Five years of technology: What has changed in the world of software since 2017?

Five years of technology: What has changed in the world of software since 2017?

Curated by: Sergio A. Martínez

Every year, the data insight company Gartner, as part of their mission to help our industry to pay attention to the latest trends and development in software and development, publishes a list of the most promising technologies of that year, the ones that seem to be able to change the direction of the future.

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Knowing this, and with the benefit of insight, we took a look into some of the predictions made way back in 2017, asking some of Scio’s leader, Luis Aburto, Rod Aburto y Adolfo Cruz, their thoughts about these technologies during the past five years, what they got right, and if some new developments could still await for us in the future. Enjoy!

Prediction 1: AI & Advanced Machine Learning

It has definitely become popular”, Luis Aburto, CEO, and Co-founder of Scio, comments. “Applications like Jasper.io have advanced to a point where they are not toys anymore, but tools that a professional organization can rely on.” On the other hand, Adolfo Cruz, PMO Director, holds the opinion that this technology is still in its infancy. “There’s still a long road ahead. These programs are still unable to emulate the soul of many creative tasks. Maybe one day, but not very soon.” 

And in the case of software like the Applicant Tracking Systems we have talked about before, Luis still believes that AIs and Advanced Machine Learning are still not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. “These programs could work well in bigger companies that have an enormous amount of information to sift through, so an AI program could perform better in that case. But for medium companies like Scio or even smaller companies, human intervention keeps being preferable.” 

Prediction 2: Intelligent Apps

Although they aren’t ubiquitous yet, applications like chatbots and virtual assistants have proven to be a valuable tool in many businesses”, comments Luis Aburto. We are currently building a chat application along with one of our clients, and it’s an interesting challenge that will get more complex, but also more useful day by day. Someday, you’re probably not going to be talking to humans in any client service.

Prediction 3: Digital Twinning

Building a virtual mirror of a physical object is going to get big in manufacture and development of systems”, says Rod Aburto. “I know of business areas like airspace that can develop planes using the tons of data generated in each flight, gigabytes of information transmitted directly from the plane that could revolutionize the industry. In that sense, digital twinning might be a useful tool from now on, but I only see it in specific industries. Not much in the mainstream.” 

Prediction 4: Virtual and Augmented Reality

I believe AR is still marching slowly. Maybe now with the Metaverse, they can jump forward, although I see more future in full virtual reality than AR”, says Luis. 

“And it’s still more of a plaything than anything else, without much in the way of practical applications”, adds Rod Aburto, referring to the current state of most popular AR uses. “At some point, it was said that doctors could do surgery at a distance with the help of this technology, but I see that as a very unlikely outcome.  

Even Microsoft, with the big push of the Hololens, couldn’t really crack it”, continued Luis. They sold some to the military and the like, but for the average person, it seemed more of a novelty than a truly groundbreaking tool. And the idea of everyone walking around with Google glasses, seeing augmented reality applications everywhere, is not really the future I expect.” 

Prediction 5: Blockchain

Okay, that one is everywhere”, said Rod Aburto. “But not necessarily with their original purpose of being a public ledger audited by everyone. Their main application is still in cryptocurrency, and more as a financial gamble than anything else.

Although the future seems to lead to the so-called Web3, where the more transactional aspects of the blockchain become clearer”, intervenes Luis at the end. Like the whole “digital ownership” concept of NFTs, I think that this technology still has many issues to solve, like how costly it is to make transactions and not to mention how slow it is for any practical purpose. But those things can only improve.” 

So what do you think? With all these technologies constantly growing and evolving, where will we be standing in five years’ time? Will some of these still be around as we know them, will they find new and exciting applications or something new will throw our predictions in an unexpected direction? Because one thing is sure: however the future shapes up, here at Scio we will be ready to help you explore new technological territories with the best talent in all of LATAM. Give us a call and let’s get started!

Scio is an established Nearshore software development company based in Mexico that specializes in providing high-quality, cost-effective technologies to help you reach new heights. We have been developing since 2003 and our experience gives us access not only to the knowledge but also the expertise needed when tackling any project. Get started today by contacting us about your project needs – we’ll be happy to help you achieve your business goals.

It’s (not) about time: Why is managing your energy the best software development approach?

