Our Approach to Your Project

Whether it’s a small task, functional system or app creation, we know that our best work happens when our clients and team speak the same language.
 
Building something significant for our clients properly, takes a weighty amount of effort. Yet how exactly do we go about getting everyone in sync?

We always encourage our clients to be active right from the start. We ask every client and their team to be as involved as possible for a successful discovery phase. We want not only in the ultimate product, but the process itself to be interesting, creative, clear and gratifying. For some clients it’s their first time teaming up with a software development company. Thus, we believe it’s meaningful that their experience runs with ease. 

1. Thoroughly Planning 

At this starting step there is knowledge transfer and research. Understanding both business and user goals. Together with the client’s team we are carefully reviewing and analyzing our findings and planning out the overall implementation strategy. As gatekeepers of projects and timelines, we help set reasonable forecasts for delivering your asked end result.

2. Diminish Drawbacks

We want to cut down the learning curve when you get on board with our team. The project itself already requires your time and regard, so why make the process more difficult? One way we diminish drawbacks is by using simple project management tools. We like YouTrack, it lets you track and manage issues from the moment they’re reported to the moment they’re fixed. Information is continuously exchanged over YouTrack and quick questions are answered in real-time on Skype.

3. Building Trust

Defensible, the most important ingredient of any successful relationship. We are as invested in your success as in our own. DAS has a consultative approach and client oriented – we always consult our clients and advise them the best ways of achieving their business scopes. We are always trying to be aligned culturally, and are focused on partnership. Our clients and companies aren’t trophies, they’re friends we’ve met on our journey. That’s one of the motive we advocate transparency throughout each phase of our process. Check out some more details how we do that here. After all, our tagline is “The Code You Trust”, explains a lot, huh? 

Whether you are a client or an agency, creating clear expectations on both sides helps foster trust and confidence. Nonetheless, save time and money, and let’s face it – brain cells. 

Want to plan an industry-designates project with us? Get started with an experienced team – contact us here. If you are more comfortable getting in touch by email, reach us at [email protected]  

Moving Forward,
DAS Solutions Team.

How to Build a Software Development Project Plan

Few things are more important to a new IT product than a software development project plan. This is the one and only instrument in your toolbox that will not only be your best friend in the strategy layout, but will also save you money in the long haul. Let’s take a look at some key elements that should be taken into account when building a software development project plan.

First, write things down. The What, How, and Who of your project should be written down in order to avoid confusion but also to help you structure your own business layout. Writing things down will ensure that a healthy oversight and follow-up mechanism is being established with your software development company from the very beginning. Phone calls and Skype meetings are an excellent first step, but a good IT company will always encourage that things are spelled out on paper (or rather in 1s and 0s 😉 – they will also help when you’re unsure where to begin). A solid software development project plan has some brainstorming behind it, together with key staff involved in the project.

Secondly, don’t get side-tracked. This is the moment when you think Big Picture. Don’t become obsessed with details other than what the logic of the software should be, who will be the end-user, and what the desired results are. Everything else will work itself out within the more detailed technical architecture of the product, which generally comes after the software development project plan.

Third, and this is what I say to all our potential clients, here is an exercise that you and your team should complete in the process of developing a software project plan: brainstorm together regarding all features that your ideal product should have. Think of ALL the elements and tools that, ideally, you would want present in your project. This includes the main features, but also additional or auxiliary elements that would be nice to have at some point in your product. Once you feel you’ve reached a comfortable list of goodies, CROSS OUT ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR TWO OR THREE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THINGS that your product would not live without. These are the defining elements of your product. These are also usually the things your clients will pay for, and what your competition is lacking. They will constitute the first version of your new software, and you must focus entirely on them. Once you identify the meat-and-potatoes of your project, the rest of your software development project plan is a breeze. As soon as your core features are done and working flawlessly, you can start adding all the other nice-to-haves (new features and such). Until then, focus on the most critical two to three elements of your project.

