Continuing coverage of our latest recognition on Clutch’s annual report of leading firms in the United Kingdom and Canada, we wanted to dive deeper into what enabled us to achieve this success. While we are proud to showcase our leadership among web, ecommerce, Drupal, Shopify, and Magento developers in Canada, it is important to reflect on the past projects and relationships that drove us to these heights. Having evaluated our team across various development sectors, Clutch has taken the time to conduct interviews with many of our clients, framing an accurate picture of what it’s like to work with us; their conversations cover an array of questions regarding the challenges, solutions, and results of our time working together. Dedicating much of our success to our clients, we wanted to look back, not only to share some of the things they’ve had to say about our work, but to share how we’ve become a Canada development leader as well: “They really know their stuff in Drupal, more so than any other development shop I’ve worked with…their team was essentially available at any time to answer our questions, solve an emergency, or fix a mistake that we made,” referenced the Director of Design & Development for a digital agency. They went on to describe the measurable impact one of our team’s suggestions had on their project’s success: “After he made the switch, the site’s response time decreased by 53%. Immediately, the site started working faster. The dependencies that the site relied on went from over 200 to under 125. Overall, his recommendation made a huge impact on our business to the point that at the end of 2014, we grew by 400%. By the end of 2015, we were doing about 12 million pages with the website he developed.” Additionally, the Technology Coordinator for a school division, remarked on our project management expertise: “From day 1, the communication has been the hallmark and has been phenomenal. There have been no issues whatsoever with project delivery as a whole. They are far quicker than other services we have been involved in.” Another client, the Technical Product Manager of a sports company, spoke on our dedication to the project and beating expectations: “Considering what we asked of them, and knowing they didn’t receive our mockups and wireframes until 3 weeks out, it was crazy that we managed to launch. They stepped up in terms of commitment.” To learn more about our clients’ experiences and how we’ve distinguished ourselves as a Canada development leader, follow our Clutch profile here.
Adriana Cacoveanu / Feb 08'2018
We did it again! OPTASY's got featured on Clutch's latest research on the leading Drupal developers in Canada. And there's more to it! Being included in this research is already a confidence-boosting honor in itself. Yet... we can't hide that we feel like jumping for joy (literally) right now since we've also got recognized as “leaders” in web development. Not just for one, but for 2 industries: Canada: Top Web Developers (ranked 7th) Top Canada eCommerce Developers (ranked 6th) This is — with the risk of making it sound a bit like an inflated speech — the most rewarding recognition of our work as a Drupal 8 agency and Drupal eCommerce agency that we could get! Considering that Clutch's researchers and implicitly its tops, too, are conducted and based not just on the analyzed companies': expertise in certain industries presence on the market ability to deliver high-quality results to clients … but on their past and current clients' feedback (although we're more fond of the word “partners”). That's why we're “overly” honored by this recognition! For this cannot but certify that yes: we did succeed to live up to our partners' expectations. And so all the efforts that we've put in: attracting only one particular type of people into our team: those who're far from “just” knowledgeable in their fields, but... curious and overly passionate about their work constantly striving to provide irreproachable customer service always tailoring our approaches — to the web development process itself — to each project's needs and to each partner's particular requirements … have paid off. And have made our clients turn into our... advocates! Their recognition of our work is a huge push forward for us, both as a Canadian web development and as an e-commerce development agency! Moreover, seeing our five-star “neighbors” on those 2 Clutch tops has simply overwhelmed us (another big word, yet we cannot help it)... Drupal development teams that we've been looking up to, that inspire us and challenge us to grow. And we're right next to them, among all these leaders, on Clutch! Now since we don't want to turn this post into a boringly long, slightly narcissistic type of award-winning speech, we feel like ending it now with an honest: “Thank you!”. To all our partnering companies and organizations, who took the time to go on Clutch and to write down a feedback for their overall experience with us. And, of course, to the Clutch team itself for the time and efforts they've invested in this research.
