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Africa's first Umbraco Gold Partner scoops global awardBluegrass Digital has won 'Best Professional Services Sector Solution' for the new Petrofac corporate website at the Umbraco Awards 2022. The web and mobile solutions development company has also become the first Umbraco Gold Partner in Africa. 21 Jun 2022 Read more

Digital trends shaping financial servicesModern tech-savvy consumers are opting for financial service providers that can help them better understand their financial position and manage it accordingly across any platform, any time. There is a new breed of agile, tech-driven start-ups that are fast changing the fintech landscape. 27 May 2022 Read more

Tackling sustainability in a tech-hungry worldThe digital world is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. But technologies also hold the key to solving the world's climate crisis. We unpack the dual role these innovations play in conversations about sustainability. 7 Apr 2022 Read more

The art of selling onlineCommerce in the digital age is more than transactions, products and catalogues. Selling online means telling stories, evoking emotion and establishing trust. No one owes you their business, you have to earn it with every interaction. 5 Apr 2022 Read more

Bluegrass Digital scoops prestigious Smarties AwardBluegrass Digital has been awarded a prestigious Smarties Award in the 'Mobile App' category for its Bio-Oil Internal Brand Communication app. The world's only innovation award recognises leaders, brands, agencies, and tech providers that use technology to pioneer new approaches in modern marketing. 28 Feb 2022 Read more

Choosing the right B2B e-commerce modelCustomer behaviour has changed significantly since the introduction of global restrictions and lockdowns. B2B sales organisations have quickly embarked on a digital transformation journey to meet customer demands and to sell goods and services online. 10 Nov 2021 Read more

Nick DurrantProgressive web apps (PWAs) are the perfect cross between native mobile apps and websites. Here's why. 21 Sep 2021 Read more

Bluegrass Digital awarded at 13th Annual IAB Bookmark Awards29 July 2021 saw Bluegrass Digital receiving a bronze award at the 13th Annual IAB Bookmarks Awards. The Bookmarks awards are hosted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of South Africa, and sets the benchmark for "tech, digital and leading-edge innovation". 1 Sep 2021 Read more

Can I upgrade Umbraco 8 to Umbraco 9?Many developers around the world are enthusiastically awaiting the release of Umbraco version 9, the flexible and easy-to-use CMS software. However, many users are concerned about what will happen to the current version 8 as the new .NET 5 ASP.NET Core version is expected to be released in the latter part of this year. 26 Jul 2021 Read more

New tool released to fight corruptionIn response to the many complaints received on police corruption, Corruption Watch (CW) has developed a new Veza platform that will improve transparency in policing in the country. It will place the power back in the hands of the public to hold the South African Police Service (Saps) accountable. 25 Mar 2021 Read more

Setting new standards for digital experience platformsBluegrass Digital can now offer the most advanced digital experience platform to optimise every customer touchpoint across the entire user journey. This is made possible through a breakthrough combination of Episerver and Optimizely. 18 Mar 2021 Read more

B2B bullish about e-commerce opportunitiesBusiness has changed forever, we need to rethink our priorities, strategies and processes. Suddenly entire workforces are working remotely and most budgets are now non-existent. Despite all this uncertainty, businesses need to move forward whatever the circumstances. 17 Mar 2021 Read more

Bluegrass helps Bio-Oil boost B2B marketing strategyUnion Swiss are the makers of Bio-Oil, the world's leading skincare brand used to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. 8 Mar 2021 Read more

Optimising every digital experienceBluegrass Digital has introduced optimisation-as-a-service to help empower brands to unlock their digital potential. This new offering combines targeting, testing and recommendations - bringing together the leading solutions from Optimizely Web and Episerver. 8 Feb 2021 Read more

Bluegrass Digital widely recognised as top app developerWhen it comes to app development, Bluegrass Digital is an industry leader and one of the most trusted development agencies. From new startups to established businesses, clients trust Bluegrass Digital and its expert team to build apps. 28 Jan 2021 Read more

Uberising software developmentStaff augmentation is fast becoming the buzzword in the app development job market, attracting more businesses to hire remotely. However, not many businesses understand the benefits of staff augmentation and the art of choosing the right model to harness global resources. 26 Jan 2021 Read more

