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Earlier this year, during Microsoft’s official Windows 11 unveiling event, the company detailed many visual and productivity changes coming to the newest release of the desktop operating system. As a surprise announcement they announced that they are making it possible to install and run Android apps on Windows 11 through the store. This will be made possible through a partnership with the Amazon Appstore.

While we don’t know all the technical details yet, Microsoft shared that they developed a “Windows Subsystem for Android” (WSA) that’s similar to the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” already present in the current version of Windows.

This happened during the developer keynote, where they also shared that Apps will appear in a top-level window where they can be pinned to the start menu, resized, snapped, and generally managed like any native Windows app. The developers also stated that Windows 11 creates a proxy native app “behind the scenes” that handles the bridge between the Android app model and the Windows app model.

 

How will you be able to run Android apps on Windows 11?

To enable smooth user experiences, Microsoft developers are introducing a new component on top of Windows 11 called the Windows Subsystem for Android, which powers the Amazon Appstore and its catalog.

The Subsystem includes the Linux kernel (which was already available on earlier versions of Windows) and the Android OS based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version 11. It will be distributed through the Microsoft Store as part of the Amazon Appstore install, which will allow users to stay updated over time as we continue to add support for more APIs, capabilities, and scenarios.

The new Android Subsystem will run in a Hyper-V Virtual Machine, like the Windows Subsystem for Linux. It understands how to map the runtime and APIs of apps in the AOSP environment to the Windows graphic layer, the memory buffers, the input modes, the physical and virtual devices, and the sensors.

running android apps on windows 11

Amazon Appstore Preview

 

According to the official Windows Blog: “Running Android apps and games on Windows 11 will feel familiar, effortless, and integrated – just as you would expect. You can easily run these apps side-by-side with the help of the new Snap Layouts feature, pin them to your Start menu or Taskbar, and interact with them via mouse, touch, or pen input. Android apps are also integrated into Alt + Tab and Task view to help you quickly move back-and-forth between the apps that matter most to you.”

 

 

Users will also be able to see notifications from Android apps or share their clipboard between a Windows app and an Android app.

 

Are there any concerns?

While this is exciting news for the Android app developer community, there are still a number of concers with this news. The first one is hardware compatibility. We are still waiting for an official comfirmation about which Intel-powered processors will support Android apps. This hasn’t happened yet, although Intel made a statement that they “expect to deliver the broadest range of computing experiences for Windows 11 this year.”

The other concern with this news is that there are many more apps available through Amazon’s Appstore compared to the number available through Google’s Play Store. There is a possibility that certain apps will hit errors on desktop due to the lack of Google Play Services. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a problem though, since many apps submitted to the Amazon Appstore are already made with this in mind.

It also adds to the clunkyness that you’ll have to first download and sign into the Amazon Appstore app before you can download Android apps from the Microsoft Store. Let’s hope that Microsoft improves this process later.

 

Summary

Being able to run Android apps on Windows, one of the most popular desktop operating systems is very exciting news for developers. While this was already possible to a certain degree through emulators, making apps accessible through the official Microsoft Store opens them up to a much wider audience. Businesses and startups that are shipping mobile products to Android devices will now have the opportunity to reach a wider user base thanks to this new development.

We are excited to see what this will mean for Android app development projects in the future.

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The RabIT Solutions team is very excited to announce that we’ve been recently awarded for being one of the most reviewed development companies in The Manifest. We are honored to receive such an incredible accolade and we are very happy that we get to share this milestone with you, our clients!

 

 

To officially receive this award, here is our CEO, Zsolt Rabi:

“It is a real privilege to appear among Manifest’s most highly-rated B2B companies in Hungary this year as well. We greatly appreciate all the feedback coming through the platform and are doing our best each year to provide the highest quality IT services to our clients.”

The Manifest, in case you didn’t know, is a platform where you can find your next business partner! They offer free shortlists of top-performing agencies from different industries and from different parts of the world. To secure a spot on the top of the list of best developers in Hungary is a privilege for us.

Founded in 2014, our team has been considered as one of the premier development companies in all of Hungary. We are known for always going the extra mile in order to provide the best full customized software solutions experience to our clients. This Manifest award perfectly encapsulates everything that our team has been working on and is also a testament to the quality of service we offer.

Fast forward to today, our team has been able to work with different companies, create amazing new technologies, and win awards from the industry. We want to highlight the effectiveness and the vital role of our development process in all of our projects’ success.

