Providence Technology Group

A/B Testing 101

Thinking about making a change to your website or app?  But will the change be better or worse?  What do you do?  Determining if a change in software is good or bad is done as a controlled experiment called A/B testing.   Our guest writer, Leona Henryson is a seasoned blogger and UX designer and discusses A/B testing in this article. A beginner’s guide to A/B testing To be at your most effective, you need to know whether a change you’ve made is actually beneficial or not. Now you can simply guess, assume, or judge based on your own observations. All of those choices come with problems, however. And that is that they’re not very accurate. A much better way to know what’s actually going on is by comparing what you had with what you have and seeing how the numbers compare. This will give you ...[Read More]

Startups Encouraged after engaging with panel of active investors

The other night was an amazing workshop for the packed crowd at 801 K Street with incredible insights into building constructive relationships with investors.  So much was covered it is hard to do a summary that does the session justice. The discussion was particularly lively, with lots of questions from the audience. Matt van Leeuwen set the stage with a soup-to-nuts review of what investor are interested in during a fund raise and what terms they may seek in a Term Sheet and the final documents.  He gave a good perspective on what is negotiable–and what is not. He also warned about terms that can turn out very unfavorably for startups. Matt discussed different types of financing options for companies, terms startups might hear,  standard terminology and special types of agreements that y...[Read More]

Sacramento Center For Innovation: Creating A Space Where Creative Collisions of Innovation Can Happen

One of the stated goals of turning Sacramento into a hub of innovation is to build out innovation districts within the city, expanding the revitalization that’s happening in downtown and midtown into other areas of the city that can become clusters of innovation. One of those areas that is on the cusp of some major new developments is the Power Inn Alliance improvement district. The district is located in the southeastern quadrant of the city of Sacramento and is home to over 10,000 businesses that create over 29,000 direct jobs and produce over $3.2 billion in annual economic output. It serves as the city’s manufacturing core with over 62% of the city’s manufacturing base taking place in the 6.2 mile area. Keep reading this article on STARTUPSAC  

Tailoring Your Resume

“Customizing” your resume simply means tailoring it to match a specific job description. Customizing is now a must because most large employers and recruiting companies store resumes in an ATS (applicant tracking system), which uses keywords to retrieve relevant resumes for specific jobs. Once a human reviewer pulls relevant resumes, studies show that they will spend fewer than 10 seconds looking at it before deciding whether or not you are qualified for the opportunity. There are two main reasons to customize: To ensure your resume passes the critical keyword test. You’ll add appropriate keywords so that the employer’s ATS recognizes that you are a fit with the job’s requirements. With the right keywords in your resume, the ATS should make your resume visible to the people doing the resum...[Read More]

Are We There Yet – Saving Money with Solar Power

If you look out of the window today, it may be a bit overcast, but in a few months, the sun will be bearing down on the Sacramento region with promises to scorch the valley.  We know those 100-degree days are not too far off.  Solar technology seems to innovate regularly.   Sacramento would seem to be an ideal place to capitalize on solar power, so why don’t we see more solar panels installed on our neighbor’s roofs, much less our own roofs? Google’s Project Sunroof can help you determine if solar is a good option for your wallet and home.  Depending on your current electricity rates, solar power may not be a cost-effective strategy for you.  When we ran the Project Sunroof calculator for our own homes, it gave us 17-year payback periods – that’s a long time to wait for your investment to ...[Read More]

Why Not Pad Your Résumé?

After all, it’s an uber-competitive job market, as every Sacramento IT consultant knows. Here are the stats: The average job opening attracts 250 résumés. (Glassdoor) Only 2% of applicants will be called for an interview for the average job opening. (Glassdoor) It’s so tempting to pad your résumé. You could probably fake your way through an interview, you probably won’t be found out, you won’t go to jail, so why not? After all, everybody does it at one time or another. (Or do they? Actually, most people are actually honest on their résumés, according to Michael Klazema at Brazen Careerist.) First, let’s define our terms. What do we mean by “padding”? Creative title inflation (you call yourself a senior programmer, but you have only 5 years’ experience) Exaggerating responsibilities (you pr...[Read More]