It’s (not) about time: Why is managing your energy the best software development approach?

Curated by: Sergio A. Martínez

There’s a (not very old) saying about how you can’t manage time, only energy, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of software development. As a developer, there are always going to be more things on your to-do list than you can hope to accomplish in a month or week, so the key is to learn how to stop looking at them in terms of work hours, or you run the risk of being overwhelmed. 

It’s (not) about time: Why is managing your energy the best software development approach?

Think about it this way: when you’re trying to manage your time, you’re limited by the number of hours in a day, but when you’re managing your energy, you can get a lot more done because you’re not restricted by the clock. You can work for as long as you have the energy to do so and take breaks when you need to, meaning that you can be much more productive overall.

There’s also another advantage to managing your energy instead of your time, especially if you’re part of a Nearshore software development company like Scio: Collaboration. When you’re working with a team of developers in a variety of time zones, it’s important to be able to manage your energy levels so that you can be the most productive at specific hours of the day, or risk getting burned out. The key is to manage your energy, take breaks when necessary, and work along your natural body clock to be as productive as you want.

Also, managing your energy instead of your time also allows you to be more flexible in your work schedule. If you have family or other commitments, you can work when it’s convenient for you and take breaks when you need to. This flexibility is essential for software developers who want to maintain a healthy work-life balance. So yeah, this approach might solve a lot of things for the busy developer of today, but what is the secret to this? How can you start effectively managing your energy?

The delicate balance of energy

You should know that everyone has different “input/output” settings, so to speak, that dictate how easily we spend and regain energy during the average workday. And this is because programming affinities vary from person to person, and different tasks require a different effort from us.

As I got up one morning and looked at 15+ meetings starting at 8 am, and ending just before 11 pm, all I could feel was exhaustion even before my first meeting had started […] but in my own start-up, I racked up 8 -100hr weeks without a sense of mental exhaustion. I wrote code well until after midnight every single day, took a cab home, and started refreshed the next morning”, expresses Gerald Haslhofer, an experienced engineer and team lead at Microsoft in his blog “Manage your energy, not time”. What he is getting at is that time commitment by itself wasn’t the deciding factor between feeling exhausted and refreshed when working; instead, the nature of both responsibilities demanded a very different energy output from him.

The trick is realizing that not all tasks drain energy from you at the same rate, and in fact, some of them help you regain it instead, and those generally are the activities you enjoy doing. Just think about your average sprint: which parts of it are your favorites? And why? 

In other words, the best software developers know how to manage their work so that they can maintain a consistent level of energy throughout the day, week, or month by spacing their responsibilities evenly. They know when to push themselves and when to take a break, in many cases following the so-called “20% Rule”:

If you spend less than 20% of your day on activities that energize you, you will quickly be unhappy with your job no matter what.

It’s (not) about time Why is managing your energy the best software development approach

After all, it’s no secret that the traditional 9-to-5 job is becoming increasingly obsolete, and with the rise and popularity of remote work, more and more people are seeking out alternative arrangements that offer greater flexibility and autonomy. However, even with these changes, the majority of workers are still spending the majority of their time on activities that don’t energize them. And considering how this 20% accounts for about 80% of your results at the end of a project, finding the flexibility necessary to manage your “input/output” of energy is more important than ever. So here are a few ways you can start to reclaim that 20% and beyond:

 

  • Protect your creative time: We know that software developments involve many things beyond solving the puzzles of writing code, but having a dedicated schedule to sit down and go wild with your favorite part of the job is how you get the best results. So if you are in a good environment where you are free to set aside some time during the day without interruptions, you’ll quickly see how energized and focused you can be. 

  • Start with the big things: It probably sounds like a good idea to begin your day by tackling the “smaller” stuff of your to-do list first, like attending meetings, correcting mistakes, compiling feedback, etc., and leave the big, juicy stuff for later in the day interrupted, but in practice, it can have a negative effect. After all, if you only output energy early, how much will you have left by the end of it? So starting with the big stuff you like to do the most can be a better approach; by the time you need to do the not-as-fun parts of your day, you will still be fresh and ready.

