We maintain world class capabilities in a broad variety of technologies so we can help you leverage the right ones for your business. With every engagement, we evaluate the best options available and propose the best solution that considers performance considerations and cost constraints.
Custom Application Development
Native Cloud Applications
A cloud application is an application program that functions purely in cloud environments such as Amazon, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace. Cloud applications share characteristics of desktop and/or web applications in that it functions as if it were a local resource. But because it is hosted in a cloud facility, it has the benefit of easy scalability able to expand or contract as the needs of the business mandate. Tailwind is a trusted partner that can assist your organization in making the transition to a cloud-based infrastructure efficiently and in a secure manner.
Mobile applications run on smart phones and tablets enabling end users to perform their duties on the go. Tailwind provides application development for Apple iPhone and Android devices. For your company this enables a geographically dispersed and travelling work force that can continue to do their jobs without having to rely on cumbersome solutions that entail finding appropriate connection points or leveraging VPN tunnels.
A web application is a client–server software application where the user interface runs in a web browser and the supporting software is housed in a remote central server. Web applications are prevalent in both Internet facing and internal solutions due to the ease in deploying and maintaining software without having to perform installations on every client computer. Tailwind provides world-class solutions in web development across most of the available platforms and can assist in making sure that the application scales to meet the demand of your organization.
Server / Desktop Applications
Standard application development can either be stand-alone applications running on a personal computer or Client-Server applications where a distributed structure segments tasks or workloads between a remote resource, called the server, and an application interface, called the client. Both of these solutions require the development and deployment of software to each individual system that will be performing the service. Tailwind can assist clients with both stand-alone and client-server application development and will partner with you to ensure that the right solution to address the business need is produced.
Our Engagement Model
We are based on a model we like to call Software as a Relationship (SaaR), a structure that leverages a tight partnership through all phases of planning, design, and development, allows our clients to reduce development operating expenses and improve their quality of delivery by leveraging the right talent at the right time without the continuous expense of full-time employee’s for each and every skill-set.
One of the most significant challenges that established companies have today is aging custom applications. The need to migrate legacy technologies can stem from a number of challenges, whether the original authors are no longer available or the solution is no longer scaling to the needs of the business, security or regulatory compliance requirements. Tailwind regularly assists clients in evaluating and leveraging modern platforms that can scale and be maintained at lower cost and with better business impact. Applications can be migrated to web-based, client-server cloud, and mobile platforms depending on the business needs.
Cloud Migration & Enablement
Applications designed and built to function within an organization will all eventually run into challenge scalability to meet the growing needs of the business. Migrating these applications to a cloud infrasture leveraging third-party providers such as Amazon, Microsoft Azure, or Rackspace can place an organization in a better position to adjust to these challenges as the need arises. Tailwind works with clients to properly design, develop, and implement cloud solutions to migrate existing workloads to modern architectures.
“Integritas built us a web app and they had all the experience around the table and on the calls to move things quickly. I appreciate they didn’t run things through an account manager and I could actually talk to the team doing the work!”
Sam Decker – Founder and CEO, Mass Relevance
“Working with the team at Integritas was an incredible experience. Highly skilled. Very professional. Always on time. And just plain good people.”
Chad Zunker – Founder, Baby Shusher
“For over five years I have counted on Integritas to deliver excellent and cost-effective software development staff augmentation services. Over that time, Integritas staff became critical members of our team, with transparent and efficient collaboration between Sapling Learning employee s and outsourced team members. Integritas was a necessary and important component for taking our unfunded fledgling startup through funded growth leading to acquisition. Integritas is a great solution for any software venture, and Paulo is a great business leader to work with.”
Jamie Caras – Ph.D., Founder and General Manager, Sapling Learning
Before the project begins, the client meets with our Director of Product to discuss the product to be built, including features, product-market fit, business model, alternatives, existing solutions that could be leveraged, timeline, roadmap, and more. The goal of this consultation is to ensure our product understanding mirrors that of the client, define the boundaries of scope for the initial product release, and provide guidance based on our own experiences. This consultation results in a Product Briefing document referenced by our user experience and development teams throughout the Agile process.
Upon kicking off the project, our user experience (UX) team will collaborate with the customer to develop user stories. User stories, similar to use cases and employed extensively in the Agile methodology, are a superset of information normally conveyed in traditional feature requirements. User stories encapsulate not only the desired functionality, but information about the end user, their reasoning and intent, expected outcome when using this functionality, and acceptance criteria used to measure if the feature is correctly implemented. This elaboration of a feature establishes a more complete picture for both designers and developers, and allows them to anticipate longer-term issues when considering implementation options.
Once the user stories are developed and approved, our UX design team begins the process of developing the user interface wireframes that support the features. We collaborate with the client to settle upon designs that will be implemented during subsequent development sprints. The designers are made aware of the devices that can be used by the customer, and may design multiple formats of user interfaces depending upon the device used (e.g. laptop web browser, tablet, or mobile phone).
During this process, one of the deliverables is the definition of a minimum viable product, or MVP. An MVP is defined as the minimum core set of features that allows a product to be deployed and evaluated by our client and their alpha customers. It is not the complete product, but it does provide value to the client and is the basis for soliciting feedback. The MVP is defined collaboratively with the customer, and is typically comprised of multiple user stories that may be completed over one or more of the initial development sprints.
Once a backlog of user stories are authored and the respective designs are flushed out, the users stories are collaboratively prioritized with both the customer and development team in order to achieve the MVP. The top prioritized stories are moved into the first development sprint plan, and the development process kicks off.
The Agile process is iterative, and post-sprint the objective is to demonstrate the implemented functionality to the client and solicit feedback, which may in turn drive additional stories or refinement of existing stories. Those stories are prioritized with the backlog, the next set of stories are selected for inclusion in the subsequent sprint, and the process repeats until the components are completed and deployed.
Tailwind adopts an Agile software development methodology with the goal of executing software projects with less wasted effort, reduced customer cost, and on a faster overall schedule. Unlike the traditional waterfall software development projects, Agile takes an iterative approach: we repeatedly execute short (typically 2-3 week) development sprints that result in a partial implementation of the solution for client evaluation. At that point, the client can see and try new features, and give feedback immediately versus waiting until the end of the project to evaluate the entire solution. Customer feedback is integrated into subsequent sprints along with prioritized features from the backlog; we continue iterate in development sprints until the backlog is empty and the final product is delivered. This approach gives the client the ability to “see and hold” the solution quickly, provide input early in the process, and even change direction for certain features without incurring a great deal of product rework and wasted money.
On a monthly basis, we invoice for hours worked during the previous month. Our fee schedule is simple, based generally on time and materials.
By leveraging our mix of U.S.-based and overseas teams, we are able to provide an extremely cost-competitive hourly rate. We work on a time & materials basis, meaning that we invoice bi-monthly for the hours applied to your project, with time reports sent each week.