Hand-crafted products for Salesforce.com ISV partners

Design

Understanding the problem, creating solutions and refining the best one.
  • Research
    Early in a building construction project, an architect would visit the job site to understand the environment in which the structure will be built. We use a similar approach to see the context in which your application will need to perform. By examining the terrain we learn which solutions are feasible, which won't work and which would bring real innovation.
  • Ideation
    Once we understand your vision and the real-world constraints, we generate ideas and flesh them out into complete solutions. Whenever possible, we represent concepts visually to clarify the intent and nuances. Designs usually begin as sketches and quickly evolve into interactive prototypes.
  • Validation
    Before you invest in development, we validate the design with business stakeholders and representative users. Feedback sessions with the former ensure alignment with business goals, and usability tests with the latter build confidence that the application will perform well in the real world.

Development

Building the product while ensuring its quality, now and in the future.
  • Planning
    The best craftsmen know to measure twice and cut once. In software, effective planning includes identifying reusable components, developing unit tests up front and accounting for the other unique aspects of your application. A cookie-cutter process can't yield custom results, after all.
  • Build
    We believe software development is more akin to a craft than a science or engineering discipline, and that a small number of highly skilled professionals usually outperforms a large, distributed team. Our process proudly reflects this, folding in functional and technical quality reviews along the way.
  • Optimization
    Traditional "testing" cannot create or assure quality by itself especially if it's a mere blip in the schedule after coding. By this point in the project, we focus on performance tuning, fit-and-finish work and any necessary integration testing. Whenever possible, we also perform beta testing with actual users to anticipate market reactions before launch.

Distribution

Preparing the product for a smooth launch to all your customers.
  • Packaging
    Modern development platforms have evolved to include application packaging and distribution as first-class concepts. These advances have their own technical challenges, however, and our experience allows us to account for these factors from the very beginning of the project.
  • Security Review
    A side effect of built-in distribution is that platform vendors end up pushing code from a marketplace directly into customer environments. Hence, these platform vendors have an incentive to ensure the applications meet standards for quality and security. Our specialized knowledge, prior experience and focus on quality throughout the process minimize delays at this stage.
  • Listing
    The electronic storefronts in today's platforms like Salesforce.com's AppExchange are valuable innovations that nevertheless have their own idiosyncrasies. Having walked the path, we can advise you on how to make the most of this increasingly important digital real estate.
  • Research
    Early in a building construction project, an architect would visit the job site to understand the environment in which the structure will be built. We use a similar approach to see the context in which your application will need to perform. By examining the terrain we learn which solutions are feasible, which won't work and which would bring real innovation.
    Ideation
    Once we understand your vision and the real-world constraints, we generate ideas and flesh them out into complete solutions. Whenever possible, we represent concepts visually to clarify the intent and nuances. Designs usually begin as sketches and quickly evolve into interactive prototypes.
    Validation
    Before you invest in development, we validate the design with business stakeholders and representative users. Feedback sessions with the former ensure alignment with business goals, and usability tests with the latter build confidence that the application will perform well in the real world.
  • Planning
    The best craftsmen know to "measure twice and cut once." In software, effective planning includes identifying reusable components, developing unit tests up front and accounting for the other unique aspects of your application. A cookie-cutter process can't yield custom results, after all.
    Build
    We believe software development is more akin to a craft than a science or engineering discipline, and that a small number of highly skilled professionals usually outperforms a large, distributed team. Our process proudly reflects this, folding in functional and technical quality reviews along the way.
    Optimization
    Traditional "testing" cannot create or assure quality by itself, especially if it's a mere blip in the schedule after coding. By this point in the project, we focus on performance tuning, fit-and-finish work and any necessary integration testing. Whenever possible, we also perform beta testing with actual users to anticipate market reactions before launch.
  • Packaging
    Modern development platforms have evolved to include application packaging and distribution as first-class concepts. These advances have their own technical challenges, however, and our experience allows us to account for these factors from the very beginning of the project.
    Security Review
    A side effect of built-in distribution is that platform vendors end up pushing code from a marketplace directly into customer environments. Hence, these platform vendors have an incentive to ensure the applications meet standards for quality and security. Our specialized knowledge, prior experience and focus on quality throughout the process minimize delays at this stage.
    Listing
    The electronic storefronts in today's platforms, like Salesforce.com's AppExchange, are valuable innovations that nevertheless have their own idiosyncrasies. Having "walked the path," we can advise you on how to make the most of this increasingly important digital real estate.

About the team

A Chicago based consulting firm that designs and builds applications on Force.com, the Platform-as-a-Service from Salesforce.com.

George

Chief Executive Officer

Meri

Chief Financial Officer

Les

Chief Technology Officer

Ross

Chief Experience Designer

Mike

Development Manager

Jake

Visual Designer

Nicole

Director of Service Delivery

Stanley

Developer

Jay

Quality Assurance Manager

Jim

Developer

Andy

Quality Assurance

Victor

Developer

Our approach

Honesty

You may not always like what we tell you, but we will tell you the truth. We find it simplifies life considerably.

Simplicity

Less is more, especially when it comes to complexity and visual clutter. Users seldom adopt, let alone recommend, what they don't understand.

Execution

Working hard and getting the job done is the foundation of our culture. We're proud that our track record shows no failures.

Craftmanship

Though we don't work with wood or iron, we believe in craftsmanship as a model for building software. Quality is essential and we are driven by the desire to master our ever-changing craft.

Fear of Failure

When we push technology to its limits, we use prototyping to raise our confidence in the solution. We make sure something is possible before we tell you it is.

Focus on UX

We work to deliver the solution to your problem that works best for your users. Recent trends in technology are training customers to demand dramatically improved user experiences.

Contact

Appiphony, LLC

1811 W North Ave, Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone:773.661.4100
Fax:773.661.4150
Email:info@appiphony.com

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