Devtorium R&D Department: Meet the People

As you already know, Devtorium has a Research and Development Department that helps our team understand and master cutting-edge technologies. Currently, they are focusing on AI and Machine Learning and have workshops that anyone willing to learn can join.

Today, we’d like to tell you more about the Head of R&D, Oleksii Makarov, and the amazing team the Department has already assembled.

Oleksii Makarov: Head of Research and Development Department in Devtorium.

Oleksii Makarov: Solution Architect/Head of Research and Development

Oleksii is Devtorium’s leading expert in AI and ML technology, who loves to share his knowledge as much as he enjoys learning new technologies. He has 24 years of experience in development, and over this time, Oleksii has worked with multiple projects and technologies, including:

  • Developing desktop applications for Windows (C++)
  • Web development (.NET)
  • Front-end development (HTML, JavaScript, React, NodeJS)
  • Deep Learning and AI (Python)

For the last seven years, Oleksii has been dealing with Machine Learning and Deep Learning technologies. He has experience developing several AI-related projects where he was actively working on the following:

  • Computer Vision: object detection, video processing, data filtering, behavior tracking.
  • LLM + prompt engineering + GPT Engine

Oleksii says that Deep Learning is one of his main interests in technology right now. It enables us to teach computers to perceive the world similarly to humans. This is one of the things involved in the work of the Devtortium R&D Department, and studying this technology offers excellent opportunities for personal growth. In addition, this looks great on your CV😉

Research & Development Team: Not Only for Developers

We’d also like to introduce some of the R&D Team members who have been studying new technologies with Oleksii for the last few months. We were surprised to learn that not all members of the Department are developers. Some Devtorium team members are very active and forward-thinking. Therefore, they want to discover everything they can about cutting-edge tech to stay sharp and expand their professional skills and opportunities.

Olha Romanets: Senior front-end engineer

Olha Romanets: Senior Front-End Engineer

Olha is one of the most active members of the R&D Department. Her drive is contagious, and her interest in the topic has no bounds. Olha has a successful career in front-end development, so we wondered what pushed her to take on this new challenge.

She said joining the R&D Team was essentially an ‘impulse purchase’. For some time, the topic of AI was popping up all around her, so when the opportunity to study it deeper presented itself, Olha took it immediately.

She is a highly dedicated person who enjoys studying things to their full potential. This is exactly how she approaches R&D workshops and never fails to impress her teammates.

Oleksandr Shapran: Business Analyst

Oleksandr Shapran: Strong Junior Business Analyst

As mentioned before, not all members of the Research and Development study group are developers. One of our business analysts, Oleksandr, is a good example of a person who doesn’t allow any perceived limitations to prevent them from reaching their full potential.

We asked him why he decided to join and spent some of his time studying something far removed from his primary specialty. His answers were truly inspiring.

First of all, Oleksandr highlights the importance of knowledge about AI for any professional working within the IT industry. This is the most cutting-edge technology that is already revolutionizing the world. Therefore, everyone must understand at least the basics of how it works and what it’s capable of.

Moreover, as Oleksandr wisely notes, the level of professionalism one has is determined by the depth and versatility of their knowledge. Simply put, any professional can bring more value if they are knowledgeable in many relevant areas. This way, they can be most helpful to the team, and that’s precisely how he wants to be.

That said, studying AI on your own is extremely difficult, especially for someone without a technical background. Joining the Devtorium Research and Development Department allowed him to learn from a great mentor and get support from his colleagues. They face challenges and grow together, each contributing something valuable to the work of this Department.

Also, Oleksandr notes that the knowledge and skills gained while working with the R&D Team help predict future trends. By learning these complex topics as an analyst, he can better understand changes in technology trends. Therefore, he can see what to pay attention to and how to benefit his current and future projects.

Ivan Danyliuk: Senior front-end endgineer

Ivan Danyliuk: Senior Front-End Engineer

Ivan is one of Devtorium’s leading front-end developers. He has shown tremendous talent and interest in working with AI through our Research and Development Department workshops.

According to Ivan himself, joining the R&D Team aligns with his passion to stay up-to-date with any changes in the industry. Due to his participation in this Department, Ivan broadened his horizons significantly. His direct quote:

Being a part of the R&D team has shown me new perspectives, encouraging me to approach everyday matters from a fresh and innovative standpoint.

Excited to be on this journey and eager to explore the limitless possibilities that our AI endeavors bring, I am confident that our collective efforts will shape the potential of our company.

Serhii Bevz: Senior full-stack engineer

Serhii Bevz: Senior Full-Stack Engineer

Serhii Bevz joined the Devtorium team not long ago but has proven to be an exceptionally talented full-stack engineer. However, despite being busy with his project, he makes time to actively participate in the work of the Research and Development Department. When we asked why he chose to join this team, he said that, first of all, it’s a highly promising direction for professional development. His second reason is that it’s a fascinating field for developers. Studying and working with AI enables you to move up to a completely different level of skill and knowledge.

In addition, Serhii mentions how he loved math in school and how working with AI requires a deep knowledge of mathematics. Moreover, studying a new programming language is much easier when you have real-life tasks for practice. Therefore, he enjoys mastering Python with the R&D Team and is progressing quickly in this area.

Serhii notes that expanding your personal tech stack is an outstanding professional opportunity. Also, he very much enjoys the way Oleksii teaches these complex subjects. The subject matter is very complicated, so it’s crucial to have someone who can explain it in a way that’s easy to understand. As a full-stack developer, Serhii knows he must know AI and how it works. This knowledge is vital for any ambitious developer today.

