Top Articles of 2015

Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, let’s take a look back and share with you your favorite articles we’ve written so far in the first half of 2015.

Here are your top ten articles of 2015.

  • 29 July 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1911
Is it Time to Consider a Custom Software Solution?

​Every business and every situation is unique.  Business owners will jump through countless hoops trying to find the right solution to help their company.  Whether this be a new process to introduce to their store, a new set of regulations to get their employees on track, or a new software to help streamline a process.  If you think that it is a custom software solution that might be required to meet the needs of your company to move forward or to fix issues that your business is currently having, engaging with a software consultant would be a good next step into figuring out your options.  It can help to have an outside perspective to assess your individual situation and see exactly what kind of help you need, what areas can be improved, and what custom software might be able to help with

  • 8 April 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1892
SDLC: What You Need to Know About Developing Custom Software Solutions

​Last year, I developed a series of articles to break down the steps involved in developing Custom Software Solutions.  I want to take a look back over that series to show you again what it looks like inside the process of building these solutions and answer any questions you may have on the process, expectations, or end results.  The benefits here are limitless.  It's important to be aware of what the steps are, to assess how a business consulting organization can help, and to launch a successful custom software application that's right for your organization.

  • 4 February 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2372
Software and Web Design: Put Yourself in Your Customer's Customer's Place

Recently, we had a client come to us in trouble.  Long story short, this was a customer who had come to us previously asking us to build her a website.  We talked over what she wanted, drummed up a proposal, and sent it over to her.  Great, fine, totally on board.  However, then she started talking to another company who promised to do the same job for much cheaper.  She went with them, the site was designed and up and running, and she was not happy with it.  She came back to us needing help.

  • 31 December 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2645
Creating a Website DVR
Are you ready for a new application for you entertainment pleasure? I think that a highly functional, socially interactive, Website DVR needs to be created. It should be able to record shows directly from various websites such as: ABC, NBC, CW, HBO, ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube channels, etc… There will be no buffering, no waiting, and no internet needed. Sound like a great idea? Keep reading…
  • 19 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2745
Custom Software Solutions - Conclusion

This is the conclusion of the series on the development of custom software solutions.  We have shown you a glimpse inside the process of building these solutions and answered many questions on the process, expectations, and end results.  Now, what are your next steps?

  • 12 June 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 4641
Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development
We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.
  • 4 June 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3585
Custom Software Solutions - Initial Designs
You have conceptualized an idea, you then prototyped it and received feedback. You completed a detailed wireframe and the concept is beginning to gel.  Now you are ready to begin designing your software application. So, why can’t you just start here? You have a great idea and why waste all that time going through prototyping and wireframe design when I can just get into the process and do something that won’t be thrown away at the end. Well you could, and believe me a lot of individuals and companies do just that. With rapid application development tools and slick agile software development methodologies you think you could just skip ahead and jump right into software application design.
  • 21 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3089
Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes
It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.
  • 6 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3560
Custom Software Solutions - Prototyping
The next step in developing custom software applications, following the requirements / initial engagement phase, is prototyping. I have been involved in prototyping sessions that have lasted anywhere from a half day session of single concepts to many month marathon sessions fleshing out complex concepts from user login to backend reporting processes. This is neither a phase that should be ignored nor a place to trim some cost and time out of a project. The better and more complete your prototype is the easier it will be downstream when you get to development.
  • 24 April 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3318
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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