- Parthenon Software Group
As a front end developer, I’m always on the lookout for new Content Management Systems (CMS) to play with. Such an opportunity arose when I was tasked with learning the ins and outs of Django's Mezzanine. At first glance Mezzanine looks like other Django Content Management Systems, however it offers more freedom for customized programming and template design.
Over the years architecture and its implementation have proven to be vastly important, especially when it comes to changing business needs and market conditions. Typically such a process comes as a result of connecting various services and systems so they best meet specific needs. In the past such action was rather involved and complicated, but thanks to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's been some relief.
When a project has been established, a development company must consider two key questions. Do they have enough staff on hand to bring the project from start to completion while staying within the boundaries of time and budget? Furthermore, do they have the right staff to develop the software and manage the project? It's not uncommon for a company to struggle to meet such expectations. Likewise, staffing can be a major issue as there are usually more projects than there are "quality" developers. That being said, if the answer to either question is no, then it's time to look for help.
No matter the circumstance, everyone wants to find the best way to successfully reach an end goal. As such, the pursuit of solutions drives much of the world as we know it. In terms of the tech world hardware and software are obviously needed to complete tasks, but problems can still arise. In specific, you need to consider the fact that specific software that works for one company/team may not work for another company/team. So, how does one go about remedying the situation? Two words: Integrated Ecosystems.
If you've ever sent out RFPs (Request for Proposals), you know about the wide range of bids that will come in response. Before you make a decision, there are a number of things to take into consideration when reviewing your options. The level of experience should be at the top of your list, followed by things like ethical practices, standards and behavior, organization, and timeliness. Such factors add to the differences in project estimates, but there's another factor that shouldn't be overlooked. The type of company bidding on the project can also make a significant difference on an estimate.