Quick thought: back in 2011, Coursera, Udacity and edX didn’t exist. In 2017, Coursera alone can brag about 30 million learners, 2,700+ active courses, 237 specializations, and 161 partners. Udacity yearly revenue is at 70 million dollars. edX is a non-profit platform but it is also doing quite well. All these platforms seem like a decent option for college education replacement.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, once said: ''Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it's this veneer - that the designers are handed this box and told, 'Make it look good!' That's not what we think design is. It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.'' Design is all about user experience and both Android and iOS are continuously working on developing their own styles. As a result, each platform has its own approach and a set of specific rules that should be taken into account when designing an app. Read on to learn more!
Let us guess. You’re sick of seeing those flashy titles like “Python is the best!”, “Make your app a rainbow with Node.js!” or even “C is dead”. You’ve heard quite enough of those trendy words and decided to create something bigger? Or tired of being a consumer so you ordered your developers around to carry out your vision of the future? And they offered you Java! Is that the one which is 20 years old?! Are you serious?! Well, big fella, Java is not that simple as it might at first appear.
We are seeing a rapid spread of blockchain-based software services, many of them in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Healthcare stakeholders recognize great potential, and with this comes high expectations. Obviously, Blockchain can increase confidence between patients and healthcare institutions. But is it a panacea for health IT issues? We’ll try to myth-bust blockchain technology and show how it may be used in healthcare.
Extra 2.92 million USD in Revenue, 670K Production Hours Saved and More Benefits: 6 Case Studies of Successful xAPI Implementation
xAPI, Experience API, Tin Can API - whatever you might call it - is the latest and one of the most wide-spread data transport standard. We’ve decided to find some real case studies to show the exact impact the company can get from adopting this standard and the results of our research exceeded all expectations. Millions of euros of saved revenue, tons of production hours at huge corporations, hundreds of saved lives due to adjustments in medicine and military personnel training process – these are just a few benefits various companies managed to achieve by adopting xAPI.
Sci-fi homes, where everything is controlled by a single tap or voice command are no longer an imaginary thing. By 2022, they are supposed to be part of everyday life for every fifth household worldwide. The only thing you need, apart from high-end hardware, is a smart home app to connect to all the devices. We’ve gathered some useful info about the market’s perspectives, communication standards, development options, security side and core features of an app that your users would love.
mHealth is becoming a popular option in the world today where there is a widespread gadget usage. People are frequently thinking about healthy lifestyles and ways to improve their well-being. As a result, they download dozens of healthcare apps to be motivated and track physical and mental conditions. Fortunately, software providers do have much to offer for both Android and iOS users. Do you want to create a competitive mHealth product? Have no idea what color scheme to pick for attracting more users? Looking for original design solutions? Check out this blog post to find a "best fit" design approaches in healthcare mobile development.
With over 200 million users, Duolingo is the top dog of the language-learning apps. Thanks to its effective curriculum, clean design, and appealing gamification, the app has been able to stay dominant on the market. We have studied the Duolingo's success factors, found its drawbacks and estimated an MVP for a similar app. Read the article to learn more.
Google’s Mobilegeddon has set new standards for what a mobile web experience should be. Today more than a half of global web traffic is mobile-generated. However, apps industry is keeping pace by introducing new approaches to their development and new app styles like Progressive web apps. In doubt about what to choose? Read on to understand how a responsive website and a mobile app can benefit your business in terms of audience reach, industry type, functionality as well as maintenance complexity.
"The time has come for an electronic medical record in every group medical practice in America. Period. End of story," as Donald M. Berwick said. Indeed, the large-scale use of EHR systems is becoming increasingly prevalent in the healthcare field. But what features are in demand and what damages clinic’s workflow? And how to certify an EHR software? This guide will fill you in on how to build an EHR system.
What do you and your significant other have for a hobby? Pottery, sports, romantic walks under the moon? Hardcore couples work at personalized education! This is by no mean a call to quitting your favorite activities or change your usual habits. This is only a try to describe how Bill and Melinda Gates together with Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg “roll”. We offer a detailed look at their activities for personalized e-learning development in 2018.
When Google announced Kotlin its next official programming language for Android, its popularity in some regions saw a more than sixfold increase. The language has drawn the attention of brands like Amazon, Netflix, and Pinterest and broke into the elite of programming world. It has been steadily gaining ground since then. Some people predicted the death of Java, at least on mobile devices. We’ve done a little research to see how those two languages compare in terms of Android app development. Learn about how Java gave rise to Kotlin, their relations, code lines stance, communities, performance issues and more in our step by step matchup.
What do you think of when you hear “243 billion US dollars”? It couldn’t be another Marvel movie budget as we speak billions, not millions. It is also not the net worth of Josh Bezos that is still under 200 billion mark (and well over 100 billion mark as well) at 136.2 something billion (according to Forbes). 243 billion dollars is the projected size of e-Learning market worldwide by 2022. Read on for details.
