Nowadays you can buy almost anything online, paying from any location across the Globe. Moreover, you have even the possibility to arrange returns. In such a way, when you buy or return a product, the data about all processes need to be monitored and reflected somewhere. For this reason, many companies start thinking about using IT solutions for warehouse management and are implementing a Warehouse Management Software (WMS).
What is WMS?
Warehouse Management Software (WMS) optimizes and accelerates key warehousing tasks by directing receiving, put away, picking, packing, shipping, and space utilization along optimized routes. This software is a fully automatic mode, an electronic system that helps to centrally manage and control all processes. Especially for high-rise warehouses, it is difficult to imagine working without such assistance. Thanks to such solutions, warehouse stocks are always up-to-date, and you get a maximum degree of transparency regarding the current activities of the warehouse.
Also, Warehouse Management Software makes it possible to rationally use the warehouse space, accelerates the formation of batches of goods, and helps to correctly place the received products. In addition, this makes it possible to improve the quality of staff work, as well as to establish control over their actions.
Summing up, Warehouse Management Software provides better control over:
the rotation rate of goods;
optimizing routes and flows;
Why WMS is needed?
Besides all the positive parts mentioned above, the advantages of the Warehouse Management Software are:
• performing the functions of a distribution center;
• updating of internal control systems;
• reducing the cost of heating and lighting automated warehouses (after all, there are no people in them);
• placement of information about the receipt of goods to all divisions of the enterprise;
• reducing the size of the wage fund for employees of the warehouse (automation of many processes, including accounting) makes it possible to optimize the staff, reducing its part);
• increasing the level of company service and customer loyalty, which automatically ensures an increase in sales, turnover and, in general, profits (accelerating operational actions, increasing productivity, reducing errors, reducing customer returns, etc.);
• reduction of monetary losses associated with the write-off of overdue balances (automated deliveries allow better control of the storage period, which simplifies the problem of shelf life of inventory);
• reducing the time spent by the department for the preparation and the next carrying out of inventories;
• refusal from paper carriers (using the program for automating warehouse accounting, the necessary reports are simply and reliably generated, processed, and sent electronically).
With the warehouse management software, all logistics processes are carried out without any interruptions. This not only makes the daily work of workers easier, but also minimizes the number of potential sources of error.
Why to introduce WMS?
The business gets real advantages when serving customers. Accurate information about the location of the goods, the ability to quickly assemble the necessary goods in the right quantity provides the company with beneficial advantages, expressed in the delivery of orders on time, without delays, which ultimately forms high loyalty of your customers. It’s used to automate the work of the warehouse, which ensures the management of business processes and control of warehouse operations (acceptance, transfer, storage, picking, shipment, etc.), WMS integrates with the accounting programs of the enterprise, provides complete transparency data in the supply chain of the entire company.
The key functions of the WMS are as follows:
• automation of large warehouse operations: acceptance, order picking, accounting in the context of storage locations (including management of distributed warehouses), shipment of goods by a loader and the formation of closing documentation, work with rejects;
• fast and timely accounting for the cells of material values, their arrival and movement on racks and pallets;
• accurate maintenance of all warehouse documentation and address reporting system;
• timely and convenient keeping of a warehouse journal (cards);
• presentation and handling of storage system access;
• personnel management in the warehouse area;
• analysis of the warehouse process and selection of the best option for organizing business processes related to the volume of the warehouse;
• tracking the results of the warehouse and analyzing the characteristics of the flow of goods;
• especially increased productivity of warehouse workers;
• improving the quality of warehouse operations due to high processing accuracy and a significant reduction in the human factor;
• collection, processing, and search of data on warehouse operations and the ability to influence the details of warehouse management (motivation, etc.);
• integration with a barcode;
• integration with online cash register and accounting software;
The list goes on.
If the company already has an existing WMS and intends to update it, then the implementation of the new WMS will require tight and complex integration with the existing system and its data. Furthermore, while the new software will be tested and integrated, the new one must not stop working, even in any case. For this reason, the team responsible for that new WMS must be experienced and professional to avoid system errors in the future.
If you have any questions about the Warehouse Management Software’s creation, feel free to contact us if you would like to brainstorm ideas related to your WMS. Our experts will help you to optimally increase the return on your warehouse, which means you will earn millions.
To this day, there are still lots of misconceptions about the development process and the actors involved in it. Not anymore a developer is a person who hacks into computer systems, ATMs and performs other actions that are inconsistent with the law. Others are sure that the programmer will fix their computer and reinstall Windows, will set up TV channels, or will write overnight a new Facebook and will show how to generate document content in Word or even will repair a microwave either some other technique. This is funny, but still, it’s the reality for some people.
Moreover, some stereotypes have taken root so much that impact the general perception of a developer’s function.
To avoid confusion in this regard and to make clear every trifle of the most popular stereotypes. We have prepared for you a rating of the most important myths that need to be dispelled first. Let’s get down to destroy them.
MYTH 1. Development is not for women
Since 2015, such companies as Facebook and Google have been developing towards “leveling” the number of female workers in relation to men. Plus, from the reports provided by Statista, we notice that with each passing year, the number of employed women as developers increases, while the percentage of male employees decreases, in order to balance the ratio. Moreover, such type of action is typical not only related to IT.
Reality. Analysis of statistics for 2020-2021 says that there are more and more women in IT every year.
MYTH 2. Math skills determine development skills
According to theStack Overflow Developer Survey 2021, more than 50% of responding developers wrote their first line of code between the ages of 11 to 17, and at that age, no one is learning advanced math yet. This means that anyone who studied or studies in an ordinary average school can make a start in programming.
Reality. Good knowledge in the field of mathematics is still necessary, but for those who want to realize themselves in such areas as: scientific field, encryption, Machine Learning, Data Science, development of Artificial Intelligence, and everything related to big data…a lot of math is needed.
MYTH 3. You can become a highly paid IT professional if you have university studies
In addition to Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2021, almost 60% of respondents learned how to code from online courses, forums, and other online resources. From 82,963 of surveyed developers from the USA and Europe:
only 25% received university degrees;
10% have degrees in liberal arts and other sciences;
16% consider higher education a waste of time.
Reality. To become a qualified IT developer, it’s enough to successfully complete advanced courses and get some certifications that will prove your skills, to become an exceptional engineer still University is the only way to go through.
MYTH 4. Development has age restrictions
At DAS Solutions, we have senior developers who started their career at 16 years, programming websites and others.
Reality. Psychologists say that children 8-9 years old are able to understand and learn the basics of programming languages, as well as successfully create their own programs, but they are not yet the engineers that are wanted.
MYTH 5. Machines and applications will rule our FUTURE
People have learned to create artificial food, but farmers have not disappeared anywhere. People have created drones and UAVs, but no one has stopped hiring soldiers in the Armed Forces. So many programs have been written, but there is still a lack of teachers in schools. So it is in IT. The work of a programmer will simply evolve, as, for example, the work of a plowman who followed a horse with a plow and now sits in the cab of a computer-controlled combine.
Reality. As far as AI is concerned, any machine can only generate solutions from a template. It is not capable to create something fundamentally new. Only the human brain can do this.
MYTH 6.Developers are repairmen of any equipment
A mobile app developer specializes in creating applications for mobile devices. He knows programming languages, technologies, frameworks and has great baggage of narrow skills that allow him to do his job efficiently and without wasting time. However, why should this specialist be able to fix TVs, create websites or install Windows if this is a completely different industry in IT?
Everyone is an expert in their field and we should not forget this.
Reality. Developers are not good at any technical related issue.
MYTH 7. X Programming Language is better than another
None programming language is better than another, just like English is no better than Chinese. Each developer may have his/her preferable language, but in the IT industry does not exist the best programming language. Therefore, arguments about the superiority of one language over another are simply irrelevant, because each of them is focused on specific tasks that have nothing to do with personal biases.
The benefit of the language is only within the framework of solving certain problems. One language is more suitable for mathematical calculations, another is for creating corporate software, the third is good for web development. Learning several languages at once is not an option at all. Programming is an art. If you speak five languages but cannot write a good poem, you are not a poet.
Reality. Each programming language may give the best result for a specific issue. The best or ideal programming language doesn’t exist.
