EXPERTLY TRAINED, BATTLE-TESTED, ELITE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS ON DEMAND
488 East Winchester St., Suite 450 Murray, Utah 84107
"I feel like DevSquad is an extension of our team. When we first met them, it made me realize, the resources, the time, the cost...everything that would come along with a group like this would be far more advantageous than trying to do it on our own."
Austin MillerCEO, Iso Talent & T-Launch
Our SaaS entrepreneur clients are smart. They know they need to pivot in an instant, and watch their cash flow. That’s why they trust DevSquad.
SaaS entrepreneurs love our monthly, pay-as-you-go service. But we’ve tailored our service for SaaS development beyond the business model too. We choose top talent who write lightweight, easy-to-maintain code, and we employ product managers who verify what your customers want, and help deliver it.
Get Started on Your Own DevSquad
At the start of our on-site Sprint Zero Workshop, we will get a full picture of the problem that you are setting out to solve and determine whether any proposed functionality can go.
We start by building a semi-functional prototype that you can click and play around with. This lets you get feedback on your product and make changes before we dive into building.
We build your product with the best-fit technologies and frameworks, working on top of out-of-the box functionality where applicable and ensuring that the code is easy to test and maintain.
After the first iteration launch of your MVP, we run DevOps for continuous deployment, maintain quality of existing functionality, and build out any additional features, all with a product manager at your fingertips.
Our small team of dedicated, vetted developers have launched successive products for returning clients. Our product managers see the pitfalls of entrepreneurship and partner with our clients to launch valuable products quickly, with none of the confusion, distraction or delay that befalls entrepreneurs who attempt to make product decisions and manage dev teams all on their own.
Our smooth code and beautiful interfaces are just the beginning. We also help SaaS entrepreneurs prototype and validate their concepts before building so that they create MVPs with a real market need. Plus, we manage top talent from Latin America so you build a product your customers will love, at a cash flow friendly development cost.
Everyone on our team is super passionate and loves what they do. We stay current not only with the best technologies and frameworks but also the product management decision-making processes that our entrepreneur clients need to win.
Let’s Discuss How DevSquad Can Help You
BRING YOUR SAAS IDEA AND INDUSTRY EXPERTISE, WE’VE GOT DEVELOPMENT COVERED
Your product manager is your point of contact to your DevSquad. They’re there to guide developers and communicate with you.
Our vetted developers have 4+ years experience and each one works on our internal projects before they touch client products.
We don’t cut corners. We work with top Latin American talent, cut unnecessary features and use the best tools and frameworks.
We’re very confident in our work building SaaS prototypes and applications. You pay month-to-month and can cancel at any time.
Laravel makes it easy for developers to write lightweight, readable code, plus it has tons of ready-to-go modules that reduce the cost of your project.
Powerful for both web applications and mobile applications, React helps us create intuitive and simple user interfaces at a much faster speed than other UX options.
Developed primarily by the Angular Team at Google, Angular is the platform that allows Google’s largest applications to scale across the globe to millions of users. It’s an important framework for fast-growth SaaS products.
When looking for a partner to help you build your SaaS, it’s easy to just consider the technical part. As long as the developers have the experience in the language or framework you want to build with, that’s enough right? Wrong.
Here are the really important elements to look for when vetting any SaaS development partner.
Too often, you’ll meet with a software development company only to find that while they understand software, they don’t get SaaS.
As a SaaS entrepreneur, you need to build a lightweight MVP that will get you to market quickly. What you don’t need is a big, clunky platform that costs you $1 million to build and that has features your customers don’t even want.
The partner you choose should be willing to find ways to work with your budget. Of course, software development is expensive, but there are always ways to make it more affordable.
For example, DevSquad offers the following to help keep in your budget:
» Using frameworks that make development faster (and thereby more affordable)
» Reducing features down to the most necessary for the initial launch
» Differing levels of seniority of developers
The mark of a true professional is a good system. Sometimes you can’t tell what a company’s systems are like until you’ve already signed the contract. Ask lots of questions about their process. It should include ways to utilize your stakeholders’ expertise as well as the expertise of the software development company.
For example, we do a 2-day workshop (in-person or remote) with all of our clients to really synthesize the solution down into a smart MVP.
Does the company offer services that will help you validate your SaaS idea? If not, they’re probably just another SaaS development service that is happy to take your money.
The company you choose should bake validation into the process. For example, they might help with prototype creation and user testing.
Do you have experience in SaaS development? Do you know how to keep developers progressing through the backlog, collaborating together, testing for bugs, and synching UX with backend calls?
Truthfully, managing a SaaS build is a full time job. Too often, entrepreneurs and executives attempt to do this themselves and then end up wasting resources.
Instead, look for a company that offers all the skills required to launch a SaaS product:
» Product managers
» Software engineers
» UX designers
» QA testers
» DevOps engineers
Here’s a further look into DevSquad’s SaaS development process. We’ve strategized and built over 100 apps, including for profitable startups and large enterprises.
We start off with a 2-day workshop that is part of our 10-day Design Sprint. During this workshop, we create a Story Map of the problem your users face. Then we come up with multiple solutions to address these problems, and pick the most critical features together.
You get our decades of experience building and exiting SaaS products.
When you’re building a new SaaS app, it’s very easy to make mistakes that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not only do these mistakes cost money, they also can keep you from going to market, driving revenue, and building a profitable business.
» Choose a development partner that will help you think smaller. Make sure that the company you work with encourages you to build a smaller MVP, not a bigger one. You can vet for this during sales conversations.
» Go through a prototyping process to validate your idea and your commitment to it. Do not skip the prototyping phase. Do not work with a company that doesn’t offer this. Otherwise, you run the risk of investing thousands of dollars into a complete unvalidated concept.
» Stay true to your MVP to keep your project on deadline and under budget. You’re also in charge of keeping your project under budget. To do so, don’t pivot unless it’s important. Stay grounded and stay focused on the vision for the SaaS MVP. Don’t add new features because you’re freaking out about launching a new product and want it to be a success. Be strategic.
Do you need SaaS development help for an existing business? Maybe you need extra engineers, or management for a new solution.
» Consider whether you need full product ownership or only additional developers. DevSquad specializes in taking ownership of a new product, such as an API or a separate SaaS application. We don’t just give you additional developers because you’re behind on hiring. Make sure you pick a company that provides what you need, regardless of what that is.
» Determine the skills that the development company needs to provide. What skills do you need? Do you only need Laravel development, or product management and DevOps as well? This is connected to the item above, but it helps to also list out all of the technical skills so you make sure they are covered.
» Know what needs to be built by your company, and what can be outsourced or purchased. Not every feature needs to be built. For example, you can purchase Flatfile for a CSV importer or Mautic for certain white-labelled marketing automations. Do your research to find out if there is a ready-made solution before assuming that the SaaS element needs to be built from scratch. At the same time, be strategic about what your company builds in house (your essential intellectual property) and what would be best outsourced (an API for example).
When building a new SaaS app. You have options. You can hire in-house developers, outsource to freelancers, or outsource to a fully managed team.
In-house development can be worthwhile in the long term, but it’s hard to hire skilled developers and you do have to manage them. If you don’t know how to manage a team of software engineers, this option won’t be cost effective.
The same goes for freelance developers. You need to manage them. Unless you’re certain you have the time and skill to do this, it’s a non-option.
For SaaS startup founders and for executives looking for management of a separate SaaS product, working with a fully managed team is typically the wisest move. While you will pay for the product management services, this is ultimately cheaper than attempting and failing to do it on your own.
Steer clear of dev agencies that weigh you down with massive contracts and freelance marketplaces that have you putting out fires around the clock.