Custom software development: balancing between convenience, style, new trends and reasonable price

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Since the 90s, when the IT industry was growing by leaps and bounds, Polina Trofimova has been the project manager for custom software development at Digital Design. She managed to work both as part of one of the country’s largest clients and with one of the leading software developers in Russia. Back at the time almost all corporate automation was client-designed, but today companies tend to use productized software and custom software development is moving towards absolute client-oriented approach. Over the past 25 years Polina has successfully worked together with Finnish, Swedish and British clients and in this interview, she will tell us about the changes that have happened in the market during this period.

Polina Trofimova, Digital Design Project Manager: “You can’t get personal achievements without team victories!”

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For over 27 years in IT industry, Polina Trofimova was engaged in coding for Clipper, studied an unknown at that time program Excel, developed procedures in SQL and built multi-dimensional cubes on MDX, lead the directions of BI, ERP, software outsourcing, promoted high-load storage systems. Today, she starts her working day with a 10-kilometer jogging and she is in charge for promoting the Sitefinity CMS platform. In this interview, Polina decided to share her secrets of effective project management and ways to keep growing personally.

Custom development trends: productization, artificial intelligence, and open-source software development

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At Digital Design Mikhail Korotkov is a person who updated and implemented new software testing practices, established work rules, approved development technologies for web projects and components, and introduced DevOps practices for our projects. He is now the head of Custom Development and Portal Solutions Department. In this article he explains what is going on in the custom development market today and what technologies have the future.

I Am Robolawyer or How to Detect Anomalies in Text Documents

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Can you imagine how many normative documents per hour a corporate lawyer has to look through and what consequences might his inattention lead to? A poor fellow lawyer must read every word of a contract, especially if it has no standard template. Aimed to help him, we decided to create a service which could detect problems in text documents and signal for a lawyer to check them. As a result, we developed a solution which aggregates knowledge based on a collection of contracts and makes lawyers pay special attention to some points. The solution is using magic. This mathematical magic is called Anomaly Detection.

Brave New World, or Enterprise Business Process Management: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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According to market experts, the modern BPM concept of modelling business processes in software systems was formed around 2000s. In Russia, BPM systems emerged ten years after, and now the Russian market is booming. Experts believe that the main reason for it is that almost everything that could be optimized without BPM systems has already been optimized, and main market leaders are ready for the next step.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless .NET: Why We Adhered to .NET and How It Paid Off

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10 years ago, when I was starting to work with .NET Framework 3.5 (language version 3.0), its functionality was extremely limited for me because I began with SharePoint 2010. After studying a wider range of technologies and having an eye on .NET development, I witnessed its growth from a doubtful Java competitor to a cool cross-platform able to start daemons for Linux (though it was supposed to work with Windows OS only). Of course, when I faced this technology for the first time, it seemed like everything was enough: I always found a way to solve a task. However, now that I have been working on different platforms and versions, I am sure that life was more painful at that time.

What We Learned About Backend Development of Big Open Source Portals

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Digital Design creates portal solutions that provide end-users with a wide range of customizable services within one website. It includes newsfeed, forums, data storage, statistics, corporate events, and others – that’s what we call portal. In this article we would like to explain how our team creates portal solutions: what we use and what are the pros and cons of it.

Why We Use Sitefinity

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Digital Design launches new projects on Sitefinity by Progress. Our developers adore this tool, so we decided to share what is so special about it. Well, if Sitefinity has been becoming such a popular platform for Enterprise development, why not to learn more about it.