Author: G Motriuk

How to estimate application development costs?

As a software house’s client, you should be prepared to go through a process of estimating the cost and time needed for developing an app. While this seems straightforward and most of the estimation work is done by the software house’s team, there are many areas which you should approach with mindfulness. To be successful,…

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Gamification in financial investor profiling at Switzerland’s Hypothekarbank Lenzburg AG

Individual investor diagnosing, profiling and training in banks has been traditionally done through interviews or pen-and-paper questionnaires. Hypothekarbank Lenzburg AG has decided to take a leap into algorithmic gamification to better understand their customers and prepare truly tailored offers for them. Hypothekarbank Lenzburg AG is a 150-year-old Swiss bank located in the Zurich area. Led…

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InsurTech: We’re disrupting the insurance market with world’s largest reinsurer

Can it get more exciting than that? This autumn we teamed up with our new client, the London-based Munich Re Digital Partners (MRDP), to work on a sophisticated API that is revolutionizing on-demand insurance. MRDP is a business venture that aims to change the way insurance is offered on PCs and mobile devices. While there are…

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How nearshoring improved one project’s quality

Let’s call it Application X* (the software is real, but I changed the name). When a few years ago our developers first looked at the existing code of Application X, they were not exactly happy. It wasn’t the cleanest they’ve seen. It was far from the standards they got used to. PHP was polluted with HTML and MySQL queries. The names…

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Slack: how a bizarre dream became reality

I remember that day – we all had a big laugh. About 5 years ago, the corporation I worked for announced the “zero e-mail program”. The global policy was meant to do exactly what it said – make our inboxes obsolete. Back then it seemed like a joke. The rumors said we would be using…

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How PIZZA makes Poland’s programmers better

It was early Saturday morning when I entered the main lecture room at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Wroclaw. Some of the 100 young people at the audience were still dozing, some pumping their veins with coffee, others immersed in their laptops. The oldest ones were in their thirties, some of…

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4 ways in which agile software development helps companies grow with less pain

Having software developed by an external vendor usually entails a degree of uncertainty, especially when done by a new partner. It is quite obvious that building trust often requires some time. The fact that the application will be unique and has not been tested by “crash test dummies” in the past is an additional risk factor. While all this is true, custom made solutions are sometimes a necessity – out-of-the box products simply won’t get the job done. The question is how the process of designing and developing the software can be a smooth ride for the client. Enters agile software development – here are five ways in which it takes the load of a client’s back.

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