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.

Devtorium Building an ERP Solution Using the Best No-Code Tools

Do you agree that Bubble is among the best no-code tools today? The Devtorium investigative team studying low-code/no-code platforms seems to think so. That’s why our talented young developers are now using that platform to create their first ERP product.

According to the HR department, it’s looking great so far.

At Devtorium, we strive to stay ahead of all the latest technology trends, and no-code development is on that list. We’ve discussed this technology’s history in one of our previous posts. Today our team of devs, Anastasiia Shtopko and Roman Dziuba, will explain why they think Bubble is among the best no-code tools and how it can be used for building efficient ERP solutions for SMBs.

Best No-Code Tools Analysis: Why Bubble?

Devtorium’s resident expert researcher of the best no-code tools, Anastasiia, investigated all the leading platforms. She concluded that Bubble, while not perfect, is best-suited for developing highly functional software solutions with minimum input from the developer.

According to her, the biggest advantage of Bubble is that it’s similar to JavaScript in the sense that the developer can write their own logic for the solution. This feature gives Bubble users the flexibility to create highly versatile solutions.

Another massive advantage of Bubble is that it’s a highly comprehensive platform for no-code development. Of course, having some understanding of software development is an advantage. However, the platform is so easy to use that literally anyone can build an app with it.

Bubble also offers an excellent selection of courses called Bubble Academy. They guide students through mastering the Bubble platform and using its technical capabilities to the maximum. You don’t need any background knowledge of coding to succeed in these courses and use the platform efficiently.

On the downside, Bubble isn’t as flexible as a developer might expect from one of the best no-code tools. During their work with this platform, Anastasiia and Roman discovered that it has some serious design limitations.

According to Anastasiia, the way to overcome this drawback is to have the application design ready before you start building it in Bubble. This way, you can set everything up the way you need it.

However, it’s extremely hard to change the design of the ‘bubble’ you created. Therefore, if you choose to develop and improve your ‘bubble’ further, it might be hard or even impossible to upgrade its UI and UX.

ERP developed by Devtorium using the best no-code tools.

Custom ERP Made by Devtorium, or Our Experience of Working with Low-Code/No-Code Platforms

Of course, to explore the best no-code tools, our team needed to use them to create solutions. So we chose to develop an ERP, enterprise resource planning app to use within our own company first.

There are some fantastic cloud-based ERPs in the software market. However, the majority of them are designed for large-scale businesses. Our company needed some particular features and a solution that would be fast and efficient for an SMB-level business. So, that’s what Roman and Anastasiia are now working on using no-code development.

Both devs creating this in-house ERP system have just started their careers, and it’s their first project of this type. That’s why the resources offered by Bubble, and the extensive plugin library this platform has, are so necessary.

It might be just the beginning, but already our HR department has a chance to appreciate the solution. At the moment, the Devtorium ERP (sadly, it has no cooler name yet) can automate and facilitate essential tasks.

  • HR professionals can compile a database of all company employees with added important information. For example, when the work is finished, HRs or any other system user will be able to see what project the employee is working on or their vacation/days-off information. This can help small businesses track and manage their human resources more efficiently.
  • Our ERP can already manage the entire review process. At Devtorium, all employees receive 360-degree feedback. The Review functionality of our system allows the HR department to collect and process feedback, generate reports, and put in additional data, such as superior’s reviews and salary raise notifications.

According to updates from Roman and Anastasiia, there are more features to come. We are all looking forward to the things they will create!

ERP solution built using no-code development.

In Conclusion: Will Devtorium Use the Best No-Code Tools in Future Projects?

We are futurists at Devtorium, so we use cutting-edge technologies to their utmost potential. Being a company of developers, we also create such technologies.

It means that we greatly value our developers’ time. Therefore, we are sure to keep looking for and using the best no-code tools.

It’s true that today some people are anxious about rapid AI development and its impact on our society. However, we are 100% sure that AI-powered low-code/no-code technologies won’t replace developers. On the contrary, they offer fantastic assistance to software engineers.

Bubble and similar platforms are efficient and allow one to create very useful software. However, the resulting solutions are SMB-level at best. Professional and enterprise-level software is too complex, so no-code development can’t handle such tasks.

Moreover, developers today often need to spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks or working on small projects. They are important, no doubt of that. However, this kind of work takes a lot of valuable time.

