Flexible and client-oriented engagement models
Depending on the project requirements and specifications, resources available and timeframes, we propose 3 major engagement models: Fixed Price, Time & Material and Dedicated Team.
Time & Material
Time & Material model
The Time & Material engagement model presupposes that billing is based on actual time invested into the development (person-hours actually worked) and the actual cost of materials and equipment usage. This model is flexible to Clients changing needs for time and resources.
How does it work?
When we get a general overview of the project, we will gather a team of skilled professionals to work on the solution. No detailed specification is needed to start the project. The team can be charged depending on the project requirements revealed during work.
When is it best used?
- There is no detailed project documentation, or it has an insufficient level of detail.
- Project specifications and requirements are constantly evolving and changing.
- A long-term cooperation with the Service provider is planned.
- The deadline is not clearly defined.
- Lover cost — time and material contract costs may be less than in a fixed bid.
- The agility of workflow — it is easy to change the priorities of specific features and add new ones within the same budget.
- Schedule flexibility — deadline can be easily changed if needed.
- Reduce the risk of unmet expectations — the whole process is transparent and clear, and payment occurs when the specific functionality is developed.
Dedicated team model
Our specialists become a part of your team, working exclusively on your project. Billing is based on the developers’ hourly rates included in the dedicated team.
How does it work?
Business owners provide a general list of project requirements, and we gather a team of professionals who can do this job best. The Client is fully responsible for team management and control. The developers will report directly to the Client. On our part, we will monitor the quality of the services provided and get involved if necessary.
When is it best used?
- The project idea is well thought out and defined, all project requirements are available, and the development is about to start.
- You have in-house specialists who can manage the software development process.
- Full control over the project progress and budget scheme.
- There is no need to employ qualified specialists and spend time and resources on hiring and management processes.
Agile frameworks we follow
You will be involved in the app development process from the project initiation day until the release day. We believe that Clients should be active participants in the whole development cycle, controlling the progress and having an opportunity to make corrections at any stage. Scrum and Kanban methodologies we follow fit the best to this mission.
Scrum is a flexible, holistic product development strategy where a development team works as a unit to reach a common goal.
Kanban is a way to manage the software development cycle, emphasizing continual delivery without overburdening the team.
Kanban is invented to help teams work together more effectively.
Effective project organization
No matter what engagement model you choose to work with SumatoSoft, we guarantee that the development process will be effective and productive.
A qualified project manager becomes a liaison between the business and the development team. They are responsible for project planning, management, work coordination, and progress tracking. Communication happens through various channels: email, messengers, phone, and personal meetings.
Knowledge transfer is a comprehensive business process ensuring all information about the project is shared among the team, Technical Manager and Scrum Master. We gather our experience in a special formalized knowledge base (Atlassian Confluence) under tech leaders’ supervision.
Planning and reporting
SumatoSoft undertakes a commitment to regular reporting on the project. The reports depend on the chosen engagement model: real-time 24/7 reporting via Jira Atlassian, monthly, weekly reports, etc. Regular reporting ensures transparency of the development process and provides a clear understanding of the costs at every stage of development.
Our recent works
Graphical user interface for robot operation
IoT application with sensors for industrial fridge monitoring
Innovative big data trading platform
The system has produced a significant competitive advantage in the industry thanks to SumatoSoft’s well-thought opinions.
They shouldered the burden of constantly updating a project management tool with a high level of detail and were committed to producing the best possible solution.
Nectarin LLC aimed to develop a complex Ruby on Rails-based platform, which would be closely integrated with such systems as Google AdWords, Yandex Direct and Google Analytics.
I was impressed by SumatoSoft’s prices, especially for the project I wanted to do and in comparison to the quotes I received from a lot of other companies.
Also, their communication skills were great; it never felt like a long-distance project. It felt like SumatoSoft was working next door because their project manager was always keeping me updated. Initially.
We tried another company that one of our partners had used but they didn’t work out. I feel that SumatoSoft does a better investigation of what we’re asking for. They tell us how they plan to do a task and ask if that works for us. We chose them because their method worked with us.
