Augmented reality: a technology that brings amazing opportunities

Augmented reality (or AR) is one of the popular digital trends that transformed the traditional way of things in many spheres of our life. Being capable of enhancing our surroundings, AR demonstrates incredible features that can educate, entertain, and assist with implementing complex procedures. This is unforgettable user experience.

In one of our previous posts we’ve already discussed AR and how it is applied in various industries. In this article we’ll explain Augmented reality concept and describe how it works. We’ll cover devices supporting AR features and the programming tools that help deliver AR solutions. Next, we’ll look at the practical use of AR technology. Finally, we’ll discuss the future spreading of AR.
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How Java Web Service Works

In this post we will uncover a Java web service concept. In particular, we will begin with Java advantages, then we will proceed with web server and web application concepts, and finally we will take a look at how a Java web service processes the request. We will also share some practical recommendations on tools and technologies that can be utilized when working with web services.
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eCommerce development on PHP framework: our experience of building CrISStal Eye website

PHP has gained high popularity as a web development tool these days. In particular, PHP frameworks have been receiving a lot of attention. Using a PHP framework provides certain benefits to a website owner. To name a few:

  • PHP frameworks are easy for beginners – they come with certain libraries and helpers, so you won’t have to find 3rd party resources additionally;
  • Faster development and faster fixes;
  • Lower development and maintenance cost;
  • Compatibility with other web applications, operating systems and programming languages;
  • PHP frameworks enable high level of customization.

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Challenges of developing your own software product: ISS Art team experience

As some you might know already, the primary activity of our company is custom software development. We work in international market primarily, and during our professional life we’ve faced a need to monitor our team’s performance as well as to provide transparent reporting to our customers (you can read more about these challenges here). Although there are a lot of ready time tracking solutions aimed to help to deal with these issues, we have decided to build our own system – the one that would meet our company’s need to the fullest. We’ve named it CrISStal Eye.
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Custom SaaS accounting application development

The world of custom application development has evolved so much over the years, and with the ever-changing technology, custom applications are becoming more spectacular as time goes on. One of the most recent popular types of application development includes Software as a Service (SaaS), especially when partnered with various accounting applications.

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Time tracking challenges in software development outsourcing

You already know that offshore software development brings the following benefits:

  • Cost reduction when working with competitive labor markets;
  • Unlimited access to highly specialized professionals;
  • Maximizing the efficiency of time zone differences – less production down time.

Together with that, it brings certain challenges you should be aware of:

  • The need for constant management and control (in particular, time and budget);
  • Cultural differences (which were covered in one of our previous articles);
  • Lack of face-to-face contact.

Let’s talk about control in more depth.
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Time tracking systems overview

We’ve already covered various aspects of software development process so far: how to choose a provider, which IP issues to consider, how to motivate your team, what challenges to be aware of when working on international scale… But how to make sure that the whole team is actually working? What if the majority of time is actually spent on non-project related activities (i.e. Facebook, chats with friends, etc.)?

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The right E-learning solutions for your business or organization

Technology has come a long way when it comes to being a productive tool for teaching. In fact, E-learning has made a huge impact on training within organizations all over the world, and this type of teaching continues to evolve. Whether it be for the workplace or school, it is a great way to disseminate information to a particular group. The E-learning market is set to make a large impact with an estimated revenue of approximately $51.5 billion by 2016, which is a projected 7.6% growth.

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How to promote your software product

As your software development process is getting closer to finish, your product promotion is going to become your primary focus.

What to consider when starting promotion

Identify your target audience

First and foremost, you need to understand whose needs your product is aimed to satisfy – you need to know your target audience. For example, if your newly developed project is an E-learning system, your potential customers will be students and teachers most likely. If it is a time-tracking system, it will be interesting for startup owners, heads of IT departments and businessman working with remote employees (software development teams, for example).

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Motivating an offshore team

Motivating an offshore team is another important aspect of software development outsourcing. To get a better understanding of it, it’s worth to look at it from two different angles – from a perspective of a customer and from a perspective of a Project Manager (PM) of this offshore team.

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