Low-code/no-code platforms can help automate tasks, saving time and effort for the developer. In addition, using those services cuts costs for the client. So, a software engineer has more time to work on more advanced and complicated tasks and test their ideas, while the client gets high-quality solutions at a lower price.

Everyone wins!

That’s the result we are working for at Devtorium. If you have a software idea and want to see how we can bring it to life in the most cost-efficient manner, contact us today!

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!

Energy Management Software Development Uses in Real Life

A global energy crisis is upon us, so energy management software development is fast becoming an indispensable solution for everyone. It might surprise many, but these products can be extremely versatile. Their applications vary from enabling smart energy management to minimizing losses to finding the best energy plans in your region. As a result, many businesses could benefit greatly from investing in this niche of custom software products.

Here at Devtorium, we have first-hand experience in energy management software development that we’d like to share today.

Energy Management Software Types and Uses

First of all, it’s crucial to note that no matter its exact functionality, the primary purpose of energy management software development is to make our world cleaner. That’s why most of these solutions work with clean energy or smart home products.

The most basic application of this software literally is energy management. Therefore, such solutions are integrated into the IoT and help users ensure that no appliance in their home uses more power than absolutely necessary. Considering current power price rates for enterprises, developing such custom solutions is essential for manufacturers and other power-consuming businesses.

In this case, energy management software can be used to:

  • Collect all data on energy use and emissions.
  • Apply various data analytics techniques to analyze energy use efficiency and predict waste and power use changes depending on multiple factors.
  • Generate an optimization plan and other helpful suggestions based on data analytics.
  • Measure the results of implemented optimizations.
  • Monitor the overall energy use and waste performance of a business/building constantly.

This type of energy management software development application is straightforward to understand. However, there are applications for custom software products in the power business. For example, solutions that run power plants and energy distribution also fall into this software category.

In addition, there is a type of consumer-oriented energy management software that is often overlooked. Flexible utility rates that change with the season and other factors make it challenging for people to handle their energy bills. Solutions that enable residential power users to pick the best plans also fall into the category of energy management software.

How one company used energy management software development.

One Interesting Case of Energy Management Software Development

Devtorium has an interesting energy management case for consumer-oriented use in our portfolio. It was (and is) a fascinating custom software product development project.

The client is one of the leading energy management companies in the US. It helps customers choose clean energy plans that help them save money and reduce their household carbon footprint. Currently, the company reports that its efforts managed to help the Earth avoid 344,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, they also planted 354,768 trees as a contribution to restoring the planet’s ecology.

The solution provided by Devtorium enables the company to interact with customers and help those find the best energy plan for them. To create such energy management software, we used:

  • Angular JS
  • Angular 7
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • .NET Framework 4.6.1
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • MS SQL
  • EntityFramework 6.4.4
  • IdentityServer4

The resulting solution included:

  • A stylish website that offers both excellent user experience and aesthetic enjoyment. We were aiming for a site that people would actually like and enjoy browsing. In addition, the visuals focus on clean energy and its importance to our planet’s health.
  • My Account functionality website visitors can use to enroll, perform payments, etc. In essence, the system is used to interact with the user in everything the company needs, including email notifications, payment processing, and plan management.
  • CyberSource payment system that enables customers to make secure, regular, and automated payments. Our priorities were security and ease of use. CyberSource payment platform guarantees both. 
  • SendGrid email system to provide easy and efficient interaction with customers. Email remains the most efficient way of communication and marketing in the digital world. So, the client company needed a great email platform integration, which we provided.

Bottom Line: Who Should Invest in Custom Energy Management Solutions?

Custom energy management software development isn’t for everyone. However, some types of businesses can save a lot of money through such solutions. For example, big companies and enterprises that manage vast production/storage/etc. facilities. They will require efficient power management to reduce waste and cut costs.

Other types of businesses that require such software are energy companies and providers. They can use a wide range of solutions that help manufacture, distribute, and manage power flows.

Finally, businesses that work with regular energy consumers can benefit from efficient management solutions. They can use software to search for plans and otherwise help optimize the power costs directly for the consumer.

Does your business fall into one of these categories? Contact Devtorium, an expert in energy management software development. We’ll be happy to help bring your project to life!

Devtorium as a Cyber Security Services Company

When we established the Devtorium Group of Companies, we aimed for versatility. Today we are introducing Devtorium as a cyber security services company. We understand the value of data protection in the modern world. Therefore, we strive to provide our customers with the best information security audit and management services.

