Tumblr has upgraded its servers and web app’s code from PHP 5 to PHP 7. Almost immediately Tumblr’ developers saw the latency drop by half, and the CPU load on the servers decrease by at least 50%. Badoo freed up around 300 servers ($100,000 a year in hosting cost savings) and got a visual performance boost at the same time (overall response time improved by about 40%)!
Which is better for back-end - PHP or Node.js? Is Node.js killing PHP? What do developers of our software development company Belitsoft take into account when deciding which technology to use for a new web application?
Known fact that page loading speed is an essential factor for any site. Using the outlined methods in this article, you’ll be able to speed up your PHP site quickly and effectively regardless of it’s platform (Yii, Symphony, Drupal, Joomla or any other – it doesn’t matter).
Outsourcing software development to Belarus is 50-60% cheaper than software development in the USA and 30-40% cheaper than in Germany.
Washington-based B2B ratings and reviews agency rates more than 300 enterprise software development firms from all over the world. Belitsoft is listed in the Top 30 of them.
When outsourcing faces the lack of real-time communication with remote developers, it can lead to misunderstandings, mistakes and, as a consequence, serious increase in product price (time is money) or software failures.
An American information technology research and advisory company Gartner included Belarus in the TOP offshore software development locations due to "the highly skilled and cost-effective workforce".
What do real American and British business persons think about Belarusian IT outsourcing companies?
Thinking about Laravel 5 but don’t know where to start? Among the features that make Laravel framework better than others there are awesome documentation, community and step-by-step tutorials. In this post, to save your time, we've gathered expert advices on how to download, install and configure your first Laravel-based project.
Developers can start to build a Laravel application within a few minutes! It’s always a fun process. Laravel gives the right tools and nice ideas to help build website faster, more stable and very easy to maintain.
Whether great or widely known companies are using Laravel. Are any startups using Laravel Development? Are there any big and successful websites or enterprise applications built with Laravel framework?
In this article, we will list some of the most common problems, which very often arise during web development, and will demonstrate how Laravel PHP Framework enables us to solve all these common problems fast (read as “cost-effectively”).
What is a microframework? Are there any benefits of using a microframework as opposed to a full-stack framework? What are some examples of when it's right to use a microframework instead of a full-stack framework?
When is it a good idea to use microservices architecture and why do we use Lumen to build microservices?
When is it necessary to develop an API for the application and why do we choose Lumen (Laravel) framework for this?
Prebuilt CMS such as Wordpress might seem a money/time saver and a more obvious tool to accomplish their business tasks. However, when is it really better to use a CMS rather than a typical modern framework such as Laravel?
It is important not just to develop web application but to develop fast web application, which will result in accelerating revenue. Are Laravel-based web applications fast enough?
Failure projects are those ones that do not meet the original time, cost and quality requirements criteria. The common cause of software project failure: absence of well-defined requirements.
Failure projects are those ones that do not meet the original time, cost and quality requirements criteria. IT projects fail without well-defined software requirements.
Sergey is a senior full-stack developer at Belitsoft offshore software development company. At the moment (in June, 2016) he works as a full-time member of the dedicated development team for one of Belitsoft's clients from Israel.
One-half of unsuccessful projects are related to ineffective communications and this translates to US$75,000 that are at risk for every US$1 million spent on the projects, according to the business research from The Project Management Institute (the US nonprofit professional organization for project management, 480,000+ members). A company is not only risking funds, but also it is risking project success rates.
As Forrester (an American independent technology and market research company) stated, “to succeed in their offshoring efforts, sourcing professionals will need to include cultural alignment as a key selection criterion”.
If vendor cannot be trusted to protect trade secrets, then the risks of an offshoring software development may outweigh its potential benefits. Hence, it is critical to review the intellectual property policy of the potential offshoring supplier.
Lack of control over offshore software developers may lead to broken promises, failure to deliver product on time and increase in its price
Roman Udovichenko and Sergey Bychkouski took the first place during the competition Google Hash Code 2016. Google reported the results. Roman and Sergey (YMTeam) have 1,017,218 points. The second place went to the Russian team Ababahalamaha with 991,562 scores and the third place took Die Bergbokbende from South Africa (964,632 scores).
If you live in the US or Europe and look for a better contractor to develop custom software quickly and inexpensively, then initially you turn to local resources. Sometimes these expenses can be too high for you, because local costs for programmers' services in the US and Europe deeply differ from other countries.
