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A lot of software companies use agile/scrum, and each adapts it to  their own ways. We’d like to share today some of the practices we use at GroupBy. Continuous improvement is a huge part of agile/scrum so we would love to hear back from you with your thoughts and best practices!   Sprint Duration Scrum recommends 1- 4 weeks for sprint length. At GroupBy, we have found that 1 week sprints work well for all of our teams. We have tried 2 week...

Most scrum teams do daily standup by going through person by person and answering the following three questions: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? Are there any impediments in your way? When we first implemented scrum, we followed the same process. About a year and a half ago, our agile coach recommended doing standup by stories instead of per person, and we’ve never looked back since. Here’s a couple reasons why I think this method is much...

Here at GroupBy, we couldn’t be more thrilled for the New Year and all it’s sure to bring. 2017 has taught us so much, and we’re already brainstorming strategies to continue evolving our suite of microservices. Much like people strive to eat healthier, go to the gym more, or stress less, our resolutions are the key to making GroupBy the best it can possibly be. 1)    Ensure retailers offer their shoppers a cutting edge, personalized experience Personalization is a cornerstone of the...

Venture-backed startups are often faced with one of three futures — IPO, acquisition or failure. In this roundup, we’re looking at the most important acquisitions of 2017. We cover acquisitions, mergers and fundings in our daily newsletter, The Beat. You can sign up for that here if you want to get this type of news when it happens. Now, let’s take a look back at the Austin startups and tech companies that were acquired in 2017 — along with some of the investors who...

Have you been interested in learning more about GroupBy? Are you ready to discuss ramping up your site search, personalization or product data? Curious to see how we combine Machine Learning with a team of human curators, to solve the most difficult B2C and B2B eCommerce search and data problems? Let's meet at The National Retail Federation's "The Big Show!" We will have our team onsite in New York City, from January 14th - 17th, ready to talk all things,...

B2B eCommerce is fundamentally different than B2C in many ways. To date, the industry has been forced to adapt B2C search and navigation services to try to meet their needs. These solutions are lacking in many ways, and have not been designed from the ground up to accommodate the size, complexity and speed needed to create the next generation B2B Experience. GroupBy is revolutionizing B2B eCommerce Search. We are pleased to announce the launch of GroupBy B2B, the patent pending...

Search As You Type (SAYT) is our product that allows you to search as you are typing, meaning, we are returning results at each keystroke, often configured in as little as three keystrokes.  We can return both common searched for words, categories or even products while you are typing.  Recently, to improve the experience we made made some improvements to our SAYT product to improve our search term suggestions. Plural Search Terms We have enhanced our ability to handle plural search...

The holiday time is typically a stressful time of year for just about everyone, with an extra layer or two of stress if you are an online retailer. We understand and are fully committed and putting in extra effort to ease some of the stress. We at GroupBy employ multiple strategies to ensure our services are up when you need them most. We ensure our platform can keep up with your increased demand during this crucial time by focusing on these...

The approaching Holiday season is always stressful for retailers. Not only is it a time that can make or break a retailer financially, but it is also a time in which online traffic spikes, pushing infrastructure to the max.  Nothing is more gut wrenching than your website going down on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, whether it is because of your infrastructure or a partner’s infrastructure, it doesn’t really matter, you are down and that means lost sales and lost...

In 2014, the words “data breach” held a very heavy weight.  Often referred to as the year of the Mega Breaches, a staggering 1 billion records were compromised by cyberattacks across a myriad of industries. JPMorgan Chase unintentionally exposed the names, addresses, social security numbers and other personal data from 83 million account holders – and that from a company that spends over $250 million annually on cybersecurity; Sony Pictures saw attackers destroy data and leak information regarding employee payroll,...