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Business Leadership

Our Secret to Delivering Quality Custom Software Every Time

Hint: our secret is simple, but not something all software companies can do effectively, consistently, and at scale.

Business Leadership

Project Management Tips: How to Prepare for Your New Custom Software Project

Learn the technical processes and parts of delivering software, empowering you to better communicate and collaborate with your tech partner.

Business Leadership

How the Right Dashboard Can Help Improve Your KPIs

See why leaders are ditching their manual data tracking and spreadsheets for real-time dashboards and one-click reporting to help improve their KPIs.

Strategic Design

Your Website Is A Tool For Telling Your Brand Story

Your website can be a tool to create lasting relationships with your customers. Learn how to tell your brand story online to connect with customers.

Business Leadership

Custom Software: Why A Pre-Project Assessment is Worth Your Time and Money

A pre-project assessment for your next tech project allows you to determine not only if you’ll get the right solution, but also the right team and partner.

Strategic Design

Think Like a UX Designer: Use Hick’s Law to Improve Your User Experience

Are you frustrating your users by giving them too many choices on your website or app? Learn how to apply Hick's Law to improve your user experience.

Business Leadership

Implementation Checklist for Launching New Custom Software

Ready, set, launch! Use SPARK's recommended Implementation Checklist and tips to define a game plan for your new custom software rollout.

Business Leadership

The Benefits of a Product Manager for Your Technology Project

Product managers are often overlooked in technology projects. See why their role is crucial to the overall success of your custom business software.

Business Leadership

5 (Strategic) Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Custom Software Development Company

It's crucial to choose the RIGHT software partner to develop your custom business tool. Here are 5 strategic questions to ask during the selection process.

Business Leadership

Why You Should Hire a Custom Software Development Company

How do you get EXACTLY the right business tool? Here are the benefits of working with a software development company to build a custom solution.

Strategic Design, Business Leadership

Your Startup Idea: Can It Be Built (Profitably)?

Founding a startup isn’t easy. But for those who are willing to do what it takes to make their startup dream happen, the journey can be an amazing adventure. This is a tool for those startups.

Business Leadership

How to Validate Your Startup Idea

Before building a startup technology it is important that you validate your idea first. You can reduce risk and gain insight for what to actually build.

Business Leadership

7 Reasons to Validate Your Startup Idea Before You Build It

It is important to validate your startup idea before you build it. Here are seven reasons why.

Strategic Design, Business Leadership

How Businesses Can Prepare for Their New Website Project

Your new website can be a valuable business asset. The preparation you put into your new website project is a good time investment. Here's what to start with.

Strategic Design

How Design Thinking Can Make Your Next Website More Effective

Your website is not separate from the rest of your business. By embracing Design Thinking for your website project, you can delight your visitors and grow your business.

Construction

How A Single Pane of Glass Software System Can Help Your Construction Company

A “single pane of glass” management dashboard can give you business insight into your construction or trade contracting company.

Construction

Why Typical Construction Management Software Solutions Don’t Work

Most software marketed for construction doesn't actually fit the day-to-day business flow from field to office. Here's what to look for instead.

Construction

The Benefits of Semi-Custom Software

Semi-custom software can provide many of the benefits of fully custom software. It has the added benefits of a lower price and faster development.

SPARK Culture, Strategic Design

Creating a Custom Color Selector

How SPARK designed and built a custom tool for a retail touchscreen display fixture. Learn how the team created a color selector that "just works!"

Business Leadership

Pre-Mortem for Your Custom Business Technology Project

Introduction to pre-mortems. What they are and how to run one. A cheat sheet for what can cause a software development project to fail.

Business Leadership

Building the Business Case for Your Custom App (ROI Estimation)

Custom software is a significant investment of money, time, and effort. Before you start your project, make sure you have a good business case for it.

Business Leadership

Gathering (and Prioritizing) Input for Your Custom Software Project

What input should you get from your team when starting a custom software project? Learn how to prioritize input and decide on the scope of the first phase.

Construction

Planning for Digitization in a Construction Business

This article outlines tips for owners and managers in the construction industry who are planning their transition to operations apps, management dashboards, field data collection, digital communication, and other business process automation.

How to Roll Out Your New Custom Software

Successful software rollouts do not happen automatically. Read SPARK's practical advice for launching and taking the next steps to maximize its benefit.

Business Leadership

Short Introduction to Custom Software (and How to Start a Project)

Custom software can streamline business operations. You’ll learn how to plan a software project and the 3 most common goals custom software helps.

Business Leadership

How an Employee App Amplifies Your Culture

An employee mobile app is a great way to organize and streamline communication in one place while embracing company culture.

Business Leadership

How to Seamlessly Transition Your Next Project Handoff

Learn 3 handoff strategies to easily transition your next project and see how to leverage software for scalable project handoff strategies that work.

SPARK Culture, Strategic Design, Business Leadership

From Ordinary to HYPE!

As SPARK grew our client base and expanded our team, it became apparent that our branding no longer fit SPARK's culture.

Construction

7 Benefits of Custom Construction Management Software

Custom construction management software creates a “single source of truth” from your business data that allows you to make smarter decisions.

SPARK Culture

Creating a Culture of Celebration

Having an upbeat atmosphere and an organization that celebrates each other's accomplishments is core to how SPARK operates. See how we get 'hype'!

SPARK Culture

Understanding Agile Planning: A Snapshot of the Process

This view into agile custom software development planning shows how SPARK proactively manages our client's budget, time, and attention.

Construction

8 Construction Software Features That Your Business Needs

The construction industry is finally embracing technology. Your success depends on choosing the construction software features that best fit your needs.

Construction

Construction Estimating Software That Integrates with QuickBooks

Change the way you bid for and manage projects with construction estimating software that integrates with QuickBooks.

Construction

Construction Management Software for Builders and Contractors

Construction management software for builders and contractors can combat the current labor shortage through increased productivity and efficiency.

Construction

Evaluating Construction Scheduling Software

Construction scheduling software can help you put the right people, equipment, and materials at the right site at the right time.

Construction

How to Get Started with Construction Project Management Software

Construction management software with modules you customize with apps and integrations offer an option in between packaged and fully customized solutions.

Construction

Signs Your Construction Management Software is Not Working for You

To remain competitive as the construction industry increases its use of technology, you need a custom solution that’s built for the way you do business.

Construction

The Top Challenges That Make or Break Profits for Trade Contractors

In the construction industry alone, quality trade partners like mechanical, electrical and masonry contractors remain in high demand.

Business Leadership

Time Tracking and How Businesses Can Best Realize the Benefits

Tracking employee time is crucial for business decision-makers. Data must be easily accessible, current, and be able to tell the “inside” story.

SPARK Culture

Custom App Developer Adds Digital Agency to Provide Seamless UX

SPARK Business Works, custom software developer, announced that it has acquired Elevator Up, a digital agency headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI.

Construction

SMART Scheduling in Construction is a Game Changer

Manual scheduling methods plague trade contractors, but more companies than ever are investing in SMART scheduling solutions.

Strategic Design, Business Leadership

The 3 Ways Custom Dashboards Accelerate Business Growth

When a company needs to gain operational efficiency, a custom business dashboard can automate data collection and reporting.

Business Leadership

Maximizing Tax Law to Build Custom Software for Your Business

The process of capitalization or expensing when developing software is an advantage most businesses don’t know they have.

Business Leadership

Why Successful Businesses Build Custom Software Over Off-the-Shelf

When companies face issues and opportunities unique to their business, custom software can streamline workflows and automate processes.
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