Development

Designing the perfect user experience (UX)

Designing the perfect user experience (UX)

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 12 Jan 2017

UX design is where art meets function – and it is crucial to the health of your brand and the success of your business. Here we explore the principles of good UX design.

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Flexible planning: Choosing the right methodology for your software project

Flexible planning: Choosing the right methodology for your software project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 22 Dec 2016

When it comes to planning software projects, adopting a rigid or flexible approach can have an impact on the project’s outcome. Here, we explore the pros and cons of different methodologies.

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The art of wireframing: A guide to getting started

The art of wireframing: A guide to getting started

Posted by Chris Rickard on Tue, 13 Dec 2016

It’s the first and essential step in the web design process but there’s a fine art to wireframing.

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How software is transforming the education sector

How software is transforming the education sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 08 Dec 2016

Software systems, free online courses and accessible apps are rapidly transforming the education sector.

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3 ways software helps the transport sector

3 ways software helps the transport sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Software to streamline processes, improve the quality of real-time data and unify customer experiences is transforming the transport sector.

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Why your venture (probably) shouldn’t be a mobile app

Why your venture (probably) shouldn’t be a mobile app

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 17 Nov 2016

So, you’ve got a great idea for a mobile app and you’re thinking about diving head-first into the new project. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

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Technical risk assessment: Know the lifespan of your software systems

Technical risk assessment: Know the lifespan of your software systems

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 10 Nov 2016

All businesses that use and rely on software systems have some element of technical risk. But what can be done to manage this risk?

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Hybrid mobile apps: Reach more people, faster and cheaper

Hybrid mobile apps: Reach more people, faster and cheaper

Posted by Chris Rickard on Mon, 31 Oct 2016

Nowadays, it seems most businesses want an app. But where do you begin? And how do you determine which technology will be best to develop your app?

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How software is transforming the medical sector

How software is transforming the medical sector

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 20 Oct 2016

Clever software systems, wearable technology and health apps are changing the face of the medical sector, for the better.

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MVP: Determining the stage of your software project

MVP: Determining the stage of your software project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 29 Sep 2016

You've got an idea for a software product or service, but you're not sure what level of support you need to make it happen. We'll help you find your way.

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The importance of user testing during the software design and development process

The importance of user testing during the software design and development process

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 25 Aug 2016

When it comes to user testing, understanding how people use your software product or service is crucial to its success.

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Refining your idea to the core: How to determine which features belong in your MVP

Refining your idea to the core: How to determine which features belong in your MVP

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 11 Aug 2016

You’ve established that your software project will be best launched as the minimum viable product (MVP) to get it to market quickly and affordably. But how do you determine which features should be included in your MVP?

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Four easy ways to keep your software developers happy

Four easy ways to keep your software developers happy

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 21 Jul 2016

Are you engaging programmers to build your software project? There are a few things you can do to ensure your objectives are clearly conveyed, and your project is delivered on time and to budget.

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Tips for developing a website for different languages

Tips for developing a website for different languages

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 07 Jul 2016

In today’s connected world, it’s never been easier to reach a truly international audience. When dealing with non-English native speakers locally or overseas clientele, it’s important to make sure your website and apps work appropriately to understand the limitations of a specific language, as well as the nuances.

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The ultimate checklist for your software project brief

The ultimate checklist for your software project brief

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 09 Jun 2016

A brief should detail the overarching ideas and plans for your software project. But what elements should be included in your brief? We’ve put together this checklist to help you out.

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Your step-by-step guide to our scoping process

Your step-by-step guide to our scoping process

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 26 May 2016

When it comes to starting any software development project, we believe in fully scoping the job to ensure that we understand the critical needs and goals of your business to determine a practical solution.

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How an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will help your business grow

How an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will help your business grow

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Regardless of the size of your business, there are always opportunities to streamline processes to ensure a productive workforce and, ultimately, drive profitability.

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Old software is hurting your business

Old software is hurting your business

Posted by Chris Rickard on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

These days there is no shortage of new tools, technologies and solutions. But what about that outdated computer system, software or application program that your business is still using? These older systems could be costing you money and putting your business at risk.

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Code minimalism: what is it and should you use it?

Code minimalism: what is it and should you use it?

Posted by Chris Rickard on Tue, 08 Mar 2016

When it comes to software development and programming, code minimalism refers to using minimalist ideas, beliefs and principals in software design and use. But should you adopt this approach?

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Not all apps are created equal: Mobile apps vs mobile-optimised web apps

Not all apps are created equal: Mobile apps vs mobile-optimised web apps

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 24 Feb 2016

Did you know there's more than one way your business can reach mobile customers? Find out if you need a mobile application or a mobile-optimised web application. We break it down simply to help you understand the difference and determine which option is best suited to your business.

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Choosing the right mobile app for your project: Native vs cross-platform vs hybrid

Choosing the right mobile app for your project: Native vs cross-platform vs hybrid

Posted by Chris Rickard on Thu, 21 Jan 2016

With increasing competition between iOS and Android, how do you determine which platform will be best for your app? We compare the pros and cons of native, cross-platform and hybrid apps.

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How to write a brief for a software development project

How to write a brief for a software development project

Posted by Chris Rickard on Mon, 18 Jan 2016

The project brief – it’s the important first step of getting any software development venture off the ground. So, what is a brief and why do you need one?

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6 things to look for when hiring a software developer to build your project

6 things to look for when hiring a software developer to build your project

Posted by Chris Rickard on Wed, 09 Dec 2015

When engaging a software developer or software development company, what are the key things you should look for to ensure they can deliver a top-notch project? This is a question I have been asked a lot over the years, especially from business owners and people looking to hire a developer.

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Why you need to engage in scoping before starting a software development project

Why you need to engage in scoping before starting a software development project

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Wed, 09 Dec 2015

You’ve got an idea for a business and need a software program, website or application to bring it to life. But where do you begin? Scoping – it’s an integral part of the process that will help you to identify your project goals, determine what is possible and allow you to create a plan that will help you achieve what is practical.

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Automating our Craft development workflow or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Gulpfile

Automating our Craft development workflow or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Gulpfile

Posted by Angus Fretwell on Mon, 02 Feb 2015

I was initially skeptical of all the new automation tools which had sprung into existence in the last few years. Bower seemed nice, but manually downloading external resources was never hard; did I really need to add another layer of complexity to our workflow? Vagrant looked intimidating—it didn't seem worth the hassle for a relatively small team developing PHP-based websites.

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Best practice for hospitality websites

Best practice for hospitality websites

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 08 Jan 2015

Designing a website for a cafe, bar or restaurant should be simple, but it's amazing how many venues don't quite nail it. Too often, we have trouble finding menus, addresses or phone numbers for destinations when we're out on the town. It's frustrating, and as everybody knows, first impressions count.

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​Why Craft will make you happier than Wordpress, Expression Engine, Pyro, Drupal and other CMS

​Why Craft will make you happier than Wordpress, Expression Engine, Pyro, Drupal and other CMS

Posted by Mat Hollingsworth on Thu, 11 Dec 2014

From a customer's point of view, there's nothing more important than the text, images and other media on your website. But for you, the most important thing going forward is choosing the right content management system.

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