Top 7 London Tech Events You Won’t Want to Miss in October

At Software Planet Group, we are strong believers in the importance of planning company and marketing activities, and this month is looking promising indeed! After all, what better way to take advantage of the lovely London autumn weather than by taking a stroll to the Olympia, or ExCel for a spot of tech? 

So without any further delay — and bearing in mind that we might be biased — here are our top 7 picks for the month of October:

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Top 8 Tech Events You Won’t Want to Miss in September

Though August is not typically the most exciting of months when it comes to businesses, it is always a good idea to plan marketing and company activities, not to mention wildly illuminating professional events. After all, what better way to enjoy the less-than-sweltering London weather than by taking a stroll to the Olympia, or ExCel for a spot of tech?

This is why at Software Planet Group, we like to keep an eye out on any major upcoming events — and though of course, we may be biased — here are our top 8 picks for the month of September:

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Four Inconvenient Truths About Product Development

According to a recent study at the Harvard Business School, every year, around 30,000 new consumer products are launched into the market. Astoundingly, however, of these, up to 80 percent are destined to fail. So just in case you had any doubts, it has now been scientifically established: releasing a successful product can be one tough nut to crack.

Nonetheless, when first embarking upon this journey, it is not unusual at all to remain blissfully unaware of the many hidden challenges that are lying in the road ahead. So with this in mind, Software Planet Group would now like to present below a few difficult — but important — truths about working on product development:

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What is Wrong with the Waterfall Model?

Despite the fact that for a very long time, it completely dominated the world of software development, today, it is difficult to find anyone who would rise in stalwart defence of the rusting Waterfall approach. This comes down to a variety of factors, but above all, software companies have started to realise that in a fast-paced and ever-evolving world, it is not the old familiar, but agility that holds the answer.

So what exactly is Waterfall and why are so many businesses so keen to move away from it?

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What Doesn’t Kill You…

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much effort you pour into your projects; there will always be someone trying to rain on your parade. This was the experience here at Software Planet Group when totally out of the blue, in a New York pizzeria-style move of underhanded, mafia-like rivalry, our client was hacked by their long-time greatest competitor.

The victims in question were Ted and Marie Giouzelis, proud owners of The Lunchmaster, a school meal delivery solution.

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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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Prototypes, 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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Legacy Code: Rebuilding Working Software

Do you find that in recent times, it’s become increasingly more difficult to support your company’s system? Are you struggling to find developers who can get the job done? Have development rates over the years grown progressively more alarming? You could be relying on outmoded legacy code.

Yes, gloomy though the thought may seem, it doesn’t matter how cutting edge or top of the line your product once was — eventually, it is bound to become outdated and pose far more problems than actual solutions.

This is why it is so vital to approach your legacy systems with a well-informed dosage of both foresight and caution. So to help you in this regard, Software Planet Group would now like to outline below some of the commonest approaches for dealing with this nagging issue.

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The Importance of Animation in UI Design

While the launch of the iPhone just over a decade ago is rightly hailed as a revolution in mobile technology, it also heralds the beginning of a much quieter — yet comparably significant — transformation. Thanks to touchscreen technology, operating our applications has evolved from merely clicking up and down static lists to pinching, tapping, dragging and swiping our way through our programs.

Paired with modern animation tools, these powerful new ways to interact with our systems pose exciting — and often unexplored — opportunities for any business hoping to better engage with their customers.

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