The only thing that Serhii does complain about is that he wishes to have more time for this exciting project. However, he hopes that working with the Research and Development Department on these topics will allow him to be near the start of changes in tech trends. Similar to how it was with NodeJS, AI has launched a revolution now, and those who are proficient with technology have a much better chance of professional success. Serhii also notes how important it is for a development company to have a team of professionals with these trending skills, as Devtorium has.

Oleksandr Kostylenko: strong-middle .NET engineer

Oleksandr Kostylenko: Strong Middle .NET Engineer

Oleksandr is a very experienced and talented developer in his professional life and a highly artistic person outside of work. When we talked to him about his reasons for joining the Research and Development Team, he showed that both parts of his character played into it. 

We can already feel the presence of AI everywhere, and personally, I use ChatGPT and DALL-E in my daily life. The future of the IT industry is inseparable from AI technology, and I’m sure studying it will help me in my work. Moreover, this outstandingly fascinating technology allows you to realize your artistic potential in development, which is crucial for me.

Oleksandr states that he enjoys being a part of the R&D Team and how Oleksii teaches such a complex subject. He especially commends the fact that Oleksii, as a teacher, encourages the team to write their own code and experiment. It’s a very productive and efficient method of teaching such complicated topics.

According to Oleksandr, knowledge is the main benefit he gets from joining Research and Development. Despite being a team member for only a few months, he already understands the core principles of Deep Learning and looks for ways to apply this in practice. He is looking forward to learning more about AI and reaching new heights with the help of this technology.

Devtorium Research and Development Department: Progress Report 2023

Despite being so new, the Devtorium R&D Department has grown fast and attracted many talented people who wish to expand their knowledge of innovative technologies. According to Oleksii, who heads the Department, the main achievements so far were:

  • Building a core team of people who are interested, driven, and have an aptitude for this type of work.
  • Covering the basics of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Python, and Algebra needed for understanding and further work with AI technology.
  • Bringing the team to approximately the same level of knowledge.
  • Starting to work on simple model training tasks.

Currently, the Research and Development Team will continue to expand their knowledge and learn more about AI programming. We hope the team will soon have new exciting projects to work on.

Devtorium Offshore Software Development Company: Progress Report 2023

As an offshore software development company, Devtorium did not escape the turmoil shaking up the global economy today. However, no matter how trying the times might be, we firmly believe that investing in people is the best way for any business. That’s the core of our values, and we are proud to say that putting our trust in our employees has never failed this company. We can see evidence of it when looking at the 2023 company performance report results.

This year was wrought with conflict, and many businesses struggle with the volatility of markets and economic downturns. Devtorium also faced many challenges during this year. However, we are happy to say that the year’s results are positive despite it all.

What We Achieved as an Offshore Software Development Company in 2023

  • Devtorium started five new projects in 2023, engaging 40 developers and other technical professionals. The projects come from a range of industries, including Health and Education.
  • Over the year, our company welcomed 14 new specialists. Our teams grow, and we actively search for new talent when the projects demand it. You can always find a list of our open vacancies here. If there isn’t a suitable position at this time, leave your CV using the form on the page. Our Recruiting Department will reach out to you when we have an opening.
  • To ensure that Devtorium developers master cutting-edge technologies and can offer top-quality services to our clients, our company launched a Research and Development Department. This department is currently focused on NLP, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Neural Networks Training. Developers working within the R&D Department also study Python and contribute to our AI software development services greatly.
  • According to our project statistics, React, NodeJS, .NET, and Angular are the most popular technologies today. However, the interest in no-code development services is also growing. This year, we had some clients interested in developing solutions using Bubble.io.
  • Devtorium launched two in-house solutions in 2023. One is an ERP system that mainly serves our Accounting, HR, and PMO Departments. However, all our employees use it to track working hours on various projects and manage leave requests. The solution is created using the Bubble no-code platform, and it’s constantly evolving. The second in-house project we launched is a CMS system based on Frappe.io. Our Sales Department is using the many capabilities of this platform to manage and grow our leads database.
  • Devtorium completely redesigned our website, devtorium.com, to ensure its design matches our updated brand style and expanded list of services.

Devtorium: Plans for the Future

Our main priority as an offshore software development company is to focus on trending technologies and ensure we can deliver the services our clients need. At this time, this means shifting the focus to the rapidly evolving AI industry. We are proud to see that our developer teams have mastered this technology and learned how to use it to its full potential in the service of our clients.

Next year, we will continue our work to expand the company and introduce new technologies to our tech stack. Moreover, we will continue searching for projects in a variety of industries. However, our primary focus is maintaining the integrity and quality of service that our clients value.

Progress of Devtorium offshore software development company in 2023.

How Outsourcing Software Development Company Devtorium Stands with Ukraine

Devtorium is an outsourcing software development company with offices in several countries and remote employees spanning the globe. However, the core of our developers resides in Ukraine, a country torn apart by russia’s invasion. We are invested in supporting the country that’s fighting for its freedom and its heroic defenders.

Devtorium has been supporting Ukraine since the beginning by donating some of our earnings to specialized funds. However, we are proud to say that we didn’t stop at that. Devtorium’s strength is its people, who are passionate, driven, and courageous in the face of even the darkest trial of war.

Since day one, the vast majority of Devtorium employees became active volunteers, the unsung heroes of the war as referred by Times. Even the members of the Devtorium team who do not directly participate in volunteering activities make regular donations and other contributions to the support of Ukrainian defenders. Over this time, they provided multiple types of equipment and materials to strengthen the soldiers. Some examples of this support include:

  • Equipping multiple defenders with essential gear, such as headgear, body armor, first aid kits, etc.
  • Supporting medical teams with specialized kits, tourniquets, equipment, etc.
  • Purchasing autos for army squads.
  • Providing power stations and generations to units fighting on the frontlines.

