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Azure Solution Development Service
The full Readify experience, empowering your business in the Cloud
Are you considering developing your next business application on Windows Azure? Do you want to deliver your cloud based service to market in the shortest time possible? Are you experiencing challenges finding developers with real experience in Windows Azure?
The Readify Azure Solution Development Service is a software development engine; delivered by consultants with experience on Australia's, if not the world's, largest Azure implementation. You can plug this engine into your business, and achieve sustainable results in rapid time.
The Azure Solution Development Service combines:
- A self-managed, high performance development team using the Scrum Agile development methodology
- Windows Azure thought leaders, with actual experience
- A cloud-based virtualised development environment
- The best tooling from the Microsoft ALM platform
In short, everything you need to develop your Azure application.
Azure Application Development Strategy
Recruit, train or outsource
If you're developing a business critical application for Windows Azure, you want to ensure that you employ developers with experience in developing for the cloud. Chances are your application is going to have particular scale, load, or elasticity requirements that are necessarily different from standard managed code and database development.
Currently developers with Windows Azure experience are in short supply, and there is little in-depth curriculum to skill up your own team.
Another alternative would be to work closely with an Application Development Specialist organisation that has recognised experts on Windows Azure.
How the Service Works
The first imperative is to ensure that you, the client, own the full development of the application. As such you nominate a key business decision maker as Product Owner. We can provide training in their particular role and responsibilities, but it is important that they have the decision making authority in the business. They will work closely with the Solution Development Team throughout the project to manage priorities and ensure the application meets the business value.
Solution Development Team
The team can be wholly Readify consultants, or jointly resourced with developers from your organisation. We find that many clients engage our Solution Development Service and assign their developers to the team which allows them to gain experience in developing on Azure for later internal projects.
With the Product Owner, and Solution Development Team roles assigned, the team will determine all of the features to develop for the application. These are developed as User Stories, estimated by the team as a whole, and prioritised by the Product Owner in a Product Backlog. It is this backlog that drives activities for the rest of the development.
The Build Master then configures the development environment in our cloud based architecture. This typically takes very little time, and we have processes in place to ensure that configurations are backed up for easy replication.
The Solution Development Team typically works to 10 day sprints
or iterations. They perform daily builds, and deliver working
features, from the prioritised backlog at the end of every sprint.
This gives our clients confidence that the project is on track,
ensures that there is a working application at every milestone, and
allows for course corrections should priorities change for any
Sprints aren't constrained to 10 days, they can be as short as 5 days, and some clients extend them to 4 weeks. In our experience a 10 day sprint is long enough to deliver real value, and frequent enough to stay on track without major revision work.
The Readify Solution Development Service allows clients to fix project scope, with a variable duration; or fix duration with a variable project scope (i.e. features delivered). This ensures Readify can achieve your goals whatever your business imperative, whether this be application feature set, or time to market.
When you engage the Solution Development Service, as well as the
team on-site, you benefit from the full resources of Readify at
your disposal, including: Access to specialist consultants, our
hosted development infrastructure, best practice ALM processes and
tooling, and deep relationships with specialist partners.
There is quite simply, no more effective way to develop a high quality Azure application in Australia today.
How to Engage Readify
Please call your Readify Account Manager, or our hotline, 1300 666 274, which will direct you to the local Readify team, to arrange a no obligations, free consultation to determine your particular needs.