Who else wants their new custom Web Application to look & work exactly how they wanted it?

Our clients recommend us because they know we have a track of record of producing results. With Orchid as your web application development partner you can expect:

  • Strict adherence to your timeline/delivery rates.
  • Constant communication during the project as well as after the project’s completed.
  • Careful attention to detail, so that you’re expecting is what’s delivered.
  • In-person support & training
  • Full support by phone or email whatever you need it, including 24×7 emergency support.

How to build a bespoke Web Application using the 80/20 Principle

Let’s assume you don’t have an unlimited budget or unlimited timeframe to launch your new web application. Reasonable assumption? The 80/20 rule applies heavily to software development. For almost all software, only 20% of the functionality is used on a day-to-day basis, this means potentially 80% of functionality can be left out (at least for the initial version).

Just think about Microsoft Word and all the functionality it has on its toolbar... how many of those features does the average user ever use?

According to Microsoft’s own research, the average user uses just 8% of Word’s functinoality. Think how many millions of dollars worth of software engineering hours was spent by Microsoft in building functionality that their core market simply never uses!

Building your web application the Orchid way, we’ll work with you to identify the minimum viable product (MVP). Future versions can be introduced later on with more features, but the initial version of the app should be cut down to ensure we can get feedback from the web application users as quickly as possible and then iterate from there (rather spend extra months building functionality that only a handful of users will ever use).

“Beware of the ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ approach to web app development. Throw in every decent idea that comes along and you’ll just wind up with a half-assed version of your product.

– Jason Fried, Co Founder of Basecamp (a hugely successful project management web app)

What’s the Process?

Discovery & Roadmapping

We’ll start by taking a comprehensive drive into your web application idea.

For example

  • What are the problems you’re solving?
  • What are the risks and challenges that we might face along the way?

We also look at who your end users will be in order to identify what the most important features are, and what’s just a “nice to have”.

Design & Planning

Based on ongoing discussions and brainstorming, we’ll plan and estimate the details of your project so that we know exactly what’s involved. We’ll design your wireframes as part of an iterative process (taking feedback from you and revising accordingly), and once complete we will be able to give you an accurate estimate for the actual development cost for Phase 1.

Software Development

Time to turn your idea into reality! To build your new web application we’ll be using agile development principles, which means instead of having to wait months to see progress, you’ll have the first release out in a matter of weeks.

Every 2 to 4 weeks you’ll continue seeing updated versions of the software with new working functionality added that you can use and give feedback on.

Ongoing Optimisation

All software needs maintaining, tweaking and improving beyond the initial launch. Based on analysing real usage of your web application, we’ll help you identify what areas can be further improved and optimised, or what functionality may be missing.

Remember those enhancements we decided to leave out of the first version? This is when those features can be relooked and possibly added in.

Some of our Recent Projects

Better Roster

Staff Rostering and Timesheet Software

Using Excel spreadsheets to manage staff and room rosters is a great option for a small medical practice. But as the practice grows and opens 6 or 7 days a week, or starts accepting walk-in ‘Urgent Care’ patents, the process of managing the right number of doctors, nurses and receptionists can get awfully complicated – so much so that it can result in multiple staff spending a full day or more per week, managing their roster and sorting out timesheets.

Better Roster is a software product built by Orchid that helps medical practices effectively manage their staff schedules and timesheets and maximise the use of the their rooms.

AllergySensei

Online platform to reduce food risk

AllergySensei helps people living with medically-based dietary requirements like food allergies or coeliac disease to better communicate their needs.

The mobile responsive online software currently has 3 different levels of membership (user-types); patients, medical professionals and our admin staff. A patient (or their parent) can link allergies to a profile. This allows themselves and their community to use interactive lists and personalised search with intuitive filtering based on their personalised dietary requirements (helping them understand what can or cannot be eaten).

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Got a quick question for us? Give us a call on 09-950-3824.