However, some members of the Devtorium team took their volunteering activities to a new level. We are immensely proud that these people work within our company and would like to draw attention to their noble cause.

How Devtorium outsourcing software development company staqnds with Ukraine through a Cherkasy-based charity fund.

Devtorium Outsourcing Software Development Company Cherkasy: Creating a Charity Fund to Help Support Ukrainian Defenders

A team from the Cherkasy Office of the Devtorium outsourcing software development company set up a charity fund to become more efficient in their support of the army.

Since the beginning of this cruel invasion, a team from the Cherkasy Office started preparing dry rations for the defenders. They do this completely voluntarily, using their own kitchens for the bulk of this hard work. They haven’t stopped even once, providing the heroes who risk their lives with essential and delicious nutrition.

According to Nataliia Kashuba, the Regional Manager of the Cherkasy Office and Devtorium’s Head of Cybersecurity Department, their goal is to support soldiers in the trenches by providing a taste of a home-cooked meal. These gestures mean the world to people who face unimaginable cruelty every minute of every day. Most importantly, this little ‘taste of home’ can offer invaluable emotional support.

As of right now, the team’s dry rations are booked out in advance. As all these dehydrated meals are prepared by regular people at their homes, their capabilities are limited. Therefore, if any of you reading this would like to support the cause, you can contact the charity fund Mamyni Obiymy ta Tatove Pleche (Mother’s Hug and Father’s Shoulder) created by Nataliia Kashuba.

Multiple people join the cause, each providing the level of support they can. Some help with cooking, and some provide produce, including homegrown fruits and vegetables. No help is ever too small! The team greatly appreciates every bit of support.

We stand with Ukraine: Devtorium outsourcing software development company.

Team Involvement: Going Way Beyond Outsourcing Software Development

As for our Cherkasy team, their whole families are involved in meal preparation. For example, Nataliia’s son got inspired to become a chef, and he is the one making marinades for meat-based components of their rations. This Thanksgiving, the team prepared dehydrated turkey that would be sent directly to the squads that are currently stationed at the frontline.

Another example is our Head of IT Department, Pavlo. On the professional level, he is expanding his skills and holds specialized security certifications. Moreover, he is currently developing as a DevOps professional and is actively engaged in projects.

However, even with such a busy schedule, he contributes to the dry rations preparation regularly. Pasha is an expert on homemade crackers. We have it on good authority that his crackers are greatly loved and appreciated by the heroes who are stationed in the most dangerous zones.

Charity fund to support Ukrainian defenders.

Why Set Up a Charity Fund?

Nataliia is a person with a heavy workload demanded by her position within the company. The added load of preparing rations and additional volunteering activities is definitely not easy to bear. Therefore, we asked her why she decided to set up and manage a charity fund.

Her reply was simple:

“Nothing we do can compare to the sacrifices of our defenders. The fund enables us to cut through many legal issues and ensure that we deliver the help that’s needed faster.”

According to Nataliia, they faced multiple obstacles in their work, from scammers and outright thieves to corruption at the customs. As a legal expert herself, Nataliia chose to create a charity fund as the most expedient way to make the whole operation legal and overcome the hurdles of corruption.

Nataliia expresses her great worry and disappointment in the fact that many people she meets today claim to be fatigued by the war. She stresses, and we wholeheartedly support her, that the people who are truly tired are those who fight at the frontlines. And yet, they get up every day and risk their lives to defend their country. Therefore, doing our very best to support them is the least we can do.

At Devtorium, we agree with Nataliia’s position. Therefore, we encourage everyone to join the cause and help in whatever way they are able. Our company has been doing its best to provide every kind of support. As a result, in spite of all the hardship, 2022 was a good year for Devtorium’s growth. We will continue doing our best and are 100% confident that our developers will continue to perform above and beyond the clients’ expectations.

Stand with Ukraine by providing homemade dry rations and other help via a specialized charity fund.

Do AI Code Generation Tools Help Developers?

AI code generation tools became a huge hit fast, just like ChatGPT. Naturally, we wondered whether professional developers are worried about becoming redundant. Will human programmers be replaced by AI sometime soon?

We decided to discuss this matter by talking to some of the most experienced Devtorium developers. It turns out that they aren’t worried at all. In fact, they are actively exploring and using AI code generators in their everyday work.

AI software development is one of Devtorium’s core services. Therefore, our specialists spend a lot of their time researching artificial intelligence tech and what it can do. We asked some of our senior software engineers which tools they are using and what they think about their capabilities. Read their replies below.

Are AI Code Generation Tools Useful for Developers Today?

Head of Development Department: AI code generation is too limited to help developers now.

Andrii Bohatyr: Head of Development Department

Over the last six months, I used:  

I would admit these tools are raw right now. In general, they don’t offer a lot of value. However, they are capable of helping with some rudimentary tasks.

The issue is that prompts require tweaks and improvements, even when you have a clear understanding of how to engineer prompts. Therefore, 9 out of 10 tasks could be easily completed faster in the old-fashioned way.

The same results could be achieved by using Google. I mean if the task requires diving deeper into a domain you need to research more.

AI code generation tools have good potential. However, as of now, they have too many issues and are still limited. The biggest problem is that even IDE pluggable tools lack the context of the whole project. Therefore, they are largely unusable. They don’t have an understanding of a particular project’s code style, conventions, issues, etc.

I would say, AI-based solutions indeed may help to automate some routine tasks. However, in coding experience is crucial. At least, if you’re not an LLM expert or a prompt engineering guru.

Senior .NET Developer: AI code generation tools make many mistakes but give good ideas.