Serge Karpyuk / Jan 29'2018
The world's tiniest laptop, the rollable TV, the world's largest wall TV... all the disruptive “superlatives” in the tech industry are being currently showcased at CES 2018 — Consumer Electronics Show — in Las Vegas (Jan 9-12). And if you haven't managed to attend the huge tech show and you're in the consumer technologies sector or just an innovative gadgets & technologies passionate, stay assured: we'll be keeping you in the loop! Here are the: event's highlights “steamy fresh” info on precisely those gadgets stealing the spotlight as we speak news on the most-talked-about innovative consumer technologies at the show CES 2018: There's Something for Everyone's Taste That's right, take this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a “theme park” overwhelming its visitors with its load of attractions. Its “visitors” being all those with a keen eye for sleek, next-generation gadgets and a guilty addiction for breakthrough innovations in the tech industry: There is a high tech “ride” for everyone's taste From wireless headphones to 8k OLED TVs, from electric cars to monster-sized TVs, robots for commercial use, wearables, high-tech hi-fi, to fingerprint scanning-incorporated mobile phones... And the list can definitely go on: there sure is something to turn anyone's high tech fantasies into reality at CES 2018! Everyone had been expecting (since it's a 50 years old tech show after all) both the Las Vegas Convention Center's show floor and the Halls of the Venetian to be “piled up” with... jaw-dropping tech innovations! With tech manufacturing giants — Samsung, LG, Sony, Acer, Panasonic and Big G itself — as "stars" of the show, this gathering can't turn out to be but... overwhelming, for any show attendee. Gadgets and Tech Stealing the Show, The Largest Consumer Tech Show I bet you'd die to take a sneak peek inside. And even if it's going to be just an imaginary tour of the exhibits, your time is limited, isn't it? So you want to know which are those gadgets and consumer technologies “basking in a rockstar fame”. Well, get ready for they're about to step into the spotlight, here below. It's a selection of the consumer electronics products gathering the largest crowds these days in Vegas, at CES 2018: The headphones equipped with translation capabilities Samsung's monster-sized Wall TV: its 165 inches are getting loads of attention at the tech show, not to mention that the giant consumer tech brand has also unveiled its battle plan of conquering OLED this year Acer's Swift 7, the world's tiniest laptop (so far): it comes with out-of-the-box 4G LTE connectivity to boot LG's latest robots designed to assist customers at hotels and shopping centres LG's 65-inch OLED rollable Ultra HD TV prototype: the future of technology has the shape of a highly convenient TV that you can easily... roll up, just like a newspaper Blyton's electric car: which has easily managed to stand out from the crowd of SCI-fi-like TVs, mobile phones, and other next-generation gadgets; CES 2018 is sure to make a fantastic “stage” for the Chinese startup to show off its innovative potential to the world Intel's CPU's with AMD Vega graphics Asus's MC mini-like Chromebox 3: since “small” is definitely the new big, Asus, too, unveiled its own small-sized product, equipped with built-in support for Gigabit LAN and dual-band 802.11 ac WI-FI (meaning, of course, that it will stream 4k videos... superbly) End of... tour! Of course, the lights on the global stage of innovation — CES 2018 — are still on. And they'll be on till Friday, the 12th of January. New “superstars” in terms of gadgets will be rising, so take my selection here as a rough guide only!
Adriana Cacoveanu / Jan 10'2018
To go or not to go serverless... This is one of 2018's most asked questions in the IT industry. And it's true that serverless computing has grown from a niche solution, with a somewhat misleading name, into a tech trend guaranteed by all the industry experts. Yet, you're still a bit hesitant when it comes to replacing your heavy, yet familiar infrastructure with a serverless framework, right? You feel like “dipping a toe into the water” first. And who could blame you? It's a more than legitimately prudent approach considering the implications of such a switch. You shouldn't make a move, not until you have some unbeatable arguments at hand. Until you gain a deep understanding of all the benefits that derive from adopting a cloud-native approach. Well, this is precisely what this blog post is all about: pointing out all the strongest benefits that you will reap from taking the infrastructure management weight off your shoulders and going... serverless. But First: What Is Serverless Architecture More Exactly? First of all, let's get one thing straight: “serverless computing” doesn't mean, by all means, that there isn't a server, out there somewhere, doing its data workload processing work! It's just that the user (yes, you!): is no longer burdened with all the server (or fleet of servers) management and monitoring ongoing tasks doesn't know (or care) where in the world his server is located You'd be practically running your code right in the cloud, taking out of the picture the need of provisioning servers on your enterprise's end. "But how does the data processing work on cloud?" A valid question indeed. Basically, you're enabled to set up your individual API endpoints which will fire code and perform certain actions once triggered. As simple as that. And if I am to exemplify, probably the