Wednesday, July 24, 2019

How to Choose a Technology Stack


HOW TO CHOOSE A TECHNOLOGY STACK
You’ve got a website or an application, it’s been humming along for a while, but your company wants or needs to add functionality like video-streaming, e-commerce, perhaps even voice search or automation. Maybe you’ve even started to notice decreased performance as your traffic grows. Do you worry if your app can handle the increased demands? Do you even know if you have the right technology to implement the new functionality? You need to figure out how to choose a new technology stack that works for you and fast.
You start doing your research on how to choose the right technology for your Web site or application. You read about coding languages, frameworks, front-end vs. back-end, or come across acronyms and language names that are about as comprehensible as the safety manual for a nuclear reactor.
What do developers mean when they throw out these terms? Let’s cut through the confusion and explain it all in plain English.
Stack – This is the unique combination of programming languages and technologies that all stack together to form the engine powering your app or Web site. It encompasses not only the code but your server, back-end software, database, the framework that supports the code, etc. It’s the whole package.
Code or Language – Developers write instructions for a computer to take user input or actions and do something with them. They use a special vocabulary commonly called “code” or a “coding language” to write those instructions. Python, Javascript, C#, and Ruby are all coding languages.
Framework – If code is the vocabulary developers use to give instructions to a computer, then a framework might be similar to boilerplate sentences and paragraphs that can be copied and pasted, revised and extended. To put it another way, a framework is simply a method for programmers to reuse and package code for easier and faster development. React is a framework for the popular coding language Javascript.
Front-end – This is the set of coding languages and frameworks that make up what your application users see on their screen. Your front-end stack might include languages like HTML or CSS, or frameworks like Bootstrap. Developers might also refer to front-end technologies as client-side development.
Back-end – Conversely, the back-end is the mixture of languages, servers, databases, and other technology “behind-the-scenes” that powers Web site processes, sends data, stores information, or connects to other applications. It’s also called server-side technology. For example, Apache is a common server and MySQL is a database that runs on Apache.
Now that we’ve gotten a fundamental understanding of a stack and what makes up a stack, let’s look at some basic questions you might ask to help you choose a technology stack that’s right for your needs.
What type of application or Web site do I have or need?


Your chosen web development company can and should guide you in choosing your technology stack, but they can do that only if you have a good idea of what functionality your app should have.
Are you working with a simple landing page or do you want your site to be the next Facebook? Each has wildly different requirements for a technology stack.
A simple Web site or sales landing page might need nothing more than HTML, CSS, some light Javascript, and maybe a small database. You could probably even get away with out-of-the-box content management (CMS) application like Wordpress. Or, if you’re doing a minimally viable product (MVP) but plan to build on it later, starting off with Python/Django, might be a good idea given its scalability.
However, if you’re interested in large-scale social networking or adding e-commerce, you’ll need several languages, frameworks, and server-side technologies to handle your needs.
What is my timeframe for launching my app?


If you’re trying to get ahead of the competition and launch quickly, you need a technology stack that can be deployed fast using 3rd party integrations and established, easy-to-use frameworks. 
How much do I want to spend on development?
Development costs revolve around three things: development time, developer expertise, and your requirements. If you don’t have a lot of cash to spend, you need to choose a team highly proficient in languages and frameworks that can be deployed quickly and easy.
How well-known or well-tested is this technology?
Technology is constantly changing, with the “next big thing” appearing every six months or so. Choosing a technology stack that turns out to be a passing fad could mean wasted time and money if you can’t find developers to add features or make important upgrades using your chosen language. Or, what if you implement a hot new framework that looks great on paper, but can’t handle heavy loads or processing?
On the other hand, your application might have requirements that only a very niche tech stack can fulfill. 
Either way, it’s important to hire a development team with expertise in a wide range of technology stacks to help you choose.
How large is my company expected to grow? How popular do I expect my app to be?
Is demand for your service or app expected to be immediate and intense? What are your plans for growth for your company in a year? Five years? Ten? You definitely want your site to be able to handle demand right away and to grow with you as your business needs increase. Choose a stack that allows you both to scale up ( add other software integrations that give you more capabilities) or scale-out (handle more requests and processing).

Here at Innuy, we’re experts in Python/Django stacks and Javascript frameworks React.js and node.js. Not sure if those stacks are right for what you need? Give us a call and we can guide you in choosing a technology stack that works for you.