Alina Nor: Senior .NET Developer

 decided to try GitHub copilot immediately when I heard about it. It gave me a ‘wow’ effect – like magic when you’re writing a sentence about what should be here and it writes some meaningful code or when it completes the writing function for you – this impressed me. 

I like to witness this magic. It’s a special kind of pleasure seeing how someone adds code for you. The problem is that you can’t rely on keeping that code as is. You need to review that and make sure it’s correct. For me, mostly it wasn’t. I had to rewrite it or improve it all the time.

However, it might give you a couple of ideas when you’re stuck. Also, I should admit that the code written by this tool is clean and follows the best practices. 

Unfortunately, AI code generation tools don’t improve my workflow. I’ve been using Copilot for two months. Most of that time I didn’t accept its suggestions because I didn’t want to spend time reviewing or rewriting the code generated by it.

However, I’m using ChatGPT 4 for ideas or when I need to do some routing work. It’s a really powerful solution and it can save developer’s time. Especially if you need a general functionality, for example, some math functions or time calculations, etc. When there are no custom rules, its code works well. I think this is a powerful assistant for developers, even though you cannot rely on it completely.

Senior Front-End Engineer: AI code generators can be really useful when used right.

Maksym Kharkovenko: Senior Front-End Engineer

I have been using GitРub Copilot for about 3 months. If you’re looking to optimize your code, I would recommend giving Copilot a try. It can help you generate new code and patterns quickly and efficiently. In addition, I use GitHub Copilot Chat, which is also a good helper for improving your code.  

Github Copilot is a really powerful tool that can enhance the coding workflow. However, sometimes it requires some examples before it can generate anything that can be integrated into your project. This AI code generation tool provides syntactically correct code but it still has trouble referencing types across different files and packages.

Using Copilot really improved my coding efficiency by providing relevant and accurate code suggestions. I like its intuitive handling of function creation, code completion, and creation of unit tests. It makes the coding process more efficient and enjoyable.

Head of R&D Department: AI code generation can be good but only when your prompts are great.

Oleksii Makarov: Solution Architect/Head of R&D Department

I have been using Copilot for several months. From my experience, AI code generation assistants are not a panacea or a way to completely escape coding. Therefore, you can’t rely on them to do all the work for you. Naturally, you need to match the generated code to your expectations. Sometimes, Сopilot can’t generate something I want. However, in most cases, it defines the context correctly and offers good suggestions. 

Most of the time, I write in NodeJS and Python. Copilot helps to save time when writing my code. I’ve been doing more RnD lately, and in this mode, sometimes I must make some major changes in the project generated by AI.

Copilot defines the context of the code and the next block I want to implement quite well. For example, Copilot knows that this particular file implements a layer of database accesses. Therefore, based on the name of the method I introduced, it proposes changes with data that match the method name and my expectations. Even at the moment of the suggested completion, I see whether the Copilot understands what I need, and then I can accept or reject this completion.

Will AI Code Generation Tools Replace Developers Anytime Soon?

As you can clearly see, developers aren’t worried about AI taking their jobs. On the contrary, the leaders of them spearhead the innovation and use AI code generators to improve their workflow. Moreover, they use this opportunity to expand the limits of what AI can do.

As a provider of AI-based solution development services, Devtorium strives to contribute to the development of artificial intelligence technology. We understand that AI is the future and we are happy to use all it can offer and then expound on it for our clients.

If you want to know how AI-powered development can help your project, set up a free consultation with our team!

Scam Alert! Devtorium’s Disclaimer

Devtorium would like to state that we are not affiliated with the so-called “Devtorium Solutions” service in any way. We strongly suspect this company to be a scam and would like to alert the public about the threat.

The so-called “Devtorium Solutions” that has been sending people emails using the address info@devtoriumsolutions.com is NOT A PART OF THE DEVTORIUM GROUP OF COMPANIES!

Please be aware that our domain is devtorium.com. No other variation of the domain name is genuine and should not be trusted.

Please stay safe and verify any information you find online.

Devtorium Software Product Development Company: 2022 Progress Report

The war in Ukraine, the worldwide COVID-induced supply chain collapse and the global economic crisis are the things that defined the year 2022. Of course, no software product development company remained unaffected by these major factors. As a result, the already competitive industry has become a cutthroat battle for new projects. Devtorium is proud to report that despite all challenges, we are closing the year with new projects, promising negotiations with prospective clients, and mastering innovative technologies.

Devtorium Software Product Development Company: Yearly Report

At Devtorium, we’ve always believed that the true strength of a business is the people. This year provided us with solid proof of that. Our teams turned the trials they faced into opportunities to show their strength of spirit and admirable work ethics. Delivery schedules became the topmost priority for every developer as they refused to get behind on their work regardless of the circumstances.

The results of this dedication and professionalism speak for themselves:

  • Many of our developers work from Ukraine and struggle with disruptions caused by the war. However, wartime challenges didn’t make us lose a single client. We remain firmly within project deadlines regardless of any power outages and missile strikes.
  • We’ve started two new projects in 2022. One is a comprehensive insuretech solution that consists of several products. It’s powered by .NET, React, and PostgreSQL technologies and is completely cloud-based (AWS). Another is a React-powered travel app focused on accessibility.
  • We’ve completed negotiations and will launch two new projects in January 2023. One is a large-scale ad-tech solution powered by .NET and Angular. The other is a verification software product based on Node.js and React.
  • We’ve launched two proprietary products developed by Devtorium teams. Our AI-powered content generation platform Marquètte is currently receiving a big upgrade with the release of the Templates feature. Now it’s even easier for copywriters to use it for creating top-quality original content. Devtorium also used the Bubble no-code platform to develop our own ERP solution. Our HR and recruiting specialists are currently testing it, and developers are improving the solution based on their feedback.