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The developer community has a diverse ecosystem of static PHP code analysis tools that differ in a few aspects but ultimately serve the same purpose. Nevertheless, this can make it somewhat difficult to decide which ones to use during a software development project.

We hope that this article helps you decide which of these tools you’ll use.

This article won’t separats the mentioned PHP code analysis tools into based on their purpose. The list contains tools that are used for the purpose of identifying bugs and for maintenance of code style as well.

 

Briefly about code review & analysis:

Code reviews are processes where software developers and testers check if an already written source code complies with coding conventions and standards.

Apart from manual code reviews, static and dynamic code analysis can also be conducted with the help of automated tools.

Static code analysis tools examine the source code without executing it. Dynamic analysis is conducted while the code, or a part/unit of it (for example unit or integration testing) is being run.

 

Why is code analysis important?

Poor source code quality causes plenty of headaches, overworked days and sleepless nights for developers and product owners alike. Planning and conducting code analysis is often ignored by management, usually leading to long-lasting negative effects on development efficiency and even the whole business.

 

To briefly summarize, if the quality of the source code is left to deteriorate:

  • adding new features becomes increasingly difficult, while potentially breaking existing ones in the process
  • bug fixes take up more of the team’s time, missing deadlines and prolonging crucial updates
  • onboarding new developers requires more time if the code base is hard to read and understand
    poor source code quality can also negatively impact users’ perception of the product, and the whole organization
  • future development estimations also become less accurate if it’s impossible to predict how long it takes to add new features without breaking existing ones.

For anyone who is interested in reading more about the effects of low-quality code, we’ve dedicated a whole article to this topic not long ago.

 

What is the basis of our recommendations?

PHP has been one of our go-to technologies for custom software development projects over the last decade. It is our second most frequently-used programming language after Java.

We’ve encountered many PHP-based software projects across various industries that were struggling to move forward because the source code had gotten so unstable that it was difficult, or straight-up impossible to develop further.

We were only able to stabilize these software products and continue feature development after running a whole assortment of tests and completing a ton of code refactoring work. The following recommendations are based on the experience gained throughout these projects.

 

5 Great PHP Code Analysis Tools

 

phpstan static php code analysis tools

PHPStan PHPStan is a static code analysis tool that focuses on finding errors in the source code without having to actually run it. It catches whole classes of bugs even before you write tests for the code. PHPStan might be the most commonly used tool and also one of the newest.

 

Sonarqube: is another widely-kown option for static code analysis. It incorporates thousands of automated code analysis rules, protecting code on multiple fronts, and guiding development teams toward quality. They also provide an IDE extension, Sonarlint which works well to supplement the CI offerings.

 

Pslam is another great static code analysis tool for finding errors in PHP codebases. It was released in 2016 and has grown in popularity a little more slowly than others. This tool also fixes bugs automatically, allowing developers to improve their code without too much extra work.

 

Scrutinizer Scrutinizer is another widely used analysis tool. It seamlessly integrates into the software development workflow, and continuously builds and deploys application code. It’s free for open-source projects but is only available as a hosted solution. This makes Scrutinizer the most popular option for open-source development.

 

checkstyle php code analysis tools

PHPCheckstyle: is a static code analysis tool used in software development. Its main purpose is checking whether PHP source code complies with coding rules. It basically automates the lengthy process of checking code and helps PHP developers enforce coding standards.

It can find anything from class or method design problems to code layout and formatting issues. You can find the complete list of checks here.

Checkstyle has a large number of plug-ins as well that let teams integrate continuous code checks into their projects.

 

Summary

Of course, these are just recommendations. What PHP code analysis tools you someone ends up using will be based on their own experience and preferences.

Selecting the right PHP code analysis tools for your own development projects should be based on a fair amount of testing and their compatibility with your technology stack of choice.

If at any point you find yourself in need of another set of eyes during code analysis, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your questions.

Thanks for reading our article!

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Code quality and transparency are our main priorities throughout each project.

top app development firm 2020 ClutchHere at RabIT Software Engineering, we know it can be taxing on any new business to balance high output operations while surviving a struggling global economy. That’s where we come into the picture! Our mission is to help our customers grow and thrive through technical innovation to make a real impact in their industries. We always go the extra mile to prioritize source code quality and transparent communication during every project.