Capabilities of your smartphone far exceed calls and social networking. You can mine Dogecoins, see how a new sofa fits in your room before buying it, control your thermostat from afar, or get your coffee ordered by chatbots. This is how the power of mobile apps transforms the way we handle things in 2018. So if you were looking for a chance to catch up on app trends, the time is now.
In recent years, software as a service has been the business model of choice for IT solutions across all industries. SaaS versions of several healthcare app types like EMR (electronic medical records) or EHR (electronic health records) software have become increasingly popular. The following are top 20 NY-based companies who have successfully launched SaaS solutions for healthcare.
While we still have time before the inevitable machine uprising, we can use AI for our benefit. Chatbots (or “artificial agents”) are one of the more popular implementations of it. The experiments show that sometimes they can be indistinguishable from a real person. So it’s time to take a closer look at the examples of chatbots’ roles in helping us learn and teach.
Many businesses seek to develop an app which works both on iOS and Android. This is one of the reasons they choose cross-platform solutions. Multiplatform development can help build the app with a smaller team and release it faster. However, there are many cross-platform frameworks available now that show no significant differences from the architectural perspective. What is better: React Native, Xamarin or Ionic? Read on to find out.
On the 25th of May, all the companies providing goods or services for the EU citizens will have to adhere to the new data protection rules or face fines of up to 4% annual global turnover or roughly $24.5M. We have prepared a list of things you could do to make sure your app is safe from the hammer of the law.
If clothes make the man, the design makes the website. That's where potential customers start evaluating a product. The SaaS website can (and should) be an online lead-generation machine, so each component of it has to be as good as possible. As people generally remember the first and the last thing they see, having impressive header and footer can go a long way towards making your product successful. What do some of the best SaaS companies do with their websites’ headers/footers? Look at this list to get and keep in mind some ideas for custom software development while building or redesigning your SaaS website.
Angular and React are the two big players that are widely used. And there is an upstart that has been getting a lot of traction recently - Vue.js. Which is better, React.JS, Vue.js or Angular? Is React or Vue.js killing Angular? Is React or Vue.js faster than AngularJS? Belitsoft has an expertise in all three: Angular, React and Vue.js. However today we use React more often than other tools and we are strengthening our React team because it saves money for our customers. We have also found and put together the opinions from the most discussed cases where different software developers are trying to find the silver bullet - so you can make the most objective decision possible.
Belitsoft develops native IOS and Android mobile apps using React Native framework. While it has a few issues, they are overshadowed by the mountain of benefits you get from using React Native. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, if you’re considering taking on a new mobile project, use React Native — you won’t regret it.
There are three main tools for the SaaS lead generation: lead capture forms, live chats, and chatbots. Using chatbots is the most cost-effective way among these alternatives to generate qualified leads for the sales team. Are there case studies to prove that? Of course! Let's learn what successful SaaS companies are doing.
Choosing the right technology stack before your SaaS development can be a challenging task. What is the best tech stack to develop a SAAS application? Let's discover the hottest technology stacks of the most popular SaaS startups and apps. This list will be updated soon if you would like it, and share it.
Market research before custom software development of a SaaS product starts with getting the list of successful SaaS companies already operated in the US market. When did they found? What is the industry they operate in, their offer for customers, and the business idea behind the app? What tech stack do they use? What are details of their journey to million-dollars in annual revenue? How much funding did they get?
Belitsoft offshore software testing company, operating globally since 2004, provides outsourcing software product testing and quality assurance. Our clients want to know whether we use available QA resources in the most efficient way. We follow two simple rules: use the Pareto principle and escape the Murphy’s law to reduce costs and the delivery time of a custom developed software without compromising on quality.
«Microservices» or «microservice architectural style» is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small parts – services accessed through APIs - as opposed to «monolithic architectural style» when an application is built as a single unit. It allows different microservices to be written in different programming languages, and they can also be managed by different teams. When is it a good idea to use this architecture in custom software development and why do we use Lumen to build microservices?
PHP is widely used for custom software development. Usage statistics indicate that PHP accounts for over 80 percent of all websites, topping 240 million sites according to the Netcraft web server survey (2013), here is another survey with the same results. PHP 7 (2015) is the most important revolution for PHP since the release of PHP 5 in 2004. The speed of PHP 7 and security improvements alone make upgrading to PHP 7 worthwhile. In this post, we will discuss these improvements in more details.
Here, at Belitsoft PHP development company, we constantly learn best practices of custom software development from our experience and from other developers. What is a 10x software developer? Is it the one who writes 10x more lines of code than others? Or provides the better solution that requires 10x less work? Or works more than 8 hours a day? Let's listen to ... the 10x programmers. How do they live and how do they work? Definitely, all of them work and live smarter than others...
Laravel framework is very popular for custom software development. It is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 35 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) greatly appreciate robust features of this platform. Based on data of the BuiltWith, Laravel's popular websites verticals include Business, Entertainment, Media, News, Shopping, Technology, Vehicles. Why is Laravel so popular?
