The best technology just works. Think of your favorite app. How much time do you spend messing with the settings or rebooting it so it works in the first place? If it’s a favorite app, the correct answer to both questions is likely “little to no time,” because you just swipe, click and go about your business.
But successful software design isn’t happenstance. The best apps didn’t luck their way into working well—they were specifically designed to work that way.
Two critical factors can make the difference between a so-so app and one that your employees and your customers find invaluable—architecture and implementation. At Pyramid, we place emphasis on both aspects to help our clients achieve their business goals.
Architecting bakes in quality
Beware of any IT consultant who doesn’t ask pointed questions about the scope of a project, its business objectives or its success metrics. The answers to these questions inform the structure of the app or the software you’re trying to develop. The initial study isn’t architecting but it does form the basis of the architecting process, a methodical approach that can distill a project into the necessary components that are then developed.
At Pyramid, we understand this critical process and the role it plays in a successful implementation. It’s imperative to ask these tough questions at the outset, then use those answers to study possible solutions and routes to success. Our investments in technology, people and research pay off for our clients through a seamless experience. We dedicate ourselves to this stage to make sure we adequately understand what our clients are trying to achieve.
Don’t overlook the human element
Architecting the app is just part of the picture, however. The other part entails employing developers, UX and QA staff who understand not only the goal of the software but also the underlying architecture.
While it is possible to pre-design an app, achieving that level of design before beginning development and then maintaining it in an ever-evolving sea of changes does not make economic sense. Instead, we have invested in developers who understand the importance of architecture and modular design and can incorporate these concepts into the software.
· Use the best coding practices
· Implement the correct methodologies
· Report back to the architectural team for decision changes if any anomalies are seen
You might think these concepts are really basic, and you would be correct. But many IT consultants either don’t take the time to understand a project or turn the project over to developers who don’t have a firm grasp of industry-accepted design practices.
So when considering the outsourcing of app development, don’t just review the qualifications of the design or technical team that will work with you. Find out what developers will be working on your project and interview them, too. Because some companies try to find the lowest-priced (i.e. least experienced) developers to maintain their profit margins, some consultants might balk at requesting interviews of developers.
At Pyramid, we welcome the scrutiny. Most of our business comes from repeat clients who have tried our services, found success and turn to us whenever they need experienced IT help. Each of those started with an initial engagement, so we are confident that if a company tries our services once, they will likely become a repeat customer.
Although technology is at the heart of everything we do, the Pyramid difference is our people.