In recognition of our success and impact, we’ve been named a top software firm in Hungary by Clutch, an app developer hiring resource. Their team leverages a one of a kind ranking formula to compare and contrast leaders across a number of service sectors. The results help companies large and small find partners for their latest undertakings.

We couldn’t have earned this award without the help of our wonderful clients. They took time to engage with Clutch to see just how impactful our work is. We were graded on the basis of our quality, timeliness, attention to deadlines, and price. We’re happy to say we’ve earned an astounding 4.9 out of five stars on our profile. Take a look below:

 

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“It is a real privilege to appear among Clutch’s most highly-rated B2B companies in Hungary this year as well. We greatly appreciate all the feedback coming through the platform and are doing our best each year to provide the highest quality IT services to our clients.”

• Zsolt Rabi, CEO

 

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Offering custom-built software solutions in keeping with the client’s needs enable RabIT to be ranked amongst the top software development companies in Hungary at GoodFirms.

 

Top Software Development Company in Hungary

 

Dynamic and Innovative Company:

Incorporated in 2014, RabIT software engineering is a studio with about 20 engineers located in Szeged, Hungary. The company relishes developing web applications that are smart and user-friendly, not to mention using reliable custom software that works for business needs. The mission of the professionals at RabIT is to help the clients drive growth through technology innovation and make a real impact in their industries. With project requests mainly arising from Europe and North America, RabIT is proud to have a rich portfolio of solutions for businesses comprising from medical, agriculture, fashion, media, and finance, EdTech, biotechnology, and eCommerce spaces. The team at RabIT is always looking for possibilities to digitize and simplify the business’ operation, investment, or sales processes.

Moreover, the group has a passion for building great software architecture and providing MVP consultancy for start-ups. Once a week, the team dedicates time slots to offer free consulting for projects that are struggling in maintaining product quality or need mentoring for MVP development. Zsolt, the CEO of RabIT, as a software engineer, holds a dream of solving people’s most significant problems through innovation. His responsibility is to make sure that everything is running smoothly and in line with the business standards.

 

GoodFirms’ Research Process:

GoodFirms is an online portal driving vibrant and well-performing IT firms and software solutions. With its foolproof and accurate analysis process, GoodFirms has valued companies and software that help service-seekers find their perfect match. The registered B2B corporations are further examined based on the three most essential parameters that form part of GoodFirms research process, viz Quality, Ability, and Reliability.

Similarly, GoodFirms evaluated RabIT and asserted that it leads amongst the successful companies in affording outstanding services and solutions in software development agencies listed at GoodFirms. The researchers also concluded that the company would soon be amongst the top web development and mobile app development businesses in California and Hungary at GoodFirms.

The below-mentioned services are an extract from the evaluation report made by the GoodFirms team for RabIT.

 

Focusing on Project Success & Quality:

At RabIT, the professional team provides turn-key software development services, including architecture planning, project management, quality assurance, and maintenance. The group of works jointly with the clients to overcome their business challenges and makes use of modern technology to turn their idea into a high-quality, profitable software product.

Furthermore, the team closely works with the clients to understand their business processes and align the development process with their organizational goals. The software development processes are engineered in keeping with the clients’ changing organizational needs. The expert group of software engineers provides clients with top-quality, clean code that allows further development. Moreover, the professionals at RabIT cater to the clients’ needs only after persuing the complete documentation, test results, status reports, and more, which ensures the clients’ business is under total control. Thus, helping clients overcome all kinds of business challenges by equipping them with the unique software solutions propels RabIT to be among the top software development companies in Hungary at GoodFirms.

 

Strengthening the Businesses through Scalable Websites:

At RabIT, the expert web developers’ team creates stunning and scalable websites and web applications from scratch. They also develop client’s cutting-edge web software to accelerate digital growth for their business. RabIT brings a team of experienced full-stack web developers to the table that will take care of all of the clients’ business web development needs. The team caters to the clients with high-quality front-end, back-end, UI/UX development, design services, wholly-tested project management, and support.

Uninteresting and hard-to-navigate web applications can result in creating wrong impressions and missed sales revenue. So, the team works tirelessly to make sure clients’ web applications are clean and highly responsive. The optimized Scrum and Kanban methodologies allow clients to make timely changes to their web during development. The team also conducts bi-weekly live demos to give the clients the best end-results. Backed by such expert developers providing clients with robust and bespoke web solutions would soon enable RabIT to be amongst the top web developers in California at GoodFirms.

