Lily Technology has been debt- free and profitable since day one and remains that way today. Since 2015, Lily Technology has seen average year –on-year revenue growth of just over 40%. We’ve achieved this by pursuing a diversified client base, long –term relationships with our clients and expanding our services outside of country. As a rule of thumb, no one client ever represents more than 15% of Lily Technology’s revenue at any time. We’re very proud to be adding good paying technology jobs to our local community and working with clients worldwide. You can find out more details about Lily Technology, by visiting our about page.
We have 40 people dedicated to client projects.
Our employee’s bill and average of 30-35 hours of their time per week.
Majority percent employees work in our office. Some employees work outside for business development.
Lily Technology receives over 200 new applicants a month Our selection process includes 4 steps :
This is not something we do unless it’s for and official security clearance. When resumes of team members are requested, this is a red flag that our prospective client would really prefer a staffing relationship. As mentioned above, this is something we try to avoid. Rest assured, you’ll have interactions with many different team members before we actually begin work on your project. It you’re not excited about your team before we begin work, then we’re likely not a good fit for you.
Absolutely We believe checking references is an important part of the buying process. We usually send over references after we determine that we’re a good fit for you and your project.
We will not sign an NDA before our initial call. It’s important that we know enough about the business to evaluate whether there’s a conflict with our current or past clients. In addition , we talk to over 500 potential new clients a year. It’s inevitable that we hear similar ideas. We will only sign an NDA if:
Short answer –not likely. We’ve got a whole blog post explaining why, but here’s the short version.
As you might have guessed, we do fixed bid proposals. When we are approached with RFPs, we politely decline and use that interaction as an opportunity to educate the prospective client about why RFPs are not a good fit for custom software project.
Who owns the code and designs Lily Technology produces during the project? You do. Before we work, we’ll put a services agreement in place that will assign ownership of all work product and deliverables to you as long as we’re paid for the services we perform.
Most clients are never ready for development when they come to us. It’s important that we take the time upfront to help you determine the right thing to build and a responsible budget for your project. Learn more about our pre-project consulting process.
If new software-we’ll work with you through our design & amp, planning engagement. After RDP, we‘ll begin development of your software. You’ll be involved every step of the way.
Yes, we are always evaluating new projects. The pre-project consulting process takes 2 weeks. Our Research, Design & Planning phase takes 4-6 weeks. Development begins after that.
The typical size for each project team is 2-3 developers. Each project team is supported by UI/UX designers, software testers, managers and cloud engineers. With each development team sharing support resources, we’re able to reduce project costs for clients. We’re also able to make developers more efficient by ensuring they spend their time writing production- level code, not messing with other tasks.
Each team is assigned a project lead, a full-time developer on the team who has additional responsibilities for facilitating communication and planning with the client and amongst the team. How does Lily Technology communicate?
Project fail for one major reason-poor communication. Establishing communication and planning rhythms is the most important aspect of software project management. These rhythms include:
Short answer –everyone. Every person on our teams are empowered to communicate with clients directly. These keep things moving along and helps retain our flat organization structure.
We expect clients to be actively involved in their projects. You are the one bringing the expertise about your business and market to the table. Without that, we have no idea if we’re building the right thing. Involvement includes weekly calls or meetings and availability via phone during normal business hours.
Client feedback is incredibly important through the process. You should always provide feedback, even early –on when the features are still rough. Your feedback will offer us context about what’s important to you and your business. This helps us prioritize and stay tied to your needs.
Yes. This kind of flexibility is important and could determine the success of a project, but big changes after kick –off might affect budget or schedule.
Yes. We believe open, transparent communication is the cornerstone to successful software projects. You’ll always know what’s happening on your project and you’ll be in constant contact with your team. It’s not unusual for our Project Leads to call their clients several times a week. We also provide weekly status updates and regular releases on a staging site to keep you in the loop. What happens when you're done?
QA staff is involved from the Day 1 and test plans are put together at the beginning of projects. Testing happens throughout the project, not just at the end. We also practice code reviews and pair programming to ensure that quality code is being written at all times.
Do you code everything from scratch?
Lily Technology teams get incredible leverage from open source tools, libraries, frameworks and indeed entire projects or our own proprietary libraries. We never reinvent the wheel when there is a tool that is suitable for solving a problem. We always program from scratch the parts that make your project custom and valuable.
