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, […]

2015 Year in Review

Thank you to all of our Clients and “Surgeons” for making 2015 an incredible year. We are so proud of our team as we continue to deliver incredible quality software development services for our clients. In addition our “Surgeons” volunteered many hours in their local communities to help kids learn the fun of software development. We are looking forward to serving you in 2016. Check out the amazing success.

Transparency and Our Core Principles

A major contributor to the success of most online businesses these days is the principle of transparency. Not having a face-to-face interaction when doing business online can often lead to uncertainty and doubt for any potential client. When you consider being more transparent as a business, you might see red flags and warning signs telling you to reconsider. The biggest reason for this is because transparency typically brings along a familiar sidekick: vulnerability. Even though transparency can be a double-edged sword, if you play your cards right and you run a good business, transparency shouldn’t intimidate you. In fact, transparency can liberate you and allow your business to thrive. Breathing confidence and trust in the eyes of any potential client. Having said that, we’d like to share with you our company principles. These principles have been around almost as long as our business, and they’ve played a significant role in […]

Advantages of Using Agile Methodology

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 pieces into the hands of the client. Thus allowing and even encouraging changes by the client that wouldn’t be possible in a Waterfall environment. These days, Agile is widely accepted as the leading methodology to use when developing software. This article aims to highlight some of the reasons why software […]

Swift Programming Tutorial

The following tutorial was presented by Amit Ramaiya, a senior software engineer at Surge. This video is an introduction to Apple’s new programming language, Swift. Learn about the Swift development environment, its clean and elegant syntax, and some of the many core features of the language.

Solving Enterprise IT Challenges: Time & Money

Today’s enterprise companies rely heavily on having a reliable, experienced and productive IT team. A great development team can streamline processes, solve company challenges and ultimately increase operational efficiencies within an enterprise that demand rapid scaling and security. Root IT Challenge The root challenge facing almost all companies in the majority of scenarios is the same: time and money. Companies simply do not have the time to quickly recruit a good team and the internal resources to effectively qualify and manage the team. Since the resources are technical, most HR departments are not qualified to hire a senior profile. This task then falls in the lap of senior IT executives who are usually too busy running the day-to-day operations of their company and don’t have the time to effectively recruit, interview, and manage a new development team. Another issue C-level executives face is determining the right number of people to […]

Difference Between Custom Software and Pre-Built Software

Difference Between Custom Software and Pre-Built Software These days companies aren’t asking the question whether they should or shouldn’t be using some kind of software to help run their business, rather, they’re asking whether they should use some sort of pre-built software solution or develop their own custom software for their business needs. So, how do you know whether your business can get by on pre-built software or if you should invest in a custom software solution? Pre-Built Software Solutions In a matter of years, hundreds of pre-built software solutions have sprung up online.  All of which seem to offer an automated solution of some kind for your business. Many of these are affordable and can be easy to use. However, there are usually some drawbacks associated with each of them. As with any pre-built software, you’re required to play by its rules and limitations. A huge drawback to pre-built […]

Developing HIPAA Compliant Software

When designing a healthcare application most developers would love a succinct list of features included a HIPAA compliant application. A plethora of web sites is returned when searching for HIPAA requirements. Most of the listed sites target healthcare providers and health insurance claim processors. A person can spend hours combing through federal registers (CFR) and pages of documents on government web sites to find information specific to the software developer. This article attempts to provide a little background on HIPAA and save time with a list of helpful resources to get started. First, The Market According to Health Care IT News, “The North American healthcare information technology market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012.” The Health Information Systems industry contains large and powerful players but there is room for smaller development shops […]

Surge Makes Inc. 5000 For Third Straight Year

Surge Joins an Elite Group of Companies by Making the Inc. 5000 for the 3rd Straight Year Surge, a leader in custom software development and consulting services has announced it made the Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year (2012 – 2014) ranking #1448 in 2014. In the past three years Surge has experienced 295% growth. The Inc. 5000 list recognizes the fastest-growing US businesses in the private sector. “Only a fraction of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth,” said Founder and CEO Matt MacKay. “Not only are we growing rapidly but our clients are extremely happy with the level of quality and service they get from Surge and they continue to hire us for additional projects because they simply can’t find our level of talent anywhere else, which is the true measure of a job well done.” The demand for custom software development services […]