best-known example would be the serverless computing AWS: Amazon's AWS Lambda. It has already managed to “seduce” plenty of IT managers in the industry and its popularity is sure to... explode in 2018. Why? Because it's a serverless computing architecture which: scales automatically, granting enterprises the flexibility they need and helping them cut down costs it executes code only when/if certain events occur, when specific endpoints get triggered And it's not a serverless framework without “rivals”. Competition is about to get fierce when other frameworks such as Webtask, Microsoft Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, IBM OpenWhisk and Iron.io will start to... take off. It's Horizontally Scalable: Relax and Let It Handle Massive Waves of Traffic for You In other words: you get to worry less about balancing the heavy load, about the waves of traffic that your site/app might face once certain of your endpoints get exposed. And about rushing in to put together the properly robust infrastructure. The underlying system will handle it for you! You're Free to Set Up Each Endpoint in the Language of Your Choice Or simply put: your API endpoints will be language-agnostic! You (or your lucky team of developers) get to write each endpoint in a different language runtime. So, you're free to use the one that you're most familiar with or the one that best fits our work scenario. And this is already a major pro for adopting a serverless computing approach in 2018! You Only Pay for What You Use: A Strong Benefit of Serverless Computing Here's another “irresistible” benefit that you can reap from going serverless: you only pay for what you use! So, there's no need (not anymore) to pile up on T2 small instances and auto-scaling groups... just in case. The “case” here being: “if I ever hit a surge of traffic”. When you're using a serverless architecture all this comes without a price tag on! Worry Less About Managing The Underlying Infrastructure: It's Being Taken Cared Of! Your serverless cloud provider will be managing the entire fleet of servers for you. And this “management” includes applying security patches as soon as they get released, as well! So, take all these monitoring and security-related concerns off your back and... focus more on turning great ideas into great digital products! And this is — all these resources of time and effort that you'll get to invest elsewhere — the main advantage that you'll leverage from switching to serverless computing! Turn That Great Idea of Yours Into The Next Big Thing Quicker Than Ever! Just think about it: going from having a great idea to actually turning it into the next big... app (let's say) will take you a whole less time (and effort). Serverless computing will smooth the path for you and shorten the process, meaning that: you'll be having your idea production ready a lot quicker you'll gain more confidence to try on newer technologies, as well Summing Up... Plus a Forecast for 2018 “Serverless IT will move from the niche corners of the cloud estate into the spotlight as it addresses the three key areas that keep IT admins up at night: speed, cost and risk.” (Jason McDonald, President U.S., Contino) Yet (for there is a “yet”), serverless computing isn't a “one size fits all” type of solution. It won't scale to all app architectures and needs (like the need to closely monitor and to control how things get configured). Nevertheless, if we: go beyond its somehow misleading name see its strong benefits consider it only for those use cases that it's best fitted for ... serverless architecture is here to stay and change the way we build software from the ground up!
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Adrian Ababei / Nov 21'2017
Be there or... be left behind! This is how your invitation to the AI Expo North America should sound like. It's the world's largest exhibition of next generation AI technologies and conference on artificial intelligence strategies to implement at an enterprise level. With 4 major AI conferences, sessions covering topics that range from: enterprise AI apps to big data to analytics to virtual assistants to AI development And speakers from companies such as Google, Paypal, Uber, LinkedInb, AirBnB, Kia Motors... the AI-dedicated event in Santa Clara turns into disruptive technologies enthusiasts' and forward-thinking entrepreneurs' global gathering. AI Expo Santa Clara: Why Attend? What to Expect? To answer your first legitimate question: “Because all the market leaders and forward-thinking brands will be there to reveal to you, in case study-based sessions, how to (and which) implement AI techniques across your organization; how to use AI to market more intelligently and to fuel brand loyalty." Now to give you a more convincing numbers-heavy type of answer: for its 4 AI conference tracks, its 30+ industry-leading speakers and its no less than 300+ exhibitors. And you should definitely attend it for all the mind-blowing exhibitions of the newest AI technologies that will be showcased at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Look out for: the Iot Tech Expo the Blockchain Expo What to expect, you say? Expect debates sparking around the advancements in the artificial intelligence sector and their impacts on the enterprise & and consumer sectors. Expect a global gathering of AI evangelists, start-ups and leaders from key industries ready to share with you their AI-centered success stories and, implicitly, some of their revolutionary AI-focused strategies. AI Expo North America: AI