  • Keep your mind in mind: How do you feel about any given task in your daily schedule? What excites you, and what makes you feel tired? Paying attention to what you feel about a task is important for the final result; your mood, needs, and obstacles affect everything in your workflow, and in many cases, even doing what you love can feel like a chore if you are doing it with the wrong mood. So taking breaks, discussing the issue with your teammates or manager, and trying to occupy yourself with something else entirely can help you accomplish stuff even if your energy is not up to it that day. It’s okay, we are humans, and never forgetting that fact can make you more effective in the long run.

Collaboration is key

As a software developer, you have a career that allows you to work from anywhere in the world. And as freeing as that is, the rules apply the same whether you are in an office or at home, so learning how to manage your energy during the day is crucial to reaching success. 

That’s why it’s so important to find ways to infuse your work with meaning and purpose. Whether it’s by taking on additional responsibilities outside of your core job duties or simply seeking out opportunities to contribute to something you’re passionate about, there are plenty of ways to make your job more satisfying. That’s why a good collaboration culture is so important today: these opportunities are more common in an environment where everyone is on the same page concerning individual talents and needs.

One way to do this is to take advantage of the collaboration offered by Nearshore companies like Scio we were talking about at the start of this article. Working with other developers in time zones close to you can help you get more done in a day, as you can overlap your work hours and get more things done, although it’s not just about the number of hours you can work. Nearshore collaboration also helps to create a culture of continuous learning, where you and your team are constantly sharing new ideas and approaches, creating the kind of cross-pollination of ideas that leads to more productive and innovative software development.

That’s why a Nearshore development company like Scio is so attractive in terms of flexibility and collaboration; Nearshore is all about culture and working with people who understand your point of view and approach. This makes it easier to communicate and collaborate effectively because when working with people who understand where you come from, can help you focus your energy on the task at hand, rather than on trying to explain yourself over and over (the source of many superfluous meetings that you might be familiar with).

And when you collaborate with nearshore teams and clients from different cultures you are constantly learning new things, it’s easier to spend a large portion of your day on tasks that energize instead of exhaust. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to infuse your work with meaning and purpose, whether it’s by taking on additional responsibilities outside of your core job duties or simply seeking out opportunities to contribute to something you’re passionate about, there are plenty of ways to make your job more satisfying.

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The Key Takeaways:

  • Productivity is better conceptualized as the amount of energy you have to spend on a task, instead of the time you take to complete it.
  • Not all tasks require the same amount of energy, and the natural affinities of the person define how much effort you need to complete something.
  • Good management takes this into account, and plans around it, assigning optimal scheduling for meetings, sprints, reviews, etc.
  • To this end, google collaboration is critical to the correct use of energy during software development; a good team dynamic means you spent less energy trying to keep everyone on the same page and more on the product itself.

Scio is an established Nearshore software development company based in Mexico that specializes in providing high-quality, cost-effective technologies to help you reach new heights. We have been developing since 2003 and our experience gives us access not only to the knowledge but also the expertise needed when tackling any project. Get started today by contacting us about your project needs – we’ll be happy to help you achieve your business goals.

HR, AI and the future of job applications: Where are we headed?

HR, AI and the future of job applications: Where are we headed?

Curated by: Sergio A. Martínez

Maybe it’s not exaggerated to say that the future will be driven by machines. With advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, neural networks, and algorithmically-driven programs; machines can be applied virtually anywhere, from transportation, to design, to even art.

HR, AI and the future of job applications: Where are we headed?

And right now, one of the hottest new trends, at least when it comes to Human Resources and the job market, is the implementation of job interview software that can select, completely neutrally but with 100% accuracy, the best candidate for a given position. Or at least, that’s in theory what is supposed to happen, but what is the reality and ramifications right now? What does a machine do that an HR professional can’t, and what are the limits of these kinds of technologies?

The theory: Machines looking for data

The most common programs for this type of work are called Application Tracking Systems (ATS), which is software that helps businesses manage job applications. These systems automate many of the tasks associated with recruiting, such as posting job ads, screening resumes, and scheduling interviews, and often use machine learning algorithms to help identify the best candidates for a given position. 

Many ATS systems also offer features that allow candidates to track their applications and receive updates on the status of their hiring process, normally with minimum human involvement, and they are getting popular by the day in most industries, with software development and technology at the forefront. As explained by Oracle: 

Some organizations lack the reach to connect with top job seekers or to cast a wide enough net in the marketplace. Others are missing critical data on the right channels to find specific candidates; other organizations may lack brand recognition and the means to develop it. An ATS can help address these critical candidate challenges”. 

