Sol Minion Development https://www.solminion.com en-us Sun, 05 Feb 2023 00:19:07 -0800 Sun, 05 Feb 2023 00:19:07 -0800 https://assets.solminion.co/icon.png https://assets.solminion.co/logo.svg Software Product Development Best Practices https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-product-development-best-practices Mon, 16 Jan 2023 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-product-development-best-practices

While that may seem the same, creating a software product or service involves more than creating custom software. In doing so, we follow software product development best practices to make sure they launch the right product for their market.

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Software Audit Checklist https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-audit-checklist Mon, 12 Dec 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-audit-checklist

A software audit can be part of the due diligence when acquiring software through a business merger or acquisition and helps the acquiring company understand the state of the software.

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The Benefits of Custom Software for a Healthcare Practice https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-benefits-of-custom-software-for-a-healthcare-practice Mon, 14 Nov 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-benefits-of-custom-software-for-a-healthcare-practice

Software can help create efficiencies for the business and a better experience for the patient. When a healthcare practice implements the right software solution, it enables staff to focus on what they do best -- care for patients.

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Sol Minion Development Receives 2022 Best of Tempe Award https://www.solminion.com/blog/sol-minion-development-receives-2022-best-of-tempe-award Fri, 14 Oct 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/sol-minion-development-receives-2022-best-of-tempe-award

Sol Minion Development has been selected for the 2022 Best of Tempe Award in the Business to Business Service category by the Tempe Award Program.

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Advantages To Modernizing Your Web Application https://www.solminion.com/blog/advantages-to-modernizing-your-web-application Mon, 10 Oct 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/advantages-to-modernizing-your-web-application

Whether it’s for a website or an application that runs your entire business, keeping your systems up-to-date is vital to running an efficient business, staying a step ahead of the competition, and protecting sensitive data.

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Product Development: The Ethical USE Of Data Analytics https://www.solminion.com/blog/product-development-the-ethical-use-of-data-analytics Mon, 26 Sep 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/product-development-the-ethical-use-of-data-analytics

Data and information analytics will help you create the best possible software product or service for your market. These insights will aid product managers, designers, marketers, and the whole leadership team. So, how do you use this data ethically?

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Software Product Development: Collecting Data & Analytics Ethically https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-product-development-collecting-data-analytics-ethically Mon, 12 Sep 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-product-development-collecting-data-analytics-ethically

The best way to ensure the success of your software product or service is to get a good, qualitative understanding of how your users engage with that software. So, what are product analytics, and how do you collect data ethically?

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7 Cybersecurity Tips To Protect Your Small Business - Now! https://www.solminion.com/blog/7-cybersecurity-tips-to-protect-your-small-business-now Mon, 22 Aug 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/7-cybersecurity-tips-to-protect-your-small-business-now

New threats against your small business emerge every day. Cybercriminals often target small businesses because they lack the resources for in-house cybersecurity staff. In fact, nearly half of all cyberattacks target small businesses, and small businesses are more likely to be attacked than large companies. That’s why having a cybersecurity plan and maintaining information security is key to protecting your small business from future attacks.

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Cybersecurity For Small Business: Awareness Training https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-for-small-business-awareness-training Mon, 08 Aug 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-for-small-business-awareness-training

Your employees are the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your small business against cyber attacks. That’s why ensuring that they’re properly trained is essential to any cybersecurity strategy. The best way to strengthen your employees’ skills at identifying possible cyber attacks is through employee cyber security awareness training.

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Your Custom Software Solution: Time For A Review https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-custom-software-solution-time-for-a-review Mon, 25 Jul 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-custom-software-solution-time-for-a-review

Doing a mid-year review of your custom software is vital to making sure it continues to aid business growth. Here are our recommendations for a mid-year review of your custom software.

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Your Mid-Year Information Security Strategy Review https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-mid-year-information-security-strategy-review Mon, 11 Jul 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-mid-year-information-security-strategy-review

It’s important to do a mid-year review -- assess your plan and your goals, and make key adjustments. Here’s what we recommend.

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Information Security In Custom Software Is A Top Priority https://www.solminion.com/blog/information-security-in-custom-software-is-a-top-priority Mon, 20 Jun 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/information-security-in-custom-software-is-a-top-priority

Information security needs to be a priority and permeate the entire organization, including technology and people. In much the same way, securing your information during the development or implementation of custom software needs to be considered from planning through implementation to training.

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Information Security: Monitoring Automation https://www.solminion.com/blog/information-security-monitoring-automation Mon, 06 Jun 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/information-security-monitoring-automation

Threats today will regularly probe both your people and your software for vulnerabilities. Constant monitoring is a necessity to ensure the protection of your sensitive digital information.

