Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BX
We help businesses overcome their challenges through the use of technology. Using our broad experience of software and design, we make the complex simple.
Whether we're working on a small scale integration or a complex digital transformation, our first step is to develop a shared understanding of the problem we need to solve. Depending on the point at which we're engaged, this sometimes involves working together with our clients to get to the bottom of where the real challenge lies, and then articulating it in a way that makes sense to all stakeholders. We believe that this shared understanding is crucial to the success of a project as it ensure that everyone is working towards a common goal.
Some other activities that can happen in this phase include: Contextual enquiries, User research, Persona development, Sketching workshops and lo-fi prototyping and Technical investigations.
Strategy, consultancy, planning; it can be different things to different people. To us, it's about taking our shared understanding of the problem and asking the question: how are we going to get there?
It isn't uncommon for the goal to be clear but the path to be hazy. Using our shared understanding of the problem and our extensive experience, we can build a clear roadmap for your vision. We'll look at business priorities, user needs, technical dependencies and any other key insights to define the path that is right for you.
In a perfect world, everything would be tailored for everyone. But this isn't a perfect world, and we have to work to balance requirements, timescales and budgets. Our goal isn't to build every piece of software from the ground up; it's to provide you with the tools that will enable you to run your business effectively.
Our passion is creating software that creates the efficiencies which will allow a business to grow, and we architect our applications with scalability in mind such that your software can grow as your business grows.
We'll craft an application that incorporates the intricacies and nuances of your business where that's the right thing to do, but we'll almost certainly integrate this with existing specialist products. The result of this is a suite of tailored applications that the rest of the market can't just buy and plug in to their business. This is what gives you a competitive edge.
It could be an accounting package, your CRM or that nasty green screen system that sits in the back office and no one quite knows how it works; chances are that you're going to need to expose or share data between one or more systems in order to create the efficiencies that you need.
We'll work to create these integrations and start automating processes that are currently sapping the time of your most valuable resource: people! Like with all of our work, this can be phased to minimise the impact of change on your business. You can start out by having manual checks on the newly automated processes in order to give you a chance to make sure that the system is working how you need it to. This can also be an important step in building trust with your colleagues during the transition.
Your software has to live somewhere, and in the interests of business continuity it probably isn't wise to just keep it all on that server in the back office. You may have some internal systems that you wish to keep on your own infrastructure - or that can't feasibly migrate immediately - however we recommend using an external hosting service where possible. We specialise in architecting and migrating to Microsoft Azure. This cloud based hosting platform offers something for everyone, whether you need to host a simple one page application or a complex system of microservices that must be PCI DSS compliant and have full disaster recovery.
With a background in building systems in the financial, healthcare and public sectors, we understand how important the security of your systems and the the data they're handling is. Security testing is very much a part of our testing and quality assurance process. We can work to prescribed data security standards (eg. PCI DSS) where necessary and will be happy to work with your Qualified Security Assessor to ensure that your data and that of your customers is safe.
agile consultants, digital transformation, User experience, software development, web design
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