MYTH 8. Developers need to know English perfectly
To start a career in IT, it is enough to know English at A1 level (basic). Of course, along the way, you will need to improve your English level because the size of the salary will depend on this topic and the level of growth as a specialist. Plus, companies have no interest in collaboration with people who don’t want to develop continuously their skills and knowledges.
Reality. The level of English proficiency will only play a role in the salary raise for developers at the Middle level and above.
MYTH 9. Experienced developers work around the clock
Despite the reluctance to succumb to stereotypical thinking, instantly arises in your imagination the image of the guy who types like in the film Bruce Almighty. It’s funny, but the reality is totally different.
Besides that, many people know that lack of sleep does not increase productivity, on the contrary, slows down the working process. Few people are happy with this state of affairs, because many developers have family, friends, and personal affairs, to which they are more likely to devote their free time.
Reality. Developers ONLY SOMETIMES need to work overtime, and get paid in return with a higher hourly rate.
MYTH 10. The more people check the code, the fewer bugs it contains
“Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”, said Eric S. Raymond. This implies an advantage to open source because any developer can review it and fix bugs. In reality, this is not quite the case, because open-source software has more users who are unable to fix bugs in the code than people who are willing to contribute. Simply said, seven nannies have a child without an eye. The best solution in this situation is to employ a problem-focused team as Quality Assurance engineers.
Reality. Each specialist has his own point of view and 2 of 5 developers have something to add or edit in the code.
MYTH 11. Developers are rich people
Against the background of line workers and employees with flowing short tasks, senior developers really look like Arab sheiks. It’s true that for a programmer it is easier to find a job with a higher salary than the national average.
The developers’ salary varies greatly from specializations, skills, education, hard work, a little bit of luck 😊, and other factors like the ability to sell oneself to an employer or stress resistance. To reach professional heights you need to work hard, or come up with a really cool product.
A large salary is offered to already experienced developers. Novice developers will have to settle for small amounts, gradually building up a portfolio. Nobody becomes a billionaire overnight, and most programmers never even become millionaires.
Reality. Years of practice, desire, and hard work are the ingredients of success.
Surrounded by stereotypes, newcomers find it difficult to take the first step towards high technology. We hope that by getting rid of the misconception about developers, it will be easier for you to choose the right development direction.
It will be interesting to discover the funny stereotypes that you have come across during your practice, and we’re sure there were quite a few of them. Leave your options in the comments.
When does it get to the expensive side? At the moment when not all fine parts are taken into consideration, a development process may require some level of integration with third-party products, without being arranged it contributes to increased costs. Unsurprisingly, you can face constant costs increases in such cases. Consequently, an expensive project calls into question its development. And besides all this, a limited budget is one of the reasons why some clients refuse to develop the software, in this way, losing new business opportunities.
Imagine you transmit your project in the hands of highly qualified specialists with strong skills and knowledge, the picture will change significantly. To create a quality product, and at the same time to reduce costs, requires the efforts of experienced professionals (project managers, business analysts, designers, developers, test engineers, quality control specialists, and others) who know the specifics of each development’s stage. According to this, they can significantly reduce delivery time and costs without losing the quality of the final product.
We have shared a few effective ways in this article about how to optimize software development costs. So, let’s get started!
Define the best strategy for your project
Plan everything, from idea definition to the final product creation and testing, is the only thing that will lead you to savings. Clearly define a detailed project’s description to avoid errors during the development process, indicating:
the development app’s purpose;
which tasks it solves for the user;
with which devices / platforms will it work on;
which functionality should be implemented;
examples of similar apps with explanations of what exactly you like;
design features, corporate identity of the brand, etc.
2. Test your idea through MVP
MVP (minimum viable product), as a working product’s prototype, allows you to test the app with minimum costs. Also, it permits you to assess market demand before a full-scale launch. Even Uber and Snapchat developed their MVP early before the products’ launch. Remember, test software by MVP with only 2-5 main functions, add the rest in the next versions when you will be completely sure of the app’s relevance.
3. Hire an outsourcing dedicated team
Outsourcing is an important and promising way to reduce costs. You can hire software development services at quite affordable hourly prices, run at a fast pace, and get your project up sooner. You can benefit from a dedicated team who will start working efficiently on your project right away. Do you still have doubts? Discover the advantages of working with a dedicated team.
By choosing outsourcing, you save lots of money as most of the costs of HR, infrastructure, and operating costs are eliminated. You can scale the hired team up or down depending on your needs and thus manage costs effectively.
Too many extra specialists can negatively impact the product creation process and inflate costs. It may be cool that you have a bunch of different specialists, but the key is to keep them loaded with clear and strategically defined tasks.
DAS’ certified and qualified developers, designers, business analysts, and project managers strive to create the best version of the software in the development of which they are involved. They monitor the quality, budget, time, and other important details. Learn the advantages of a project manager and why he is so important in every team.
5. Provide timely feedback to the development team
Make sure you keep in touch with the development team at least once every 2-3 days. There are many technical challenges as well as tools that need even customer’s constant monitoring. Therefore, to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes, stay in touch with each member of the team, including developers and engineers, to know the status of a specific project. It’s important to remember that developer time is your money.
57% of projects fail due to breakdown in communications.
Understand better why feedback and efficient communication is key to save money and deliver the project on time.
A user-friendly software with attractive features is a success, but success can be lost due to the inclusion of unnecessary functions. If you intend to reduce development costs, firstly, make sure you add only the essentials. Do you remember where also this was mentioned before😊? At MVP, point 2. We recommend to implement the most important features first and postpone others until a later date.
The MoSCoW analysis method will help determine the priorities. The letters of the abbreviation indicate the following:
Won’t have this time.
Do not add new features unless necessary. You should also avoid complex, expensive components unless you are sure they will actually be useful to your users. The best time to think about expanding product functionality is when you’ve demonstrated a return on investment or increased user base.
To understand how prioritization works, consider an example. Let’s say you want to open an online clothing store. First of all, you need a good catalog with an easy-to-use product categorization, which lists prices and shows what the products look like. Add a shipping service and different payment methods and your visitors will start to turn into buyers.
After that, you can start thinking about adding new features, for example, the “you may also like” section with a list of related products and accessories or special offers for regular customers. The “create online wardrobe” feature helps shoppers get expert advice on shopping at your store. The list of additional features can be endless, but not all of them are needed in an online store, at least at first. One more feature that many like is “notify me” when the desired size is out of stock. This function allows users to get the wanted product size when it will appear again in stock. Exist a lot of features, you just need to add them at the right time.
7. Development costs control
Without sufficient regulation, your project can drag on for a long time, which means more investment. To avoid this situation, try to be involved always in the project development, 2-3 meetings/week with the development team will be enough to keep the situation on the radar.
At DAS Solutions, we always provide fully transparency to each customer, offering access to Azure DevOps or YouTrack. Here customers can monitor all completed/uncompleted/upcoming tasks, amount of work, worked time by each expert, deadlines, and other important notes.
This is a good way to timely identify weaknesses at the starting stages, otherwise, the time for correcting errors will be delayed and will affect the speed of work and the project fail to deliver on time.
8. Choose the right development methodology
What really matters is not only how much money you will pay, but also how much working functionality the selected team will deliver during this time. On this point, the choice of methodology for organizing the development process can have a huge impact on the final project’s cost.
If we’re talking about one of the most used development methodologies, Agile is the choice. Today, this is not only a popular software development methodology, but in addition, it’s the best option for a long and complex project, since changes in such projects are inevitable. Its approach focuses on creating a working product instead of a pile of documentation that may never be realized. Plus, it’s an iterative and collaborative style of development. The software under development is available for viewing after the completion of the iterative cycle. An agile way to develop software saves costs as it helps stakeholders evaluate software in a timely manner and ensure that only the right functionality is built into the application. Also, if there are any changes in the project requirements, they can be quickly taken care of in the development cycle. With its many benefits. An agile development approach is a good way to create your own software efficiently and cost-effectively.
9. Take a closer look at cross-platform technologies
Developing a cross-platform app is cheaper than developing separately for each platform. Of course, native apps are more functional, faster, and make the most of the system capabilities of mobile devices, but these have a high development cost. Cross-platform technologies allow you to save money and speed up product release, but it requires certain trade-offs. At the same time, you should be careful with your scalability strategy which native developments can offer.
