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Sector Overview: Education

Vog believes in building businesses in every sector. From mHealth to Fintech, Vog has played in nearly every sector. Education is a growing sector, so let’s look at it in greater detail! Read more

Entrepreneurial Thinking

Entrepreneurial thinking is an asset to any startup. With the creativity and ‘ge-getter’ attitude, individuals with entrepreneurial thinking have a less risk aversion and are able to generate ideas for businesses with ease.

The biggest question is how you embrace the entrepreneurial side. What does one need to do to be confident and successful?

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Sector Overview: Agribusiness

Agribusiness affects our everyday lives, and will continue to do so forever. When you get dressed in the morning, or eat breakfast, agribusiness has lent a hand. 

Now, let’s dive into what this sector is all about, and how app development can lend a hand in its success.

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On-Demand App Highlights

On-Demand apps bring what you need to your door. Uber Eats and Skip the dishes have seen incredible success. These apps focus on convenience, and make going out to eat that much easier. Families with picky eaters, or allergies have the ability to get food for everyone, without having to make multiple trips. While this convenience comes at a cost of a few dollars, convenience is worth so much more. Additionally, the pandemic hindered indoor dining, and so the growth and usage of food delivery apps doubled.

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Propelling Forward Via Launchpad

Vog has two hands in the future. While one hand is directly in tech the other hand is in a program called Launchpad. Vince O’Gorman the CEO of Vog, saw that there was a gap between the supply and demand of developers. Companies hiring developers have a demand for experience. While individuals have the technological background from university, they don’t have the experience. This has been an issue for all companies, including Vog.

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Staying Agile

Staying agile in software development practices transforms the conventional, linear development timeline into a circular loop to constantly evaluate, design, construct and monitor. Many large tech companies are beginning to implement agile methodologies to save time and money in their software development. By taking small pieces of a project, and developing each one in a feedback loop cycle, developers are able to catch bugs and other issues earlier, which means that less time is spent identifying bugs and deployment with errors is avoided. 

Developers that are graduating from any computer science program or coding bootcamp should be aware of Agile methodologies and how they are implemented into software development, however many programs miss this critical piece of knowledge. Launchpad by Vog fixes that. 

Launchpad by Vog takes developers from a junior developer level to an intermediate level, getting any student ready to work at any company. We guide students to build upon their coding knowledge with business and project management acumen that is missed in most bootcamps and post secondary programs, which allow them to grow as developers. Our program is designed to place students with real world projects, to allow them implement the agile concepts we have taught them in the classroom. This combination of theory and practice allows for students to fully embrace the concepts, and learn faster in Launchpad.

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Reach out to us if you want to learn more. We are ready to meet you.

CI/CD: The New Pipeline

Although oil pipelines are still extremely important within Alberta’s economy, there is a new type of pipeline that is of utmost significance in rebuilding the economy–the CI/CD pipeline. CI/CD is short for continuous integration and continuous delivery which provides all developers, across industries, with a set of principles and guidelines for development. While the minute details of a company’s development processes vary, having a set of standardized philosophies and processes allow for developers to move from company to company much more easily than others. 

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Meet A Designer: Sarah Alonso

Designers are integral to the app development process. Sarah Alonso is on of the designers for Vog. Here at Vog, our designers ensure that the app is what our clients envisioned.

Sarah Alonso started her job as a UX/UI Designer with Vog in October of 2020. We wanted to take today to introduce you to her.

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Securing Funding for Your Digital Expansion

Like any business, your digital expansion requires capital. Mobile applications range in costs. When looking at simple applications, the average is approximately $100,000. However, when we look at complex applications with multiple features, the applications can cost over $230,000. While some of you may have the capital to fund your project right away, many of you may be required to look at alternative forms of funding. 

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Vog Supporting Students

At Vog, mentorship and learning are a key part of our company culture. Offering internships to local post secondary students is an important part of facilitating mentorship in the broader community and provides university students with a variety of backgrounds to gain real life experience. One of the students that Vog onboarded this semester was Jeffrey Liu, a 4th year student at the University of Calgary studying Business and Technology Management. When Vog offered Jeffrey a chance to join the team for an internship, he knew immediately that Vog was the place for him.

We spoke with Jeffrey about his experience with Vog to share with all of you.

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