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We use Ionic for the majority of our mobile development projects. Why? Because it is in line with our goal to help our customers get to cash fast. Ionic is in line with our philosophy that an MVP is the best way for you to tackle your custom software project.

Andrew:

Welcome back to another Bixly Tech Tuesday. I am Andrew Savala. I’m the COO at Bixly. And I’m going to be talking with Cody Beardsley, who is one of our most senior developers.

Cody:

Hello.

Andrew:

So, on today’s Tech Tuesday, we’re going to be talking about Ionic for mobile and why we use it, and when does and doesn’t make sense for your project. …


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Staff Augmentation, or outsourcing, can be a great fit for many projects. Because custom software development requires so many skillsets, that generally means you have to hire several people and you have to be enough of an expert to tell if they are quality candidates in each of the areas of expertise. That’s really hard to do! On top of that there’s the overhead of HR, payroll, benefits packages. With Bixly, you get a vetted team, with tons of experience, the brain trust of our entire company, and the ability to add and remove team members when needed.

Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Bixly Tech Tuesday, Cris here, CEO, along with Andrew Savala, COO of Bixly. I appreciate you guys joining up on these episodes and we’re excited today to talk about doing outsourcing versus hiring internally. And here at Bixly, we refer to outsourcing as staff augmentation. So Andrew, this is the first question for you. Explain a little bit more, what is staff augmentation? …


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This year more than ever technology is impacting where and how our students learn. In this episode we discuss everything from how the internet has changed the distribution of information to the amount of tech in classrooms. We also talk about Educeri, a large educational app we built for a curriculum development company and how served their business needs while also creating a platform that got their lessons into the hands of even more teachers!

Hey everyone. Welcome to another episode of Bixly Tech Tuesday. This is Cris here, CEO of Bixly sitting down with Alexandra who works with us here, and I’m going to call for the purposes of this episode, our education extraordinaire. I’ll let you expound on that as we jump into questions, but today’s topic, we’re going to be talking about tech in education and how we’ve seen technology shift over the years, how it plays into the educational space and how, of course we, as Bixly can help you with that. So Alexandra, how do you see basically technology in the education space shifting and how has it shifted over the last few years, 10 years, whatever? …


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So our team has a bit of a wandering eye problem when it comes to technology. We love to be curious and continuously learn technology. Our team kicked off the week with a fun discussion comparing Pug, React, and Svelte, with the consensus being that everyone is interested in trying Svelte on a new project for its speed. They also said Pug works fine on projects that are static and don’t require state management, but it’s a bit older. We work with React a lot. It is fast and handles the state management that Pug does not. The team also suggested using Python with template rendering, like Jinja in place of a static site, which then also led the team to suggest Flask. On the Node side, a comparable suggestion was Nunjucks. …


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The product owner holds a unique position in any software project and they are key to bringing your project to success. The product owner represents the stakeholders and the company for which we build software. They make sure that the success criteria are communicated to us so we can make sure your project stays on track. It’s essential to have one in place for your custom software project.

Hi everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Bixly Tech Tuesday. My name is Alexandra, and today you’re going to be joined by Cris and Andrew as they talk about product ownership. This was a unique role that maybe can be missed sometimes on your team, and it’s really important that you have one. …


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Cody and Andrew discuss the unique considerations you should keep in mind as you work on kiosk projects. While a lot of the software technology can be similar to building websites and mobile apps, the considerations for how it meets your business goals and serves as a public device are completely different.

We are seeing kiosks being implemented even more in the retail space. Kiosks can reduce cashier hours, labor cost, or minimize human errors. Of late, because of Covid, we are seeing an uptick in any kind of self-service opportunities because they reduce human interaction, therefore reducing opportunities for the spread of the virus. As a consumer, you may have noticed the increased footprint of kiosk solutions in your favorite restaurants and shops. This is very much in line with the overall trend of business automation. In addition, many businesses are implementing an express lane with kiosks. This could be with ordering food at your favorite fast food chain or even quickly getting through checkout at your grocery store. It’s convenient for consumers and it increases the speed with which the company can accomplish transactions thereby moving more product. …


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The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly data driven and automated, which means custom software has recently become a big player. Today, Andrew and Alexandra discuss some apps we’ve built for ag companies as well as great use cases for agricultural software.

Let’s take a look at some of the apps that we’ve already built in the agricultural space. One is an app for a company that does produce inspections. Their original process involved a lot of pen and paper, inspecting produce inside cold storage. The goal is to ensure that the produce met the standards of their end clients, usually grocery stores. So we transformed this traditional pen and paper process into a mobile application that could be used on the spot and would still work without internet connectivity. A lot of these big produce warehouses are far from cell towers or even once in cold storage are unable to connect. …


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Project roadmapping is the most valuable thing you can do for your project. It is the best way to figure out what you need to build (and what you don’t) before you get started. With Bixly, at the end of this process you get wireframes, fully defined user stories, a clear roadmap of what the next three months of development will look like, risk assessment, and peace of mind. This is a huge differentiator between working with Bixly and trying to hire developers or find freelancers.

The purpose of project roadmapping is to help our clients achieve success. We help validate their idea to the market. We go beyond timeline and budget, to help identify success criteria. We will research the necessary integrations, whether that’s a third-party database or even hardware integration, to confirm before we get started that these tools can work together well. We also do risk assessment on the project to identify as many potential pitfalls to the project as early as possible. As Cody states, project roadmapping “allows you to test your own business ideas before you go out and actually implement them.” It gives you the opportunity to validate the market and to see if what you want to build is actually feasible with the technology we have today. …


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There are two main ways we structure projects at Bixly depending on our clients’ needs. Andrew and Cris talk about the differences between these two ways of structuring development work. This conversation covers they types of projects each one is suited for, budgeting for each, planning for each, and ultimately setting our clients up for success at launch.

A fixed-bid project is one in which the requirements, timeline, and cost are all defined. The goal is to have as much as possible known up front and we deliver at two or three-week milestones. Time and materials, on the other hand, is where will bill hourly for work. As Andrew says, “We do fixed-bid if it’s a project with a set list of requirements, it has a budget and a timeline. If you say, ‘I need a developer for six months to come alongside my existing team,” we would do that as time and materials.” Time and materials is extremely flexible while a fixed-bid project is extremely predictable. Often times, time and materials (or staff augmentation) is a great fit for clients who are debating whether they should hire someone internally for their project. …


Cris and Andrew get passionate about the value that MVPs bring your product. In this episode of Tech Tuesday, they describe different kinds of MVPs and how they allow you to iterate on your project quickly to maximize your success. Save time. Save money. Discover what your user base wants and needs as early as possible.

First we want to define the difference between UI and UX. As Andrew explains, UX stands for user experience and it has to do with how the interacts and feels about your app, where as UI, user interface, describes the design choices like colors, fonts, and layout that you’ve chosen for your app. …

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