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Enterprise Solutions & Services
Skipfour is a leading provider of enterprise services to the best brands across the globe. Our core strengths include
Enterprise Mobile App Development
Cloud Services / SaaS
Animation and Graphics Design
We create solutions that usually encompass one or more of the technology areas above. Please call us to discuss your specific need.
Our Development Methodology
Skipfour uses both SAFe and applied agile development for its enterprise solutions. These methodologies are time-tested to deliver faster, with better quality and with more predictable results.
We also provide a project management dashboard online for our customers so the customers have visibility on daily basis as the development progresses. Through the dashboard, the customers are able to provide feedback on artifacts, ask questions directly from the team.
Why Development Methodology is important?
While selecting technology partner, the difference between having the right product built and having it built right way is where the development methodology becomes critical. There are thousands of horror stories of companies running over the budget, not getting good quality products built and quite often getting surprises towards the end of the development cycles. Sound familiar? all of these and more development heartburn goes back to the methodology being used for development.
Applied Agile helps businesses address the significant challenges of developing and delivering enterprise-class software and systems in the shortest sustainable lead time. It is a freely revealed, online knowledge base of proven success patterns, for people building the world’s most important software and systems. Applied Agile synchronizes alignment, collaboration, and delivery for multiple Agile teams. Scalable and configurable, Agile allows each organization to adapt it to its own business needs. It supports smaller-scale solutions employing 50 – 125 practitioners, as well as complex systems that require thousands of people.
Discovery and Ideation:
We dedicate a sprint (more sprints if needed) to go through the requirements with you and discover what the true nature of the project is, what exactly do you need get done, understanding milestones that are important to you, communication model, tools at your disposal during development for visibility, 3rd party dependencies and more.
Once these discussions are completed and documented, we move to
Product Strategy & Roadmap Creation:
Skipfour assigns our experts to understand your delivery needs and requirements and turn them into a product strategy and delivery roadmap. The product strategy is driven by you but it helps us create an effective roadmap. Depending on our SOW with you, we will account for how the product will be developed, marketed, launched and supported during its lifecycle.
Once we have solid product strategy and roadmaps, we start prototype so you can get the feel of what the actual product will look like and how it will function. Once you review and approve is when we take the next step.
We start development right after that. Depending on the size of the project and the product strategy, we create enterprise, program backlogs and then translate those into scrum backlogs for each sprint. Each sprint goes through planning, development and testing. We usually demo biweekly as soon as the code is demo-able.
Launch & Support:
As the development is over the finish line, Skipfour provides training to the customer team, realigns on any launch and support objectives. We then help launch the product in the intended environments including App Stores, Enterprise production, 3rd party sites, cloud and so forth. Once launched, we provide a 30 days warranty period and then start the formal support, if requested.
Our Past Adventures
San Francisco Fraternity
One of the largest fraternities in San Francisco, California was struggling to keep up with their members, the finances, email campaigns and event organization among other things. They had over 400,000 active members and their attempts at building websites, excel sheets and other methods failed before they approached Skipfour. Not only their website was losing members because of its performance and other issues, the fraternity was losing money as they were not able to keep track of finances effectively.
Skipfour and the fraternity worked together for the first 3 weeks in the discovery phase to
understand the scale of the problem and also to identify success metrics such as month over month churn, revenue, active membership, new memberships per month, invoicing process etc.
At the end of week 3, we agreed that the website had to be rebuilt, member data, organizational and financial data had to be transported over to the new database, and also new merchant accounts built. We also agreed that the project was time-sensitive because of baffling 13% month-over-month churn rate, Skipfour allocated best people and added on additional workforce, we redesigned the system, developed, tested and deployed in another 5 weeks. We built analytics, best in class cloud backend, custom financial and event organization systems. We also tailor made the marketing module that fit their unique needs. Once the system was live, Skipfour assisted the fraternity in building an email campaign to invite the lost members for another look and asking existing members to take a fresh look.
Their first quarterly review after the redesign, revealed that their churn rate had dropped to less than 1%. Their revenue jumped up in double digits as they were able to invoice automatically and were able to receive payments online.
This customer was a repeat customer many times over and was also responsible for solid referrals that turned into dozen of closed sales in the following years.
One of the top educational institutes in Southern California approached Skipfour with a set of algorithms they had developed for correcting vision impairment due to an eye condition that affects millions of americans. Their idea was to turn the algorithms into a mobile app, and when the app was running, the customers could wear the phone with accessories such as Google Cardboard and be able to see. The live video the patients saw on the mobile screen was visually corrected for the specific impairment.
Skipfour worked in close collaboration with the institute. We initially developed a prototype and fine-tuned it by testing on select patients, until we were ready for the first market-ready solution. The institute hosted many focus groups to further fine-tune the algorithms, which resulted us going back and adjusting the app many times over.
Realizing the impact to many millions of americans with the condition, Skipfour decided to enter into a longer-term partnership with the institute on cost basis so we can be a part of this great endeavor that touches so many lives.
Participating in product testing, witnessing first hand when someone with vision impairment, putting on this product and being able to see for the first time in decades; being able to see the faces of the loved ones, trees, buildings and flowers and crying tears of joy, has made us proud to be a part of this. It reminds us why we do this on daily basis.
This case study is not complete without the mention of our team’s rock solid resolve to make this product successful. We used agile development methodology with unprecedented, two demos a week to ensure our customer was in lockstep with us. We worked round the clock, here in the US and then handing off to offshore to make sure the ball keeps rolling, we only stopped when the customer felt that the product was ready.
In their words, “Skipfour has not only been the technology partner but the human consort this product needed to go to the market.”