43% of Software Projects Go Over Budget
and 57% Deliver Less Value than Projected
These are the sad statistics of the software development industry. Many projects fail and off the ones that do not, many go significantly over budget.
At SaaS VP we understand this problem, and therefore offer you a FIXED PRICE option for developing your application, while still working agile. Our process is designed around visually representing specifications and work in succession to ensure an experience that will delight you as well as your users.
A clear vision is the easiest path to success.
All great movements and organizations start with a clear vision. Your software should not be any different. We will help you design a realistic semi-interactive prototype that helps you visualize an implementation of the application you want to develop.
Besides a clear vision of the end-product, the prototype contributes to the development process in several other useful ways.
Turn Months of Design and Discussions into Weeks
Designing an application can be a daunting task. Transform your specs into an interactive visual representation to get everyone on the same page fast.
Avoid Writing Tiring Specification Documents
Tightening down the requirements so that everyone understands them the same is almost as difficult as writing the application itself.
A Useful Tool to Estimate the Engineering Effort
Prototype tells you what the application does; It helps architect think the best solution to the problem/s. A tool to estimate work that goes into developing and testing.
Validate Ideas Before Coding, & Test User Reactions
A team with a variety of skill sets would be needed to execute. Semi-interactive prototype lets you test your ideas on prospective users before you write the code.
Strip Functionality That You Don’t Need.
A prototype helps drill down to core functionality needed to monetize your apps. Reduce development cost by focusing on the high-value features only.
Low Cost of Change
A designer may only take hours to design a page with the same basic interactions. A developer may take a week or more to do the same in actual code.
Prevent expensive mistakes.
At SaaS VP, in the second phase we develop the UI of the system, and we call this the Walking Skeleton.
When developing the walking skeleton, the details that are missed in the prototype will become more obvious. In nearly all software, the user is the initiator of actions in the system and therefore this is the best place to start a project. Starting with the UI comes with a multitude of the benefits.
Save Time & Money
The UI by itself may uncover some problems that were not obvious in the prototype. It is best to uncover problems as early as possible. If back-end is not written yet, no need to rework which saves at least 50% of the time.
Focused Development, by a Small Skilled Team
We do not really think about the back end at this stage, the team doesn’t have to worry about this. Less discussions, less overhead, less time spent. Specialist developers that are highly skilled in this part can develop the app effectively and efficiently.
Early Feedback from Users
When the system under development is available online and the stakeholders are actually using it on different devices, browsers or operating systems – you may experience deviations from the design due to the way the browser, operating system or device behaves. This feedback is invaluable and hard to test for – there are too many possible configurations. The sooner we can process this feedback – the less feedback we can expect when the system is in production.
Easy to Test
When the UI is completed, we can start with creating automated acceptance tests. When the back end is implemented these tests should stay the same and can be reused from the first phase of the project until all the acceptance criteria are implemented.
Missed Details will Surface
The prototype is a great way to represent your application, however it is not an actual application. While developing the walking skeleton we may find some gaps in the workflow or the need to present some additional information. Change at this stage is still relatively cheap, as there is no back-end that needs to be changed.
Architectural & Technical Recommendations
This is a document that serves as the implementation manual for the development team. It can serve as technical documentation and contains the design patterns, technology stacks, infrastructure and hosting cost. It is a useful document that explains the big idea behind the system, and the clear boundaries and interfaces of the system.
The document clarifies the following:
A visual representation of the application architecture and a brief explanation of the main flows through the applications’ services and major components.
Special Skills and/or Training Needs
Many applications look and feel the same however many of them require unique solutions in the core of the application to deliver a great experience at the expected scale. The document will help clarify special skills or training needs for the team to execute your project.
Main Technical Scenarios
Applications benefit from similar solutions being deployed to various problems. This will reduce the maintenance cost and the ability to onboard new engineers on the project at a faster pace. In this section, the main technical scenarios are worked out in sufficient detail so that they can be repeated throughout the solution.