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Why Is Uruguay the First Choice as Outsourcing Destination?

Why Is Uruguay the First Choice as Outsourcing Destination?
All of us know that Uruguay, in South America, is a famous hub for software outsourcing. As the government treats software and related areas as priority sectors, the country hosts around 700 companies which are into software and app development. 
The amazingly growing software sector is one of the reasons that have contributed to the economic growth of Uruguay. You can estimate the financial position of Uruguay even from the Global economic prospects forecasts by World Bank Group. 

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This data makes everyone curious to know the reasons behind Uruguay’s growth. No points for guessing; it is an outsourcing destination! 
Read further to know why Uruguay is the most popular outsourcing destination in South America. 

  1. Language


Unlike Asian countries which are also popular outsourcing destinations, the software professionals in Uruguay have a good working knowledge of the English language. 
The knowledge and proficiency of the English language among Uruguayans can be attributed to the education system of Uruguay; English is compulsory from mid-school. 
So, the client does not have to face problems in communicating with the outsourcing service provider located in Uruguay. 
The requirements of the project, along with the terms and conditions, can be conveniently communicated. Moreover, it is easy to understand each other’s perspective if there is no language barrier. 
Obviously, this also means that the professionals from Uruguay do not require any specialized language training to work with their outsourcing partner from the USA and Europe. 
So, for businesses from the countries in which English is the native language, Uruguay is the first choice of an outsourcing destination.       


  1. Time-Zone    


It is crucial to have similar time-zone settings for the service provider and servicer seeker businesses. To collaborate closely, and to hold important meetings, it is vital that the teams from both the ends are available simultaneously. 
Most of the times, it becomes inevitable to interact in real-time with the outsourcing partner. Different time zones pose challenges like delayed communication and poor accessibility of the team in urgency. Poor communication can also be a disaster in the success of an outsourced project. 
Uruguay has the advantage of having a time-zone very similar to that of the USA. The teams at both the ends can be available for work at the same time. 


  1. Education 


Uruguay has an excellent education system. Right from the public schools, Uruguay supports its students by giving them free laptops. The level of literacy in Uruguay is very high!
Uruguay has excellent higher education opportunities too. So, the number of skilled and educated people is high. 
Uruguay gives high-quality technical education facilities to its people. The biggest motivation for its people to choose software for education and career is that Uruguay is the technology leader with software outsourcing promoted by the government. 
When the demand is high, the supply follows! And, hence a large number of people in Uruguay are opting for software and app development careers.    


  1. Cultural Connect 


It is easier for companies from USA and Europe to work with Uruguay. There is a strong cultural connect. Cultural barriers often become a hindrance in the performance of the outsourcing partner. And, it has an impact on the end product. 
The most prominent reason why it is better to have a historical connection with the outsourcing destination is that the developer company can understand user behavior aspects before developing a solution for them. And, the outsourcing partners can engage better with each other when there is a cultural similarity.  


  1. Ease of Travel 

If you want to get high-quality software and app development solutions through long-term outsourcing projects, it becomes essential to engage with the outsourcing destination company by visiting them. 
Outsourcing to Uruguay is easy for the companies in the USA due to the proximity. The travel costs and time are less between the USA and Uruguay when compared to the time and expenses of traveling from the USA to the Asian countries. 
Visiting the premises of your outsourcing destination company helps you keep connected with their team, guide them, and solve their queries face to face. This increases the professional connection with the team. Also, even before you hire them, you can evaluate if they have the necessary resources to meet the needs of your project. 
Many companies keep regular visits to their outsourcing destination partner, to assure timeliness and quality throughout the development process. When you are outsourcing to Uruguay, you can visit your offshore development team conveniently.  

