I do a lot of speaking and working with young software developers, scrum project managers, mobile app developers, you name the title I've met with them. I always get asked "What do I need to do to get a great job as a software developer in Columbus, Ohio?" Since I've hired probably 50 developers (mostly ASP.Net and Ruby on Rails) I thought I would answer the question here.
What is one of the absolute worst UI mistakes you can make? Well I'm sure there are a lot but I just filled out a finanical application for one of the nations largest banks and I think their site qualifies. This blog is not to embarsse them but I thought it was a good example of how even the largest companies with the largest budgets make bad decisions when it comes to website design, development and UI/UX.
If you've ever listened to a business book, motivational speaker, or high school guidance counselor you've heard about how people procrastinate but you've probably never thought that companies can procrastinate. The sad truth is that most companies are better procrastinators on IT projects then college kids are during finals week. Take this simple test to find out how your last IT or Web Development project went.
After working on web based projects for the last 14 years I've been asked this question a lot. I've seen some of the most innovative web project ideas come from departments in large companies. I've seen large companies sign contracts for initial web prototyping on their mobile kiosks, web apps, etc. but there is absolutely no question that large companies are at a tremendous disadvantage when it comes time to implement a web or mobile application.
Switchbox is excited to announce that we have recently launched the new web application for tracking various medical devices for RightWay Medical here in Columbus, Ohio.
After you build a web application and get your users to start working with it how do you keep them engaged? How do you make sure your web application is used regularly? Using push notification via text message, email or any other medium is a great way to do that.
Web applications often provide one of the highest ROIs possible for corporations looking to innovate but very few projects get completed. Why do so many large companies talk about building innovative web applications but then hesitate to fund them when a good idea comes up?
Interactive wireframes are a great step in the discovery process of any web based project. They go beyond the standard view of static wireframes and help clients explore how the website or mobile application will function instead of just showing what the website will look like.
Every company struggles with backlogged projects. There are always too many projects and too little time. The problem is that a lot of backlogged projects are important and are time sensitive but they get delayed (often indefinitely) because companies don't have a way to prioritize them.
Who actually owns your website? Or maybe asked a different way, who has the ability to shut your site down if they want? We are starting to see panic stricken clients asking this question more and more often and it's one you should be asking now.
As the federal regulations around stopping frivolous lawsuits are handicap accessibility are about to take effect more and more law firms are trying to file their class action lawsuits against organizations. We have had a variety of companies reach out to us to help make their websites ADA compliant. The problem is that while everyone wants to accuse our clients of not meeting the ADA standards no one seems to be able to say exactly what that means.
Most web developers and designers have used the Bootstrap framework for years but apparently the US government is getting involved now too. If you do work at the national or possibly even state level for website and web applications you may see this pop up on an RFP requirement soon.
15 years ago companies saw a need for building out business automation platforms but there was not enough development talent to build them all. This meant that companies of all sizes started using "build your own database" applications like FileMaker and Microsoft Access DB to build business applications. Now those platforms are becoming obsolete and outdated. What should these companies do?