From our blog

The Software Dilemma: Why → Who → What → How

We often get requests from folks to “build me…” and a document with a list of features and a request that we use “Vue with a restful JSON API on a Laravel platform....”. From a short-term revenue perspective this is great; if they have budget we can build almost anything and the software will be wonderful.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Research and Planning for a Hollywood Client

One of my favorite things is working with a new client. I get to learn a lot, meet a lot of great people, and make sure their project starts out on the right track. This week we kicked off a new client of ours – a successful small business in the movie industry in Hollywood, California. Travis and I (that’s the two folks in the above photo, at right) and our client (the two people at left) spent two intense days of project discovery, research and planning work (and good lunches nearby – yum!).

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5 Critical Steps to Avoid API Integration Failure

API integration projects can be risky (and stressful), but they are a necessary evil if you want your web app to integrate seamlessly with other tools and services. Recently we discussed how web developers and their clients can keep API projects on track, but today we want to share some of the things developers and clients can do before beginning an API integration project to ensure its ultimate success.

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Welcome Liat Kadosh-Zamir!

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, Liat! Liat has a diverse background in account management, project management, and product management with a focus on planning, implementation, and risk mitigation. Working from our Toronto office, Liat provides ongoing support to our customers, helping to ensure that their experience is both satisfying and positive.

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Emerson Media Becomes SiteRocket Labs

As you may have noticed, we recently renamed Emerson Media to SiteRocket Labs. Before I tell you why, I’ll tell you what is not changing: Our great clients, great work, amazing employees, and commitment to doing the right thing for our clients. In other words, we are doing the same great work today as we did last month.

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Howdy Pardner: Welcome Chip Terry!

As this business has grown over the last 10 years, I’ve faced the (enviable) challenge of how to manage a business that’s growing quickly, while still maintaining quality and the personal touch with clients. As we ballooned to over 12 employees and many more contractors, I became the blockage on way too many things. I needed a partner.

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6 Key Business Benefits of Open Source Technology

Open source technology is our bread and butter for a lot of reasons that, in the tech space, are so obvious that they don’t need explaining. But when businesses approach us, the benefits of using open source technology aren’t always so clear. On a regular basis we get hit with the simple but very smart question: Why is open source the right choice for us?

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How to Prevent your API Project from Turning into a Monster

Talk to any technology professional and you’ll hear horror stories about API development and integration projects that took months longer than expected, went way over budget, or (worse) failed completely. This is, unfortunately, an all-too-common scenario. So if you’re planning to embark on a project that involves integrating different systems together, be sure to read this first.

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Welcome Brandon Hyde!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Software Engineer, Brandon Hyde. Joining us from Texas, Brandon spends his days serving up BBQ and enhancing his skills in software development. With a background in Laravel web application development, user security, and data center creation, Brandon bridges the gap between our development team and our system administration team.

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10 Ways Your Business Can Avoid Technical Debt

It’s possible to develop any web or mobile application in many different ways. Developers are constantly faced with decisions about how to structure their code or infrastructure, and it can be tempting to choose easy short-term solutions instead of the best overall strategies that can last for a long time. Read more