  1. Tax Benefits 


To encourage software exports, Uruguay supports its IT companies by not imposing VAT and corporate income tax on software export. 
Saving on taxes is an added incentive for software companies to export software freely. It also helps in competitive software pricing. No wonder, Uruguay is gathering more and more popularity in software outsourcing.   
Conclusion
If you are also looking for outsourcing destinations for building innovative apps and software, look no further than Uruguay. For the USA, Uruguay is a near-shore destination which never disappoints due to the similarity in language, culture, and time-zones. 
For European countries, Uruguay is the best outsourcing destinations owing to the availability of qualified talent and experience in software and app development sector. Compared to the USA and Europe, app development in Uruguay is cost-effective. 
You want the best for your clients, and only an expert can build the right solutions for you. So, contact us now for outsourcing your next project!    
Author Bio
Jin Markov is a Content Writer with GoodFirms, a research firm in the USA. He has an experience of 6 years and has been writing on software outsourcing. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

10 Reasons Its Time To Outsourcing Web Development

It’s one of the first questions any tech startup or growing company asks: do you outsource or use an in-house team for Web or mobile app development? When you’re in the planning stages for that killer idea or service, making the right choice is crucial, and could even mean basic success or failure for your venture. Even if your site or app has been up and running for a while, outsourcing could be the stepping stone to more sales and success.
It’s definitely not a decision you should make without doing your homework. To help you make the best decision for your business, here are ten reasons why it’s time to outsource your Web development.

  1. YOU HAVE NO DEVELOPMENT TEAM


You’ve got an idea for a Web app or service that will revolutionize an industry. Maybe you’ve built a prototype or proof-of-concept and it’s bringing in some amazing buzz and plenty of funding. Now, you’re ready to release your idea to the masses. Where do you turn next?
Outsourcing to a team of developers could be the answer. You don’t have to jump through hiring and training hoops to bring on multiple full-time employees, which could take months, if not years, if you need specialized tech skills. The outsourced team can take your idea and run with it, and perhaps even suggest the right language, platform, and/or framework to suit your idea. This means a quicker turnaround and faster time to market – you can focus on running the business and marketing the idea, and let the highly skilled and specialized developers do what they do best.

  1. YOU HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF DEVELOPERS


Or perhaps you’re a bit further along on the path. Maybe you’re a lean, mean startup with a shoestring staff. Maybe, after that first round of success, you’ve been so focused on the basic tasks of getting your business up and running that you haven’t had the time or inclination to hire a devoted Web development team for added features or services. Whatever the reason, you have few resources in place to take over the development of your existing app or any additional features that might take it to the next level.


An outsourced team could step in to become that critical foundation you need with little to no transition, training, or downtime. You also gain the freedom to pick and choose a team with the skills and expertise you need without having to rely on a local talent pool or the limitations of available vendors.

  1. YOU NEED ADDITIONAL SKILLS


If your existing team of professionals lacks a certain skill set or technical knowledge base, integrating an outsourced team can be a quick and cheap solution. You might have a need to branch into mobile development or add a chatbot, or you’re interested in what Python, Django or Javascript could do for your site’s functionality. Selecting a team that offers these particular capabilities can help you broaden your in-house skill diversity without having to add more staff. Additionally, outsourced teams will often be able to quickly hire qualified freelancers to augment their skill set and tailor their services to meet your specific needs.

  1. YOUR IN-HOUSE STAFF HAS TOO MUCH WORK


If your talented in-house development team is stretched thin with existing work or customer requests, supplementing with an outsourced team could take the pressure off and allow them to focus on core products or services. Get those TO-Dos off your whiteboard and into the hands of a team that can turn them around in no time.

  1. YOU HAVE A TALENT SHORTAGE


One of the top emerging risks for businesses is a shortage of skilled talent, according to Gartner, Inc.’s latest Emerging Risks Survey, If you’re not already feeling the squeeze in your hiring efforts, chances are you will soon. Outsourcing broadens your reach from local to global – you can find top talent all over the world, including the United States’ backyard, Latin America.
In fact, according to the A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index, which tracks offshore outsourcing globally, five of the top 20 countries for outsourcing are in Latin America. Learn more about outsourcing to Latin America in this post, “8 Reasons to Choose Latin America.” 

  1. YOU WANT TO BUILD A PARTNERSHIP


Competition these days is also a global affair. Outsourcing companies are competing with others all across the world. When they land a contract, they want to do everything they can to keep it AND to gain your repeat business. As a result, long-standing, dependable relationships can form when a remotely located team consistently delivers, a mutually beneficial situation for both parties. Outsourcing partnerships can form that last years or even decades, an important benefit if you want the reliability of a trusted vendor consistently ready to meet your needs now and in the future.

  1. YOU HAVE A LIMITED TIMEFRAME


You needed to get that new app launched, like, yesterday. Do you really have the time to recruit, interview, and hire the five or ten developers it’s going to take to meet your tight deadline? Probably not.
Rather than spending your limited time hiring, onboarding, and training an entirely new team or specialized set of developers, you could hire a team already eager to work on your project, with the necessary skills, experience, and resources to meet your timeframe.

