Last week, Brian Anderson, our Application Development practice principal was featured on the Technology section of Corp magazine. Here he gives 5 helpful tips on how to maintain successful business practices when developing software applications.
Software applications are powerful business drivers of productivity. It always amazes me how far companies that get this insight can automate, optimize and fine tune their businesses. It is fun to observe and be a part of. I have been a software development consultant for 15 years and would like to share with you five keys that great companies and software development firms do to increase their odds of success.
1. Don’t get hung up on billable rates. Focus on the people who are going to work on your project. Vet their experiences and references.
We all like a great value and no one likes to pay more for something than they have to. In the world of software development services there are a wide range of capabilities and experiences. If you find someone with the right set of skills, experiences, and references, that person can be at least three times more productive than a junior level that is just getting started. People like this know how to lay the framework for everyone else to be successful. When hiring a firm make sure to ask who are the senior people on their team that will be working on your project and vet those people. It is OK to have juniors who cost less but don’t assume that they will be as productive or capable of doing the work without some senior leadership.
Legal Copy Services is a company that dealt with a lot of paper (emphasis on a LOT…). While they were a small company, thumbing through files and searching through stacks was still manageable.
However, as the company grew, Legal Copy Services began to have problems storing and managing such mass quantities paper.
Enter the OST Application Development team, heroes in the world of enterprise technology solutions. They were able to do away with the forest of file cabinets, compiling all that information onto one screen. This new program consolidated and organized Legal Copy’s intellectual services saving them time and money and stopping them from having to hire more employees in the short-run.
But we didn’t stop there. A major component of our Application Development team is the business strategy and architectural consulting practice. Led by App Dev principal Brian Anderson and Senior Consultant Matt Brickner, OST recommended some changes that greatly improved internal efficiency. In fact, Matt himself actually set up shop in the Legal Copy offices, at a desk smack-dab between the CEO and Operations Director. This method allowed for an unparalleled level of communication between vendor and client.
So what happened when all the jumbled paper finally settled? (which is just a poor idiom now since all that information has been uploaded into secure databases.) Well, Legal Copy Services has become an even more efficient and effective company, they’ve been able to hire the employees at a healthy rate and, thanks to the new tools they were equipped with, they were able to grow their business.
Today marked the first day of production on a new OST video. On the scene with our talented partners at 1041 East, we began filming a visual case study of our work with Legal Copy Services.
The project was a shining example of some top-notch application development (specifically in business strategy and customized web/desktop development) that allowed our client to not only serve their customers more efficiently, but increase their business by 30%.