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Read through our resource hub to find articles on a variety of topics including tips on successfully delivering software projects and blending business and IT, insight into the processes we follow for development, and even information about the technologies we use.

Software developer explains .NET Core on camera

Why .NET Core Is the Future

It can be tricky to keep track of the versions of the .NET Framework and the newer .NET Core. Microsoft has declared that .NET Core is the future of the product with its newest upgrade being called simply, .NET 5. To help you make sense of all of this branding and to provide insight on where .NET Core is going, we sat down with Technical Strategist Eric Potter.

A team discusses how to fund a project. Woman stands at whiteboard

Funding a Value Stream vs. a Project

Most businesses fund initiatives on an annual basis and then use large projects to allocate those funds. A project is funded until completion and then a new project is started and so on. But what if your software development uses a more agile approach? This traditional sense of funding a project based on a set amount of scope, might not make the most fiscal sense anymore. Rather than funding a project at a time, a better approach to budgeting for agile development is to think of software initiatives as value streams.

Seen from above, a client meets his onshore Aptera development team

3 Reasons to Work with a Small Onshore Development Company

If you’re looking to increase the value of your software development or you need extra hands to lighten the load on your in-house team, outsourcing some of your work to an outside team can be a great solution. In an effort to reduce costs, many companies look directly to outsource with an offshore or nearshore development firm. However, often these partnerships don’t save you money in the long run, and sometimes you can find smaller onshore partners for a similar price.

Man on a boat with question marks around his head

Development Myth: Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Means Delivering an Incomplete Product

There are a lot of misconceptions around the concept of minimum viable product (MVP) in software development. A common one we hear is the concern that using an MVP means that you’ll deliver software that is in some way incomplete. This might be caused by people focusing too much on the term “minimum” and not enough on “viable.”

Two Aptera team members discuss the merits of a headless CMS

When to Use a Headless CMS

Are you wondering if a headless content management system (CMS) would be a good fit for your business’ website? Use of a headless architecture has been growing in popularity over the last few years and there are real benefits that could be gained by setting your website (or app) up in this manner.

.NET Core logo on a laptop screen

8 Things to Prepare for a .NET Core Upgrade

As Microsoft begins to deprecate the .NET Framework and move their innovation to .NET Core, it might be the right time for your business to upgrade your applications to .NET Core. If you’ve found the right time to begin your migration to .NET Core, we’re sharing 8 factors to prepare for before you begin your migration to help it go more smoothly.

Team plots out their value-based budget and expected scope

Use Value-Based Budgeting to Accurately Budget for Software Development

Budgets for agile software development initiatives can be hard to pin down. When starting a new software project, more is unknown than known, but having an accurate budget is very important for the business. This puts a lot of pressure on the Product Owner to get the budget right. No one wants to have to go back to their stakeholders and ask for more money later on.

Developers collaborating around a big screen, seen from a distance

Software Developers Hate Optimism (But They Shouldn’t)

We’ve all been there before. It’s late into a meeting and the product owner comes up with just one more nice-to-have feature to sneak into a work-in-progress. The youthful or inexperienced developer next to you pipes up, “Oh yeah, we can do that. I can have that knocked out in five minutes.” You rub your eyes and then let out a small sigh. You know it won’t take five minutes.

Man surrounded by drawings of his thoughts

Put Value Before Scope with a Product vs a Project Mindset

What is the mindset around development work at your organization? Do you approach work with a project or a product mentality? In development circles there is currently much conversation around shifting away from a project mentality to a product mindset.

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