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Predictions for the 5G Impact on Mobile App Technology

By: Marc Mastrella

There's been a lot of hype lately about 5G networks. You've probably heard or read that 5G is next generation wireless network technology that’s expected to change the way people live and work. While it's been reported that 5G service is expected to be nearly 100 times faster than 4G, what will this really mean for technological advancements in industry and just how will that impact the consumer?

I think its fair to say that, once 5G networks are installed for broad usage (which has been predicted to take years), it will revolutionize how the mobile world functions. It will redefine the mobile app developer's ability to impact user experience and will, once again, change the ways in which humans interact. Read on:

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5 Ways Scrum Teams Misuse Velocity

By: Robbie Kubiniec

Misuse of velocity seems to me to be one of the most common mistakes scrum teams make.  Many developers, scrum masters, product owners, and managers misunderstand the purpose of this metric, or measure it in such a way that it loses its meaning.  I think it’s time to go back to basics on what velocity is and how it should be used in a modern scrum team.

Velocity is a simple measurement of story points completed in an iteration. If velocity is so simple, what could go wrong?  This article will look at the top five mistakes scrum teams make when using velocity and show how to correct them.
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The Growing Trend of Self-Service Mobile Apps in Retail

By: David Mastrella

Whether for customer service or mobile shopping, self service mobile apps are, now more than ever, a growing part of retail.

Self-service apps are becoming the norm in the retail world. If you run a retail company, you need to start considering the value in these apps if you don't already use them.

Learn more about how self service mobile apps will become a gamechanger for your business. 
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The Power of Prototypes

By: Craig Lamb

Craig Lamb, co-owner of custom software development firm, Envative, provides his number one “go-to” recommendation for anyone engaging in a software development project. Whether it be for a new product or application or an overhaul to something that’s existing, read on to learn the true value of prototyping BEFORE a line of code is written for your project.
 
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What to Look for in a Software Development Partner

By: Craig Lamb

I’m sure we can all relate to the elusiveness of 100% certainty in something, especially something you have never taken on before such as software development. Adding technological advancements to your product or creating web or mobile apps to enhance customer or employee experience can be a highly strategic move to keep up with the competition.  'Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind.' But where to start?  "Oh the things you can find if you don't stay behind." But where to start?
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The Demise of the Software Cowboy

By: Craig Lamb

Billy the Kid may be considered the most infamous cowboy in history. He began his career in crime at the age of 15 by robbing a Chinese laundry. Dedicated to his craft, he developed amazing skills in robbing and shooting, as well as disappearing and eluding the law. He seemed unstoppable. What does this have to do with the evolution of software development? Read on.
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Top Benefits of Custom Software For Your Law Firm

By: Marc Mastrella

No matter what industry you work in, efficiency is one of the most important traits of a successful business. This is particularly true regarding law firms, as saving time will directly lead to generating extra revenue. There's plenty of scenarios where law firm software can drastically increase the firm's overall efficiency. But, not everyone is aware of what it can be used for.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we’ve got you covered. Let's take a look at everything you need to know.

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In The News: Rochester software firm expands to Philly

By: Dea Corsi

Rochester, New York based software development firm Envative is expanding to the Philadelphia market and planting an office here after partnering with a local angel group.

The 27-person dev firm, which offers web, mobile and IoT services, announced it would be the exclusive technology partner of Robin Hood Ventures last month, and was setting up shop in Wayne.

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7 Emerging Real Estate Technology Trends That Are Changing the Industry

By: David Mastrella

These days, the world of technological advancement is moving at the speed of light – quite literally.

Fiber optic cables relay information back and forth at light speed. Artificial organs help transplant patients get a new shot at life. Innovative new building materials help us construct stronger, more sustainable buildings.

The real estate industry is no exception to this technological revolution.

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Explosion of Innovation - a side effect of pandemic

By: Dea Corsi

A recent article published in the Rochester Business Journal comments on the unexpected impact on companies seeking out new ways of doing business or products to solve previously unforeseen problems. Article author, Joseph Stefko, uses Zoom as an ideal illustration of the sudden explosion of technology to solve immediate needs.

