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Looking for custom web development services to build that idea you've been plotting and planning for some time? Need a mobile app built? Have an idea for a killer subscription based website or service? Or maybe your needs are more modest and you simply need basic website design services?
On this page, we're going to discuss our custom web development services. ClearTech Interactive is a website and mobile application development firm centrally located in the Tampa, Florida area. Established in 2003, we are one of the most firmly established agencies in Florida. Check out some of our most recent Google Reviews!
We specialize in all types of web services including application development, custom web development, custom websites, e-commerce websites, mobile applications as well as SEO and internet advertising on Google and other platforms.
We're often asked by prospective customers if we can build a particular kind of online system or service. The short answer is YES. Our team has a wealth of experience. Many on our team have 10, 15 and even 20+ years of software development experience. The combined experience of our team is well over 250 years!
We have experience building a variety of exciting websites such as:
Our custom website development services are carefully planned to be easy to use and engaging for your end users. Our single goal is to make your online business a total success.
There are many ways to carefully plan and execute web development projects. The two most popular methods are called "Agile / Scrum" and "Waterfall Method". Each has its own advantages, but the Agile method really stands out as the most foolproof choice.
In Agile/Scrum the idea is that software development should be flexible and cater to the client's needs and that the software should be built a little bit at a time and gotten into the hands of the end users as early as possible. Doing so generates valuable feedback quickly, which can help inform you as to which features are most important. This process can save a tremendous amount of time and resources, eliminate guesswork and let you know when you're heading in the right (or wrong) direction. The feedback is used to rapdily improve the product, re-release and acquire even more feedback. It's a process with the purpose of stacking the odds in your favor instead of guessing or making a lot of assumptions.
Using an Agile approach, we incrementally build the product, usually in two-week sprints (time periods). We typically start off with a small planning project of about 1-2 weeks upfront. During this time we work with your team to rapidly understand the project, what a successful outcome would look like and what the key features and functions are.
We then proceed to quickly document these features by writing user stories which are simply descriptions of the key features. These stories define who can perform what feature and what each feature should do. During this planning process, we also define what is called the minimum viable product or MVP, which is the minimum feature set that you could potentially launch with. The MVP helps to focus everyone around the features that MUST be done so that software can be gotten into the hands of users. Doing this inevitably saves a lot of time and money. The idea is to launch with a smaller feature set and then rapidly get feedback on features from a small group of customers. This customer feedback loop is one of the most important aspects in succeeding with your website. This style of development is also loosely under the umbrella of lean software development and these methodologies are in use at all the major software development firms who build all the great software and apps you use every day. It's fast; it relies on user feedback and it's cost-effective.
We have found this approach to be the best approach to custom web and mobile application development because it is both cost-effective and adaptive. Clients are fully in control of their budgets and features. In our experience, this method leads to rapid application development and speeds up time to market because of the focus on delivering functioning software every few weeks.
Another method of software development that used to be popular was the Waterfall Model. In this model, you attempt to pre-plan the entire project in advance, by defining the whole system up front. This style is best used when you are building the same kind of thing, over and over again or when you are building something small, that is well defined.
For example houses, cars or even small websites can use this method. A blueprint is created and then all the dependencies are sorted out and arranged in priority sequence. This method might work for manufacturing, but studies have shown that when this method is used in custom software development, that time and budget overruns of up to 100% are the norms.
In Waterfall method, it also takes much more time upfront to really plan out the site's functions, features, workflows and requirements. This isn't ideal for internet businesses when time to market becomes very important. Also, you don't get the immediate feedback loop like you do with Agile.
An advantage of this method from our experience is that with SMALLER projects, it allows you to establish a fairly accurate budget forecast for the project by fully clarifying the project's features and functions upfront. BUT the downside is that every change the customer requests, that deviates from the blueprint, comes with additional costs.
Small businesses who have never built software before, tend to initially gravitate toward this methodology before they are educated about the Agile approach. Customers tend to think in terms of fixed budgets and fixed requirements but in reality, it's almost impossible for clients to adhere to fixed requirements in reality. In software you have to be flexible to succeed and you must adapt based on user feedback and you must adjust the project as you learn new information over the course of a project.
Software is just too dynamic and changing and most clients don't know enough about the process or their customer needs for it to be a cost effective method. For a few hundred hour project, however, a hybrid Agile/Waterfall approach can be used effectively. This combines some flexibility in features but also provides a comprehensive mutual understanding up front before work is started. This can be useful where projects are smaller and budgets are very limited.
As you can see from the above, planning a large software development project is not easy and several methodologies have been developed over the years to better answer these questions. Understandably small businesses often need to know, at least roughly, what a project might cost them before they commit to it. In my experience there are a few viable ways to achieve this:
Having been in software development for over 20 years, we have a good idea about the rough scope and complexity of projects. However where this often breaks down is in our inability to accurately read every single client's mind. So much is implied when considering a large complex project. How do we know that what we are thinking is what you are thinking? We can't be sure. So a ballpark estimate is useful only to the degree that we can say, "it's probably between 200-400 hours or 300-500 hours or 750-1000 hours". A ball park estimate can give you a very rough idea about the scope of the project but this has to be taken with a large grain of salt and cannot be trusted as a fact. These kinds of estimates can be useful to help you determine if you can even pursue the project. They can answer questions like, "Do I have the funds for this?" or "Can I raise the funds for it?" But NEVER trust such an estimate as a fact because there's usually just too much missing information. Over the years we've seen this create a lot of problems for customers who started with another a company based on such an estimate and then it turned out to be a LOT more and things got snarled up.