See the Difference Optimization Makes! – Step 3

Application Development See the Difference Optimization Makes! – Step 3 Your Challenge: Projects experience cost and budget overruns and fail to meet key requirements. Process bottlenecks slow down development unnecessarily. New technologies significantly challenge existing processes, contributing to process breakdown. QA is focused on the wrong bugs. Issues that should have been solved during development are added to the QA workload. Software requirements continually change and developers can’t keep pace. Communication between the business and IT is infrequent and unclear.   Our Advice – Step 3 Manage Application Development   Step 3 breakdown: 3.1 Establish Team Structure 3.2 Select and Appropriate Development Method 3.3 Manage Development Roles, Responsibilities, and Risks 3.4...[Read More]

Synchronized Spectacular

Two short summers ago, Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics when Russia won the duet and team Synchronized Swimming events.  This year during the opening ceremony, Korean snowboarders expertly rode down the slope in choreographed synchronization.  Ask any Olympian – synchronization is harder than it looks, and its not just for the Olympic competitors any more. This year an Intel team, based in Folsom, wowed the world with synchronized drones during the Opening Ceremony.  More than 1200 Intel Shooting StarTM drones delighted a billion people with their synchronized dance creating the Olympic Rings above the venue.  It was inspiring.  If you happened to be in Folsom last November, you might have seen Intel testing these drones in preparation for the Olympics.  Kudos to the Intel te...[Read More]

Application Development: See the Difference Optimization Makes! – Step 2

Application Development See the Difference Optimization Makes! – Step 2 Your Challenge Projects experience cost and budget overruns and fail to meet key requirements. Process bottlenecks slow down development unnecessarily. New technologies significantly challenge existing processes, contributing to process breakdown. QA is focused on the wrong bugs. Issues that should have been solved during development are added to the QA workload. Software requirements continually change and developers can’t keep pace. Communication between the business and IT is infrequent and unclear.   Our Advice – Step 2 Design Detailed Solution Components   Step 2 breakdown: 2.1 Design the Business Rules 2.2 Design the User Interface 2.3 Design the System Flow and Integrations 2.4 Bring the Design Togethe...[Read More]

More than Just Bitcoin:  What You Should Know About Blockchain

Clearly, there’s a lot of buzz about blockchain and its best-known implementation, bitcoin. Newsflash January 15, 2018:  Blockchain in the Boardroom: Toward Enterprise Deployment Newsflash January 15, 2018:  BLJ: Is Blockchain the future or simply ‘witchcraft’ Newsflash January 11, 2018:  MoneyGram Signs Deal to Work With Currency Startup Ripple Financial analysts have been watching in cautious amazement as bitcoin captures the attention of Wall Street.  Did you know that you can purchase your own bitcoin at an ATM in the Galleria Mall, at many gas stations and liquor stores, too? But what is a blockchain?  According to the Harvard Business Review, a blockchain is “an open distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties in a verifiable and permanent way.”  A blockchain ...[Read More]

Application Development – See the Difference Optimization Makes!

See the Difference Optimization Makes – Step 1  Your Challenge: Projects experience cost and budget overruns and fail to meet key requirements. Process bottlenecks slow down development unnecessarily. New technologies significantly challenge existing processes, contributing to process breakdown. QA is focused on the wrong bugs. Issues that should have been solved during development are added to the QA workload. Software requirements continually change and developers can’t keep pace. Communication between the business and IT is infrequent and unclear. Our Advice – Step 1 Design High Level Solutions Step 1 breakdown: 1.1 Get the right people involved 1.2 Establish a High Level Design Specification 1.3 Optimize for Business and Regulatory Compliance 1.4 Obtain Stakeholder Approval  ...[Read More]

Build a Business-Driven Application Roadmap Using an Agile Approach

Build a Business-Driven Application Roadmap Using an Agile Approach Support your ongoing business objectives with a rationalized application portfolio while remaining aligned with your current and future technology needs. Your Challenge Due to application sprawl, many of today’s organizations have reached a point where they are supporting many applications that offer minimal to no business value. Application roadmap projects are often shelved due to the complexity of scale. Organizations are looking for ways to align their business priorities to current and future decisions for applications. Our  Advice Complication Application leaders do not have an excellent understanding of their application portfolio because they lack the processes required to gather accurate and applicable information...[Read More]