"Zoom’s a perfect example. Founded in 2013, it had grown to a respectable 10 million subscribers by February 2020. Three months later, it has 300 million subscribers, an astonishing increase of 2,900%."

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Envative Adds to Development Team!

By: David Mastrella

We're Growing!


Introducing recent additions to our talented Envative staff.

I have to say that it's been incredible to be able to hire during an otherwise uncertain time. ​Clearly, industries everywhere have embraced the need for software solutions and, now more than ever, are looking to "fast-track" new ideas or improvements to their technical business models. We have been feeling it first hand with many exciting projects going on for clients in NY, TX, CT, AZ, and PA.
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In the News: Envative Announces New Partnership

By: Dea Corsi

Rochester-based software development company, Envative, announces an exclusive technical partnership arrangement with Philly-based angel investor group, Robin Hood Ventures. As part of the partnership, Envative will help in the performance of due diligence by providing credible technological insight and evaluation of entrepreneurial pitches.
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How To Optimize Your Pandemic-Driven Remote Workforce

By: David Mastrella

Running a business in the wake of a global pandemic is no easy feat. You're having to adjust business operations to suit the need for your employees to work from home. Still, you're concerned about how your business is going to maintain its profits when employees are working remotely. In this COVID-19 period, software is the best work at home solution for businesses. Here’s how corporate leaders can use software to optimize remote working.
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Understanding the Benefits of Agile Methodology for Software Development

By: David Mastrella

A lot's written about agile software and methods of late. Innovation and technological capabilities are increasing, and companies want to keep up. If you're not in the know, we’re talking about developing solutions that ensure all your software works consistently. But, without costing the earth. Agile software solutions apply to all your software, meaning mobile apps, websites, web applications, etc. So, what are the benefits of agile methodology? Glad you asked, keep reading.

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Why Prototyping is Your Secret to Success

By: Marc Mastrella

Starting a web or mobile app development project can be a nerve-wracking process. You may be concerned that you don't have all of the app specifications laid out or that all of the stakeholders within your organization may not be on the same page as far as which features are most important. What if you spend all of your budget on development, only to find the finished product doesn't contain some of the key functionality you were expecting? Good news - there is actually a way to see a finished-looking product before your development team starts coding your app.
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In the News: Envative Announces Growth Trajectory

By: Dea Corsi

Envative, Rochester-based software development company specializing in web, mobile and IoT applications announces the opening of Philadelphia sales office headed up by Director of Business Development, Sean McCloskey.

While Envative has seen well-paced growth over their 21 years in business, owners David Mastrella and Craig Lamb amped up their business plans over the last year to further increase Envative's growth trajectory.

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The Hospitality Technology That is Transforming the Hotel Industry

By: Marc Mastrella

If you work in the hospitality industry, chances are that you’re always on the lookout for new ways to make your customer experience stellar. What if we told you that the answer isn’t in mints on the pillow or fresh pineapple at breakfast, but in apps and smart light bulbs? New hospitality technology is transforming what it means to run a hotel. Read on to learn more about the latest in hospitality technology and how it can transform your business.

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How Custom Applications Are Streamlining Businesses in 2020

By: David Mastrella

The way that your employees do their jobs changes over time in tune with technological advancements. If you aren't taking advantage of new technology and looking for better ways to do things, you're behind your competition.

Innovation is what separates the most successful businesses from the rest of them. One of the most cost-effective and simple things you can do to streamline your business operations and improve overall efficiency is use software to your advantage. Keep reading to learn more.

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7 Top 2020 Tech Trends That Will Change Healthcare

By: Craig Lamb

Before the US government passed the HITECH Act in 2009, healthcare lagged in technological innovation. Providers kept paper patient records and healthcare organizations had difficulty communicating cross-system. But today, technology and healthcare are working hand in hand to improve the lives of millions of people across the country-- and the world.

With robust challenges still plaguing the industry, though, there's always a need for new ideas. That's why we're presenting you with this list of the top healthcare trends of 2020.

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4 Factors to Consider Before Writing a Mobile App RFP

By: Marc Mastrella

A well written RFP will not only help mobile app development companies know exactly what you need, but will also help you to filter through companies that don’t align with your vision, goals, and budget. 

