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For a recent project, I found myself working on a piece of software that is twenty years old. Everything about it felt old. The language was old. The development tools were old. The framework was old. At times my work felt like I was doing software archaeology. In other ways, the software felt like it was something that could have been written much more recently.
There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the European Union’s new GDPR law. If you’ve been left wondering what this new law means and if it even applies to your business, we’re here to help shed light on the subject. While technically the GDPR went into effect at the end of May 2018, an estimated 50% of affected US companies weren’t fully compliant by the start date, so there’s still work to be done.
At the end of May 2018, Sitefinity released an upgrade to their CMS platform—Sitefinity 11.0. This latest version features a host of new features both for marketers and developers using the platform. As users start to make the shift towards Sitefinity 11.0, we’re breaking down the biggest new features, so you’ll know what to expect when you switch.
One of the duties we have as mobile technologists at Aptera is to constantly evaluate the tool-sets available for use in implementing mobile solutions. One of the questions we are commonly asked is whether or not a project can be implemented with the use of a cross-platform tool-set. The answer is usually, yes, it’s possible.
At Aptera, one of the expectations we place on our mobile technologists is to constantly evaluate cross-platform tools like React Native, Xamarin, and NativeScript. We vet how easy they are to use, platform capabilities, tool stability (or lack thereof), platform viability (or decay i.e. Cordova), as well as platform features. The purpose of all this is to determine how viable the tool is for saving development costs while delivering a first-class design and user experience.
UAT, otherwise known as User Acceptance Testing, is how we determine development to be completed here at Aptera. This type of testing tells us if the software component was built to handle real-life scenarios, per the initial project specifications laid out between the client and a business analyst. If user testing falls behind, it can cause a delay in the timeline, so it’s important that everyone gets on board when it comes to completing this final step of development.
From time to time, business-to-business integrations can break. Too often companies don’t discover that their integrations have failed until a client or trading partner calls and complains. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Modern integration platforms can give you better tools for the transparency and insight you need.
When it comes time for your next website build or redesign, it might also be time to think about adding a content management system (CMS) if you don’t utilize one already. CMS platforms make it easy to continuously add and manage content on your website. During this process you’ll want to find not only the right CMS for your business, but also a trusted partner to implement it. At Aptera, we’ve implemented hundreds of CMS projects and we believe that our unique approach to projects like this sets us apart.
Is your company looking to add a .NET-based content management system (CMS) to your website? CMS platforms allow your marketing team to easily add, change, and maintain content on your website. Here at Aptera, we have found Sitefinity to be a strong CMS platform for a variety of types and sizes of businesses. If Sitefinity is a CMS you’re considering, let’s take a closer look at their package options and features as well as the hosting and the knowledge base your team will need to get started.
It’s common for companies to start building integrations for internal and B2B systems using coding and technology that they are already familiar with. This can be a good way to get integrations up and running quickly, but often these hammer-and-nail-type approaches turn out to be difficult to maintain and scale as your business grows. The integration team at Aptera can help you convert your complicated or outdated integrations into modern systems that can better grow with your business and are easier to maintain.
Software teams are constantly faced with the challenge of finding the right talent. One way to approach this problem is to get involved with a software department at a local university. For the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach as an adjunct professor at a local university. When I started, I correctly assumed that I would enjoy it.