8 Things to Look For When Hiring A Software Development Agency


In today’s competitive business market, the ability to evolve quickly is paramount for success. When you encounter a new challenge and need to staff up quickly or find a solution that is outside of your team’s typical wheelhouse, hiring a software development company like Grio can be the perfect solution.

Hiring a software agency can save you time, money, and headaches and set your company up for long-term success. But, before you invest in your newest venture, how do you ensure that the team you’re hiring is the best one for the job?

10 Benefits of Hiring a Software Development Agency During an Economic Downturn


10 Benefits of Hiring a Software Development Agency During an Economic Downturn

When the economy slumps, businesses often find themselves quickly switching from standard operation to survival mode. Business stagnation during an economic downturn can last from a few days to a few years. However, while it may seem prudent to batten down the hatches and try to weather the storm, too much hesitancy can lead to a decreased return on investment (ROI) and diminished market competitiveness.

So, what do you do when you need to cut costs without sacrificing your efficiency, quality, or long-term business goals? You outsource. 

How Daikin is Bringing HVAC Systems to the Cloud


When you think of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you probably think of your smartphone and smartwatch. Perhaps you think of the home security app on your phone or the sound system that your Alexa can control. What you probably don’t think about is the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your office or hotel. And yet, Grio’s client Daikin is bringing commercial HVAC systems to the cloud. 

Creating a Successful User Experience Survey


Creating a Successful User Experience Survey, Grio Design

At Grio, we pride ourselves on creating innovative web and mobile applications with beautiful, streamlined user interfaces (UI) and user experiences (UX). But how do we ensure that our UX appeals to an app’s target users? The answer is simple: UX surveys. 

How to Build a Killer MVP App: An Overview of Grio’s Steps for Success


Whether you’re a Bay Area startup or a Fortune 500 company, the prospect of creating a new app can be daunting. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating an app, nor is there a universal solution that will guarantee success. Even if you have a brilliant idea for the next big app, turning your conception into reality takes a large amount of time, money, and resources. 

At Grio, we are here to make sure that your investment isn’t in vain. After 15 years of web and mobile software development, we have learned a thing or two about creating apps, and we’ve discovered the best method for setting yourself up for long-term success: The MVP App. 

Not convinced? Let us tell you more about it. 

Search Engine Optimization for 2023


As of January 1, 2023, there were nearly 2 billion websites on the internet, with thousands of new webpages being added each day. With that much competition, it can feel impossible to direct traffic to your website. That’s where search engine optimization comes in. 

Search engine optimization, also known as SEO, prioritizes your website above other websites with similar content, ensuring that consumers click on your page first. The more traffic is directed to your page, the more clicks you get and the higher your monetization potential becomes. 

However, understanding the best SEO practices to employ can be overwhelming. In this blog post, I will discuss what SEO is and the strategies we employ when updating our client’s websites to make them competitive in the digital sphere. 

AI and the Future of Jobs


AI is a transformative technology that will fundamentally reshape economies and pose significant challenges for policymakers. In fact, many believe that AI could be the fifth industrial revolution, bringing with it massive changes to nearly every aspect of our society. But, if AI sparks the next industrial revolution, the question then becomes, which jobs will be most at risk in the upcoming years? As a software development agency, how do we at Grio continue to support and protect our employees while embracing the newest technological advancements? 

DEI(A) in Remote Workspaces


Though the pandemic is a thing of the past for many people, its impact is still being felt in many areas of our lives. In the workplace, the pandemic seems to have created a permanent shift towards remote working. A large number of companies, Grio included, have kept remote and flexible work hours, citing numerous benefits for both employees and employers. 

However, remote work provides its own set of challenges, and it is important that employers take proactive steps to continue supporting their employees. In this blog post, I’ll examine how workplace practices for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) must evolve to remain at the forefront of remote workplaces, and the steps employers can take to successfully implement a virtual DEIA plan. 

Maximizing Your Logs with CloudWatch Logs Insights


When you run your application, it generates logs that record pertinent information about the activity, or records of events. These logs, which can contain essential information about your app, its users, and everything in between, can be incredibly beneficial sources of information. Effective logs allow you to stop making assumptions about what’s happening in your code and instead focus on informed decision-making. However, the data is virtually useless if it isn’t stored, searched, and analyzed correctly. 

In this post, I’ll provide a brief overview of good logging practices and examples of how you can use CloudWatch Logs Insights, a program designed to help you interactively search and analyze your log data, to better consume the logs you generate for your application.