Desuvit AS https://www.desuvit.com Desuvit AS Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.desuvit.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-desuvit-icon-32x32.png Desuvit AS https://www.desuvit.com 32 32 Things to consider when developing Custom/Turn-key Solutions https://www.desuvit.com/things-to-consider-when-developing-turn-key-solutions/ https://www.desuvit.com/things-to-consider-when-developing-turn-key-solutions/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:54:02 +0000 http://www.desuvit.no/?p=238323 Web portals or turnkey solutions are time and cost-effective ways to bring your idea to life or automate your business, without going through the tough process of design, project management, implementation, and hosting of the software solution.

Build V/s Buy

Before deciding to build a Custom/TurnKey solution you should do some online research and analysis to find if there is already an off-the-shelf solution that can meet your requirements. When trying to map your requirements with the features available in the existing solution you should think both short term and long term. If time to market is one of the prioritized criteria (short term) then buying an existing solution that meets most of your criteria can be a good strategy. When defining your requirement always think about Minimum Viable Product (MVP), which becomes even more important if the time to market is a critical factor for the solution.

One challenge with off-the-shelf products over the long term can be that features required in later phases are not available in the product, or the product is not extensible enough to support developing such features. Look for extensibility points in the product, and how easy/difficult it is to extend in case the need be. This might not be too important in short term perspective, but for the long term, the product extensibility can be a major factor.

If the existing off-the-shelf product does not meet the needs of your business or idea or requires too much customization which essentially increases the cost of ownership, then a Custom/Turn-Key solution approach can give you the total flexibility and control over the solution while keeping the cost in control. This becomes quite cost-effective over the long term as you have full control of the solution.

Custom solution development requires patience and time. If you do not have an IT department then Turnkey solutions are ideal. Turn-key solutions then give you cost-effective ways to bring your idea to life or automate your business, without going through the tough process of design, project management, implementation, and hosting of the software solution. Since most of the Turn-Key solutions have some common features (like user management, monitoring, notification, etc.) which can boost development, look for development partners who already have developed such solutions. This will save you some cost and time.

At Desuvit, we have developed such custom solutions which will give your TurnKey solution a kick start saving both money and time. Talk to us to help you decide if you should buy or build a solution to solve your business problem.

Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

A Minimum Viable Product or MVP, is a product with enough features to attract early-adopter users and validate a product idea early in the product development cycle. In industries such as software, the MVP can help the product team receive user feedback as quickly as possible to iterate and improve the product.

Keeping the MVP thinking with the first version of the product/solution will ensure that you develop the software that matters (and eliminate waste) and keep the cost in control. If your time-to-market is a crucial factor in developing the solution then it becomes extremely important that you focus on the features that are an absolute must for the solution.

When planning for the first version of the solution it is a natural tendency to add as many features as possible to make it “complete”. The thought generally is that maybe some users will like this feature and another user might like another feature so we will target both the feature as they both are useful and will cover more user base. This cannot be further from the truth, especially for the first version of the solution. Users behave differently and it is difficult to predict user behavior in advance. The feature development based on user behavior data or user feedback (with an iterative approach) will ensure that you are developing what your user wants and is needed, instead of assuming and developing features that users might not want or does not need.

Minimum Viable Product consists of only the most important feature of your solution — nothing more or less. MVP always saves resources such as time and money since you’re testing the absolute core functionality of your product.

Agile Development Methodology

There are many methodologies today for developing software solutions, but one methodology which has been quite effective and proven is Agile Methodology. The methodology is focused on creating software that matters. It places customers (i.e. the user of the software) at the center, which then ensures that the software is developed in accordance with and collaboration with the customer. This helps keep the software development in the right direction and eliminates waste.

The Agile Manifesto is a declaration of the values and principles expressed in agile methodology. It is made up of four foundational values and 12 key principles. The first principle of Agile Manifesto is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software

The two most important words in the first principle are “early” and “continuous”. Early delivery of the software ensures that one is building the software with the required intended features from the beginning. In the traditional Waterfall model approach, the software development process will have different phases with long periods so any misunderstanding in the requirement was discovered very late in the development. The cost of changing the software will be huge. Agile methodology fixes the issue by the “early delivery” guiding principle.

Releasing the software early for the verification/testing purpose solve one part of the problem. The software also needs to be “continuously” published so the feedback can be continuously given and thus making sure that the development is in the right directions always, and not just at the beginning of the development.