Data analytics offers new business opportunitiesData and analytics are disrupting traditional business models and ecosystems, helping modern organisations remain competitive. It provides business leaders with the insights to drive strategic business decisions by better understanding the dynamics of the business, customer trends, managing risks and anticipating market shifts. 25 Jan 2021 Read more

Pros and cons of cross-platform app developmentBusinesses across the globe are investing heavily in mobile apps to easily drive traffic to their websites. However, it remains a challenge for business owners to choose between developing a native app or a cross-platform app. 21 Jan 2021 Read more

Choosing between agile and waterfallThe traditional waterfall software development methodology is fast losing its popularity as more companies adopt the agile model. Each model offers a different way to deliver a project, but deciding which is best suited depends on the scope of the project. 20 Jan 2021 Read more

Did Black Friday 2020 give us a glimpse into the future of retail?Traditionally, scenes from global Black Friday sales depict packed stores and long lines of shoppers fighting to secure the best deals. But in 2020, the annual shopping holiday looked a little different. 20 Jan 2021 Read more

When 'future' technology trends become today's realityThis year has been a tough year for many but looking ahead to 2021, the technology world promises a wide range of opportunities to adapt. It's tough to make predictions about 2021 when none of us are sure how the rest of 2020 will pan out. What we do know for certain is that the world will never be the same. 27 Nov 2020 Read more

Reduce the cost of mobile app developmentBuilding a mobile app could be costly and time consuming, especially when developing a cross-platform business app for Android and iOS. However, with React Native, it is now possible to develop these apps using a common code base and reducing your cost of development. 12 Nov 2020 Read more

Pros and cons of working from homeAn unforeseen work-from-home revolution has caught many companies by surprise as most employees have now been forced to work from home. The likelihood of returning to the office any time soon seems very unlikely. So what are the pros and cons of working from home? 9 Sep 2020 Read more

React Native Reanimated and React Native Gesture HandlerSimon Buerger, Head of Development at Bluegrass Digital, talks about a particular piece of work he did for a leading fintech platform that had an existing React Native app. The client wanted to build a loan repayment calculator that enables clients to see interest and loan repayment term based on the amount. The app has sliders that allow clients to change any field and it automatically calculates the other fields. Simon shares his technical knowledge on building the app, as well as working with React Native Reanimated and React Native Gesture Handler. 10 Jul 2020 Read more

How to build apps that workStop wasting time and money building apps that nobody wants. Before developing a new app, consider prototyping or mock testing the ideas at an early stage of production. This will help bring great apps to life by pressure testing the ideas beforehand. 3 Jul 2020 Read more

The rise of a new economyIt is more urgent now than ever before that businesses invest in digital transformation. Since the global lockdown, millions of people have turned to digital tools and methods for work, entertainment and shopping. Companies also had to rethink the way they do business and had to adapt to the 'new normal'. 11 Jun 2020 Read more

Bluegrass Digital supports Critical NHSDigital solutions provider Bluegrass Digital has offered its services to support Critical NHS, a volunteer-led organisation born out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Critical NHS was set up to provide support to the critical care front line staff at St George's Hospital in London, and it is now quickly growing to support 16 hospitals across London over the coming few weeks and months. 30 Apr 2020 Read more

Bluegrass helps AIIM with a website refresh using UmbracoBluegrass Digital, the only Umbraco Certified Partner in Africa, has helped African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) with a design refresh of its website using Umbraco Content Management System (CMS). 20 Jan 2020 Read more

New app trends that will help businesses succeed in 2020Mobile apps are reshaping all industries and business leaders need to quickly adopt the latest mobile app trends in order to succeed in 2020. It is also critical for businesses to integrate the latest mobile app development technologies in order reach a wider target audience and more importantly, to gain growth. 14 Jan 2020 Read more

Bluegrass migrates over 50 websites and applications to AzureDigital transformation specialist Bluegrass Digital has completed a large migration of over 50 .Net and Linux websites to Azure. The migration covered a range of website CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal and Umbraco. These have been deployed to different regions across Europe, US and Africa based on customer needs. 13 Nov 2019 Read more