10. Pay attention to ready-made solutions and UI-themes
Do not reinvent the wheel, this is not absolutely necessary if the desired task is effectively solved with the help of ready-made elements and frames that only require customization for a specific project.
Feel free to use third-party and open-source components. This is one of the simplest and most useful solutions to reduce the cost of developing mobile apps. To implement certain functions, there are suitable platforms, libraries, APIs, and other solutions that simplify the implementation of your tasks. If you work with an experienced development team, they can advise when to develop a component from zero and when to use a ready-made solution.
Fully customizable software is sure to deliver high user satisfaction and give you a significant competitive edge if done right. However, when the budget is limited and there are several other ways to achieve the same result, why is needed to waste your time and money building something off the ground?
Consider a more modular approach if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to a fully customizable software solution. There is nothing wrong with building your software from a combination of pre-existing components that provide the exact same functionality you are looking for. You can visit various websites that have a comprehensive list of the best open-source mobile app development frameworks with all relevant SDKs and snippet libraries.
11. Benefit of ready to use UI themes
UX / UI design is one of the most important elements of a highly successful software release. This should definitely remain a top priority in your development strategy as it can be a huge ROI in the long run. However, if your budget is restrained for the full design phase and you need a little extra flexibility during the stage, there is a way to save on costs without sacrificing the quality of your design. Rather than ditch design entirely, you should balance your design budget in favor of user experience, not aesthetics. First of all, make the navigation and layout of your software as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Don’t waste a lot of time wondering what color would be ideal for that particular button.
12. Don’t skimp on tests
Testing is something that you should never skimp on, even when creating small projects. It can cost a pretty penny due to the additional costs of resources and labor if it is carried out again after the release of the product. Therefore, it is best to make sure that consistent testing occurs at all stages. This will make your workflow easier and faster. It will also reduce costs and avoid delays.
It is very important to remember that once your product goes to market, it can cost you a hundred times more to fix each bug than it did during the development phase. This can provoke negative user reactions and damage your company’s reputation. This is vital to help your team streamline the development process, as both manual and automated testing will provide your team with ongoing feedback on the architecture of your software solution and the scope of your functionality. The result is shorter development times, less rework, and protection of your budget from unforeseen problems.
Testing typically accounts for over 30% of software development costs. And that’s okay. However, there are several ways to reduce testing costs:
avoid exhaustive testing;
check the critical functionality of the product first; less important functions can be tested later;
automate repetitive test procedures to reduce manual steps.
To eliminate errors, start quality checks as early as possible. The earlier errors are discovered, the cheaper they are. The cost of fixing bugs at the requirements gathering stage is 100 times less than at the production stage.
It’s an indisputable fact that software development is definitely a skilled job that requires a lot of knowledge and experience. In addition, this process within budget can be a daunting task, but it can be done if you work with an experienced team, choose the right technologies, follow the developers’ recommendations, optimize the functionality, and plan detailed the project development. All this will help you to implement the project at the lowest possible cost while getting the maximum return on investment.
There are no other ways to build a solid product without foundation/architecture, especially in software development, this matters more than anywhere else. It’s an extremely important stage that determines the subsequent faith in the project more than one might imagine. In the long run, it’s essentially the same as building a house from scratch that will serve you for a long time. You can’t do this without laying the base. And if you do, expect everything to fall apart due to some minor problem that will appear out of nowhere, as the reduction in competitiveness, employees’ demotivation, loss of control over the product, and so on.
In software development, it’s said that the foundation is laid by conducting business analysis. While this may seem obvious to some, the importance of this discipline can’t be stressed enough. If there is anything that can be called the “key to success”, then the business analysis is definitely it.
Yet, despite all that has been said, some call into question this field’s role, trying to diminish its importance in favor of a more abstract and bright word, also known as “vision.”
Even if we talk only about the IT domain, there are several areas related to business analysis: business analytics, system analytics, UX analytics, product analytics, digital intelligence, etc. Today, we focused on business analytics. Let’s talk about it in more detail.
Why does an IT project need a business analyst?
For a long time already, the business analyst has become a key contributor to teams’ success who helps companies to implement and leverage data science, strategy, and analysis. By finding the root causes of problems and organizing business processes, such expert identifies opportunities for enterprises. A business analyst provides suggestions for achieving business goals and increase competitiveness.
Most believe that a business analyst has the same responsibilities as a project manager. This is a myth. The BA is focused on the implementation of nitty-gritty details, while a project manager has targeted product value maximization.
In outsourcing and outstaffing, a specialist of this type is on the front line of communication with stakeholders is involved in gathering projects’ needs, drawing up technical specifications, and much more. Their main duty is to describe business requirements, which will help to solve several tasks at once. Consequently, BA should turn all requirements into a solution by figuring out why users need a new app or app improvements. Then, determines the user, functionals, and quality requirements which the team can use this data to rate, plan, design, and create a product. It’s huge work.
Most of the companies refuse to develop projects without a preliminary stage of analytics.
Business Analyst’s daily tasks:
stakeholder communications – synchronization with the team (participates in discussions and brainstorms);
documentation (drafts specifications in detail, study and analyze realized tasks and value the project’s stage);
metric tracking (velocity, budget, etc.)
team management (consult with architects, team/tech leads, and subject specialists);
self-education and learning (knowledge improvement through mentoring, courses and trainings, applies new knowledge to the project;
testing (creates scenarios and test cases).
In the initial phase, the business analysis aims to establish the basis for a project. In practice, this means:
understand of the initial idea of the project and its refinement;
fesability assesments, expectations and potential problems;
preparation of information for project evaluation.
2. Planning the project
During the planning phase, the business analyst must prioritize the requirements. Another important element in consideration is the assessment of possible solutions. This helps to create a big picture of the project, from which comes an understanding of the real scope, limitations, and risks of the project. The main advantage of each element is the cost-benefit ratio.
All this is stated in the technical documentation. The documentation serves as the basis for the project and determines the way of subsequent management and development. These help to form a basic vision of the user experience for the program, as well as to connect the reality of the situation with the concept of the project.
3. Project supervision
During the execution phase, the business analyst takes on the role of an observer, overseeing the progress of the project in collaboration with the project manager. In practice, this means that the business analyst looks at the background, checking if all the elements in development are going according to plan and on time. It comes to the fore only in cases of new proposals and subsequent adjustments.
At this stage, there are three main goals for a business analyst:
breakdown of requirements into task sets for the development team;
keeping in touch with customers and getting feedback from them;
implementation of feedback and formulation of tasks.
In addition, the business analyst can participate in the development of test cases for the initial stages of testing. Improving the design quality for the proposed IT system to meet user requirements. It’s important to note that the business analyst continues to refine and adjust the functional requirements descriptions throughout the development phase. This is done so that by the time the function is developed, it is described in detail and adapted following the current state of affairs.
4. Project regular review
During the testing phase, the business analyst participates in the development and refinement of complex acceptance criteria for test scenarios of various program modules. This includes a combination of functional walkthroughs, user impersonation, and user acceptance tests. The main goal at this stage is to ensure that the project meets the requirements, its complete readiness, and readiness for deployment.
5. Completion of the project
At the final stage, the business analyst submits the project to the client and receives his approval. His next step is usually to create program instructions and final project documentation.
Business processes systematization
To systematize the entire software process, the business analyst concentrates his energy on a series of actions and procedures aimed at ensuring the continuous operation of the company and its productivity. Thanks to such systematization, the business analyst manages to free staff from routine tasks, increase revenues and competitiveness of the company, and optimize the working time of management.
Before systematization implementation, it’s necessary to:
perform a step-by-step analysis of business processes highlighting qualitative and quantitative methods, such as:
SWOT analysis of the process;
analysis of process problems;
analysis of inputs and outputs;
define, install and configure the Business Process Management (BPM) system;
set up an organizational structure in the system to manage team members responsible for the execution of business processes;
determine which business processes exist in the company (using the universal list from the organization APQC (American Productivity & Quality Center), that presents the reference models of business processes) and which of them need to be systematized;
describe the selected processes in the system and agree with the management;
start and maintain processes.