Estimated Hosting Cost
Your application will be architected in a variety of independent services to prepare for scale and maintainability. Each of these services will need to be hosted somewhere, and we provide you with an estimated cost per service.
As a company we pride ourselves in our development practices. Design patterns are common problem solvers for technical challenges. Ideally all individual solutions will leverage one or more patterns to provide solutions that are easy to maintain.
These days a lot of security concerns can be addressed by infrastructure, however for the completeness of the document we reiterate the security matrix and the default behaviors to avoid data leakage.
Implementation & Integration
The previous 3 phases are designed to iteratively collect the true requirements of the system. Now it’s time to get to work. In this phase we create and implement the back-end features of the system and integrate the walking skeleton. This phase is by far most of the work and takes the widest variety of skill sets to complete.
Fast Feedback Cycles
We believe strongly in the agile methodologies and that the best decisions are made on actual feedback. With basic devops we can ensure that the latest version of your application is available online so we can get feedback as soon as the developer has submitted new code.
Let’s face it. Most applications use a lot of similar functionality. Everyone app will need to send an email and every field needs validation. We have our own libraries to make this boilerplate work faster and therefore cheaper.
Insights in Progress and Quality
Information is key to managing software projects. We leverage online tools to create near real-time visibility in both the progress of the project as well as the quality of your source code.
Testing, Automation & Refactoring
Although we deliver the product in the previous phase with at least 80% test coverage, and a high maintainability index, there is always room for improvement. In order to deliver a robust and well-groomed product we take the time to dot some I’s and cross the T’s.
Enable the Gated Check-in.
A gated check-in is an automated development operation that ensures that source code that is submitted by developers meets certain quality requirements. After the project is finished, we can enable this so that new code that is submitted meets these standards, even when the deadline comes close.
During a fast-paced agile development process with steep deadlines, it is possible that some technical debt is created. We will review the system and address any if found before it starts carrying interest.
Release with One Click
Although we leverage automated releases throughout the development cycles of the application, it is essential that the release of a new version is also fully automated. People make mistakes that can have disastrous results, computers do not make these mistakes.
Automation of Development Operations
Save time and money by automating some of the development operations that you do. There are a few more and its usefulness also depends on the project. The key take-away is obviously to automate where the trade-off makes sense.
Our Approach Works
For a Variety of Industries,
Including but Not Limited to
Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing nowadays heavily rely in automation, from data gathering to implementation. Developing your SaaS as a product or to make your internal process easier, we got you!
Accounting and Finance
From financial database, invoicing, and transaction recording -a tailor fit software would be a helpful investment to reduce risk on losing your gains and improve your control.
Using technologies to drive performance gains in logistics help increases productivity, grow revenue and increase profits. We can help you achieve those goals through your SaaS.
Unified and scalable database makes a difference in providing companies informed decisions. Develop your analytics software to maximize your data on its full potentials!
Non-conventional channels to offer your products produces a lot of data. Create a bespoke software for your business and manage your inventory and sales depending on your need!
Modernize your recruitment process by creating a software that handles your pipeline for you. Gives you more time, more candidates to be processed at a better quality.
Why Our Clients Like Us
For new projects we can provide you with a truly fixed price. After we have made a prototype, we can give you a fixed price for developing the application for you.
This means that we take full risk for the output, and you will not have to worry about rising development costs, as our guarantee applies.
We believe that we are the right partner for any software development project. And we are so convinced of our ability to help you that we can guarantee you our promise.
“If we do not deliver what we promise, we do the rest of the work for free. No questions asked!”
Great Development Practices
SaaS VP was born out of passion for building quality software. Sadly, there are businesses and individuals that call themselves engineers but deliver applications that do not meet minimum quality standards. At SaaS VP, we take pride in our practices and we deliver beautiful, easy to use and well architected software that is built to scale. Metrics don’t lie.
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- How to develop a prototype of your idea in 1 week
- How to create an MVP focusing on low cost of ownership
- Our unique methodologies and processes that has helped many clients achieve success