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What should you do when you outgrow QuickBooks?

What should you do when you outgrow QuickBooks? Are you drowning in spreadsheets and ad hoc workflows? Do you have too many systems that don't speak with each other? Are you evaluating NetSuite? If so, contact Sphere, your full-service NetSuite integrator located in Chicago.  Sphere works with distribution, manufacturing, service and software companies. In business

The Risks of Modernizing Legacy Technology Too Late

  Many companies consider the risks of modernizing legacy technology too late. One of the biggest questions facing any tech company is whether to start modernizing legacy technology or not. It’s unavoidable – advances in new software and programs are made every day, and there are countless options when it comes to bringing

February 14th, 2019|Insights, Modernization|

Tired of Microservices and Refactoring? Check Out These Alternative Legacy Modernization Strategies

  For companies not sure what migration approach will work best for them, we’ve created a comprehensive list of alternative legacy modernization strategies. When it comes to the necessary steps a company needs to take to keep up in today’s fast-paced tech climate, updating legacy systems is an absolute must. We’ve previously written

How to Plan For Machine Learning Projects

  The rise of artificial intelligence, or AI, is going to be seen as one of the major achievements of our time. While we still haven’t arrived at the grand dreams of science fiction, the strides that tech giants have already made have proved astounding. From digital assistants to the sublime weirdness of

Winning the Battle for Information Technology Talent

Winning the Battle for Information Technology Talent By 2022, the demand for advanced technology skill sets will exceed the supply of workers with these skills creating a shortage of 900,000 professionals in the U.S. alone. This talent shortfall is projected to represent approximately 1.4 billion hours of lost productivity each

Five Reasons to Get on the AI Hype Train

  Artificial intelligence is already an ever-present concept and a widespread technology. Simply look at the growth scale of AI-related tech such as phone assistants, smart home hubs and other applications. Despite its growing prevalence, AI is still in the early stages of enterprise adoption. Companies are scratching the surface of AI’s potential.

Node.js vs. PHP: Which Environment to Choose for Your Next Project?

  The choice between PHP and Node.js is sometimes characterized as a battle, even a war. But the situation is more complicated than a simple either-or. The two technologies have different advantages and disadvantages, depending on the project, and do not necessarily need to be thought of as rivals. Below, we will look

The Importance of Software Design Documents: Utilizing Sphere’s Best Practices

  For a quick refresher, the software design document does as its name implies. It spells out the software’s architecture, interface, and data designs in a written and structured format. These documents are important because they set the expectations. The software provider should mandate software design documents are created with every client. Without

January 23rd, 2019|Featured, Insights|

Need to Modernize Legacy Software? Here’s How To Do It Right

  Does your company need to modernize legacy software? Here we describe not only what the issues with legacy software are, but how to fix them effectively. Out with the old, in with the new – that’s how the saying goes. There comes a time in any program’s lifecycle when even the most

Improving Teams (and Results) with Software Development Metrics

  Metrics mean accountability. They hold the team accountable for the work they’re putting in. This doesn’t mean the metrics are just for managers to hold over everyone’s heads. Their main purpose is to improve the results of the team by pointing out areas of excellence as well as shortcomings. Without metrics software