What do software consultants do?
Well, software or technology consultants are specialists either in technology, software platform, tools or products etc. where each consultant has knowledge and experience. All consultants are responsible to efficiently work as per the client requirements using their skills to deliver the best output product before the deadlines. Precisely, software technology consultants help companies with protips and show them the best software practices to solve their business problem!
What is the difference between software developer, software consultant and software contractor?
Software Developer - is an employee on the full-time/part-time payroll and does the job of implementing the requirements for the application. Developers skip around on different projects working as when directed by their employers.
They may or may not handle multiple projects at a time. This field is about programmer.
Software Consultant - is not an employee. He/She is brought in to provide advice (consultancy) as to how the application should be implemented using current industry approaches. Often the consultant provides technical advice on how to configure a large application (SAP, Oracle etc). Consultants may or may not be programmers. This field is more about marketing yourself. Consultants often multitask and handle more than one project at a time. A consultant is often tasked with leading an initiative rather than waiting for specific direction. For example, instead of waiting to be asked what the status of a task is or what tasks are outstanding, the consultant provides a list of tasks, the status, and a schedule. Instead of doing just what the client requests, a consultant looks for other opportunities for improvement while doing the expected work.
Software Contractor : Now a consultancy will interview people who have a consultant title but who actually fall into a contractor category. Contractors are focused on a single type of mid-level activity—such as programming in a specific language or with a specific tool. Contractors focus on a limited scope. They work on specific tasks at the direction of others and often are unaware of the scope, business goals, or impact of the overall project. Contractors generally fill a void in the skill sets of their clients or provide additional resources for accomplishing a goal.
What types of clients have you worked with?
Our software consulting company majorly deals-in ISVs, SMEs, digital agencies and enterprises. We also have software clients in education, finance, healthcare, media, automotive and retail. Additionally, we serve tech-enabled companies that develop custom software for their business to use internally, as a competitive advantage.
What sets software consultants apart from developers?
The biggest difference between software consultants and developers is that in addition to technical skills, software technology consultants also must have people skills. They must be able to put their egos aside and quickly grasp what the client wants. Technology consultants have to have the people skills to draw out the client to distinguish between what the client says they want and what they really want. They must come up to speed quickly and solve the correct problem rather than the wrong problem correctly.
What differentiates PixelCrayons from its competitors?
Our people and processes. PixelCrayons has a robust recruiting process that filters for software development and leadership skills (IQ), as well as emotional intelligence (EQ) skills, and the commitment to get things done (PQ). We train our community members to provide excellent experience to deliver better software every time.
What is your typical process for working with a new client?
An engagement process with PixelCrayons usually follows these steps: Exploratory discussion to identify areas of need, and determine if there is a mutually beneficial relationship. Technical discussion– Sometimes, this is paired with the exploratory discussion. This is where we get into the technical details of what you have and what you are looking for. Qualification call– This is where we identify all of the resources that you may need for your project. Prior to this call, we may provide you with resumes for consideration. Documentation–This is the final step before engagement, where we document the relationship by completing a Master Service Agreement (MSA) for the relationship and a Statement of Work (SOW) for the specific project. In these documents, we outline the relationship parameters, as well as project, resources, costs, timeline and associated dependencies.
Will I be having a full time dedicated project manager? :
Yes, our software consulting company will provide you a full time dedicated project manager, who will work for your project dedicatedly. Our project manager updates you about your ongoing project on regular basis. You can provide him your valuable feedback.
What things should I take into consideration before engaging with PixelCrayons?
If you are unsure about your product, your strategy or direction, or how many people you will need or the types of expertise required, PixelCrayons is happy to help you with a free assessment. There is no commitment, and the process will help you clarify key requirements to get your project completed successfully.
What lead time is typically needed for different types of engagements before my project can start?
Depending on the skillset and volume of the project, we can get started in 2-4 weeks.
Will I need to have face-to-face meeting to begin the project?
In the majority of cases face-to-face meeting is not necessary and most of our web apps are generally completed with contact via telephone, email, or skype only. We place suggested software designs online via, our secure testing server for you to view the work in progress.
What frameworks and methodologies do you use in your consulting practices?
Primary software focus is in PHP, .NET, Java, Android, iOS, Xamarin, React Native, Angular, Node, React, Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, IoT, machine learning, AR/VR, artificial intelligence, chatbots, Blockchain etc. For other latest technologies, you can visit pixelcrayons.com
Is there any hidden cost?
No. our software consulting company discusses with you your software requirements and then quote price accordingly and once you have placed an order for your software design with us. We work hard so that the outlined price quote is strictly adhered to.
How do you price your services?
Pricing is created on a project basis or a retainer schedule. Since the resource needs of each company are different, pricing for each project is customized and presented in the SOW. In general, the initial cost for PixelCrayons' expert resources is higher than hiring a traditional employee, however the benefits include a faster time to learning ramp-up, faster time to software delivery. Other benefits include the flexibility to contract for a part-time or short-term commitment, all of which easily offset the costs. Pricing is typically based on hourly time and expenses, weekly or monthly retainers, or fixed project bids.