People who are interested in SaaS development
A reliable service that meets users’ expectation
Scalable functionality and cross-platform performance,
SaaS developers who understand the specifics of architecture
The components of SaaS development
- A website for sales and information: before a user gets redirected to the service itself, they visit an informational website. It features main information on the product, technical details, a support center, a blog, etc. SaaS website is a gate for service users.
- Account and subscription management: a SaaS should have functionality for managing user accounts, payment details, receipts, confirmation. The payments are processed by connecting to banking services.
- Software package: the most important component of SaaS is the core fucntionality and interface of the service. This is where users perform actual tasks and interact with the service.
Building a software-as-a-service is the most relevant approach to offering a digital product. In many industries, users prefer using online services because they are accessible, easy-to-setup, and share. For business owners, a SaaS business model allows getting constant revenue and bringing the service to more customers.
Technical factors of SaaS application development
- The scope: the number of features and tasks that the service is expected to perform is a decisive factor. Budgets, timing, skillset, and tools for a large platform are different than for a one-task service.
- Upgrade frequency: how often new features and design versions will be rolled out to the product influences long-term development and maintenance.
- Information sensitive: if the application handles a lot of personal, financial, confidential information, it requires multiple security levels.
- Custom vs integrated functionality: most software-as-a-service use third-party APIs. By implementing other services into a custom fucntionality, companies save time and money. However, sometimes integrations only work well as short-term solutions. To find the best approach, careful analysis is required.
- Workload: when SaaS scales, new user requirements and technical challenges emerge. The team should choose the SaaS application development architecture with growth in mind, and build scalable functionality.
Custom SaaS development services
When we build a custom software-as-a-service from scratch, there are many things to consider. The main difficulty of building a SaaS lies in adhering well to the requirements of a business model. The service should make it easier for a business owner to run a company, and for a user – to see end value. Technology should help to achieve strategic objectives, and surely not get in the way.
Cooperate long-term and short-term
- Cover a resource and skill gap in your in-house development team with long-term cooperation
- Get a team of skilled developers to become an extension for your team
- Work with reliable and transparent experts: each development stage is proceeded by estimates and followed by reports
- Communicate with developers, designers, testers directly over months- and year-long projects
- Receive a detailed estimate for the entire project and predict timing and spendings
- Forget about micromanagement and exhausting supervision: the team will provide you all the data, you just evaluate
- Get a new perspective on your project, from evaluation to maintenance
- Control team’s velocity and code quality with specific metrics
How we develop software as a service
- Idea validation
The market of SaaS application development is competitive: lately, there has been an influx of great web-based services in many industries. To succeed, a team should know now what user problem they are solving, and which unique value the product brings to the market. While you don’t need to offer an exceptionally new concept, it’s important to stand out with approach, design, functionality.
- Understanding SaaS requirements
After you collected information about the market, user needs, competitors, it’s time to translate them into functional requirements. Our team helps clients to summarize essential and additional functionality, user flows, sitemaps, and interactions. User Experience should flow intuitively and help to perform specific tasks.
- Refine your pricing model
A pricing model is a core of SaaS development services. Before building a minimum viable product, a business owner should already forecast the desirable revenue in the first months of release and long-term as well ad devise ways for achieving these objectives. Subscription models can be paid, freemium, membership, etc.
- Preparing an MVP
Our team firstly figures out the structure of the minimal viable product. We define the core features that are absolutely irreplaceable for an efficient user experience. The emphasis is on productivity and performance, less on style and branding. Additional functionality and design will be added later, in the full version of the product.
Determining tech stack and infrastructure
After idea validation and business model evaluation, we create an architectural framework SaaS product development services. We determine how all the components of the SaaS will be connected together, predict data flows, and third-party integrations. When we know the architecture that the service will adhere to, we can choose a tech stack that fits the client’s objectives most.
Estimating budget, timing, risks
When a team knows long-term and short-term tasks, they can give a full estimate for the development process. We start by planning an overall budget and deadlines for the project and then zoom in on each task. For each stage, there’s also an estimate of risks with their costs and mitigation plans.
Starting a development process
We advise performing discovery, idea validation, and requirement preparation together with a development team. In our experience, finding a SaaS development company as early on as possible helps you keep the team in the loop of business goals and ideation and provides you an impartial perspective. When you start cooperating early on, the team can be held fully accountable for the result.
Migrating an existing product into SaaS
- Transfering the desktop technology to a web tech stack: the team features expert developers both in desktop and web development. Team members constantly exchange expertise and verify the quality of the final codebase.
- Optimizing and integrating. To minimize time and budget for development, we integrate third-party APIs and use frameworks that allow us to reuse codebases. The goal is to provide sustainable development while, above all, offer smooth performance.
- Supporting through maintenance. We help organize maintenance and customer support for migrated SaaS application development. Familiar with user needs and specifics of the market, we already know the most common issues of migration, and foresee them for you.
Our SaaS development team can migrate existing desktop software or mobile application to a SaaS business model and web hosting. Just like with custom development, we focus on analysing the market, user needs, competitors, and business model first. We’ve successfully migrated dozens of client’s services and MVPs to SaaS, and know the specifics of such a transition.