Lily Technology’s clients are diverse, but we’re generally the best fit for large, complex projects that have the potential to create a lot of value for our clients. In other words, if your project is critical to the mission of your business then it’s likely a good fit. We enjoy taking on projects where user experience is critical and one or more of the technology domains of web, mobile, embedded, or desktop are required. Our projects run from a few months to a year or more. Some have a budget of $50k and others have budgets of over $1 million.
Examples of typical projects for us are:
We can’t answer this question responsibly until we understand your idea, business, market, users, etc. While we can’t tell you exactly what your project will cost, we can draw on the 100+ projects we’ve delivered since 2015 and tell you what’s typical for the projects we’re best suited to help you with.
While its really hard to know the specific costs of the project without going through a discovery phase like our Research, Design, and Planning phase, we can usually help you set a responsible budget during before you ever hire us.
No matter how large or small your budget, it’s always our goals for the value our clients receive to significantly exceed the fees we charge.
A typical small team for the projects we work on is two to three full-time developers. A large team is four to six people.
For a rough approximation of project duration, we take the estimates above and divide by 32 hours for each person on the team. For example, a 1200-hour project takes approximately 3 months of calendar time for a team of 3 people (1200 hours / (3 people * 32 hours/person/week) / 4 weeks/month = ~ 3 months)
On large projects, we’re able to add people and go faster. That’s quite an amazing thing, actually, and not something every team or company can do. Growing the team requires we have additional employees available.
For projects that have a total fixed budget, we track and bill by the hour. We feel this is the most straightforward way to bill. If someone is out sick then you don’t pay for their time. In turn, this also helps ensure that everyone (including clients) are focused on the most valuable features at any given time as opposed to encouraging scope creep. It takes everyone’s awareness of the budget and how we’re tracking to keep the project on-target.
For projects that have a total monthly budget, we still track hours to ensure that we hit the mark each and every month. For more details about pricing or engagement models, you can see our pricing and packages here.
When paying for custom software, you should have the mindset of paying a team to design and develop the first instance of a product. Custom software projects are ripe with risk, including: building the right product, funding and schedule risks, third-party integrations, and technical approaches that need to be proved out.
Remember, you are paying your team to help you mitigate these risks, not to financially own them. Each sprint or release is not a guarantee of a finished, bug-free product. However, we do have standards and best practices in place that encourage each team to do their best to build a high-quality product.
We encourage our clients to embrace bugs, embrace risks, and know that we will do everything we can to address both. Your team will track bugs and work them into the schedule each week with other backlog item.
Our teams are smart and experienced; they do their best at predictably building your product. With each iteration, we’ll take what we’ve learned and quickly your teams integrate new insights to keep quality high.
Be aware that the financial risk of developing custom software is in your hands. A warranty doesn’t come from your development team, but it’s what you will offer to your customers and employees. Taking on the financial risk is why you have such a potentially significant financial upside.
When billing by the hour, we invoice once a month in arrears. Ex: On February 1st, you’ll receive an invoice for the hours logged January 1st to 31st . Payment is due within 10 days.
When billing for a dedicated team, payment is due in advance for that month’s team. Ex: On February 1 st, you’ll pay for the month of February.
Experience Speed of delivery. Track record Demand Talent Quality full service. The overall software market.
We boast a 96.5% success rate in an industry where 42% is the norm. Communication, tight regular feedback loops, and staying lean have attributed to our high degree of success and reputation of quick, spot-on solutions.
Yes, we have had a handful of projects fail in our history. In every case, the failure could be attributed to communication issues that included:
Lily Technology has a broad skillest, which gives us the power to explore options and select the best languages, platforms, and tools for each job. We do about 80% of our work with these:
Yes, we do. Assuming your project does not require advanced polling or data processing, we usually use Cordova to target both platforms with the same core code. This dramatically cuts down on development time and costs.
There has a list of some recent clients on our website. Unfortunately, because of confidentiality constraints, we can’t share project details until we know there’s a good fit and we get a mutual NDA in place. At that point, we should send over portfolio work and a complete list of references.
While no one is ever entirely secure, we take pride in the fact that none of our clients have ever been taken down by an attack and that our network has never been breached.