Happy New Year! Devtorium software product development company plans for 2023

Devtorium Software Development Plans & Goals for 2023

Devtorium is always looking into the future as a software product development company. We are implementing innovative technologies in our workflows to achieve better results. Our primary focus for 2023 is AI development.

The company already has experience in creating our AI-powered platform, Marquètte. Working on this project has been both challenging and exciting. Most importantly, it gave us the experience of interacting with AI engines and a better understanding of what we can achieve with this tech.

We plan to further this work next year. At the moment, our company is in the process of negotiations for an auspicious AI project. It could result in the development of an AI-powered chatbot for foreign language learning. The team will be creating it from scratch using GODEL by Microsoft.

We are delighted to share that the company is currently negotiating with several prospective clients. Moreover, our potential projects will engage not only our outstanding developers, Business Analysts, and Project Management specialists. In addition, we have plenty of exciting work planned for our Data Science team.

Also, we keep searching for new opportunities constantly. Our sales and marketing teams are always active, looking for clients both online and offline. In January, our American management representatives will present Devtorium at a big conference in Las Vegas. ASW is one of the foremost hubs for IT service networking, so we look forward to this event’s results.

All in all, our work never stops!

Devtorium is proud of what we have accomplished this year, and we are looking at a brighter future with new opportunities.

We’d like to thank our incredible team. None of it would have been possible without you!

Devtorium SaaS Development Company Gained New Achievement from SuperbCompanies

As a SaaS development company, Devtorium has been working on our proprietary AI-powered platform Marquètte. We’ve been fascinated by the incredible opportunities the marketing software industry presents. So Marquètte is a product that aims to make top-grade marketing services more accessible to everyone. Now we can say that our efforts have been recognized. SuperbCompanies.com, a trusted portal that lists the best IT & marketing companies, included Devtorium in its Top Mobile App Marketing Companies rating for 2022.

We are very proud that Marquètte and Devtorium got this acknowledgment from a highly reputed IT ranking portal.

Devtorium keeps growing and expanding the list of services we offer beyond custom software product development. At the moment, our team includes highly qualified professionals that specialize in the following:

  • Custom Software Development
  • MVP/Product Development
  • Low-Code & No-Code
  • Cloud Migration Consulting
  • Software QA Testing & Automation
  • UI/UX Design
  • Data Science
  • Information Security Services
  • Mobile App Development
  • eCommerce                  
  • SaaS Development

We are working on expanding this list and, of course, developing Marquètte further. At the moment, this is a piece of AI content writing software that can help both professional copywriters and businesses that can’t afford to hire a full-time writer for their content marketing.

However, our plan as a SaaS development company includes expanding this platform to become an intelligent assistant to a business owner or entrepreneur. In the future. Marquètte will help conduct research, generate content, and make business decisions by offering data-powered opinions from AI.

How SaaS Development Company Devtorium Got on SuperbCompanies.com

SuperbCompanies is a service that helps clients find the best providers of IT services worldwide. Professionals working for SuperbCompanies have over ten years of experience, and they spend their days collecting, processing, and analyzing information about various IT service providers.

Their research is extensive as they study every service the company provides. It means that, for example, if the company offers custom mobile app development and UI/UX design, they will investigate both of these services separately. This way, SuperbCompanies can provide customers with the most accurate information about every IT business in their database.

They evaluate IT companies based on such factors as:

  • Quality
  • Market presence
  • Reliability
  • Experience
  • Portfolio
  • Professionalism
  • Customer service
  • Awards
  • Fair pricing
  • Proven customer feedback

Most importantly, SuperbCompanies only the companies that show a high and consistent growth rate. In addition, the research is ongoing, so information is reviewed and updated monthly.

Marquètte currently is Devtorium’s foremost marketing app, but we have plans for many more. We are proud to be recognized by SuperbCompanies. We hope to see more of our services in their Top rankings soon!

It’s not All Devs: How PMs Keep Software Product Development on Track

There’s a common misconception that devs are the only people involved in the software product development process. However, that’s far from the truth. Creating and launching a product requires input from a wide range of specialists. Project Managers should take the place of pride among them. But they are downright criminally undervalued.

In our humble opinion, Project Managers, or PMs as we call them, are magicians. They often hold the entire project together and ensure everything stays on track. They are the ones who settle all the miscommunication issues and even battles of wills between clients and devs. But above all, PMs articulate the client’s requirements in a way that developers can understand.

Devtorium has an extensive Project Management department comprised of extraordinary people. Today we talked to them about their profession so you could learn what it’s like to be a PM from PMs’ own words.

What PM does for outsourced software product development.

Victor Savinov, Senior PM/Delivery Manager: What Does a PM Do During Software Product Development?

We decided to start our interviews with Victor, a senior PM with years of experience in outsourced software product development. Victor can find humor in everything and can bring under control even the most difficult situations.

What does a PM do during software development?

Nothing 😁 Well, at least, it may look like that at first glance. Especially when you, as a PM, are utterly exhausted after another work day during which you have resolved dozens of issues. However, you have nothing to show as a result of all that work. There’s nothing tangible, at least.

Nowadays, PM’s work is not about paperwork, reports, or following a well-prepared plan. It’s more about interactions with people, quick response to changes, coaching, and maintaining a healthy, happy, and highly motivated team. Meanwhile, you also keep the customer satisfied by delivering a high-quality, valuable product.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

To maintain a high level of quality while balancing the budget, time, and scope (see PM Triangle). At the same time, I also need to keep up a healthy pace and save my team from burnout and exhaustion.

How do you handle troublesome clients who can’t explain what they want?

