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!

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!

No-Code/Low-Code: Origins

We live in the no-code/low-code technologies era. But to understand how big an impact this truly makes on the development of humankind, it’s crucial to see where it all started. In this article, we’ll share some history of coding evolution and its impact on the technological capabilities of our civilization.

First No-Code/Low-Code Technologies

No-code and low-code technologies are visual-based programming approaches that make coding available to a broader range of specialists. In essence, using this technology, you don’t have to be a skilled developer yourself. You can use the visual interface to build solutions, much like LEGO blocks. This approach is getting extremely popular now. It’s because global digitalization boosts the demand for customized apps that can be used for anything from sorting one’s emails to managing a smart home.

The term low-code was introduced only in 2016. But the technology had been in development for decades prior. In fact, the first technologies that evolved into the low-code of today appeared back in the 1970-1990s as a part of 4the Generation Programming Language and Rapid Application Development.

It might surprise many, but the first no-code platform was Microsoft Excel, released in 1985. It was working with spreadsheets that became the origin of technology that’s revolutionizing our world today.

The development of this tech was pushed forward by cloud computing in 1997 and Salesforce in 2000. Salesforce proclaimed the rise of SaaS and boldly stated that it’s now the end of history for traditional software development.

From then on, it was:

  • 2006 Formstack.
    The first no-code form builder by Ade Olonoh.
  • 2006 Shopify.
    The launch of a no-code eCommerce platform that is currently valued at around $37 billion.
  • 2007 iPhone.
    The launch of the first iPhone triggered the rise of mobile app builders.
  • 2012 Bubble.
    Launch of the first no-code web development platform.
  • 2013 Webflow.
    The first platform that allows for 100% no-code creation of websites and apps.
  • 2018 Microsoft Power Platform.
    PowerBI, Flow, and PowerApps become a part of the platform that grants better connectivity with minimum coding requirements.

Computer assisted software engineering as the origin of low-code.

CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering)

Let’s take a look at how the no-code/low-code approaches evolved. The very first technology using these methodologies was CASE, Computer-Aided Software Engineering. As the name states, this technology implies using computers to facilitate software development. It’s applied to increase quality and reduce the number of bugs.

CASE is a checkpointed approach that helps everyone involved in the project to observe its development milestones. Moreover, it’s used for storing project-related documentation. CASE is an excellent labor-saver, and it helps keep the project organized and increases team productivity.

As of today, this approach is considered outdated because there are more efficient technologies available. However, CASE made a valuable contribution to software development evolution.

CMS (Content Management System)

No-code/low-code approaches are widely used in CMS today. However, due to the versatility of content management systems, applications of these approaches and full code can be used in different combinations. We’ll list some of the best examples.

  • WordPress.
    WP is a monolithic CMS that allows for low-code or completely no-code use from the front-end side of website development. You can literally set up a website using nothing but templates and have zero coding knowledge. Meanwhile, you can take it further by adjusting the PHP and CSS files. Therefore, you can apply the low-code approach.
  • Joomla.
    Joomla comes in second in popularity after WordPress, though it’s dwindling these days. It also offers lots of flexibility for no-code/low-code work. The framework is very user-friendly, so many businesses choose it to enable specialists to do immediate content work.
  • Shopify.
    Visual site builders relying on no-code/low-code technology became extremely popular with the rise of eCommerce. Shopify and similar eCommerce platforms allow launching a store within a day max. Shopify is very flexible regarding the low-code approach as it enables devs to customize the store. Therefore, it effectively resolves the issue of the limited visual branding, which is a problem for no-code platforms that only accept a small number of presets.
  • Wix.
    Wix isn’t exactly a CMS but a visual website builder. It’s one of the trendiest tools of this kind today, which isn’t a surprise. Using Wix requires no coding knowledge whatsoever. You can create websites extremely fast using a wide range of templates for any feature you need.

CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

Application of no-code/low-code approaches allowed to take customer service as a whole to a new level. Customer relationship management systems handle aggregating, processing, and monitoring leads and customers. One can also use them for generating a variety of reports that can have a huge impact on business development.

