Tuesday, April 2, 2019

9 Reasons to Choose Python for Your Next Development Project

Choosing the best programming language for your company’s next web development project can be a daunting task. There are many factors to weigh when considering which programming language will be the best fit. Often, choosing a coding language involves trade-offs--some languages will offer more versatility, but also lead to a longer, most costly project. Python’s ease of syntax, for example, allows for quicker development. This increased productivity typically allows for less work hours, which leads to a less expensive overall project.

Another consideration -- some coding languages don’t have a long lifespan. So if you’re creating a website or mobile app that needs to remain fresh and modern for many years, you need to forecast which coding language that ages well. For example, in the early 2000’s, PHP and Ruby on Rails seemed like an exciting trend; however, very few developers use these languages in 2019.

The best way to balance of benefits versus detriments is to take a close look at the unique needs of your specific project and decide which language fits best. While non-technical project managers may be more likely to rely on their developer’s expertise, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the benefits and detriments of specific programming languages. Likewise, more tech-savvy project managers will benefit from a more in-depth look at the features, versatility, and cost-savings of a Python development project.  

Criteria to Consider when Choosing a Development Language

With all of the trade-offs involved between coding languages, it’s important to have some basic criteria to consider when determining which language fits your specific project.

Here are some criteria to carefully weigh:

  • Longevity of the language

  • Overall cost of development projects using the language

  • Time commitment involved in each language

  • Efficiency of the language

  • Accessible platforms and frameworks

  • Difficulty of the programming language

  • Community support

  • Versatility of the code (especially if you have a more complex project)

For the purposes of this article, let’s take a look at the Python programming language, measuring it against each of these criteria and exploring the benefits of the code.

1. Python is Rising in Popularity
Python is rapidly rising in popularity. As the number one programming language of 2017, and data from Stack Overflow forecasts Python outgrowing all over programming languages--including C, Java, and C++.

2.  Social Media Platforms use Python

Internet giants like Reddit, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube utilize Python as their development language. Each of these social media platforms need an immense amount of coding versatility to create entirely unique and dynamic websites. Also, because these popular social media websites use Python, it increases the likelihood that Python’s customer support, accessibility, and efficiency will last for a long time.

3. Python has Optimal Integration

Because Google has listed Python as their first and foremost choice, most of Google’s tools are developed with Python frameworks in mind. This makes Python a safe bet for integration into Google’s cloud services and Google Apps--making it a perfect fit for Google partners. This integration with Google also ensures the longevity of the Python language.

4. Python has Extensive Community Support

Python has a wide community of passionate fans and developers who enjoy discussing the language, troubleshooting issues, and sharing their latest code. These coders run everything from a message board community to actual conferences and local events for Python enthusiasts.

Many open source communities are devoted to Python, with thousands of programmers across the world working together to improve Python’s core functionality and add features. There’s even a Python Wiki, where people can search for specific topics--or even write a topic and share their knowledge! Should your team ever need support or assistance on a Python project, it’ll be easy to find answers online.

5. Python’s Features Enhance Productivity and Speed

Python offers several capabilities that allow for quicker, easier coding and enhanced productivity, such as:

  • Process control capabilities

  • Strong integration with other tools and software

  • Internal unit testing framework

  • Object-oriented design

  • Text processing
These features not only make Python easier for developers, but also easier for end-users, since your team will be able to easily integrate a Python website or mobile app into the automation software you’re already using.

6. Python is Free -- It’s a Core Value!

One of Python’s core values is to remain open source and free. Therefore, the entire set of supporting tools, libraries, and modules are totally free. Integrated development environments like Pydev with Eclipse and Spider Python can be downloaded for free.

The open source mentality and “we’re in this together” community environment leads to expanded development resources and code being made available--for free--as time goes on.

7.Third Party Modules and User-friendly Data Structures  

As we’ve already seen, Python supports open source code-share, and easily integrates with third-party software. Along these same lines, the Python Package Index (PyPl) contains third-party modules that maintain Python’s proficiency in interaction with other languages and platforms.

PyPI – Python package index contains third-party modules that makes Python proficient in the interaction of other languages as well as platforms.

8. Speed-Coding Through User-Friendly Data Structures

The Python language offers ease of syntax that allows programmers to complete code in less steps, especially when compared to Java or C++.

Python accomplishes this by including an embedded dictionary of data structures, which allows coders to create fast runtime data structures. Dynamic, high-level data typing shortens the length of support code required to make a program.

In short, Python allows for less typing, which means faster coding.

9. Excels Over JavaScript at Object-Oriented Code

JavaScript is another popular programming language, partially due to the speed and versatility that come with “object-oriented” programming. Python’s object-based subset is very similar to JavaScript, utilizing a programming style that uses simple functions and variables without engaging in class definitions. However, Python supports coding much larger programs, with better code reuse.

