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Our Agile Project Development Approach to Software Development

“Software should not be developed like an automobile on an assembly line”
- Dr. Winston Royce

Before any web software and/or mobile application development officially begins, Interaria meets with the client several times to go over project specifications for the web and mobile app. We seek clarity in the main features and business directions while recognizing that certain decisions and direction for the user experience design, content, and user interactivity may be easier or more applicable to determine at a later point.

Some features for the new web application development may be regarded crucial while some other features may not be a top priority or may require more thinking and clarification as the project planning moves forward. In many cases, it can be very difficult to state with a certainty all required features for the web application as new ideas emerge during the project’s development, new feedback becomes available from focus group discussions, and certain features start feeling unnecessary while some become further emphasized.

An agile project development approach acknowledges that web application development may be a rather organic process carried through in a close communication with the client and in close communication with each Interaria’s team member responsible of different aspects of the software development (designer, user experience designer, coder, software developer, project manager). We like to keep the development milestones small and rapid, and work in “sprints”, in order for the client to be fully briefed in all development steps. In rapid development cycles, in case the client changes their mind, we can change a direction fast without needing to redo a lot of work.

The web based software applications that are developed in an agile framework allow revising development goals in weekly or monthly increments during the project according to the direction and feedback from the client. Goals for each development cycle will be stated and discussed before any new work increment begins. During the development cycles Interaria team members actively communicate with one another, and support each development milestone by each of us bringing in their area of expertise. It is very important to us to maintain high standards in brand design and user interface designs. We have our design team always available to support each development milestone to foster the highest visual and usability standards to all front-end and back-end interfaces. We encourage our clients to allow proper time for testing, user feedback, and overall perfecting of the designs in order for us to be able to foster the highest quality standards for the web and/or mobile software app.

The key features of Interaria’s agile project development approach are:

  • The client has a right revise the development plan during the project.
  • The client has a right revise any existing work and may decide new priorities.
  • The client is not tied to have certain features developed but has the control to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on the go.

The bottom line: Interaria always makes sure to ask questions, meet several times before any work begins, and find out and document as much details as possible about development specifications for web and mobile applications. This doesn’t contradict the fact that project priorities change and people simply can change they mind during the application development process. Agile project development approach acknowledges that not everything can be specified to an absolute detail before the development project and first cycle of application development begins.

To discuss your company’s web and mobile application needs and what type project development approach would work best for your company, please set up a consultation time by calling 214-909-3900.



Interaria’s Software Development Team Provides API Integrations to Web Services

One of the most common API integration requests are for Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. However, there are many other software systems that have an API and that offer an API integration possibility either for free or by entering into a contract with the software provider.

Interaria can work with any internet connected software that provides a Web services method of accessing it over the HTTP protocol via an API that adheres to either the SOAP or REST architecture. A typical feature is to integrate an existing internal back-end management systems together with a new web-based front-end user-facing system.

If your company is interested in a software application, and wants to bring some or part of that data for presentation on the web and mobile web, Interaria’s software development team can help with the API integration. We make sure all is done securely to keep the data integrity of both systems intact.

We are ideally requesting for the integrated API to have an 24/7 availability via a SOAP or REST Web services connection over HTTP, or preferably HTTPS. We also prefer to set up a test environment, with test data provided, so that we can test each feature of the API. Also, if a request is made to the API, and if there is an error, we prefer to have access to contact information for help to fix any issue.

Please contact our software and web application development team at 214-909-3900 for more information and for overviewing your company’s API integration options.


Empowering User Experiences with Application Development for Mobile

Mobile App Development Dallas

It’s been estimated that an average non-voice mobile use in the USA will rise to past 3 hours a day by 2016. Mobile devices have become an interconnected part of our lives for both work and leisure, and anywhere in between.

Work goes where we go, from a breakfast table to a morning commute, from office desk to a lunch break, and from an evening correspondence to after-hours surfing and brainstorming. Empowering mobile technologies shift our definitions of a workday and how work tasks should be organized and conducted.