The term Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) is used in the IT industry that explains the process of “continuous” development. Continuous Integration means that the code is tested (with automation test) as soon as the developer commits the code so any bug can be caught as early as possible. Continuous Deployment means the code is deployed to a test server where it can be then manually (or sometimes automated) tested to ensure the development meets the requirement.

There are many tools (open source and otherwise not so expensive) available that automatically deploy your changes to the test server as soon as the code is committed. If you are working with .Net and Azure cloud then Azure DevOps is a natural choice as it gives you both CI/CD capabilities and a lot of it free or available at a reasonable price.

TeamCity, Octopus Deploy, Jenkins are few of the other tools which give you CI/CD capabilities. Depending on your needs and technology you can choose between different available tools. Setting up the CI/CD pipeline, in the beginning, will help you keep your software development in the right direction.

Test Early and Continuously

There are many methodologies today for developing software and mobile apps, but one methodology which has been quite effective and proven is Agile Methodology. The methodology is focused on creating software that matters. It places customer (i.e. the user of the software) at the center, which then ensures that the software is developed in accordance with and collaboration with the customer. This helps keep the software development in the right direction and eliminates waste.

The Agile Manifesto is a declaration of the values and principles expressed in agile methodology. It is made up of four foundational values and 12 key principles. The first principle of Agile Manifesto is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software”.

The two most important words in the first principle are “early” and “continuous”. Early delivery of the software ensures that one is building the software with the required intended features from the beginning. In the traditional Waterfall model approach, the software development process will have different phases with long periods so any misunderstanding in the requirement was discovered very late in the development. The cost of changing the software will be huge. Agile methodology fixes the issue by the “early delivery” guiding principle.

Releasing the software early for the verification/testing purpose solve one part of the problem. The software also needs to be “continuously” published so the feedback can be continuously given and thus making sure that the development is in the right directions always, and not just at the beginning of the development.

Monitoring

How do you ensure that the system is stable and there are no bugs in the solution after it has been released? If you have a registration page and there are errors when the user registers, then the bug can cost you your potential user. But most importantly, the question is how many users will you lose before you find the problem? Monitoring your system is one of the most important things that is often ignored and added at the end. Do not do this mistake.

Setting up monitoring is not hard; it is just ignored as it is a non-functional feature of a system. Adding monitoring from the beginning of the development phase will also help you identify the bugs at the earliest. Keeping an eye on the health of the system is an important non-functional feature that should be prioritized on your project development board. Here is some statistics that will help you understand the importance of monitoring your systems as early as in the development phase.

Here are some statistics that will help you understand the importance of monitoring your systems as early as in the development phase.

In 2016, the software failures cost the worldwide economy $1.1 trillion. These failures were found at 363 companies, affected 4.4 billion customers, and caused more than 315 years of time lost. Most of these incidents were avoidable, but the software was simply pushed to production without proper tests.

To illustrate: if a bug is found in the requirements-gathering phase, the cost could be $100. If the product owner doesn’t find that bug until the QA testing phase, then the cost could be $1500. If it’s not found until production, the cost could be $10,000. And if the bug is never found, it could be secretly costing the company money.

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A 2003 study commissioned by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology found that software bugs cost the US economy $59.5 billion annually.

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Monitoring is one of the organization’s biggest challenges since it’s the beginning of your end-to-end business process. Rapid application UI changes demand quick automation and the ability to adapt on-the-fly. That is why monitoring is quite important for your entire system.

In Closing

There are lots of factors to consider when developing custom or a Turn-key solution. Properly analyzing your options can give you better ROI with the chosen solutions. Contact us if you need help and guidance on deciding the right strategy.

 

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5 ultimate tips to drive crazy traffic to your Website https://www.desuvit.com/5-ultimate-tips-to-drive-crazy-traffic-to-your-website/ https://www.desuvit.com/5-ultimate-tips-to-drive-crazy-traffic-to-your-website/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:53:01 +0000 http://www.desuvit.no/?p=238320 Site structure refers to how you organize your website’s content. A website often consists of content on a variety of – related – topics, presented on posts and pages. Site structure deals with how this content is grouped, linked and presented to the visitor.

Here are the most important practices about website development that you should always consider when developing websites.