Learn More About Our Python Development Projects

Python’s constantly-growing libraries and open source support communities make it a great choice for any development project. Whether your team is developing a Mobile Application, Web App, AI, Data Science, or IoT, Python provides a dynamic and proficient framework that is gaining popularity with complex apps and social media websites across the Internet.

Many software development companies use Python because of its efficient syntax, growing features, and versatility of code. If you have a development project in the works, our team of experienced Python developers can help your company create a dynamic, unique, integrated project.

Call our team of web developers at +1 252 723 5982 or contact us to learn more about our services and all the benefits of using Python for your next development project.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Successful Outsourcing: 5 Common Struggles Faced by Distributed Global Development Teams

In today’s world, members of the same development team can manage complex projects, brainstorm during strategy meetings, and even share holiday celebrations -- all from across the globe. Nearly 70% of companies in the United States rely on global outsourcing to provide scalable and affordable growth. These distributed teams provide the benefit of varied experiences and perspectives, creating a diversity that allows companies to remain competitive as the industry evolves. Nearshoring development projects to nearby countries in Latin America allow companies access to talented teams for decreased costs.

There are major benefits to outsourcing or nearshoring a development project, or augmenting staff with a global team. Working with Latin American developers can save 30-50% on staffing costs, while providing high levels of talent in Javascript, Django, or Python web and app development. The shared time-zones allows distributed teams to have workday overlap, and communication technologies like Slack and Google Hangouts allow for teams to integrate, strategize, and even bond.

However, while global teamwork is more popular than ever, there are some struggles to be aware of when entering a nearshoring partnership. A good global team is mindful of the potential pitfalls, and takes steps to ensure a smooth campaign. Here are some common struggles globally distributed teams face, as well as some solutions for creating a successful development project.

1. Different Time Zones and Holidays

Here’s a nightmare scenario: You run an e-commerce site. It’s Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and your website just crashed. Your global development team in India is across the ocean--asleep.

Time zone differences are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s nice to have rotating teams, essentially allowing for 16 hours of productivity instead of just 8 hours. However, the time difference can leave a lull in communication, even if the message is urgent.

Instead of offshoring to India or Eastern Europe, nearshore to Latin America. Countries in Latin America (LATAM) share time zones with the United States. Depending on your location, a LATAM team could be in the same time zone or, at most, just a few hours apart. This shared workday allows teams to work together in real-time, eliminating the struggle of different time zones.

Likewise, LATAM countries share most major holidays with the US, so companies don’t need to worry about having half the team go on vacation for a holiday not celebrated by the US team. It also means both teams can celebrate holidays together, building a cultural camaraderie that leads to more successful, productive teams.

Communication Gaps and Team Building

Even when managing a team in the same building, messages can get garbled when passed from person-to-person. Typically, there’s a lot of back-and-forth between colleagues, clients, and management, and messages may come through multiple channels, such as email, telephone, or in-person meetings. It’s easy for an important message to get lost in the shuffle.

When managing a global team, it’s all-the-more important to maintain a meticulously organized system of communication.

First and foremost, it’s important for global teams to meet in-person. Typically, Innuy sends one or two developers to spend two weeks with our new nearshoring partners. Spending time together, building bonds and connections, and learning about each other’s company culture is a valuable beginning for any outsourcing partnership.

Using good communication tools, it’s very possible for distributed development teams to build work friendships, share in successes, and even build a combined work culture. We’d suggest using a tool like Slack, and then creating an exclusive channel for the entire distributed development team. Chat tools like this allow for instant communication; in fact, many companies who share the same office send digital messages to communicate with someone who’s sitting right next to them. Using a Slack channel, it’s easy to forget your colleagues are in another country!

Inclusivity should be a core value for a diverse and distant team. Be sure to include your nearshore team in team celebrations, not just strategy meetings. Using a video tool like Google Hangouts, developers can feel immersed and included in the celebrations of their fellow teammates, even from far away!

Innuy also encourages outsourced clients to, if possible, fly and visit their extended team in LATAM. The back-and-forth exchange strengthens communication and rapport between management and staff alike, building a strong foundation for project success.

Ineffective Organization and Productivity Loss

Organization is always important, but it’s especially important when working on complex development projects with global teams. While communication methods like Skype and Google Hangouts do allow for regular strategy meetings and updates, it’s still possible to lose track of goals, to miss a critical bug, or to simply have a staff member confused about what their next task is. Productivity is a valuable commodity, and there are tools and methodologies for protecting against productivity loss.