It’s no wonder, then, that these systems are becoming so popular, thanks to the many key advantages they offer over traditional methods of recruiting. For one, machine learning and artificial intelligence can sift through large numbers of applications quickly and efficiently, instead of relying on human recruiters to go through every application, which is both time-consuming and expensive.

Furthermore, these programs can identify patterns and trends in data that might otherwise be difficult to spot by the human eyes, which could help businesses to better understand the kinds of candidates that are most likely to be successful in a given role, as well as identify potential red flags that might indicate that a candidate is not worth pursuing. And more critically, artificial intelligence can help automate repetitive tasks like sending out interview requests or scheduling follow-up calls, freeing time for human recruiters to focus on more strategic tasks, such as developing relationships with potential candidates. 

And the cherry on top is that an ATS can help a company ensure that its hiring practices are fair and compliant with equal opportunity laws, ensuring inclusion and openness to all kinds of candidates. So with many issues solved, what are then the challenges that these systems face? And can they completely replace a hiring process done through interviews and human interactions? 

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The reality: Machines finding (only) data

At a first look, the idea of using IA to select job candidates isn’t far-fetched; after all, the heart of it is just comparing information: the needs of the position vs. the experience and skills of the applicant. Current job application software could theoretically perform this well by using specific data points calibrated to look for particular needs. However…

Job hunting may be one of the few instances where technology doesn’t improve our lives”, says an article by the Wall Street Journal about the flaws in these tools. That’s because most companies use Applicant Tracking System software to parse the resumes they receive. This helps recruiters by simplifying the task of assessing resumes. But research indicates that the ATS rejects a startling 75% of resumes because of formatting, insufficient use of relevant keywords, and other criteria that have nothing to do with candidate qualifications.

The reality is that, while these systems are designed to help employers sift through the hundreds or even thousands of job applications they receive, in practice they often end up weeding out qualified candidates making the job search even more competitive, and with less accurate results for the final candidate. And the problem only grows when we start to rely on IA to drive things like interviews or tests instead of human interaction.

For example, in the podcast “In Machines We Trust” of the MIT Technology Review, the effectiveness of these virtual tools was tested, with some startling results: “One gave our candidate a high score for English proficiency when she spoke only in German”, and “[the] algorithm assessed candidates differently when they used different video backgrounds and accessories, like glasses, during the interview.”. 

And that’s without getting into the parameters and limits of these tools, which necessarily reflect the limits and parameters of the people designing and implementing them. As mentioned earlier, the idea for many of these ATS and AI interview software is to help companies find the best possible candidate for a job, but who and how defines what is “perfect”? Or “fair?” To quote the aforementioned MIT Technology Review:

Instead of scoring our candidate on the content of her answers, the algorithm pulled personality traits from her voice, says Clayton Donnelly, an industrial and organizational psychologist working with [AI-powered interview software] MyInterview. But intonation isn’t a reliable indicator of personality traits, says Fred Oswald, a professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Rice University. “We really can’t use intonation as data for hiring,” he says. “That just doesn’t seem fair or reliable or valid.

HR, AI and the future of job applications Where are we headed

The question, then, is how an organization interprets and analyzes the knowledge and insights offered by this technology. After all, the biases of AI job interview applications can be difficult to spot, but they can significantly impact who gets ultimately hired. For example, if a company’s AI job interview application is trained on purely historical data, it may mistakenly favor candidates who are similar to those who have been successful in the role in the past. This can lead to talented candidates being overlooked simply because they don’t fit the profile of those who have been successful in the role before, and whose needs may have changed since. So to overcome these biases, companies need to be aware of the limitations of their tools, like:

  • They’re powered by machine learning, which means they’re not always accurate. Although machine learning is evolving by the day, and results could only get more accurate in the future, right now the flaws of the algorithm, the parameters of the search, and the logic behind these programs could be driving out valuable talent today.

  • They often screen out qualified candidates because of resume format issues. If you have ever tried to use a program to scan a PDF, transcribe a conversation, or use an IA to describe an image accurately, you might see how unusual formatting can trip the entire system up. 