To manage all work and get an outstanding result, the BA specialist needs a wide range of tools:
Requirements Management: Google docs, inVision Studio, Pencil, Draw.io and analogs.
Project Management: Microsoft Visio, Bizagi, LucidCharts, Axure, Balsamiq.
Requirements tracking and data analysis: Miro, Open Web Analytics, Tableau, Google Analytics, Mixpanel, QlikView BI.
Data Visualization: SEMrush, SE Ranking, KISSmetrics, Ubersuggest, SEOPressor.
Modeling / Diagramming: Cawemo, Diagrams.net, etc.
By excluding analytics from the development process, you are taking on significant risks. Especially if you need to develop a complex product. Yes, it will be possible to save on the reduction of the team, but it will also lead to an increase in the number of reworks, the cost of the project, and the timing of its development.
A business analyst in the software development team is a major advantage. He’s a versatile employee who can plan, calculate and launch a project. He checks what strategies can be used to improve the company’s processes, monitors the economic and technical implementation of new requirements. Experienced business analysts lead the entire system development and strategic development of the company.
DAS Solutions follows all the principles described above. You have the opportunity to recruit a qualified business analyst who has extensive experience working with global projects. It offers customers a product without shortcomings. Contact us today.
Nowadays, we’re facing an exponentially growing number of apps. Only in the first quarter of 2021, the Apple App Store counted 2.22 million available apps, while on Google Play Market they were in a number of 3.48 million. (Statista)
Due to the fact that the competition is high, obviously, there is a huge demand on them to provide a top user experience journey. To ensure apps’ workability and efficiency, the development team, namely quality assurance engineers, continuously improve apps, fix bugs by regular tests. Clearly, tests are the key aspect that ensures apps’ security, scalability, functionality, accuracy, and many others that offer the user a great experience.
To run comprehensive app check, QA teams rely on manual testing, web testing, browser testing, regression testing, and API testing, and more. Regrettably, this process is time-consuming. Therefore, quality assurance engineers’ resort to certain tools in order to carry out automated tests.
To clarify which tools are more practical, more effective for testing applications in 2021-22, we realized comprehensive market research and came up with an integrated analysis on this topic. You’re curious? Let’s see what each of them represents.
Selenium framework is intended for testing web applications on various browsers and platforms such as Windows, Mac, and Linux. Selenium helps QA engineers to write tests in different programming languages such as Java, PHP, C#, Python, Groovy, Ruby, and Perl. Moreover, this tool offers recording and playback functionality for writing tests without learning the Selenium IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Selenium proudly supports some of the largest, well-known browser vendors who are confident that Selenium is a native part of their browser.
If we refer to its advantages, we emphasize the flexibility, additionally the ability to write complex and efficient scripts to test the applications. On the other hand, in order to start working with Selenium, the tester must have extraordinary knowledge of programming and be ready to devote some of his time and energy to writing special frames and libraries that provide specific functions during the testing process.
Katalon Studio is built with a specialized IDE for testing APIs, web apps and mobile devices. It can be integrated into CI/CD and works great in conjunction with popular tools when testing software: qTest, JIRA, Jenkins, and Git. A nice feature that it provides is Katalon Analytics, thanks to which users get a complete picture of the testing process, as extensive reports that are displayed on the user screen in the form of metrics, charts, and graphs.
Besides that, this tool includes a full suite of powerful features to help overcome common challenges in automating frontend testing, namely:
➜ built-in Object Repository, XPath, Object Reidentification; ➜ supports Java / Groovy scripting languages; ➜ built-in support for image-based testing; ➜ serves as a support for continuous integration tools like Jenkins and TeamCity; ➜ supports Dual editor interface; ➜ customizable execution workflow.
Its EveryStep Web Recorder feature can register every step and replay the scenario in a real browser. EveryStep Web Recorder is a web scripting tool used to record complex user’s actions, from clicking a button to navigating eCommerce. Scripts are used to run load tests in LoadView.
In addition, this tool offers one solution for automation testing of desktop, mobile apps, including UI, load, and performance testing, besides other various compatibilities such as:
➜ manual testing; ➜ integration with bug tracking tools.
License: from $199 per month.
TestComplete has a GUI object recognition feature that automatically detects and updates UI objects, thus avoiding the hassle of maintaining test scripts when AUT changes. This tool also integrates with Jenkins during the CI process.
More than that, TestComplete offers the following features:
➜ test renderer; ➜ script testing; ➜ test recording and playback.
License: from $6,359 per year.
IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT) supports the ability to test a wide range of apps written in various programming languages such as HTML, Java, Dojo, Ajax, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Visual Basic, Siebel, Flex, GEF and PowerBuilder as scripting languages. RFT has a unique feature: Storyboard testing, through which all user’s actions related to automatic testing are recorded and visualized in the form of sequential images, app’s screenshots at various stages of its testing.
With RFT’s feature, “Storyboard Testing,” users can visualize and edit tests by original language, colloquial expressions, and application’s screenshots. As an IBM application, this tool integrates well with other IBM products.
License: from $3400 per month.
HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT) offers functional and regression test automation for web services, sites, API, graphical interface of mobile, desktop and web apps on almost all platforms existing today. This tool supports over 200 apps and environments, including web, SAP, mainframe, Salesforce, PDF, Java, Citrix, etc.
Additionally, UFT allows integration with Mercury Quality Center and Mercury Business Process Testing. Furthermore, UFT tool supports CI/CD through integration with CI tools such as Jenkins, Azure DevOps, Bamboo and other products, as well as version control for Git, Subversion, TortoiseSVN and more.
Its advanced functionality for recognizing objects is based on images. In addition, reusable test components are available as well as automation documentation.
License: from $600 per month.
SoapUIcovers the entire testing spectrum (functional, security, load, mocking). This tool can easily execute tests for REST and SOAP APIs and Web Services easily. It supports all standard protocols and technologies for testing all kinds of APIs. Additionally, SoapUI allows to create and execute automated functional, regression, and load tests quickly and easily. SoapUI was created for advanced users looking to make more sophisticated automated tests and manual calls when is needed. Furthermore, this tool creates its own codes using the Groovy tool. Its Pro version has a user-friendly interface and several additional features, such as a checkout wizard, an editor form, and a SQL query designer.
The out-of-the-box toolkit provides many additional functionalities for API testing, including:
➜ easy test generation with drag and drop and point-and-click; ➜ powerful testing with data substitution from files or databases; ➜ reuse scripts; ➜ mocks – services using RESTful mocking; ➜ asynchronous testing.
License: Free and Paid (from $659 per year).
Thus, each of these tools allows QA engineers to conduct a complete quality assessment, identify all errors, and bring the software to perfection. However, it’s worth noting that smart testing and smart analytics for adaptive and heterogeneous environments are something that has yet to be implemented in modern test automation tools. From our side, we suggest to find a balance between manual and automated tests.
Which tools do or did you use as a tester? What’s your opinion about them?
Contact DAS Solutions to test your app and get insights to uncover new opportunities for your business. Reach out to our experts.
Sometimes happens that projects do not realize their full potential or even fail, that’s why having a skilled, well-rounded, and dedicated project manager on the team, even if it is an outsourced crew, the likelihood the project will be successful and profitable regardless of your and business vision and direction. Yeah, maybe you see this as a risky leap, but it’s a great option to get an experienced person who will positively influence your business lower costs, innovate, and grow.
Our clients usually appreciate the decision to hire a dedicated Project Manager. They understand that a project manager is a person who will organize and will streamline the workflow, focusing on dozens of issues simultaneously. In such a way, customers overcome the problems, keeping the timeline, productivity, and motivation of the team and other key processes.
The PM not just leads the team, navigating any hiccups, awkward situations like failure to meet deadlines, overstated and unjustified costs, provide clear specifications of tasks and mitigate risks. This person is always in touch with clients regardless of the time zone difference, organizing regular calls, demonstrations of the project, and gettering feedback constantly. He is responsible for the project’s success, meeting deadlines, and balancing the complex components of a project, and still, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Companies start looking for project managers when they’re already hurting for one between 10 and 20 employees. (Divvy)
Many businesses should already have a project manager for a team that exceeds 7 people. But the majority of outsourcing projects that are do not have a person who will take the lead, suffer from inefficiency, and work more on project development than it’s necessary.
