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The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Prototype Tools

The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Prototype Tools

We’ve come a long way since the “old days” of software development. In the past, even before rapid application development or extreme programming, a developer went through a variation of the following flow: You would initiate a waterfall process methodology and get all your structures in a row. You would start the process with a…

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Mobile App Development Cost Breakdown

Mobile App Development Cost Breakdown

The popularity of applications and the app development that goes along with them is on the rise, and it’s not surprising why. According to Nielsen, 89% of consumer media time is spent in mobile apps, 11% in mobile web. This demand is putting pressure on companies of all types to comply by developing an app;…

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Seven Easy Ways to Secure Your Online Presence

7 Easy Ways to Secure Your Online Presence

Running a software development firm means I regularly get questions from colleagues, clients, and friends about online security and how to protect personal data on the web. With a growing number of high-profile online security breaches in the news, many people are taking an interest in securing their online presence. To provide a comprehensive answer…

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Successful Agile Offshore Development

Successful Agile Offshore Development

When it comes to offshore project management options, we have found that employing an Agile Offshore Development strategy is superior to other traditional models for many reasons. The most important being customer satisfaction. Why is Agile offshore development the preferred development strategy? This is precisely tied to the way that Agile is implemented and carried…

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iOS Project Management Strategy

An iOS Project Management Strategy that Works

Many people wonder if there’s a difference in web development vs. mobile development. Is there anything special about iOS Project Management? I’ve had several prospects ask me if VCG runs mobile projects differently, and the answer is, “Yes”. Before getting into a specific project methodology, we recommend going through an initial mobile project assessment. In…

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Successful Agile Offshore Development

Successful Agile Offshore Development

When it comes to offshore project management options, we have found that employing an Agile Offshore Development strategy is superior to other traditional models for many reasons. The most important being customer satisfaction. Why is Agile offshore development the preferred development strategy? This is precisely tied to the way that Agile is implemented and carried…

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Nearshoring Software Development to Latin America

Nearshoring Software Development

Since its inception in the late 1970’s, outsourcing has become a popular way for companies to reduce costs by taking advantage of the lower labor rates in overseas countries. In fact, by 2002, India had 90% of U.S. organizations’ information technology offshore business. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that the concept of nearshoring software development started to…

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Gamification Strategies for Customers and Employees

5 Gamification Strategies For Customers and Employees

Part 1 The Problem is Engagement (Mostly) Engaged consumers spend 140% more time on your website, click 600% more often on your shop, and drive 2000% more sales through their friends. Meanwhile, engaged employees are 43% more productive, drive 23% more revenue[i], are 65% more likely to recommend the company’s offerings to others[ii], and are…

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Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Sitting here in my Aeron-esque chair, thinking about all of the developers and managers I’ve hired, I’ve realized that there are a few specific traits that are needed for hiring top developers. Reflecting back when I got hired for the very first time out of school… it was a different time with the Internet boom…

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CMS enterprise portals for removing barriers for employees

Do I Need a CMS Enterprise Portal?

Final article in a series on CMS enterprise portals. Employee Efficiency, Employee Effectiveness, Employee Retention, and Employee Happiness And how to improve them when you are a CEO, General Manager, EVP, VP, or a division leader. It’s About Your Employees If you are a leader responsible for the smooth functioning of your organization, you will…

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choosing a software is like buying a car

Price vs Value

I recently moved to LA and was in desperate need of a car. I knew I wanted a cute small car because I am petite and feel comfortable in a small vehicle. I did my research and found that Mini Coopers were pretty reliable..and British…that’s a bonus…represent! I looked on Craigslist for hours to find…

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Conversational Commerce – What I Learned About Bots, Part I

  I hear my alarm go off at 7:59am. I always like to set it to a random time to wake up. I’m in San Francisco for the MobileBeat 2016 Conference held by VentureBeat. After a couple of minutes, I peer out the window of my corner room at the InterContinental Hotel and watch the goings-on of…

