Our Process

Following your initial contact with Yozu, our consultants will schedule a number of sessions to gather a precise specification of your business needs.

Our team researches solutions that will benefit your business and fulfil your requirements. During the final step of this process, we submit a draft proposal, complete with estimated costs and schedules for your review.

Your Design

Our design stage usually consists of mapping out the high-level view of the systems and its core functionality in greater detail, we utilise the latest techniques such as:

  • UML diagrams and functional flow charts.
  • Rough concepts and mock-ups for the UML.
  • Writing functional code in preparation for the development stage.

This stage of the project is among the most critical, it cements both our and your own understanding of the project’s development. What was once a rough idea of what you needed, results in a refined solution that meets all your requirements.

We understand that a project evolves as you begin to visualise the solution taking shape on a daily basis. This is our reason for employing agile throughout the development phase. We’re able to adapt to an evolving development process and your feedback can influence the design of each small component.

When we’re satisfied with the finalised design and its core features, we will present it to the key decision makers within your business.

Your Development

Following the design stage, the project is then handed over to our specialist developers and engineers, they work on turning your idea into a rich, elegant reality.

Development is split into small distinct units of work known as ‘sprints’, each sprint lasts 1-2 weeks. Sprints allow our team to work most efficiently, tackling many development issues with an over-arching purpose or goal. Each member of our team works collaboratively towards achieving these defined goals.

What are the advantages to a Sprint?

  • Enables efficient decision making.
  • Offers flexibility on the functionality implemented within the sprint.
  • Fosters teamwork between ourselves and you the client.
  • Viewable real-time progress via our live test environment.
  • You can give your feedback on each aspect of the system during development.
  • Avoids a possible bug-ridden software service when launch day arrives.

What makes us different

Results from Day One

We Make Saleable Software

Scalable Software Solutions

Vital Partnerships

We use Agile development techniques that promote and utilise an iterative development workflow. In plain English, this means that we deliver real, tangible results from day one.

Spending weeks developing a feature based on a flawed or misunderstood specification is an expensive mistake to make. We don’t start development on a feature until all parties are satisfied the specification is understood

We design and develop your software with reselling in mind. There is a chance that other businesses can gain as much from your idea as you do.

As such, we can ensure you keep your ‘business-specific’ functionality segmented and interchangeable. Should you then wish to exploit the value of your software solution.
 
The Accountancy Partnership took advantage of our ability to create saleable software when they aspired to create a clean, intuitive online accountancy software package. Take a look at the popular cloud-based software solution we created for them below.

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Thanks to our thorough design process and our continued efforts to work with our clients on an ongoing basis, we’re able to adapt to changes when they present themselves. This allows us to re-purpose certain aspects of an application to meet new requirements in years to come.

As a result of our experience and know how within the industry, any software we design and develop is capable of handling thousands of concurrent users, without any required major changes needed in the future.
 
From fault-tolerant services through to redundant technology platforms, our expertise ensures from the outset that the software we develop is as dependable as your trusty office stapler.

Whilst we do maintain partnerships with the likes of Microsoft, VMware, Google and Amazon, we are emphatically technology and vendor agnostic. We recommend, design and develop solutions that suit you and your project, not to us or our partners.

All our developers have a wealth of experience developing software and services using Ruby, Java, C#, PHP and many more. Similarly, our developers and engineers are well versed in all of the major platforms, be it Windows, Linux, or UNIX – hosted on-premises or in the cloud.
 
This well-rounded knowledge of both the software and infrastructure aspects of a typical project ensure that you aren’t ‘railroaded’ into a solution because it’s the technology or platform we prefer or know best.

Testing Your Idea

Testing your product is integral to its success and your satisfaction.

Our developers use Test Driven Development (TDD) techniques with automated tests to prove or evaluate the desired functionality or business logic for by that code. When we run a test, our developers will check that it fails, then develop code or business logic that ensures it passes.

Over the duration of a project, thousands of similar tests run throughout the day, dozens of times. This means that as the development progresses, the developer can continue to check back and see if the test has passed or failed.

Yozu employing TDD means:

The number of bugs within the system developed is vastly reduced.
The software developed runs stable and maintainable throughout its life cycle.

Your Project Deployment

Deployment is the final stage of our process. This stage we start to transition the product, solution or service over to its production environment and commence large-scale end-user testing and training.

  • Management and maintenance of Servers.
  • Infrastructure installation.
  • User training.
  • ‘Soft-Launches’.

We use the software service across your entire organisation or release it to the general public.

Following the launch, we conduct a full project review and make a final presentation to the client. All formal documentation handed over and a discussion held for any follow-up action or future enhancements to be potentially made.