How to Select a Partner Who Delivers Value, Not Inputs

It’s not a secret that you need great engineers to build great products. But great engineers are expensive. And cheap engineers aren’t great. So when your engineering team is at capacity, how do you get that complex feature or product out of the backlog and into the hands of your users without breaking the bank?…

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How Generative AI Impacts Software Development at The Gnar

It would be difficult to make it through a day without hearing, reading, or seeing something related to Artificial Intelligence (AI). While the concept of AI is nothing new, there is a new form of AI that has generated a lot of buzz: generative AI. In the simplest terms, generative AI is a system that…

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Using an Agency to Augment Your Software Engineering Team and Scale Your Organization Efficiently

In this blog post, we discuss how outsourcing your software engineering enables your organization to stay leaner, longer. We also share best practices to facilitate a successful partnership. With thousands of open software engineering roles across the country, it can take companies three to six months to recruit and hire software developers. Given the current…

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Design Systems: What They Are and Why You Need One

A cake on display with one cartoonish figure sitting beside it and another pulling at it.

By definition a design system is a complete set of standards intended to manage design at scale using reusable components and patterns. When properly implemented, a design system provides a lot of benefits not only to design teams but development teams as well.  Imagine you are tasked with baking a cake. You know what it…

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Exploding Consulting Myths: Support

The job of a software consultant is exciting and dynamic. We enjoy being consultants because we welcome a new challenge, we embrace different perspectives, and we love continually working with the latest tech. And as we’ve demonstrated in previous installments, those benefits don’t have to come at the expense of a welcoming team and a…

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Exploding Consulting Myths: Culture

Can a Consulting Company Be a Team? We Are. At The Gnar we enjoy challenging the common misconceptions around tech consulting. Is it long hours? Is it really competitive? Is every developer on an island? Do I have to wear a collared shirt? The answer is unequivocally: not at The Gnar. Our founders Nick and…

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What’s the True Value of Mobile Apps?

The true value of mobile apps

In a world that’s becoming increasingly mobile-first, apps are a critical component of any company’s business plan. As a retail or QSR brand, can you get away with relying on third-party apps to connect with your customers and grow your business? A new study reveals that proprietary apps drive customer loyalty—and even correlate with more…

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Who Owns Innovation in Your Company?

Who owns innovation

If innovation at a company is a single person’s responsibility, then that company probably isn’t very innovative. In order to lay a solid foundation for true innovation, the entire C-Suite must collaborate and share responsibility. Even better? If leaders foster innovation within their teams, each employee will be more likely to feel empowered to aid…

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