An experienced agile team to rapidly deliver successful outcomes.
Rapidly delivering highest business value first
Aptiture has development operations which focus on best practise approaches to software development.
With the availability of a comprehensive set of historical data on failed software projects around the world, software professionals have taken the lessons learned to create new and improved ways of working with organisations to create successful, cost effective and faster outcomes within software projects. Our teams and development operations are modelled on these best practises.
A track record of out-performance
We have a strong track record of over 50 sizable software development projects successfully delivered in timeframes that our clients couldn’t come close to meeting using their internal teams.
These projects were not only delivered more cost effectively and quickly, but they were also done in an environment of rapidly changing business requirements, and with low maintenance and support costs.
Not just an average agile team
We have deliberately built a team of highly specialised and quality resources – no juniors, to ensure that we can build software quickly and to a high quality.
It’s often said that one great developer can produce more value than 5 average developers. Imagine a team with only great developers. Our software engineers are rigorously trained, tested, and retrained before being allowed to take part on a project – and many just don’t make the cut.
Working software within two weeks
Our approach to software development ensures that we build software iteratively, with a working and functional release available every two weeks. For our clients, that means there’s a functioning and working product they can actually try out within 2 weeks of the start of development. Furthermore, every two weeks you can see the results of what our team have been working on, provide feedback and make course corrections as your business needs evolve.
More than transparency, cooperation
Through using agile management tools, our clients have full visibility of the work being done, and the ability to affect it. This transparency gives our clients confidence that the team is working effectively, but it’s not the reason for it. Experience has shown us that working closely with our clients creates the best outcomes. Your project is not just a purchase, it’s an ongoing collaboration. You are now part of our team and we yours.
Turning on a dime as business requirements change
By having a strict dedication to elegant object oriented design and decoupling, our software remains flexible and adaptable to changing requirements without the need for the software to be rewritten again and again. This is why we have extremely high standards of expertise in object oriented design for our software engineers.
But that adaptability is of little use if the project scope is locked into a long and concrete requirements document. By using agile methodologies and an iterative approach, high level requirements are prioritised and only those to be implemented first are documented up front. This allows changes in course without wasted effort, and better yet – an ability to start writing software right away without waiting months for requirements documents to be completed.
A critical element to flexibility is the ability to deliver a new version of the software in a short timeframe. Using a continuous delivery (CD) approach to software, our team is able to deploy a new version of the software within minutes, whereas traditional approaches typically took months. Why is this important?
In a highly competitive environment with demanding customers, waiting weeks for the next release means the horse has bolted. Additionally these are critical business systems which empower staff or customers to do their job – or stop them from being able to do it. Continuous Delivery allows us to fix emergent defects and respond to incidents with a new release in the shortest time possible.
A continuous delivery process includes automated testing and validation steps which ensures that each time a change is made to the software, it can be fully and automatically tested to ensure that it will work once deployed.
Acceptance test driven development
A critical factor in the ability to deliver and deploy new releases of software is the confidence that no defects have been introduced. By having a set of complete tests not only of low level functions within the software but of expected end user behaviour, visual output, performance benchmarks and more, this confidence can be validated by executing a suite of tests the moment a new piece of code is written.
However writing the tests after implementing the functionality is fraught with problems, whereas mandating writing tests first ensures that no software can be written that cannot also be proven to operate correctly and according to design. The benefits of TDD and ATDD have been validated empirically and boil down to substantially higher productivity, more output, and less bugs.
What’s more critical however is that testing and confidence allows us to release software quickly which we know works, and means that nasty surprises, failures, downtime and incidents are avoided.
Robust and reliable
Whilst Aptiture have a strong focus on leading the market and innovating, we make technology choices that ensure our solutions are built on trusted and reliable platforms which provide robustness and reliability.
We’ll never use a fringe technology that’s a flavour of the month. We’ll always ensure your data is protected and duplicated. We’ll always make sure transactions are never lost if some infrastructure fails.
Our solutions employ high availability and redundancy all the way through the architecture, from hardware through to software and services.