No-code and low-code technologies make it possible for businesses to handle these tasks with minimal developer involvement. On the other hand, developers can focus on more important tasks and automate customer management for more efficient operation. When used well, these systems can collect and process vast amounts of data from all website interactions and produce valuable insights.

RAD (Rapid Application Development)

You could say that low-code, as we know it today, is a subset of RAD. Rapid Application Development platforms date back to 1991, and some of them evolved into the low-code platforms of today.

All in all, RAD is a part of the technology’s past. Meanwhile, low-code is what’s trending at present. However, RAD is still used occasionally. In particular, RAD is applied in projects that require integrating complex and highly specific business approaches with the UX-first approach.

For example, solutions that would benefit from the RAD approach include features like:

  • SaaS cloud monetization;
  • Multi-tenancy;
  • Developing a single code for cloud, mobile, on-premise, and web apps;
  • Establishing complex business rules;
  • No vendor lock-in.

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

In a way, ERP is a more evolved and enterprise-oriented type of CRM. However, instead of managing customer data and information about their interactions with the business, ERP manages business processes and resources. The purpose of ERP solutions is to plan the most efficient use of resources to improve the overall efficiency and economy of the client-enterprise.

In the best-case scenario, a business should use both CRM and ERP software to enable the highest productivity and efficiency. In this context, no-code/low-code approaches allow the creation of solutions that one can adapt to unique business needs. Therefore, they help achieve the best possible results.

ERP development is where low-code technologies are developing most rapidly today due to high demand. As global markets enter a crisis and competition becomes fiercer, businesses have no choice but to seek maximum process optimization. No-code/low-code technologies provide them with solutions that can constantly achieve that result and improve.

Differences between no-code/low-code and pro-code.

Differences Between No-Code, Low-Code, and Pro-Code

To put it plainly, the difference between no-code, low-code, and pro-code approaches is the level of professional developer knowledge one needs to have to build applications.

With no-code, anyone can create an app even without any specialized knowledge. Low-code approach is more varied and requires some knowledge. It’s best suited for IT professionals or power users who need assistance from the machine to speed up, simplify, and automate processes. Pro-code, as the name suggests, is restricted to professional developers who can write the entirety of code from scratch.

From the app creation point of view, it looks like this:

  • No-code.
    Anyone can use the platform app builder to create a basic app using the ‘blocks’ afforded by the solution. No coding is necessary as the process is more like working with LEGO. Most no-code platforms have a simple drag-and-drop menu and can cater to a wide range of businesses.
  • Low-code.
    Low-code technologies allow customizing existing apps using scripts. You must have a decent understanding of coding. However, it’s rather low-level, so even non-professionals with some coding knowledge can do it. You can also study plenty of helpful guides and other materials online.
  • Pro-code.
    There are but a few things pro-coders cannot do. Regarding apps, they usually work on expanding their functionality through plugins. However, being total pro developers, depending on specialization, they can build an app from scratch.

It’s important to note that low-code and pro-code development aren’t mutually exclusive. It means that pros can use the low-code approach in some of their projects. In fact, this can help boost their overall efficiency and productivity.

How we use no-code/low-code approaches today.

No-Code/Low-Code Applications Today

Applications of no-code/low-code approaches are extremely versatile today. This technology helps strengthen enterprises, enhance smaller businesses, and open new opportunities for everyone.

Here are some examples:

