Belitsoft's Blog

Remote is Better for Startups: How Did they Create 100% Remote SaaS Companies

Jul 21, 2017
Remote is Better for Startups: How Did they Create 100% Remote SaaS Companies

Companies that support 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 utilize 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. Maybe you could utilize their experience and expertise to build your own full remote SaaS company.

Top Software Developers Who Became Rich Starting With MVP (PHOTO)

Jul 20, 2017
Top Software Developers Who Became Rich Starting With MVP (PHOTO)

SaaS development has never being a problem. The problem is creating a successful SaaS business that can scale. Before custom application development for their startups, which later became multimillion-dollar SaaS companies, these founders and top software developers used MVP approach for SaaS.

Belitsoft included in the Top Software Development Companies

Jul 17, 2017
Belitsoft included in the Top Software Development Companies

Belitsoft has retained its Top Software Development status for 2017. Independent Washington-based B2B ratings and reviews agency has released updated research on the top software and web developers in Belarus. Belitsoft was confirmed in the Top-15 Leaders Matrix.

American Business Persons Say It is a Good Idea to Outsource Software Development in Belarus

Jul 17, 2017
American Business Persons Say It is a Good Idea to Outsource Software Development in Belarus

What do real American and British business persons think about Belarusian IT outsourcing companies?

Fixed Price, Time & Material or Dedicated Team: What To Choose

Jul 10, 2017
Fixed Price, Time & Material or Dedicated Team: What To Choose

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. What is more reasonable for you? Let’s have a look into this more deeply from different perspectives (client and vendor side).

Offshore Software Development: How to Protect Intellectual Property / Confidential Information

Jun 22, 2017
Offshore Software Development: How to Protect Intellectual Property / Confidential Information

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.

Cost of Quality IT Outsourcing in Belarus is twice cheaper than in the USA

Jun 02, 2017
Cost of Quality IT Outsourcing in Belarus is twice cheaper than in the USA

In 2016, according to the data of Belarusian Hi-Tech Park, the export of Belarusian software products and services totaled $820.6 million (+16% to previous year result). USA companies buy almost half of the country’s software products and IT services.

American Gartner experts recommend to outsource software development in Belarus

Jun 02, 2017
American Gartner experts recommend to outsource software development in Belarus

Gartner is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. Since 2011, Gartner has been including Belarus in the TOP offshore software development locations due to "the highly skilled and cost-effective workforce".

Why Agile Is Good For Customers

May 31, 2017
Why Agile Is Good For Customers

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.

How To Hire A Programmer: Complete Guide

May 31, 2017
How To Hire A Programmer: Complete Guide

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.

10X Programmers Share How They Work and How They Live

May 23, 2017
10X Programmers Share How They Work and How They Live

What is a 10x software developer? Is it the one who writes 10x more lines of code than others? Or provides better solution that requires 10x less work? Or works more than 8 hours a day? Nobody knows exactly what is a 10x software programmer because there is no widely accepted definition. So, let’s listen to ... 10x programmers. How do they live and how do they work? Definitely, all of them work and live either harder or smarter than many of us...  

Belarusian Developers Are Culturally Compatible With Americans

May 13, 2017
Belarusian Developers Are Culturally Compatible With Americans

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”.

How Much Does A Custom Software Development Cost

May 12, 2017
How Much Does A Custom Software Development Cost

Are you a web/mobile or any other software startup Founder/CEO?  You will be surprised when you compare the prices from various custom software development companies in your country (like the USA, Israel, the UK, and so on) or offshore. They can differ significantly! What type of price did you get from your potential vendor? A minimum starting price or the total fixed price? Get a clear answer! He may send you a good low price and you may think that this is the total fixed price. You may not know that it is just a minimum starting price.

PHP vs Node js ... Let's be honest: Node.js couldn't kill PHP. Why?

May 05, 2017
PHP vs Node js ... Let's be honest: Node.js couldn't kill PHP. Why?

Node.js is a tool for back-ends creation. As well as PHP.  But questions like “Which is better for back-end - PHP or Node js?” or even “Is Node js killing PHP?” or "Is NodeJS eating PHP Market?" are asked frequently.  Let's be honest: Node.js couldn't kill PHP. Why?

Built With Laravel: 10+ Reputable Companies and Startups that Use Laravel Framework for their Web Projects

May 05, 2017
Built With Laravel: 10+ Reputable Companies and Startups that Use Laravel Framework for their Web Projects

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? There are a ton of excellent web projects created with Laravel and one can find the world’s best companies among their owners.

The Biggest Myths Some Software Developers Believe

May 04, 2017
The Biggest Myths Some Software Developers Believe

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?