If you want to have a management to match the business vision but not a storm of inefficiency, lack of accountability, extended timelines, and blown budgets, we kindly suggest to hire a confident and dedicated PM with wide and complex competencies as are the following:
✓ leadership ✓ clearly communication ✓ critical thinking ✓ flexibility ✓ proactiveness ✓ open-mindedness ✓ stress ✓ transparency ✓ decisiveness ✓ power to motivate others
✓ IT expertise ✓ planning ✓ team management/integrity ✓ cost management ✓ risk management ✓ project management tools ✓ solution-oriented ✓ empowering others ✓ math and analysis ✓ delegation ✓ conflict management
The primary benefits of hiring a project manager for the outsourcing team:
reducing development costs and time allocated to this process;
regular communication with the client and keeps a client in the loop;
steers the project in the right direction.
But if you still doubt that you’re an outsourced project is an optional addition, carefully read all the clearly stated reasons below for hiring such an important expert. Learn about key tasks, responsibilities and see the importance of hiring a PM for your outsourcing team.
The project manager clearly defines the vision, the direction of the project, based on a high-level view of business goals. As a result, he creates the action plan to be followed in order to deliver a successful and qualitative project.
A temporarily hired project manager will come up with more new ideas, due to his extensive experience delivering projects of various sizes to customers in various industries and countries, while in-house PM works only for a particular project. When you work on different projects, your ideas progress. The same thing would have happened to your employees if you offered them to an outside company. They will constantly exchange experience, ideas, and knowledge. Plus, the experience of an outsourcing project manager does not permit to dull but important administrative tasks to be overlooked and focus being thinned. Perfect!
The subcontracting project manager is more transparent, more open, and focuses on the outcome because he doesn’t rely exclusively upon you for their income. Which rarely happens with the in-house project managers.
The project manager has a commercial interest to deliver the project qualitatively and to get a good review, because the number of customers will depend on the work done, influencing the profit.
As a lot of changes may arise on the go (adjustments, new ideas’ tests, etc.). Having a PM outside your company, you’re fully committed to the completion of the project throughout every stage of the project life cycle; from planning, right through to the final execution and delivery. He monitors closely every step of development. In case you have hired yourself, there may be risks such as loss of work efficiency, loss of motivation, and many others that will put the project at risk.
In case of subcontracting a project manager, you’re assured that the employee has the experience and that he will deliver the project successfully in the established terms and up to standard. Otherwise, the PM will pay penalties and will have to compromise his paycheck.
Working with worldwide customers in a variety of industries, the outsourced project manager is always flexible and adapts to any conditions. Even if is a significant difference of a client’ and our PM’s time zone, our expert adjust to the client’s preferred way and time of communication.
Moreover, the zone difference in our case this is a benefit. In this way, PM organizes his work in the most efficient way in order to have a productive conversation, and with the responsible team to structure all the necessities quickly and operatively at the same time.
You pay for exactly the length of time you employ thus you save a project’s budget in the long run. A qualified PM with vast experience will cost you enormously, having him as an employee in your company. But only taking strict advantage of the hours of an external project manager will save you money. In addition, for the in-house project manager you need to allocate money for some additional costs that you don’t have to pay for contractors:
Social Security and Medicare taxes;
Education and development (trainings, courses);
Thereby, you save a substantial amount of money that can be used for your project development if necessary.
Solving small problems takes a lot of time and when there is a person who is responsible for the effectiveness of the team and the optimization of processes, both the client and the developers can focus on the key things, business/project development.
Before launching the project, the project manager tests the product and makes sure that the app corresponds to the real scenarios of the user’s behavior. This is just one and the most important stage in which the client should not get involved and waste time. He will always remove obstacles or solve sudden issues, because he has problem-solving skills.
PM is the person who ensures that engineers meet the deadlines. Due to regular reviews of the project budget, he makes sure that no specialist is misusing/overuse project resources in order to ultimately avoid idle expenses.
Risk management and analysis.
Due to the comprehensive experience of the project manager, he constantly analyzes and isolates the risks to minimize the possibility of the breakdown. But even if the worst scenario happened, he knows how to find the solution even if it is the most complicated situation.
When the team consists of specialists with different responsibilities, communication is key. As a bridge between developers and client, the project manager streamlines the process by receiving feedback that clearly defines the project’s vision. He knows better how to filter information and transform an hour-long conversation into clearly defined tasks.
Generally, no matter the size of your business, projects, or required skills. Therefore, you need an expert with a highly specialized area of knowledge and skill who will deliver successfully your final product, on time and without a prohibitive budget.
DAS Solutions is a company that has professionals with excellent entrepreneurial skills. Our Project Managers are certified and continuously improve their skills through trainings and courses. If you decided to implement new software, roll out a new product line, or undergo a new business initiative, contact us today by email, [email protected] . Let’s staff an exact project your business needs to thrive.
Today, due to the development of the mobile industry sector, companies have the opportunity to increase their businesses’ value by implementing mobile applications. But until you get a successful application, it is important to focus from the beginning on its architecture. Building clearly defined mobile app architecture it’s not an easy process, it heavily relies on a very meticulous plan, just like building a city. Due to this, you’ll save time, stress, effort, money because ahead a well-designed app’s architecture makes it easier for you to modify, test, and debug.
ARCHITECTURE …? WHAT IS THIS?
Being more explicit related to app architecture, we can define this as a roadmap and a detailed guide app of how the mobile app is supposed to be created. It consists of structural elements and interfaces, connections between selected elements, the general style of the program, and several layers, including:
contains UI elements along with the parts processing them.
consists of workflows, business entities, and components.
is made up of service interfaces and message types.
involves data utilities, data access components, and service agents.
Once you have decided to create an application, invest time and money in its architecture. Focus on its convenient functionality, rapidity, safety, and excellent structure. Firstly, start by checking key principles that a mobile app architecture should include:
Efficiency. The application performs the assigned tasks and performs the functions in any conditions. The system is efficient, reliable, and can handle all loads.
Flexibility. The solution you choose is easy to change and there are fewer mistakes. You can change one element, and this will not be fatal to other components.
Extensibility. You can add as many features as you like to your application if required.
Scalability. Development and addition time is reduced. A good architecture allows you to streamline development into multiple parallel threads.
Testability. You are able to test each component separately, to allow future consistency to diverse variables.
Manageability. You monitor the workability, functionality, security, and efficiency of the system.
Reusability. The elements and structure can be reused in other projects.
Maintainability. Due to market conditions and consumer behavior continuous changes, architecture should always have the capacity to be changed, corrected, modified, and improved.
Comprehensibility. The code should be understandable to as many people as possible. A lot of people are working on the application. A good architecture allows beginners to quickly understand a project.
Performance. Ensure quick response to users’ intent/request during app usage. Therefore, we provide amazing customer satisfaction, without resorting to the app uninstalling and customer loss.
Security. The architecture should be maximum robust to fully secure and protect user data and data which is used by the app.
Then, based on the target audience, platforms it’ll be deployed on, features and functionality, correctly choose the right type of your mobile application:
is a program for iOS, Android, and other platforms. Native means the app is built for one platform.
+ efficiency due to compliance with all the requirements of the selected category of devices;
+ more secure;
+ has better performance as compared to a hybrid app;
+ interact with other native APIs;
+ doesn’t depend on plugins and WebViews;
+ perform much faster as compared to a hybrid app;
+ quick access to new features;
+ better user engagement;
– two separate codebases and databases – one for Android and the other one for iOS;
– require installation;
– difficult to run SEO campaigns and strategies;
– costs (time/budget).
a site optimized for use on a mobile device.
+ reduce development time and costs;
+ leverage cross-platform capabilities;
+ work on multiple platforms;
+ less time-consuming to create;
+ automatic updates;
+ easy maintenance;
– requires a constant Internet connection, because it is located on a separate server in the network.);
– limited user interface;
– depend on the browser’s speed.
the device types:
ANDROID APP ARCHITECTURE
iOS APP ARCHITECTURE
For the Android mobile architecture app, a good solution is the Clean Architecture because it makes your app more independent of frameworks, databases, layers, and more. In other words, your developers will not be tied to a specific framework or database. Also, we use, MVVM, MVP, MVI.