  • Web-based portals for customers.
    Web-based portals are perfectly suited for customers as they enable them to handle many routine tasks. For example, searching for services, getting quotes, making payments, etc. Low-code allows businesses to launch such portals fast. Therefore, they can enhance customer experience and keep improving it continuously.
  • B2C mobile apps.
    Another way to enhance customer experience and satisfaction is by launching mobile apps. Again, low-code technology here allows to speed up the creation of such apps. Moreover, these mobile apps must be highly customizable. Therefore, a business can build a perfect match for its customers.
  • Core systems.
    No-code/low-code technologies offer an alternative to the traditional approaches of either buying a commercial core system or rebuilding the legacy one. The low-code alternative is more cost-efficient and flexible. It uses collaborative agile methodology applied to the application lifecycle. Cloud-native apps built on low-code portals are easily portable and can scale and ensure maximum uptime.
  • Monoliths to microservices transformation.
    Monolithic and microservices architectures both have pros and cons. However, microservices clearly are more popular now. Therefore, the number of enterprises switching to this type is increasing. Realistically, breaking down a monolith into microservices is hard and expensive. Low-code portals facilitate this task. Businesses can use them to launch microservices apps and functionalities. Essentially, today one can use APIs to ‘redevelop’ the architecture.
  • SaaS development.
    Building SaaS products can be challenging and risky. But with low-code platforms, the process becomes cheaper and faster. So, you can create, test, and roll out an app fast and see how it performs to plan future business strategies.
  • IoT-enabled apps.
    IoT solutions increase operational efficiency, but they are complex. No-code/low-code approaches allow easy integration with existing IoT platforms and the development of cost-efficient smart apps.

Devtorium no-code/low-code expert advice!

Presented by Viktor Kalinichenko, Devtorium No-Code/Low-Code Expert

According to Forrester surveys, about 75% of development shops are already adopting no-code/low-code technology or plan to do so. Considering the benefits and cost-savings it offers, this trend will only grow. We are already witnessing an unprecedented rise in low-code use, primarily among developers.

Here at Devtorium, we have it on good authority that no-code/low-code is the future that’s already happening. Our expert on this technology is Viktor Kalinichenko, who has worked in the IT industry since 1999. For over two decades now, Viktor has been watching technological approaches come and go. He used all the options listed above himself. Now he firmly believes that low-code is here to stay for a while. According to his expert opinion, it’s because the technology allows delivering top-grade results fast. Therefore, clients seeking to succeed in competitive markets are creating great demand. And compared to previous computer-assisted development technologies, no-code/low-code portals of today truly get the job done.

To those who wish to study this technology, Viktor recommends starting with something simple and popular, for example, Bubble or WebFlow, which you could learn using Bubble Academy or WebFlow university courses. The community there is also an excellent pointer to valuable materials on the subject. In addition, he says that all you need to jump into the no-code/low-code is to know how to use a mouse and have some business analytics skills. He promises to explain this in more detail in our upcoming articles that will focus on our own no-code/low-code developments and detailed studies of existing solutions.

See you soon in our future posts😉!

Monolithic Vs. Microservices Architecture: Guide to Custom Web Development Company Services

Today we are introducing Oleksandr Volynets, who will help you understand some of the custom web development company services a little better. Oleksandr made a brilliant presentation on modern web application design during our IT Crowd event in Vinnytsia. However, we couldn’t hope to put such a vast amount of information into a single article. So, today you’ll learn about the differences between monolithic and microservices server architectures.

Oleksandr is a true expert in the field of application design. He has been a developer for about a decade and during that time he managed to become a Solution Architect and now the Head of the Back-End Development Department at Devtorium. He holds MS: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 and MCPS: Microsoft Certified Professional certifications.

Throughout his career, Oleksandr worked on numerous projects ranging from eCommerce to messaging and travel apps. However, for all of his extensive experience in development, he says that his dream is to colonize Mars as a first step to Multiverse domination. We wish him luck at that and hope that Devtorium solutions will be the first apps launched on our neighbor planet. 

We also hope that Oleksandr will share more of his developer experience and insights through articles and guides in the future.

Monolithic Vs. Microservices Architecture: What to Choose When Hiring a Custom Web Development Company

Monolithic and Microservices architecture: guide to custom web development company services

As the name implies, a monolithic application is a single app. This architecture is solid and straightforward, just like a monolith. It’s also an excellent choice for specific types of applications. So, you shouldn’t think that microservices are better than monolithic apps by default.

The monolithic architecture consists of a database, client-side UI, and server-side app. All of it is a single logical unit that can run with extreme efficiency and be very secure. Most importantly, these apps are easy to develop. So the cost of such an application will be lower. With this system, you also get a chance to minimize network latency issues.