The Devtorium cyber security consulting team uses the PDCA model to help our customers build the most effective defenses. It means that our certified experts can:

  • Plan.
    Create an ISMS (Information Security Management System) that includes risk management and assets identification.
  • Do.
    Implement and operate the new ISMS.
  • Check.
    Monitor and analyze the ISMS constantly.
  • Act.
    Maintain the ISMS and improve it continuously to protect from emerging threats.

At Devtorium, we deliver full-cycle software product development and maintenance services. To this end, we hold various certifications and are authorized to provide a wide range of information security services. Read the post below to learn what we can do to give your business and data the maximum level of protection.

Devtorium: Cyber Security Services Company with ISO Certification 27001:2013

Morebis Inc. (morebis.net), a part of the Devtorium Group of companies, holds the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 ISMS security certificate. Morebis and Devtorium merged in September 2021, and we have been proud of this deal ever since.

The Morebis Inc. software development team is exceptionally talented and experienced. And now, the Devtorium information security department can provide a higher level of cyber security consulting services to enterprises and other types of businesses.

The ISO certification 27001:2013 enables our team to ‘share’ this certification with customers. So, our clients can boost their credibility by using the certificate icon on their pages as an authorized cyber security services company is auditing them.

We are also eligible to participate in international tenders as this certification is proof of the Devtorium information security audit team’s top-rated skills. 

Devtorium Information Security Audit

As a cyber security services company, Devtorium can perform a comprehensive audit of your systems. During this procedure, we are going to analyze the entire system to identify weaknesses in the areas of:

  • Physical protection
  • Software security
  • ISMS standards compliance

By the end of the audit, our experts will be able to guide you in how to bring your company’s security up to the highest standards.

Black Box Assessment

One of the services we offer our customers is Black Box Security Audit. This type of audit works by emulating an external attack to see how the system responds to real-life threats. It’s no secret that cybercriminals are growing bolder by the day. Therefore, the level of threat from attackers and their ingenuity is increasing.

Black Box Audit is an effective response to those threats. Our team developed a unique set of tools that we can use to emulate a wide range of attacks. Moreover, we keep improving it to stay ahead of the emerging threats.

This type of information security audit helps highlight the weaknesses in the client’s existing security system. Also, it enables us to view the potential impact of an attack on the business.

Black Box Assessment is essential because it shows how your protections respond to an attack from a source that doesn’t know anything about the company’s IT structure. Therefore, it helps identify a greater number of system vulnerabilities. As a result of this audit, we are able to develop more robust security solutions for our clients.

Password Audit

We so often take passwords for granted these days. However, it’s crucial to remember that they remain one of the biggest weaknesses of any security system. As a cyber security services company, we make it our business to ensure that our clients use the most efficient password creation and storage methods.

Devtorium will do everything possible within the realm of modern technology to close this route of attack on your data.

Cyber security services company: penetration testing types

Penetration Testing Provided by the Devtorium Cyber Security Services Company

Our cyber security consulting services also include conducting full-range penetration testing of the client’s system. This includes:

  • Network service penetration testing
  • Web application penetration testing
  • Client-side penetration testing
  • Wireless network penetration testing
  • Social engineering
  • Red team & blue team
  • Mobile penetration testing

A comprehensive information security audit from Devtorium goes as follows:

  1. Performing load testing and audit on all of the company’s systems to identify vulnerabilities and risk zones.
  2. Simulating an attack.
  3. Finding a weak link in the control systems and modeling an attack.
  4. Simulating an adversary.
    The simulated adversary will follow two possible routes. Number one is an internal attack, for example, a physical attack on the company infrastructure. Another option is acting through employees through bribery, intimidation, extortion, etc. The other way for a simulated adversary to choose is an external attack. It means emulating possible email hacks, network penetration attacks, etc.
  5. Developing a list of recommendations depending on the results of tests and audits.

Once these steps are complete, we can build and maintain a highly reliable ISMS for every client.

Devtorium Cyber Security Consulting and Application Assessment

A part of our cyber security consulting services focuses on web application assessment. Web apps often store a lot of sensitive data, but they can be highly vulnerable to attacks. That’s why they require extensive manual testing in order to develop the best protection.

