Creating a Website DVR
Are you ready for a new application for you entertainment pleasure? I think that a highly functional, socially interactive, Website DVR needs to be created. It should be able to record shows directly from various websites such as: ABC, NBC, CW, HBO, ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube channels, etc… There will be no buffering, no waiting, and no internet needed. Sound like a great idea? Keep reading…
  • 19 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2736
Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development
We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.
  • 4 June 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3576
Custom Software Solutions - Initial Designs
You have conceptualized an idea, you then prototyped it and received feedback. You completed a detailed wireframe and the concept is beginning to gel.  Now you are ready to begin designing your software application. So, why can’t you just start here? You have a great idea and why waste all that time going through prototyping and wireframe design when I can just get into the process and do something that won’t be thrown away at the end. Well you could, and believe me a lot of individuals and companies do just that. With rapid application development tools and slick agile software development methodologies you think you could just skip ahead and jump right into software application design.
  • 21 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3083
Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes
It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.
  • 6 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3554
Custom Software Solutions: Requirements / Initial Engagement 2
The Requirements / Initial Engagement phase is not through quite yet.  You can check out the first half of this phase: here if you missed out.  Following the initial engagement session, it is important to digest all the ideas that were presented. Take those ideas and document them into a long-term product roadmap.
  • 10 April 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3233
Custom Software Solutions: Requirements / Initial Engagement

The steps involved in developing Custom Software Solutions are lengthy, but completely beneficial to you.  If you’ve been following along in this series, welcome back.  If you’re just joining the discussion, feel free to take a peek back: here at the start of this series of articles.  The first of the SDLC steps that work in creating your custom software / application is: Requirements / Initial Engagement.

  • 28 March 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 4551
Building Custom Software Solutions: SDLC – Applied Best Practices

I have developed a series of articles for you to break down the steps involved in developing Custom Software Solutions.  Let me show you what it looks like inside the process of building these solutions and let me answer any questions you may have on the process, expectations, or end results.  The benefits here are limitless.  It's important to be aware of what the steps are, to assess how a business consulting organization can help, and to launch a successful custom software application that's right for your organization.  

  • 20 March 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 7433
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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