followed by firefighters at 80.1% and physical therapists at 78.1%. On the other end of the scale are roofers, waiters, and non-construction laborers, all with job satisfaction rates under 30%. Software Engineering Job Satisfaction So where do […]

Surge Earns Honor Roll Status with 6th Consecutive Year on Inc. 5000 List

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 celebration in July. Founded in 2007 by CEO Matt MacKay, a former software engineer, he set out to create a different kind of company, a North American software outsourcing firm that would allow clients to quickly and painlessly staff their software projects with onshore talent. “Many companies simply do […]

SURGE CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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 in the world.    “Most senior-level, responsible, software professionals, which describes everyone here at Surge, are more productive working remotely. There are less distractions and interruptions, less time commuting, more time “in the coding zone,”, and you can work when and where you are most productive,” said Matt MacKay, […]

Benefits of ONshore Software Development – A Real World Example

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, many delays implementing new features and an overall lack of good communication with their 3rd party offshore vendor. Now, this is not a bash on 3rd party offshore firms, they have their place for help desk support and maintenance of applications. The problem occurs when a client needs new features, […]