 

Innovative & Highly Responsive Mobile Apps:

The team of expert developers provides clients with mobile application development services for iOS, Android, and Cross-platform. They also offer clients innovative and highly responsive UI/UX solutions, and more than anything, extend desktop and web applications to a mobile platform.

Moreover, the seasoned developers help clients harness the latest technologies to build native mobile apps for iOS and Android or cross-platform apps that work on both. User interface and user experience are what make or break a great mobile app. Well-acquainted with this knowledge, the team always focuses on designing and building elegant, highly responsive UI/UX solutions for clients’ apps. Creating flawless user-interfaces with a smooth clientele experience would soon enable RabIT as one of the top mobile app development companies in Hungary at GoodFirms.

 

About GoodFirms

Washington, D.C. based GoodFirms is an innovative B2B Research and Reviews Company that extensively combs the market to find top Digital Marketing, Social Media, and SEO Services firms that offer the best services to its customers. GoodFirms’ extensive research processes rank the companies, boost their online reputation, and help service seekers pick the right technology partner that meets their business needs.

 

About the Author

Anna Stark is a staff writer with GoodFirms – a Washington D.C. based B2B Research Company that bridges the gap between service seekers and service providers. Anna’s current role includes gauging companies’ performances and their key attributes and putting them into words. She firmly believes in the magic of words and is always on the lookout for new strategies and ideas that companies have gladly embraced, and then helps them shine a light on those to make their identities shine brighter.

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Today, certain terms in software engineering often get confused with each other. A common example of this is Quality Assurance vs Quality Control vs Software testing.

They might sound very similar and interchangeable at first, but these terms actually have their own separate meanings.

If you’ve had anything to do with IT projects, you have likely come across them already. If you’ve been following our blog, you also probably noticed that we spend a lot of time discussing software quality-related topics and issues. This is mainly because we believe that focusing on quality during development projects is more important than ever, considering the enormous competition between service providers.

This is why we’ve decided to clarify these topics, to give you an understanding of the areas you need to focus on to effectively achieve higher quality. Other reasons why we think software product quality is crucial:

  • Development tasks start to take longer to complete, bug fixes take up more and more of the team’s time, missing deadlines and prolonging crucial updates.
  • Future development estimations become highly inaccurate and unreliable, turning project planning into a nightmare for your management team.
  • With a low-quality product that doesn’t sell or actually help customers, your chances for turning a profit drop significantly.
  • Poor source code quality can also negatively impact customers’ perception of your product, and the whole organization.

 

To introduce effective quality management practices into your own development processes, you must understand what the terminology represents, and what purpose each activity serves first.

So let’s jump into the topic of Quality Assurance vs Quality Control vs Software Testing, starting with QA.

 

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is a set of methods and activities to verify that the final software product gets developed in accordance with requirements and specifications. Its goal is to validate the quality and functionality of the software before release, and make sure that the final product provides the best possible user experience.

QA should be an essential part of the software development life cycle as a planned strategy that details the testing and evaluation processes in order to achieve high product quality.

Quality Assurance is a top-level strategy that works out ways to detect and eliminate possible bugs and errors in the software. Contrary to popular belief, its main focus is not on completing the operations-level testing activities. Rather, it is to establish management-related areas like development methodologies, issue resolution, project management and analysis, etc.

QA is process-oriented, not specifically product-oriented. It is about working out the methodology of preventing defects, engineering processes that help product development teams achieve quality in an effective and efficient way.

So, to summarize, Quality Assurance is not about identifying and fixing specific defects. It is a way to create processes that help your team identify and fix any upcoming issues and defects throughout the entire project lifecycle.

By the time you get to actual quality control and testing activities, you must already have a top-level QA strategy in place if you want to maintain project efficiency.

 

 

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Quality Control

Quality Control is the process of checking the degree of readiness of the software product to release and its compliance with the requirements. As a process, QC is a part of the wider Quality Assurance methodology.

It is about examining the actual results of development before release. So as opposed to QA, which works on the process level, Quality Control is product-oriented.

QC is done by comparing the developed results to what was expected in the original requirements documentation. The state of the source code itself also has to be examined and compared to programming standards, architectural documentation, security requirements, etc.

The findings from this process allow development managers to prepare necessary quality correction measures depending on the current stage of the project. In some cases, QC is also used to verify whether the best possible technical solutions, programming languages, frameworks and tools were used by the developers or not.

So, unlike QA, which is proactive, QC is reactive. Quality Control detects bugs by examining the product itself before it gets released. This basically means checking if the product meets the predetermined set of requirements.