Deciding architecture type, pay heed to android frameworks, libraries, app developing concepts, app components, and fragments to provide an ideal approach and an outstanding user experience.
For iOS, you may find suggestions from Apple to use the MVC (Model-View-Controller), MVVM architectural pattern for UIKit, but again, you need to understand and carefully analyze every detail to realize which kind of architecture will make the best version of your app.
We at DAS Solutions design mobile applications using the following methods, depending on the project objectives:
The necessary logic is stored on the server, and all the necessary information for the server is stored in the database. Such applications are very simple and require relatively little development time. But in the long run, applications are bound to change because they have to fit new platforms, gadgets, and operating systems.
This is typical for cloud-native applications, which are now popular due to the advantages that cloud environments provide for business. It is a method of building independently developed and distributed applications, each of which runs as one or more isolated processes.
For any changes, even the smallest, monolithic applications require rebuilding and deploying the entire monolith. Whereas microservices are broken down and placed independently of each other. This means that microservices offer a completely independent approach, with each individual component performing a different function for the entire system to work.
SOA is independent of the programming languages, platforms, or protocol specifications used for services developed. Also, an important aspect of SOA is high flexibility, which is achieved due to the ability to quickly adjust business logic – a change made to a business function will eventually affect all the necessary applications.
With the increasing complexity of applications, some modules are moved to separate hardware parts and services. Modules here sometimes hold their own databases and reside on separate devices. This has its pros and cons. Such an architecture requires serious investments at the start, but with a competent approach, costs are reduced at subsequent stages of development. Service-oriented architecture is good for large companies.
Before developing your mobile app architecture, consider some important factors and elements like:
Availability of the development framework.
✓ Bandwidth Scenarios
with an internet connection (3G, 5G);
✓ Navigation Methods
Stacked navigation bar;
Navigation bar (top and bottom);
✓ User Interface (UI) ✓ Real-Time Updates vs Push Notifications
It might look difficult to plan the architecture app, and it is we confirm, this is why we recommend to work with an expert software development company.
DAS’s architects are experienced and qualified specialists who work in tandem with programmers, coming with advice to developers related to the app and giving instructions on how to create an app. At the same time, the architect is looking for compromises between customers, managers, developers.
We know how to create a fast and reliable architecture, providing a unique user experience. Designing mobile applications is our specialty. Contact us by email and let’s speed up your mobile app architecture.
In many martial arts, the color of the belt corresponds to the skill level. Usually, the color changes from white to black, where the experience level corresponds to the darkness of the belt. A beginner wears a white belt because he has no experience. White means “new and clean”. As you train, the belt darkens, showing progress. The color represents the dirt accumulated through hard work and sweat. A martial artist with many years of experience eventually reaches the black belt, which means a high level of knowledge and skill. Traditionally, the belts were only black or white. But in recent decades, more colors have emerged. The same in our company our developers are going through a challenging trip to gain the “black belt”.
How do junior, middle, and senior developers differ? How does the transition between these levels take place? For these and many other questions, our experts provided detailed answers.
For us, “Junior”, “Middle” and “Senior” levels mean not only technical skills (hard skills), but also the soft skills of being able to communicate with people, working in a team, and the willingness to take responsibility for own decisions.
The higher the developer is positioned; the higher requirements for soft skills are. Technical skills are usually the easiest for us and developers to develop in comparison to communication and teamwork skills.
Experience is a rather conditional characteristic. Some developers can be classified as newcomers even after 4 years of work in the company, but there are real “diamonds” who, just in a few months after entering the market, already show independence and do not continuously support their senior colleagues.
An important element in evaluating the developers’ experience depends on their background performance and future potential. Sometimes an engineer who works for a small company that is engaged in streaming development of similar projects can hold the position of a senior developer in that company, but at the same time, if he jumps into an ocean of a large high-tech firm, his level can be assessed lower or higher. Thus, we get a person who is coming with a background from one company, and he still might need to go a long way with us increasing her/his professional level.
World statistics say that a junior developer is defined as a beginner with real work experience of up to 1-1.5 years, a middle programmer as a still learning specialist with 1-3 years of experience, and a senior as a professional who has worked in the company for a good 5-6 years. But remember that this gradation is an approximation. Therefore, the level of the developer should be determined depending on the professional skills, knowledge, and characteristics as following:
1. Computational technologies (Computer Science): data structures, algorithms, system programming;
3. Programming: programming languages, libraries, frameworks, code organization, organization of own work;
4. Communication skills;
5. Cognitive skills;
6. Knowledge of the subject area;
***The first two disciplines are often overlooked, but they play a large role in building an effective development process and have a significant impact on the quality of applications developed. Sometimes we meet developers who apply for Senior developer, while do not know what a stack or a graph is. The question arises if a person does not know what a stack is, then how affair example, a debugger?
If a person does not know the development process, then how can he effectively part know addition to other obvious statistics and knowledge, I would like to draw attention to cognitive skills: the profession of a developer requires constant training not only to grow but also to stay at your level, keeping up with the times. And here memory, attention, the ability to focus, and the speed of information processing play an important role.
Definition and Differentiation
The specific content of the levels depends on the technology stack that is used in the company.
Junior developer: white belt
is usually a person with little or no development experience. In our cases, s/he’s a yesterday’s student or even a student who still studying at university with a random set of initial skills that we thought was sufficient to give the person a chance. S/he is ready to listen to criticism and learn a lot.
You need to understand that for tasks that the signor will solve in ten minutes, Jun may need three approaches an hour each, and in the process the code will have to be completely rewritten, spending a lot of additional energy.
Middle developer: blue belt
is yesterday’s Junior, who has successfully mastered the entire technology stack used by the team. He confidently, independently and on time solves small problems/bugs. Provides useful remarks when reviewing someone else’s code. In addition, he knows several programming languages/frameworks, and for what his/her knowledge is systematized. Additionally, the middle developer can independently evaluate his part of the project and start developing it without additional assistance.
Senior developer: black belt
is mentor, evangelist. Due to his/her deep understanding of the system architecture, s/he can be entrusted with a new product or direction. This expert already runs a team (team lead) or is a very cool developer (tech lead). S/he understands for whom this or that product is being made. Who should do what and how?
Moreover, the Senior developer sees the picture of development as a whole, presents the complete architecture of the project, and understands what should ultimately come out in the release part.
There is also division within these concepts. Besides Junior, there is entry-level Junior, med-level Junior, and plus-level Junior. Likewise with Middle and Senior. We focus on these levels when looking for new programmers and working with those who are already on the team. Looking at the requirements, and they are fixed and open, employees understand in which direction to “dig” to grow. This is something like OKR (Objectives and Key Results).
If we go into more detail, when we have something to add to the above mentions:
What should a Junior be able to do?
Possess the basics and programming tools;
Speak basic English;
Be able to write basic program code;
Possess the skills of reading code;
Be able to listen and hear criticism, improve his/her mistakes;
Navigate the IDE interface and manage it using the taskbar;
Know how to work with the API.
Skills required for a mid-level developer:
Knowledge of keyboard shortcuts for quick and efficient work with IDE;
Writing understandable code, confident knowledge of technology;
Database management and development: provision of stored procedures, triggers, user-defined data types (UDT), knowledge of object-relational mapping (ORM) technology;
Having a deep understanding of the functioning of more than 4 platforms;
Active collaboration with team members, guidance over junior developers;
Independence in work;
Search for non-standard solutions;
What are the responsibilities of a senior developer;
Pre-intermediate or intermediate English.
What are the responsibilities of a senior developer?
Technically consistent with the business product program;
Have leadership qualities, be able to manage a team;
Fully understand the architecture of the application;
Constantly improve qualifications, learn new things;
Be able to calculate an accurate estimate;
Know how to independently implement a project from scratch;
Solve any problems that arise;
See the strategic path from an idea to its successful implementation and market launch;
Intermediate or fluent English.
