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Design, Projects

The use of mobile devices is increasing constantly and they have already passed the number of desktop computers. In a few years, a smartphone might well be the only computer you need. Each generation of smartphones is more powerful than before, and soon they will be capable of doing almost anything a computer can. With the growing amount of mobile devices, businesses are struggling to keep up and mobilize their systems. However, smartphones are handy, and can be taken along in almost any job. By mobilizing applications, they will be accessible to more people and have better usability. With mobile applications, a business can make many processes faster and more efficient.

Software Nation is currently working on an enterprise purchase order software for multiple platforms. This purchasing system required different rights for different employees as each employee has a different level of authority in the application. When looking at it from the design point of view, this means personalized screens for each user profile as each user sees and is able to do different things in the application. These functions were very difficult to incorporate into an actual user experience (UX) and graphical user interface (GUI). In this case, different GUI responsive kits were used to save time and build the front-end side of the platform within a very strict timeline.

User experience design is one the most important features of any application regardless of technology or type. The combination of interactive and user experience design results in a competitive product which is adapted for the needs and necessities of modern human interaction. If the user achieves the required and desired result in just a few steps, the design team has succeeded in their job. In the quickly changing digital era, designers need to make sure to follow all the latest trends in design and user experience. Especially when working on enterprise level products for mass consumption with numerous functions, such as the purchase order software in question, designers need to give their best to achieve the best possible user experience on the market.

In terms of mobilization, the main challenge for UX/UI designers today is to mimic and present a stand-alone web app through responsive design on much smaller devices. The general approach in this branch of user experience design is to achieve the same look and feel as on desktop platforms. The responsive time and layout scheme of mobile devices has to be designed and redesigned in several stages until the main features and their workflows are simple and user friendly. About 80% of today’s development is going towards mobile devices, so the importance of mobile design is increasing. In the case of the enterprise purchase order software, the main focus for the Software Nation design team was to make the purchasing software optimized for mobile devices.

Designers have many tricks and effects that they use to achieve a smooth user experience no matter what device the user prefers. The enterprise purchase order software was a result of the complicated correlation of many custom processes. The scalability of these functions was one of the main challenges for our design team. All the processes were under strict supervision and guidance of both the client and Software Nation. Together we were able find a way to implement a responsive view and user feel throughout the platform.

In practice, everything the design team made for the enterprise purchase order system was checked and rechecked numerous times. We exported a live design for various devices daily. Our target users were staff on the move and in various situations. We also had to keep in mind that not every user uses the same device. The way a user interacts with the system and the number of steps they take in the order/purchase process was precisely planned. The number of interactive cells on one particular screen session was changed numerous times until we achieved a perfect workflow. This approach resulted in an outstanding user experience which was the desired outcome for the design team.

In addition, designers also need to work very closely with software developers. To connect the user experience and the design, the designer and developer need to cooperate in all stages of the process. In the case of the purchase order software, the client and Software Nation achieved this by constant back-and-fourth messaging and numerous meetings. Without this cooperation of users, developers and designers, the goal of a complicated enterprise purchase order software would have been impossible to optimize on all different devices.


Software Nation

Last week I wrote about front-end developers. This week we are revealing what goes on behind what the users see. I interviewed Milos and Milomir, two of our PHP or back-end developers at Software Nation’s European office to understand what back-end development is all about.

Back-end code can be called the brain of the application, as it is what makes the app or software actually work. It is nonvisible to the user and is run on the server. So as the front-end interacts with the user, the back-end interacts with the server to acquire information. There is a client side and a server side to an application, and the back-end is stored on the server side. When a user interacts with an application, the information is stored in a database that exists on the server. Thanks to the back-end the user is then able to return, save and change data when they interact with the application again. For example, when you sign into your email, the back-end checks that the username is valid and verifies that the password belongs to that username. Back-end is used for all kinds of calculations, logics, and storing data. Some of the programming languages used in back-end development are for example PHP, Ruby, Python, and Java.


What’s the first thing you do when you come to work?

