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My Two Favorite IT Interview Questions

I enjoy interviewing information technology candidates. I meet with software developers, business analysts, project managers, and quality assurance analysts who are eager, polite, dressed sharply, ready to impress, and usually a bit nervous. I have a couple goals as an interviewer: I want to sell my own company. I want to let them know that […]

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What Does Software Quality Look Like?

One of my favorite discussion points to ask job candidates applying for any position related to software development is: Tell me what product, any product, you think of as a high quality product and why. More to come in a future blog on this and my other favorite question, but this I think is a […]

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Rethinking the Role of the Quality Assurance (QA) Team

I had the opportunity in my career to create a quality assurance (QA) team from scratch for a small software development company. Prior to this, developers and project managers would do all the testing. After petitioning for quite some time that this was not the best approach to ensuring quality, I was finally given the […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Support

The first thing any investment company must do in response to the new SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization is evaluate its current state of readiness. Chances are you have started a compliance program. However, we can help you understand your gaps, including areas where you need immediate action and longer-term changes to support the program. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Program Challenges

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the challenges you can expect when developing a response program. Expect challenges in various areas: Data Availability: All required data elements may not be available internally. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Foundational Work

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the foundational work companies should have already completed. By now, you should have a program in place that covers the following work streams: Engage Report Filing […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Deadlines

In our new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. While you can check out the full guide here, the snippet below shares some of deadlines that the new rules present. Form N-PORT If you are a larger entity with net […]

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Investment Company Reporting Modernization Goals & Expectations

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below shares the rules’ objectives and expectations. The SEC wants to improve: The quality of information that funds report to the Commission The Commission’s risk monitoring and oversight, examination, […]

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[Guide] SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization

In an effort to increase transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted new rules and amendments, called Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules, which require registered investment companies to modernize their reporting and disclosures. While many investment managers have started their journey towards compliance, others have struggled. The new requirements can be daunting for […]

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The Final Frontier: Paper-Based Validation Testing

  As a big fan of efficiency, it pains me that most of us in life sciences still execute validation testing with pen and paper, present company included. All of those poor trees. All of that hand-cramping. All of that scanning. All of those migraine-inducing QA reviews in which we’re squeezing scanned test cases into […]

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Bug Tracking Systems Aren’t Just For Bugs

Here in Perficient’s life sciences practice, we use a defect tracking system as part of our application development process. It helps us keep track of bugs and resolutions as we develop and test, but there’s nothing particularly remarkable about it…except that we use it for another purpose too: to track problems with our QA controlled […]

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How Software Vendors Can Survive The Life Sciences IT Gauntlet

The life sciences industry is up against some incredibly high standards from regulatory agencies worldwide – with good reason – so it makes sense that we, in turn, have incredibly high expectations of our vendors, especially IT. Because we have to be able to show complete traceability in our work, we need our software vendors […]

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Testing Jimmy John’s Responsive Redesign: Lessons Learned from a QA Engineer

Enlighten was acquired by Perficient Digital in December 2015 When Enlighte (now Perficient Digital) embarked on a redesign project for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, it was a little bit daunting.  It would be a massive undertaking, with Enlighten leading other vendors in combining multiple sites and platforms into a unified user experience for a brand […]

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Center of Excellence – Solution Assessments

The goal of a Practice Center of Excellence (CoE) Solution Assessment is to conduct an impartial review of a particular component (or components) of an identified solution or architecture or to address a particular application design pattern strategy concern. The assessment team will identify the purpose and scope of the assessment prior to beginning the […]

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Protecting Sensitive Data in a Multi-Shoring Development Environment

As more and more companies are “going global” to grow their business and share more data with more users, it is extremely important to secure data privacy and confidentiality. Perficient’s latest free whitepaper, Protecting Sensitive Data in a Multi-Shoring Development Environment, outlines a method for securing tremendous amounts of sensitive data. Highlights from this whitepaper […]

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