Winning the war for talent: The importance of employee retention and development

Recruitment during the pandemic has proven challenging across many industries. This is particularly true in the technology sector. The practical difficulties of recruiting during a lockdown are clear, in particular trying to understand a candidates’ cultural fit with what are often close-knit teams, whilst having largely virtual interactions. These are exacerbated by the fact that hiring across high-demand skill sets …

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How to build continuous improvement into software development

Many seasoned IT professionals will be very familiar with the pressures brought about by their organization’s digital transformation efforts. The demand for more innovation and features that need to be delivered faster and cheaper can make it difficult to achieve exactly what is required without compromising the quality of their work. To balance these competing demands, continuous improvement offers a …

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Bridging the gap: Bringing software development methods to BizApps (Part 2)

Presented with a tough problem to solve, any good engineer will ask, “Who has already solved this? Can I copy it?” That’s increasingly happening on business applications teams. They’re looking to the world of software development to DevOps principles like versioning, continuous integration, and automated testing, and seeing an uncanny resemblance and a whole lot of time-saving practices they can …

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Bridging the gap: Bringing software development methods to BizApps (Part 1)

This is the first blog post in a trilogy about how enterprises can solve the challenges of managing and configuring today’s increasingly complex business applications. Current practices are slow and inefficient. Smart organizations are discovering the secret of using tested, proven practices and tools from the world of software development.  Software development is hard.  In 1987, computer scientist and Turing …

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Did Covid change software development for the better?

The idea for the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) methodology for software development first appeared 20 years ago, becoming mainstream with the 2011 publication of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Getting an application to MVP level has become the way enterprises create products that have just enough features to attract early adopters, providing the feedback needed to validate or abandon …

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Covid-19 is accelerating the adoption of collaborative and immersive software development platforms

The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the work environment for office workers, with the majority shifting to remote work on short notice in the Spring of 2020. In general, this has worked better than expected– a Bain and Company survey from Summer 2020 found that 25 percent of workers that had shifted to working remotely were more productive. There is …

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Aligning software development goals with business strategy

Equipped with a complex range of skills, software developers who have been in the profession for a while usually keep their technical goals top of mind. They often know which programming languages and development methodologies they want to pursue, and that’s understandable. These professional goals are undoubtedly important, but they’re not the only thing you need to think about from …

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Three ‘success’ metrics for software development

The race towards digital transformation has picked up pace during the pandemic. In fact, a new survey by KPMG and Harvey Nash indicates that businesses around the world have spent the equivalent of $15bn extra per week on technology as a result of investment in product development. But how do they measure success? As with everything in a company, product …

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