Milos: Check email and Skype

Milomir: Have a coffee

What programming languages do you know?

Milos: PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Milomir: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript

Describe a typical day at Software Nation.

Milos: Going through my emails, checking in with clients on Skype, going through what was done the day before and what to do next with the team, making coffee, coding, coding, coding… writing reports.

Milomir: Work work work – and listening to Erik’s stories

What platforms do you develop for?

Milos: Web, mobile, tablet

Milomir:  Web

Explain the most advanced/complex application development project you have worked on and provide its details.

Milos: I’m part of a team that develops complex API that can run thousands of applications from a single engine.

Milomir: A video streaming website located on over 100 servers.

What sparked your interest to become a software developer?

Milos: I was looking for the best way to get cash from the infinite time I was spending on my computer 🙂

Milomir: Money

Is software development hard or easy and why?

Milos: The further you’re involved in learning new stuff in programming, eventually you’ll come to a moment where you find it interesting and not so hard to do.

Milomir: Easy – because you have a lot of documentation and video tutorials available on the internet. Nowadays it is also taught in many schools.

What’s the best thing about being a software developer?

Milos: Besides the fact that it is very well paid, it is fun working in team with other developers, planning the project’s workflow, putting it all together, and seeing the final product being used by customers.

Milomir: It’s a dynamic job.


Thanks Milos and Milomir for the interview! Now we have a better picture of what software developers, both those who work back-end and front-end, do.


Software Nation

Here at Software Nation we wouldn’t be anything of course without our programmers. We decided to interview two of our front-end developers Uros and Alex about their job at Software Nation to get a better picture of what they do. But first, what is front-end development?

Front-end development is the so-called “client-side” of the website or web application. It is all the things that the users can actually see and interact with. Usually this includes both the web design and front-end development. Some of the programming languages used in front-end are HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

So what does a front-end developer do? Read below to get an insight to the daily life in our office!


What’s the first thing you do when you come to work?

Uros: Start working on the given tasks

Alex: Turn on the computer, prepare the environment for work and start to work on the project


What programming languages do you know?

U: HTML, CSS, SCSS, JS. I also have experience using Illustrator and Photoshop.

A: HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL


Describe a typical day at Software Nation.

U: A typical day includes working on the given tasks for the projects, resolving any issues and bugs and providing feedback for the clients.

A: Working on building the front-end part of websites, sometimes working on WordPress back-end tasks, fixing bugs and helping to accomplish important tasks.


What platforms do you develop for?

U: I develop full-responsive websites. That means they can be viewed on any device – desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone – regardless of what operating system they use.

A: I design for all platforms: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows and mobile phones.


Explain the most advanced/complex application development project you have worked on and provide its details.

U: Most advanced application I have worked on is an enterprise purchasing software, because of the variety of options and services it provides.

A: The Country Care website – I worked on the foundation framework, used html, css, Sass, php, a WordPress theme and WordPress plugins. I worked on both the back-end and front-end parts.


What sparked your interest to become a software developer?

U: Video games 🙂

A: I love computers and to learn about new technologies.


Is software development difficult or easy and why?

U: It depends on the project, the people you work with, and the deadlines. If the project is big, people unorganized, and the deadlines short, then it is hard. Otherwise, it is a lot easier.

A: It’s hard, because you need to learn and improve all the time.


What’s the best thing about being a software developer?

U: You can work from home, or any place that has a computer and internet connection.

A: You build beautiful websites that other people can see and use, and you learn new things every day.


Stay tuned to hear from our back-end developers next!


Design, Software Nation

I interviewed our designer David about his job at Software Nation. During a typical day, he does UX and UI design, communicates with clients, takes care of everyday administrative tasks and attends client meetings.

Designers take care of the creative part of developing an app or website.

UX design is short for User Experience Design. It aims to improve customer satisfaction by making the product easy to use, and the interaction with it useful and satisfactory. A UX designer plans what the customer experience will look like and how a user will interact with a product.  A few techniques that UX designers have are wireframes, user testing, and scenarios.

