As a startup or small business, you may be familiar with your “technology stack.” Mixpanel defines it like this: “A technology stack also called a solutions stack, is a list of all the technology services used to build and run one single application.” Today, stackable technology is encompassing more. It is taking on a broader meaning. The Software Guild defines it like this: “The term ‘stack’ refers to a collection of programming languages, software, and tools that work together to create a digital end product or solution, like websites, applications, or even programs that are incorporated by a larger technology platform.” This site uses the beloved burger to describe tech stacking in a way that makes perfect sense.
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Third-Party or In-House Resources?
Whether you decide to contract with a third-party managed IT services provider or count on an in-house IT resource for your projects can largely be based upon the size and scale of your company, your expected growth rate, and your budget. Today, third-party providers with exceptional IT skillsets are saving companies the high cost of hard-to-find IT staff. Companies find IT outsourcing an efficient solution for technology that is evolving faster than most in-house resources can keep up with. The best of these IT providers are immersed in evolving technology solutions and staying current with technology. A well-educated developer in either scenario should be qualified to participate in the strategic planning for the right technology stacks.
Why Your Technology Stack Matters
Selecting the essential underlying development tools early on is an important aspect of every project. It is the foundation of the work to be done, and the right resource is critical to the success of the project. In terms of a mobile application, for example, the tech stack is the framework the application is built upon. This framework also includes language and software in a server-side stack. There are many decisions that must be made upfront in order to build the right stack that results in proper app performance and function. In fact, a technology stack can affect product scalability. There are many potential combinations of components in a project tech stack, so the right planning phases with the right people are critical. There may be certain strengths and/or weaknesses in a particular stack, and the risks of failure can be avoided with this investment. While the tasks are best left to developers, group leadership and groupthink are key ingredients in a successful project. Get to know your technology stack.
Tech Stack Checklist
While you may be somewhat removed from the integral tasks of your internal development team or your managed service provider, you can participate to the degree that you are informed to make the best decisions for project success. Use this tech stack checklist as your guide:
- Approve decisions about an app tech stack before build/production
- Rely on your developer or provider to make key tech stack decisions
- Find server and client-side developers with experience on other projects
- Talk to others about similar projects and their successes
- Stay involved to a certain degree throughout the phases of the project
Count on a reputable managed IT service provider to guide you with the tools and applications to build your company foundation. Be a bigger part of your stacked technology. Let RackCo help with a custom server, backup, cloud, and/or VoIP solution to support your organization.