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Data Integration - Enterprise Service Bus

18.09.2020.

The Story of EAI/ESB

IT management is a line of business which must be tightly aligned with core business needs and demands in order to be successful. For them to be sustainable on a long-term basis and to achieve profit, core business activities must on all levels make the effort to establish cost-effective practices, strengthen customer relations, effectively manage risks, and accomplish business process elasticity in order to be resilient to dynamic and sometimes very sudden market environment changes.

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Domino effect - continuity in business and outsourced software development

15.09.2020.

Business continuity: You hear it a lot during COVID, but it's much bigger than that

Most of the articles are in the context of COVID pandemic, and “business continuity” means that you need to keep the lights on, you need to keep paying people with hopefully not too many layoffs, you need to find new revenue streams, and you need to make sure projects are done on-time...

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Loading message in software development delay

07.09.2020.

The peril of the delayed product launch

The sad reality, though, as Harvard Business Review noted in 2011, is that most product launches fail. That doesn’t always mean they are delayed; sometimes they launch on time but still fail.

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Flexibility

03.09.2020.

Get flexible. (No, not like that.) It’s the key to software development.

"Agile.” “Scrum.” “DevOps.” “Lean.” “Kanban.” All these words have distinct meanings, but in different organizations, they are approached differently.

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Webinar AI in Retail - picture from shooting

01.09.2020.

The Disruptive Technology of AI in the Retail [WEBINAR ON DEMAND]

Artificial Intelligence can help retail companies stay on top of the industry. This is what we discussed in our 30-minute webinar that you can find here. 

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DIGITIZATION OF RETAIL AND COVID-19

26.08.2020.

Digital Transformation of Retail and COVID-19

Amid the brainstorming of whether “we’re fine as we are”, the AI craze and “we need to digitize, the market is hungry for it” thinking, there comes the uninvited guest- COVID-19 which drastically changed the way we were living and also affecting the face of retail that we once knew.

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Teamwork message

19.08.2020.

Salesman in Developer’s World

To suppress the etched dogma, I decided to describe my job in a couple of lines and to give a proposal on how to cross the chasm between departments so that everyone could get a better understanding of sales. 

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Professionalism

11.08.2020.

COVID, Chaotic and Crazy: But a logical opportunity for software development outsourcing

The pandemic has dominated discussion globally for roughly five-six months. There are lots of different things we could discuss here regarding COVID-19, but we are going to keep it relatively simple: within the context of our business models and what we do to help others.

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Artificial intelligence - women face in a code

03.08.2020.

The rapid rise of computer vision and how it can transform your business model

Computer vision is a combination of onboard artificial intelligence (AI) and cameras + sensors so that cameras can identify objects, count people, find distances between two objects, and more... 

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Illustration of spaghetti code

28.07.2020.

Twisted and tangled: Spaghetti code loses you a lot of money. It can be fixed, though!

Spaghetti code. It means unstructured and difficult-to-maintain source code. In other words, it’s a mess. It looks like a bowl of spaghetti instead of the beauty that code can (and should) be.

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Businessman juggle with data and GDPR

22.07.2020.

GDPR and Data Processing - The perspective of the IT company

When an IT company acts as a service provider, it can either be in the position of Data Processor or Data Controller. In any case, the preferred position for any entity is to be a data processor because there are fewer GDPR obligations for data processors.

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Sofa with pillows for developers

20.07.2020.

When business is a tornado of chaos, what does your company need?

Are you tired of talking about COVID? We are too. But we need to for a second.

When you look at the full scope of what COVID has done to businesses, what are some of the major things that are changing, and will continue to change?

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Man and Women with the masks

13.07.2020.

Is picking an outsourcing partner kinda like dating?

We sometimes draw these thick lines between what we want from work (buzzwords like “cost efficiencies” and “value-add team models”) and what we want from personal (fun times, respect, free drinks, maybe a family), but the reality is that the process to find both is very similar. 

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Tires and Machine Learning

10.07.2020.

Tire Recognition meets Machine learning v.2: Step by step approach – Frank’s case [PART 2]

While in first part about Frank’s case we explained what the problem was, modus operandi and taken steps, here we are going to describe approach conducted and what was the final output and business benefits.

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Tires and Machine Learning

10.07.2020.

Tire recognition meets Machine Learning v.1: Things to consider and modus operandi

Frank’s tire catalogue included 80 tire manufacturers and over 20 000 unique tire models, with 5digit number of tires moving daily. Aside from the risk of human error during sorting upon arrival, there was a risk of human error when sorting prior to shipping out.