We are glad to inform that Belitsoft Company was recently featured in CIOReview, under 20 Most Promising .NET Development Solution Providers. According to the latest edition, our company leverages comprehensive programming model of .NET framework to deliver various services including mobile application development for Windows OS, Custom .NET business solutions development, .NET software integration, and migration to .NET framework.
Belitsoft launched AngularTeam project, due to AngularJS Framework popularity growth. Starting from 2010 we’ve been using Angular JS framework to create innovative and effective software solutions for our customers.
Our gained status is the highest level of partnership and reflects not only the highly qualified staff and software quality of Belitsoft, but also proves the significant experience in creating solutions using Microsoft products and technologies.
The approach of Belitsoft Company to project management aims at solving customers’ tasks in the fastest and most transparent manner while simultaneously improving the project by being adaptable due to the use of flexible techniques, as well as a pro-active position.
On September 3, 2015 Clutch.co published a new report on Top Belarus-based Web and Software Developers. According to this information Clutch.co leverages the leading companies focused in software and web development services, along with their abilities to deliver reliably on clients’ expectations.
Let’s say you decided to develop software without having your own team of developers for the project and for some reason you don’t want to hire additional people in your company. It’s clear that you cannot move forward without a help of contractor. But what type of cooperation model you need to choose: Fixed Price or Time & Material or Dedicated Team Model.
Project Manager - is an expert who is responsible for project management: designing and prioritization, tasks scheduling, control, communication and rapid problem solving. It's a non-technical profession, but majority of people are former developers, quality testers or from customer service department.
Product management - is one of those professions, that is difficult to describe and give a clear definition (it refers to any organization), partly because in each company people are doing this work in a different way. Not long ago, I discussed with my friends: "who is a product manager?". Some of them have recently started to work in this field, others have already achieved some success in this area.
Business Analyst is a person who investigates customer’s problem, looking for solutions and develops idea into the form of requirements, which will be used by the developers when creating a product in the future.
If you are planning or doing outsourcing by utilizing full time outsourcing staff and from time to time your outsourcing vendor augments your team, then this article will be interesting for you to read as you will understand what actions your vendor and you should do in order to: Improve speed of augmenting your team, improve quality of staff provided, reduce your efforts and time
Last week our 4 .NET developers received an official Microsoft certification. This certificate shows the expertise in professional web applications and services development.
The truth is they really love it! The majority of outsourcing projects are developed within the scope of methodology that are often called as “flexible” (Agile). As a rule, these methodologies are really too flexible and applied on a variety of customers’ requirements. In addition, companies that are involved in outsourcing, often identify themselves as “Agile-oriented", and embellish this orientation to the customers.
During a business trip to London, our employees have visited the YouTube office and passed the official Google test. Both our employees have successfully passed the examination and received their fondest certificates - YouTube Certified employee.
In 2015 I would like to continue my analysis on project management. Previously, I touched upon the question of comparison of software development methodologies. Today, we briefly examine Scrum methodology, and have a look at typical mistakes that can lead to problems.
Bestwebdesignagencies.com has reported the January 2015 rankings of top Joomla development firms. According to Bestwebdesignagencies.com Belitsoft takes 4th place this month. Web development Companies are placed through a process of comparison and analysis of their activities during the month.
From January 13 the Belarusian government has lowered Visas fees for citizens of the United States and Great Britain. The move means significant reduction of Visa fees for the foreigners.
I found myself thinking that existing schedules in software development can give negative effect. Nevertheless more people still insist that schedules play a positive role. I think it’s necessary to apply it with care (just like any other «Silver bullet» for software development).
This year Belitsoft attended the Next Web Conference in US, New York. It was held on September 10th and aroused the interest among many other people including Belitsoft Company.
This subject of discussion is always popular among other authors who are familiar with the question of relations between PM’s and coders. Here are 5 thoughts that Dmitry Baraishuk – Project Manager with 8 years managing developer experience – would like to share with you.
During the 2014 Belitsoft Company visited a large number of relevant expertise conferences. One of these events was WordCamp Europe and took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, for 3 days (September 27th – 29th, 2014). Every year it is visited by a huge number of people. Those who are not able to get a ticket for the event could simply watch it online.
The question is - if Project manager should inform Customer in case the project development failed or any other bad news appeared which impacts project schedule, budget and timeline? I think that definitely Yes and I will explain why.
What is the reason for searching for outsource developers? Let's say you want to find programmer who is familiar with little-known CMS, or to help your in-house team working on high-loaded and tight schedule project. For several years I have gained some experience while working with freelancers and outsourcing companies and currently, as a representative of Belitsoft, I want to share some thoughts on that and give some tips how to hire right experts for specified task.