Monolithic Architecture from a Professional Web Development Company: Pros & Cons

  • Simple to develop.
    Due to its single-unit design, monolithic architecture is simpler to develop and manage. So, creating this kind of app won’t require a big team of experts. All developer tools and IDEs are completely focused on creating one app.
  • Easy to change the app radically.
    If you need to revamp a monolithic application, it would be easier because you can change the code and the database schema, build and deploy.
  • Straightforward to test.
    Due to the straightforward layout of the architecture, the apps are easier to test. So, the entire QA process becomes easier and therefore, more effective.
  • Straightforward to deploy.
    Like building and testing, deploying a monolithic app is also easier because fewer things could go wrong. A developer just needs to install a single file on a server.
  • Simple flow to scale.
    The flow itself is simple to scale because it’s so straightforward. However, it must be noted that scaling an existing monolithic architecture can be difficult if you want to expand its functionality while doing so.

A major problem with a monolith application is that it’s too complex. It’s too large for any developer to understand fully. While it’s easy to make bigger, you don’t get much flexibility in changing it over time. Also, when it grows too extensive, it becomes hard to manage. The deployment time will grow exponentially when the application is big. There is also a risk that one bug or issue will bring down the whole construct in a unified system like this.

Monolith architecture example: guide to custom web development company services

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Microservices Architecture: Flexibility and Scalability

On the other hand, microservices architectures tend to grow highly complex but also extremely flexible. This type of system consists of multiple microservices that work together and communicate using protocols like HTTP, gRPC, async queues, etc. Therefore, the layout of microservices architectures can differ greatly, and more services can be added or removed quickly if needed.

Also, note that each service has its own database in a microservices architecture. That’s part of the reason why these apps can be extremely complex. If you hire a custom web development company to create a microservices-based app, you’ll need to choose wisely. Such systems require a team of professionals to design, build and maintain over time. Also, don’t forget testers who must continuously make sure that every piece runs smoothly with all the others.

Microservices Architecture from a Professional Web Development Company: Pros & Cons

    • Enables continuous delivery and deployment.
      Microservices architecture is particularly well-suited for large and complex applications because it makes it easier to upgrade them. Such a system minimizes deployment time and resources.
    • Services are small and easily maintained.
      While an extensive system of services requires skill and time to manage, single services are effortless to maintain. It facilitates overall system maintenance.
    • Services are independently deployable and scalable.
      Each of the microservices can be deployed individually. Therefore, it can also be improved and scaled to help scale up the system as needed.
    • Enables team autonomy.
      Teams that build and manage microservices architectures can be autonomous. It’s essential for enterprise-level businesses who prefer to outsource custom web development company services at least in part.
    • Allows easy experimentation and adoption of new technologies.
      New technologies are easy to integrate into the system to see how they perform. Therefore, you can continuously test and improve the system once the new tech is released. Most importantly, the process is fast, so you’ll be able to integrate results without disrupting business workflow.
    • Better fault isolation.
      Once a bug or a problem is spotted, it can be effectively isolated. So, your systems as a whole can continue running while the problem is solved. However, it might run at a reduced capacity.
    • Easier to understand and maintain.
      Microservices architecture appears a lot more complex. But it’s actually relatively easy to understand if you look at services individually. From this point of view, maintaining such a system can also be somewhat easier as you don’t have to take down and deploy the entire thing every time.

That said, in a distributed microservices system, communication issues can cause a significant breakdown. Moreover, these apps are more expensive and less secure due to the inherent vulnerabilities of complex design.

Microservices architecture example: guide to custom web development company services

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What Architecture Is Best When Hiring a Custom Web Development Company?

To answer that question, you must clearly see the customer’s goals. It would be incorrect for a custom web development company to proclaim one type of architecture as superior. The choice of what to use best in what situation is determined by the situation.

And remember, you shouldn’t create a microservices app just because it’s trendy now. As Oleksandr likes to remind us, one must first make sure there is an actual need to choose this architecture type before designing a project.

