Our outsourcing service is a high quality, cost effective way of having a small team of developers work on your project with the added benefit of UK based project management and QA. It is most suited to the development of an entire project. This is our preferred method of working as we feel it is the most time and cost efficient for our customers.
What are the benefits of outsourcing?
We take responsibility for achieving the results you want, and you can be confident that the project will be delivered by us without the worry of having to take on new or temporary staff for a short term project. We have established standards and documentation that we work to, or we can work to your company guidelines.
Why use Eastpoint?
Our experience, creativity and problem-solving means your project is in safe hands. Our developers have worked on and managed various outsourced projects, including retail websites, financial management systems, ticket booking applications, intranet and internal admin systems and content management systems (CMS).
We are committed to delivering high quality services and products. We consider that when we work for you, we become part of your team. You can rely on us to work to your specification and deliver cost-effective projects that meet your needs, allowing you to concentrate on your business. Our combined skills and experience, along with our company culture and implementation of agile methodologies, enables us to provide a service that delivers the software/applications that you need.
Our team has worked with on an enormous number of projects for big range of companies including Bosch, Philips, BAE systems, Disney, NBC Universal, Major League Baseball, Mr Shoes, University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, Norfolk County Council, Norwich Theater Royal and Norwich Cathedral, among many other large and small organizations. As well as working directly with clients, we have extensive experience in collaborating with agencies on projects and systems.
The year is nearly over, so let's look back at what Eastpoint's little developer elves got up to this year. What happened at Eastpoint Software in 2014?
Mobile and tablet apps:
More people are using mobiles and i Pads these days. We all know this because we all do it, it's simple, quick, and doesn't involve waiting for a PC to load up while staring existentially out of the window. Apps are a great way of presenting a product or service in a way that's easy for customers to use, which makes Web, Mobile and eCommerce App Development increasingly beneficial investment.
We are keen to continue building more mobile and ecommerce apps next year. Get in touch with us about your mobile app idea on email@example.com or, as Blondie would say, call me on 01223 690164.
Websites that were built to be viewed on a monitor do not always look so studly and buff on a little screen. Some need a helping hand and seem need to be built from scratch (a great opportunity to zhuzh up the website and maybe re brand like you always meant to).
Having a website that adapts to different monitors and devices is called responsive, and is a popular and wise investment. We've carried out several of these software development projects this year.
Websites are just like anything else – they get tired, things change around them, and they need a bit of fairy dust because they are sad. We've carried out many enhancements and additions this year.
Outsourcing App Development:
We often work with technology partners to deliver skills that they do not have in-house. This year we worked on several long-term web app development projects.
Our clever clogs developers are always learning new technologies and adapting how they work. This year, our favourite new technology was AngularJS, which we used on a cyber security app. Intriguing!
There's been more interest and understanding of agile working – which means completing a project in stages without having to decide on the entire project's timeline and spec at the outset. This allows you to change the spec or scope as the software product is built, so it can evolve during the build to the benefit of the final product.
Testing and QA:
We are Eastpoint Web , Mobile and eCommerce App Development Services Cambridge, London and UK. This year a full-time QA lead joined our team. Welcome! Now get back to work. Working with us in 2015 If you are looking for web, mobile and eCommerce app and software development or outsourcing in Cambridge, London or the UK, give us a call on 01223 690164, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know your requirements and we'll see what we can do!
If you're looking for an estimate for an app, let us know the details you have and we can provide a no-obligation quote. We specialized in ecommerce apps and software development.
Lean start-ups by nature want to minimize risk and maximize output from the off. Get going and get selling...
Ok, so it may not be a 'secret' as such, but we believe that small businesses and start-ups can get out of starting blocks and gain a competitive edge through flexibility. This article is about how agile software development works, and why it could give you the flexiblity you need to succeed.
Being flexible to consumer demand
The essence of a lean start-up is to avoid chasing large, up-front finance, and focusing instead on getting your product or idea to market, and then responding to demand. You don't necessarily have a crystal clear idea of what you will be doing a year later, so you need to have room to manoeuvre.
The following quote may be taken from a Wikipedia article on Eric Ries and the lean start-up, but the sentiment stands:
'Ries claims that despite the many proximate causes for failure, the most important mistake was that the company's "vision was almost too concrete," making it impossible to see that their product did not accurately represent consumer demand.'
Your product may need to evolve, respond to the market, and grow as your customer base grows. So how can we help? We think agile development works well for lean start-ups...
Being flexible to software demands with agile development
At Eastpoint Software , we work with customers to discuss both the long term vision but also what needs to be done in the short term to achieve goals.
We are fond of the agile process, which involves working in 'sprints' to complete work in stages, rather than committing to an entire project outright and then building it. This means you can adapt the overall plan as you go, rather than sticking rigidly to a theoretical idea that might not pan out or might need changes along the way.