While it may be challenging to design complex web application processes for mobile use, it is absolutely empowering for our web application development clients to be able to manage their customer data and content with mobile devices. Designing user interfaces for mobile requires special UX planning in order to establish a system network that is user-intuitive and simple to use. Data tables need to fit to mobile screens; content needs to be formatted in an attractive way; user needs to be able to track and manage data without losing track of the flow. To accomplish all this it becomes quickly clear that mobile development shouldn’t be an after thought.

Over the years, Interaria has gained valuable experience in designing and developing interfaces and applications for mobile platforms. Below is a breakdown of some of our application feature experience for mobile. We are referring to our web application work for mobile that is fully custom coded by our web and mobile software development team by using PHP, MySQL and HTML5 codes mainly in jQuery frameworks.

User Account Application Systems for Mobile

  • Interaria has designed User Account systems for mobile. Users are able to login to the My Account on a mobile specific platform and manage all of their My Account data specifically formatted for mobile device use.

Social Application Systems for Mobile

  • Users can interact, make and save posts, reply to posts and post image content using mobile web specific interfaces

Posting Photos Application System for Mobile

  • Users can post photos by accessing their photo libraries and use mobile specific interfaces for uploading photos to photo albums and social discussion networks

Notifications System for Mobile

  • Users can set and modify their preferences for text message, email and iOS push notifications

Posting Documents Application System for Mobile

  • Users can upload and index documents on mobile platforms

Survey Application System for Mobile

  • Users can conduct and enter in survey response information even when off-line (not connected to internet). We developed this iPad app specifically for medical rep use.

iOS App Development

  • To learn about our iOS Development, please click here.


The bottom line: Interaria’s custom web applications integrate with mobile platforms. We specifically design and develop mobile optimized user interfaces for all streaming data driven content. We understand that our business clients and their end-users are not tied to their office desks, and that even challenging data tasks need to get done beyond the traditional definition of business hours.


Mastering iOS Mobile App Development Guidelines

iOS App Development in Dallas

Looking for robust iOS mobile app development? Interaria works with business clients that instead of or on top of signing up for mobile website development would like to have an iOS app developed, submitted and approved to the Apple’s App store for download.

To be qualified as an iOS App the developed mobile app needs to go through an Apple review process and meet Apple’s review guidelines. One of Apple’s standards for iOS apps is that the submitted app is required to utilize unique iOS specific features that cannot be simply accomplished by using HTML5 technologies and streamed as mobile web. These features should not only be iOS specific but they should also be core features for the app.

Some iOS features that Apple may consider iOS specific are import to iOS address book feature, integration with an Apple map, integration with an iOS calendar, integration with Apple phonebook contacts, and 3D touch functionalities for iPhone6 and 6S. In short, Apple is looking to approve apps that are unique by their concept and that cannot be reproduced as mobile web apps.

Interaria has developed several iOS apps for a social networking company, and is very familiar with Apple’s review process and guidelines. We can make the best industry recommendations for your company and develop feature rich iOS apps that get approved. We make sure that the core idea for interactivity, functionality and features for your business iOS app is strong and that the mobile app utilizes iOS specific features for a quick and hassle-free approval at the Apple’s app store. We are also familiar with the Apple’s enterprise program and its guidelines for iOS apps that are targeted for internal business use.


Apple Watch App Developer Greetings

Greetings form our mobile app development team! We’ve been busy this early fall working for our social networking client on various mobile app features. We are excited to announce that Interaria is now offering Apple Watch App development services.

We recently developed an Apple Watch App for our client for social networking. The users who have downloaded the app are able to receive Apple Watch notifications from their group to their Apple Watch.

We’d be happy to demonstrate for you our previous iOS development experience and talk to you how we can boost your company’s edge with new cutting edge app solutions.

If you’d like to learn more about our Apple Watch app development capabilities, please contact Interaria, a member of the iOS Developer Program and an Apple Watch App developer in Dallas, at 214-909-3900.


PHP/MySQL Mobile & Web App Development

Interaria develops custom Web and mobile applications on PHP/MySQL database platform. PHP/MySQL is one of the leading dynamic programming languages for developing database driven content rich Web and mobile sites and Web applications.

