We’re continuing our Let’s Get Digital segment this week with our second employee highlight. ‘Let’s Get Digital’ features staff members from different departments around the office. Teamwork makes the dream work, and these employees know how to get the job done!
Brandon Bloodgood is on the hot seat today. Brandon has been working with Vervocity since October 2nd, 2006, and has been developing remarkable custom applications for clients ever since. Today, we take an inside look into the life of our talented Application Development Manager!
How would you describe custom programming?
Solving large complex issues by breaking them down into smaller chunks.
What are some examples of common business problems that could require custom programmed software?
- Old paper processes that require duplicate entry.
- Company data being stored in multiple systems making it difficult to analyze.
How can a mobile app benefit businesses?
A mobile app can benefit your business by streamlining data entry or improving your customer’s ordering experience.
What is something businesses should know before investing in a mobile app?
It can be a long process that requires navigating the application guidelines provided by Apple & Google. Once the application is released, ongoing maintenance is required when these guidelines are updated or third-party updates are made. (Don’t worry – Vervocity will handle all of this for you!)
What is your process for clients when it comes to developing a custom application that is unique to their goals?
Depending on the complexity of the project, we will often create a wireframe or mockup of the application. This allows both parties to “get on the same page” and see how the application will function.
Once the application requirements are agreed on, we start building the application. During this phase, we provide weekly updates on our progress to ensure the application is working exactly how everyone expects it to function.
What have been some of your favorite projects?
My favorite project is usually whatever I’m currently working on. I absolutely love programming and usually spend time on the weekends improving my personal or client projects.
One of the more fun/challenging projects has been an application that allows service technicians to enter machine service records by scanning machine and product codes with their mobile device.
What does an average workday look like for you?
I start my day by reviewing the tasks I want to complete for the day. Once I know what I’m going to be working on, I usually start by creating some automated tests, and then create the code to make those tests pass. I repeat this process until my planned tasks are complete.
Throughout the day, I’m also reviewing my team’s code, answering questions, resolving application bugs, and reviewing proposals for our next project.
What do you like most about working at Vervocity?
Continually building new applications with the best and latest technology.
What advice do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Share your programming issues and solutions publicly. You’ll likely end up helping your future self remember something they had forgotten.
What is a fun fact about yourself not related to Vervocity?
I enjoy carpentry and woodworking.
What would you say to potential clients considering custom programming?
If you are doing the same repetitive tasks or information is being lost, a custom application could save you time and money.
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