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Bug working on automated testing

07.07.2020.

The “desired” vs. “the actual:” The rise of automated testing and how to find your ideal partner

Let’s look a bit more at the growth of automated testing and what you need to be looking for if you work with an outsourced partner on automated testing projects.

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Developers shearing their knowledge and experience

29.06.2020.

Knowledge Management – What, Why and How

What types of knowledge there are, what are the key principles of Knowledge Management (KM), what are the reasons and prerequisites to introduce knowledge management in an organization are just some of the questions that should be thoroughly analysed and answered before starting to introduce knowledge management.

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Steps for moving legacy app to modern one

23.06.2020.

Moving from legacy application to modern, cost efficient application in 5 steps

Although now we are in the age of the Internet of Things, Machine learning and other modern tech trends, still there are a lot of companies that have core business applications based on legacy technologies. Generally, the main reason why companies still have legacy applications is that such application is one of their biggest IT assets. They invested a lot of different resources in it, even got used to it but over the time, which in IT industry flies faster than ever, they realize that they are left behind and that they need to speed up the game. 

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Women head in side of code - Machine Learning - Artificial Intelligence - Industry 4.0

18.06.2020.

Without a DevOps and Machine Learning, you will fall behind in Industry 4.0

It’s very important for revenue growth to use these technologies, especially because the global business environment is going to be uncertain for a while because of COVID-19. We do not know what consumer spending will look like or how it will bounce back in every industry. You need to maximize the advantages that you have.

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AI and Machine Learning - what you need to know for software development

15.06.2020.

4M Euros at the margin and $2 trillion in overall value: What you need to know about AI and machine learning now

Do business leaders really know how machine learning can impact their specific industry, or do they just know it’s a hot buzzword of the moment? 

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Hands of an business analyst on keyboard

12.06.2020.

Requirements Elicitation and Analysis When Transforming Legacy Systems

For legacy system transformation, the key point is a strong business case, management of key stakeholders, and alignment to the business strategy. Although modernization programs are primarily seen as a key for resolving technical problems, they are not exclusively technology-based. 

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Business
Sales rep in store

02.06.2020.

Product recognition: Seems very simple, but it’s a huge revenue driver

We all snap photos all day, right? It is the essence of social media. But when sales reps snap photos and have an AI layer beneath an app, it’s product recognition. And that’s big money.

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Business

29.05.2020.

Benefits of Microservices Implementation [FREE: WEBINAR + CHECKLIST]

In times of crisis (and in general when it comes to industries that deal with seasonality, rapid growth or rapid downfall), there is no doubt that companies need deal with challenges in a fast and cost-efficient manner. These days, when the whole world is facing a crisis, this becomes more important than ever

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Machine Learning - FMCG store

29.05.2020.

Machine Learning - Productivity Booster in FMCG Industry

2019 was marked as a year with biggest retail sales volume than ever before. But the face of industry changed as well. According to Business Insider Intelligence, in 2019 ecommerce sales surpassed 10% of total retail sales for the first time ever.

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World

25.05.2020.

After COVID-19, tech is going to be bigger than ever. What does that mean for your software development?

It never was, but in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the aftermath, big tech will be everywhere, because people will consistently need aspects of technology to do their work effectively. But this discussion about the rise of and the importance of technology takes a lot of different forms. 

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Partner models: The order-taker vs. the consultant

22.05.2020.

Software development partner models: The order-taker vs. the consultant

When you outsource software development work within your business there are different reasons you do it, which we have covered in detail before. Usually, it’s a mix of quality, flexibility, time-saving, and cost-efficiency...

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Developers in gaming room

20.05.2020.

Busy or productive - which type you are

Ultimately, an individual and a business need to be productive. Not just busy. And usually in order to move from “busy” -- i.e. lots of task work, meetings, spreadsheets, updating -- to “productive,” where you are developing new products and revenue channels and growing the business, you need some form of help. This can be new employees, consultants, outsourced teams, or a few other concepts.

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Cost vs. expertise in software development

18.05.2020.

A little explanation of cost vs. expertise in software development

What do Western European companies want out of software development partners? A few weeks ago, we found some research on the top five reasons that Western European companies use outsourced software development, so we’re working our way through a look at each topic, from cost efficiency to flexibility to quality of service and embrace of new technologies.

