Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. Investors and early customers were becoming worried about the ability of the founder to deliver. In two cases many of these were coming from customers using early releases.

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. If I’m being asked to do startup software development, I’m going to push fairly hard on key questions that the startup needs to have answered before they develop anything.

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Do Not Obsess On Names – Obsess On Delivering Awesome Customer Value

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Instead, expeditiously pick a reasonable moniker and then get back to work delivering value to your customers. Cisco” is descriptive of nothing, offering no hint as to the company’s initial router design and development proficiency. Microsoft – Initially descriptive of the company’s software developed for the “micro” computer market, it quickly became less relevant as the “personal” computer market matured.

Austin’s Riskpulse Formed in the Vortex of Two Weather-Tech Startups

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The company, which has some roots in San Diego, sells analytics software that combines weather-monitoring services with risk-assessment data analysis to give customers an idea of whether their truck or. Austin —For businesses that ship anything from mayonnaise to car parts, a change in temperature or an unexpected storm can mean bigger problems than just rotten eggs or stalled repairs.

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SAIC Gets $300M Software Development Contract

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According to the firm, it will provide software development services for developing applications for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), a provider of federal and government-guaranteed funding for students. SAIC has approximately 44,000 employees serving both the Federal Government and some commercial customers

Bridg Aims At Restaurants With New CRM Software

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Los Angeles-based software developer Bridg said this week that it has launched a new customer relationship management (CRM) software product specifically aimed at restaurants. According to the company, it is using information from point-of-sale (POS), email, loyalty, online ordering, and other areas to help give restaurants a single, unified view of their individual customers, and helps those restaurants identify growth opportunities based on that data.

American LegalNet Wins Customer

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Los Angeles-based legal software developer American LegalNet is reporting a new customer win this morning, with law firm Blank Rome LLP. American LegalNet said Blank Rome LLP has purchased its eDockets court-rules-based calendaring and docketing systems software, as well as Docket Direct local/federal court feeds and Smart Dockets court date calculator app. american legalnet legal customer software docket calendar

Yardi Wins Customer In Louisiana

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi reported a win in Louisiana this morning, with Weinstein Nelson Management. Weinstein Nelson Management, which is based in Baton Rouge, is using Yardi's software for reporting, lead tracking, and renewals for its properties. yardi louisiana customer property management real estate realestate software

Nimble Updates CRM Tools

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Santa Monica-based social CRM software developer Nimble has rolled out a new version of its platform, which it is calling "Nimble 4.0". According to the company, led by longtime CRM veteran Jon Ferrara, the updated software includes such new features as embedding within Office 365 and Google Apps; synchronizes contacts, emails, and calendars; new automatic market segmentation tools; personalized outreach emails; new templates for Gmail; and much more.

A Chat with Chris Tragos of Jetpack

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The HTML5 platform that we use is also available as a self service tool to customers. We offer up customers a high impact creative which is not bounded by the box. They wanted something custom, to close the deal.

CityGrid Media Launches APIs

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West Hollywood-based CityGrid Media , the unit of IAC which operates CitySearch, Insider Pages, and Urbanspoon, said Thursday that it has rolled out three new advertising APIs for developers. The firm said its new Mobile Ads API, Web Ads API, and Custom Ads API will allow web and mobile developers to get paid for featuring local businesses in their applications. The new APIs allows any developer to build and display ads from CityGrid's inventory of ads from local businesses.

QAD Wins Customer In The UK

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Santa Barbara-based enterprise resource planning software developer QAD says this morning that it has signed up a new customer in the UK, Snell Advanced Media (SAM), to manage its business processes company-wide. SAM is headquartered in Newbury, United Kingdom, and has more than 550 employees; the company develops technology products used in broadcast media, image processing, and related areas.

BlackLine Tops 1300 Customers

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Los Angeles-based finance and accounting automation software developer BlackLine reports this morning that it added 393 new customers in 2015 and now has over 1300 customers around the world. blackline systems growth finance accounting software saas reconcileThe company said that among the new clients it added during the year were Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Malaysia Airlines, Roku and Trivago.

Yardi Wins Customer In Vancouver

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Santa Barbara-based real estate management software developer Yardi reports a customer win in Vancouver, British Columbia, saying that it has signed up Wesgroup Properties to its web-based property management and accounting platform. Yardi said Wesgroup Properties is using its Yardi Voyager 7S software, and was already a Yardi client. yardi vancouver software real estate management accounting

Yardi Wins Australian Customer

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi reported a win late Monday afternoon in Australia, with Australian property investor DeMartini Fletcher. yardi australia property management software internationalFinancial details of the win was not announced. Yardi said DeMartini Fletcher has selected its Yardi Voyager 7S as its new property management and accounting platform. READ MORE>>.

RightScale Adds New Customers

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Santa Barbara-based cloud deployment software developer RightScale said Thursday that it has added three new customers, bringing its total number of software-as-a-service providers to more than 100. The firm said that Progress, Pearson Education, and Resumator are using its products to deploy and manage their software-as-a-service applications for customers in cloud environments. rightscale cloud computing software deployment customers

Custom Software

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -- Custom Software. For many companies, custom software provides the edge they need. Improved productivity and efficiency leading to cost reductions, easier to use services leading to increased customer satisfaction and retention, a new needed product or service that is not available anywhere else. Custom developed software can provide all that and more. Techbiz Connection.