So, anyone looking to launch an app should first look for a professional web development company that can understand their needs and come up with the best solution tailored to the business plan, like us 😉

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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. (, 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!

Best Books for Programmers and Other IT Pros by Andrii Bohatyr

Today we are sharing insights and recommendations for IT pros from our current Head of Development Andrii Bohatyr, who introduces his personal list of the best books for programmers and other IT pros.

Andrii has been working in development for over a decade. During this time he received multiple certifications, including AWS Certified Solutions Architect and SAFe. Although, when asked, he calls himself a ‘regular software engineer aspiring to become an Evil Galactic Emperor’.

The ability to see the best in any situation  and a fantastic sense of humor are highly valued Andrii’s qualities. And so is his focus on teamwork and helping junior developers to grow and realize their potential. It’s not a surprise that he managed to boost the productivity of the company’s development department by 30%.

Andrii always strives to get better at what he does. And today he is sharing some of his favorite sources that can help all developers, QAs, and other IT professionals to reach new heights in their professions.

Best Books for Programmers as Recommended by Andrii Bohatyr

Now’s the moment. You’re standing amidst the dusty bookshelves trying to pick out something robust and relevant. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Developer, young and eager to learn, a Project Manager with your eyes shining, or a QA Engineer with a never-ending itch to explore new horizons. Here you go! Below is a comprehensive compilation for any IT-related professional. I wish I could call it ultimate, but it is rather streamlined in the chaos of modern development hype and trends.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – Robert C. Martin

This one may help you to differentiate “good” and “evil”. It helps you transform an ugly and smelly pile of code into shimmering gold. Naming conventions, formatting, proper commenting, exception handling, unit testing – it’s all there!
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Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction – Steve McConnell

This book emphasizes the construction of software, which is a large part of software development, fostering programmer’s productivity enormously. It covers major aspects of detailed design, coding, and debugging, as well as unit and integration testing. It’s one of the timeless pieces in the art of software development.

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Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design – Robert C. Martin

Uncle Bob writes simply, cleanly, and with enough examples. Also, he’s writing without delving into excessively complicated details. It is a cornerstone to understanding the architecture and building applications as a solid entity. It also explains what the good and bad patterns are. Martin describes some of the software projects from his personal experience and what he learned from them.

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Test-Driven Development: By Example – Kent Beck

The book focuses on TDD practices, showcases, and the implementation of numerous programming tasks. It delivers the mindset and approach when applying test-driven development. The author highlights the Patterns for Test-Driven Development and helps to master TDD as a whole.

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The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master – Andrew Hunt, David Thomas

This book is designed to make you think and challenge yourself and the way you currently do things. Andrew Hunt and David Thomas were kind enough to transform their years of experience and knowledge into a book with practical advice you can apply instantly. This is rather a conversation than a book, it’s easy and fun to read. Each chapter gives tips on multiple topics, such as estimating, testing, debugging, prototyping, effective communication, and much more.

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The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering – Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

The Mythical Man-Month is essentially a collection of old-school articles. But those can still be considered one of the fundamental sources for software engineering. While reading this book it’s hard to deny that software architecture and the personality of an architect can influence the implementation. Some chapters stress that an architect should have their own idea of implementing things while accepting alternative approaches. It’s a must-read as an introduction to project management and leadership.

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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams – Tom DeMarco

It’s one of the best books for programmers about the pitfalls and practices in software development. Its content revolves around managing human resources, having a decent work and office environment, and the “right” people and atmosphere in place. It fosters understanding and introducing a better alignment between team members and a culture of quality. Remember: people are not just resources. That’s what you’ll learn here.

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Role of a Business Analyst in Outsourced Software Product Development by Daryna Volynets

Being a business analyst on an outsourced software product development project is a challenge, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity. So says Daryna Volynets, our expert BA, who faces this challenge every day and loves it. Daryna says that a BA is a person who has to be proficient in a great number of IT and business-related subjects.

Daryna herself has been a business analyst for nearly four years. However, before choosing this profession, she got a well-rounded IT business experience. She’s worked as a PHP developer, PM, HTML coder, HR professional, and even has experience as an SEO specialist.

