Your outsourced cloud development team

Your outsourced cloud development team

Enterprise-level, London cloud platform development agency

Xanda’s Cloud Platform Development team offer comprehensive software engineering expertise with client-centric methodologies to successfully deliver powerful software applications on time and on budget.

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Advanced Development Projects

Software changes how people interact with the world, it is the tool of innovators relentlessly pushing enhanced productivity, sustainability, evolution and disruption. Intelligently planned and deployed, development projects will help your business:

  • Lower costs
  • Become more agile
  • Innovate / modernise faster
  • Improve productivity
  • Improve security
  • Evolve
  • Disrupt

Reengineering legacy processes for the cloud

Transitioning your legacy working applications to the cloud will improve:

  • Availability
  • Collaboration
  • Scalability
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Monitoring
  • Reach & power

The cloud offers business the opportunity to reinvent their working processes and customer relationships in a way like never before.

Although not always easy, the longer you wait the more entrenched you become and the harder the transition will be. The cloud represents a tectonic shift in technology, the time to adapt is now”.
Alexander Constantine, Managing Director

Contact us to discuss how Xanda’s development team can help with your project. 

What to expect: 4 Phases

Developments projects can broadly be separated into 4 phases:

  • Phase 1: Planning
  • Phase 2: Development
  • Phase 3: Testing & Launch
  • Phase 4: Support & Maintenance

Each phase contains essential processes that will come together to facilitate the effective operation of the new system. For more infromation continue scrolling down where we describe just some the services we can offer in each Phase.

Phase 1: Planning

Requirements, Problems & Objectives

Before starting any project, it is essential to gather the requirements, understand the problems we are attempting to solve and what the objectives are.

At one extreme, perspective projects will be well prepared with a Business Requirements Document (BRD) and a detailed Technical Specification.
Conversely, where requirements are unclear or research and investigation is required, our consultants will advise an Agile approach or prepare a Discovery Phase.

Discovery

During a Discovery Phase we work with our clients through a series of meetings and workshops to:

  • Discuss objectives
  • Research possible solutions and approaches
  • Collect essential data
  • Elicit product architecture
  • Confirm functional, non-functional and volumetric requirements
  • Shortlist suitable tech stacks
  • Estimate project time, cost and viability
  • Identify potential technical solutions

Proof-of-Concepts

Developing a Proof of Concept (PoC) is an exercise in validating identified potential technical solutions. Proof of Concepts will be measured against a number of tests including:

  • Performance
  • Viability
  • Functionality
  • User Experience
  • Scalability
  • Cost

Where multiple PoCs are developed they can be compared to find the most suitable solution considering all business factors.

System Design & Specification

Our Project Directors are available to advise our clients on how to complete their Business Requirements Documents and then to collate all the available information and research to help prepare the Technical Specification. These valuable documents will become as essential to the project as architect blue print plans are to construction.

Methodology Selection

During the planning phase our Project Director’s consult with our clients to discuss and agree the most appropriate methodology under which to work. Developing enterprise level projects requires the coordinated efforts of a diversely skilled team. It is therefore crucial to agree and implement a structured development approach. Our Advanced Development Projects are most commonly developed with one of the following methodologies:

  • Agile
  • Waterfall
  • Scrum
  • Kanban

Milestones

Project Milestones will be agreed during planning to provide clarity of deliverables. Milestones will be set at specific points in time and used to measure progress and schedule significant events including:

  • Decision points
  • Sprints
  • Releases
  • Testing

Team Selection

Xanda have an extensive team of highly skilled and experienced technical resources. During the team selection process, we will recommend the resource allocation required to successfully deliver the project on time.

  • All instructions are handled with strict confidentiality
  • Work can be committed to either Xanda’s secure internal repositories or your own environments
  • Reporting mechanisms will be agreed
  • Jira boards will be setup
  • Retain your team from our:
    • Project Directors
    • Project Managers
    • Mid / Senior Developers
    • Infrastructure Engineers
    • Mid / Senior Designers
    • Mid / Senior App Developers
    • Support Engineers
    • Testers

Contract

Our contracts team remain on call to ensure your agreement with us meets your own compliance or regulatory requirements.

Marketing Consultation

For commercial products our marketing executives can be consulted to align the project with its launch and ongoing promotional campaigns.

Phase 2: Development

The Development / Implementation Phase is where the developed plans are actioned and projects begin to take shape. Depending on the chosen methodology, this phase will often involve;

  • regular scrum meetings
  • backlog grooming
  • sprint planning sessions
  • retrospectives
  • break-out sessions (technical deep dives)

Our project managers will then define carefully managed sprints and timely releases of planned deliverables.

Management Team

Projects are managed collaboratively between Xanda Project Managers and client representatives. Together they will oversee the implementation of project, ensuring transparency and dealing with any blockers that may manifest. Scrums will be arranged appropriately according to the methodology selected for the project and offer a platform for team members to discuss, where appropriate, progress, sprints, goals and issues.