  • They’re designed to save time for recruiters, not applicants. So a system could ask for some very specific and time-consuming requirements from the applicants (like aptitude tests, CV formats with little flexibility, keyword density optimization, photos, etc.) that, while useful for an organization hiring, could discourage a valuable candidate from applying.

  • They’re biased against certain groups of people. For example, a study by the New York University’s IA Now Institute discovered that “such systems have historically had trouble understanding women’s voices”, and it goes from there, so relying on them could be counterproductive to the goal of “fair” hiring.
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Machines helping humans (and not the other way around)

These technological tools will keep getting improved and optimized, that’s for sure, but the value of a person involved directly in a process as critical as hiring the perfect candidate cannot be underplayed”, says Helen Matamoros, Human Capital Manager at Scio. “Because, even if the idea of automating these tasks is no longer out of reach, we must not forget that hiring people goes beyond selecting skills and experience; a cultural fit with the organization, the capacity to grow, the disposition to collaborate and teach others, and else are things that an algorithm, as perfect as we can make it, cannot master on its own, and need the criteria and experience of an expert that can take away such information and use it properly”.

That’s why the “Human” portion of “HR” is still a necessity, even in an age of IA and automated software: tools that help perform our jobs better and more effectively, without taking away what makes the system works: understanding from person to person to ensure the best possible choice, which is the approach Scio has when looking for talent to join our organization. 

Because beyond merely selecting and onboarding a candidate, the idea of our process is to ensure our vision is shared, both parties (Scio and the candidate) have clear and common expectations about collaborating, and ensuring that any new Scioneer fits right in with the team. These tools might facilitate some of these processes, but at the heart of it, the future is still relying on expertise to make the best possible choices.

 

The Key Takeaways:

  • Hiring a candidate for an open position in an organization is a critical activity that can be time-consuming and expensive.
  • New kinds of software and IA-based tools can help with this, but they come with a lot of caveats.
  • Relying solely on them to hire someone for a position can have unintended consequences, from discouraging talent to apply, to giving incorrect insights to make a final choice.
  • Having people involved in the process is still invaluable because hiring a person goes beyond checking a CV: it has to be a cultural fit, make sense with the team dynamic, and be a fit for both the candidate and the organization, and that can be something outside the scope of a program.

Scio is an established Nearshore software development company based in Mexico that specializes in providing high-quality, cost-effective technologies to help you reach new heights. We have been developing since 2003 and our experience gives us access not only to the knowledge but also the expertise needed when tackling any project. Get started today by contacting us about your project needs – we’ll be happy to help you achieve your business goals.

No-code tools and platforms: The future of software development?

No-code tools and platforms: The future of software development?

Curated by: Sergio A. Martínez

The practice of no-code is becoming one of the growing tech trends in software development, and as a Nearshore development software company, here at Scio we take a look at what it could mean for our industry, and where the future of digital applications may be headed. Enjoy!

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From the very beginning, computers had the power to make our life easier as long as we knew how to speak in the same language as them, but as these machines became common in our daily lives, the way we interfaced with them changed, and little by little the prospect of building programs and products through them started to be, more inclusive of more and more people getting involved. .

A good example is the simple act of editing a text document on a computer; nowadays it’s as easy as opening a word processor and start typing, but there was a point in time when you needed to understand special commands, known then as “control codes” (the grandparents of modern mark-up code) to produce a legible, well formatted document.

Things like margins, font sizes, and line spacing had to be manually calibrated before you could write anything printable, so the practice of writing in a computer was out of reach of most people until the arrival of WYSIWYG, an acronym of “What You See Is What You Get”, which is a system that simplified this process, showing you the end result of a document as you worked on it.

In other words, there was a point where we understood the need to adapt the use of a computer as a tool for common people, offering the ability of accomplishing things, like writing a text, making a presentation or even creating a website without having to go through the lengthy process of learning code.

WYSIWYG was a huge step into making computer software friendly, and today we can consider it one of the first examples of “no-code”: the ability to create digital objects in a quick and simplified way, which now seems one of the biggest trends in software development. However, what would a future with a “no-code” ethos be like?