After performing these tests, we would be able to advise how to increase the security maturity of the app. In addition, we will offer solutions to limit its inherent security weaknesses.

We use various methods to identify vulnerabilities during our web app information security audit. We try to find weaknesses at every stage of the application life cycle: design, development, deployment, upgrading, and maintenance. In addition, we study possible app design defects that can turn into vulnerabilities over time.

Our ultimate goal is to find, fix, and, most importantly, prevent weaknesses. Looking into the future is what we do at Devtorium. Our motto is to future-proof our customers’ businesses to help them succeed in today’s volatile economic conditions.

If you want to ensure that your company’s cyber security performs to the highest standards, contact us and set up a consultation now!

Happy 5th Anniversary Devtorium!

Today we are celebrating Devtorium 5th anniversary. Congratulations to all of our fantastic team members! You are the ones who make our company a success!

Our team has grown over the last year. We started working on new projects. Each of us achieved new heights in our profession. Even now, during this difficult time for Ukraine, we keep getting better.

We are proud to work with such incredible people! We promise that the company will continue to do everything possible to help us all grow and develop.

Together we shall win!

Devtorium Achievements Over the Last Year

Our company has come a long way over the last year. First of all, we completed a merger with Morebis and became one unified Devtorium Group of companies. It was an important step for our growth that united maty top-grade software engineers, project managers, business analysts, marketers, and UI/UX designers under one brand, Devtorium.

Another outstanding achievement came from our Information Security Department. Morebis Inc. (morebis.net), part of the Devtorium Group of companies, received the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate. This certification opens multiple opportunities for our business and can help the company progress to a new level. Most importantly, we are now able to offer a broader scope of security services to our customers. In addition, this opened the doors for us to take on more security-related projects.

However, the most significant achievement of all is, of course, the growth of our team. We welcomed over a dozen new members over the last year, and we keep hiring! We are happy to see how people who join Devtorium become a part of our family.

Our focus is always on the people! That’s our motto. The main goal of Devtorium is to consistently deliver the best service to our customers and the best support to our teams.

Happy to celebrate together with you all today!

Devtorium: Ukraine’s Heroic Resistance!

On February 24, 2022 life as we know it changed forever. Russian Federation started an unprovoked inhumane war in Ukraine causing the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of mankind since World War 2. Devtorium is an American company but we have development teams based in Ukraine. We have five offices in different cities of this beautiful country and several employees working remotely from different Ukrainian cities.

Our hearts are with our team and we are immensely proud of our stoic, resilient, and downright heroic people.

Since the start of the war, Devtorium developers continue to be just as productive as ever. We haven’t broken a single deadline and all our projects continue as planned. Moreover, we are also launching our own SaaS product Marquètte, an AI-powered platform for content generation.

We are infinitely grateful to all our clients for the support they’ve shown and keep showing us. 

Of course, the best support now is to keep up a stable workflow and start new projects so we can contribute to the economy of Ukraine. To that end, if you have any ideas or contacts of interested parties, please email our sales department.

Our developers are ready and willing to put their exceptional skills to use and prove once again that Ukrainian software engineers are among the foremost professionals in the world.

Devtorium donate to Ukraine

Devtorium Company Support of Ukrainian Teams During the War

The company’s reaction to the tragic events in Ukraine was swift. We’ve always prided ourselves on how close all our teams are. Our people know that they will get all the support they need.

Regional directors of our Ukrainian offices are working closely with their teams to help in any way we are able. We are assisting those interested in relocating abroad or within the country so they can remain in those cities that are currently safer.

Not a single company employee has been fired during this crisis. Our foremost goal is to keep all our team members safe and ensure they have the job security they need.

That’s why we keep up our productive work, scheduling timetables to make them flexible. We are proud to say that many of our employees are actively engaged in volunteering activities in different cities. All our offices also donate to both the Army and various humanitarian funds.

If you want to join in on this effort, you can support Ukrainian people affected by the war by donating to the following accounts:

Company Benefits and Payouts Systems Remain Active

At Devtorium, we offer our employees multiple benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Medical insurance
  • Lunch compensation
  • Monetary support for important events (weddings or birth of a child)

All our employees get these payments as scheduled regardless of whether they remain in Ukraine or move abroad. Moreover, we would like to remind everyone that our medical insurance package covers the services of a psychologist. We want to be sure that every person at Devtorium can get the support they need for their physical and mental health.