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New Technologies - Code Overlooking PC

15.05.2020.

What does New Technologies mean in Outsourcing Software Development

A few weeks ago, we found some research on the top five reasons that Western European companies use outsourced software development, so we’re working our way through a look at each topic, from cost efficiency to flexibility to quality of service. Those were the first three factors. Pretty logical, right? Well, now the fourth factor by percentage vote on the survey is “new technologies.” Let’s look at that for a second.

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Key and open banking question

13.05.2020.

PSD2 – Open Banking

The concept of open banking brings a complete shift to the banking sector by shifting focus onto the customer in the digital financial services market.

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IoT letters on picture

11.05.2020.

Once Again, What Is IoT Really All About?

Sometimes it is good to look back and remind ourselves what some contemporary tech terms really mean and what new technologies bring us in reality. When talking about topics related to the Internet of Things, different business domains display various perspectives, needs, and contexts.

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Quality letters in circles

08.05.2020.

When it comes to software development, what is “quality” and how is it determined?

Does “quality software development” mean the beauty of the code, or does it mean that a project was delivered ahead of schedule and under-budget?

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Team of developers looking at PC

06.05.2020.

If your software development team isn’t flexible, how are they helping you grow?

In your business, that means you need to be flexible and you need to take some current projects, ongoing projects, and “pet projects” of your leadership team and put them to the side -- and focus on new projects that could be bigger post-COVID revenue streams.

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City panorama in Internet of Things

04.05.2020.

Success Factors for IoT Investment

Expecting the information collected over the IoT system to bring real business benefits in any industry presents a serious challenge and a rewarding step forward. Conversely, it could be a disappointment and complete waste of time and money. Why is this so, and how do you find the best approach to the IoT software service implementation project that will satisfy all involved parties?

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Business
Error 404 due to maintenance

29.04.2020.

Cut Your Property Maintenance Costs with Predictive Maintenance

When the stakes are high, we perform regular maintenance on our systems. For example, cars are serviced once every few months, and aircrafts are serviced daily.
With technology moving forward, maintenance methods are also becoming more sophisticated.

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Developer in front of computer

28.04.2020.

Save to grow: Cost efficiency and price vs. value in outsourcing decisions

We recently came across some research on this -- and it tends to apply in other parts of the globe too. Here were the “big five:”
Cost efficiency (85%)
Flexibility (85%)
Quality of service (78.2%)
New technologies, i.e. Cloud, IoT, machine learning (74.4%)
Industry knowledge and experience (48.9%)

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People in puzzles

27.04.2020.

How we approach internal digitalization project

We live in a time when all companies are faced with enormous competition. In order to continue with their successful business and be competitive, all companies, including Serengeti, must focus on fulfilling their business goals, all while ensuring the highest quality services and improving customer relationships.

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GetiHub

24.04.2020.

Reasons why you should consider platform strategy

To help productivity in different skill-based departments, such as IT, Finance, Accounting, and others, companies learned that they need to shift their focus to improving processes. In other words, they needed to build customized tools that would allow them to improve processes and with it, the quality of different functions.

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Project ups and downs

22.04.2020.

The Good and Not so Good of Fixed Price Projects

If you decided to do your project on a Fixed price, there are advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of. They may vary based on the perspective you take. For instance, what your Client finds as an advantage might be a disadvantage to you and vice versa. 

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Serengeti's offices entrance

20.04.2020.

Workspace after the Pandemic: What to expect

Now, many companies had to feed the need for home office as there were no other options. As millions of people are now working home based, it is hard not to ask ourselves; Is this the end of the workspace we knew?

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Developers team

15.04.2020.

Don’t pick individual developers. Pick an entire, expert, solution-driven team

If you come across a company using the “select the CVs of the developers” model, what you are selecting for is individual expertise and background. You do not necessarily know how that developer -- the body that you selected -- will perform in the team. Most software development projects, sprints, Kanbans, and backlog management sessions are team-based.

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People in office discussing software development cost

10.04.2020.

How much does a bad software development hire cost?

The cost of a bad hire varies by lots of different factors, including seniority, job title, importance to the business, geographic location, time spent to hire that person, and more. For two different roles in an organization, the cost of a bad hire might be drastically different. Still, we can try to figure out some math here.

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Guys trying to hit middle

06.04.2020.