The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Prototype Tools

The Definitive Guide to Mobile App Prototype Tools

We’ve come a long way since the “old days” of software development. In the past, even before rapid application development or extreme programming, a developer went through a variation of the following flow: You would initiate a waterfall process methodology and get all your structures in a row. You would start the process with a…

Mobile App Testing Best Practices for a 5 Star Launch

Mobile App Testing Best Practices for a 5 Star Launch

As we start the new year, many customers are deploying new systems into production to hit strategic goals. We here at VCG helped one of our customers release a mobile app on both the iOS and Android platforms in December. That piqued my interest to think about and talk about what it takes to successfully…

Mobile App Development Cost Breakdown

Mobile App Development Cost Breakdown

The popularity of applications and the app development that goes along with them is on the rise, and it’s not surprising why. According to Nielsen, 89% of consumer media time is spent in mobile apps, 11% in mobile web. This demand is putting pressure on companies of all types to comply by developing an app;…

What is mobile app development really costing you?

What is Mobile App Development Really Costing You?

Mobile applications are becoming the norm, with more companies than ever setting out to get their own mobile app. But do these companies know their real mobile app development costs? Because of the popularity, many companies forget that developing an app can be expensive – that is, depending on how you allocate the resources to…

Growth driven enterprise mobile application development trends

Growth Driven Enterprise Mobile Application Development Trends

The global market for enterprise mobility is expected to reach $284 billion by 2019 – nearly quadrupling in size from the $72 billion expected this year. Since the origin of the mobile application in 2008, the “app” has evolved into the mainstream, becoming a necessity for most enterprises. If you are wondering if there is…

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5 Healthcare Software Development Fails and What We Can Learn From Them

  The growth of healthcare software has risen significantly over the past few years as the medical industry tries to play catch-up with technology. The North American healthcare information technology market is forecasted 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,…

5 trends creating demand for healthcare mobile app development

5 Trends Creating Demand for Healthcare Mobile App Development

  Over the past 50 years, the healthcare industry has evolved from house visits to e-visits, as healthcare professionals have become more reliant on technology to meet the demand for electronic and mobile access to patient records, as well as to ease the pressure that the aging population is putting on the industry as a…

iOS Project Management Strategy

An iOS Project Management Strategy that Works

Many people wonder if there’s a difference in web development vs. mobile development. Is there anything special about iOS Project Management? I’ve had several prospects ask me if VCG runs mobile projects differently, and the answer is, “Yes”. Before getting into a specific project methodology, we recommend going through an initial mobile project assessment. In…

Business Gamification

What is Business Gamification?

Gamification is using game design elements in non-gaming contexts. The idea is that, if a system (perhaps a software tool designed to do something useful) can be fun, then people are more likely to engage with the system. It’s the art and craft bringing fun and engaging elements popularized by games to non-game systems. Gamification is…

Secrets for Mobile App Development

Passing the Apple App Review: iPhone App Development

We just completed a new iPhone app development project in iOS–a great way to start the new year! Finishing up this project, I reflected on everything that is involved in getting a mobile app through the Apple App Review and into the Apple Store. One major way that mobile iOS app development is different than…

Enterprise Portals - Improving Employee Productivity

Part 5: Do I Need an Enterprise Portal?

How Can Employees Be More Productive? A CIO of a fortune 1000 company told me about her biggest challenge: After several weeks of training, many of her most talented younger workers were quitting in part because they were frustrated with the tools she was providing. These workers complained they were far more productive with the…

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Enterprise Portals - Finding Experts to Solve Customer Problems

Part 4: Do I Need an Enterprise Portal?

