This Old Software: Four Tips On Modernizing Aging Business Software

January 25, 2018
Jeffrey Palermo

Long before HGTV came on the scene, back when I was a teenager growing up in a small town in south-east Texas, I used to love watching the PBS home renovation show “This Old House.” The show followed a team of home-building experts as they carefully renovated an older home over a few months time to build in the modern features people expect from their home.

What I loved to see was an old...

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Five Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring Software Engineers

January 09, 2018
Rayne Fulton

There is probably no worse use of a company’s resources than hiring and investing in a new employee who either is not a good fit or turns out to be lacking in some key skills. This is especially true for software engineers.

It’s not that software engineers, who often go by the term software developers, are any more ‘important’ than other skilled employees. It’s because software engineers have...

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Five Advantages Of Hiring Custom Software Development Firms From Texas

January 05, 2018
Jeffrey Palermo

When outsourcing custom software development, it pays to stay in Texas.

 

For most small and midmarket companies based in Texas, the case for keeping software development here in the Lone Star State is more compelling than ever. Indeed, the reality of outsourcing software development to countries like India is that it’s not always the best or cheapest alternative for a company to pursue....

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My Software Developer Just Quit: How To Find A New One For My Small Department

January 04, 2018
Jeffrey Palermo

If this just happened, and you are the operations executive at your firm, you may be a bit stressed at the moment. The Internet is littered with articles that discuss reasons developers and software engineers quit their jobs at otherwise high-profile tech companies.

The fact is software developers quit all types of companies. If you are a company that is not in the Fortune 5000, and your...

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Why You Should Care More About Your Software Development Process

January 03, 2018
Colin Pear

Throughout my software development career I have worked at startups and well established companies of various size and industry. The one thing I can say is that all of them had fundamental issues with their software development processes; ones that could be easily remedied or improved on if they would have only been willing to change the way they viewed building software.

The three biggest...

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What You Should Know About Agile Development and Agile Teams

November 30, 2017
Rayne Fulton

Agile is a software development methodology that has been around for a couple of decades now. However, many executives and managers at mid-market companies who depend upon custom software to run critical operations are still relatively unfamiliar with what Agile is, who participates in an Agile team, and how it can add value to their bottom-lines.

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The Top Seven Myths About Custom Software Development

November 22, 2017
Rayne Fulton

Custom software has taken a lot of hits to its reputation over the years. Some of it may have been understandable, given relative newness of the industry back in the 80s and even early 90s. Frankly, a lot of these beliefs are unfounded or have been architected out of software development as the industry overall has evolved to become more efficient, process-driven, and customer focused.

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Why Modernizing Your Legacy Software Is Like Renovating Your Home

November 17, 2017
Jeffrey Palermo

Renovating a home is never as simple as it looks on paper. You can get an architect to draft up the blueprints for the new and improved home you dreamed up but once the project gets started things just have a way of going sideways, especially if you have an older home.

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The Seven Most Common Reasons Software Projects Fail

November 13, 2017
Rayne Fulton

Here at Clear Measure, we’re in the business of making sure custom software projects deliver the functionality our customers need. Whether it be a software modernization project or a new custom software build, we make sure our team completes the project to the customer’s satisfaction. Period.

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Quickly Analyzing a Codebase Before Refactoring

November 07, 2017
Pierce Bartine

Here at Clear Measure we are all about taking old software and making it new again. In doing that, we perform a lot of code refactoring - restructuring old code without breaking its functionality. This could, in some cases, call for some large rewrites of legacy components that still have to play nice with the rest of the system.

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