It’s an absolutely normal situation when a client isn’t a professional Product Owner. It can be challenging for them sometimes to express what they really need in terms of software product development. We can use quite a few techniques that can help gather product requirements. I usually suggest starting with visualization and using analogies to explain one’s concept or idea. A piece of paper and pencil are extremely useful when you’re not sure where to start😉

What do you do when a developer fails?

Well, first off, no finger-pointing! Instead, we should embrace a culture of collective commitment to improvement as a team and measure our successes and failures. Then we look at what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The whole point is to focus not on the failure but on what can help you move forward.

Can an IT project survive without a PM?

Sure! The only question is how successful the project will be. What will be the quality of that survival? How well-informed will the key stakeholders be? Who will manage risks and deadlines? What about budget and costs?

We can actually eliminate any role in a project. First, however, we must ensure all essential responsibilities and activities that the ‘role’ manages are reassigned to other people.

How can a PM impact the overall software product development process?

A PM/SM/Agile Coach is often a bridge between the business and engineering, stakeholders and developers or operations, or customers and providers facilitating their interaction. Although a PM is a composite role, it can sometimes coordinate the majority of the vital aspects of the organization. This includes budget, resources, staffing, costs, deadlines, risks, and quality. Taking that into account, it’s pretty difficult to overestimate a PM’s impact, whether positive or negative.

What is project manager's role in software product development.

Diana Novytska, Strong Junior Project Coordinator: PM’s Role in the Software Creation Process

Diana is only growing into her role as a Project Coordinator, but she is doing so with style and success. Her gentle nature might make it both easier and more challenging for her to manage complex communications within teams. However, no one can argue her reliability and dedication to making every project run smoothly to completion.

What does a PM do during software development?

A PM is the person who organizes the whole process by starting from the idea of the future project/product to its realization and support. It means that communications between customers and the team, development planning, and solving various problems are all PM’s duties. In reality, it’s only a small list of a PM’s responsibilities.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

For me personally, it’s being a good leader and having strong ‘soft skills’.

How do you handle troublesome clients who can’t explain what they want?

The secret here is asking the right questions related to his/her idea, time limits, and expectations.

What do you do when a developer fails?

We are all only people, not robots. So, we will discuss the cause of this failure and how to resolve it. Then, I just wait to check the fixed result.

Can an IT project survive without a PM?

This is a good question. Every role in the development team is very important, including a PM’s role. Without a PM, other team members should cover his/her responsibilities. Therefore, their workload increases above their individual responsibilities. As a result, the lack of a PM impacts the overall quality of work.

How can a PM impact the overall project?

A well-organized workflow, easy communication scheme, and quick resolution of unexpected issues are markers of a PM’s positive impact.

How a project manager impacts software product development process.

Artem Levenko, Middle Project Manager: What a PM Does for Outsourced Software Product Development

Artem is new to Devtorium but not new to being a Project Manager. He is highly efficient in his approach and makes every project run like clockwork.

What does a PM do during software development?

The role of a Project Manager in the software product development process encompasses a lot of different activities. The responsibilities may vary depending on a particular project. However, to put it simply, PM’s work includes:

  • Managing stakeholders
  • Collecting and analyzing requirements
  • Setting tasks for the team
  • Coordinating work processes
  • Monitoring progress
  • Ensuring that the project stays within time, budget, quality requirements, and according to scope

What is the most challenging part of your job?

For me, the hardest part of the job is to keep everything in focus and not miss anything. Also, it can be hard to make sure that neither stakeholders nor the team’s (company’s) interests are neglected.

How do you handle troublesome clients who can’t explain what they want?

I always try to get to the bottom of the situation by asking them pointed and specific questions about their requirements and needs. I do everything possible to make sure there is no room for misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

What do you do when a developer fails?

When a developer fails, I usually try to discuss the situation with them directly so that we can find the reason. Then, together, we work out steps of action to improve the situation.

Can an IT project survive without a PM?

I believe an IT project can literally “survive”. However, it will be at a high risk of failure on all parts of the PM triangle. In addition, it likely won’t meet the stakeholders’ expectations.

How can a PM impact the overall software product development project?

A PM can constantly work with the team so that the team stays productive and motivated. Also, we keep up transparent communication with clients to make sure their needs are satisfied. Also, we constantly try to find bottlenecks and improve processes, which will benefit the project’s success.

What project manager does as part of software development.

Anton Shpak, Junior Project Manager: PM’s Outlook on the Software Product Development Process

Anton is a PM who is not afraid of challenges. He is full of energy to resolve any issue and always strives to get to the button of it. He works closely with clients to help create products that meet their exact requirements.

What does a PM do during software development?

He must ensure that the customer is satisfied. In my opinion, it’s the most important thing. More specifically, the PM makes sure that everything is done as promised.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Doing tasks that you don’t believe in when you don’t understand why you have to do them at all. However, that issue probably isn’t exclusive to PMs. Speaking of PM’s duties, the biggest challenge is not having complete information about the project. The less information PMs have, the less effective they are.

How do you handle troublesome clients who can’t explain what they want?

This is where you have to make assumptions and clarify whether you’re assuming correctly. Then, step by step, we’ll find out what the exact requirements are.

What do you do when a developer fails?

It depends on the situation. First, you can determine whether or not some extra time will help and how much is needed. If a little more time solves everything, then the developer continues to work on the problem. If the developer feels that it won’t work, we ask colleagues with more experience for assistance or brainstorm how to solve the problem with the team.

Can an IT project survive without a PM?

Of course, it can. However, the project manager’s role must still be performed by someone. In many cases, it falls to the main developer in the team. Sadly, in these situations, the person might get frustrated because they are doing so much extra work. Sometimes they might get angry and leave the project entirely.