A growing demand

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Today, you can think of “no-code” as a way to program websites, mobile apps, and games without using codes, scripts, or sets of commands. There are many no-code development platforms out there that allow both programmers and non-programmers alike to create software through simple graphical user interfaces instead of traditional line-by-line coding, and they are becoming more common day after day by virtue of their simplicity. 

No-code is simply an abstraction layer over code. Meaning, it takes the fundamentals of code and translates them into simple drag-and-drop solutions — allowing creators to build modern apps and websites visually. A no-code development platform can deliver all of the functionality of HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, but you don’t have to know any of these programming languages to jump in and start building,indicates Webflow, a provider of such platforms.

Although low/no-code (LCNC) has been around for a while, it’s only recently that the software development community is taking notice. In 2018, Gartner predicted that by 2024, “low-code development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity“, and software development research firm Forrester has called low-code “the most significant trend affecting software development today.

The result is that today many platforms provide ways for users to create their own solutions, and developers have found it easier and more convenient than ever before to use them, in order to satisfy a growing demand from customers who want software quickly without having any hassle or stress attached. 

This, in turn, has led companies across all industries to not only develop these types of products but also hire people specializing solely in developing computer programs through no-code platforms — a trend known as “shifting left” by some industry veterans due to its increasing popularity among younger generations.

However, what’s driving this no-code movement? There are a few factors, and the main one is the increasing democratization of software development. In the past, programming used to be a dark art, known only to a select few who were brave enough to learn its secrets and understand how to apply them effectively. But with the rise of no-code platforms, the barriers of entry for software development are now much lower, and virtually anyone can create software, regardless of their coding ability. But what does this landscape look like?

The democratization of software development

If you are part of the software development industry, you have seen it: the demand for software developers of all kinds has skyrocketed during the last decade (especially when you factor in the sudden need for technological solutions after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020),  so to satisfy this demand, many platforms have started to offer low-code/no-code alternatives that let people without prior experience in programming to create their own software; a sort of “Development-as-a-Service” (DaaS) paradigm where software development is increasingly accessible to the masses.

This, obviously, has resulted in the increasing popularization of digital solutions for businesses and entrepreneurs of every kind, who now are seeing the technological barriers of the past start breaking down, giving the chance to most people to “leap ahead” and participate in a world where software is increasingly critical to success, giving them the ability to develop some basic software to suit their needs”, said Luis Aburto, CEO and Co-Founder of Scio, about this new trend.

However, this democratization, although desirable and necessary in our modern, technologically-focused world, also comes with downsides that most enterprises should be aware of. And first and foremost is: how does innovation work when an organization depends on quick, ready-made solutions for its unique challenges?

Low-code tooling does not replace the need for traditionally-built enterprise applications. There will always be needs for pro-developer built solutions such as critical APIs, low-latency, high-performance web applications, or even native mobile apps”, says Software Architect and Vice-President of OneStream Software, Ryan Berry. “Low-code tooling builds a bridge to allow the business to enhance portfolios of both commercial off-the-shelf and in-house built applications, allowing citizen developers the ability to rapidly build applications such as input forms, data validation applications and remote monitoring or management tools.

And although this is an important step toward digitalization, software development is much more than just building a product; compliance, scalability, security, and even the need to touch all the points of an organization to make sure the product is actually achieving a goal is not something that can be built with a few clicks in a platform. Ultimately, even no-code solutions require expertise and management to ensure success in a project.

Security, in particular, is the bigger concern with the rapid adoption of DaaS and NC/LC software, where depending on a single platform, accessing sensitive data can be a trivial task. One problem with some low-code and no-code platforms is that end-users are sometimes in a position to make decisions about configurations, permissions, and access controls. […] There are inherent risks in how customer data is siloed and partitioned in these platforms”. 

This has given rise to the (very cool sounding, if we are honest) concept of “shadow IT”, or “the use of IT-related hardware or software by a department or individual without the knowledge of the IT or security group within the organization. It can encompass cloud services, software, and hardware”, as defined by Cisco. Because with the increased offer of platforms, services, and apps that could help to simplify a project, comes an increasing comfort in using such tools without proper vetting or research. The result is an IT or security department left in the shadows when trouble comes.

With the consumerization of IT, hundreds of these applications are in use at the typical enterprise. The lack of visibility into them represents a security gap. Although some applications are harmless, others include functionality such as file sharing and storage, or collaboration, which can present big risks to an organization and its sensitive data. IT and security departments need to see what applications are being used and what risks they pose”, continues the same organization.