Bluegrass reaffirms its dominance in the CMS domainUmbraco, the provider of the flexible, friendly, easy-to-use and full-featured open-source content management system (CMS), has renewed its partnership agreement with Bluegrass Digital, the only listed Umbraco Certified Partner in South Africa. 7 Nov 2019 Read more

Mobile apps help improve customer experienceCreating a mobile app is a phenomenal tool to help businesses improve their corporate image and overall reputation, especially if they want to improve their customer service experience and boost their brand. Customers will likely benefit by being able to access products and services anywhere anytime. 16 Oct 2019 Read more

More on the menu for Dineplan customersThere is now more on the menu for Dineplan customers whilst making a restaurant booking on-the-go. South Africa's first instant restaurant booking app now enables customers to find special offers in their area, ideal for those patrons looking for an affordable night out. 10 Oct 2019 Read more

Blockchain's future looks promisingBusiness leaders are struggling to predict the future of blockchain technology and they are most likely underestimating its potential. If they are not fully embracing it right now, they will definitely be missing the many opportunities it has to offer. This is according to Bluegrass Digital CEO Nick Durrant. 10 Sep 2019 Read more

AI not a key focus for marketersArtificial intelligence (AI) will not find mainstream use among marketers until at least 2021. This is according to a new Marketing Foresight research report from Episerver, the company transforming digital experiences. 27 Aug 2019 Read more

3 apps for the price of oneReact Native simplifies app development 30 Jul 2019 Read more

Bluegrass Digital ranks amongst the bestClutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm, has ranked Bluegrass Digital amongst the best .NET developers in 2019. Clutch ranks firms based on a unique methodology that evaluates a firm based on technical capabilities, market presence and verified client reviews. 5 Jun 2019 Read more

Bluegrass Digital helps Bloomable to bloomBloomable, formerly known as SA Florist, has partnered with digital transformation specialist Bluegrass Digital to support the growing e-commerce business with big ambitions. Bloomable is an online marketplace that connects people looking to buy fresh flowers and beautiful gifts to the actual artisans who create them. 16 Apr 2019 Read more

Bluegrass helps Petrofac achieve top WebrankingBluegrass Digital, a leading web design and development company experienced in the delivery of corporate and investor relations (IR) websites, has been working with Petrofac for three years and has helped Petrofac achieve top position in the Webranking by Comprend 2018-2019. 16 Jan 2019 Read more

New mobile app helps users optimise lifestyle through genetic dataGlobal wellness genetics company DNAFit has partnered with a creative technology company, Bluegrass Digital, to develop a new mobile app to help clients optimise their health. DNAFit uses groundbreaking genetic science to help clients unlock personalised nutrition, fitness and health. 9 Jan 2019 Read more

Clover SA revamps its websiteClover SA has partnered with Bluegrass Digital to rebuild its corporate B2B and B2C website. The company has been consolidating its corporate digital assets onto a single technology stack and has also migrated all the Clover websites to the Cloud on Microsoft Azure. 25 Sep 2018 Read more

Positive engagement for CMS with new mobile app for staffInternational law firm CMS is upbeat about its new mobile app that will provide its staff with key information and messages fr their specific practice areas, sectors and regions. 11 Sep 2018 Read more

Bluegrass Digital builds success as Episerver solution partnerBluegrass Digital, a digital transformation specialist, announced on its sixth year anniversary as a Solution Partner of Episerver, the company transforming digital experiences, it will continue to invest in skills and growing its competencies. 30 Jul 2018 Read more

Allens wins 2018 Website of the Year awardAllens, London's leading supplier of catering equipment and furniture hire, has won the 2018 Website of the Year at the Hire Awards of Excellence. Bluegrass Digital developed the new e-commerce platform and has been a digital partner of Allens for over 10 years. 16 Jul 2018 Read more

Bluegrass Digital helps Dineplan make restaurant bookings easierWhen the team behind Dineplan, South Africa's first instant booking platform for restaurants, was looking to create its app, it wanted to include a broad list of features and functionality. An app that allows users to instantly book a table at one of their favourite restaurants in SA, the Dineplan team wanted to make it easy to secure and manage a restaurant booking on the go. 5 Jun 2018 Read more