 

Software Testing

Software Testing represents the operations-level activity of actually checking the software for errors and bugs. This can be done using various methods such as:

  • Usability testing – Checking if end users will be able to easily use and understand the software. Helps identify usability issues and improve user experience.
  • Compatibility testing – Verify that the software works perfectly on devices with various screen sizes, running different operating systems. In case of web applications, this includes testing cross-browser compatibility as well.
  • Functional testing – Checking whether the software works in accordance with feature specifications and business requirements.
  • Performance testing – Also includes load and stress testing. It means testing the robustness and stability of the software under extreme conditions.

So what is the main difference between Quality Control and Software Testing? So far they sound quite similar.

Software Testing represents the activity of running or executing a program with the intention of finding defects, while QC is a way of managing these defects. 

After identifying software defects, additional rounds of testing must be performed as well to check if they are fixed. Testing is absolutely crucial in making sure that the product reaches your customers with as few errors and bugs as possible.

Developers may interpret some requirements and functions in a different way than intended by the product owner. That’s why it is essential to have a software tester who can check if everything is functioning as required.

Testing has to be an integral part of software development throughout the entire project, performed by professionals with strong expertise in finding every possible user scenario to test each function thoroughly.

 

To summarize

By understanding the basic terminology of Quality Assurance vs Quality Control vs Software Testing, you’ve made the first step towards achieving consistently high product quality. To summarize once again:

Quality Assurance represents the very top-level strategy, focused on establishing and optimizing necessary quality management processes.

Once this is established, it is up to Quality Control to examine the state of the actual product and provide a framework for the operations-level Software Testing activities.

Establishing effective Quality Assurance processes is a lengthy process that requires careful planning and a lot of optimization on the management side. For more information and guides about the topic, follow our blog or reach out to us and ask your questions directly.

 

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Many people have predicted that a global-scale lockdown will definitely lead to an increase in online activity and mobile app data consumption. It just seems logical considering the unprecedented rise in popularity of online entertainment and shopping, accessible through all kinds of devices.

Now we know exactly how significant this increase really is, thanks to a recent report published by Sensor Tower.

According to the data intelligence provider’s research, the amount of data used for first-time installs of the top 250 mobile apps worldwide in Q1 2020 grew 34 percent from the year-ago quarter to 596 petabytes, or 596 million gigabytes, and was up 52 percent from the three-year average of 391 petabytes for the first quarter.

 

mobile app data consumption

Image Source: Sensor Tower

 

The data analysis comes from first-time installs of the top 250 mobile apps worldwide and excludes apps downloaded from APK mirrors or secondary app stores. Only popular apps were taken for the analysis and their file size was not added to the download measurements.

It is important to note that only the primary app markets were examined in the study. Re-installations, updates, and installations of apps to more than one device associated with the same Apple ID or Google account were excluded from the metrics entirely.

 

 

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To put this data into perspective, Sensor Tower used the following comparison:

“…last quarter’s total of 596 petabytes used by first-time installations of the top 250 apps was equivalent nearly 53 million hours of 4K quality Netflix streaming or enough to completely fill the storage on approximately 9.3 million top-of-the-line iPhones.”

This rapid increase in mobile app data consumption isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Users have widely recognized the benefits of online services, especially in the new, post-Covid world of social distancing and working from home.

Apart from the eCommerce and entertainment industries, businesses centered around enterprise software and healthcare applications seem to be thriving as well, despite the global-scale economic downturn.

It is as good a time as ever to launch new applications on mobile platforms. If you are also considering to develop a cutting-edge mobile app, our team can help you do just that. Reach out today for a free project consultation!

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The 4th industrial revolution has caused traditional businesses to shift their focus towards digitization. Many organizations that don’t have software developers on their payroll now need to decide whether to form their own development teams, or outsource their projects to outside providers.

Because you are currently researching this topic, we are going to assume that you’ve already decided to hire external professionals instead of building an in-house development team.

Deciding whether to hire freelancers or an agency to carry out key development projects is not an easy one either. Most software projects require significant time and money investment, and the future of your entire business can depend on the results.

Disclaimer: Since this article was written by a software development agency, it’s fair to expect some bias in here. However, our goal is not to say that agencies are always the 100% right choice in all cases. Instead, the article is only meant to outline the general thought process one should follow when deciding whether to hire freelancers or an agency. There are projects for which working with freelancers makes more sense and vice versa.

