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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
I’m a co-founder and CEO at Ardas - a SaaS centric development, support and go-to-market shop for more than 15 years.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
Four developers joined forces to work on a few enterprise data analysis software and outsourcing projects. After a number of successes, Ardas was established in 2005 with a focus on database design, data analysis and processing solutions, business process optimization.
What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
We are more than 190 in house engineers now and we plan to have 35% growth this year. In addition, we are expecting to launch two more startups with our UK partners this year.
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We are not a body shop. Our principle of cooperation is different - we create fully dedicated teams for each project, we aim to bring customer ideas in the best possible way, that is why we provide business consulting service to define what will work in the project. We design data and the entire infrastructure to optimally meet the needs of a real situation without unnecessary bells and whistles.
Despite the fact that sometimes our dear customers bring ready-made mockups, which definitely simplify our work, we still prepare our own detailed workflow plan including all the nuances of behavior and make it convenient for users.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?
Ardas mainly focus on Fintech, Healthcare and Logistic medium and large-sized enterprises, but ready to help promising projects of any size.
We value the stability and long-lasting working relationships, which is why the team of experts within our company is constantly growing, which enables us to give our full attention to each client.
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing software.
Certainly, first of all, we evaluate the business priorities, budget and needs of the product for assessing the development time.
It takes us 2 weeks to perform a functional and technical analysis, based on this we can guarantee the implementation of tasks in a strictly limited time. We are very attentive to this reputational aspect.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of software?
It fully depends on the complexity of each project. The main thing is what we want to achieve, right?
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right framework for developing software?
In the first place we need to set business goals and how could we archive them better with our solution. Choosing a framework depends on many factors. But we can highlight main from them such as usage context, license, maintainability, documentation, and community.
Which languages & frameworks do you prefer to use in the development of software?
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of the software?
To provide a ballpark time & cost estimation along with expected project release date our team reviews business processes and understand business needs, brainstorms with stakeholders, studies documentation, conducts contextual research and works on the initial feature list as the first step.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions, etc.)
Our project team conducts a series of interviews to determine the priority tasks of the project and the best ways to implement them. After that, we offer one of the ways of cooperation: a fixed payment for the implementation of the task, an hourly payment for a specialist, or the monthly rental cost of a dedicated team.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
Our specialists can start from our special fixed-price offer - Product Design Phase, whose goal is to define a project feature list and estimate the development effort. The cost starts from $5,000 and lasts 3-5 weeks.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2019?
The least invasive changes in the project cost one of our clients $10,000, and the maintenance of a huge logistic system - more than $500,000.