UI design on the other hand means User Interface Design. It is the design of user interfaces for web and mobile apps and software. UI design compliments UX by determining how an app will look like, how information is presented and how users will interact with it. UI design might also include branding, which David also has experience in.

Underneath you can read what David answered to our questions!

What’s the first thing you do when you come to work?

D: Turn my iMac on 🙂

What design languages do you know?

D: Adobe Master Collection CS6, Sketch

What platforms do you design for?

D: All of them 🙂

Explain the most advanced/complex application development project you have worked on and provide its details.

D: A purchasing software that required overcrossing UX/UI functions with a custom responsive design for multiple client roles.

What sparked your interest to become a UX/UI designer?

D: The knowledge and accomplishment in design and desire to be the best designer in this part of the world.

Is UX design hard or easy and why?

D: UX design is a complex process of trial and error. Overcoming obstacles and making a process as simple and user friendly as possible. The way to simplicity is always complicated.

What’s the best thing about being a UX/UI designer?

D: Seeing your product coming alive, and making someone’s life and business better.


Thanks David for the interview! Stay tuned for more interviews with our software developers.


Education, Projects
Technology is changing the way that students are able to access the materials needed to succeed. Every parent wants the best for their child; now imagine giving them a Harvard or Ivy League student or alumni to tutor them. Two Harvard graduates had the concept for The Ivy Key. This company is changing the caliber of online educational services. The students are put in direct access with elite tutors who also teach standardized testing prep classes and college admissions consulting. Our programmers here at Software-Nation put the concepts of The Ivy Key into play by creating and designing a fully functional website and app. We believe that connecting people from remote locations to have a larger aid pool is the wave of the future. Many universities have begun to offer a large amount of online classes. Emergencies are going to happen, and this method offers flexibility to take a semester off, but come back to physical classes when need be. There are also solely online schools that have become useful for those with a full-time job, needing to work at their own pace. The difference that we noticed with The Ivy Key’s mission is that a younger generation is targeted to prepare them for college.

There are numerous assets with online tutoring. In The Ivy Key’s case, highly qualified individuals provide services to geographic regions that were previously inaccessible. Another benefit is that children are increasing learning online which can help them train them for their future. When they go to college they are on the right track academically through the help of The Ivy Key, and they will posses a basic tech background for success.


Software Nation
Here at Software Nation our team will do everything in their power to offer you the best solutions for your tech needs. Our team consists of professionals in UX design, web and software development (front-end and back-end), and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We offer everything from cloud computing (big data/smart data) to complex enterprise software solutions. Our headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts and we have high quality offshore software development in Central Europe. The majority of our clients are U.S. enterprises and startups. We are always looking to build new relationships with consumers looking to enhance the technological outreach of their business. What can you expect when working with Software Nation? The first aspect that our clients appreciate is the 24/7 Skype support. This means that you can talk to a real team member on Skype anytime to answer any concerns you might have about the project. Even our European office has U.S. staff that works Eastern Standard Time Zone, so you don’t have to worry about the time difference. We work to provide you the best service, Monday- Friday 7am to 3pm. Secondly, our programmers code in real-time. What does this mean for you? This gives you the ability to see the back-end progress and ensure the quality of work. We don’t hold the project captive. You are able to test everything live while the project is still in the development process. At the end of each day, we make sure to push the code on our development server. This allows you to see the changes in real-time. If something is not to your satisfaction, you can let us know right away so that we can fix it immediately. Our promise to you is an e-mailed progress report from one of our Software Nation business analysts at the end of each working day. You don’t have to be tech savvy to keep atop of your project. The report is written so that everyone is able to understand the technological progress. Through these methods, we believe that we are able to effectively keep both the client and programmers up to date on the current status of the project. We will become experts in your area of interest, and make your digital needs come to life. Still having doubts? Let us prove why Software Nation is the best fit. We will ensure compatibility by providing 3 free service hours for all new clients. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today at or call +1 617-275-2635.