Software Developers After 40, 50 and 60 Who Are Still Coding (PHOTO)

Apr 23, 2017
Software Developers After 40, 50 and 60 Who Are Still Coding (PHOTO)

The median U.S. worker is 42. However, StackOverflow’s survey on age shows that there are just about 13% of developers after 40. Where are the others? Were they fired or moved up to a managerial role? Is software development really a dead end job after 40? Let’s listen to the stories of top software developers after 40, 50 and 60 who turned down managerial positions and still practice programming for a living.

Top Software Developers Shared How They Came Up With Profitable SaaS Ideas

Apr 19, 2017
Top Software Developers Shared How They Came Up With Profitable SaaS Ideas

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 acted accordingly before they found success. 

Top 10 Software Developers Who Started After 35, 40 Or 50 (PHOTO)

Apr 10, 2017
Top 10 Software Developers Who Started After 35, 40 Or 50 (PHOTO)

Is it too late to become a software developer after 35? Are 35, 40, or 50 too old to learn programming? Famous and ordinary programmers who started late Aimee Morgan, Clayton Boyle, Wendy Zenone, Bill Barnett, Tyson Daugherty, Sara Powell, Derek Langton, Pavol Almasi, Laurie Alaoui and others are ultimately showing by example that «it's never too late to change career to do what you love or what you are passionate about».

Why is Laravel so popular?

Apr 04, 2017
Why is Laravel so popular?

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.

Getting Started With Laravel for Beginners: the Best FREE Quickstart Tutorials

Apr 04, 2017
Getting Started With Laravel for Beginners: the Best FREE Quickstart Tutorials

Laravel is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 30 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) greatly appreciate robust features of this platform. 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.

How to Make PHP Websites Run Faster

Mar 09, 2017
How to Make PHP Websites Run Faster

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 review: Upgrading For Performance and Security Reasons

Jan 31, 2017
PHP 7 review: Upgrading For Performance and Security Reasons

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). PHP 7 (2015) is the most important revolution for PHP since the release of PHP 5 in 2004. The speed and security improvements alone make upgrading to PHP 7 worthwhile. In this post, we will discuss these improvements in more details.

PHP 7 review: Scalar Type Declarations and Return Type Declarations

Jan 30, 2017
PHP 7 review: Scalar Type Declarations and Return Type Declarations

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.

Belitsoft Company Included in the Top Enterprise Software Development Firms

Oct 11, 2016
Belitsoft Company Included in the Top Enterprise Software Development Firms

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.

Working hours in the USA overlap with those in Belarus, but not in India or China

Oct 07, 2016
Working hours in the USA overlap with those in Belarus, but not in India or China

Time zone is UTC+3 and thus Belarus work with USA and Europearn clients during overlapping working hours. 

The Top 10 Advantages Of Using Laravel PHP Framework

Sep 17, 2016
The Top 10 Advantages Of Using Laravel PHP 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 Development enables us to solve all these common problems fast (read as “cost-effectively”).

Full-Stack Framework or Microframework, Laravel or Lumen?

Sep 16, 2016
Full-Stack Framework or Microframework, Laravel or Lumen?

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?

Microservices Architecture: Development with Lumen (Laravel) Microframework

Sep 15, 2016
Microservices Architecture: Development with Lumen (Laravel) Microframework

«Microservices» or «microservice architectural style» is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small parts – services communicated through APIs - compared with «monolithic architectural style» when an application is built as a single unit. It has even allowed 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 microservices architecture and why do we use Lumen to build microservices?

RESTful API Development with Lumen (Laravel) Microframework

Sep 14, 2016
RESTful API Development with Lumen (Laravel) Microframework

API is a technology that allows different applications or different parts of a single application to share data among each other by special programming commands. By default, an application has no use for APIs if it is not required by software requirements. When a customer orders for an API creation from us and he/she is ok to use Laravel Development then we usually suggest the use of Lumen. When is it necessary to develop an API for the application and why do we choose Lumen for this?

Wordpress vs Laravel

Sep 13, 2016
Wordpress vs Laravel

When developers propose a modern MVC framework (such as Laravel) over a CMS (such as WordPress), non-tech stakeholders are sometimes not so sure 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? Let’s look at an example of WordPress as the most widely-used CMS.

How Fast are Laravel-based Web Applications?

Sep 12, 2016
How Fast are Laravel-based Web Applications?

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. Are Laravel-based web applications fast enough?

Software Requirements Specification Document Example (International Standard)

Aug 08, 2016
Software Requirements Specification Document Example (International Standard)

Failed 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. This document defines the normative content of the software requirements specification (SRS). Organization of the information items in the document such as the order and section structure may be selected in accordance with the project's documentation policies.

Software Requirements Specification Helps to Protect IT Projects From Failure

Aug 08, 2016
Software Requirements Specification Helps to Protect IT Projects From Failure

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. 

Microsoft granted $23, 000 to the team with Belitsoft developer

Jun 30, 2016
Microsoft granted $23, 000 to the team with Belitsoft developer

Being a professional developer is more than just coding, it means more concern about delivering a usable product in a limited timeframe.