Information Architecture (IA)

Have you ever been on a website that was so badly organized you couldn’t find the information you knew was on the site? You spent way too much time digging around, or maybe even left the site in frustration. This, my friends, is the effect of poor information architecture. IA is the way a website is structured, sequenced, and grouped. Good IA enables users to navigate intuitively so that they find what they’re looking for in the shortest time and with the least effort possible, all while being engaged with your site. When IA is done well, the user doesn’t even notice the structure of information.

It is important that the content on the website should be accurate, noticeable and informative. Because an average Internet user does not have enough time to read each word. They want to quickly get to the page where the information is actually. Correct use of headings, sub-headings, paragraphs, bullets, or lists helps to break down the text to format, making it easier for readers to scan.

Responsive Design

Responsive website design enables site designers to create once and publish the same content everywhere, for all devices. It is a website development philosophy of rendering web pages in an efficient, optimized and easy-to-read format across a variety of devices and web browsers on different platforms.

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Responsive design is now a critical approach that advises the development of any website that responds to the user’s choice and behavior. The style includes intellectual use of mixes, flexible grids, layouts, formats, images and CSS media queries. If any user switches from one to another device i.e. mobile to desktop then the website automatically adjusts for resolution, image size, and scripting capabilities. There should not be any impact on the user experience.

Optimizing Technical Performance

Technical performance is the driver of your website; it depends on the ease with which your visitors will be able to visit and interact with your site: it is, therefore, a crucial aspect of website optimization. Complementing SEO, technical optimization also determines performance factors that will influence your site’s Google ranking.  The technical performance of your website depends on these points.

Fast Load Times

The Google search engine also declared that if the loading speed of your website is 2.9 seconds, it is almost 50% faster than the web. If loaded in 1.7 seconds, it is about 75% faster than the web. Excessive loading speed is 0.8 seconds and is about 94% faster than the web.

Speed of the website is quite important. It does not only affect your user response, but also Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs)

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The correct loading time can enhance more traffic than a slow website.

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A site can be slowed down for any number of reasons. However, there are several (fantastic) tools that will give you a quick appraisal of the situation:

Effective Navigation

Disturbances on the website can be harmful, so it is an important factor that good usability must be in place for good navigation. Simply HTML or JavaScript menus work best and appear consistent across all browsers and platforms. Clutter-free navigation is also equally important. The number of tabs in the menu bar should be limited and not so confusing for users. Sub-navigation or a drop-down menu may work better on a large site with many sections and pages.

Keep it consistent.

First, you should aim at establishing and maintaining visitors trust in your website. This trust is important to increase your website conversion. How to enhance trust from one visitor versus the next varies tremendously, which is also why creating personas for your website is so crucial.

To enhance visitors’ trust on your website you can focus on these areas:

  • Value Proposition
  • Design Aspects
  • Continuity
  • External Reputation
  • Social Proof
  • Membership/Professional Organization or Affiliation

Keep it simple.

There is no need to get too fancy navigation when designing your website navigation. Straightforward navigation wins over complex navigation anytime. Check the navigation of this website.

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If you check this, can you really identify website navigation? While many designers would love the design of the LBVD website, most visitors will think that the website is screaming at them. But the question however is, what the target audience of the website would think of it?

 

Orient your visitors

Your only 20% of visitors are in the action buying stage. These visitors are typically highly motivated and know what they are looking for. They have decided to buy, and if you present them with the right information, you can convert them. Another 20% to 30% of your site visitors landed there by mistake. There is little you can do about these visitors. The remaining 50% is still early in the buying funnel.

Match the visitor’s language

If your visitors are looking to a product having specific features, then forget about using manufacturer or industry terminologies. There should be a direct conversation to the visitors who are surfing your website and whom you are trying to convert. This, of course, will be challenging if different segments of your website visitors use different terms for the same feature. We see this lot with websites that serve customers from different parts of the world.

Valid Markup & Clean Code

Clean coding and structural data testing are very important. Clean coding ensures that the website will load fast and responsive across browsers and devices. An invalid HTML Markup could affect google crawl rate which essentially will affect your website rating on Google searches. Use Google structured data testing tool to check the validity of your markup.

Here are some tips to follow:

  • Valid HTML tags.
  • Use Easy navigation and interactive design for users.
  • Use the correct tag for all fields.
  • Keep navigation fields to a minimum.
  • Give suggestions and advice.
  • Screen appreciation or full message.

