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It’s no secret that most people today feel anxious whenever they don’t have their smartphones on them. We feel lost and not just figuratively, but we can actually get lost! For example, when was the last time you had a physical map in your car?

Today, we’re far more reliant on our smartphones and the mobile apps we’ve installed on them than we may even realize. According to a report by AppDynamics , 69% of consumers say their use of digital services is like a reflex — something they have little awareness of and use automatically while 55% of consumers report they can only go without their phone for up to four hours before finding it hard to manage everyday tasks. …


What we learned working from home during the pandemic

Welcome to those who have come to this post. For starters, I am going to tell you a little about the place where I’m working. We are an Uruguayan company based in Uruguay and Colombia that’s dedicated to software development (mobile and web) and user-centered design. Currently, we have more than 90 employees from different countries.

In this post I want to share with you how my team known as People Care (aka HR), faced the pandemic. Also, how we’ve supported other UruITers (that’s what we call our colleagues) in adapting to the changes that it has brought about, both the logistical ones and cultural ones. As a team, we’ve been working hand in hand with all of our employees who are in both countries. …


Flutter or React Native — which is best for you?

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If you are considering developing a mobile app and your mind is set on going with either Flutter or React Native, but don’t know which one, this article will help you to make the decision! Both technologies are pretty well-known in the cross-platform universe. However, how can you determine which one is the right one for your business?

Throughout this article, we’ll guide you through an in-depth comparison of Flutter and React Native to help you choose which technology fits your idea better. We’ll explain their limitations and advantages so you can get the most out of each. …


Why a SaaS Company Should Understand Its Users and How To Do So

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A successful product is the one customers love to use. Building a product without having customers’ needs and preferences in mind is like throwing money out of the window. You’ll end up with a product you love, but no one finds it useful.

Ignoring users is the fastest way to fail. This is why SaaS companies must feel the pulse of the users and understand what they expect from the product.

Customer experience is the new battlefield. Today’s customers are comparing you to the best experiences they’ve ever had, constantly raising the bar around expectations. …


Highlights from an online summit focused on SaaS companies

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My team and I were greatly anticipating attending and sponsoring SaaStr Annual 2020, but long story short, the conference turned into a virtual summit, which we’ve been watching at home.

We wanted to share some of our favorite tidbits so far, because we could all use a little help, right?
…And, they make some really great points:

Several speakers mentioned to consider promoting a freemium model during these times.

If you focus on getting more users, albeit free, you’ll be in a much better position to sell when the economy strengthens.

Don’t be afraid to build something now. It IS possible to get funding if you make something that solves a real need as Cloudflare founder, Michelle Zatlyn, learned in 2008: “Don’t throw money into the problem, let’s innovate our way around the problem.” …


Why software developers should get involved in communities like meetups in order to enhance their soft skills

Originally published in blog.uruit.com: Software Developers Need Soft Skills Too — and Meetups Are Here to Help

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Being part of a software company these days shouldn’t be seen as just a job. It’s rather an experience that adds value to what we do as professionals and to who we are as people. As a psychologist with eight years of experience, it’s the first time that I’ve found an industry in which sharing knowledge is not only a hobby. It’s also part of each individual’s technical and personal development, regardless of their role and seniority.

The interesting thing here is the importance of everyone having knowledge at their fingertips has expanded outside of the corporate world, fostering the birth of communities in which we talk not only about technical aspects of software and development, but even other human qualities like soft skills, which are the personal attributes, personality traits, inherent social cues, and communication abilities needed for success on the job. A clear example of this is the popularity of the well-known Meetup platform. In this post, we’ll show why software developers should participate in communities like meetups in order to enhance their soft skills.


Remote work has grown in popularity over the years and with it, the possibility of outsourcing.

I’m sharing part of an article written by a colleague about effective tools for remote teams. The original post can be found here: How to stay connected with your remote team.

In 2018, 70% of the people around the globe worked remotely at least once a week and it was estimated that 3.9 million Americans worked from home at least half the week. Within the IT industry, it’s a great option for companies to get high-quality development at lower rates, by having teams in a different country.

Just a few decades ago, this idea would’ve sounded crazy and overly complicated, but technology has made it possible with new long-distance communication and team management tools.

We help US companies with development and design from Latin America and we are always looking for the best tools for communicating and organizing our projects. When we find something that helps us with remote teams communication, we hold on to it because good communication improves understanding; it avoids overlap, reduces the risk of tasks being left unattended to, and helps projects run faster and better. …


Key takeaways from Ágiles Colombia 2019

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Sharing part of an article a colleague published about her process of reconnecting with the Agile values. The original post can be found here: Going Back to the Basics: Agile Values.

Last month I had the opportunity of attending “Ágiles Colombia”, the Colombian Conference on Agile frameworks that draws in attendees from all over Latin America. Typical of the Agile world, the conference had an open space format, one in which anyone can propose a talk and the schedule is self-organized.

After hearing all the proposals and elevator-pitches, I was more drawn to the talks that were related to soft skills and Agile values rather than the technical ones. Maybe it was because I was going through some changes in my personal life and I also needed to reconnect with my inner Agile values. So I ended up attending some talks that aimed at the “Being” instead of the “Doing”. I think that the ideas and perspectives are worth sharing, so that is what I’ll share with you in this post.


There’s never been a better time to invest south of the border

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Latin America is going through a startup renaissance. Formerly looked over for entrepreneurship closer to home (the ever-present Silicon Valley, for example) — funds and investors are now pouring into the region.

There was always an entrepreneurial mindset here in Latin America. I’ve seen it happen firsthand. Our ‘think global, act local’ mindset has allowed us to focus on rebuilding cities, solving real problems at hand. Just look at what happened with Colombia. When I first started my own tech company, I did so because I saw the potential of technology in our region.

For entrepreneurs and startups, growth is key. We’re always looking for the next big thing — what’s happening next, where is the trend going. Over the past few years, all the signs have been pointing towards Latin America, and now people are starting to notice. In 2018, a new crop of unicorns such as the ones I mentioned beforehand, emerged on the scene from Latin America — some might say, the Latam unicorn stampede. …


The company’s new location is Bogotá, capital of the country and home to more than 80,000 computer science graduates

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At a sunny and cheerful WeWork in the Chicó Norte region of Bogotá is located the new UruIT office in Colombia. The main reason why we decided to expand to Bogotá is due to the city’s size and its vast pool of talented professionals. “During these years working with nearshore software development in Colombia, we’ve had the opportunity of receiving job candidates from Bogotá. Some of them are part of our team today, while others aren’t, mainly because they couldn’t move to Medellín. From our experience, we realized that there are great profiles in Bogotá with strong skills in English and technical areas we’re interested in, such as Data Engineering, UX, Devops, and Machine Learning.” …

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