This agile process can work very well for start-ups and small businesses, because you work towards a long-term vision, but only focus on what is important for that stage of the project.
Working with you
Our team will work with the software product owner to understand long term aims and help identify shorter term objectives, to enable clients to take a product to market rapidly, test user feedback and evolve into later versions.
We are fully on-board with the the lean start-up philosophy and we have processes and methods to support that.
Working with us
We want your start-up to succeed and think it is important to maintain frequent, transparent communication, combined with technical expertise, including project management, programming, user interface design, testing and all our knowledge to give you the best possible start.
Smaller companies, and companies just starting out, often have different priorities and needs compared to established or larger companies. It is important to work with a software development company who understand this – and we do.
We apply the same high standards to all our work and have plenty of software solutions for small businesses and lean start-ups, whatever the budget.
Give us a call on 01223 690164 to discuss agile software development.
Responsive and mobile websites: Websites designed for mobiles and tablets As websites evolve, technologies develop and user experience improves, it is important to make sure your website is up-to-date and making the most of what's available. It is becoming increasingly common for websites to not just be designed with a desktop and monitor in mind, but to also look good (and suitable) for small mobile screens and medium sized tablet screens.
Mobile websites and responsive websites can cater for these demands.
What is the difference between a mobile app/website and a responsive website?
Mobile – typically a version of the website built specifically for mobile Responsive – built to adapt to whatever device it is on
Should I get a mobile website or a responsive website?
From a practical stand point, a responsive website will mean one version that works on all devices, and only one website to build. It covers a wide array of devices with a single version. If a new phone is released with new screen dimensions, you've already got it covered. Your responsive version will simply fit to the size of the device.
The benefit of a mobile app is that if you are targeting a specific type of device, you can develop the app or website quicker, and it will be tailored entirely to that device.
A mobile or responsive website – is it worth it?
Whatever your budget for your website, making it “responsive”, so it looks good in all formats, is a wise investment. As more and more people browse online via mobile phones, iPads and tablets, it is important that your business , service or shop, can still relay information and provide a good user experience, regardless of how and where you customer goes online.
Responsive websites automatically adapt to the size of the screen. This doesn't just mean that information and graphics become condensed, it also means words and images are displayed in different ways, or sometimes omitted to provide a less cluttered, easy route to information. When space is limited, you may wish to prioritise so you know your customers are getting what they need, straight away.
Can my website be converted into a mobile/responsive website?
Most likely, yes. Usability and page design is different on mobiles, so your website may look slightly different but with a cohesive design that will link seamlessly with the full web version of your site.
Often, a mobile app developer will suggest that the website is built from scratch, in order to make use of new tools and technologies. This is particularly worthwhile if you have an old or neglected website, to create a fresh re-launch.
How much does a mobile website cost?
As you will expect, it does depend on the size of the project - how complex the pages are and how much user interaction there is. For example, is it just content-based, or does it have a shopping cart? Generally, the more interaction there is, the greater the project cost – but even more to be gained by providing a great mobile experience, rather than a confusing experience as your customers try to navigate a full website on their mobile.
Where do I go to get a mobile website?
A lot of web developers also create mobile websites, software and apps. Here at Eastpoint Software, we speak to our clients, listen to their needs and provide an estimate for the work. We also offer mobile app development outsourcing, so if a client has asked you for a mobile website and you do not have the skills to build it in-house, we can help.
It is known for its picturesque river and historic university colleges, but Cambridge is also a world-class technology hub.
If you are looking for software development services in Cambridge, here is a brief example of how the city became central to the UK's technology industry, and how that benefits you.
A history of technology and software:
The Cambridge area is often referred to as the 'Silicon Fen', due to its high number of tech companies and start-ups. With a famous university that attracts the world's brightest students, perhaps it's not surprising that it would become home to innovators, inventors, and ground-breaking technology.
The first companies took root in the 1970s and Cambridge gradually grew as a hub for technology, attracting start-ups and providing a pool of collaboration and advice.
In the 90s, Cambridge software and technology companies were experiencing investment, growth and success. Despite being a relatively small town outside of London, Cambridge had become world-renowned.
Business hubs and premises that were created and expanded over the years include Cambridge Science Park, St John's Innovation Centre and recently the Hauser Forum.
Notable software businessmen and companies past and present in Cambridge include Clive Sinclair, Acorn Computers, Hermann Hauser, ARM, Microsoft, Red gate and games design company Jagex.
Community, Events and Talks:
Being a web developer in Cambridge means you stay up to date with new products, trends and ideas, making sure you can offer your clients the most beneficial route to realizing their brief.
At Eastpoint Software, we specialize in agile development. Here in Cambridge there is an annual event called Agile Cambridge, a software development conference with workshops and networking.
Eastpoint Software hosts the monthly MongoDB event, where users of the programme meet-up with a MongoDB employee to discuss ideas and uses of the platform.
The Cambridge Network promotes networking, collaboration and growth between businesses in the area.