However, once Daryna discovered business analytics, she fell in love. Now she considers herself to be an ambassador for BA as a profession. She is also a mentor for Devtorium BA trainees and juniors. Therefore, she has a lot of experience explaining what it takes to build a successful career as a business analyst.

Today she is going to share her experience through the article below.

Daryna also made a fantastic presentation about this topic as well as our BA Internship Program during the Devtorium IT Crowd event in Vinnytsia. We are looking forward to learning more from her!

What Business Analyst Does for Outsourced Software Product Development

A BA is a bridge between customers and developers in the IT industry. It means that this person must have expertise in both the information technology and business administration spheres. Moreover, a business analyst must also be proficient in communication. It’s because you will need to liaise between these two sides and reason with both of them.

The goals of a BA are analyzing the company’s needs and the market situation. Then, you use this data to develop strategies to improve business outcomes.

The tasks of an IT business analyst will vary depending on the project. However, generally, they follow the same cycle:

What a business analyst does in outsourced software product development projects.

  1. Initiation phase.
    At this stage, the BA conducts analysis and develops an initial work plan.
  2. Planning phase.
    Next, the BA analyzes the problem and defines the project’s boundaries.
  3. Execution, monitoring & control phase.
    This is the stage where the plan is put into action. The business analyst will monitor every step and control the execution where necessary.
  4. Closure phase.
    Finally, there comes the closure, during which the BA will summarize results and derive insights they can learn from. You will also follow up with the client.

Although these cycle stages are clearly defined, a BA must be fluid and flexible. It’s because new problems or data may emerge, and the entire plan will need to be corrected mid-process. The business analyst must always remain alert for any news and discoveries that might affect the project or market. Therefore, the BA has to monitor the entire process of outsourced software product development.

Requirements Life Cycle Management, or Daily Life of a Business Analyst

Business analysts are people directly involved in managing the life cycle of requirements. It’s a process during which the BA can manage and maintain business requirements and determine all necessary activities. Therefore, it’s a crucial component of the outsourced software product development process.

You can get some idea of how it goes through this scheme:

Requirements life cycle management by a Business Analyst for outsourced software product development projects.

The length and complexity of the approval and some other processes can differ from project to project. However, usually the steps you need to ensure all requirements are identified, analyzed, and added to the project properly include:

  • Identifying the stakeholders
  • Gathering all necessary business requirements
  • Analyzing the requirements
  • Identifying necessary documents
  • Obtaining relevant approvals
  • Communicating with stakeholders regarding the approved requirements
  • Tracking the progress of requirements throughout the entire project
  • Identifying and managing any necessary changes to the original requirements
  • Tracing business requirements progress and reporting on their status

The business requirements gathering process can vary depending on the business’ needs. However, the tools used during it remain the same. These tools and techniques include focus groups research and interviews, documentation analysis, surveys, observations, and brainstorming.

Business requirements tracing is a critical factor in the project’s success. First of all, traceability ensures that each requirement is relevant and contributes to the project’s development. In addition, it tracks the relationships between requirements and their relationships with business needs and project deliverables. A business analyst will trace the requirements, which means they need to have a clear understanding of the business’ needs, direction, mission, and goals.

Business analysts rely on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) developed by the International Institute of Business Analysts for guidance through these processes.

What You Need to Grow From a Junior to Senior Business Analyst

Like in any other profession, your growth from a junior business analyst to senior happens by gaining experience and developing your skills. Admittedly, a BA is a professional who needs expertise in a significant number of subjects. However, this job is rewarding in every way. From the salary point of view, business analysts are highly in demand and can expect to get a decent salary from the beginning. Moreover, the job outlook is great as it’s forecasted that the number of BA jobs will grow by 11% over the next decade. It means that it’s going to be one of the most in-demand jobs for the outsourced software product development industry.