With this out of the way, let’s start by examining the benefits and downsides of hiring freelancers as well as agencies.

 

Benefits of hiring freelancers

Lower development rates –  Because they have no overhead costs to worry about, freelancers are usually able to offer more cost-effective rates compared to agencies.

We list this as a benefit here, but lower rates alone don’t mean that your project will be more cost-efficient. If a project gets delayed due to poor source code quality or project management issues, the actual final cost can become much higher.

In-house employment is an option – Companies often decide to permanently hire freelancers who perform well over a longer period of time. The availability of this option only depends on the freelancer’s plan for the future, while it is rarely possible with agencies.

High-level specialization – Freelancers often decide to become specialists in a few development technologies, making them reliable experts in their own field. This can sometimes be a downside too, if your project requires the use of a wider range of languages and frameworks.

Scaling the team is easy – Recruiting new freelancers for a project is relatively fast and easy. There are many freelancer platforms and recruiting agencies out there who can help you do this as well. Once you recruit new team members, the senior development lead can help on-board them to the project.

Note: While finding freelancers is easy, it’s fairly difficult to realistically assess their competencies before actually hiring them. If you don’t have a thorough skill assessment procedure in place, finding the right people to join your project can also take a long time.

 

Potential downsides

Management issues – After a certain point, it becomes very difficult to manage a large team of freelancers. This is especially true if they are working from different locations and time zones. Tracking performance and work progress are among the main management challenges.

Working from home in general can have its own downsides. At first it might sound great, but in practice it can be difficult to provide consistent results if the work environment is too unstable. Potential distractions, and lack of control can cause work to slow down and lose focus.

Communication can be difficult – Without careful coordination,  working from different time zones also weakens the flow of information between team members. It can be extremely time-consuming if you constantly have to ask for updates from each freelancer on your team. Agencies often solve this by dedicating a person to this role full-time.

Also, if there are too significant cultural differences between the employer and freelancers, the effectiveness of communication can decrease further. Even carefully written task specifications can be misinterpreted by the other party, causing delays in the project.

Work overload & split focus – Freelancers often work for multiple clients at the same time. They can also get distracted by solo projects of their own, potentially slowing down the progress of others. Motivating freelancers to focus more on your project can also be difficult. Increasing salaries only works as a motivator up until a certain point.

Potentially high fluctuation – Freelancers often have a change of heart about their careers, either deciding to seek full-time employment or change specialization. This can mean high fluctuation over the course of a longer project, causing progress to slow down every time you have to on-board a new team member.

On the other side of things, agencies will likely remain available for the long run.

Replacing key team members is difficult – If a developer who has spent years developing your software suddenly decides to leave the project, replacing him or her can be a real challenge. Without having detailed documentation, it can also take weeks or even months for new developers to figure out how everything works in the source code.

 

 

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Benefits of hiring  an agency

Streamlined project management and QA processes– Agencies usually have highly optimized project management methodologies in place. Dedicated project managers can help you take care of team monitoring and communication tasks. This allows you to focus more on other, also important areas of your business. You can be sure that the team will be able to effectively communicate in your language, because project managers are specifically trained to possess the necessary language skills.

It is not the case for every agency, but many also have in-house quality assurance and code review processes, which guarantee higher software quality.

Larger knowledge pool – If you work with an agency, you gain access to the combined technical knowledge of dozens of development experts. This is essential for larger, more complex projects that require in-depth experience with multiple platforms, languages and frameworks.

Higher accountability and reliability – While freelancers can disappear from a platform overnight, agencies are registered and regulated by their local governments. If managed well, they can serve as long-term partners over the course of multiple years or even decades.

Signing legally binding development contracts with them also provides much more security for your business, with clearly defined accountability.

Takes care of scaling the team for you – You don’t have to worry about scaling the development team either if you choose to work with an agency. They usually have plenty of available developers to dedicate to a project. They are often also in constant contact with IT recruitment agencies to be able to hire additional developers quickly if necessary.

You also don’t need to worry about replacing key developers if they unexpectedly become unavailable. Agencies can seamlessly take care of this as well.

 

Potential downsides

Higher development rates – Agencies usually work with somewhat higher hourly rates than freelancers. This is understandable, as they also have to cover certain overhead costs. Also, most of these expenses will serve the purpose of ensuring a smoother development process and higher product quality.

They are able to offer added services such as team scaling and recruitment, QA, project or product management and more.

