Maxim Churilov

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      Media - Web-only/Blogger
    • Title:Maxim
    • Organization:MindK
    • Area of Expertise:Web and Mobile App Development

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    What does MVP really stand for [and the recipe for doing it right]

    Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:49 PM [General]
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    The whole startup world has become inspired by the idea of building Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) after Eric Ries popularised it back in 2008. It has become a trendy word in the tech world gradually turning into a misleading concept.

    As a result, we have companies that are not willing to use the MVP approach as they don’t 100% understand it, experts who state the concept is wrong and clients who often get hot under the collar after the suggestion to try out a minimum viable product.

    Сonsidering the fact that MVP remains one of the most important components when creating software, it would be unreasonable to drop it just because some people misuse the concept.

    Let’s talk about why this lean tool becomes confusing, what mistakes you should avoid and, more to the point, what is the right way to build an MVP.


    How to build an API (without spending a fortune and going crazy)

    Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:09 PM [General]
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    APIs are everywhere. They help us integrate third-party features, connect enterprise systems, and exchange data between apps. Learning how to build an API turns regular developers into digital superheroes. Here’s our guide to unlocking your superpower.

    Knowing how to create an API can give you a number of advantages like higher development speed, streamlined architecture (backend/frontend separation), better scalability with microservices, simpler integrations, easier testing, better security, easier compliance with GDPR and other regulations.

    Now, let’s find out how to make an API.


    API development on a napkin

    Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:55 AM [General]
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    They allow us to log in with Facebook, check Google maps inside a geolocation app, or embed YouTube videos on our sites. APIs are the unsung heroes of the digital age. By connecting various apps, services, and data they allow us to create sought-for products.

    At MindK, we build internal APIs for almost all of our projects.

    There are a number of reasons why a business like yours should consider API development: better security, easier testing, higher development speed and many others.

    APIs free you from having to build everything from scratch as your developers can integrate features and data provided by other apps. For many companies, API is an asset that drives their revenue and efficiency. Want to join their ranks? Here’s your guide to API development.


    Case study: A road from traditional publishing to e-commerce business

    Saturday, July 27, 2019, 5:30 AM [General]
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    When you think about a successful e-commerce business, academic publishing is hardly the first thing that comes to mind. Yet even such a niche business can benefit from digital transformation. This is the story of a company that went from traditional publishing to a modern e-commerce business.


    How IT companies foster business relationships between Canada and Ukraine

    Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:11 PM [General]
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    For the past 3 years, CUTIS project has been stimulating trade between Canada and Ukraine, fighting against poverty, and promoting equal opportunities for women in business. Now the Canadian government seeks to open up its market to Ukrainian ICT companies.

    This April, CUTIS (Canada-Ukraine Trade & Investment Support) invited 12 Ukrainian IT companies to visit Canada, including MindK.

    For five days we immersed ourselves in the country’s booming tech sector. After attending a number of B2B meetings, workshops, and panel discussions, we travelled deep into Canada’s industrial heartland. In Hamilton, we’ve met representatives from local authorities, research organizations, and businesses, to discuss Canada’s innovation sector.


    DevOps outsourcing: everything you need to know to get started

    Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:09 PM [General]
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    If a company needs continuous access to classy DevOps skills, it can either keep an in-house team or outsource the project to a trustworthy partner. We will explain when and why DevOps outsourcing is better and how your business can make a good thing out of it.

    What do companies like WhatsApp, Slack, Github, Groove, Opera, Google, Skype have in common?

    Besides the fact that all of them are successful multi-million-dollar companies, they have used IT outsourcing services from remote workers or offshore partners at some point in time (or keep relying on third-party IT providers for certain tasks).

    Outsourcing, in general, and DevOps outsourcing, in particular, is a powerful approach when used correctly. This article will help you clear up:

    1. Why you need DevOps.
    2. DevOps outsourcing vs insourcing: differences to consider.
    3. What to expect from DevOps-as-a-Service.
    4. How cooperation starts.


    Agile product roadmap: pros, cons, and best practices

    Monday, June 3, 2019, 9:16 AM [General]
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    Agile teams value flexibility and validated learning. They build products in quick iterations and make frequent changes. This means deadlines are often irrelevant and long-term planning is treated as obsolete. But can you really succeed without a product roadmap?

    A product roadmap is a document that describes what you want to achieve with your product and how you’re going to do it. Roadmaps are typically visualized as a Gantt chart.

    There are many variations of product roadmaps, ranging from detailed plans that focus on features and deadlines to high-level statements of intent that map business goals on loose timeframes.


    6 things you can learn from the best Progressive Web App examples

    Monday, June 3, 2019, 9:15 AM [General]
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    Mobile app or mobile web? Progressive web apps take the strong points of both to create a unique user experience. A number of world known companies have already launched progressive web apps and here is what they got.

    In short, you can consider Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) a website built using web technologies which interacts with a user as an application. Developments in browser technologies, cache and Push-interfaces allow us to install PWAs on home screens directly from the browser, receive push notifications and even work offline.

    Some leading-edge companies are already reaping the benefits of PWAs. We invite you to take a closer look at best progressive web apps examples from 6 different industries and learn from their success stories!


    7 trends you should consider while working on your SaaS idea

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:43 AM [General]
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    The current growth dynamics and investments in SaaS are remarkable (SaaS industry is now worth $116 billion worldwide). It is a promising and competitive business. If you already have a great SaaS idea, these trends will definitely help you stand out from the big boys in SaaS world.

    The SaaS industry is maturing each year, as more and more businesses are moving from on-premises software models to web-based Software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions.

    Global SaaS market is expected to grow to a value of $117 billion by the end of 2022, according to Market Research Future (MRFR).

    The rising market raises competition. On average, an emerging SaaS business is reported to have more than 9 competitors.

    Yeah, the bar is higher than ever to succeed, but we’ve yet to hit peak SaaS. Adopting at least one of the below-mentioned trends can help propel success to your SaaS idea and drive faster, more efficient growth.


    Top 7 business pain points solved by custom CRM

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 2:07 PM [General]
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    Customer relationships lie at the heart of every business. Selling is important and every dollar invested into a CRM system yields up to $8.71. With hundreds of vendors on the market, it’s natural to go the easiest way and buy an off the shelf software. But there are situations when it’s better to develop a custom CRM.

    If used correctly, CRM can improve productivity by 30%. – Salesforce.

    This productivity boost can be offset by a number of issues that come with ready-made CRM:

    1. Costs that spiral out of control;

    2. Too much time spent on onboarding;

    3. Costly integration with other products (especially if you use custom solutions);

    4. Poor scaling;

    5. Insufficient automation;

    6. Data migration issues;

    Lack of custom features and workflows, etc.

    Now, let’s see how custom CRM solutions stack up against these issues.


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