How to find a developer for an app? 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.
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. That’s why many customers spend too much time while searching for price-quality relationship.
Here, at Belitsoft offshore software development company, after 10+ years of successful experience in custom software development, we can prove that a good level of communication (between stakeholders/business users and a business analyst, a project manager, developers, testers, and etc.) is about 50-60% of success for a custom software application development.
Our custom software developers devote some of their free time to participate in weekend hackathons*. They are already known among professional developers’ community as winners of the What the Hack 2014 (for the alarm box equipped with LEDs that reacts to signals coming from the Internet) and the winner of the special award for innovation in banking & finance at FinTech Minsk Hackathon 2015.
Companies that hire remote (distributed, virtual, dispersed, or dedicated) workers and do it well seem to have a huge leg up on the competition. Let’s learn how these successful SaaS companies use global talents to increase software quality and reduce the cost of rent and office supplies: Basecamp, Buffer, Chargify, Convertkit, Ghost(pro), Groove, Hubstaff, Invision, Olark, and Zapier. As the company where you can find a remote PHP developer, we believe that you could utilize their experience and expertise to build your own full remote SaaS company.
Belitsoft has a huge experience in MVP software development for startups and prototypes for existing brands. MVP is a minimal version of the product with the minimum set of features that is enough to deploy and test the key hypothesis to solve problems of this product’ potential customers. Experts suggest that, in B2B, it’s not an MVP until you sell it. Viable means you can sell it.
Let’s say you decided to develop custom 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. What is more reasonable for you? Let’s have a look into this more deeply from different perspectives (client and vendor side).
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.
The way to get profitable startup idea is not to try to think of startup ideas (including SaaS development). It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. In fact, for many entrepreneurs, successful business ideas start out as solutions designed to address a challenge they face personally. Solving the problem that frustrates you may be one of the best ways of finding an idea for your startup. Look at these software developers who turned their problem into success.
Built With Laravel: 10+ Reputable Companies and Startups that Use Laravel Framework for their Web Projects
When developers propose using a modern MVC framework (such as Laravel) over a CMS (such as WordPress), non-tech stakeholders are sometimes unsure whether it is the right choice. Prebuilt CMS 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 for custom software development?
What are some popular myths in software development? Why are they myths, and how did they become popular? Some of these are myths because they were once true, other because they are convenient distortions in order to promote an agenda, and some because they are naive over-simplifications. Do you agree with these opinions?
Laravel is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 30 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) use it for custom software development. 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.
Known fact that page loading speed is an essential factor for any site. Users are not willing to wait for long pages response and in the worst cases they can leave your site. Search Engines reduce page rank of your site when the speed is too slow; this results in fewer visitors from Search Engines. And, yes, as the site administrator you’ll feel irritation, if you have to wait a long time while managing your site, knowing that this process can be accelerated. All the ways to speed up your site are divided into two basic methods: website software optimization and server software/hardware optimization.
PHP 7 introduced new features: scalar type declarations and return type declarations. In this post we will show how these features makes the maintenance of large pieces of code significantly easier by multiple developers and writing more robust tests. For the owner of the large PHP-based application it means more quality with less money spent in a long-term perspective for their custom software development.
Web application is a collection of scripts The definition from the article "Penetration Testing for Web Applications (Part One)" (Jody Melbourne and David Jorm via Symantec). "A Web application is an application, generally comprised of a collection of scripts, that reside on a Web server and interact with databases or other sources of dynamic content.
Web application should run as quickly as possible. Amazon found that every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales. Google found that extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped traffic by 20%. Broker can lose $4 million in revenues per millisecond if his electronic trading platform is 5 milliseconds behind the competition! It is important not just to develop web application but to develop fast web application, which will result in accelerating revenue. Is Laravel fast enough to use it for custom software development?
Software Requirements Specification Document (SRS) gives business owners a clear vision of how much does it cost to develop their custom software product (web, mobile or desktop one). Who should write a software requirement specification? A business analyst. Belitsoft as a business analysis services company can help you with writing an SRS. Get a free quote or check out how to start custom software development without creating an SRS!
Failed projects are those one that do not meet the original time, cost and quality requirements criteria. IT projects fail without well-defined software requirements. The software requirements specification is a collection of requirements for a particular software product, program, or set of programs that performs certain functions in a specific environment and the criteria for determining whether those requirements are met.
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.
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.
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. This post does not claim to be exhaustive, it is a survey and is addressed to those, who are partially acquainted with it (for example, work in the modified Scrum) or not familiar with the methodology.
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). I’ve tried to analyze how schedules can ruin the project and how it’s possible to improve future results.
Every project starts with the request for proposal or the project estimate. The inquirer needs to know price, duration of the project and tries to find out the level of service quality. Request is usually sent to more than one software development company to get a collection of offers to choose the best one