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Day: January 6, 2016

What to Look for in a Software Development Company

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When looking for a software developer for your business, there are two major factors to use in making your decision: technical knowledge and the ability to understand your needs. Technical competence will help you reach your goals on time, but corporate empathy is what allows the right software company to intuitively grasp the best software choices for your business. This synergy comes from working with industry leaders who understand your precise business needs and are there to help accomplish your software goals.

Technical Knowledge: Competence to Fulfill Your Software Development Needs

Modern software design is complex and multi-faceted, and that means that while coding is an essential part of what a software developer does, genuine technical knowledge and awareness of the technologies are what they are working in, which will help them bring your particular application to life. The easiest way to review the potential competence of a particular software developer is to take a look at case studies to see both what they have done as well as what they are capable of.

Technical knowledge is often multidisciplinary, and any particular application may require a team handling different aspects of a company’s particular needs. Developers will often need not only to have programming skills but also strategies and road maps which will help you reach your particular goals.

Often, a mobile strategy and a desktop strategy will need to be applied in harmony depending on who will be using the software. The reach of the project is another determination, whether it will be company-facing (internal) or client-facing (external). Because of the wide range of possibilities that come with any particular project, you can be sure that a competent software development company will not be assigning you a developer, but rather a development team which works together to execute precisely according to your company’s goals.

Understanding Your Unique Goals: How the Right Software Developer Can Help You Deploy More Effectively

Every company’s software needs are different, and because of that, planning is almost as important as execution. A holistic approach must often be considered for software development, because the size and scope of what needs to be done can vary from company to company. A national newspaper, for example, will not take the same approach as a large university website. Where precisely a user will need the most attention and where interactive functionality will serve more of a purpose are questions that need to be approached on a case-by-case basis. 

Because of this, the right software development company is there to help guide you through the process of creating a successful road map to deployment of the project. Software development, despite the precision associated with it, is just as much about how the user feels comfortable with it as it is about “getting the job done”.

Because of this, successful software development companies are not simply about coding, but are about making sure that the company’s needs are being addressed through their projects. The real human element is something that must be considered through every step of the development process, and it begins with the developer’s own client from day one. 

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Apple Pay may have found its perfect market in China

Apple Pay could be a bigger hit in China than in the US.

As Apple Pay expands to China in early 2016, analysts think conditions are ripe for Apple’s mobile wallet to be a hit with consumers there.

American shoppers have been wary of Apple Pay so far—only 15% of US iPhone 6 owners have even tried it. Many analysts say this is because mobile payments are still new and unfamiliar in the US.

That’s not the case in China—AliPay, a mobile wallet owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has 350 million registered users, and 2.28 billion mobile transactions took place in China in the second quarter of 2015 alone. In addition, there are already a lot more payment terminals that support Apple Pay in China than in the US.

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A large percentage of the iPhone’s in China should work with Apple Pay. According to research from TechPinions‘ Ben Bajarin (paywall), 50% of the iPhones in China will be Apple Pay-compatible by Q2 2016. By comparison, Bajarin estimates 40%-45% of iPhones in the US are Apple Pay-ready. (Apple Pay requires a technology called NFC, and only new iPhone’s have the necessary chip.)

It’s hard to pin down how many iPhone’s have been sold there because Apple only reports “Greater China” sales, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong (another country where Apple Pay is expanding this year). However, China has been driving iPhone sales for the past few quarters, suggesting plenty of phones are ready for tapping on terminals.

All told, conditions couldn’t be better: retailers are ready to support the technology (which has been an issue in the US), consumers are comfortable and experienced with mobile payments, and a lot of iPhones are Apple Pay compatible. That combination could make China more important than the US for Apple Pay.

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