As always, reach out to us with your IT project idea. We’ll be happy to assist!

Moving Forward,
DAS Solutions Team.

A Mobile CRM for Real Estate Will Keep You on the Go

Office based CRM tools are offering a lot of useful information about your prospects and clients, but once you are out of the office you lose access to it.

A mobile CRM system for real estate agents boosts flexibility and increases sales. By using it you will always be on top of the game.

Increase deal closing rate

According to research conducted by Innopl Technologies, companies that use mobile CRM systems have better sales rates versus those companies that use only desktop CRM.

The sales cycle becomes shorter because a CRM can be customized in many useful ways. For example, an agent can show high-quality pictures and the layout of the building he discusses with the client during the meeting. Having access to all the information makes the agent more confident, which ensures that the he closes the deal.

Improve planning

Manage your leads, appointments, and documents effectively with a mobile CRM designed for real estate and get access to crucial information at any time from any place. After a fruitful meeting a mobile CRM platform lets you send contracts and other documents even before you get to the office.

Higher management can also benefit from a mobile CRM system because they can create reports to track the team’s performance even when they are on business trips. Any problems can be identified and eliminated at an early stage.

Keep in touch with your past clients

A mobile CRM will help you keep in touch with your past clients. You can send them warm birthday or Christmas wishes. Convenient reminders on your mobile device will be useful in your everyday work. Next time your clients decide to sell their house, they will contact you, because you managed to keep the relationship alive.

A mobile CRM for people who work in real estate is not an option, it is a necessity. It allows to keep up with the market and stay in touch with clients and prospects. Contact us if you are interested in custom mobile CRM for your business.

Moving Forward,
DAS Solutions Team.

A Good Software Engineer Will Identify These Two Problems

In today’s world of rapid development of new technologies, an idea is often all it takes to completely reinvent the way we produce, consume, and live! The life cycle of new ideas follows a predictable pattern: birth, testing, development, testing, implementation, and testing again. Every step of the way, new ideas should be discarded if unfeasible, but the further down this life cycle they get, the more valuable the new project becomes to its “parent.” Similarly, a new idea may not be entirely thought out (often because of a lack of expertise or adequate advice). This can bring a lot of problems in the future and may cause the collapse of a project altogether.

Software engineers call these two problems babies & horses and they cannot be overstated when it comes to software development. A good software engineer will provide adequate advice regarding a new project, paying particular attention to these two issues in the software development life cycle. Here is a quick guide to help you identify the two problems as soon as they arise.

We All Love Babies (and are very afraid to drop them)

We often have the tendency to treat our new idea (or product) as our baby. We nurture it, we help it make its first steps, we protect it vigilantly. We get to a point where we are so completely in love with our idea that any suggestion becomes an attack, and any assistance is seen as a threat to its life. Of course by this point, our ability to view the new idea critically is close to zero. We are blinded with love and are unable to see the drawbacks involved this idea of ours. We cannot objectively calculate the real benefits it will bring either. The responsible software engineer should be able to tell you when a new or existing product should be reconsidered or eliminated altogether. A good product is one that was not spared every possible revision, and all the testing and debugging it could get.

Horses Need Grooming (and the right stable! — says the software engineer)

The “horse” project is equally critical to be identified early. Consider for a moment that you own a horse and one day decide to bring your horse into your second-floor apartment. Sure, it may be possible to do, but it will not be the most feasible plan. The helpful software engineer will tell you that your project is a horse; and the horse is a very specific type of animal. It requires constant grooming, a special type of diet, and the adequate lodging to keep it happy. You will need to plan for its upkeep ahead of time, and you will need the infrastructure to be appropriate — especially if you plan on acquiring new horses in the future!

So there you have it, two problems with new projects that can have serious consequences if not identified in a timely manner. Is your project a baby or a horse? Seek advice from a good software engineer today.