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Can I Outsource a CTO? https://www.solminion.com/blog/can-i-outsource-a-cto Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/can-i-outsource-a-cto

Technology is central to your business performance, product development, and revenues. You need a leader to map out your strategy and implement it, but hiring a CIO can a huge step for a small business. It doesn’t have to be -- you can outsource. CIO-for-hire is a great option for a small business looking to get the leadership it needs to stay dialed into the always-evolving technology landscape.

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Thinking BIG With Your Technology Strategy https://www.solminion.com/blog/thinking-big-with-your-technology-strategy Mon, 16 May 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/thinking-big-with-your-technology-strategy

These days, you need to prepare your business for digital transformation, integrating new technology, automating processes, and cyberattacks. A proactive technology strategy will help your business stay a step ahead. Just think of the possibilities for growth, security, and new opportunities. Think BIG!

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Get Proactive: Cybersecurity Incident Response Planning https://www.solminion.com/blog/get-proactive-cybersecurity-incident-response-planning Mon, 02 May 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/get-proactive-cybersecurity-incident-response-planning

Protecting information is protecting the survival of your business. A proactive cybersecurity incident response plan is key to your technology strategy and information security planning. So, what is a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan?

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Software Updates And Your Technology Strategy https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-updates-and-your-technology-strategy Mon, 18 Apr 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-updates-and-your-technology-strategy

The most basic element to ensuring that your technology performs is keeping it up to date. Maintaining software updates keeps it secure, protects against threats, and ensures that it runs smoothly in order to keep up with your business’s growth.

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Why Is Data Privacy Important: Protecting Your Customers' Data https://www.solminion.com/blog/why-is-data-privacy-important-protecting-your-customers-data Mon, 04 Apr 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/why-is-data-privacy-important-protecting-your-customers-data

Often, small business owners think they have nothing to hide, and neither do their own customers. So why is data privacy important for a small business?

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Your Technology Strategy: What Is An ERP? https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-technology-strategy-what-is-an-erp Mon, 21 Mar 2022 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-technology-strategy-what-is-an-erp

The acronym for Enterprise Resource Planning can make many small business owners feel like an “Enterprise” solution is too big and complicated for their business. The truth is, an ERP can be an essential part of executing and automating their technology and business strategies. So, let’s start by answering that question.

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Small Business Technology Planning: Cloud Migration https://www.solminion.com/blog/small-business-technology-planning-cloud-migration Mon, 07 Mar 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/small-business-technology-planning-cloud-migration

What is “The Cloud,” anyway? Is it a fancy marketing term created by Microsoft or Google or Amazon? Simply put, the cloud is a data center that is accessed via the Internet. Read on to find out more about when and why to move your systems online.

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Software Disclosure Requirements: CCPA and GDPR https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-disclosure-requirements-ccpa-and-gdpr Mon, 21 Feb 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-disclosure-requirements-ccpa-and-gdpr

Most small businesses were not too concerned with GDPR and compliance, as they were not doing business within Europe. However, California brought the data compliance game straight to the US. So, what will that mean for you and your business software?

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Creating Your Company's Technology Strategy https://www.solminion.com/blog/creating-your-companys-technology-strategy Mon, 07 Feb 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/creating-your-companys-technology-strategy

One of the biggest mistakes we see is small businesses going forward without a good technology strategy. Developing your company’s technology strategy needs to be part of your overall business strategy. Find out how to avoid obstacles and vulnerabilities.

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SaaS Security Best Practices For Small Business https://www.solminion.com/blog/saas-security-best-practices-for-small-business Mon, 10 Jan 2022 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/saas-security-best-practices-for-small-business

Securing data that resides in the cloud can be confusing, as there are myths around both sides of SaaS security -- that it’s more or less secure than software run on company servers. So, what are some SaaS security best practices for small businesses?

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Cyber Resilience: Cybersecurity In Software Development https://www.solminion.com/blog/cyber-resilience-cybersecurity-in-software-development Mon, 13 Dec 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/cyber-resilience-cybersecurity-in-software-development

Cybersecurity in software development is vital to your business's cyber resilience plan. And it’s something that Sol Minion has made part of each custom software solution we develop and have been doing so for 20 years. Can you imagine investing in custom software then discovering it left your business vulnerable?

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Why Is Cybersecurity Important? https://www.solminion.com/blog/why-is-cybersecurity-important-2 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/why-is-cybersecurity-important-2

Many small businesses see cybersecurity as a big business issue. Yet, they have locks on their doors, their money in banks, and passwords on the WiFi. Adding basic cybersecurity can be nearly as simple and save the business from devastating consequences. So, let’s dig a little deeper.

