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Business Management

8 Qualities to Look for in a Web Development Company

By: Jennifer Devitt
April 26th, 2018

Finding a web development partner is easy, but finding the right web development partner for your company's needs and objectives is a lot more challenging. Unlike in fields such as engineering, certifications aren't widely recognized in web development, which makes it harder to evaluate potential partners. What's more, there are thousands of web development companies, from small businesses specializing in e-commerce sites to large agencies that run digital marketing campaigns. In order to locate the web development firm that will be the best fit for your company, evaluate your potential partners using the eight qualities below.

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7 Ways Working With a Development Firm Gives Marketing Agencies a Competitive Edge

By: Jennifer Devitt
April 24th, 2018

More and more, companies are looking to partner with marketing agencies that can not only plan and run a campaign for them, but also create a website or app to accompany it. To meet this demand, marketing firms have several options: hire in-house developers, work with freelancers or partner with a development firm. Below, we'll discuss seven reasons why working with a development company is a smart choice for so many marketing agencies.

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Everyone who runs their own small or medium-sized business dreams of achieving real, sustainable growth.

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SYDCON is among the top custom software development firms in Chicago

By: Jennifer Devitt
February 21st, 2018

For well over a decade, SYDCON has provided both top-tier technical expertise and a personal understanding of the customization software requires to be successful. With this two-fold belief in code and collaboration, we’re proud to say that our passion and hard work pays off time after time as we form long-lasting relationships with our clients. And now, thanks to Clutch, you can see these results in a new light!

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Process Improvement

Custom Software Development vs. Packaged Software

By: Jennifer Devitt
January 12th, 2018

The "build vs. buy" question is one that stumps many organizations, especially those on the smaller side that are looking to grow their business in the short and medium term. On the surface, out-of-the-box software sounds appealing due to the supposed convenience and cost savings it can provide. However, it's not the right solution for every organization. If you ultimately go with a packaged software solution, you have to come to terms with the fact that it almost certainly won't fit all your requirements and form a plan for how you'll address these shortcomings. Before you buy a ready-made software application, ask yourself the five questions below and compare the pros and cons of both alternatives — to make sure you find the best solution for your unique business problems.

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SYDCON Will Be at GEMS This January

By: Jennifer Devitt
January 5th, 2018

For SYDCON, programming isn't just what we do at the office; it's a passion that we want to share with the community. If you're a dedicated reader of this blog, you'll remember that, for the past two years, SYDCON has been at the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math & Science) conference: first as an expo participant, and last year as a session host. We're happy to announce that SYDCON will be back at GEMS in January for another year of this great program.

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Process Improvement

Custom Software Development vs. Temp Agencies: Which Is Right for You?

By: Jennifer Devitt
January 3rd, 2018

Whether it's a vacancy from a recently departed employee or a sudden surge in work, every company has known a time where it was too busy for its own good. To address these problems, many organizations have two options available: streamline processes (which can be easily done using custom software) or hire temp workers. Despite the title of this article, there's never a binary choice between choosing to build custom software or hiring a temp agency. In fact, there are certain situations where it makes sense for you to use one, both or neither. The trick is learning how to use both of them together in concert, as opposed to in conflict.

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Process Improvement

6 Reasons to Avoid Using a Temp Agency

By: Jennifer Devitt
December 6th, 2017

When you're running a business, things don't always go according to plan. People get fired, get sick, or go on maternity leave or vacation. On a more positive note, you might be experiencing rapid growth thanks to a new client asking for a big order. Any of these scenarios can leave you with a sudden, immediate need to temporarily cover a position or two.

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Process Improvement

Should I Use an IT Temp Agency?

By: Jennifer Devitt
November 17th, 2017

That deadline you've been dreading is just around the corner, or you've just found a security flaw that needs to get fixed right away. Your employees are already up to their ears in work, but you just need that extra bit of manpower to tackle this surprise project. Once you've installed the patches, fixed the bugs or implemented the changes, you won't have any more need to keep someone around.

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Business Management

The Pros and Cons of Using a Temp Agency

By: Jennifer Devitt
November 16th, 2017

With your employees going on vacation, having babies, getting sick or leaving the company, things are beginning to pile up and you aren't finishing the jobs you need. What's more, you don't have enough staff who are cross-trained to fill in the gaps.

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Onshore vs. Offshore: Benefits of U.S.-Based Custom Software Development Firms

By: Jennifer Devitt
November 1st, 2017

Choosing to outsource your development work to a custom software development firm is one thing—but are you planning on contracting an onshore team or an offshore team in another country? Although cost is often a driving factor in outsourcing, you need to make sure that your choice of team is worth the money that you'll be saving up front.

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