In order to become a successful senior business analyst, you’ll need to gain knowledge in many areas, including:

  • Software development methodologies
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Modeling concepts
  • Requirements types and management
  • Research and development activities
  • Document preparation
  • Project management life cycle
  • Product development life cycle
  • PMO activities
  • Software testing
  • Global business analysis

As a business analyst, you will use a great number of techniques and tools in your work. The most prominent of them include but aren’t limited to:

  • Acceptance and evaluation criteria
  • Backlog management
  • Benchmark and market analysis
  • Brainstorming
  • Business capability and rules analyses
  • Collaborative games
  • Concept modeling
  • Decision modeling and analysis
  • Data mining and modeling
  • Financial analysis
  • Estimation
  • Functional decomposition
  • Mind mapping
  • Metrics and KPIs
  • Observation
  • Organizational modeling
  • Prioritization
  • Process analysis and modeling
  • Prototyping
  • SWOT analysis
  • Risks analysis and management
  • Roles and permissions matrix
  • Scope modeling
  • Use cases and scenarios
  • Vendor assessment

To put it in a different way, a business analyst’s competency model looks like this:

Duties and competences of a business analyst in an outsourced software product development company.

So, Can Outsourced Software Product Development Projects Succeed Without a Business Analyst?

Frankly, business analytics consulting services are crucial for the success of any IT project. So, a successful outsourced software product development company should have its own team of talented business analysts.

It’s also important to remember that business analysts work not only within the software development outsourcing industry. These professionals can use their expertise to analyse markets and businesses and offer insights that can be used when:

  • Opening and staffing new departments
  • Restructuring existing companies
  • Resolving any business issues from logistics to cost reduction
  • Performance quality improvements

Business analysis is everywhere, the only question is who has the foresight to do it. Essentially, a BA is a person who must be proactive in order to identify issues problems and find solutions before the problem arises.

Our expert Daryna also notes that to be a good BA in the IT sphere, you need to enjoy communicating with people as much as you love technology. This job requires a lot of communicating and you should be highly efficient in it.

Being a business analyst is very rewarding. It’s not only because you are a crucial part of the team’s success. This work will throw tests at you every day. Moreover, you get to be the person who finds the solution and guides the entire project to success. If this is the kind of work you want to do, become a part of our team!

Your Helpers on the Way of the Business Analyst

As an expert BA herself, Daryna made a list of materials that can help beginners in this profession:

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Artificial Intelligence Software Development: First Exposure to Computer Vision

Oleksii Makarov is one of the leading experts on artificial intelligence software development at Devtorium. During our recent IT Crowd event in Vinnytsia, Oleksii made a short presentation about computer vision. This technology is undoubtedly exciting and already has a huge impact on the world. Today, Oleksii will tell us more about what it is and how computers learning to ‘see’ affects our everyday lives. With his 21 years of experience and a passion for math, Oleksii can make this complicated subject easy to understand.

What Is Computer Vision for Artificial Intelligence Software Development?

In the simplest way possible, computer vision is a set of technologies that aims to make computers process images in a manner similar to human vision. However, the math behind the process is a lot more complicated.

One thing you need to know first is that computer vision technology already exists. It’s used in a variety of ways, including SaaS development. In fact, each of us has been exposed to it multiple times. However, you likely don’t even realize how often you come in touch with this AI-based software development product.

Also, it’s crucial to note that computer vision was somewhat limited until the recent jump in artificial intelligence software development. Due to advancements in deep learning and neural networks, this technology can now surpass human vision in some capacities. But, this particular level of computer vision is only about a decade old.

In ten short years, this technology achieved outstanding results in many areas. It means that we can expect more global transformations powered by AI-driven software development.

Of course, tech plays a significant part in this leap. However, the main driver behind the growth of computer vision and artificial intelligence software development is data.

As a society, we generate tons and tons of data. And AI learns by processing these massive databases. Just image-wise, there are over three billion pictures shared online in a single day. Every day. So, AI and computer vision have an opportunity to become better at an unprecedented rate.

Already this technology is capable of processing images at extreme speeds and identifying objects with 99% accuracy. The results of these processes are used everywhere, from crime investigation to marketing and self-driving cars.

