Full-cycle software development

Through forward-thinking ideation and technology orchestration, companies create and deliver unique value to their customers, optimize internal operations, gain competitive advantages and advance business indexes.

Archer Technology advisory enables the disruptive transformation of the way companies can innovate. We work with healthcare, automotive and fintech industries to implement agile and lean development processes, incorporate new apps, platforms, architectures and technologies to launch life-changing products.

What we do?

  • System Analysis and Design

Archer Services System Design

Elaborating requirements to system architecture, and performance following industry standards to establish a scalable and secure development framework

Archer Services Web Development

Best-of-breed developers with a solid background in building cloud-based high-load applications and well-thought-out user experience

Archer Services Mobile development

Device-agnostic cross-platform app development with explicit attention to smooth user interaction ensuring quick adoption and high engagement

Archer Services Embedded development

Building high-tech embedded devices, mobile systems, and IoT-enabled products focusing on sustainability, scalability, and performance

Archer Services - Quality Assurance

Functional, Non-Functional, Load, Performance and Penetration Testing. Manual, Automated, Agile Testing, and many more to ensure the product’s errorless operation

Archer Services DevOps

Faster product releases, robust Agile Release Train, Live Features Toggling, Blue/Green Deployment, proactive issues resolution through close collaboration of the development and operations

Why Archer?

Archer has delivered software development projects for 300+ high tech companies, startups and large-enterprise IT users.

Every day we gain rich insights into the ever-evolving global technology landscape to build scalable, high-performing and secure solutions. Having delivered more than 500 products, Archer has leveraged more than 60 programming languages and 30 frameworks covering frontend, backend, mobile native and hybrid development, embedded and IoT solutions.

We provide end-to-end IT lifecycle management based on the best practices of RUP, XP, and Scaled Agile.

We make sure our processes are transparent, efficient and result-oriented, which is why we are ISO 9001:2015 certified and compliant with CMMI level 4.

Our cost performance index (CPI) has been more than 99.96% during the last 5 years.

We focus on achieving your business objectives and guarantee on-time delivery and enduring value. We offer flexible engagement models and a wide range of cost-effective solutions.

Process

  • Stage 1: Investigating the idea

Defining stakeholders, potential users and their needs and business/technical issues to be solved

Business requirements mapping onto planned features scope

Feasibility study and consistency check troubleshooting the product concept

Business and technological constraints discovery

Archer Process Investigate idea

System architecture and conceptual design that meets outlined requirements

Incorporating requirements of the relevant certifications, regulations and formal market constraints

Defining the methodologies to be used building software

Producing functional and data model

Generating comprehensive design specifications following best practices and industry standards

Archer Process Develop solution

Defining the goals and deliverables

Establishing a clear timeline and milestones

Defining the team structure and resources to be staffed

Establishing the framework for daily operations

Setting up the infrastructure for development and deployment

Archer Process Plan delivery

Defining the requirements for the recruitment team

Discovering the opportunities to staff internally

Market research and candidates selection

Interviewing the matching applicants

Onboarding successful employees

Archer Process Staff team

Backend / Frontend / Mobile / Embedded Development

Software Quality Assurance and Testing

Ensuring delivery against an approved timeline

Involving DevOps to build release-driven system

Continuous exploration, integration and delivery

Archer Process Implement solution

Designing a clear criteria list for launch readiness

Testing the product to comply with initial business and tech requirements

Getting the infrastructure ready for the release peak load

Setting up the channels for customers feedback and reports

Preparing the team for prompt fixes and support

Archer Process Launch Solution

Results we deliver

Archer Results Development Control over tech team
Complete control over a tech team allied with the cost advantage of offshore engagement model
Archer Results Development Investments
Maintaining efficient IT investments (systems, processes, resources) and ensuring they are fit for growth
Archer Results Development Communication
Productive communication and collaboration between leadership, IT, sales & marketing, and other business units
Archer Results Development Cloud computin
Modernised IT and streamlined operations through cloud-based businesses implementation or leveraging cloud computing
Archer Results Development Cybersecurity
Securing assets to detect, respond to, and resolve cybersecurity threats to intellectual property, including ransomware
Archer Results Development Opportunities to improve IT
Identifying emerging opportunities for improved IT performance and achieving business goals

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between system analysis and system design?

System analysis is the problem-solving process that includes examining the technological architecture of the existing solution, defining its pitfalls and corrupted interdependencies between different components of the system, and mapping out the solution improvement activities. In full-cycle software development, system analysis goes hand in hand with Business Analysis, as you cannot evaluate the technological architecture without the business goals and processes that are associated with the system’s usage.