Our experienced nearshoring development team has found that creating routine systems helps prevent productivity loss. We use a series of tools, and each tool is used for a clear and decisive purpose.

  • Plan.io

  • Github will be used as the repository site.

  • Jenkins will be used as the CI tool.

  • Slack is used as our central daily communication tool.

  • Monit is used to monitor the status of the servers and the application

By specifying the purpose of each tool, and only using that tool for its intended purpose, important messages are far less likely to get lost. No staff member is confused about their next task, because each task is methodically recorded in the same, expected place.

Client Autonomy

Another way of preventing productivity loss is by creating systems that provide autonomy. A Latin American developer may save you money, but are the savings really cost efficient if you lose valuable time waiting for updates, passwords, and information from the global team?

An experienced development team will provide for the autonomy of their client. We suggest tactics like running the deploy script automatically, in order to keep the QA server up-to-date. This allows clients to test all tasks in Client Validation as soon as possible, without relying on their global team.

Passwords and authorizations are kept in specific locations, where both teams can easily access them--thus, sparing the client from waiting for an email or phone authorization.

Jenkins, Slack, and emails are integrated to ensure swift notification of communications, especially in case of website failure or bugs which need immediate attention.

Differing Expectations of Goals

Managing expectations is vital for any development project. When it comes to outsourcing, sometimes different cultural phrasing can make setting expectations different. Descriptors like “quickly” or “very soon” may mean something different, depending on the country culture and even the work culture. Using very specific phrasing and employing careful communication can help decrease the chances of workflow confusion.

In the initial engagement with our clients, we typically start with 1-2 engineers on a project so that our clients can see how we work and start to develop a comfort level before adding more developers to their team. Communication is vital to the success of the relationship, so a communication protocol is part of our workflow.

It’s important to offer thorough and careful estimates during the proposal phase. We move forward in phases, adding features and functionality over time. We offer monthly one-on-one reviews with clients to discuss the quality and activity of the team members. We also utilize task diagrams and Agile methodology, so both teams have a visual understanding of their upcoming tasks, as well as any dependencies. Our teams move forward in two week sprints. These short bursts allow us to meet, review, strategize, and make any revisions in a timely manner. It prevents us from getting too deep into the project, then suddenly realizing there’s an issue.

Both teams have access to a QA server, so developers and clients can test at any time during the process. To save even more time, our team tests automatically every time an update is made, to ensure the best quality of the application.

Learn More About the Benefits of Nearshoring in LATAM
Outsourcing development projects bolsters cultural exchange, diversity, and global talent--and on top of that, it saves money! Innuy delivers 100% team integration. Our engineers are available to fully participate in your staff's daily processes and progress reports based on your preferences.

If your company has an upcoming web or mobile development project, it’s important to consider the benefits and struggles of working with a global company. The talented and experienced developers at Innuy recognize the potential stumbling blocks of outsourcing, and we’ve worked hard to minimize them and create smooth, seamless, and successful development projects.

Latin America is one of the most popular places for North American nearshoring, due to our competitive costs and highly skilled developers. We believe in inclusivity, communication, and realistic goals. If you want to see our talent in action, take a look at our case studies to see the incredible results of our LATAM team.
We offer Full-Stack development in Python, Django, or Javascript. Want assistance developing a mobile app or website with high-level functionality, with Native Development in Swift (iOS), Java (Android), and Hybrid: React Native or Ionic Framework?

Call our team of web developers at +1 252 723 5982 or contact us to learn more about our services and all the benefits of teaming up with a dev team in LATAM.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Nearshoring Web Development: 7 Benefits of Outsourcing Staff Augmentation to Latin America

Staff augmentation has grown by nearly 20% in the past decade, primarily due to a high demand for a skilled, affordable, and scalable workforce. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, “most companies prefer staff augmentation when facing high priority or fast-changing needs,” including implementing a new project or entering a testing phase, when companies need to double-down on focused employees.

Depending on external talent during a period of critical growth is a common solution for many companies, who often rely on outsourcing or nearshoring to augment current staff with pre-trained experts at a fraction of the costs.

Latin America Emerges as a Global Leader in Technological Nearshoring

In the past decade, Latin America has emerged as a global leader in web and mobile app development, with technological initiatives starting as early as grade school to ensure a talented, proficient population. According to Forbes, software teams in Latin America (LATAM) have provided development for leading companies like Google, HP, Netgear, Viacom, and IBM.

Many companies in the United States have shifted their outsourcing and staff augmentation from India or China to LATAM -- from outsourcing to nearshoring. It’s easy to see why LATAM countries are emerging as a hidden gem in staff augmentation for software, web, and mobile app development.