How can a PM impact the software project development process?

I feel it’s important to note that a bad PM might ruin a project. However, we can help developers solve problems faster. Being the main contact point for the client, we can protect the project and the team. We do it by communicating to clients what’s happening now, why it is needed, and when it will be over. We do it in a language that a non-developer person can understand, which is key to avoiding conflicts and miscommunications.

What it's like to be a project manager for IT.

Kateryna Mazur, Middle Project Manager: Being a PM Can Be Like Herding Cats

Kateryna is a very experienced Project Manager. She worked with a versatile selection of projects and aced many different challenges. Due to this experience, she can handle any task and bring the software product development process in order in any circumstances.

What does a PM do during software development?

Sometimes our work is similar to kindergarten teachers who need to corral a group of unruly kids. It’s because clients and developers often suffer from miscommunication issues. The PM’s duty is to be the bridge between them to ensure that everyone is satisfied and the development process runs smoothly.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Personally, the hardest part of my job is to stop working. You get used to working with time differences in the outsourced software product development industry. However, I find it hard to stick to my schedule and NOT answer emails at all times of day and night. It’s critical to draw a firm line between work and personal life.

How do you handle troublesome clients who can’t explain what they want?

When working with clients, I document absolutely everything. We discuss their ideas in detail, and I ask as many questions as needed. I also explain risks and maintain clear lines of communication to ensure all requests, risks, and adjustments are well-documented.

What do you do when a developer fails?

I’ve had my share of issues caused by irresponsible devs in my career. In this case, I believe that the most important thing is to warn the client as early as possible that something is going wrong. It’s imperative to be absolutely transparent and explain the situation, as well as offer several solutions. All in all, I do my best to smooth out the situation while being completely honest.

On the developer’s side, I talk to them to find out what caused the issue and how we can resolve it. I analyze the entire case in detail to prevent this from repeating.

Can an IT project survive without a PM?

Yes, it can. But it’s only if the whole software product development process and team-client communications are set.

How can a PM impact the software project development process?

A PM connects every person involved in the project and manages all processes to ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s a critical role because no project can succeed without efficient organization.

Project Manager’s Role Is Crucial for Outsourced Software Product Development

Being a Project Manager can be hard, but all PMs we interviewed agree that it’s extremely rewarding. Most importantly, it’s a non-developer role that has a huge impact on the success of the software product.

Software development is a complex process, and communication is key to it. So, Project Managers’ role is huge, and we value our PMs greatly. An efficient PM department with high quality standards is definitely one of the important elements of our and, therefore, our clients’ success.

Challenges for Ukrainian IT Outsourcing Services in 2022

Did you know Ukraine has been the largest exporter of IT outsourcing services in Europe over the last few years? From 2016-2020, the total value of this export amounted to $16 billion. Of course, the COVID crisis of 2020 hit Ukraine the same as the rest of the world. However, the result was not an industry collapse but a reduction in the sector growth from 30% to 24%.

Ukrainian software developers are talented and unstoppable, as you can see. Moreover, the country itself promotes their work as the state doesn’t regulate this market. Therefore, Ukrainian IT outsourcing companies have the freedom to work with a wide range of international clients, offering them excellent conditions for collaboration. So, it’s not a surprise that over 30% of all services exported by Ukraine are IT services.

However, the war started by russia when it invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, impacted the outsourced IT services industry. As a result, many global businesses that hired Ukrainian developers rightfully became anxious.

But we are proud to say that the global business community did not abandon Ukrainian developers. As an IT outsourcing company, Devtorium took immediate steps to reassure customers and remain operational despite the outrageous challenges.

Devtorium hasn’t lost a single client in this difficult time due to our business continuity plan that ensures we can deliver top-notch services on time.

Challenges for IT Outsourcing Services in Ukraine in 2022

We asked our Global Partnership Lead expert Irene Matkovska about the main challenges to hiring Ukrainian developers for businesses that seek IT outsourcing services. Irene spends most of her time communicating with business leaders worldwide, and this topic is coming up right now. According to her, the main concerns of companies that have IT outsourcing projects in Ukraine today are:

  • What if the developer working on my project gets drafted?
  • What is the plan of action if the russians attack the city where my developer or team is located?
  • What will you do if russian forces start a more aggressive offensive making it impossible to work for developers?

These are all critical questions, and businesses that employ IT outsourcing services from Ukrainian devs have the right to be sure that their investments remain protected. At Devtorium, we took great care to build a system that will keep delivering high-quality IT services to our clients no matter the circumstances.

How Devtorium team oversomes challenges for IT outsourcing services in Ukraine during war.

How Devtorium Delivers Reliable IT Outsourcing During the War

We developed a business continuity plan that covers all possible scenarios to minimize risks for our clients employing IT outsourcing services.

  • Devtorium offices are spread out geographically.
    Our five offices in Ukraine are all located in cities that are mostly untouched by the war. Therefore, life and work continue there at the usual pace.
  • We have an office in Poland for those specialists who choose to move to this country.
  • Devtorium established efficient relocation protocols, so we can help move our experts fast if this becomes necessary.
  • All our employees can work remotely. Many have already opted to do so, and they currently operate in the Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Moldova, and other countries.
  • We adhere to coding standards. Therefore, even if we need to replace a developer on a project, the new person can integrate into the process immediately.
  • We build versatile teams that are also spread out geographically, so the risk of disruption is minimal.

Above all, all Devtorium employees take pride in their work. So, we prioritize ensuring it’s done at the highest level. The Devtorium team has been actively involved in supporting Ukraine in its time of need since day one of the war. And the best way to help for Ukrainian developers is to stay active and pay taxes as well as donate. That’s exactly what we do!

