16
Jun
2021

Scope creep: why it happens and how to avoid it? 

With any development project, one of the first things that needs to be agreed upon is the scope: what will be developed, what features it needs to have, and at what point can one say that the project is now ready. Based on this a price estimate will be prepared and if all looks good the work can begin.  

If everything goes according to plan, then the end result of the project will perfectly match what was agreed upon beforehand. However, the project budget and timeline may start to slip if the scope of the project starts to increase. 

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09
Jun
2021

What to look out for when choosing a development platform? 

If it’s decided that a new software solution needs to be created to serve the needs of a company, then one of the first things you must decide on with your development partner is the technology that’s going to be used for the project. There are dozens of various aspects to think about during this process, but some of the most important ones are as follows. 

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03
Jun
2021

From a product catalog to a full-fledged online store: how Uptime created Esvika’s new web presence 

Customers’ expectations for online stores are higher than ever and gone are the times where merely having a web-based product catalog was enough. As such, Esvika, a company focusing on electrical supplies, decided that it’s time to move towards a fully functional online store, which also needs to be integrated with the company’s other systems, including warehousing and accounting software. 

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31
May
2021

Business-minded development partner: how Uptime created L’Oreal Luxe’s complex budgeting system 

When looking at L’Oréal Luxe’s business processes, there is no system more important than the budgeting system – it must be able to cope with nearly 60 000 item numbers, and as it’s crucial for planning and revenue calculations, it must be loaded with all the necessary features, and work without a hitch at all times. 

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28
May
2021

Uptime’s digital solution enabled North Estonia Medical Centre to move on from paper based reporting on cancer cases

The North Estonia Medical Centre now submits information about cancer cases to the National Institute for Health Development using a digital solution created by Uptime, being the first health care provider in the country to do so.

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26
May
2021

Uptime’s project manager/analyst explains her role: that’s what I actually do 

Almost every development team has several other members in addition to the developers themselves – team leaders, analysts, and project managers, who are also often called product owners, product managers, or project managers, depending on the company. In addition to that, in many teams, the roles of project manager and analyst are merged into one position – project manager/analyst. 

Just as the roles are named differently between companies, the specifics of the job can vary as well from team to team.  

Mirja, who works as a project manager/analyst at Uptime, shares how she spends her days and what are the specifics of her role. 

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20
May
2021

Overview: How Uptime helped to create a language learning tool used by 60 000 Danish high school students

Uptime has helped more than 60 000 Danish high school students improve their foreign language skills by being a strategic long-term development partner for Minlæring learning platform and Fejlretter error-correction tool.

Both tools have been created with intelligence and ease of learning in mind, by offering students a more fun and interesting way to learn the skills required.

These tools, created in a close strategic partnership between Minlæring and Uptime, have been well received by local students, as Minlæring’s co-founder Nicklas Augustine explains the reasons behind the success:

Firstly, both of our tools meet students at their level. This ensures that they can develop at their own pace and that they are always provided with tasks matching their skill levels, whilst being given constant feedback and support. Secondly, animated and explanatory videos combined with the use of gamification, which awards students points, medals, and trophies during their work, helps to motivate the students and makes it more fun to work with the language subjects in high school.

Uptime has been working with the company for over 5 years now, and according to Nicklas Augustine the partnership has worked well:

We had a challenge with the learning platform that we could not solve. Uptime was hired as a problem solver in 2015 and carried out the work with great professionalism, high-quality standards, and a high productivity mindset. The first tasks worked out so well that we chose to start a permanent collaboration on the development of Minlæring. Uptime’ business understanding is one of the reasons why Minlæring has found its way into classrooms at most of the country’s high schools.

Technologies and competences

As Uptime has been working on the project for over 5 years now, it has grown to encompass a variety of different technologies, that include: PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, Laravel, VueJS, and HTML/CSS, among others.

In addition to a solid tech-stack, Uptime’s understanding of its partners’ business needs and the use of best practices in its development process has helped to carry this project to new heights.

Speaking of the partnership, Nicklas Augustine highlighted the fact that Uptime is able to understand not only their partner’s needs but also the needs of the students. As such Uptime has never been afraid to offer constructive criticism and this has led to constant improvement in the user experience.

Another factor he highlighted is the fact that Uptime always works as a team: instead of a single developer, Uptime ensures that a team of skilled specialists is involved in the project, which enables continuity in all instances and enables the use of the most up-to-date technologies.

“Our cooperation is carried by honesty, transparency, and mutual trust. In their collaboration with us, Uptime has proven that they are a top-level software company with the ability and development skills to develop complex, demanding, and intelligent digital learning platforms,” said Nicklas Augustine.

19
May
2021

Uptime created Alexela’s new mobile app: everything important to the customer is now in one place

The new mobile application for Estonia’s leading energy company Alexela provides customers with all the tools needed to quickly and conveniently get an overview of everything that is important for them – ranging from information about Alexela’s services, all the way to an overview of recent transactions and consumption. In addition to creating the application’s back-end business logic and the integrations with various other services, Uptime was also tasked with creating the app’s user interface in cooperation with Alexela and the digital agency ADM Interactive.

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18
May
2021

Podcast: how has the pandemic affected people working in the IT sector?

Uptime’s CEO Eero Tohver was recently interviewed for the Töötund podcast, focusing on the jobs market, where he highlighted the current challenges that IT companies are facing when trying to hire top-level talent, but also explained how the pandemic has affected those working for IT companies.

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13
May
2021

Uptime’s CTO: Want to become a software developer? Here’s how to start 

If you see that you could become a software developer – create new applications, develop automations or improve existing systems – then you need to acquire the necessary programming skills. 

Some people acquire these skills by trying to solve real problems and largely by trial and error, others like to focus on the theoretical foundations first and only then get their hands dirty. Both approaches are great for beginners and the right choice depends on the individual in question, so all you have to do is see what clicks.  

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