Junior ➜ Middle
This way, they will fall into many possible pitfalls and learn how to avoid them. They learn how to write simple code by thinking of the person who will be working on the program after them. Also, learn how to fix bugs and educate themself.
At this phase, they learn how to debug, as this will help better understand what’s going on in the process. In addition, they are familiarized with best practices and learn about architecture, performance, security, and more. Close the knowledge gap required to move to the middle tier. For a junior developer, learning design patterns, architecture, test automation, performance, and security techniques, and more is a great way to close the knowledge gap.
Middle ➜ Senior
Moving from middle to senior level can be quite challenging, usual now the focus is on learning, not just on solving routine tasks. Some developers stay middle for their entire careers. Seniors know what can be discarded in the code, and what cannot be removed in any case. Previous experience and mistakes taught them all this. If a developer wants to be a senior, then he/she should be prepared to take on tasks that no one else can do. Also, to have to help less experienced developers, Seniors are their lifeline in difficult cases. It is not surprising that seniors thoroughly study the entire range of technologies of their company. This is more than just programming – it is an immersion in all aspects of creating a product.
Seniors need to know more than just how to get the job done.
The Senior Developer position is precepted by us not as a career plateau, but as a springboard for further development, for example, in one of the following areas:
Serious fighters have been learning martial arts all their lives; serious software developers do the same. Any knowledge in this area is completely outdated after 3-5 years, and if there is no constant growth, they can “slide” from senior to the middle position again. Therefore, we recommend to all programmers to constantly educate themselves and keep their fingers on the pulse of technology development.
We recommend reading new articles and research on the topic, testing new products and technologies. This is what always keeps you afloat and makes you competitive.
We hope you find useful insights based on the differences between these three developers’ levels.
The ICT outsourcing services are seen as a rentable investment to achieve a high level of efficiency in the business. The reason for such a huge interest in nearshore outsourcing is the overload, high demand on in time delivery, expertise, and experience that outsourcing companies may complement their clients.
62% of large organizations are outsourcing at least a portion of their application development work. (Computer Economics study, IT Outsourcing Statistics 2014/2015)
Considering that DAS Solutions is using and is integrating the latest technologies, we thought it would make sense to address the questions we hear the most from customers. The purpose of these answers is to simplify the perfect IT outsourcing service provider selection process and give you insights on how to gain trust. Likewise, for companies that are in the selection of the right development outsourcing partner, to know the right answer could be helpful in the selection process, avoiding some of the most expensive pitfalls.
59% of companies outsourced work to reduce costs. (Microsourcing)
A business owner could save around 60% of overall costs with outsourcing. (Outsource Accelerator)
Outsourcing can increase productivity by 10 to 100 times. (Economist)
Continue reading this article, discovering surprising and unexpected juicy details about which you probably did not even know.
Recruitment and Project Management
1. How do you recruit specialists to work on the project? / Where do you find your candidates?
When we have talents available in house, we offer their CVs to the customer with whom we have concluded the agreement. After a detailed examination of all provided CVs, the client invites the chosen candidates to interview, having the right to refuse or to select the best candidate/s. Once the client needs a specific specialist while is not available in our team, we resort to multi-stage recruitment. It gives us a hand to meticulously review applicants’ backgrounds. The stages of recruiting that we rely on:
➜ CV screening – we analyze the candidate’s expertise; ➜ Technical interview – we exam talent’s English-language competence, his vision, values, experience and we offer tasks which should be completed, verifying the candidate’s technical skills; ➜ Discussion with the CEO.
2. What do you look for when hiring new developers/candidates?
Our primary focus during candidates’ selection is skills and ability to solve problems, here we refer to the solution-oriented value. Likewise, for us, it’s important how they act in different situations, for which we follow multiple approaches. We are delighted to say that a big part of our experts is qualified, certified, and highly experienced.
3. How skilled and researched is your development team?
Many of our specialists are constantly developing their skills and knowledge. Moreover, all personnel undergoes training, certification at a certain time.
4. What is the size of the team that will be involved with my project?
Following the audit and the advanced analysis, we come up with recommendations on the number of talents for each position needful to successfully develop the product. It depends on the project-specific requirements, expected delivery time, and the team configuration that would assure the best result possible.
5. Could one employee handle multiple functions?
Some of the candidates who are involved in providing ITO are trained to handle multiple tasks efficiently. This might be the case for the full-stack programmers, who are able to work on the back-end and the front-end of the project or applied to the golden team of DAS where our Seniors may perform as System Architects/Team leads and regular developers.
6. How do you deal with the rotation of people in projects?
To ensure maximum effective work of developers, we have a backup professional/s who is/are up to date with the project and other useful information, otherwise, we do agree with clients on the recruitment process to ensure that all positions are covered.
7. Will I have to train your employees?
Our experts constantly develop their skills and knowledge, being well trained and coached. The client can train employees at the initial stage, if there are more specific nuances such as particular processes, workflows, management systems, etc.. This training is requisite to align us and avoid misunderstandings in the future. See more details and recommendations in our blog article.
8. Will I have to supervise your employees?
For faster product delivery, an efficient and effective step, avoiding misunderstandings and mistakes, we suggest you get actively involved in the product development process. Online meetings through a dedicated communication channel 2-3 times a week are king advice from our side. In our experience, this method is the most beneficial to save customer’s and provider’s time, effort, and resources, providing a quality product.
9. How will I get to know that your team is working or not?
To ensure the implementation of tasks at the most effective level, we organize daily meetings and monitor the evaluation of tasks. Likewise, the time that is worked by each person is monitored by a special tool predestined for such processes. We also offer a weekly / monthly report of the tasks performed and the worked time by each developer.
10. Will the developers assign to my project work on any other project at the same time?
Every expert who is involved in product development is dedicated at the highest level only to this project and in none other than it.
11. Will the same people be assigned to my project for the length of the development effort?
In order to deliver an excellent client experience in time, we strive to proffer a long-term contract according to the client’s needs in the development and maintenance phase. We understand how important this aspect is.
12. How easy will it be to scale a team by 1/3/5 developers? How much time do you need?
It takes about up to 2-4 weeks to scale a team by 1/3/5 developers, depends on the needed number. If the client felt the need for this, we recommend to communicate as soon as possible.
13. How long does it take to start a project? / Where do I start?
Once we made a deal with the client, usual the kick off takes two to four.
14. How will you manage the project?
In order to manage the project, namely to estimate the implementation time of the activities, it is indispensable to have as much information about the company as possible.
15. What collaboration tools do you use during projects?
All communication with the client takes place through a dedicated communication channel and corporate email, protecting business data by Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP).
16. What is the client’s role in the project, and how much time is needed from the client?
The experiences we’ve had, show that the more the client gets involved in the project and our collaboration, the more successful the result is. Why does it work like that? As a result of the permanent communication, we simply understand the client’s needs. On the other hand, the client is always informed about what is happening with his project and at which stage it is, providing feedback when he deems it necessary. So, we get the final result in the desired time.
17. How do we communicate during a project to surface the progress, plans, and problems?
A regular schedule of online meetings, 2-3 / week, will provide a clear vision of the current situation of the project and problems. During these meetings, both sides will come up with solutions, ideas, and with the next steps of the activities.
18. Do you use decent technology?
We use the latest in regards to technologies, databases, tools, etc.
Documentation and Partnership
19. What are the first steps of cooperation?
Depending on the client’s need, we analyze in detail the requirements, materials, and documentation. Consequently, we offer qualified experts (developers/project managers/quality assurance engineers/business analysts, etc.). Additionally, we prepare the action plan and confirm it with the client.
20. How do you deal with partners in different time zones?
Analyzing our experience with overseas clients, we realize that we have never had problems with the time zones’ difference, while at the same time our experience is not that big with this, our 90% of our clients are from Europe.
21. How do you structure the partnership roles to be efficient and successful?
In order to avoid delays in project delivery, it is essential to discuss from the start the development processes and the attributions of each part that will appear. Working with the client contains:
sincerity and straightforwardness;
dedication and availability.
22. How do you ensure software quality?
To guarantee the code’s quality, we rescue to the frontend, backend, and infrastructure code audit. We pay special attention to this stage, accomplishing it in several ways:
Automated code study through scanners that check the code for various parameters for each pull request. Plus, we’re checking issues typical of a particular programming language, for instance, Java often has problems with garbage collection and memory leaks. These language-specific issues should also be monitored during the code audit process.
