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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.

 

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.

Interaria’s CMS Development for King Content

Content has been declared to be the king of the highly searchable web and mobile media. Content drives search results; content brings web and mobile traffic. New content increases frequent visits and customer loyalty. Original content builds up authority positions and differentiates in a saturated market place.

Whatever the reasons for web and mobile content, it is our job to support our clients web and mobile media goals by delivering custom content management solutions tailored to their specific needs and demands. We’ve been developing content management systems on a PHP/MySQL platform since 2008. Our content management systems not only support text and image management but they also integrate with our custom developed PHP/MySQL web applications for special content uploading.

We utilize our web application design and development for reducing errors and streamlining content upload processes for special content structures and feature requirements. For instance, rather than posting documents via a text editor system we can create a custom web application with custom interfaces for each content increment such as document name, document class, document type, link, keywords and so on.

Some examples of our PHP/MySQL web application based systems for custom content management systems are:

  • Event calendar system
  • FAQ system
  • Documents upload system
  • Documents classification system
  • Photo album system
  • Community messaging system
  • Time based content upload system
  • User support system
  • Knowledge base system
  • Private messaging system
  • Mobile interfaces for managing content
  • System reports

For the increasing number of clients benefiting from a mobile site and/or mobile app we make sure that all of their media content streams from the same source minimizing any needs for uploading the same content twice or maintaining two different platforms. With efficient content management systems in place, content creation can be systemized for fast and easy workflows.

Mobile App Development Greetings

We’ve been working on some very interesting mobile platform projects recently; below are some details about what we’ve been up to.

Case 1: HTML5 based iPad App Development

HTML5 based iPad web application for a medical company

Task: Interaria was recently contacted by an international medical company who needed a portable and scalable solution for collecting and processing medical data. The system was to be exclusively used internally requiring user accounts and a secure login and management platform.

Developed Features: login/logout, my profile, access a partial list from the full database of clients, sort accessed information, collect and easily submit input information, store and process information, create visual graphics and reports on data, access admin portal

Technology Solution: We identified a need for an HTML5 based iPad web application that the users can access even when off-line, and not connected to a WiFi network.

Technology Details: Interaria developed an HTML5 based iPad web application integrated with a native iOS code. In other words, we developed a hybrid HTML5 iOS app where the core of the app loads from a web server but utilizes some of the nice features of an iOS app such as push notifications and GPS enabled mapping. Our solution was a hybrid app developed with both the HTML5 code and iOS codes.

For the purposes of rapid development and rapid deployment, HTML5 coded apps creates following advantages:

1)  Quick changes. We can make quick changes to the app for the client without each time needing to re/submit the app to the Apple’s App Store for a review and approval process. This saves our client significant time.

2) Privacy of the app. Not needing to submit the app to a review process at the Apple’s App Store ensures the app stays private.

3) No re-installations. In most cases, once installed, the end-user will not need to update or reinstall the app when the app has been updated/upgraded with new features.

4) Off-line functionality. The client’s users can access and use the app even when off-line. This technology improves critical usability in case of internet connection/ WiFi network being down due to a geographically remote area or unreliable area for WiFi (such as parking garages, basements, hospitals). If data is recorded within the app while the device is offline, upon re/establishing a connection to the server, data will seamlessly sync.

The bottom line: When do we recommend using html5 mobile web app over a fully native iOS app? 
In situations where we want to avoid using Apple’s App Store distribution system, such as when an app is developed for private and exclusive use, and for when a client has a critical/short timeline for app’s launch.

Case 2: Suite of Mobile App Solutions

Suite of Mobile App Solutions for a Community Social Networking System

Task: For the last couple of years (and still continuing) the Interaria team has been developing mobile solutions for a social networking company.

Developed features: Timeline based feed of private content. Members can read and create posts relevant to their community. Members have an option to add comments to posts, and save them to their account. Members can join and organize subgroups. Native mobile push and email notifications are sent according to the user’s preferences. The community network’s administrator has a full dashboard of features to monitor and manage the usage of the networking system.

Technology Solution:  We’ve developed the social networking system on three different platforms, addressing the needs of users on different types of mobile devices and mobile usage preferences:
– iOS (iOS app Objective-C integrated with HTML5),
– Android (Java/HTML5 integrated Android app), and
– Mobile web platform (native HTML5 mobile web app).

We continue developing and maintaining the mobile app systems by developing new features and launching system upgrades.

Case 3: Mobile Websites

Interaria continues to offer mobile site development along with website development. Our mobile web sites stream from the same content management system that is used for the dynamic web content. This minimizes any extra work for maintaining two platforms.

As Google is now putting a special emphasis on mobile specific search results, we highly recommend investing on a mobile web site if your company is considering developing a new website. Not only does the mobile site cater an unavoidable and increasingly large user base of visitors but it also guarantees that mobile users making searches on Google will reach your valuable content.


More Information
The Interaria team is very excited about providing the most applicable and fully customized solutions for the mobile platform experience. More details and a private tour are available by request. If your company is looking for a mobile solution, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 214-909-3900.

Our Development Process for Quality Assurance

Throughout our production we foster our process of consulting, communicating and contemplating to ensure an end-product that meets our client’s organizational vision and expectations.

Interaria’s agile project development approach fosters receptiveness to feedback and new ideas, leading to a user acceptance and long-term usability of the final web and/or mobile application system. We make sure that our client is integrated and informed about each development milestone, and that we are all on the same page with upcoming design and development plans before moving forward. Each mobile and web application system we develop is subjected to a thorough and systematic benchmark testing for quality assurance.

Our approach to each project is to be available to help with the client’s business as much as need be. We go beyond just interviewing staff members and collecting data and feedback. We are here to listen and ready to actively contribute and exchange ideas with our client, as frequently as needed. We are ready to participate to weekly board room meetings, deliver business ideas and strategies in a written format, analyze big data and qualitative data, participate to seminars, and meet frequently with different members of the staff based on any existing or arisen need during the project. Our goal is never to hand down a web or mobile application system but to make sure that it is custom designed and developed based on the true and mutually acknowledged needs of the client’s organization. With our flexible agile project development approach, we make sure that we all have both the interest and availability to continue developing our deliverables beyond the most obvious first stages.


A key to a successful project outcome is to foster a platform for communication. We consider it our duty to communicate in a frequent, consistent and coherent manner: this means providing our client with a clear report of the project status including deliverables, revisions, to-do-list, next objectives, and addressing any questions or concerns a client may have. We prefer meeting with our clients weekly, preferably face-to-face. Increased interaction and a frequent exchange of ideas are a base for a successful end-product that addresses all of the organization’s critical needs for the web or mobile product beyond the first rounds of brainstorming. We want to make sure that all team members have had their chance to be heard and contribute to the project.


It’s not just about doing things but doing them right. We take time to think and plan ahead. We are not afraid to show our clients different development options, create slight discomfort by bringing up new development ideas, and critically raise questions that test current plans for feature development. By thoroughly going through development options, and creating space for a dialog, we make sure that our client receives an end-product that meets the organization’s expectations and plans for scalability.

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