The short-term vs. long-term dance: When it’s time to outsource

When everyone is focusing on lower-value smaller tasks, you have a team that is checking boxes, answering IT tickets, reading emails, going to meetings, doing stand ups where they say what they have for lunch, etc. But, in the long-term that’s not good for your business. That company will not last.
So you need a mix between “the small tasks that must be done” and “the bigger picture of the company and where it’s going.”

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People working from different locations

03.04.2020.

How to get your distributed team to work like a swiss watch and what are the benefits of this business model

56% of global companies today allow remote work and 62% of global employees can work remotely at least once a month. Studies show that this particular benefit makes them 24% happier in their workplace.

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Developer working with Cloud technologies on his phone

01.04.2020.

We love the cloud. And now, in a time of pandemic, it’s going to love us back.

There is a value proposition to the cloud about managing teams. The cloud allows for easier work with remote teams or distributed teams, because no one would need to be physically on-site to access certain team resources. You can all get it from the cloud. 

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Business

25.03.2020.

It’s not a time for quitting because of #coronavirus. It's time for growing. We’re all in it together.

The crisis will pass, we will face new challenges and for sure no one wants to have some old tails or to continue to work with a partner that gives up at the first dare.

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Business

20.03.2020.

Is #coronavirus both a huge threat … and a huge opportunity?

Coronavirus was called a pandemic around March 11. That is not even that long ago, and it already feels like everything has shifted into chaos. But if you are a business owner, how do you manage in a time of crisis like this? What are the strategies?

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Business

10.03.2020.

9 things in common between tennis and business

As a devoted sports enthusiast and a business owner, I am constantly rediscovering parallels between the two things I am very passionate about.

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Business

04.03.2020.

The power of consultant advice backed by A-Level software development

Software development is the key way to maintain competitive advantage in modern business. Unless you have the most amazing legacy product in the world, it is honestly the only way to maintain a competitive advantage in business right now.

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Business

27.02.2020.

IoT: It’s not a buzzword. It’s the backbone of Industry 4.0

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is and will continue to change how most industries operate. The numbers can vary on how widespread IoT is going to become, but generally it’s believed that there are already 20 billion connected devices in use, and that number will only keep growing. 

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Business

18.02.2020.

Is Machine Learning just a buzzword of 2020?

Do business leaders really know how machine learning can impact their specific industry, or do they just know it’s a hot buzzword of the moment? That’s a central question right now.

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Business

12.02.2020.

The future of the energy industry. What should we expect?

Our dependence on energy sources is both increasing and changing, with the advent of greener initiatives. Because of the growth of alternative energy sources, existing energy providers are in a race to find new ways to both increase operational performance and cut costs. 

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Business

03.02.2020.

The global medical device market will be $612B by 2025. How will you get your piece?

You are seeing more healthcare organizations move to a smart model and a rules-based workflow engine, with the end goal being stronger governance, more compliance, and a reduction in IT redundancy issues. The overall goal of healthcare is, typically, quality care for the end patients. But healthcare organizations have had lots of issues with bad data, un-scrubbed data, and low-quality algorithms, and those issues have reduced the quality of patient care.

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Business

24.01.2020.

Tech is the answer for modern logistics and supply chain challenges

Let’s take a look at some of the major trends in the space and how innovative uses of technology and software development are helping leaders in logistics and supply chain meet their biggest challenges.

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Business

16.01.2020.

Hottest banking tech trends for 2020

The challenge of the finance industry right now is that financial firms need to do two things at the same time. First, they need to keep up with a complex regulatory environment. At the same time as they are trying to do that, though, they also need to create new digital products and services.

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Business

08.01.2020.

How software and digital transformations are changing industrial manufacturing?

Every so often, we like to look around the bigger industry and see what is happening and where the trends are, as this can inform how we try to work with clients in the future. 

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Business

19.12.2019.

Why your business needs software development to grow?

Think about an industry that is very physical in nature, so not a digital one. Consider industrial manufacturing. That’s a very physical industry: big machines and people in big warehouses doing projects. But it’s also very driven by digital processes and software: Big Data, virtual reality, automated testing, Internet of Things, etc. You are seeing the same in logistics, too -- augmented reality and other software-driven processes are combining to digitally transform an older industry.

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Business

13.12.2019.

What is the role of software development in digital transformation?

When you see the words “software development” and “digital” in the same question, the answer seems obvious: They must be connected in some way. They are. But to make sense of this, we need to walk through the terms. 

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Serengeti developers

04.12.2019.

