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From sound bites to software solution: Defining the role of today’s Business Analyst

For most of us, the title of Business Analyst conjures up an unexciting image of a suited professional pouring over numbers and flowcharts in an isolated corner of the office. While there certainly may be elements of truth in this perception, the role of the Business Analyst in the world…

Why agile is a 'doing word' for savvy software developers

In a business world obsessed with speed, output and disruptive innovation, it is no surprise that there is a newfound obsession with ‘agility’. From startups to tech juggernauts, it is now trendy to be seen as agile, nimble and able to pivot quickly. In the complex world of software development,…

Why the customer isn't always right

For outsiders, software development may seem difficult – of course – but relatively straightforward given the relevant training. Development partners are given the business problem or brief, the timeline, and the budget. From there, it’s happy coding… right? Not so much. Software development is an inherently complex and nuanced task,…

Retaining key development staff: Balancing creativity and productivity

While there has been a well documented need for more IT and software development skills in South Africa, companies themselves often play a part in either losing – or chasing away – key talent, says Zaf Dalvie, Software Development Manager at redPanda Software. Yet few could deny that the world…

Striking the balance between ‘future proof’ and foolhardy

Sometimes ‘innovation’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… Innovation has become more than a buzzword. For those working in the IT sector in particular, being seen as innovative and cutting edge – with a propensity for early adoption and experimentation – has become critical on the path to achieving…

Over-reliance on legacy software is dangerous for business

All too often with local companies, and particularly large and established corporates, there is a risky over-reliance on the use of legacy software and systems. The same software that was put in place some 20 or 30 years back, still underpins key business processes and daily operations. And instead of…

What separates the good from the great in SA’s custom software development industry?

An increasing number of businesses are turning to custom software to improve company processes and drive efficiencies, but before selecting a software development partner, they should look out for certain qualities that can give them the confidence that a project will be completed on time, on budget, and deliver what…

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