Enterprise Portal to Find the Right People Quickly This is the fourth article in our series to help you answer the question, “Do I need an Enterprise Portal?”. In Part 4 we will discuss the process improvements that can be gained in having the ability to document and search for experts within your organization. Check…

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Sharepoint collaborate with team members

The Benefits of Sharepoint

Have you ever been working on a project and been overwhelmed with the amount of emails and documents you receive on a daily basis? Have you got lost and confused with who is working on what document and which is the correct edited version? I know I have in the past. It’s really hard to…

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Successful Agile Offshore Development

Successful Agile Offshore Development

When it comes to offshore project management options, we have found that employing an Agile Offshore Development strategy is superior to other traditional models for many reasons. The most important being customer satisfaction. Why is Agile offshore development the preferred development strategy? This is precisely tied to the way that Agile is implemented and carried…

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iOS Project Management Strategy

An iOS Project Management Strategy that Works

Many people wonder if there’s a difference in web development vs. mobile development. Is there anything special about iOS Project Management? I’ve had several prospects ask me if VCG runs mobile projects differently, and the answer is, “Yes”. Before getting into a specific project methodology, we recommend going through an initial mobile project assessment. In…

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Nearshoring Software Development to Latin America

Nearshoring Software Development

Since its inception in the late 1970’s, outsourcing has become a popular way for companies to reduce costs by taking advantage of the lower labor rates in overseas countries. In fact, by 2002, India had 90% of U.S. organizations’ information technology offshore business. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that the concept of nearshoring software development started to…

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Software Development Project Management Methodologies

Software Development Project Management Methodologies

I was thinking about some of the golden years for custom application development consulting. For VCG, 2004 – 2008 were really good year. A lot of growth was happening and we were completing some corporate development transactions and growth 60%+ per year back then. One shift that was going on back then was a transition…

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Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Sitting here in my Aeron-esque chair, thinking about all of the developers and managers I’ve hired, I’ve realized that there are a few specific traits that are needed for hiring top developers. Reflecting back when I got hired for the very first time out of school… it was a different time with the Internet boom…

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Seven Easy Ways to Secure Your Online Presence

7 Easy Ways to Secure Your Online Presence

Running a software development firm means I regularly get questions from colleagues, clients, and friends about online security and how to protect personal data on the web. With a growing number of high-profile online security breaches in the news, many people are taking an interest in securing their online presence. To provide a comprehensive answer…

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Business Gamification

What is Business Gamification?

Gamification is using game design elements in non-gaming contexts. The idea is that, if a system (perhaps a software tool designed to do something useful) can be fun, then people are more likely to engage with the system. It’s the art and craft bringing fun and engaging elements popularized by games to non-game systems. Gamification is…

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Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Tips for Hiring Top Developers

Sitting here in my Aeron-esque chair, thinking about all of the developers and managers I’ve hired, I’ve realized that there are a few specific traits that are needed for hiring top developers. Reflecting back when I got hired for the very first time out of school… it was a different time with the Internet boom…

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Ektron web management system rocks!

Why Ektron CMS Solutions Rocks!

Updated: December 8, 2014 So just in case you don’t live and breathe the tech world, here is a description of what Ektron actually is: Ektron is a privately held software company based in Nashua, New Hampshire. It provides web content management and customer experience management software. Ektron’s primary product is Ektron Web Content Management,…

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Power grid in Mexico

Mexico Getting Powerful

Like many countries in South America Mexico is working on it’s infrastructure to provide electricity for the growing demands of the coming decade. At the moment many parts of South America are suffering from shortages and gaps in electricity. We have a feeling that things will soon be changing. According to the smart grid forecast…

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iPad vs Windows8

Apple Ipad vs. Microsoft Windows 8

So I am sure we have all seen the hilarious commercials involving the two tablets going head to head! Microsoft vs. Apple at its best! The commercial shows the Windows maker use Apple’s Siri voice recognition software to poke fun at the market leader. Incase you have not seen it and want a laugh at…

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partnerships help your business grow

Why a Partnership is Beneficial

Partnerships can be beneficial because you combine the brains and capital of two or more companies to assist your business. It reminds me of what my mother always said, that two heads are better than one! A partnership with another company does involve a lot of trust and you have to be willing to commit…

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