SumatoSoft is great in every regard including costs, professionalism, transparency, and willingness to guide. I think they were great advisors early on when we weren’t ready with a fully fleshed idea that could go to market.
They know the business and startup scene as well globally.
SumatoSoft is the firm to work with if you want to keep up to high standards. The professional workflows they stick to result in exceptional quality.
Important, they help you think with the business logic of your application and they don’t blindly follow what you are saying. Which is super important. Overall, great skills, good communication, and happy with the results so far.
Together with the team, we have turned the MVP version of the service into a modern full-featured platform for online marketers. We are very satisfied with the work the SumatoSoft team has performed, and we would like to highlight the high level of technical expertise, coherence and efficiency of communication and flexibility in work.
We can say with confidence that SumatoSoft has realized all our ideas into practice.
We are absolutely convinced that cooperation between companies is only successful when based on effective teamwork (and Captain Obvious is on our side!). But the teams may vary on the degree of their cohesion.
They are very sharp and have a high-quality team. I expect quality from people, and they have the kind of team I can work with. They were upfront about everything that needed to be done.
I appreciated that the cost of the project turned out to be smaller than what we expected because they made some very good suggestions. They are very pleasant to work with.
The Rivalfox had the pleasure to work with SumatoSoft in building out core portions of our product, and the results really couldn’t have been better.
SumatoSoft provided us with engineering expertise, enthusiasm and great people that were focused on creating quality features quickly.
We’d like to thank SumatoSoft for the exceptional technical services provided for our business. It should be noted that we started our project’s development with another team, but the communication and the development process in general were not transparent and on schedule. It resulted in a low-quality final product.
SumatoSoft succeeded in building a more manageable solution that is much easier to maintain.
When looking for a strategic IT-partner for the development of a corporate ERP solution, we chose SumatoSoft. The company proved itself a reliable provider of IT services.
Thanks to SumatoSoft can-do attitude, amazing work ethic and willingness to tackle client’s problems as their own, they’ve become an integral part of our team. We’ve been truly impressed with their professionalism and performance and continue to work with a team on developing new applications.
We are completely satisfied with the results of our cooperation and will be happy to recommend SumatoSoft as a reliable and competent partner for development of web-based solutions
Rewards & Recognitions
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Frequently asked questions
I need to develop an application – where do I start?
Many great techniques and approaches may help you to answer this question (you can read about them in our blog). Still, before starting any project, including custom software development, we suggest answering 3 simple questions — Why? What? How?
- Why do you need this application? What are your business goals?
- What would you like to receive at the end? What is the outcome you expect?
- How will you do this? What options for implementation do you have?
Once you answer them, create your vision of the application, and form your requirements for a software development company, you can contact us, and we’ll discuss your idea.
I want to develop software. How much does it cost?
Software development costs may vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to the following:
- a scale of your application idea (e.g., is it a simple two-pages website or a huge enterprise-level software);
- innovations required (will it require some extra research and development, inventions, etc., or use the well-known tech stack);
- software development company experience in the tech and business domains;
- software outsourcing rates.
Each application idea is unique, and many factors will influence the cost of its implementation. That’s why we suggest our Clients get in touch with us and get the initial analysis and estimation absolutely for free.
Why does my project require a Business Analyst?
Business Analysis is the groundwork for every custom software development. It helps to understand the software potential, estimate possible risks and assumptions, and find the best solution and insights for the project implementation. The business analyst provides information, asks and answers questions, and ensures that the technical solution a tech team provides will meet stakeholders’ business expectations.
What do I need to know before contacting you?
SumatoSoft is a software development company created by a team of experienced managers, business analysts, UI/UX designers, backend and frontend developers, and QA engineers that have developed many software solutions (see portfolio of applications), from MVPs to enterprise software solutions. We know how to plan and implement your idea in the best way using the best practices in software development. And we can prove it.
I want to be involved in the app development process, do you have a problem with that?
We believe that a software development company may provide top-level services and deliver value to the Clients only if the Clients are involved in the process. The level of involvement can be different – from being a product owner and providing just business requirements that we translate into the software solution to being an active participant in the analysis, design or development process. Anyway, we build a smooth process and regular communication with our Clients.