Changing teams can be difficult – If for some reason you decide to take your project to another development agency, this can be hard to do in certain cases. Some agencies might refuse to give you full ownership of the source code, or the contract can even prohibit changing providers over a previously agreed upon time period. We don’t do any of this to provide a high level of freedom for our clients, but these practices do exist in the industry today.

Can’t employ their developers in-house – Permanently hiring a dedicated developer into your in-house team is usually not an option. If it is, it usually comes with a very steep price. However, agencies like ours are always more than happy to long-term partnerships with clients.

 

Based on these benefits and downsides, we can already draw some conclusions.

From our own and our clients’ experience, it’s usually more effective to hire freelancers as an extension to your own team when you already have a well-established development process setup. Management, on-boarding, mentoring, issue tracking, review and other methodologies and processes already should be in place by the time you look for external people.

Without these processes, there will be no way of telling if the cooperation is truly effective or not.

On the other hand, development agencies already have these processes, and competent ones can be trusted to handle the setup of the entire development team. Although this comes at a steeper price than working with freelancers, they can help project owners with either technical or non-technical backgrounds find a fitting solution.

 

How to decide if you should hire freelancers or an agency for your project

Depending on who you ask, and how you define project failure, the IT project failure rate is around 50-70%. Many software projects get cancelled or run out of budget due to project management issues, lack of development experience and various other reasons.

This happens regardless if someone decides to hire freelancers or an agency, or even in-house developers.

With all this said, it is clear that project owners need to be extra careful when choosing development partners. In our opinion, some projects are really well-suited for freelance teams, while others absolutely require the full attention of a dedicated software development agency.

We aren’t saying that it is impossible to complete a certain project with either freelancers or agencies. Our experience shows that some types of projects are simply better suited for one setup than the other.

Many different aspects need to be considered before making this decision. Some of these are:

 

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Project scope

In project management terms, scope means the defined features and functions of a product. It can also represent the scope of work needed to complete a project.

If the scope of your project contains the development of a wide range of features for multiple platforms, using different programming languages and frameworks, you should probably consider hiring an agency.

For shorter projects with a more narrow scope, such as developing a website or building an application with only a few core features, it is often more beneficial to hire freelancers.

 

Complexity

Similarly to project scope, you should also take software complexity into account here. A highly complex program is comprised of many different parts that all interact with each other, often through multiple software platforms. Building such a system requires careful coordination, planning and management throughout the whole project.

Agencies are usually better equipped to handle such a project. They have optimized project methodologies in place, and can dedicate specialists to each management and development role.

We’re not saying, of course, that complex projects are impossible to complete with a team of freelancers. If you decide to go with this setup though, you must be prepared to dedicate a significant amount of time to managing the team and monitoring their progress.

 

Scaling

As we mentioned, managing a large team of freelancers can be very difficult. For projects that require you to scale the development team over time, it is definitely more beneficial to work with an agency.

On the other hand, if you are prepared to manage the work of a few freelancers, and you know for sure that you won’t need to scale the team in the future, you can safely choose this option as well.

If your team is prepared to handle scaling management, technical recruitment project management, etc., then hiring freelancers can still be a viable path for you.

 

Accountability

As many other forms of investment, development projects also come with a high amount of risk. Over the course of a longer development project that can last multiple years, many things can go wrong.

In this case, you want to have certain measures in place that guarantee your business’ safety. As government-registered and monitored entities, development agencies are easier to hold accountable if they fail to hold up their end of the deal.

If your project is really key to your business’ success and involves a high level of risk (high investment), we recommend hiring an agency over freelancers.

 

Risk management

This factor is also somewhat connected to the previous one. The best way to prevent failure is to implement risk prediction and prevention measures. Having constant performance monitoring and quick issue resolution procedures can greatly increase your project’s success.

Agencies can usually offer more risk management solutions compared to freelancers. There are more eyes on the project at all times, if a key team member becomes unavailable, someone else can quickly fill in for them. Dedicated project managers can also warn you about potential delays and risk factors in time.

Again, consider the level of risk involved in the project carefully before deciding whether to hire freelancers or an agency.

 

Technical recruitment capabilities

As we mentioned earlier, assessing and verifying software development capabilities can be quite difficult. If your team isn’t equipped with the proper knowledge to complete the vetting process, you risk hiring people with the wrong capabilities.