System analysis includes evaluation of the selected technology stack and whether it allows for the system to have the best possible performance and user experience, along with if it lays solid grounds for future scalability at a pace relevant for the company, and if it complies with all the security and privacy requirements. System analysis helps the company to assess if the used technology is delivering the best results against planned business objectives and how to advance it to fit the needs of the company even better.

System design is a process of creating the product architecture that will fulfill the user requirements, ensure the performance, scalability, and security of the software product as well as transparency of the processes associated with its implementation and usage.

The Solution Architect works closely with the stakeholders to define and prioritize the crucial goals and expectations, understand the overall strategy for building the product and needs of its target users. The Architect designs system components, maps out their interdependencies, defines the database structure, and outlines the number of mobile, web, desktop solutions required to be developed. The tech stack is also defined at the stage of system design.

Full-cycle web development includes designing and programming any application that could be accessed through a web browser. It could be publicly available for anonymous users of the Internet or private, accessible for users in a single intranet, it can be stored in a cloud, AWS, for example, or on the on-premise servers.

Web development services include web design, programming, testing and support. Depending on the goal of the web application the development could be based on:

  • Content Management Systems (CMS), like Worpdpress, Drupal, Magento, etc.;
  • Frameworks like JavaScript, React.JS, Angular.JS, etc.

With mobile devices gaining more and more popularity, ensuring your app is mobile-friendly becomes a compulsory part of the web development process.

Technologies like Bootstrap can help you build a responsive web application that can easily adapt to user’s device. Whereas, in some specific cases this option is not enough and your web development team should build a separate mobile version of your web application in order to deliver the most comfortable user journey and best user experience.

Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and TVs enable diverse interactions between your company and users allowing for unexpected synergies to happen and dealing with users' needs on a completely new level of efficiency. We study user habits, analyze the data gathered through mobile device sensors, and incorporate these insights into the thoughtful user experience design.

Outsourcing full-cycle mobile app development can bring the following benefits to your business:

  • Providing customer-focused service with a personal touch;
  • Creating an added value through mobile device features;
  • Providing the service where and when the customer needs it;
  • Learning and understanding your buyer persona habits;
  • Ability to provide service and products on-demand;
  • Creating marketing channels and revenue streams.

Archer's full-cycle mobile app development team has almost 20 years of experience building mobile apps for automotive, healthcare, fintech, eLearning, eCommerce, and other projects. We have created dozens of on-demand applications integrating them into a single digital workflow from the order initiation to delivery and customer reviews providing a smooth user experience.

Our mobile app development process includes, but is not limited to the following steps:

  • Discovery phase: interviewing stakeholders to clarify expectations, concerns, and challenges; basic market and competitors research.
  • System design: validation of the system requirements and technological solution; defining the constraints and action plan.
  • Project initiation: setting up a team, the development, and QA processes; defining the milestones and deliverables.
  • App development: building the app compatible with the chosen platforms against the requirement; testing the quality and performance.

We have been using Selenium WebDriver + JUnit for automation purposes in almost every custom web development project we have delivered. In some projects, Selenium has been replaced by PhantomJS. We use POM (Page Object Model) for writing non-brittle test code and reduce or eliminate duplicating test code and improve readability.

For performance and stress testing we use the following technologies:

  • SoapUI/LoadUI - for quick scenario or scheduled tests;
  • JMeter - for more detailed scenarios and information gathering;
  • Watir and Siculi for Flash projects;
  • Galen framework for testing adaptive layout.

Software Quality Control in custom product development focuses on the documented specifications and the technology employed. It verifies that the application works as documented by testing the logical design and the technology itself. It also ensures that the application meets the documented technical specifications and deliverables.

This level of testing usually requires thorough the test, to be provided to the tester, who then can simply verify that for a given input, the output value (or behavior), either "is" or "is not" the same as the expected value specified in the test docs.

Sometimes people may confuse the term quality assurance with quality control (QC) in full-cycle software development. These two concepts have common features, yet there are important distinctions between them.

QA deals with the overall guidelines used in the development process to ensure a product meets specified requirements, and QC is production-focused and deals primarily with inspections and checks to find out defects and bugs.

In terms of Agile product development, the role of software quality assurance (SQA) is to prevent malfunctioning code or products, while the role of QC is testing, troubleshooting, and fixing code.

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