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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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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Design a Successful App

We get asked all the time,”What makes a successful app?” While this question can be hard to address, we wanted to give some tips on how your mobile application can be successful. We appreciate all our clients, and want them all to be able to succeed. From a design standpoint, there is ample that you can do to be successful. Let’s get started! Read more

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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Marketing is as Important as the App


You have just developed an amazing app. You have tested it with the Beta version, and its ready to hit the App Store. The release date comes, and there are almost no downloads. Your family and friends have downloaded it, but apart from that, downloads are negligent. What could you do to prevent that from happening? Marketing!

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Mobile Wallets: The Future

Canadians are steadily increasing their mobile purchases these days. With mobile wallets becoming more popular, we thought it important to explore the topic. Our app development team has come up with a few key points about this mobile payment revolution to keep in mind through your app development process. 

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How Apps Have Changed and Why You Need One!

We go to an App Store and we download anything we can imagine. Bored? You look for a game. Editing Photos? There are a million apps for editing! We can go to the app store and always leave with an app downloaded that we didn’t plan for. That is the magic of mobile applications. Mobile apps find an internal desire we didn’t know existed.

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Challenges of App Development

Developing an application is difficult, and has its challenges. While some of the difficulty falls on the developer, there are challenges faced by the business wanting to develop an application as well.

What are these challenges you ask? Outlined here are 5 key challenges associated with app development.

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