Bluegrass Digital delivers innovative website for Bear Grylls Survival AcademyBluegrass Digital recently developed a new e-commerce website and CMS for Bear Grylls Survival Academy (BGSA). 28 Feb 2017 Read more

South Africa's first React Native mobile appBluegrass Digital was appointed by Names & Faces to rebuild a cross platform mobile application using the latest mobile development technology - React, React Native and Redux. Being one of the first developments of its kind in South Africa, Bluegrass Digital recently produced this mobile app which allows for lower cost of ownership and development, but also provides superior native performance. 21 Feb 2017 Read more

Clover visitor's booking site live!Clover Industries recently launched its new visitors centre, with aims of providing an educational experience to its visitors by bringing the story of dairy and of Clover to life. Bluegrass Digital built the Clover Visitor's Centre booking website on WordPress. 29 Nov 2016 Read more

Shimansky - Creating a personalised customer experience with SitecoreBluegrass Digital was tasked with the design and build of the new Shimansky website. 10 Nov 2016 Read more

Stage Audio Works selects EpiserverCommerce to launch new retail brandBluegrass Digital has recently been selected to design and develop a new e-commerce website for the retail brand, MiTech Direct, a leader in professional music, audio, broadcasting, lighting and consumer electronic equipment. 8 Nov 2016 Read more

Website redesign for London's premier handyman serviceBluegrass Digital recently redesigned a new online booking platform for SilverSaints, built on the Umbraco CMS platform. SilverSaints is best described as a team of multi-skilled handymen who undertake various household jobs in London. 15 Sep 2016 Read more

Bluegrass Digital explains what a creative technology agency isThe term creative technology is widely used and done so interchangeably. When searching for a creative technology agency you will find that they focus mostly on information technology and digital media. 17 Aug 2016 Read more

Website redesign for London's leading skin clinicMedicetics Skin Clinic approached Bluegrass Digital to implement the redesign and development of their website. Medicetics is one of London's leading skin clinics, specialising in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and skin surgery. 25 Jul 2016 Read more launches a website you can bank onBluegrass Digital recently developed a new website for built on the Umbraco CMS platform. is a leading, online guide to personal finance for South Africans, offering trusted advice and comparison tools. 18 Jul 2016 Read more

How will Brexit impact South Africa's IT industry?Many South African IT companies have their EU headquarters in the UK and use the country as a gateway for business across the EU. 4 Jul 2016 Read more

Episerver helps Allan Gray power personalised customer experiencesAllan Gray is one of the most respected investment firms in Africa, building long-term wealth for clients. The Allan Gray website is an important cornerstone of their high-end service offering, and there was a need for an innovative website design that would deliver the ultimate user experience for their customers, whilst best supporting Allan Gray's ambitions to meet the demanding requirements of IT infrastructure. 22 Apr 2016 Read more

Bluegrass Digital wins at Bookmarks 2016After two decades of quietly collaborating and building digital business value for their creative agency clients, Bluegrass Digital entered the Bookmarks 2016 for the first time with a project under their own name which resulted in their first win. 11 Mar 2016 Read more

Bluegrass developer team achieves 95% aggregate for MongoDB certificationThe Bluegrass development team recently underwent weeks of assignments and a lengthy online exam to become MongoDB certified. MongoDB is an open-source, document-oriented database, allowing for JSON-like documents to be stored with dynamic schemas. 30 Sep 2015 Read more

New shopping cash back app for South AfricaBluegrass Digital was selected to develop the HTML5 Android and iOS mobile app for SNAPnSAVE. This innovative shopping app allows South Africans to earn cash back when shopping, easily and for free. 21 Jul 2015 Read more

Spirit of Lagos Citizen Awards website goes liveBluegrass Digital, in partnership with Lagos based Playhouse Communication, was recently tasked with creating an interactive website for the Spirit of Lagos Citizens' Day Awards 2015. The Bluegrass team has a secure footprint in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos and a long standing relationship with both the Playhouse and Spirit of Lagos teams, having previously delivered the Spirit of Lagos website. 15 May 2015 Read more