No-code: An imperfect solution?

Despite its challenges, the rise of no-code is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that “traditional” programming is going away. Although no-code platforms give people a starting point to build and digitalize their own ideas, it has its limits. As we mentioned, innovation and scalability are difficult to achieve with these tools, and every organization, sooner or later, faces unique challenges that sometimes cannot be solved with “one size fits all” software solutions.

“Since low-code/no-code platforms are optimized for simple use cases, employees or practitioners must work within tight, platform-specific constraints when problems arise. Tools with limitations will produce limited results”, indicates the IT journalism site Ciodive (no relation).

Custom-made, proprietary software built to the specific needs of an organization or market will always be the better option in the long run, especially as organizations mature and specific expectations have to be met, so what “no-code” solutions offer is a way to bridge the gap between programmers and non-programmers to build better products as a whole. 

And even then, today the options to build or expand existing products are more vast and convenient than before. Nearshore development, for example, offers a way to bring expertise to an existing project within the same language and time zones, making the prospect of developing software and testing ideas easier than ever. Although the solutions offered by no-code platforms are a great way to bridge the need between technology and practicality, there’s still some UX, UI, and expert development insight needed to create flexible, scalable, and cost-effective solutions that meet their specific business needs. So if you’re looking to get ahead of the curve, contact us today, and let’s talk about how we can help you embrace the future of software development.

The Key Takeaways:

  • Software development is going through a democratization process that allows non-programming people to digitize and use technology to their advantage.
  • The biggest expression of this is “no-code”: the ability to create software products without the need of coding.
  • Although this is a solution that works for many, it’s not the end all of software development, as there are many areas (like security, scalability, compliance and so on) that are limited with a no-code solution.
  • Today, however, options like Nearshore software development offer a way to bring the expertise necessary to create and develop software when an organization is mature enough to do so.

Scio is an established Nearshore software development company based in Mexico that specializes in providing high-quality, cost-effective technologies to help you reach new heights. We have been developing since 2003 and our experience gives us access not only to the knowledge but also the expertise needed when tackling any project. Get started today by contacting us about your project needs – we’ll be happy to help you achieve your business goals.

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UI Developer

Your best talent is creating amazing user experiences, and you have an eye for clean and artful design. You possess superior UI skills and are able to translate high-level requirements into interaction flows and artifacts, and then transform them into beautiful, intuitive, and functional user interfaces that excel the expectations of any final user. 

You are also looking for a new challenge, working for a Best Place to Code company that collaborates mainly with US-based clients in all kinds of design and development puzzles, and communicating with talented engineers from all over Latin America with a common vision in mind. Sounds like you? 

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:

As a user interface developer, you should know your way around JavaScript and how it affects the web. You also need to be able to adapt quickly when new frameworks come out – there’s no shortage of them!

 UI Developer Responsibilities:

  • Work with other developers to ensure that the website is functional and visually appealing.
  • Plan the layout of the website.
  • Ensure that the website is optimized for various devices.
  • Collaborating with front-end and back-end web developers.

 UI Developer Requirements:

  • 3+ Years of experience in software development
  • Proficiency in JavaScript (ES6+)
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Web Components.
  • Fully bilingual English/Spanish
  • Angular 8+

 Desired but not required:

  • Basic .Net Core
  • Basic Azure Services

So, if you have experience with this, we are interested in you! And feel free to tell us anything else we could find interesting, we value experience and knowledge in our collaborators. 

THE JOURNEY:

We know your time is valuable, so we want to let you know the whole process will take about 2 weeks. There will be 4 interviews total (an initial one with Human Capital, a technical skill one, one with an Account Manager, and probably one with the client at the end), possibly with a technical test, if necessary. 

We will keep you regularly updated about your application, but you can also get in touch with us to ask about its status or anything else you might want to know. Just have fun! 

If you are a good match for Scio, we will give you a formal job offer and ask you to get the pre-hiring requirements to us within 5 days at most, so preparedness is key.  

Does this seem like a position designed just for you? We’ll love to check your resume. Please send it in English to humancapital@sciodev.com and we’ll get back ASAP. Thanks for reading!