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Gamify Your Workplace

While Emily Blunt may have been positively enchanting portraying everyone’s favourite nanny on the big screen last year, who can forget Julie Andrews’ classic words from the 1964 original:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

In that very short sentence, Mary Poppins was able to convey a powerful message of work engagement that as is typical with rebellious children, would go on to be ignored for decades to come. In fact, only now is the true hidden wisdom behind those words being rediscovered today.

This is thanks to gamification.

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Our Annual Intermission

Just like every good knife must occasionally be sharpened, from time to time, developers too must also refresh their talents. This is why every year (at the end of May or beginning of June) our services are temporarily suspended to enable Software Planet to treat staff and employees to a week-long getaway of team building and bonding activities.

During this time period, which actually coincides with our company’s anniversary, it is important to be aware that we will only be available for critical support requests — which of course isn’t to say that our customers don’t stand to gain!

After all, first and foremost, this event is all about facilitating communication and strengthening corporate culture through dynamism and creativity.

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Are Desktop Applications Dead?

For years now, speculation on the eventual demise of the trusty personal computer has been going rife and rampant, yet as far-fetched as these predictions may initially appear to be, when one honestly takes the time to consider their individual habits, the arguments do hold a remarkable amount of water.

After all, outside of the work environment, when was the last time that you actually sat down in order to use a laptop or your standard desktop computer? To many of our readers, it most certainly will have been a while.

Naturally, therefore, the situation spills over onto our desktop applications as well. Microsoft Word is facing fierce competition from Google Docs, online applications such as Mint and Personal Capital have already given Quicken a most serious run for its money, and even grade-A programs like Photoshop and InDesign are starting to have their reigns threatened by formidable web contenders.

Consequently, desktop technologies are effectively on the back burner, yet this, as one would expect, is a dangerous path to follow, and some of the cracks are already beginning to show.

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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Binance-Like Crypto Exchange?

Just as the name suggests, a cryptocurrency exchange is a business, online or otherwise, allowing its customers to trade digital as well as traditional fiat currencies. In recent months, starting up this type of company has increasingly become more enticing, as despite the market’s volatility, companies such as Binance have been making good profit, and prominent exchanges like the Tokyo-based Binance are publicly benefiting from extraordinary amounts of success.

Yet replicating such an achievement is not without its challenges, as important security issues must always be borne in mind.

Nevertheless, by understanding the right components and developing a thorough game plan, you can build a successful crypto exchange both iteratively and inexpensively.

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Are Copywriters and UX Writers One and the Same?

Though explaining what copywriting is may at times prove challenging in itself — you’d be surprised by how often writers are asked if it has anything to do with an ad about stealing cars — with the recent introduction of UX writers into the scene, making sense of these roles has increasingly become more problematic.

Nevertheless, today, Software Planet would like to shed some light onto the many differences between these important positions, and discover whether or not a single individual at your company may successfully be able to fulfil both roles.

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Programming in 2019: Which Technology Should I Choose?

When it comes to deciding on a project’s programming technology, things can quickly take a turn for the murky. After all, though we are oftentimes certain of what it is that we are hoping to achieve, as soon as you throw in some complex technical details, it is difficult to determine if we are making the correct decision.

Thankfully, however, Software Planet are committed to making this process as simple as is humanly possible, so for today’s article, we would like to walk you through some of the main technologies in use today and help you identify what you can do to yield maximum benefits.

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Protoypes, MVPs and POCs — Steps to Market Readiness

According to a recent study by CB Insights, the #1 reason why startups fail is a lack of market need. This was shown to be the case in approximately 42 percent of all surveyed businesses. The great lesson here, of course, is that as an aspiring entrepreneur, you must always be careful to not put out there something that consumers simply have no appetite for — but how can you be so sure?

Well, if you’re a regular blog reader, you probably know that an MVP, or minimum viable product, is an excellent way to gauge the market readiness of your product, but this is where things can get a little confusing. After all, how does this differ from a prototype, or even a proof of concept (POC)? These terms get thrown around by techy developers all the time, but deciphering what they mean can often be a challenge.

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Our Fail Fast Approach: Turning Failure Into Success

From an early age, we are taught that failure is a bad thing. You should never fail exams, you aim to pass them; you don’t become something in life through a series of floundering events, you work hard to succeed and keep winning.

So when the Agile concept of “failing fast” is met with wide eyes and a spattering of bad publicity, is that really such a surprise? After all, surely we should all be striving towards success, not failure.

To be fair, such an assumption is indeed perfectly logical, yet allow us to reframe the matter by focusing on a case in point: Thomas Edison. You see, before finally succeeding at perfecting his light bulb, it is said that the inventor was first destined to see it fail — not once, not twice, but approximately 1,000 times.

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What to Expect from Our Product Teams

As explained in a previous article, working on a product instead of a project demands a totally different mindset, which often makes it difficult to discern and form a winning team.

At Software Planet, however, we strive to equip our team members with the knowledge they need at all times — and of course, in product development, this is certainly not an exception.

With this in mind, we would like to spell out the various qualities our company look for when putting together our specialised teams, so you too can know exactly what to expect when entrusting us with your valued products.

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How We Embrace Automation

Who says software providers don’t have to worry about automation too? At Software Planet, we have often felt the need to turn our skills towards our own company to overcome any technical challenges and make our lives just a little bit easier. After all, how can we claim to stand for digital transformation if we ourselves are unwilling to evolve?

So read on to discover all about the exciting new ways in which automation technology is sweeping over our company — and make sure you’re taking notes, ‘cause this is gonna be good:

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