Steve.Mezak

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Steve Mezak is the founder and CEO of Accelerance Inc., changing how companies everywhere search for and partner with high-quality global software teams. In this role, he oversees Accelerance’s overall operations, drives strategy for business development and leads the cultivation and recruitment of international partner firms. A technical entrepreneur and internationally recognized outsourcing expert and speaker, Steve has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, moving from writing software code to facilitating and managing software development teams and budgets.

Steve came up with Accelerance’s business idea based on his own experience working with an outsourced programming team in Russia in 1998. Then he realized there was no easy way to find qualified engineering firms overseas. He founded Accelerance in 2001 with the goal of helping clients find and select an outsourcing partner that best serves their technical needs and aligns with their corporate culture. Steve has spent the past 15 years traveling the globe and interviewing thousands of software development teams to build Accelerance’s network of partner companies.

Prior to joining Accelerance, Steve co-founded and served as CEO of SendOrder.com Inc., a B2B e-commerce site. Before that, he served as vice president of technical services at Digital Market Inc., an online marketplace for electronic parts that was acquired by Agile Software in 1999. He also co-founded and served as the director of engineering at Aspect Development Inc., a B2B software development company that was acquired by i2 Technologies in 2000.

Throughout his career, Steve has guided hundreds of software and IT executives through the strategic advantages of outsourcing their software development. He is also the author of Software Without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the proud father of five children, two of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enjoys recreational water sports including wakeboarding and wake surfing.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Steve Mezak and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Steve.Mezak

Cybersecurity considerations for outsourcing software development
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Cybersecurity considerations for outsourcing software development

When it comes to outsourcing software development, you can never be too careful. Be sure to take thoughtful steps to protect your information assets, and protect the productivity gains that you realize through outsourcing. Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks.
October 18, 2017
Meet your software development deadline with these tips
Inside Software Development Outsourcing

Meet your software development deadline with these tips

When it comes to software development, the importance of accurate planning and meeting deadlines cannot be stressed enough. But with the right mindset and good communication with your team, you can hit your development goal on time and with less pain.
August 9, 2017
Don’t rush into outsourcing software development
Inside Software Development Outsourcing

Don’t rush into outsourcing software development

In a rush to save money, companies often plunge into software development outsourcing, quickly select a supplier and expect that team to produce great software right away. They skip the careful evaluation required to determine which software outsourcing company best suits their needs. They don’t properly vet the provider to ensure they get the best service, experience and quality of work.
March 31, 2017
Tighten security with better software development
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Tighten security with better software development

Security threats and security solutions both depend on software. One way to safeguard your systems and data is to take a secure approach to software development that focuses on quality assurance, testing and code review.
February 13, 2017
Resolve to improve your software estimating in 2017
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Resolve to improve your software estimating in 2017

Software estimating means specifying the time needed to create a software-based product or service, which in turn affects go-to-market schedules and revenue goals. Because so many moving parts make up a software estimate, some professionals feel defeated before they even start developing the software. One way to get better estimating is to outsource software development. Another is to account for important areas such as these: engineer experience, availability and productivity, as well as unforeseen defects, problems and last-minute requests.rn
December 21, 2016
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Are Americans too dumb to be good developers?

Many people think America is the land of good software development. But what does good software development mean? Is it education, IQ, brain power? And are Americans as smart as we think we are? In this article, Steve Mezak, CEO of Accelerance, discusses IQ, problem-solving and the skills to look for in software development team members.
August 31, 2016
Blockchain will drive demand for decentralized apps
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Blockchain will drive demand for decentralized apps

Blockchain is a shared ledger that stores the complete transaction history of both cryptocurrency and almost any other data you can imagine. It’s transparent and secure, and it eliminates the need for a central system. Blockchain is the catalyst for a new category of decentralized apps, and its potential is huge!
July 20, 2016
What if they outsourced The Phoenix Project?
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What if they outsourced The Phoenix Project?

The award-winning book, The Phoenix Project, tells the all too familiar story of a business-critical software development project gone bad. With 200 developers and after $20M invested, the project is two years behind schedule. What a nightmare for the VP of application development. It’s no wonder that halfway through the book, company management threatens to outsource all of IT.
June 22, 2016
Outsourcing the fast speed of two-speed IT
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Outsourcing the fast speed of two-speed IT

Many companies have embarked on a digital transformation of their business in an effort to increase sales and support customers through online systems, apps and social media.
June 7, 2016
Outsourcing the slow speed with two-speed IT
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Outsourcing the slow speed with two-speed IT

Many companies struggle to maintain proper support of their complex internal applications needed to run the business while embarking on a digital transformation at the same time.
May 26, 2016