As I always say to people who ask why we write software for tech companies – “If you can impress the top guys in a tech company then you’re definitely doing something right!”.
Tech companies nowadays house some of the brightest tech stars around. The next generation have shunned the traditional highly paid & “safe” companies and want in on creating the future.
We’ve worked with some pretty amazing developers in the past few years. These people are at the top of their game and expect the best from everyone around them. They don’t accept mediocrity.
We develop a lot software for Tech Companies in Ireland and the UK – I might have mentioned that before. We tend to step in when they don’t have the resources to develop features fast enough or they don’t have skills in a particular area.
That’s a dangerous end of the software game for us to be in. There’s aboslutely no fooling around. We always have to be at our best. I’ve seen some software companies pull the wool over customer’s eyes when they’re not experienced enough to question what’s happening. That’s sad, but it happens.
Not the case with the type of customers we hang around with…. Try telling a lead developer that the platform is slow for the wrong reason and they will tear you to shreds. Trust me, I know!
The market we’re in is tough but it’s really rewarding. Tech companies are organised. They know what features they need to develop and typically have everything roadmapped for a few months ahead.
The pace is fast but you’re developing products that make a difference and are at the cutting edge of tech.
If you can show your customers that you can come in and be coding within a day or two then they love it.
We’ve been lucky enough to achieve this with our latest customers such as mAdMe, GeoPal, Autoaddress and Easons. They all have dev teams in place and we just came along and were writing code within a day or two. They’re organised and their code is structured. They don’t mind working with an external team as long as we don’t get in the way. They just want to ship features. It makes things easy for us to be honest.
It’s exciting knowing that each day you’re developing features that will be live within a week. Some projects with our traditional clients can take over a year to get into production. That’s absolutely fine and the way things are, but tell a developer that people will be using their code next week and it gets them going. This is one of the big rewards for our developers and they love it. Money isn’t the only motivator.
Yes, we probably are crazy pitching our skills up with the best developers out there. There are much safer projects that we could take on where we set the pace and deliver in a reasonable timeline. But hey, where’s the fun in that? We’re able to work well with these guys as we believe in our ability. There’s nothing wrong with that i suppose…