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Do Small Businesses Need Cyber Security? https://www.solminion.com/blog/do-small-businesses-need-cyber-security Mon, 08 Nov 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/do-small-businesses-need-cyber-security

Small business owners set themselves up for unnecessary risks when they buy into these myths. The facts are that hackers do target small businesses and that software and IT staff can’t do enough to protect your business and your customers.

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The Software Development Process: What Don't I Know? https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-software-development-process-what-dont-i-know Mon, 25 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-software-development-process-what-dont-i-know

As we walk clients through key considerations for a project, they recognize that we have the experience to manage a project from beginning to end, covering all the bases as we go. So, what goes into a project that you’ll need to consider?

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Cybersecurity: Keep Employees from Getting Phished https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-keep-employees-from-getting-phished Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-keep-employees-from-getting-phished

How many of your employees are unaware of and unprepared for a phishing attack? By clicking a link or opening the wrong attachment, an employee can open your business up to hackers and potentially devastating consequences.

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How To Align Business Objectives and Your Custom Software https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-to-align-business-objectives-and-your-custom-software Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-to-align-business-objectives-and-your-custom-software

When your software fails to align with your business objectives, it quickly becomes a burden on your team. Business software needs to empower your whole team and help your business achieve its objectives. How do you align your business objectives and your custom software?

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How To Know If You're Already Under Cyber Attack https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-to-know-if-youre-already-under-cyber-attack Mon, 13 Sep 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-to-know-if-youre-already-under-cyber-attack

If your business is one that wants to be ready to fend off an attack and react to an ongoing attack, then it’s important to know if you’re already under cyber attack. Here are the key signs, along with our recommendations on how to react.

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Software Consultancy: 20 Years of Lessons Learned https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-consultancy-20-years-of-lessons-learned Mon, 16 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-consultancy-20-years-of-lessons-learned

You learn a lot of important lessons when you do something for twenty years. The good news is, our clients are the ones who get to benefit from these lessons. So, what have we learned, and how can you benefit from this?

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7 Cybersecurity Questions CEOs Need To Ask Their Teams https://www.solminion.com/blog/7-cybersecurity-questions-ceos-need-to-ask-their-teams Mon, 02 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/7-cybersecurity-questions-ceos-need-to-ask-their-teams

Cybersecurity is no joke, and every small business CEO needs to make sure their team is on top of it, ready to defend and react to protect company and customer data.

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Software Consultancy: What To Expect https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-consultancy-what-to-expect Thu, 01 Jul 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/software-consultancy-what-to-expect

Cybersecurity threats are looming large. Business growth and efficiency are impeded by your software and you need to get it all fixed in a way that will match up with your business processes. The time is right to hire a software consultancy to help but what should you expect from them?

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Can I Outsource a CIO? https://www.solminion.com/blog/can-i-outsource-a-cio Mon, 21 Jun 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/can-i-outsource-a-cio

Technology is central to your business performance, product development, and revenues. You need a leader to map out your strategy and implement it but hiring a CIO can a huge step for a small business. It doesn’t have to be -- you can outsource. CIO-for-hire is a great option for a small business looking to get the leadership it needs to stay dialed into the always-evolving technology landscape.

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When To Hire a CTO https://www.solminion.com/blog/when-to-hire-a-cto Mon, 07 Jun 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/when-to-hire-a-cto

Small software issues grow and become real problems. Customers and vendors demand higher-tech solutions. Your whole leadership team knows the right technology can solve these issues. “Is it time to hire a CTO?” Knowing when to hire a CTO is an important step as your company prepares to get to that next level. You have options.

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Cybersecurity Posture Scorecard: Where Does Your Business Stand? https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-posture-scorecard-where-does-your-business-stand Mon, 17 May 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-posture-scorecard-where-does-your-business-stand

Beginning with the end in mind is a great idea but you can’t begin unless you know where you are. Start creating a cybersecurity plan that protects your business from cyberattacks by assessing your cybersecurity posture.

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Cybersecurity Spending By Industry (and Stats, Projections) https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-spending-by-industry-and-stats-projections Mon, 03 May 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/cybersecurity-spending-by-industry-and-stats-projections

How much should your business spend on cybersecurity to prevent a truly damaging cyber attack? An analysis of spending by industry to help you plan to financially support your cybersecurity strategy.

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Your Small Business Cybersecurity Budget https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-small-business-cybersecurity-budget Mon, 19 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-small-business-cybersecurity-budget

It costs much less to take simple preventative measures, like training and technology, to prevent the hackers from getting in. The first step is to create your business cybersecurity budget.