During this trying time, all teams remain closely connected. We also remain in constant contact with our customers from all over the world. We use multiple communication channels to stay in touch and keep the workflow going smoothly. In addition, we do our best to keep our people connected so they can socialize and support each other.

Above all, we wholeheartedly believe in Ukraine’s victory!

This beautiful country shall have a bright future. And our company will continue to do its best to support it in any way we can.

Glory to Ukraine!

Devtorium supports its Ukraine-based teams

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification for Outsourced Software Product Development Company Morebis (Devtorium Group)

We are proud to announce that the outsourcing company Morebis Inc. (morebis.net), which is part of the Devtorium group of companies, received the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate in the ISMS field. We celebrate this as one of the crucial steps in our growth as an outsourced software product development company and an achievement for the entire Devtorium group.

The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification indicates that the accredited company maintains the high international information security standard, which is set by the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission. To prove the right to hold this certification, Morebis Inc. underwent a thorough audit during which the company confirmed:

  • Its ability to implement and maintain an Information Security Management System (ISMS) compliant with the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard.
  • Its readiness to monitor for and protect from threats.
  • Its understanding of the risks and preparedness to comply with all the necessary security obligations.
  • Its skill in managing the team that can successfully build a compliant ISMS.
  • Its ability to support continued information security improvements to the ISMS.

Understanding how to set up and maintain such a high-standard ISMS is a valuable asset of our information security division. Also, we are happy that we can share this knowledge with our customers and help them improve their security with our aid.

While proud of this accomplishment, we would also like to say that we do not believe that this certification is the end. One of our main goals as an outsourced software product development company is to increase our level of security. We also aim to show our customers that their data is completely safe with us. And raising this level of safety is a process we are working on relentlessly even now.

The process is led by our Chief Security Officer, Nataliia Kashuba.

Nataliia Kashuba on the Future of Outsourced Software Product Development Company Morebis and Devtorium Group

Nataliia Kashuba joined the Devtorium group of companies in September 2021 during the merger between Morebis and Devtorium. At the time, she has already been hard at work obtaining the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification.

Nataliia has been working in the information security sector for 15 years. She holds multiple certifications, including the ISO/IEC 27001 Senior Lead Auditor and Data Protection Officer (DPO).

She considers building the company’s ISMS from scratch as one of her most notable accomplishments to date. However, Nataliia believes that one must never stop in their growth. Therefore, she already has multiple plans and goals to improve the Information Security Department in the Devtorium group of companies.

Here’s what she thinks about this milestone:

Q: What does receiving the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate mean for Morebis as an outsourced software product development company?

A: It means we’ve moved up a notch in the outsourcing business. We will have more business opportunities on the global market with this certification.  Moreover, as we have two ISO/IEC certified auditors on staff, we can offer security audits as part of our services. So we can help any business identify vulnerabilities in their systems and avoid disastrous consequences of data breaches.

Q: What new opportunities do Morebis and the Devtorium group of companies have now, after achieving this level?

A: The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate opens many doors for us because many businesses today only agree to work with developers that hold trustworthy security certifications. So we now have a chance to participate in both state and private tenders and seek higher-level clients for development.

Q: What is the next goal for the company’s growth from the point of view of the Chief Security Officer?

A: Oooh, we have so much to work on. We must constantly improve. The security world does not stand still, and we must strive to be one step ahead of threats. That’s why our team of pentesters and security professionals is constantly working to investigate vulnerabilities and build effective strategies for strengthening security systems. The goal is always to minimize risks and prevent attacks. We must also remember that we will undergo multiple auditions for the next few years to prove that our improvement is sufficient to maintain this certification.

Q: What are the biggest information security threats now, and how can the company help its customers protect against them?

A: Alas, but People are the biggest threat 🙂 We can find vulnerabilities and help minimize losses. Information is the most valuable asset. Therefore, many are interested in making money by stealing it. Every piece of information has its price. And we can help save the valuable assets of the company by finding where the weaknesses are and building a strategy of effective defense.

Data is indeed the most valuable asset any business has. From a beauty salon’s customer database to a payment processing system’s financial information, stealing any bit of data can ruin a business entirely. As a software product development company, we work to protect our customers’ data in the best way possible. And we are sure that our Information Security division led by Nataliia can achieve this.

If you are interested in obtaining IT security services from an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified business, contact us!

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