It’s in your best interest to create a comprehensive RFP because you’ll receive more accurate information regarding your specific mobile app project. Writing a mobile app RFP, however, can be a daunting task and, if not done correctly, it may lead to problems once development has started, or it can lead you to choose the wrong development partner altogether. Here are some common factors to keep in mind when writing your mobile app RFP so you can put together an accurate, detailed document, saving you both time and money in the long-run. 

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6 Industries Soon to Be Improved by Artificial Intelligence

By: Craig Lamb

Between Alexa, Google Home, and Siri it feels like AI technology is all around us. And it is. Believe it or not, you could even be using synthetic intelligence (by proxy) when you go to the doctor.

It can be a scary topic for people worried about robots taking over their day to day job. But the reality is, AI will make lives a whole lot easier and the future benefits of AI are far-reaching.

Read on for six industry examples of artificial intelligence that will revolutionize your day to day, in a good way.

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The Future of Machine Learning

By: David Mastrella

A century from today when someone writes the evolution of technology, the invention of machine learning will undoubtedly be acknowledged as a significant milestone. So, what’s machine learning (ML)?  ML is an application of artificial intelligence that provides your computer with the ability to automatically learn from data without being programmed.

Wondering what value machine learning brings to business and what its future looks like? Read on.

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9 Signs You Need a Professional for Your Software Design and Development

By: David Mastrella

Your business is only as good as the operations you have in place to manage everything. If you can't stay up to date with product development, sales numbers, and specific client needs, you're in trouble. 

That's why companies work so hard to choose the right employees, build a strong culture, and put the right systems in place to get everything done. Here are 9 signs you need a professional to handle your new software's design and development.

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6 Predictions for Emerging Technologies in 2020

By: David Mastrella

2019 has seen its fair share of innovation. Which technologies in 2020 are going to dominate the coming year? Get the latest predictions from industry experts.
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5G Networks - What's all the Buzz?

By: Dea Corsi

When 4G came out it was welcomed with open arms because it made mobile internet speeds faster than the previous 3G. Although 4G is common throughout the world for everything from mobile apps to video conferencing, things are about to change again. 5G network technology will have many differences from 4G. Here we discuss the difference between 4G and 5G network connections and what this will mean for the near future.
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7 Key Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

By: Dave Mastrella

72% of business leaders believe artificial intelligence (AI) is a strategic business advantage. With how much AI is helping us grow technologically, it is easy to see why. Click here to see the benefits of artificial intelligence and how it is changing the world.
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How a local Rochester business is changing the software development game

By: Brendan Carvel

A local Rochester Business is changing the software development game
After graduating from a leading technology and research institution.  I thought I knew most of what software and integrating multiple platforms can achieve.  Having studied marketing over the course of three years, I’ve seen the value in having multiple systems interact with each other.   Having valuable data being produced to make informed decisions is one of the most essential aspects of being a digital marketer.
 
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IIOT – The New Industrial Revolution

By: Craig Lamb

Thanks to the attention, research and investments made by major industrial leaders, the advancements of IoT applications in everything from manufacturing to farming is revolutionizing the industrial world.

The IIoT is driving unprecedented disruption in an industry that has struggled in recent years due to talent shortages, and this offers hope for the industry’s future. The IIoT can transform traditional, linear manufacturing supply chains into dynamic, interconnected systems that can more readily incorporate ecosystem partners. IIoT technologies help to change the way that products are made and delivered, making factories more efficient, ensuring better safety for human operators, and, in some cases, saving millions of dollars.
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The Million Dollar Question: Will it Cost a Million Dollars?

By: David Mastrella

When we’re approached by individuals or businesses seeking our development services, one of the first things most want to know is, HOW MUCH??  
Many factors will impact the price and no matter how well thought out or vetted a project is during the sales process – requirements will change during the early stages of planning and review sessions.To protect themselves from unknowns, many development firms will ...