Backup Routines

Many researches show that 98% of businesses do not back up all of their data on a priority basis. Although this statistic shows there is an effort being made to backup, there are gaps in the process. The same research revealed that amongst 70% of SMBs who do backup are not fully confident in their backup operation.

Due to this many organizations that fail to implement consistent and robust backup procedures are at risk. There are many threats that can lead to data loss and the results can be damaging. There are many sources available to store your backup online. It can be accessed from anywhere at any time. You can store your backups on google drive, dropbox, ftp etc. but make sure you have your backup routines setup so in case of unfortunate circumstances you can retrieve your data easily.

In closing

Following the guidelines defined above your website can stand out both in terms of usability, but also easily searchable. A good website can lift up our potential client base. Contact us if you need to get your website up and running so you can attract more customers.

 

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6 Things to consider when developing Mobile Apps https://www.desuvit.com/6-things-to-consider-when-developing-mobile-apps/ https://www.desuvit.com/6-things-to-consider-when-developing-mobile-apps/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:51:53 +0000 http://www.desuvit.no/?p=238317 Have you ever wondered how much time we spend on our mobile devices? By all accounts, the average time we spend on mobile devices is almost 2 hours 57 minutes daily!! This isn’t astounding considering the fact that we use mobile apps for every single task right from booking a ride, shopping online, messaging a friend, browsing the web, checking social feeds and even transferring money.

A mobile app can be a money-spinner for your business. It can help you to expand your business reach and users get to know about your products or services. With a good mobile app, you can target a lot of customers for your business and generate new streams of income. However, it’s not as straightforward as it seems.

Discovery & Market Research

Before going straight to developing the mobile app you should accomplish a need analysis in the form of market research. Sometimes a mobile app is not needed and these questions will help you decide:

  • What is the real need for a mobile app?
  • Can you build a responsive website instead?
  • Why should your users need a mobile app?
  • How will your user use it?
  • Why will these users be motivated to begin using your app, and continue to use it into the future?
  • If you are launching a business idea, do you have a competition?
  • How will your business/app be different from your competitor?
  • What value does your mobile app bring to your user’s life?

These questions should help you answer the very first question of deciding to develop a mobile app for your business. Conduct market surveys to validate your idea. Timing plays an important role when launching new business/app ideas. Many businesses and app ideas have succeeded because they were launched at the right time. Keeping in touch with the market and doing adequate analysis can help you succeed.

Sometimes giving your business a turn can be a very valid strategy to being successful. For instance, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger put their hard effort of one year to develop an iOS-based, check-in app called Burbn. After launching the app, the team made a wise decision to re-evaluate the market. They had found that they were late to the game as the market was already dominated by Foursquare. After that, they removed all the features, leaving just photo-sharing, commenting and liking. They re-branded their business as Instagram. The rest is just history.

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Using Multiple Platforms (iOS and Android)

There are millions of apps on Google Play Store and iOS App Store and sometimes it is quite difficult to decide which platform is really suitable for your App. Are most of your potential user’s only one of the platforms or both? Is your app based on features available exclusively on one of the platforms? Will your app in the future be available on both platforms? These questions are very important when deciding on developing the app. Do proper research to decide on the target platforms.

In our experience, we have seen that it benefits the business to have apps on both the platforms as they are equally popular and users have different preferences. Unless there is some feature exclusively available on only one of the platforms, it is better to launch the app on both the platforms.

Working with many customers to get their mobile app launched into stores, we have observed that targeting both the popular platforms i.e. iOS and Android can double your potential customer base. A lot of times our clients think the cost of developing the app for both the platforms is almost double and so they downplay it to keep the costs in check. But there are technologies available today that can be used to develop the app for both the platforms with as little as 20-30% extra cost.

User Experience (UX)

When it comes to mobile apps of today, a poor UX can make or break your Mobile App. Apple has a policy regarding user experience as they check every app functionality and set the parameter for the user-friendly app. A mobile user never gets back to the apps that have a bad user experience. A mobile user has a different view and expects that the mobile app will provide them the best possible user experience. Failing to meet the expectation can cost you.