AI-Based Software Development: Deep & Machine Learning Technologies

One of the leading technologies used in computer vision is machine learning. To be exact, this type of tech uses its subset called deep learning. Deep learning methodology learns through neural networks, enabling it to improve with every progressive deeper layer of data.

This machine learning method is currently used in computer vision and other vital areas of artificial intelligence software development. The industries where it makes the most significant impact include:

For computer vision, deep learning algorithms enable machines to understand the context of visual data they process. That’s how computers eventually learn to tell one image from another and identify similarities or differences. Computer processing can be much more powerful and faster than the human brain. Therefore, applying computer vision in various real-life situations makes it possible for machines to identify minor discrepancies in images. So, they can alert humans of any potentially dangerous inconsistencies.

AI-based software development powered by deep learning algorithms makes it possible to have machines ‘look’. However, they do not perceive images the way we do. Instead, they break down a single image into layers of pixels. That’s where convolution neural networks come into play.

convolution and deconvolution networks in computer vision and artificial intelligence software development

Convolution and Deconvolution Networks in Computer Vision AI-Driven Software Development

“Alert! This might sound convoluted, but it’s actually not so bad”. It’s what Oleksii says when he starts explaining the neural networks technology used in computer vision. In order to make computers see, artificial intelligence software development engineers use convolution networks. Simply put, this is a process of machine breaking down the image into layers and layers of pixels. Each following layer is simpler and therefore less understandable for humans. But to a machine, they are the true ‘objects’ its ‘vision’ can process.

The machine will run predictions based on what it’s seeing and eventually trigger a deconvolution process. Basically, it’s the opposite of convolution. And predictive data analysis powered by Ai is a popular technology today.

We see the results of these complicated mathematical processes within AI-powered systems of computer vision through the actions of machines. You can find the easiest to understand example in self-driving cars. First, the machine recognizes the shapes of all objects within its ‘field of vision’. Then, it runs multiple iterations of predictions. And the car uses the data to drive and safely avoid obstacles.

Artificial intelligence software development computer vision tasks: classification and segmentation.

Artificial Intelligence Software Development: Computer Vision Tasks

When you get down to the heart of it, computer vision is all about pattern recognition. Essentially, it performs two main tasks: classification and segmentation. Machines learn to identify objects and segment images into multiple views to make predictions.

Processes involved in computer vision analysis include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Object classification: understanding the category of an object.
  • Object identification: Understanding the exact type of an object.
  • Object detection: determining where the object is located within the image.
  • Object verification: verifying whether the object is present in the image.
  • Object segmentation: breaking down the object image into layers of pixels.
  • Object recognition: identifying objects in the image and their locations.

How Computer Vision Technology in Artificial Intelligence Software Development Will Change the World

Unsurprisingly, Oleksii gets many questions about the applications of computer vision and the impact of this tech on the world. According to him, the scope of it is nearly impossible to define because this technology has tremendous potential.

Oleksii believes that the main areas of computer vision, as well as AI-based software development implementation, will be:

  • Autopilot technologies, which will revolutionize the transportation sector as a whole. This won’t stop at self-driving cars as piloting other modes of transport can be automated. Moreover, machine pilots can be more efficient and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Healthcare research is another area where the capabilities of artificial intelligence software development are tremendous. Already some companies use AI to predict the human body’s reactions and develop medications based on this data. For example, DeepMind is one of the leaders in this innovative industry.

To those worried that machines will take away human jobs, Oleksii recommends to stay calm. Of course, automation will make some professions redundant. However, many other new jobs will appear in response to global and technological changes.

To those interested in learning more about computer vision and artificial intelligence development software, Oleksii suggests the following resources:

  • TowardsDataScience: great portal with news about the latest AI tech developments.
  • 3Blue1Brown: a YouTube channel where high-level maths is explained in simple and easy-to-understand terms.
  • Jeff Heaton: a YouTube channel by a Ph.D. VP, Data Science at RGA, Adjunct at Washington University, St. Louis, who explains neural networks and other technologies in a simple way.

If you want to talk to Oleksii regarding artificial intelligence software development or engage our services to create an AI of your own, contact us!


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