Full Stack Web Development Consultant

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Finding the
right Full Stack
Web Development
Consultant

A full stack developer is often expected to be a black belt in everything from UX to UI design to project management to Agile processes and even coding. But of course that’s a pretty tall ask. What you should be looking for, however, is an in-depth and nuanced understanding of each aspect of the process, how they all impact the outcome of a software project, and how each needs to come together.

In today’s ever-changing software development landscape, here are the areas of competency and oversight you should expect from a modern full-stack developer:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Overseeing the entire flow is perhaps their largest responsibility. They’ll likely be employing specialists to complete many or all of the stages throughout the software development project, but the key is in how well they work with clients, colleagues, designers and coders to complete a project on time and at budget. Setting timelines, making infrastructure decisions, coordinating internal buy-off on various phases and making sure everything is compliant are essential skills.

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UI/UX DESIGN

This is a core competency, as this is what will affect how the end user experiences the application. As the actual UX and UI designs are configured, they’ll have to represent the end user’s needs as well as facilitate the rest of the team’s needs and concerns. Expect them to be on top of best practices in these areas to avoid anything going off the rails in early phases.

FRONT-END DEVELOPMENT

This phase is often referred to as the “client side” development, and again, will often involve typical programming languages browsers such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks like React.

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BACK-END DEVELOPMENT

This pertains to all the software that runs on servers, such as applications and API's that will power your app or website. Various backend languages include Ruby, Python and Java as well as others. However another key aspect of the full stack developer is to work with and create databases, which will entail working knowledge of the programming language SQL, used to run servers.

DEVOPS KNOWLEDGE

This is the crucial phase where code is taken from a cloud-based repository like GitHub and put into production. Sometimes this means installing operating systems or managing the complex set of dependencies as your code base grows. Depending on your company’s paradigm, there are various different engineering specialists who might be deployed to fine-tune and tweak the code to be ready for showtime. Down the road, you might want to work with your full stack developer to apply various App Lifestyle Management tools in order to update and sculpt the application over time.

DEVOPS-KNOWLEDGE

Controlling project costs

A truly seasoned full stack developer will conduct a thorough inventory of all the goals and variables to keep costs in check. They’ll work diligently to outline them all at the onset of the project for maximum transparency. The full costs of the project will include not just the development of the software but also implementing it within your company. Other variables include:

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  • COMPLEXITY

     If your full stack consulting goals involve complex functionality and advanced coding, extra personnel and development time will be required, but your consultant will advise.

  • SCALE

    Every business has different scalability requirements that need to be identified and scoped for as you flesh out your project. For example, is your full stack design intended to serve the needs of 10 users or 10 million? Does your data need to be available and responsive across the globe?

  • IMPLEMENTATION

    Depending on the time developers need to write code for each screen, your costs will vary proportionally. If a social app only needs 4-5 user screens, but a business platform requires 20-30, your full stack developer will detail how those equal very different budgets and timelines.

  • MAINTENANCE

    Reaching MVP (minimum viable product) is often just the first phase of any full stack web development project. Updates in business processes, regulations and requests for new features usually require additional coding.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE

    An expert full stack vendor will not just build your custom software solution but advise on how best to house it as well. The modern solution is typically to host it in the cloud. While these costs vary, it’s usually to your financial advantage, but your partner can provide cost analysis comparisons for different solutions.

The Baytech difference

As a premiere full stack development company, one of our key differentiators is that we never use offshore resources. This allows us to maximize quality control while still offering first class services at competitive rates. We get the job done right the first time, so costly rewrites don’t come up later. As an agile mid-sized full stack vendor, we focus on maintaining an efficient team of highly trained and dedicated engineers.

A long tradition of success

Originally founded in 2007, Baytech has provided full stack development solutions for companies of all sizes, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, totalling more than 100 separate projects.

With a team of more than 15 highly skilled software architects on site, we never rely on offshore developers for our full stack design. Our founders Bryan and Jeff have tackled nearly every challenge imaginable in the industry and have the experience to guide you to the efficient, effective and successful solution you’re looking for from a full stack development company.

Learn more about our history here.