Moreover, we are supremely grateful to our clients, who accepted our business continuity plan and showed great support and understanding. All of them stayed with us, and many went even further to show their support of Ukraine. Some of our clients donated to the humanitarian funds and joined #StandwithUkraine rallies in their cities worldwide. Some offered paid time off for developers who needed to take personal leave and allowed our teams to work at their own pace.

We are grateful, and we made sure to meet every deadline and prove that our performance on every project won’t suffer because of the circumstances.

This dedication helped Devtorium keep all its IT outsourcing services projects and start several new ones since February. And we keep growing!

Your Intelligent Assistant: AI-Powered Platform Marquètte

Devtorium is a software development company that not only outsources its services but also creates proprietary software. One of our products is Marquètte, an AI-powered platform used for content generation. We’ve worked on this product for over a year and released the MVP in April 2022.

We are proud to share that an enhanced version of Marquètte is available to users! Moreover, it still comes with a 7-Day Free Trial that enables anyone to sign up and test the full power of AI content generation.

The purpose of Marquètte is to become an intelligent assistant for content writers, marketing specialists, and small business owners who want to improve theory content marketing. As your personal assistant in this quest, Marquètte does not only generate content. This AI-powered platform also offers a broad view of the industry trends and provides insights that can inspire you.

One of the biggest challenges of content creation is that you just don’t know what to write about. With Marquètte, you’ll get multiple ideas just by seeing your Account home page.

Using the product is extremely simple:

  1. Sign up.
    You don’t have to provide your credit card information. Just sign up anytime and test the SaaS platform for free.
  2. Ask your questions.
    You can ask the AI about anything and it will generate an answer using its massive databases.
  3. Use the answer!
    You can use Marquètte answers as blog posts, as answers on forums, as posts on your social media accounts, and even as part of general topic research.

Ne on the Marquette AI-powered platform.

Latest Marquètte AI-Powered Platform Updates

The part of the Devtorium Team working on Marquètte keeps improving it. Here’s what they came up with during the last update.

  • Improved design.
    Our AI-powered platform looks even prettier now. Seriously, just check it out. Our designers are incredible, and they improve user experience as well as aesthetics.
  • ‘Ask a question’ page.
    Users have a dedicated form to ask the engine a question. It has easy prompts that will guide you.
  • Interactive question validation.
    Note that some questions might be rejected. For example, if your question concerns politics, contains swearwords, or can be interpreted as extremist, the AI will block it. We have a preliminary validation system that will alert you if you need to do some editing.
  • Easy feedback.
    More freedom to the users! We love that you can help us make Marquètte better. Do it by clicking the emoji to express what you think about the quality of the answer.
  • Updated notifications.
    Our AI-powered platform communicates with users via emails, which we recently updated to ensure they serve a broader range of scenarios.
  • Contact Us page.
    We added a separate Contact Us page that contains a form you can fill out and a way to schedule a meeting with a team expert.
  • New video.
    Check out a new video introduction of Marquètte!
  • Buy Credits.
    After your first set of credits expires, you can buy more to keep using Marquètte without the need to re-subscribe.
  • Subscription auto-renewal.
    Using Marquètte is even easier now because you can automate the subscription and it will renew every month. Furthermore, you can disable this feature in a few clicks if needed.
  • Popular Questions.
    More inspiration for Marquètte users! There is now a Popular Questions section showing the most trending question topics.

Marquètte updates

Marquètte Applications as an AI Content Generation Platform

Marquètte is the first SaaS platform developed by Devtorium. Driven by machine learning, it keeps getting better with every use. Moreover, people appreciate the answers it gives, which we can see from Quora, where Marquètte already has hundreds of upvotes and authority as a trusted source of information.

Check out yourself by evaluating a Marquètte-generated answer:

What are the top ten pitfalls in doing business in China?

  • Lack of understanding of the Chinese market: Many foreign companies enter the Chinese market without a clear understanding of the consumer landscape and preferences. As a result, they are unable to tailor their products and services to meet the needs of Chinese consumers, leading to poor sales and ultimately, failure.
  • Lack of local partnerships: In China, it is essential to have local partners who can help you navigate the often-complex business landscape. Without these partnerships, foreign companies are at a significant disadvantage.
  • Poorly executed market entry strategy: Many foreign companies make the mistake of trying to enter the Chinese market without a well-thought-out plan. This often leads to wasted resources and ultimately, failure.
  • Lack of understanding of the Chinese legal system: The Chinese legal system is vastly different from that of the West and many foreign companies are not familiar with it. This lack of understanding can lead to problems such as intellectual property theft and contract disputes.
  • Lack of understanding of the Chinese culture: The Chinese culture is very different from that of the West and many foreign companies are not familiar with it. This lack of understanding can lead to problems such as miscommunication and cultural misunderstandings.
  • Lack of a dedicated China team: Many foreign companies try to enter the Chinese market without setting up a dedicated team to manage their operations there. This often leads to problems such as poor coordination and communication.
  • Over-reliance on expatriates: Many foreign companies entering the Chinese market rely too heavily on expatriates to manage their operations. This often leads to problems such as high turnover and difficulty adapting to the local culture.
  • Inadequate preparation.

Use of Marquètte AI-powered platform on Quora.

Future Plans for the AI-Powered Platform Marquètte

We are all futurists at Devtorium, so we have many ideas for the future of Marquètte. Right now, we are working on enhancements that will diversify the AI content generation and ‘teach’ AI to create texts based on different templates.

The next version of the product will become even more useful for content writers, marketers, and SMBs. You can follow the track of Marquètte’s development and growth through our social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram!

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