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Creating pennies from heaven: how the cloud can save you money

Thinking of moving to a cloud-based solution, but dreading the cost? Sometimes you actually save money — lots of it.

Flexion has been creating cloud-based solutions since, well, there were cloud-based solutions. We bring the technical and subject-matter expertise to the table to help identify the optimal implementation given the client’s goals and the user’s needs, or as we like to say, “improving scalability and enhancing features while reducing costs at scale.”

SQS = savings

One recent implementation was for a public service client. The project included three distributed processes — super efficient and sequential. But if any process had…


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Bust that bug problem!

As early as the 1980s, movies like WarGames first popularized a now commonplace idea: poking around networked computer systems without permission, even with the best of intentions, is not a game. It is a crime! Matthew Broderick famously connects to a server that asks: “Shall we play a game?” He soon discovers that he’s interacting with a military supercomputer used for war games, and the FBI detains him when he almost starts a war. This perception of hackers as criminals, even the most innocent and naive of them, has prevailed.

Ironically, Hunter & Ready started perhaps the first documented bug…


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A rockstar product owner shares 8 common traits

You’ve been waiting years for this! You finally get to replace that old application or system with a new, modern, and (hopefully) better one. You’ve made your business case. You’ve secured project funds. You’re up-to-speed on agile development practices and have vetted dozens of vendors. You’re ready to go!

But wait a minute — have you done, arguably, the most important thing? Have you selected the right product owner? Since the product owner is responsible for ensuring the business needs are met — typically within a set timeframe and budget — it’s crucial that they’re able to make tough decisions…


Students taking tests from a virtual classroom
Students taking tests from a virtual classroom

Everyone’s had to pivot as the country’s faced the pandemic over the last several months. Maybe you’ve carved out a corner at the kitchen table to become your new office, hoping your colleagues don’t notice the open milk carton on the counter behind you. Maybe you’ve gotten creative with your home workout since your gym is closed and weekly basketball games with your neighbors are ill-advised. Maybe you’re also taking time from your workday to puzzle over algebra problems with your child, who’s been learning from home. …


The Flexion logo with icons surrounding it that represent each of the 11 Flexion Fundamentals
The Flexion logo with icons surrounding it that represent each of the 11 Flexion Fundamentals
The Flexion Fundamentals guide our success by creating options

There’s no specific methodology or magic formula for successfully creating online experiences. No single linear path to follow that guarantees outcomes. That’s because the work we do is inherently unpredictable. There will always be change — when’s the last time you had a technology project where everything went exactly as planned? I’ll wait while you muse it over.

From small requirement tweaks to new deadlines to entirely new technology restrictions, our success is driven by how quickly and seamlessly we can pivot to solve problems.

The best way to encourage success? Prepare for the unexpected by creating oodles of options…

Flexion Inc

Using agile, HCD mindsets, we transform digital technology to create powerful experiences for all.

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