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2019 Top 10 Mobile App Development Companies

By: Dea Corsi

Once again, Envative has been included in YourStory's list of top 10 trusted mobile app development companies in the USA. We do pride ourselves on our expertise, experience and doing right by our clients so, being recognized for quality and trustworthiness is pretty great.
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Build your own Mobile Framework

By: Scott Terry

In my last article we briefly touched on the existence of Envative’s mobile framework. This time we are going to discuss why, as a developer, you might want to build your own framework versus using existing frameworks or libraries. This can be a touchy subject for some developers, but my goal with this post is to detail and provide insights into what I believe to be the major benefits of creating your own mobile application framework.
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Envative's Mobile Framework Journey: from MVC to MVVM

By: Scott Terry

This is the first in a series of articles about building our own mobile framework, the decisions we’ve made along the way and our rationale behind them.
Most common mobile development follows the MVC (Model-View-Controller) pattern as that is the path the native SDK’s lead you down and what is most familiar to the majority of developers.
By contrast, Envative has been making the push to MVVM (Model-View-View-Model) after seeing some great benefits from early forays into using the pattern. We have chosen this pattern for both our iOS and Android platforms. 
 
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9 Reasons to Hire a Custom Software Pro

By: David Mastrella

How do you ensure success? Your business is only as good as the operations you have in place to manage everything. If you can't stay up to date with product development, sales numbers, and specific client needs, you're in trouble. That's precisely why smart companies work so hard to choose the right employees, build a strong culture, and put the right systems in place to get everything done. It's why they're resourceful about what they invest their money into and the kind of software they use. 
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Is Outsourcing for Suckers?

By: David Mastrella

Eureka! You've done it.

You've found the next great mobile app idea that's sure to make you millions. Now all you and your colleagues have to do is teach yourselves how to code, become experts in product design and data collection, and release the app of your dreams before someone else drops it first.

What could possibly go wrong?

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10 Game-Changing Mobile Trends that are Hot Right Now

By: David Mastrella

Statistics project the mobile app market to make about 189 billion dollars in revenue by the year 2020. That's a significant jump from the 88.3 billion dollar revenue in 2016. Moreover, researchers predict about 258.2 billion mobile app downloads across the globe in 2022.
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The ROI of IOT is not waiting for you.

By: Craig Lamb

I have had the incredible pleasure of being in the technical arena for a career spanning 25 years. I have seen many innovations morph from ‘nerd’ only to ‘pop culture staples’. As with all I have seen, the trajectories of these technologies were only limited by adoption. Herding is a powerful thing. But, so is fear.

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Is Your Website Working Against You?

By: Gaetano Vigneri

I recently came across an old article about the importance of having a website for small businesses – or really any sized business. The article was written in October, 2004, more than 15 years ago.  I read it with low expectations of finding anything relevant. I mean, website best practices have changed dramatically since 2004! On top of that - no one had an iphone (they didn't exist) and myspace was about the extent of social media. So I was anticipating a good chuckle about the antiquated information I thought I would be reading.
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We just got the best love letter!

By: Dea Corsi

It's not unusual for Envative to get "thank-you's" from our clients. While it makes us feel good to know we've made a client happy, we don't do what we do for accolades. We do it because we truly care about our clients' success.This may sound like a cliche` every tech company uses to get business. Not from Envative. Need  proof? Read on...
 
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The Demise of the Software "Cowboy"

By: Craig Lamb

Billy the Kid may be considered the most infamous cowboy in history. He began his career in crime at the age of 15 by robbing a Chinese laundry. Dedicated to his craft, he developed amazing skills in robbing and shooting, as well as disappearing and eluding the law. He seemed unstoppable.
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Top 10 Mobile App Development Companies

By: Dea Corsi

We've made another Top Ten list and we couldn't be more proud!  This list is sorted based on hourly rate of developers. We can't compete with some countries' rates and pay scales but Envative's development team is second-to-none in quality and consultative approach!   Original article can be found here.  
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15+ Leading Android App Development Companies In The World

By: Dea Corsi

Envative is beaming! We've been highlighted by another industry expert, WebSurfMedia, as being amongst the top 15 Android Mobile App development companies. Here is the excerpt of the article along with their evaluation of Envative.
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