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Believe it or not, your tech stack can say a lot about your company. It can tell the educated eye whether you offer web-based or mobile-based applications, what kind of engineers or operational staff will be needed, and the potential features and scalability
of your digital product. In other words, your tech stack says a lot about your digital status.
A tech stack (also referred to as a “solutions stack”) is a set of technologies used to build a website or application (i.e. a web or mobile app). It consists of two main elements, the front end and the back end - both of which contain programming
languages, frameworks, a database, and applications connected through APIs, or monitoring-type services.
In short, the tech stack is all the technologies used in bringing your digital product to life.
The front end of your tech stack is the client-facing side of things. It includes the languages and technologies used to show content, style content, and define how users interact with your website. Basically, what you see when you visit any (functional) website.
The main elements that compile the front-end of your tech stack include:
The back end of your tech stack is the server-side aspect of the application. It supports the front end functionality that allows your website or phone app to work the way you need it to - to keep clients coming back for more.
The main elements that compile the back end of your tech stack include:
Business intelligence tools are the final piece of the application development process. Think monitoring and performance tools like New Relic and Datadog, business intelligence solutions like Microsoft Power BI, and behavioural and product analytics such
as Google Analytics and Amplitude. These components will put all of the data from the hard work your team has done into actionable insights to help you grow and improve on your offerings.
Your tech stack pins down the type of application you can build. It impacts how customizable and scalable your offerings are, who you hire (as different stacks require different specializations) and who ends up choosing to partner with you.
The best advice for choosing a tech stack? Find a team that has experience in your area or can align themselves with your goals.
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