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Improve the speed of your Software Release Cycle

If you’ve been shopping around for a technology partner to aid in your next custom development project or to help update legacy systems, you know how challenging it can be to find timelines that meet your project completion timeline.  

From months-long wait times to years-long cycles, it can be hard to imagine your development project ever becoming a reality.  

So are lengthy software life cycles your only option when it comes to development? 

There is clearly a move in the industry either using new programming methodologies (ag Agile) or new technologies (eg. Lowcode/NoCode) towards shortening the cycle of building software. 

Unfortunately, there are also too many examples where Customers are promised a new solution in a certain time period and cost, only to find that once the project starts so too do the delays and cost over runs. Our belief is that this is primarily due to both insufficient planning up front and using traditional programming languages to build your software which will invariably lead to a large volume of complex source code. 

Read on to learn more about short release cycles vs. long release cycles and how you can streamline your operations. 

Short Release Cycles vs. Long Release Cycles  

With some development platforms relying on less and less code, the age of long product updates and development timelines are waning. 

Short release cycles result in: 

  • Faster feedback response 
  • Less wait time for new features 
  • Keeps pace with evolving infrastructure  
  • Enables constant optimization  
  • Simplifies change management  

Implement Continuous Testing 

By continuously testing your software throughout the project life cycle, you can find any issues or inconsistencies throughout the process, rather than discovering them after the project has been completed and the software is running in real time.  

This method allows you to definitely assess the success of your software at every step of the development cycle and enables you to share feedback with developers in real-time with tangible examples.  

Build Consistent Release Schedules  

Now that you’re armed with a better understanding of the benefits of short release cycles, you can build cycles around your timeline that enable your project to move forward in small, quick steps rather than the ungainly bounds associated with a long release cycle.  

When you build your release schedules, you should always consider the following: 

  • What are my expectations for quality standards? 
  • What is my ideal timeline for software release? 
  • How can my business best benefit from the timing of this development? 

The answers to these questions will give you a firmer idea of what your schedule should look like, as well as working as a keep-honest tool to ensure that everyone is on the same page.  

Choose a Vendor with a History of Quick Software Release 

If vendors either quote you timelines of more than 6 months or the converse very short time lines without having done a proper assessment of the work involved, then it’s time to look elsewhere. At SCAD Software, we pride ourselves on our short development timelines and long-standing client relationships.  

When you choose to partner with SCAD Software, you don’t just get a technology vendor; you gain a partner who is as committed to your project as you are. We always start a project by spending quality time with your team to really understand the detail of what you want to build, not only so that we can provide a fixed price but also to ensure we build you the best possible software. In our view in the same way you wouldn’t start to build a house without a proper architectual plan, we feel the same about building software. 

But don’t take our word for it– with an average client tenure of over 7 years, here is what Donovan Sargo, CEO of Techtech said : “ They don’t just build software. They make sure they understand the business inside and out to make proper recommendations and add insight into best practices and overall functionality, which has been invaluable to us. I would always recommend them to any project and seem them as an integral part of our team” 

To learn more about how we make short release cycles a reality, click here.  

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Dawie Martins

Head of Client Success and Product Management

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Dawie Martins has cultivated expertise in diverse technology-related businesses across various sectors, including Retail, Hospitality, and Consultancy. His journey, which has taken him from a developer's role to Product Management, uniquely positions Dawie to lead the charge in Customer Success and Product Management services for our clients. 

In his role as Head of Customer Success, Dawie operates at the intersection of commerce and technology. His mission is to ensure the seamless translation of commercial imperatives into highly effective software applications that not only meet but exceed the outcomes specified by our clients. 

For clients engaging SCAD Software to build applications destined for the market, Dawie and his team offer Fractional Product Management Services. They become invaluable partners in crafting and maintaining a product roadmap, assuming the mantle of the product champion within the client organization. This collaborative approach ensures that our clients' visions are realized efficiently and effectively. 

Dawie's wealth of experience and his dedication to driving success for our clients make him an indispensable part of SCAD Software's commitment to delivering excellence in every project we undertake. 

Shawn De Wet

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn De Wet brings to SCAD Software over two decades of unparalleled expertise in software systems delivery. His career exemplifies a relentless pursuit of problem-solving excellence and a commitment to end-user satisfaction, achieved through meticulous system architecture and design. Proficient in core enterprise ERP systems, Shaun's recent achievements stand as a testament to his prowess, including the conception and successful launch of two cutting-edge SaaS products on the robust Azure platform. 

While Shawn's professional accolades are impressive, his vitality extends beyond the confines of the office. An ardent lover of the outdoors, as evidenced by his passion for mountain biking, Shawn's dynamic and adventurous spirit infuses our technological endeavors with a fresh perspective and boundless energy. 

At SCAD Software, Shawn leads the charge in Operational Delivery of Client solutions. He heads the development team and works closely with our valued clients to ensure they realize their desired outcomes from our technology solutions. His commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is a driving force behind our success. 

Andy Fensham

Founder, Chief Architect

Andy Fensham's journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to reshape the software development landscape. With a background in global banking software consultancy, he founded SCAD Software in 1998 with a visionary goal – to address the mounting technical debt that was becoming a liability for businesses worldwide. 

Andy's unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen empowers our clients with pragmatic, robust software solutions that yield tangible results. Recognizing the risks posed by outdated software, he pioneered an innovative approach to custom software development, consistently delivering large-scale projects at an astonishing pace – 75% faster than traditional methods. 

Andy's dedication not only safeguards our clients' future but also cements SCAD Software's position as an industry trailblazer. He continues to lead our innovation roadmap, constantly seeking new ways to enhance our offerings with more examples of how we can turn “minutes to seconds”. 

Shaun Orpen

Group CEO

With an impressive career spanning over three decades in the Technology and Telecoms sectors, Shaun Orpen brings a wealth of experience to his role as Group CEO. His journey began with the groundbreaking entry of Microsoft Excel into the UK market, a stepping stone that eventually led him to play pivotal roles on the UK Executive Board during Microsoft's meteoric rise from £10 million to £1 billion in revenue. 

During his tenure at Orange, Shaun spearheaded the division responsible for catering to Small and Medium Businesses in the UK. Since then, he has continued to shape the success of a number of small and global technology enterprises, leveraging his strategic acumen and commercial leadership. 

Shaun's unwavering commitment to the convergence of technology and business is evident in his track record of elevating every organization he's been a part of. As the driving force behind SCAD Software's commercial endeavors, Shaun is leading our expansion across the UK, Europe, and the USA. 

His steadfast ethical stance, mirrored by his partner Andy Fensham, forms the bedrock of SCAD Software's principles, defining our approach to client interactions and business dealings. 

Stephen Moore

Chairman

Stephen Moore's illustrious career speaks volumes about his leadership capabilities. With a rich background spanning diverse industries such as Retail, Events, Technology, Telecoms, and Media, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to craft and execute growth, differentiation, and exit strategies in highly competitive markets. 

As the visionary Founder/CEO of multiple successful ventures, Stephen has guided five companies from their inception to remarkable exits and IPOs, including the noteworthy £117 million listing of Expocentric Plc on Techmark 2000. His track record extends beyond entrepreneurship; he has played a pivotal role in over 40 companies as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman, Consultant, and Advisor, raising more than £85 million in private and public markets. 

What sets Stephen apart is his global perspective, cultivated through extensive work in the UAE, US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and EMEA. This international experience enriches SCAD Software's strategic direction, making him an invaluable asset in our mission to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation and empower our clients to achieve enduring success.