PHP and MySQL are open source programming languages which means that thousands of PHP/MySQL code developers and engineers worldwide contribute to the development of the language, making it richer, more adaptable and more dynamic than any other database coding language combinations.

The Interaria Application Development Framework is a custom PHP/MySQL code library developed by the Interaria team for building database driven web and mobile applications that interact with a content management system. Because we have developed a suite of PHP/MySQL codes we can tackle with custom developing new features faster while making sure that the these features are developed on a solid foundation.

Examples of PHP/MYSQL mobile and web app feature development in our code framework are:

  • Login/Logout Systems
  • User Accounts
  • Member Account Systems
  • Notification Systems
  • Photo Upload Systems
  • Custom Search and Save Features
  • Booking Systems
  • Financial Calculators
  • Shipping Calculators
  • Discussion Forums
  • Support Forums
  • Community Forums
  • Support Ticket Systems
  • Knowledge Base Systems
  • Networking Features
  • Classifieds
  • Online Business Directories
  • Review and Rate Tools
  • Document Management Systems
  • Content Management Systems
  • Visual Data Reporting
  • Administrator Features for Account Management

PHP/MySQL web and mobile app development is our core company expertise. Don’t hesitate to contact us to look into our latest development work and to discuss your development project.


Forming a Practical Social Media Work Plan

Most companies invested in customer engagement and higher search engine page ranking results are engaged in social media. Interaria recommends an active social media strategy for sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

We encourage our clients to form a social media strategy along with a practical social media work plan by answering questions such as:

  • Who is in charge of our company’s social media engagement?
  • Who monitors and creates content to our company’s social media pages?
  • What are our goals for social media?
  • What is our content strategy?
  • How do we share authentic content?
  • How do we engage with our audience in social media?
  • How do we build brand awareness in social media?
  • How do we get more impressions and interaction in social media?
  • How do we manage negative feedback on social media?
  • How do we report on our social media activity?

Results and authority positions in social media don’t happen over night. By working consistently and smartly social media doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. We highly recommend approaching social media like any other important task in your company: set goals, set responsibilities, brainstorm ideas, set workflows, set accountability, set reporting with time based tracking on results. Interaria offers social media management and social media tracking services for companies needing a third-party company for all or some of the engagement work on social media. We can help to create social media project plans that include goal setting, content development and sharing, and reporting on results.


Tracked SEO Results for Committed Clients

The highest search engine ranking results are for companies (web and mobile sites) with an ongoing strategy and active approach to content creation and media interaction. Interaria’s job is to support these goals.

There are a few companies or businesses that wouldn’t want to be found at the top of a list in search engine searches. But how many companies and businesses are willing to put in the work and commitment what it takes? Unfortunately getting top results requires work. The good news is that it is completely possible.

We create a search engine strategy and practical work plan for our client according to their goal setting and commitment (time/work hours/budget). Our strategy includes making sure that the web and mobile sites we develop are coded and linked according to the best practices of search engine optimization and that our clients are aware of the importance of content creation and social media participation. For clients who rather have us develop their content and media presence we offer content creation services such as copywriting, blogging, social media management and newsletter/press release writing services.

For tracking and improving search engine ranking results we recommend creating a practical work plan (please contact us to view an example) that includes improving and measuring metrics in all areas of SEO.

Our SEO service kit includes:

  • Making appropriate changes to site meta-tag structures
  • Editing/adding site content and its formatting
  • Tracking targeted ranking results on identified and important keywords
  • Optimizing mobile content for SEO with proper page linking
  • Tracking and submitting back links
  • Participating to social media (new posts) and tracking results (impressions, interaction, likes etc)
  • Creating blog posts and tracking results
  • Providing site traffic reports
  • Tracking development report of Google PageRank
  • Tracking development report of Alexa Rank
  • Illustrating tracked data in graphically pleasant and optimal format
  • Providing custom dynamic reports with data query options (timeframe, sort out by etc)

Interaria is committed in providing search engine optimization and consulting services to our clients, and make sure that they have the tools and options to reach high search engine page rank (SERP) results.

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