Bluegrass Digital to deliver innovative new website platform for Fives FutbolWith offices in London, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Lagos, Bluegrass Digital's international experience delivering innovative technical solutions awarded their team of creative technologists a digital partnership with Fives Futbol, tasked with developing Fives' new sports management platform - the first of its calibre globally. 26 Mar 2015 Read more

Bluegrass develops a sharing platform for 'Fonts for the future'Bluegrass worked as technical partner to creative agency Joe Public. They were tasked with creating an online platform for One School at a Time, a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the level of education in South African schools, backed and owned by Joe Public. 9 Mar 2015 Read more

Bluegrass partners with Veeva platformDigital production agency, Bluegrass Digital, has been named an official solution partner of Veeva. Bluegrass was recognised by Veeva for their ongoing digital expertise in the fields of mobile applications and content management. 24 Feb 2015 Read more

Bluegrass to deliver mobile apps for WebticketsBluegrass Digital has been selected to create a mobile application for one of the leading ticketing solutions in Africa, Webtickets. 19 Feb 2015 Read more

Bluegrass wins pitch for Coca-Cola bottler PenBevBluegrass Digital was selected as the digital partner for Peninsula Beverages Co, the official bottler for The Coca-Cola Company in the Western and Northern Cape. 17 Feb 2015 Read more

EPiServer CMS platform implementation for leading SA financial services companyBluegrass Digital has been selected to implement the new corporate website for the South African arm of a high profile, international investment brand using the EPiServer Content Management System. 11 Feb 2015 Read more

Bluegrass Digital selected to deliver new municipal web platform for Western Cape GovernmentFollowing a competitive tender with a number of agencies, Bluegrass Digital was awarded the opportunity by the Western Cape Government to design and develop a new website platform and content management system to be adopted and implemented across all municipalities within the Western Cape. 30 Jan 2015 Read more

Bluegrass Digital a technical partner to Jupiter Drawing RoomBluegrass Digital continues to collaborate with The Jupiter Drawing Room on digital projects, with the latest successful implementation being an Interactive CI Guide for the Virgin Group that Jupiter pitched for and won over agencies worldwide and then chose Bluegrass to assist in the execution. 29 Jan 2015 Read more

Bluegrass London moves north of the riverBluegrass Digital has expanded into a fresh new London office space, moving from Wandsworth bridge to Putney bridge and into Fulham Green's new and conveniently situated, Chester House. After 15 years in the UK they've returned to their roots in SW6, and are pleased to have graduated north of the river once more. 10 Dec 2014 Read more

Bluegrass Digital delivers 60th Umbraco implementationBluegrass Digital began working on CMS projects, implementing offline replicated MS Access databases, in 1998, the start of the CMS revolution. In 2012 they became the first Umbraco certified partner in Africa and this week completed their 60th Umbraco implementation. 9 Dec 2014 Read more

Our African success storiesWe have been establishing relationships and collaborating on technical delivery across Africa since 2008. Earlier this year we established an office in Lagos, adding to our existing Johannesburg and Cape Town presence. 26 Nov 2014 Read more

Bluegrass Digital launches in Lagos, Nigeria, capitalising on 66 million internet usersFounded in the UK and headquartered in Cape Town, the 'Gateway to Africa', the next step for Bluegrass Digital was always into central Africa. They identified Nigeria, now recognised as the largest economy in Africa with a population of 173.6 million and a GDP of 521.8 billion USD, as a firm platform from which to launch their expansion into Africa. 20 Nov 2014 Read more

Nick DurrantIt would seem that Feng Shui is not only limited to interior design and Chinese culture, but its design principles are now being considered for improving the user's experience (UX) on online platforms. 9 Sep 2014 Read more

Bluegrass Digital and Sitecore partner to deliver a more personalised e-commerce experience for South African brandsBluegrass Digital, a London-based digital production agency with hubs in Cape Town and Johannesburg, is now a certified solution partner for Sitecore, a respected customer experience management platform that has been named a Leader in Gartner's 2013 Web CMS Magic Quadrant for the fourth consecutive year. 19 Aug 2014 Read more

Bluegrass Digital flying the flag at Umbraco Codegarden 2014The annual Umbraco Codegarden conference is taking place from 11-13 June in Copenhagen, Denmark and Umbraco Certified Partners, Bluegrass Digital, are attending. 11 Jun 2014 Read more

