October 7, 2019No Comments

How to launch an app in Google Play and the Apple App Store

When you’re thinking about how to launch an app, it can feel a little like a celebration. You’ve built this great thing, and now you get to show it off to users.

Treat your app launch like an afterthought, though, and you might not get any of those users at all.

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September 20, 2019No Comments

To get positive software ROI, you must define success first

Getting positive software ROI can be make-or-break for companies who want to grow.  

Every organization, no matter what it provides to customers, will at some point need to invest in technology. Whatever that investment looks like — build vs. buy, mobile vs. web, etc. — the money will have to be earned back. Ostensibly, that’s done by successfully building a valuable product. But what does that look like? 

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September 20, 2019No Comments

When you test a product idea, the methods you use matter

Before we build, we work with our partner to define and test a product idea. It’s how we make sure we’re building the right thing. We already know we can build the thing right — we need to know if people will benefit from it when we do. 

Often, our partner has an idea of what to build — the team knows the business and the market opportunities. It’s our job to put pressure on that idea, performing user research and getting the idea to a testable point. 

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September 20, 2019No Comments

In healthcare, tech solutions follow their own rules

Healthcare tech solutions often don’t need to reach the most users to make a meaningful impact. They just need to make lives better. Smaller audiences don’t necessarily mean smaller profits for those that invest in healthcare technology — it just means the rules for navigating it can be different than the usual startup playbook. 

Healthcare tech solutions tend to take longer to come to fruition than other industries, for example. It can be a tricky channel to navigate digital upgrades due to the red tape and regulations in the medical world. Still, most healthcare companies are working toward digital solutions to streamline the varied pain points their customers have. 

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September 20, 2019No Comments

Developers in healthcare must swap disruption for do no harm

At Table XI, we work to learn everything we can about the businesses we work with. In healthcare, that means talking to industry leaders about how they approach technology, and how consultants like us can work best with them. Dr. Elif Oker — senior healthcare executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield alum and founder of InSun Solutions, a health care and technology advisory focused on increasing the success rate of healthcare tech — walked us through her perspective on how healthcare and software can come together.

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May 3, 2019No Comments

Table XI tops best Chicago tech companies lists — and a few national

We work closely with our peers, so we know what an honor it is to make any list of best Chicago tech companies. It’s stiff competition — there’s a lot of talent here. That’s why we’re so proud to see several of our practice groups, and our podcast, rank at the top of industry.

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May 2, 2019No Comments

How dot voting can democratize your next big idea

In an ideal world the best ideas would always rise to the top. Anyone who’s done group decision-making knows this is isn’t always the case. Often an idea that comes from a high-level executive will carry much more weight than an idea from someone with less power. Take the status of the idea owner out of the equation, however, and hopefully the ideas can speak for themselves. That is the goal of dot voting.

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March 21, 2019No Comments

How to apply Agile thinking to diverse business problems

Agile thinking is baked into our brains at Table XI. We come up with an idea, we test it, and we pursue it or discard it based on the results. Just like with our products, we avoid going too far down one path before we validate that it’s the right one.

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March 4, 2019No Comments

How Docker and Kubernetes make infrastructure almost instant

When we started experimenting with Docker and Kubernetes, we were just looking for a more efficient way to stand up our applications. Traditionally, it’s an infrastructure or operations team’s responsibility to make sure every dependency an application needs to run is set up the server, and that none of them are in conflict — and then continue to ensure that throughout the life of the system. It’s also their responsibility to figure out which server the application need to go on in the first place.

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January 25, 2019No Comments

Accessible software design always knows its audience

Accessible software design doesn’t happen on accident. If I design based on my own instincts, the software will work great for someone exactly like myself — with all the same abilities and preferences. I can see the difference between red and green, so I wouldn’t think twice about putting those colors next to each other in a layout. It’s only when someone with colorblindness tries to use the site that it doesn’t work at all.

All good design starts with thinking about the audience, and accessible software design is no different. If, instead of assuming everyone would see it like me, I took the time to run my layout through color checkers for different types of colorblindness, we’d skip the problem above and anyone would be able to use the site.

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