1. LATAM Nearshoring Lowers Costs by 30-50%

Right out the gate, LATAM developers charge a lower hourly rate than those in the United States. According to the Software Outsourcing Rates for 2018, companies in the US can save up to $25-30 per hour on salary, coupled with $15 per hour in payroll and benefits. It can be the difference between a $1.6 million dollar project and a $700,000 one.

“By eliminating employee overhead costs,” it explains, “you’ll decrease your fully-burdened cost of employee benefits, taxes, paid time off, company perks, training and retention, and gain flexibility around growing (and shrinking) team.”

2. Access to highly skilled workers, no training required

Latin American development companies remove the financial burden of training from the US team that augments them. LATAM companies provide highly-skilled developers, who have years of experience in technology and development, including Full-Stack development in Python, Django, and Javascript.

By hiring an augmented staff from LATAM, companies in the US can be assured their new team is responsible for management, provision, and quality control, as well as training and expertise. This allows managers to focus on their project, without worrying about recruiting or onboarding, while enjoying the flexibility to increase or decrease their team size as-needed.

3. Neighboring Time-Zones Means Shared Work Day

One common struggle companies face when augmenting staff with an outsourced team from India or China is the time difference. Often, overseas employees are working overnight while the US team is sleeping. Not sharing a common workday creates a communication lag that may make it difficult for the two teams to truly connect.

However, when nearshoring with a team from LATAM, companies can experience 100% team integration, participating in team meetings, daily processes, and even morning scrum.

Many LATAM companies use modern channels like Slack to create a dedicated place for team members to have constant, real-time communication. By implementing Slack and even video chat, the augmented team feels as if they’re just sitting in the next room. Especially when using Agile framework, this constant interaction between teams is critical to the success of a project.

4. Similar Holidays & Vacations

Overseas development teams sometimes celebrate holidays during different times of the year than their United States teams. Just like the different time zones impact a project’s productivity, when working on a development sprint, it’s important that the two teams share similar work hours and work days.

However, Latin America and the United States share a common cultural heritage, meaning countries across North and South America celebrate similar holidays and vacation-times.

5. Overall Cultural Connection

To build a synchronous team, it’s important for team members to be able to bond over shared television programs and daily experiences. On Monday morning, the team from the United States wants to discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones -- and so does the LATAM team!

Latin Americans share similar cultural ideals and work values with the US corporate culture, making it easier to avoid communication glitches. Consuming similar media, enjoying the same music, and watching the same TV shows are important for healthy team-building, which keeps morale and productivity high and allows for smoother discussions.

6. Scalability Allows Temporarily Augmentation During Periods of Growth

Augmenting with nearshored staff from LATAM gives management maximum control of a project’s scalability -- to dial up or dial down staffing as needed, controlling the budget with precision.

Whether a company is developing a new mobile app or entering the testing phase for a new product, management may not always immediately know how many employees will be needed or how long the job will last. Augmenting staff allows management to scale their team according to the changing needs of the project.

7. Total Team Integration

During an initial engagement with long-term clients, LATAM developers may visit the US company, spending a couple of weeks with the new team to build rapport and trust.

“Communication is vital to the success of the relationship,” shares Roberto Uriarte, the CEO of Innuy. By creating specialist Slack channels and utilizing video conferencing, many LATAM companies work seamlessly alongside their new teams, even going so far as to include new teams in birthday celebrations.

For LATAM development companies like Innuy, building camaraderie is invaluable. Uriarte shares, “Many of our clients come visit Uruguay, and we do team building activities and adventures.”

He adds, “We want to ensure that they feel that our engineers are really a part of their internal team.”
Increase Productivity, Save Money, and Bolster Your Team

If your company has an upcoming web or mobile development project and you’re looking for a staffing solution to save money and turbocharge your team’s productivity with additional talent, it may be time to consider nearshoring to LATAM.

  • Maximize affordability
  • Allow for a shared work day (due to similar time zones and holidays)
  • Provide flexibility to increase or reduce team’s size
  • Increase control over the staff allocation and budget
  • Allow access to the most qualified developers in LATAM
  • Create a deeper cultural connection
  • Allow for total team integration

Need a little inspiration? These case studies show the incredible results of choosing a LATAM development team.

Need a staffing solution for Full-Stack development in Python, Django, or Javascript? Want assistance developing a mobile app or website with high-level functionality, with Native Development in Swift (iOS), Java (Android), and Hybrid: React Native or Ionic Framework?

Call our team of web developers at +1 252 723 5982 or contact us to learn more about our services and all the benefits of teaming up with a dev team in LATAM.

At the end of the day, when we’re working with geographically dispersed teams, the distance doesn’t matter because we’re all trying to get to that same common goal: A complete and successful project.” - Roberto Uliarte, CEO of Innuy