U-Start is an international event aimed at identifying and assisting high-potential start-ups to grow, get investment and become part of a global ecosystem of top entrepreneurs. 22 May 2014 Read more

Bluegrass Digital develops an engaging iPad application for the spree EDITBluegrass Digital was recently tasked with creating an interactive iPad app for to showcase and extend the ten curated designer items on offer at their Design Indaba stand. 14 Mar 2014 Read more

It's not all work for Bluegrass DigitalBluegrass Digital teamed up with fellow Cape Town agency, Digital Fire, to play in the hugely popular Cape Town Tens rugby tournament and emerged victorious in their division. 18 Feb 2014 Read more

Building an app for Africa's largest recruitment portalCareers24, a leading African recruitment portal, sought the services of Bluegrass Digital to implement a cutting-edge mobile app for tech-savvy job-seekers. 18 Feb 2014 Read more

Digital goldrush: Bluegrass Digital set up office in JoburgFrom London to Lagos and now... Johannesburg, Bluegrass Digital has opened up offices in the city of gold. 10 Apr 2013 Read more

Bluegrass Digital creates cutting-edge mobile money siteBluegrass Digital, one of South Africa's leading digital production agencies, has recently designed, developed and launched a new mobile site for that provides a specific mobile experience for users. 3 Apr 2013 Read more

From London to Lagos. Bluegrass Digital, a London born, Cape Town based digital agency is bridging the gap between South and West Africa. Experts in website technology, development, online marketing and forward thinking, Bluegrass have now set their sights on the West after working on exciting digital projects in collaboration with various ad agencies in Nigeria. The most recent being the creation of a microsite for Dettol using one of the world's leading content management systems, Umbraco, developing a mini flash game for Morteins and Mobile Money banners for Stanbic Bank. 24 Jan 2013 Read more

Zombies app takes over Cape TownBluegrass Digital, an innovative Cape Town-based agency, has recently teamed up with to create an exciting, new Zombie App for die hard gamers who've attended the rAge Expo. 4 Dec 2012 Read more

Converse new website launchRecently Bluegrass Digital developed and launched the new brand website for Converse SA. Converse, a cool global shoe brand, needed an equally cool interactive brand website to showcase their products and campaigns. Bluegrass once again worked closely with DDB South Africa as digital partner to undertake the UX planning, wireframes and prototype build, and new CMS development for a new website that met the key stakeholder requirements. 4 Oct 2012 Read more

Bluegrass Digital achieves status as first African Certified Umbraco CMS PartnerBluegrass Digital have recently achieved an Umbraco Certified CMS Partner, with a number of our developers attending Level 1 & 2 training hosted at our offices and achieving certification. This qualification means you are in very safe hands when looking to deploy an enterprise-level content management system (CMS). 6 Jun 2012 Read more

Bluegrass Digital have once again teamed up with ad giant JWT. The two companies will be partnering up on an exciting European brand account. Bluegrass will be working closely with JWT London's account team, and the clients themselves, to bring their technical and digital expertise to the table. 8 Mar 2012 Read more

Bluegrass Digital was tasked with the strategy, design and implementation of the ground-breaking Name Your Hood project which launched during 2011. The project aims to inject some personality into Cape Town's urban areas allowing users to get come up with names for particular neighbourhoods in the city and vote against these. The idea is to inspire debate and get people thinking about what makes their areas special amongst creating identity to these areas. 23 Jan 2012 Read more

Agency DDB worked with Bluegrass Digital to develop a daring campaign for fashion retailer 36 Boutiques. 11 Nov 2011 Read more

Bluegrass Digital teamed up with creative ad agency DDB to develop an iPad application for Honda in South Africa. The app was launched at the Johannesburg Motor Show in October 2011.This partnership saw Bluegrass working on the app's programming, including developing the user experience and usability analysis. DBB used these blueprints to create a slick design interface. 26 Oct 2011 Read more

The South African arm of agency Bluegrass Digital is to get a new managing director, when long time Director Nick Durrant returns to Cape Town this month. 15 Jan 2011 Read more