A better solution is an educated estimate. When a client has a custom web development project that exceeds 200 hours, we recommend that they invest in a planning/road mapping session. During this step, you get to work with us on a smaller, lower-risk project and we will plan out and define your project in a matter of a week or two. This results in a project plan which will seek to outline the key site functions and features as well as the size and scope of the project. We will have several interviews with you or your team to ask questions and clarify your vision. This small step could save you a lot of pain and discomfort and prevent you from making some huge mistakes. Sometimes we might include visual wire-frame mockups and/or screen compositions to help you really visualize the outcome. As a result of this process, we can deliver a much more accurate estimate compared with an off-the-cuff guess and this little project gives both parties a great sense of what it will be like to work together on the larger project.
Taking the Planning step even further, some clients wish to not only have a project plan but also desire a more visual outcome, such as wireframe mockups or screen compositions. This is usually only needed when a project is very complex or if a client needs these to raise funds for his project. It's not as common as it used to be but it is an option. This allows you and your investors to see what the completed website vision will look like while omitting the complex logic and programming. Often times these prototypes will include the Home page plus many of the key pages of the website. The prototype loads up in a web browser and can be navigated through by clicking buttons and menu items. This kind of a presentation can be useful when trying to raise funds for a project since you can present your vision more clearly to investors and partners who will be funding the project. It is not recommended to develop prototypes if you can just start with the Agile method since that will be the least expensive method to build the project.
There are many things that can derail a project and create a lot of problems once it gets started. Since 2003, we’ve become one of Tampa's most trusted website development providers. We have excelled due to our great attention to detail which is extremely important during any large web development project.
The larger the project, the greater the opportunities for misunderstandings and failures. This is why there is no substitute for a careful detail-oriented approach. Over the many years, we've seen firms try to rush clients into projects, in order to "make the sale". These kinds of projects are often very loose on details and this is how disconnects occur and why so many web development projects fail, cost much more than expected and are delayed. With extreme care to details, large complex projects become easy to manage and a joy to develop.
By taking all of the below items into consideration, we ensure your project success!
Whether you're looking for web development services in Tampa or some other location in Florida or even another state, keep all of these points in mind. If you're feeling rushed or pressured by a provider to get started or if you're questioning whether or not the provider could possibly understand your project in such a short space of time, given the amount of time they have invested, then you may be better to look elsewhere. These are red flags that you need to heed.
Our company often gets called upon to re-develop and salvage many failed projects. In our experience most failed project are usually caused by a loose approach to product development with lots of YES's and too few details being discussed.
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ClearTech Interactive builds and launches www.verifiedinvesting.com, the first fully transparent, pay-for-performance stock picking platform which helps average investors improve their stock trading profits by giving them access to a marketplace of Verified professional traders.
The creators/owners of www.VerifiedInvesting.com realized that the average investor had the deck stacked against them in an investing world dominated by hedge funds and institutional investors. Active investors looking for profitable trade alerts/advice had very few options, except to find and follow so called ‘professional’ traders (for an upfront subscription fee) and hope their picks were profitable and that he wasn’t fudging his own performance track record to lure them in.
Verified Investing solved this problem by bringing 1000’s of Verified Pro Traders to their website, tracking every trade and compiling track records for each Pro. Average investors are now flocking to Verified Investing to utilize their FREE service. Read full case study
Educational Symposia is America's leading continuing education provider for the medical profession. Since 1975 they have been the leader in offering cutting edge training for doctors across the world.
After contending with a frustratingly outdated & poorly supported web system, EduSymp hired ClearTech Interactive to completely rebuild their entire back and front end e-learning system using modern web technologies.
The system includes dozens of key features such as member profiles, custom e-learning management system, custom e-commerce, test administration, site administration, online test taking, scoring & delivery of CME certification. The project's scope was in excess of 1,500 hours.
"We have been working with Clear Tech for over 4 years, in that time they have completed work on several large and complex projects. One example of which was custom e-learning system that includes, video streaming, test taking, and certificate creation, in addition this is also an e-commerce website. As we continue to grow and change ClearTech updates and modifies our websites to meet our ever changing needs. ClearTech is a great company to work with they work diligently to understand your vision so on completion of a project the end result is what your company needs. I would and have recommended them to other companies, they have a good work ethic and complete projects in a timely manner."
Finding competent website development in Tampa or anywhere else for that matter is not easy. Many individuals and firms will knowingly or unknowingly make promises they can't keep, in the hopes they can land your project. Once you're in their net and are vested financially, now what? Other firms will lure you in with small upfront estimates and then spring increased costs on you mid-project. This often lead to conflicts where the developer refuses to work on the project until more money is paid and the client refuses to pay more money. This is a misleading (and common) tactic that is in widespread use.
Also going overseas can lead to lots of commonly reported problems such as language barriers, constant misunderstandings, lower quality work, dealing with odd time zones where you have to be up in the middle of the night and then there's the risk of the developer disappearing and leaving you without recourse when things go bad.
If you want to avoid all of the pitfalls that are so common and you are looking to hire a firm for custom Web Development or mobile application development take a serious look at ClearTech Interactive. Since 2003, we have been a Florida favorite and have completed thousands of projects for happy customers. You will be thrilled with our services from start to finish. Most customers report noticing a big and immediate difference when speaking with us, compared to other companies!
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