in the Enterprise & AI for Developers (Nov. 29) On the first day of the AI Conference in Santa Clara you'll be given priceless advice on how to harness artificial intelligence's full potential across your organization. Along with information on the impact that AI will have on your workforce. And we're talking here about: the applicability of AI strategies from an entrepreneur's, a business executive's perspective (the AI in the Enterprise conference tracks) implementing AI technologies from a developer's standpoint (the AI for Developers conference tracks) Now if we made a must-attend sessions list, it would have to include the following talks: AI-Powered Business intelligence: where you'll be learning how to build an AI-first strategy, discovering how capitalizing AI grants you new business value and why you should support your decision-making process on business intelligence analysis Big Data: Creating Intelligent Data Models, with prominent speakers from PayPal, Tractica, Ancestry, LinkedIn and Airbnb The Application of Deep Learning Within an Enterprise: discover how some of the world's most valuable brands are capitalizing machine learning within their companies Connecting Deep Learning With the Internet of Things and Blockchain: learn all about AI technologies' impact on the financial sector and the overall tech system itself; find out why you should and when it's the perfect time to make the move from predictive analytics to deep learning (a session presented by the Vice President of product and strategy, machine learning and AI at BNY Mellon) …. and our selection of must-see sessions at the AI Expo North America could go on with those covering topics such as next-generation cybersecurity and legal advice for avoiding big data discrimination. AI Expo North America: AI in Consumer & Digital Transformation (Nov. 30) “Customer”, “AI-powered customer experience”, “hyper-personalization”, “predictive customer intelligence” will be the words on all speakers' lips on day 2. A day broken down into 2 major conference tracks: AI in Consumer and Digital Transformation Bot and Virtual Assistant Development And we've striven to pick (not an easy task!) the sessions we would add to our own event schedule as a web development team from Toronto attending it: the Geeta Wilson's (Humana) keynote on leveraging AI in digital transformation the panel on chatbots, presented by speakers from TGI Friday's, AIMA, MoneyGram and Foursquare the talk about the role of AI/ML in e-commerce, held by Wayfair’s Associate Director of Data Science the panel on taking customer experience to a whole new level through the use of the latest AI tools Bottom Line Expect a two-day marathon of: attending inspiring case study-based sessions one where you'll strive to take a close look at all the exhibits struggle to assimilate as much insightful content as you can ...and to just... be there, joining the AI revolution, right from the center (at least for 2 days) of the world of artificial intelligence No chance to get bored at the AI conference in Santa Clara, nor chance to leave “empty handed”!
Adrian Ababei / Nov 16'2017
Just a glimpse at the list of speakers who'll be holding the stage at Web Summit 2017 and we get even more pumped up for it: OPTASY will be there, too! Practically all the titans of the web and... us, a Drupal and web development from Canada, will be at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 6th to the 9th of November. As you can guess, we're already counting the days, literally overwhelmed with excitement! For it's not "just" leaders in the tech industry who'll gather in sunny Lisbon (Fortune 500 companies and wildly successful start-ups), but "the world's most disruptive technology companies". Leading “minds” and global tech innovators! And innovation is our own driving force as a company! It's what helped us grow from a pure web development company into a full-service software provider. It's our very own “guilty weakness” for emerging technologies the real “culprit” for OPTASY's transformation, over these years (since 2005), from a Drupal solutions provider into a company specialized in full-cycle projects. We now handle all the phases of complex web projects, ranging from: site/app structure planning to custom modules development to creating new functionalities from scratch to theming and post-launch maintenance & support All the talent and energy that we've gathered in our team, over these years, all the creative minds that came on board, speak best of OPTASY's efforts to create a culture of innovation in-house. And from all the innovation “addicts” (each one in its own field) in our team, it's Serge Karpiuk, our Head of Sales, Business Developer and Drupal Consultant, who'll be packing his bags for Lisbon (lucky guy!)! We, the rest of the “mortals” at OPTASY can't but secretly “envy” him and... relax. For we're 101% that: he'll be “absorbing” and mentally storing EVERYTHING; no groundbreaking news or announcement, no powerful tips or high-impact information shared during the talks will “escape” him (and don't worry, we're not selfish: we'll be sharing all the highlights with you right here, on our blog) he's the perfect embodiment of OPTASY; in order words: in case you'll be attending the Web Summit 2017, too, you'll instantly get a clue of how we are as a company: open to change, open to ongoing learning, open to people (and he definitely is, so don't be shy to come out to him), highly passionate about what we do.
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