LogicMonitor Migrates Citrix GoToAssist Customers

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Santa Barbara-based infrastructure performance monitoring software developer LogicMonitor announced this morning that it has been named the "preferred" IT performance monitoring platform by Citrix, which is decommissioning its GoToAssist Monitoring product. LogicMonitor said the move will help it offer its platform to former Citrix GoToAssist customers. logicmonitor citrix gotoassist performance monitoring software

Yardi Signs Customer In The UK

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi reported a win in the United Kingdom this morning, with boutique property and asset management company Rivenhall Real Estate Limited. The financial impact of the customer win was not announced. yardi property management software cloud international

Tealium Links With Sitecore

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San Diego-based tag management software developer Tealium said today that it has linked with Sitecore > , a developer of customer interaction and marketing software. tealium sitecore management software integration Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the integration will make it easier for digital marketers to understand their digital marketing stack, A/B testing, personalization, and other efforts. READ MORE>>.

Smith Micro Adds Design and Development Service

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Aliso Viejo-based software developer Smith Micro Sofware said that it has launched a new, design and development service, which will help its customers develop their own mobile apps. According to Smith Micro, the service is aimed at B2 enterprises and startups, and help them develop iOS, Android, and Windows apps. The company said the team already has designed and launched more than thirty mobile apps for its customers.

Yardi Adds Customer In The UK

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Santa Barbara-based software developer Yardi , which develops real estate property management software, says it has signed up a customer in Leeds, UK. Yardi said that Moorgarth Property Management Limited will managei ts office, industrial, and retail portfolio with Yardi's Genesis2 software. yardi software property management realestate real estate

ServiceNow Buys SkyGiraffe

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Santa Clara- and San Diego-based ServiceNow said on Wednesday that it has acquired San Mateo-based SkyGiraffe , a developer of a mobile software development platform. ServiceNow said the buy will help its customers easily deliver "consumer-like" mobile experiences for applications build on its Now Platform. servicenow skygiraffe merger acquisition mobile software development

BlackLine Trumpets Revenue Growth, Customers

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Los Angeles-based financial automation software developer BlackLine said Thursday that its Q3 revenues were up over 50 percent, as a result of customer growth at the company. BlackLine said that it now has over 100,000 users of its software, which is used by companies for automating their financial close processes. The company said it added such new customers as Applied Materials, Cloud Peak Energy, La-Z-Boy, Louisiana Pacific Corp.

ServiceNow Wins Colorado Customer

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San Diego-based enterprise IT software developer ServiceNow has signed up a new customer in Colorado, the firm reported today. ServiceNow said that the Colorado Springs Utilities has implemented the company''s cloud-based, software-as-a-service products for managing its IT services. ServiceNow said its tool has eliminated 12 different IT tools that were in use at the utility, including legacy software, homegrown applications, Excel spreadsheets, and Lotus Notes.

Esri Rolls Out Replacement For Google Earth Enterprise

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Redlands-based GIS and mapping software developer Esri has launched a new product, which takes aim at enterprise users of Google Earth. According to Esri, its new ArcGIS Earth software is a free, desktop based interactive globe which allows users to visualize, explore, and understand spatial data, letting users work with 3D and 2D map data.

BlackLine Signs Priceline, Shopify, Yodlee, Others

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Los Angeles-based accounting software developer BlackLine Systems , announced a long lineup of name brand companies who have signed up for its software this quarter, including POPSUGAR, Priceline Group Services, Shopify, Spirit Airlines and Yodlee. BlackLine develops software used to automate the financial close process for enterprise companies. blackline systems software customers growth priceline yodlee shopify popsugar

Cyberflow Analytics Acquired By Webroot

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San Diego-based cybersecurity software developer CyberFlow Analytics , which develops software to analyze network traffic to locate cyber threats, has been acquired by Webroot , Webroot said on Monday. Cyberflow's software was used for identifying network anomalies in IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.

Report: Snapchat Acquires Bitstrips For Around $100M

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Los Angeles-based Snapchat has acquired emoji software developer Bitstrips , in a deal worth around $100M in cash and stock, according to a report this morning. cartoon emoji animation software acquisition merger snapchat bitmoji

OpenX Announces Customer Numbers

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Pasadena-based OpenX Technologies , which develops ad serving software used by online publishers, is reporting this morning that it has added more than 8,000 publishers since it launched its product in October of 2008. The software developed by OpenX is used by online publishers to serve up Internet advertising. According to OpenX, the new customers are using both its downloadable software, as well as a hosted version of its product.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

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The second bullet, getting feedback from customers is most often not valid either. Even with these, you will have paper-tested your MVP, but the reality is that customers will not be able to assess the value to them until they actually use it.

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Esri Adds Indoor Mapping Support For Retail Analytics

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Redlands-based GIS software developer Esri says it has tied with another software developer, GISinc, in a move to provide indoor mapping of customers for retailers. According to Esri, the partnership with GISinc will help retailers increase sales by analyzing customer behavior, using data collected by GISinc's indoor mapping capabilities using sensor-enabled overhead smart lighting and opt-in mobile data from customer phones.

Lieberman Software Teams With Canadian Company

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Los Angeles-based security software developer Lieberman Software said this morning that it has teamed with Canadian company Aikya Security Solutions, to expand its resach in Canada. The two said that Aikya will offer up Lieberman's Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM) product to its customers. lieberman software canada expansion cybersecurity security