One more step in code review is based on the examination of code quality, architecture, optimization, the functionality of the code following compliance with the customer’s requirements.
Our QA Engineers conduct stress and security tests, unit and integration tests. These validate complex scenarios and usually require external resources, like databases or web servers, to be present.
23. What will be the cost of my product?
There is no straightforward answer to this question because the final price is affected by many factors, including both your specific requirements and external market factors:
From the outset of the product development, developers are informed related to the client’s policy and regulations. In such a way, only the professionals involved in the project have access to the code, adhering to all standard security and encryption procedures in the process. Therefore, we protect customer data, ensure security compliance, and deliver proper security documentation that includes:
features and components with firewall configuration;
intrusion detection systems;
intrusion prevention systems and more.
Once the experts work remotely, we use VPN, so only some people have access to production servers, where they can make changes.
25. How much access should I give to your team?
Usually, in order to get into the essence of the project and to fully understand the client’s needs, values, is necessary to offer:
technical requirements (as comprehensive as possible);
business process documentation (step-by-step description);
26. Do you subcontract your services?
Yes, sometimes, though prefer to keep all the work in-house. We cooperate with reputable companies in a similar field. Our understanding has been friendly for many years. When recruiting, we turn to our partners, sometimes subcontracting their talents.
27. Do you provide a service-level agreement (SLA)?
Of course. To ensure a 100% beneficial collaboration for both parties, both customer and provider, we certainly use the service-level agreement (SLA) which includes the list of assistance actions, end-to-end program management, and deliverables.
28. How flexible is the SLA?
Depending on the project’s needs, the number of needed professionals and other resources will change. In this way, the SLA is as flexible as possible.
29. Who will own the source code?
The client is the sole code owner with all the intellectual property rights.
30. Do you provide technical documentation?
Definitely. We offer technical documentation which contains the road map, code, and methodology of the project.
31. What is your reporting process?
The reporting process, which we provide, contains the standard set of reports, a work timeline where is mentioned the date of delivery of each report, we use a well know reporting system.
Experience and Practice
32. For how long are you in the outsourcing business?
We have 8 years of experience in delivering the IT Outsourcing service. During this period, we have successfully helped companies across Europe to find the right IT experts for their projects.
33. What kinds of companies do you typically do work with?
Since 2013, DAS Solutions has gained the recognition and trust of more than 40 customers globally from the following industries:
Finance & Banking;
Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals;
Travel and Booking;
Our team has put a lot of effort into creating, implementing, successfully carrying customers’ projects of different levels.
34. Why are you better than other software houses? What makes you special?
During 8 years of work, in any situation, we remained customer-oriented, offering quality and justified costs. DAS Solutions is a company that has won the trust of customers through receptivity, open mind, dedication, and appropriate actions in stressful situations. We can certainly say that we are among the TOP in the region IT Outsourcing providers.
We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions in the context of IT outsourcing, whose goal is to help companies reduce their costs and increase their productivity by working with the right customer to win the customer’s heart. Of course, the topic is broad and there are still many questions that others are looking for answers to. We’d be glad to arrange a call to begin answering any additional questions. Contact us, we may be the outsourced IT partner you were looking for.
The insurance industry is increasingly exposed to fraudulent practices and is more vulnerable, susceptible than ever, motivated by insufficient resource allocation for attack prevention and good security, but still less than the banking industry. When customer data is stolen, it also implies fraud.
In such a way, authorities worldwide are doing their best to impose a series of sanctions to combat money laundering. As an example, European regulators require insurance companies to comply with appropriate Customer Due Diligence (CDD) measures or in other words Customer Identification Program (CIP) to prevent and protect against fraud. This process/method is vital and underlies the prevention of fraud by the insurance industry, and which is part of the process of KYC (Know Your Customer).
The KYC’s goal and what is it eaten with?
KYC is a fundamental part of any financial, banking, insurance company’s game plan. It’s the process of verifying the identity of a customer in a timely and secure manner, being at the same time part of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations framework. It takes place before or during a client’s onboarding and authentication, perfectly by electronic identity verification.
KYC’s main goal is understanding better clients and their financial transactions, thereby effectively managing risks. More importantly, used by various companies in many sectors for fraud detection, customer viability testing, or market segmentation purposes. KYC is a way to protect companies and individuals to save money and avoid losses or different fraudulences.
Referring to the modern-day fraud types, among them are the following:
False Insurance Claims;
Its policies are an extremely global tool that fights against money laundering, corruption, fraud, financial terror, illegal transactions, and other similar situations. If you do not use this special tool, obtaining information about individuals and legal entities can be time-consuming, and the quality of the data obtained is not guaranteed.
“The whole market for KYC solutions is evaluated at $ 5.6 billion with a yearly increase rate of 16%, with a forecast size of $ 11.8 billion in 2022.” (Office of War Information (OWI))
Insurance Due Diligence
Considering that insurance companies are increasingly neglected by money laundering and other types of fraud, the due diligence comes to the rescue, helping to classify risks, find out their levels and check the details of each client thoroughly.
KYC addresses two main areas of concern: ➜ business’ Customer Identification Program (CIP); ➜ Customer Due Diligence (CDD).
Undertaking due diligence, useful client’s details like names, social security numbers, birthdays, and addresses, and others, the identity of the client is rigorously checked, namely, if s/he is not intricated in corrupt, illegal activity, suspected financial crimes, or money laundering, bribery, continuously monitoring his/her profile by suspicious activities. Fulfilling this customer data collection, the client remains to be protected following GDPR regulations.
In this process, companies also neglect the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Program, which helps prevent financial attacks.
Based on this, the AML and KYC platforms simplify the activity of not only the business, but also the client.
Thus, in addition to collecting customer data, the company checks the customer’s level of trust by following the Customer Due Diligence process. Due to the fact that in many cases the initial half-year analysis of the client is not enough, insurance companies constantly monitor, namely, the transactions that they do on the basis of an adequate system of internal control and monitoring, Money Laundering Regulations.
IT and its benefits in preventing insurance fraud
e-KYC is the base of todays’ modern insurance security process and takes the KYC to the next level. A part of this is, the trending comprehensive customer authentication solution, called “Video-Based Identification Process (VBIP)”. Through this, the company receives a real-time audio-video authentication connection or live photos with the help of which the company can continuously monitor all the client’s actions and at the same time easily detect suspicious procedures. Beside this, the location tracking of the client is also mandatory, using Geotagging, which consists of the live investigation of his/her location via Google Maps.
e-KYC simplify digitizes the insurance industry, offering a series of benefits such as:
Analytics, auditing, tracking, and reporting;
Nevertheless, the solutions of companies developing KYC products are used by businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations around the world. Banks such as Bank of America, Royal Bank of Scotland (fingerprint), Barclays (fingerprint), HSBC (face), Wells Fargo (either voice and face, or vascular) have already successfully used remote identification eyeball) and Citibank (by voice).
What is the benefit for customers? Very simply, the client lifecycle becomes secured, offering long-distance access online activities, all electronically, and is protected against fraud, this is great, isn’t it?
“Already Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK are implementing such methods.” (KYC laws around the world)
Modern and efficient SOLUTION
Today, there are many companies and tools that provide innovative solutions to prevent insurance fraud. But the question is that you need to use one solution, effective and at the same time simple.
DAS Solutions creates custom KYC and identity verification platforms for insurance firms, offering behind-the-scenes protection to clients from various malicious schemes. Thus, your company will increase the productivity and safeguard of your business thanks to a scalable and automated omnichannel solution. If you plan to optimize processes and allow employees to work more efficiently, then the coolest solution is DAS Solutions.
With advanced technologies and innovative analytics, identity verification, monitoring, and screening, the entire process becomes fast, simple, reliable, and secure. Smart KYC onboarding and monitoring reduce human error where possible and, ultimately, helps insurers prevent fraud while avoiding costly non-compliance penalties.
Contact us today and protect your business with a scalable method and automated way, while saving time, money, and resources. We will be glad to customize the right KYC answer for your company.