Our Tech Stacks

Xanda’s Cloud Platform team have extensive experience in a wide range of Tech Stacks and supporting services, including but not limited to:

  • GoLang
  • PHP
  • Laravel
  • React
  • React Native
  • AWS / Infrastructure planning, deployment and maintenance
  • Hashicorp Terraform / Infrastructure as Code
  • SonarQube – Static code analysis
  • NeuraLegion (AI DAST)
  • CI/CD pipeline
  • Big data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • Serverless Infrastructure / Cloud based applications

Phase 3: Testing & Launch

Test Plans

Post development projects will enter a carefully planned testing phase. These test plans will include:

  • Scope
  • Test types (see below)
  • Conditions
  • Measurements / Metrics
  • Schedule

Tests will be designed appropriately by Project Management according to the Technical Specification.
All testing will be executed and monitored before results are logged and reported.
Testing will continue as planned until approval metrics are met and the subject is accepted.

Test Types

There is wide array of testing tools, techniques and systems that can be deployed, these include:

  • Unit testing
  • Integration testing
  • Load testing / Stress testing
  • Performance testing
  • Automated Testing
  • Penetration Testing
  • Security testing
  • Accessibility testing
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Operation Acceptance Testing / Recovery testing

Launch

Once testing is completed Xanda will design and deploy a launch stragtegy. The project is now live!

Phase 4: Support & Maintenance

Post Launch Services

Our Support & Maintenance agreements provide essential post-launch protection from defects, third party integration bugs, infrastructure related issues, performance variations, design glitches and general bugs that may arise from the ever-evolving digital environment.

Agreements are designed to meet client technical and regulatory requirements and will commonly include:

  • Code-level support
  • Security patching
  • Server maintenance
  • Platform maintenance
  • Bug fixing resources
  • Infrastructure provision
  • Infrastructure management
  • Communication channels
  • Reporting mechanisms
  • SLAs
  • Continued post-launch service Iimprovement
  • Emerging technology consultancy

Xanda have been successfully delivering enterprise-level software development projects for over two decades for clients including The NHS, Apple, Vodafone, BNP Paribas and various national government agencies and regulators.

All our projects are designed, managed and developed in-house from our London HQ.
Xanda are certified and annually audited in the following industry standards:

  • ISO 27001
  • ISO 9001
  • ITIL v3 aligned

Your Project

Please contact our Advanced Projects onboarding team to discuss your project:

It begins with Hello

To discuss your poejct please get in touch. 

If you would prefer a meeting, our business development executives will be delighted to welcome you to either our Shoreditch or North London offices or will come to meet you at your own premises.

Telephone: +44 208 44 44 757

We look forward to working with you.

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Firstly let me say well done. I’m playing with the system today and showing others and its f*cking amazing (sorry for swearing but couldn’t find the appropriate superlative). In terms of capturing [our] vision of the product and combining the functionality of Tableau, SQL, our energy data and Machine Learning – this will overtake the product I was previously most proud of creating – which is something I never thought I’d say.

I would just like to call out Alex and his team for the support they have provided to me, in delivering the SEMDC project.
There has been a number of challenges they have overcome, and have constantly stood up to the plate numerous times to get work completed, even with their team doing an evening shift to complete requirements changes. I couldn’t be happier to be working with such a conscientious & pro-active team.

I’ve worked with Xanda on a number of projects over the last few years and they have never failed to impress me. The team at Xanda have always delivered a phenomenal service, going above and beyond to satisfy customer needs, with an end result of a fantastic product ticking all of the boxes. I will happily recommend anyone to do business with Xanda.

It was a great year (working on our Apple integration) and a pleasure to work with Xanda. Your professionalism and positive attitude were more than remarkable and will not be forgotten!

I wanted to communicate our appreciation for your tireless efforts and incredible ingenuity as a tech team! The [ecosystem] you guys are building is becoming a critical strategic differentiator to Alchemy and is a vital driver of our success thus far. The leadership you both provide, day-in-day-out, to your team is fantastic and it’s truly impressive to see the energy levels maintain (and if anything increase) during such long projects.

We are now officially live for Apple Trade In Australia and Japan. Thank you all very much for you hard work over the last 6+ months to make this happen. I’ve spoken with Apple and they are once again impressed with our ability to execute.

The BMRS is now more popular than ever before, both in terms of API usage made of it by our customers and interactive access. Following the recent improvements it is coping with data volumes far in excess of that that the old system could have coped with. We’ve had some great feedback. Here’s an example from a BSC Party on the new data push service: “…It’s a game changer in how we receive information about what’s happening in the balancing mechanism and allows us to quickly meet new business requirements…..We wish everyone provided an [API] interface for market data like this! ”

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