How must the right offshore software development company help the client save thousands of dollars?

Jun 07, 2016
How must the right offshore software development company help the client save thousands of dollars?

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.

How to keep offshore software developers under control?

Jun 07, 2016
How to keep offshore software developers under control?

Lack of control over offshore software developers may lead to broken promises, failure to deliver product on time and increase in its price

Why Do Companies Outsource Software Development? Advantages Of Outsourcing

Mar 14, 2016
Why Do Companies Outsource Software Development? Advantages Of Outsourcing

As an experienced application development outsourcing service provider, Belitsoft can assure that software outsourcing is a great way for many businesses to compensate the lack of their internal expertise and limited budget.  Companies choose outsourcing to satisfy their IT needs: software development, in-house system administration and maintenance, IT department population and others. Outsourcing software development is especially effective in the long-term run. 

Is It Possible To Develop High-Quality And Inexpensive Software Quickly?

Feb 25, 2016
Is It Possible To Develop High-Quality And Inexpensive Software Quickly?

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.

Belitsoft Is Featured Among 20 Most Promising .NET Development Solution Providers by CIOReview

Jan 15, 2016
Belitsoft Is Featured Among 20 Most Promising .NET Development Solution Providers by CIOReview

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.

Project Management Approach in Belitsoft

Nov 24, 2015
Project Management Approach in Belitsoft

The project management approach of Belitsoft Company 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.

Belitsoft Among Top Web And Software Developers In Belarus

Sep 04, 2015
Belitsoft Among Top Web And Software Developers In Belarus

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 on software and web development services, along with their abilities to deliver reliably on clients’ expectations.

Project Manager Role & Definition

Jun 03, 2015
Project Manager Role & Definition

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 Manager Role & Definition

May 21, 2015
Product Manager Role & Definition

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 Role & Definition

May 21, 2015
Business Analyst Role & Definition

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.

What Is Scrum Methodology?

Feb 23, 2015
What Is Scrum Methodology?

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.

Software Engineering Deadlines: Benefits and Disadvantages

Dec 23, 2014
Software Engineering Deadlines: Benefits and Disadvantages

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.

What Can Be Helpful For Project Manager In The Course Of Work With Programmers?

Oct 15, 2014
What Can Be Helpful For Project Manager In The Course Of Work With Programmers?

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.

The Magic Power Of “Updates” In Communication And Software Development (Part III)

Sep 12, 2014
The Magic Power Of “Updates” In Communication And Software Development (Part III)

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’s the Difference Between Outsourcing Company and Freelancers?

Sep 04, 2014
What’s the Difference Between Outsourcing Company and Freelancers?

Everyone knows about the freelancer platforms, such as Odesk.com, Freelancer.com, Elance.com and etc. There are a lot of experienced people on such websites. Unfortunately, reviews, ratings and portfolio may be fictitious.

Communication In Outsource Software Development (Part II)

Jul 11, 2014
Communication In Outsource Software Development (Part II)

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.

Belitsoft has been Included in Top .NET Developers & Development Firms

Jun 23, 2014
Belitsoft has been Included in Top .NET Developers & Development Firms

We are gladly inform you that Belitsoft has been included in Top .NET Developers List of recent SourcingLine research.

Rapid Software Development Principles in Belitsoft

Jun 02, 2014
Rapid Software Development Principles in Belitsoft

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.

A Comparison of Software Development Methodologies

May 12, 2014
A Comparison of Software Development Methodologies

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.

When to Use Fixed Price Model for Software Development

Dec 13, 2013
When to Use Fixed Price Model for Software Development

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?

Glimpse of Impressions of the Joomla!Day UK 2013

Oct 16, 2013
Glimpse of Impressions of the Joomla!Day UK 2013

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.

Our Team Is An Official Magento Partner

Mar 01, 2013
Our Team Is An Official Magento Partner

We’re proud to announce that our Magento development team became a Bronze Partner within Magento Industry Program in 2013.

Belitsoft Grew More than 20% in 2012

Feb 07, 2013
Belitsoft Grew More than 20% in 2012

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.

New Communication Possibilities with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Feb 16, 2012
New Communication Possibilities with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

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.

Joomla! CMS is the Best Open Source CMS in 2011

Jan 13, 2012
Joomla! CMS is the Best Open Source CMS in 2011

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.

Belitsoft at International Conferences Dedicated to eLearning

Dec 12, 2011
Belitsoft at International Conferences Dedicated to eLearning

On December 1-2, 2011 Belitsoft company participated in VII International scientific and methodical conference "Distance Learning - An Educational Environment of the XXI Century". 

ISO 9001 is Completed

Aug 13, 2009
ISO 9001 is Completed

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:

Hi-Tech Park Resident

May 07, 2009
Hi-Tech Park Resident

On May 7, 2009 Belitsoft software development company became the resident of the Belarusian Hi-Tech Park.