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Avoiding project failure

Building robust and effective full stack software solution is fraught with potential obstacles. But by taking every conceivable precaution, it’s easier to avoid an unsatisfactory result. Aligning on expectations, timelines and logistics with your partner is 90% of the battle. In order to reach your expectations, we work with our clients to make sure they have the right support team on their end to ensure long-term viability. Be aware of the following factors:

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UPFRONT PLANNING

Your partner needs to know your goals, desired customers, estimated budget and your approval process up-front to stay on track and avoid surprises.

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DEADLINES

If your partner feels the proposed timing is unrealistically tight to provide the best full stack development services, they will likely recommend a different timeline to avoid a disappointing final product.

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ITERATIVE PROCESS

With a full stack company that believes in an iterative development process, you’ll get to see multiple iterations of the software as you go, allowing check-ins throughout.. Regular deliverables and demos ensure a healthy awareness of development progress and a consistent feedback loop, so you there are no surprises.

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COMMUNICATION

Building software involves constant back & forth. With your commitment to eliminating lag-time and providing smooth, efficient, timely feedback throughout, we can complete your project on time and on budget.

Modernizing older technology

As your company evolves,, system upgrades to your full stack design are completely expected–and indeed inevitable. Common reasons for upgrading are:

1) The diminishing return of paying to maintain and make changes to existing technology

2) Changing government regulations force you to adapt.

3) An older system isn't performing well or just looks outdated. But a truly seasoned full stack developer has seen them all and will be able to propose a solution.

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WHEN TO KEEP YOUR EXISTING SOLUTION:

If you’ve invested a lot of money into your system and it meets your needs, there’s probably o reason to upgrade just because something is new and shiny. Even if performance is starting to slow down, you can purchase newer hardware, archive data sooner, or rewrite a portion of the code and break it out into its own microservice on newer technology.

WHEN TO START FROM SCRATCH:

If you’ve invested a lot of money into your system and it meets your needs, there’s probably o reason to upgrade just because something is new and shiny. Even if performance is starting to slow down, you can purchase newer hardware, archive data sooner, or rewrite a portion of the code and break it out into its own microservice on newer technology.

If the new technology will:

  • Increase productiving
  • Improve customer engagement
  • Improve communication
  • Improve ease of maintenance
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve performance and scalability
  • Improve security

A smarter collaboration process

After nearly 15 years of successful projects in full stack development, we’ve learned that the best results begin with us all being on the same page at the start. So we go out of our way to get to know your goals, end-users, logistics, variable and timelines as deeply as possible before we begin. The more we know up front, the less backtracking later. Here’s our 5-step action plan:

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DISCOVERY

The first phase is the meeting of the minds. Here’s where we get to know your vision, find out how it aligns to our skills and experience, and truly do our homework as we go about our full stack development process. Our founders oversee every step for quality control.

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ESTIMATE

We kick off each project with an upfront agreement on cost and timing. We’ll offer a plan for full stack design that will be truly worth the investment, providing specific details about what you can hold us accountable for at each phase.

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ARCHITECT

Our principal skillset as a full stack development company resides here. Our team gets to work, using only in-house developers, applying the right tools and strategies to make your project a success. And our online project management portal provides transparency throughout the process.

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BUILD

Here’s where our architects and developers bring your vision to reality. We loop in your team, give them the reigns, get real-time feedback and adjust, making sure you get the most from your new custom applications.

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LAUNCH

We’ll be right beside you as you bring your solution into the world. This is where you and your customers will tuly reap the benefits of working with a full stack development company. And as your company grows, we can help you make updates to keep things running at peak efficiency.

Recent case studies

A quick overview of some of our full stack consulting projects for recent clients:

A range of industry experience

We’ve completed full stack development services for the following industries:

advertising

Advertising

Gaming

Gaming

real-estate

Real-estate

finance

Finance

eduction

Education

telecommunications

Telecommunications

software

Software & High-Tech

start-ups

Start ups

healthcare

Healthcare

Satisfied clients

Ultimately, as a full stack development company, we only succeed if you do. With each custom software solution we’ve completed in our long history, we strive to leave each client so satisfied they gladly recommend us to their industry friends.

We’re as obsessive about our services as you are about your company’s mission. And since most of our future business comes from satisfied customers, your satisfaction is our number one priority. If you’re happy, we’re happy.

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