Netflix is the most popular platform for Movies, TV shows and web series streaming apps in the world, but they keep themselves on toes to keep working on enhancing the user experience for their users. “Continue Watching” is one of the best UX features of Netflix which allows you to start exactly from where you left last time. Although it is a very simple feature but provides an extremely useful user experience for the user.  Good UX is very important for the success of a mobile app and should be paid extra attention.

Focus on Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

It is not always a good strategy to add many features to your mobile app because adding too many features can make it complex and confusing. Adding too many unnecessary features in an app makes it dense and heavy. Sometimes, few but highly useful features make your app more composed, purposeful and easy to understand.

This becomes extremely important when releasing the first version of the app. When planning for the first version of the app it is a natural tendency to add as many features as possible to make the app successful. The thought generally is that maybe some users will like this feature and another user might like another feature so we will cover more user base. This cannot be further from the truth, especially for the first version of the app.  Users behave differently and it is difficult to predict user behavior. The feature development based on user behavior data or user feedback (with iterative approach) will ensure that you are developing what your user wants and needs, instead of assuming and developing features that users might not want or do not need.

Minimum Viable Product consists of only the most important feature of your solution — nothing more or less. MVP always saves resources such as time and money since you’re testing the absolute core functionality of your product. Before launching your App, a BETA version can help you to get better ideas to add necessary features. Ask as many test users as you can to test your app’s user experience and get feedback as early as possible.

When Google announced Wave, the service was supposed to be a collaboration tool that would have features like email, instant messaging, blogging, wikis, multimedia management and document sharing. It failed!! There were many reasons that led to Google Wave failing but the main reason was adding too many features on a single page. It overwhelmed the users.

Test Early and Continuously

There are many methodologies today for developing software and mobile apps, but one methodology which has been quite effective and proven is Agile Methodology. The methodology is focused on creating software that matters. It places customers (i.e. the user of the software) at the center, which then ensures that the software is developed in accordance with and collaboration with the customer. This helps keep the software development in the right direction.

The Agile Manifesto is a declaration of the values and principles expressed in agile methodology. It is made up of four foundational values and 12 key principles. The first principle of Agile Manifesto is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software”.

The two most important words in the first principle are “early” and “continuous”. Early delivery of the software ensures that one is building the software with the required intended features from the beginning. In the traditional Waterfall model approach, the software development process will have different phases with long periods so any misunderstanding in the requirement was discovered very late in the development. The cost of changing the software will be huge.  Agile methodology fixes the issue by the “early delivery” guiding principle.

Releasing the software early for the verification/testing purpose solves one part of the problem. The software also needs to be “continuously” published so the feedback can be continuously given and thus making sure that the development is in the right directions always, and not just in the beginning of the development.

 

Both Apple and the Google Android platform support publishing test version of the app in the store so you can test the app from the beginning and continuously. Check the articles below to publish your test version on each of the platforms.

Marketing Strategy

In today’s world where users are bombarded left and right with advertisements, how does one get “found” in the noise?  After you have developed the app, how do you make sure that users will find your app in the store among millions already there? Only development of an APP is not enough. Without a good marketing strategy, it is difficult for your app to be found by your potential users.

Growth hacking, a term often used now within startups domain is a marketing strategy which aligns the product, marketing and development departments together to develop product features in according to the overall business strategy. This means that you do not do marketing activities after you have developed your product, but marketing and other development activities go hand in hand so that the overall impact of the product effective when the product is launched.

One does not always need to adopt a growth hacking strategy for marketing, but without a doubt, if you want your app to be found in the pool of millions of app then you should focus on the marketing as early as possible in the mobile app development journey. Other approaches can also be taken in addition to better visibility of your app in the market.

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a technique used today for the Websites so the businesses and products can be found online. Similarly, App Search Optimization (ASO) is a technique that can be used to have more possibilities (better ranking) of being found on mobile stores.
  • You can also use a separate web blog section for your product or services so to spread more awareness
  • Posting on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media platforms will help you gain traction.
  • Engage in forums that are related to your product/services.
  • Create a You-Tube channel or videos to update your services or upcoming product details.

In Closing

Between the mobile app development processes, these nine mistakes are committed far too often. One should avoid them in order to ensure the mobile app’s success. We are the best mobile app and web development company aimed to produce intelligible and stunning apps and sites for your business. Our developing ninjas are capable of developing the most complex applications, seamlessly. Consider us to be your best technology partner.


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