Whether you’re planning a complex system roll-out with mobile access being a part of the strategy or contemplating a possible impact your newly developed technology would make on the end-users, testing the feasibility of your ideas with a proof-of-concept (POC) is a great way to chart the course.
Starting your project with a POC is a low-profile tactic for achieving maximum results with minimum business risks and resources involved.
Evaluate the potential of your concepts for real-world application
Assess the system-to-be for ability to satisfy certain requirements
Key benefits of going POC
Gauge Implementation Feasibility: Deeper understanding of the solution requirements and implementation options validated in the real application environment early on before the start of the full-scale development
Identify Possible User Needs and Expectations Based on Real Life Interaction Results: Obtaining a better idea of the user needs and wants by demonstrating them the look and feel along with design usability and accessibility of the final product, unlike design documents and mockups
Prioritize Requirements to Avoid Costly Changes and Budget Overruns: Ability to identify and eliminate problem areas in the future solution early in the SDLC avoiding mistakes pile-up at the later full-fledged development stage and their costly fixes
What we do
Depending on the goal of your development initiative, intended work scope and resource availability, using a particular mix of research and development effort or a blend of those will yield specific measurable results that will define the next action steps in your implementation strategy:
POC for technological feasibility — is instrumental for quick testing of an assumption on relevant technology choice, its applicability to performing particular tasks, as well as compatibility with other technologies employed in the project.
Prototype development — has proved to be effective for assessing the implementation of an online system or a product, which involve a great deal of interactivity with the end-user. Here a prototype is created to demonstrate the usability and performance of the future system or product or its ability to integrate with external systems. This type of R&D is invaluable for UI design and implementation.
A pilot system or product development — implies full production system implementation aimed at testing it in live interaction with the general intended focus audience. It provides better insight into how the product will likely be used in the target field of application, while identifying areas that require refining and fine-tuning.
Softeq’s team composed of top-flight developers, system architects, UI designers, and QA specialists possesses a breadth of real-world experience in creating POCs and system prototypes for clients across a variety of industries — from firmware and embedded to mobile and web.
Leveraging the Microsoft Technology Unattainable for Common Development Use to Extend the Cross-platform Capabilities of a Sports App POC
Softeq extended the capabilities of a mobile sports POC app built for a global sports giant by recreating it on Windows Phone. In order to replicate the complete app’s functionality, the team had to address several issues. The hardware-driven slow motion video capturing could be realized through a high-speed video API available exclusively to Microsoft and its select vendors.
To test the waters of the pre-production version of Google Glass, Softeq's R&D team investigated the solution’s capabilities building an OpenCV-driven camera application that uses a predefined database of faces to learn Neural Networks. The app provides for face detection and image processing capabilities with the results output on the screen.
Softeq helped an entertainment industry giant test the feasibility of a new wearable tech solution for one of its well-loved attractions. The innovative form-factor — a Bluetooth-powered badge — is pinned to the visitor’s clothes. It receives the raw data from infrared sensors installed across the venue and transmits to an iOS app for further analysis. Softeq’s embedded software development team delivered the prototype in next to no time despite the solution’s technical complexity mostly caused by Apple’s limitations on data transfer between connected devices.
With mobile devices increasingly serving as a “remote control to the world”, it’s vital for success of a business to make the most of the mobilization capabilities offered today. Providing users with compelling and interactive mobile experience by supplying useful, usable, and desirable apps, is a proven way for connecting with the target audience, extending value of engaging with your organization, building loyalty, differentiating yourself from the competition, and using it to your business advantage to drive growth.
Developer Interview: Building Apps Isn’t about Tools
Chris Howard, Softeq's CEO, speaks about the benefits of implementing a Proof of Concept in business projects and provides advice to enterpreneurs and innovative businesses helping guide them from a concept to prototype and later to Minimum Viable Product and finally to the commercial release.
If you’re in need of validating your technology concept or evaluating the features and ideas of your future app for ability to deliver engaging user experience, immediacy, fast performance, scalability, adaptability, and security, among others; Softeq is ready to help. Get in touch and let’s discuss.