Popular MagePlace project, created in the depth of Belitsoft Company was acquired by belarusian company focused on Magento extensions development - Amasty.
In our previous article we’ve already touched upon the cross-platform messaging application Viber (WhatsApp direct competitor), developed in Belarus. Now it’s time to get acquainted with the second famous software development company from Belarus, or better to say, famous game development studio, which started their way in Minsk and now has offices in other cities across the whole world.
As the outsourcing software development company from Belarus, we always seek some successful stories or advantages of software outsourcing to Belarus . Today we want to share the story of well-known Viber application, which was developed in Belarus!
In my previous article I explained in a couple of words how communication is important during the process of software development. In this article I’ll try to provide a few practical approaches how to improve communication process.
Probably I will not discover America if I say a couple of words about what is communication. Communication, in general, is the most important thing that humanity invented. That means that all sentient beings use it and our life could not be the same without it. Communication is the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information by means of speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior. We use communication in our private life, job and any other outside situations. That helps us understand each other, understand any emerging issues and understand how to solve them.
We are gladly inform you that Belitsoft has been included in Top .NET Developers List of recent SourcingLine research.
Ideally, the development of any program begins with the formation of crisp system understanding. System project is a living image that is formed in your imagination. Clear understanding of the project leads to the creation of first program version.
Belitsoft Company participated in European Sharepoint Conference that was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands during the May, 2014. The main topic of Sharepoint conference was the latest development news and trends on Sharepoint platform, as well as worldwide popularization of Office 365.
We have already drawn your attention to the advantage of working with Belarusian IT Companies before. And now we are pleased to inform you that the latest Forbes news shared some more details, about doing business with Belarusian partners.
Methodology – it’s a system of principles, as well as a set of ideas, concepts, methods, techniques and tools that define the style of software development.
The great achievement of the Belarusian athletes at the XXII Olympic games 2014 in Sochi made the name of their country - Belarus - be the 7th in Google Hot Searches and in the Medal Count list.
Today everything is connected with information technology and no wonder that just a routine visit to a drugstore has such a connection too. Recently a project dedicated to pharmacy has been deployed for public use. The developed software allowed drugstores owners, pharmacists and suppliers use one software platform to carry out their routine work faster and with top effectiveness; clients got the top level service and now they spend much less time in drugstores using this software. The product is a complex of servers, ERP and CRM systems, desktop and mobile applications. Let's see it in detail.
Every time you buy something, price is always one of the cornerstones. Same goes for software development (yes, it does). Is it always possible to know the exact price of software development project before a contract is signed in general?
English garden, English breakfast and Joomla! Belitsoft provides Joomla development services from 2004, and our project JoomPlace is one of the top Joomla extensions vendors in Europe.
Top objective reasons and benefits of outsourcing and staff augmentation. Today many businesses and companies choose outsourcing to satisfy their IT needs: software development, in-house system administration and maintenance, IT department population and others. Outsourcing has been a growing branch of IT for many years.
Success of a popular children’s apparel web store. We would like to present you a success story of our Magento developers’ team – MagePlace. They produce custom extensions and modules facilitating the default Magento Commerce platform functions and even bridges to unite Magento with other systems.
Our Magento developers’ team became a Bronze Magento Partner. We’re proud to announce that our Magento development team MagePlace became a Bronze Partner within Magento Industry Program.
Thanks to our team’s curiosity, energy and our clients’ and management support the company develops and progress in many directions. In 2012 the staff number at Belitsoft passed 100 and we experienced 20+% growth.
We are in TOP-50 according to HTP rating. Belarusian High Technology Park made a list of TOP-50 Belarusian IT-companies of 2012 and we are proud to appear in it. Our quality work became praiseworthy and such a high assessment tells that we deserve your trust and our work is truly professional.
Today many businesses become online. And it's hard to image a retailer or wholesaler without a website and e-Commerce system deployed to help sales management.
This is a side-story about a huge YouTube success of the Passion4Profession project. It all began in 2007 and now we continue development for Marco Bottone, our long-term client.
Get to higher effectiveness and involvement level. ELearning software development is one of the main expertise areas at Belitsoft. And now we can offer web learning software with high communication and effectiveness level using the most current achievement in collaboration tools design. Now you can arrange online real time learning with Microsoft Lync Server 2010.
Creative touch-typing method wins Europe. Belitsoft Company belongs to Joomla community and provides wide range of Joomla development services. This includes analytics, custom Joomla development (web portals, components, systems, etc.) as well as project support and maintenance.