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Social Engineering Prevention https://www.solminion.com/blog/social-engineering-prevention Mon, 05 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/social-engineering-prevention

Hackers have learned that small businesses are easy targets. Small businesses tend to overlook social engineering prevention and leave the door wide open. How can you protect your small business?

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Social Engineering: What Small Businesses Need to Know https://www.solminion.com/blog/social-engineering-what-small-businesses-need-to-know Mon, 15 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/social-engineering-what-small-businesses-need-to-know

One of the most-used strategies to breach corporate security is Social Engineering. Without a good training program to empower employees to fend off these attacks, the business, and its data, remain in a very vulnerable position.

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What To Do If Your Business Has Been Hacked https://www.solminion.com/blog/what-to-do-if-your-business-has-been-hacked Mon, 01 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/what-to-do-if-your-business-has-been-hacked

Large corporations get the headlines, but 43% of hacks happen to small businesses. Many small businesses go under within months of an incident. If your business is a victim of a cybersecurity breach, you need to act quickly.

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The 5 Top Cybersecurity Threats To Small Businesses https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-5-top-cybersecurity-threats-to-small-businesses Mon, 15 Feb 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-5-top-cybersecurity-threats-to-small-businesses

The threat of a cybersecurity breach will keep any business owner up at night. Cybersecurity isn’t part of the day-to-day routine for most business leaders. However, the threat of a breach is more significant than ever thanks to an increasingly digital economy. Here are the top cybersecurity threats that businesses need to protect against.

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The Importance of Cybersecurity For Small Business https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-importance-of-cybersecurity-for-small-business Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-importance-of-cybersecurity-for-small-business

Going into 2021, small businesses are focusing on increasing their online presence, building an online sales platform (e-commerce), and maintaining communication with employees, vendors, and customers. The COVID-19 pandemic is behind much of this focus and is driving companies to look to digital solutions to the ways they do business. It is also presenting a growing threat -- cybersecurity.

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When To Go With Custom Software https://www.solminion.com/blog/when-to-go-with-custom-software Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/when-to-go-with-custom-software

Last year, we helped you understand the need for custom software, and then we gave you some reasons to do it. You might be convinced that this year, your business will benefit from the right software. But now, you’re waiting for the right moment. Knowing when to go custom is a matter of business goals, budget, and timeline.

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Small Business Spending On IT In 2021 https://www.solminion.com/blog/small-business-spending-on-it-in-2021 Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/small-business-spending-on-it-in-2021

Many small businesses have had to make significant changes to their operations and products. Some have entered the digital realm and others have had to deal with adapting to a remote workforce. Regardless, IT is changing for small businesses in 2021. Let’s take a look at how.

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Digital Transformation For Small Business https://www.solminion.com/blog/digital-transformation-for-small-business Mon, 14 Dec 2020 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/digital-transformation-for-small-business

Many small businesses are reluctant to pull that digital trigger and undergo the digital transformation of their processes and products. Going down that road is a long process. You’ll need a strategy but you also don’t want to get left behind and you see the opportunities that a digital transformation brings, including mere survival in these times of a pandemic. When is the right time to make this change?

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How Custom Business Software Helps Improve Business Performance https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-custom-business-software-helps-improve-business-performance Mon, 07 Dec 2020 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/how-custom-business-software-helps-improve-business-performance

Improving business performance with custom software means keeping your team focused on what’s important, eliminating wasted time, and streamlining your processes. When you set measurable goals, track your progress, and introduce new efficiencies with your software, your business’s performance will improve. Let’s dive in a bit deeper.

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Your Business and COVID-19: Doing More with Custom Software https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-business-and-covid-19-doing-more-with-custom-software Mon, 16 Nov 2020 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/your-business-and-covid-19-doing-more-with-custom-software

COVID-19 is showing businesses the need to adapt and adapt quickly. As they adapt, their software needs to change with them. Custom software, in fact, needs to play an integral role in aiding the business in making these changes.

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What Should Custom Software Do? https://www.solminion.com/blog/what-should-custom-software-do Mon, 09 Nov 2020 06:00:00 -0800 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/what-should-custom-software-do

Your custom software needs to do one thing well. The right strategic focus on your software creates the foundation for your software and technology plan and enables your team to maximize the benefits of a solution custom-built for your company.

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The Essentials of a Custom Software Development Agreement https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-essentials-of-a-custom-software-development-agreement Fri, 23 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0700 peter@solminion.com https://www.solminion.com/blog/the-essentials-of-a-custom-software-development-agreement

If you have decided to move your business forward with a custom software strategy, there is one element of the project that does not involve digital wizardry but is essential to protecting your investment, and that's the custom software agreement.

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