Agencies usually already have these skill assessment processes in place. They need to make sure that they only hire capable developers, as this is directly linked to their success as a service provider. They can also invest time and effort into improving certain skills of their developers.

If  you are able to set up the necessary technical recruitment processes in-house, hiring freelancers can be a good option for you. Otherwise, go with an agency.

 

Project management capacity

This issue only comes to light when the project has reached a certain level of complexity. After a certain time, product owners notice that they dedicate too much time to monitoring the developers’ progress, and other, also important areas of their business doesn’t get enough attention.

To avoid this, you need to make sure that you have someone on your team who is able to handle project management tasks, even when the project reaches its later stages. If this is not a problem for you, working with freelancers can be beneficial.

If you don’t want to worry about project management, or don’t have in-house knowledge about the right methodologies, we recommend that you work with an agency.

 

To Summarize

The decision whether to hire freelancers or an agency should always be based on the project’s specific requirements. Certain projects can be much better suited for freelancers than agencies and vice versa.

Before making a decision, consider factors such as project scope, software complexity, future scaling, accountability and risk management.

If you aren’t satisfied with the performance of your initial team, don’t be afraid to change to another provider. It is much better to cut your losses early and focus on getting the project back on track instead of wasting additional resources.

Thanks for reading our article. We hope it provided you with some useful new insights. Best of luck to you on your search!

RabIT Solutions

RabIT is an innovative software engineering company from Hungary. Our goal is to help startups and enterprises drive growth through technology innovation and make a real impact in their industries.

Code quality and transparency are our main priorities throughout each project.

It’s undeniable that Covid-19 has caused a significant impact on the way we work, shop and make payments. People are quickly turning to safer ways of using and managing their money. The increase of digital transactions is already noticable, and experts predict that they continue to rise more rapidly over the coming years.

According to new research conducted by AksjeBloggen, global digital payments are expected to reach $6.7trn in value by 2023.

Earlier data gathered by Statista showed that in 2017, the global digital payments market was valued at $3.1trn. In the last three years, this value increased by more than 50%, reaching 4.7trn in 2020. Statistics indicate the entire digital payments industry is set to continue growing by CARG of 12% by 2023.

The research also indicates that digital commerce represents the leading revenue stream in the digital payments market with a $3.7trn transaction value in 2020, which is almost 80% of the entire market value this year. According to Statista, online buying and selling of goods and services will remain the largest revenue stream of the global digital payments industry in the following years, reaching a total of $4.5trn in 2023.

Statistics also show that throughout the following years we will witness a significant increase in mobile POS payments. In 2017, this segment of the digital payments market was valued at $368.6bn. Since then, mobile payments rose more than 175%, reaching $1trn value in 2020. This rapidly growth is expected to continue in the following years with mobile payments becoming $2.1trn worth industry by 2023.

The recent pandemic has visibly pushed the digital payments market to unexpected heights. This trend will most likely require even more traditional businesses to open online stores with digital payment options.

The rise of mobile POS payments mean that companies in the commerce industry will have to focus on optimizing the mobile user experience of their online more than ever. Based on this research, we can conclude that market players in the eCommerce industry will depend on mobile transactions more than ever over the coming years.

As the future of work, shopping, entertainment and life in general over the coming years remain uncertain, businesses will need to become more flexible and rapidly adapt to changes in the lifestyle of their customers and employees alike.

 

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According to TechCrunch, on April 21st Apple announced the launch of its App Store, Apple Podcasts, iCloud and Apple Music services to dozens of additional markets in Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East.

According to the tech giant, the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud will now be available in 20 additional nations, while its music streaming service, Apple Music, launches in 52 new countries.

Apple introduced the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud in the following countries:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda and Zambia.
  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.
  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.
  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga and Vanuatu.

 

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Apple is hoping to increase their sales in the above mentioned countries thanks to this expansion. Their users in these regions have been complaining that they didn’t have access to a wider service ecosystem through recent years.

This can also be good news for businesses that are planning to launch new iOS applications for an international audience.  They will have the opportunity to benefit from the increased reach and exposure resulting from this expansion.

This is the largest expansion performed by a large IT company until now. It is definitely a good time to develop for iOS platforms, as the App Store is now available in 175 countries, boasting half a billion weekly users as per the press release.

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RabIT is an innovative software engineering company from Hungary. Our goal is to help startups and enterprises drive growth through technology innovation and make a real impact in their industries.

Code quality and transparency are our main priorities throughout each project.