An often overshadowed aspect of building great products is ensuring these products are reliable and perform as expected. Similar to physical products, the quality of a digital product has a large impact on the customer/user experience. Typically, a quality assurance (QA) or testing team leads this effort. But, what is the difference between QA and testing, and does it matter? We believe so, and so should you.
On February 27, we welcomed former Pivotal Labs Design Manager, Chris Wilkinson, as our new Director of Product Design. The role was established to further align Devbridge Group's three core disciplines of Product Management, Design and Engineering.
Devbridge Group, recently announced its plans to move its Toronto office to 36 Toronto Street this month. The new office is a welcome move for Devbridge Group’s Canadian team, which has quadrupled in size within the last year, and continues to grow. Read the full release here.
As mentioned in my previous post, A path to microservices, adopting a microservices architecture is not simple. It requires many prerequisites to be managed successfully. With multiple services you quickly realize how many resources they use. Even the smallest service has a run-time footprint and consumes CPU cycles, even when sitting idle. Multiply this by number of services and you quickly get the picture. This post explores how this can be improved, and if it is possible to go beyond microservices to a serverless architecture.
Developers today most likely can’t imagine not having source control and continuous integration systems. However, one area enterprises may still be struggling with is how to integrate an automated test solution for native mobile applications into a continuous integration workflow. This article provides suggestions on how to do so along with an example of how we did it at Devbridge Group.
As a child, you likely created things with LEGO® bricks - a spaceship designed to explore the unknown, a castle with secret passages or a race car to drive on endless roads. These creations were built in short time with just an idea, a medium (bricks) and creativity. So, why has it become so difficult to turn business ideas into reality?
If you are a software developer, you already know what Node.js is. You know how to create an API and may feel like Superman while implementing new features. However, as you attract more users, response time gets slower, and with workloads increasing, your application may start to fail. For those with existing applications, this article explores the most likely issues and how message queues, specifically with RabbitMQ in Node.js, effectively helps applications connect and scale. For others planning to build a new application, I incorporate useful tips to help you avoid issues up front.
Devbridge Group recently celebrated the opening of its new office in the capital of Lithuania to accommodate a growing team of highly skilled IT professionals. The new office is now home to more than 70 developers and quality assurance specialists and the company plans to hire an additional 100 staff per year.
Having worked with many financial institutions on a number of different software design and development projects over the last year, it is clear that customer experience remains a key focus for 2017. A great customer experience encapsulates both digital and physical channels and introduces interchangeability between the two. However, banks are struggling to rapidly adapt to this omnichannel strategy.
To create an engaging digital customer experience requires three things: product management know-how, design savvy and engineering expertise. For enterprises, particularly financial institutions, to achieve this in-house requires significant time, money and resources at a time when hiring and retaining top designers, product managers and engineers is near impossible with the market drowning in demand and lean on supply. To address this challenge, many CMOs, CIOs, and CPOs frequently engage with outside agencies (design, innovation and advertising) to fill this gap. However, how do they truly know that the partner they are selecting meets all three of the above criteria?
This week, Devbridge Group welcomes Ed Price as a Senior Solutions Architect from BMO Harris Bank. Ed will work with Devbridge Group’s North American clients to help define and implement technology strategies and identify appropriate technology stacks and platforms. Ed comes to Devbridge with a long financial services history and more than 25 years in various technology positions.
Raising children while also working in the software development space, I have noticed parallels between the two seemingly different areas. These parallels start prior to launch/birth and continue through the various stages of maturity. Now that your product has launched, your baby born, what should you expect next? Following are a few key items to consider.