With experienced and certified experts like Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP), Systems Administrators (MCSA), Technology Specialists (MCTS), Professional Developers (MCPD), Application Developers (MCAD), Solution Developers (MCSD), Database Administrator (MCDBA), IT Professional Database Administrators (MCITP), Trainers (MCT); Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), etc., SFI offers a cost-effective, development-ready environment for efficient project implementation and deployment. Based on this capability SFI can plan, develop and deploy every kind of software solutions that are required. These solutions can be based on web, windows, mobile or combinations of them, including MS SQL and/or ORACLE databases, web and/or windows services, etc.
WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
IT constantly brings new opportunities for businesses/institutions to streamline operations, improve intern business/institution interactions and optimize costs and competitive business advantages, etc. In this context applications/portals become integrated platforms for information delivery, communication, collaboration and automating business/institution processes through interconnected applications, databases and web services. Based on the latest technologies SFIdevelops and implements different kinds of web applications/portals, like:
Government/institution internet or intranet web applications/portals
Corporate/business internet or intranet web applications/portals
Market-space/E-commerce web applications/portals
Community/social web applications/portals, etc.
DESKTOP APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Desktop Applications are rich-client and robust applications that run using the power of the desktop computer. In some cases a desktop application is the best solution. Many times this is for security reasons that desktop applications provides .SFI’s team has substantial experience in developing and implementing stand alone, robust, multi-user, scalable and user-friendly desktop applications designed to meet clients (business, institutions, etc.) needs and requirements.
Apart from developing web applications based on our tools and framework, SFI also uses some robust frameworks in developing Web Portals and Content Management Systems (CMS). Some of these frameworks are:
DotNetNuke - is an open source web application and framework which is used to for creating and developing commercial websites, corporate intranets and extranets, online publishing portals and custom applications.
Microsoft SharePoint - is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight. Additionally, this collaboration and content management server provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need for server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability.
AXCms – is free of license cost solution for Enterprise Web Content Management Based on Microsoft .NET Framework
Joomla - is a content management system (CMS), which enables building Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the popular Web site software available.
Based on the experienced team, SFI also develops and implements extended functionalities and features of above mentioned frameworks like developing Modules/Web-parts, Skins, etc. SFI have developed business portals, custom applications and public websites based on above listed frameworks. Using these frameworks we can develop different internet and intranet corporate portals or CMS’s.
MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Mobile device application developers work in a world where devices come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and with different capabilities. SFI focus on application development with modern technologies to meet the customer's requirements and to create mobile applications for business/corporate needs. SFI develops and implements small and large custom mobile software applications for platforms like Pocket PC, Smartphone, or Microsoft Windows CE, etc.
SFI provides different professional database development services but the main services are based on:
Microsoft SQL Server starting from MS SQL 2000, MS SQL 2005, MS SQL 2008 and latest MS SQL 2012,
ORACLE Database starting from Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Database 10g R1, Oracle Database 10g R2, Oracle Database 11g and latest Oracle Database 12c,
SQL Light, etc.
SFI’s experienced and certified team on T-SQL and PL/SQL language guaranty secure, stable and optimized database development.
Web Services or XML Web Services are application programming interfaces (API’s) or software applications that are designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. Web services enable quick integration of applications across multiple platforms, systems and even across businesses. Web services allow different applications from different sources to communicate with each other easily because all communication is made in XML open standard format.
Windows Services are background processes that usually have no direct interaction with the user interface. These services are long-running executable programs that run in the background, ideal for use on a servers or whenever there is a needed long-running functionality.
Recently SFI’s team has started using the latest Microsoft service-oriented framework called WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) for building connected systems using the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Offshore vs Nearshore - Service Comparison
The benefits of outsourcing software development to an offshore or nearshore software development company are undeniable. Outsourcing software development services can save you time and money, while also giving you access to an enormous amount of technical talent and ability.
For small companies, this means having the opportunity to partner with a robust software development team at a fraction of the cost of employing full time workers. For bigger companies, it provides access to hard-to-find software engineers with highly specialized software development and technical skills.
While it is true that offshore outsourcing software development tends to save you money, it is important to keep in mind all that is involved in determining the actual hourly cost of software development. The cost of the software developer is only a fraction of your overall cost. All the other factors that go into the actual cost are why the benefits of outsourcing to a nearshore technology company is often the best business decision.
Historically some companies seeking offshore outsourcing for software development looked to technology companies established in far-a-way places like India. This has become increasingly difficult though for the following reasons:
- Time Gap: For companies needing regular communication and collaboration from their offshore software development companies, especially those with agile development teams, offshore IT services based in places like India present obvious challenges. The time zone in India is 5 to 6 hours ahead of the U.K. making it difficult for offshore software development teams in India to partner with U.K. counterparts onshore.
Higher Cost: The total cost of the traditional offshore model for software development is usually estimated to be two to three times the hourly cost of the actual software developer. This has led to arguments that the traditional offshore model is not much more cost-effective than hiring local contractors.
Communication Issues: With an increasing emphasis on agile development, many companies are looking to more closely partner with their offshore software development teams. Language barriers and infrastructure issues impacting internet connectivity sometimes involved in offshore outsourcing can present challenges that make this difficult.
The nearshore software development model offers a welcome alternative to offshore software development, helping companies realize the true benefits of outsourcing. Nearshore software development eliminates most of the hidden costs of outsourcing because of the transparency and collaboration that is possible when working in close proximity and time zone.
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