Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
I own Volare Systems, and as the owner, I do a little bit of everything. We are a web and mobile app development and custom software development company located in Denver, Colorado. We build high-quality apps that run fast and look great on every device.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
I was Vice President of a similar software consulting company in Austin, Texas, and we wanted to move to Colorado, so my wife and I started Volare Systems. Our goal is to delight our customers.
What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
Volare Systems typically provides turnkey software solutions, where we provide project managers, developers, testers, and support people. But we can also work side-by-side with the client and provide people as needed for a blended delivery team.
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
We focus on quality so the client gets a software solution that will be useful for a long time. We work with senior U.S.-based developers, so there are no time zone issues and fewer communication problems.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?
We are not limited to working with specific sectors, but we have worked a lot with marketing, human resources, education, manufacturing, and fleet management. Our customers work in all kinds of industries. It is definitely not repetitive!
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing software.
We look at the number of and complexity of the screens and processes to provide estimates of the project duration.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of software?
Every project is different, but most of our clients are asking for richer front ends these days, so we are coding 60-75% front end and 40-25% back end lately.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right framework for developing software?
Some clients have strong preferences that dictate the tools we will use to build their software, and they want to support the software solution with their current people who know those tools. Other clients don’t have a framework preference, and in those cases, we decide based on the best fit for their situation.
Which languages & frameworks do you prefer to use in development of software?
We are a Microsoft Partner, so for back-end coding, we specialize in the Microsoft stack, which is .NET Core, ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server, and Azure cloud services. For front-end development, we specialize in HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Bootstrap, VueJS, ReactJS, and building progressive web applications.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of software?
We figure out the team size needed and the monthly cost for that team, then estimate the number of months it will take to build the solution with that size team.
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.)
We charge by the hour and invoice monthly.
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?
We don’t take projects with a budget of less than $25,000.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2018?
We have a broad range. We have worked on projects from $25,000 and to several million dollars.