  1. YOU HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET



It’s a no-brainer that outsourcing saves money – possibly by up to 30-50% of total costs. Compare the differences between an average full-time employee’s salary + benefits to the going hourly rate of an outsourced developer and you’ll see an obvious cost savings, depending on where the outsourced team is located.


For example, according to the Software Outsourcing Rates for 2018, companies in the United States can save up to $25-30/hour on salary, and an additional $15/hour in benefits, by outsourcing to Latin America.

  1. YOU NEED TO ENSURE BUSINESS CONTINUITY


Disaster planning is something no one likes to think about. But what would happen if a weather event or some other unforeseen circumstance caused your local business office to close or reduced your staff’s productivity for a matter of days, weeks, or even months? The peace of mind you get from knowing substantial work on your critical products and services can continue with a remotely distributed team could be priceless.

  1. YOU’RE BREAKING INTO A NEW TARGET MARKET


More businesses in the United States are attempting to gain customers in global markets like Latin America. Why not outsource to a company already familiar with that market? Having a team in place with a deep understanding of not only your market’s language but also its culture and customs, could give you that competitive edge and ease the challenge of breaking into that market.
If you’re ready to outsource your Web development for any of the reasons above, the developers at Innuy can meet your needs. With expertise in Python, Django, and Javascript, using an Agile project management framework, we’re ready to team up with you on your next Web or mobile app development 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 choosing us for your next development project.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Voice Search is changing SEO Optimization: Prepare your Website


Do you prefer Siri, Alexa, Amazon Echo, Cortana, or using your thumbs to type search queries onto a small mobile keyboard? Because of their convenience, more and more users, especially mobile web users, are taking advantage of voice searches. In fact, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that about 20% of Google searches are now voice searches. This number is expected to rapidly climb, so future-proofing your business means optimizing your website for voice searches. You can do this through your website’s content or platform.


On the content side, there are a few easy steps your marketers and writers can take to optimize your existing platform for voice searches.


  1. Many people use voice searches to find local businesses. You need to make sure Google knows where your business is located. Make sure you have an up-to-date address in your Google My Business account. To a lesser extent, also make sure you’re included on Bing Places. “Nearby” and “near me” aren’t useful keywords to add to your content, but an accurate address will ensure you’re getting hits from these searches.

  2. People speak differently than they type, especially when they’re typing with their thumbs. You might type “best pizza NYC” but say “Hey Siri, where’s the best pizza in New York?” As a rule, voice searches:
    1. Are longer
    2. Use natural spoken language
Make sure you are optimizing content for both voice and traditional online searches.

  1. Google likes short answers. Including 29-word snippets into your content makes it very voice friendly. These snippets have the added bonus of being very shareable on social media. In fact, highly shared content on social media does tend to perform better in voice searches even though Google doesn’t factor social media into its search algorithm. What makes a good Twitter post often makes a good voice search answer.

  2. KISS: Keep it Simple Stupid. This (in)famous acronym applies here. The average voice search result was written at a 9th-grade reading level, so leave the Scrabble vocabulary at home and use short, simple sentences.


All of these content changes will help improve your website’s performance in a voice search, but there are technical changes that need to be made as well.

1. Voice searches favor sites that load faster. Voice searches are almost exclusively used on mobile devices. If your site loads quickly (Everything on the screen should be visible in less than one to three seconds, max.), your website will have a huge advantage.






2. Use structured data. Don’t just use HTML to make your website attractive to human users. Use structured data to add invisible information to make your website more attractive to search engine bots.






3. Use HTTPS. The “S” stands for “secure.” Websites that use the HTTPS protocol prevent information being sent between a website and a user from being accessed by third parties. Google has been giving HTTPS websites and ranking boost since 2014, and this applies to voice searches as well.




Voice search is still a relatively new technology, and optimizing for it is not yet standard practice. That means businesses who optimize for voice search have access to a less crowded field.

At Innuy, we have experienced developers that can take your mobile app and website to the next level. Our team uses the latest modern technologies in mobile like Javascript: ReactJS & Node.js to build robust interactive apps with real-time environments. Call us at +1 252 723 5982 or contact us to learn more!