Volano’s first interaction with a potential client is about answering questions and evaluating alignment. The big question is obvious – “what’s this gonna cost?” Well, good news/bad news –
Good news – we’ve built hundreds of software systems so we can give you a ‘round’ budgetary estimate in our first meeting. Bad news – we won’t be able to give you a refined estimate until we’ve spent more time together understanding your project and your business.
Consider this – what you want to build will be one-of-a-kind. That is to say ‘custom’… i.e. never been created before. That is why it is hard to estimate. That’s also why it is likely to be expensive. Creating brand new assets takes skill, professionalism, and … calendar time.
Volano has a proven process to get the answer to this big question. We call that process Discovery. The outcome of discovery is a Statement of Work that will document what is to be built, how long it will take, and the estimated cost with a high-level of confidence.
Another important factor to consider is that software is never ‘done’. There are on-going costs and your software development firm should be clear about this. We can help you plan for the costs related to supporting your software over the long term. Also, we offer multiple support methodologies and will can help you chose the best plan to align with your budget and expectations.
June 2, 2020
According to LinkedIn technology (software) has a higher overall turnover rate than retail. With that, it isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when. Volano has engineered a culture of “by developers, for developers” and this helps our retention. In fact, most of the folks that work at Volano have been here +5 […]
June 2, 2020
It is hard enough to build a successful business, and few want to invest time and resources into worrying about an Intellectual Property Assignment. But alas, you must do your homework. Fortunately, we make it easy for Volano customers. When asked – “Who owns the software and IP for my project?” – it is an […]
May 28, 2020
Many of us remember the grade school game Telephone. It was funny to see how a simple message would get garbled as it was passed along from person to person. But it’s not as funny when that message is a critical business requirement that will be turned into software that will power your business. Yet, […]
January 3, 2019
Are you really ready for Digital Transformation? Many corporations see this simply as going paperless, but it is much more than that. It is also more than looking only at technology for solutions. Digital transformation is transformation of business and its organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of […]
November 21, 2018
Mobile Apps for your field-based teams can improve productivity and enhance efficiencies in your business operations. Here are a few mobile app benefits: Location Tracking You need to track the location of your field-based teams. Using the location tracking features of a smartphone or other device in your mobile app has a few different benefits. […]
November 19, 2018
The definition of workflow: “The sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.” There are multiple reasons to consider using workflow in an organization, as it can automate and improve processes in all areas of a business. One of the most notable examples of workflow […]