Resources As a Bottleneck

What’s the biggest bottleneck in a business? What prevents most businesses from succeeding when they seemingly have the right product, the right product-market fit, a good financial structure, etc.? What holds them back?

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Business

06.11.2019.

Practical elements you need in outsourced software developers

When you are looking to outsource some of your software development, you want to make sure the outsourced partner is skilled in various programming languages and can adjust with your business model. Maybe you will need to do more with Internet of Things for the next six months, but then after that, you might have road map needs about augmented reality.

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Business

30.10.2019.

Why should you consider having a software development partner in Croatia

When most people think of offshoring, outsourcing, or nearshoring their software development, the countries that come to mind first include India, Russia, China, Ukraine, and Poland. You don’t hear as much about Croatia, where we are based. Most American companies tend to know Croatia mostly for Game of Thrones sets, and not as much for software development. But … it makes a lot of sense as a place to find top-quality software developers. 

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Business

14.10.2019.

You should worry about your products. Let someone else worry about development.

A product company should be focused ultimately on two things:

  • Best-in-class product, support, rollouts, and everything “product.”
  • World-class relationships with customers
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Business

03.10.2019.

Top 7 Common myths and misperceptions about Nearshoring in Western Europe

When organizations first learn about nearshoring -- the concept of getting development work done in a neighboring country instead of your own country, or within your own team -- there are traditionally a number of myths and concerns that come up first. To see the value in outsourcing development work, you need to understand the misperceptions and then be able to counter them. This is a guide to doing just that.

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Business

18.09.2019.

The power of outsourcing

Obviously we’re big fans of business outsourcing for everyone -- it’s a service we provide to companies looking to scale their software development function-- but sometimes people (prospective clients) are confused by the sheer need for outsourcing.

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Business

06.09.2019.

How to build a trust with a remote team you don’t see every day?

Trust is the underpinning of almost any human relationship, personal or professional. It’s hard to run deep with someone -- develop their career, marry them, etc. -- if trust is lacking.

One of the biggest concerns people tend to have with outsourcing a function, especially a function as crucial as software development, is “How do I know I can trust the team I’m giving this work to? How can I trust them if I don’t see them every day in my HQ offices?”

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Benefits of Team Extension Model

26.08.2019.

[VIDEO] Team Extension Model - how it works

Through Team Extension Model, you benefit not only from instant capacity but also from the flexibility to expand or shrink your team size and the option to add missing skills to accommodate your company’s ever-changing needs.

Check how it works!

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Business

19.07.2019.

Checklist: Choosing the right nearshore partner for your software product development

What's Inside?

  • Why product development is different 
  • Top non-skilled-based requirements 
  • Pick your favorite from 5000 in CEE
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Business

10.07.2019.

You can not scale your R&D with copies of your development employees

True story: The software product development team is 8 people. The average age in the R&D is 31. All engineers work for the company for at least 3 years. Everybody in the team can jump on various tasks like database, middleware, UI, report generator – even testing! Team needs to grow for 2 or 3 more engineers. Job ad published on several portals for already 10 months but no candidate matches the desired skill profile.

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Business

09.07.2019.

[VIDEO] Top 5 reasons why Serengeti engineers are a perfect fit for your company!

Is your in-house software development team facing a problem it cannot solve? Are you in need of additional software development personnel, but are you struggling to find suitable candidates? Wouldn't it be great to have instant access to a pool of dedicated, trained and experienced software engineers?

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Business

02.07.2019.

Why does outsourced engineering fail? (And how do you make it better?)

Outsourcing of software development is more and more often preferred. Despite that, a lot of such projects are over-budget, it takes too long and fails in general. Here you can find out how to skip such a situation and how to efficiently work with an outsourced team.

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Business

19.06.2019.

Operational Manager Dilemma

Imagine Marcus, Head of software development in very successful fast growing company. As a manager he is responsible for 10 SCRUM teams, approx. 60 people, representing IT functions such as business analysis, software architects, software engineers, testers and operations that follow an agile methodology.

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Engineering team

03.06.2019.

The importance of engineering team stability

Turnover can be especially bad for engineering / development teams, because losing crucial knowledge from a dev team can set back the entire road map. If a great performer in marketing leaves, that would also be a loss, but the tactics of marketing can usually be picked up by the rest of the team. When a great developer leaves, though, you lose both knowledge and skill that can have massive implications for future product/service development.

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