Joomla CMS is one of the most popular Open Source CMS platforms in the world. It can be used to build a website, a blog, a corporate intranet portal – very wide area of use. Here in Belitsoft we recognize the endless benefits one may get from Joomla CMS. We use this platform as one of our main expertise branches and provide Joomla development services to give our client quality and secure software products.
On December 1-2, 2011 Belitsoft company participated in VII International scientific and methodical conference "Distance Learning - An Educational Environment of the XXI Century". The event was held on the basis of Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics. The main goal of the conference was to exchange the international experience in the field of integration of information technology into education and learning process, e-Learning development. The following questions were on the agenda of the conference:
Belitsoft launches new software development project - MagePlace. This is a new site where Belitsoft will offer high-quality Magento e-commerce system extensions. They started with a highly demanded Magento to Sugar CRM bridge.
Participants discussed Microsoft software possibilities for higher education. On October 28, 2010 in Kiev, Ukraine educational forum was held. The main topic there was Microsoft programms and solutions for higher education, including discussions of e-University, SharePointLMS, Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 and academiс license programm.
On April 20 – 23, 2010 the XVII International Exhibition and Congress TIBO2010 was held in Minsk, Belarus. Within this event best sites of the year 2010 were chosen and their developers received diplomas. Among many worthy web-sites participating in the event the two projects, developed by Belitsoft, were awarded too.
On March 25, 2010 Ticken.nl project, developed and supported by Belitsoft company, won 2010 Netherlands IT Startup Award of the annual Thuiswinkel Awards in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
SharePointLMS, developed for ElearningForce Int. by Belitsoft, will be used at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS), Harvard University, USA.
Belitsoft is proud to announce that the ShapePoint-based products developed by the company for its development partner ElearningForce International will be introduced at Educause 2009 and BETT 2010.
On September 16-19, 2009 Belitsoft will take part in the IV National Exhibition of the Republic of Belarus 'BelEXPO-2009', held in Lithuania, Vilnius. The venues of the event is the Exhibition Center LITEXPO and Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.
On August 10, 2009 the Certification Body of Quality Management Systems of BelGISS officially handed ISO 9001 certificates to Belitsoft software development company. The company has successfully passed all certification stages:
This is the result of SharePoint platform research the company carried out what evolved SharePoint LMS development. This eLearning system becomes more and more popular since the improvement process is continued.
On June 9-10, 2009 Belitsoft will take part in the annual conference eLearExpo held in Moscow every year in May/June. This is the first and the only event dedicated to professional training and learning with focus on enterprise but with solutions for academic and public sector.
Belitsoft software development company has acquired Microsoft Russia partner status in Microsoft Dynamics development. The main development focus is Microsoft NA and Microsoft AX and different scale projects based on these platforms. Among the rest agreement achievements is the right to deal with lincense processing on behalf of Microsoft.
On May 7, 2009 Belitsoft software development company became the resident of the Belarusian Hi-Tech Park.
Belitsoft participated in Microsoft education conference, held on December 10, 2008, in Moscow, Russia. The conference was dedicated to the new learning opportunities on the Internet and adaptation of classic education to the current society and technology development. Belitsoft company was promoting the SharePointLMS and JoomlaLMS as systems that improve distant education.
Belitsoft ends September with opening negotiations with Microsoft Russia and Microsoft Ukraine offices.
Belitsoft extends its portfolio with Microsoft SharePoint and CRM system. Due to long and productive study of Microsoft SharePoint platform and Customer Relationship Management projects Belitsoft has really highly experienced team of SharePoint / .NET and CRM professionals that continue developing these important for us domain fields.
Keeping together is a progress: Belitsoft is now a certified vtiger solution partner. We keep on reaching new horizons to bring you the best available services and products. Focusing on Open Source CMS and CRM, we’ve launched vtiger department at Belitsoft as vtiger itself is a powerful CRM with tons of features including sales force automation, marketing automation, inventory management and much more.
If you are a business owner, it is vitally important to understand, what can be done in this direction not only to secure your position on the market, but to outshine the competitors. Sometimes hiring offshore dedicated teams is the best way to succeed.
It is almost common knowledge that outsourcing software development is good for you, but how exactly this goodness results in cash?
Offshore outsourcing software development is one of the most powerful business tools known today.
To begin with, there is nothing worse than missed opportunities and rejecting the idea of outsourcing software development you are very likely to stay disappointed in the end. All you need to do is to put aside horror stories told by companies who didn’t know how to outsource sensibly and read the following tips for safe and effective software outsourcing.