What Are They?

Web applications are systems designed to be accessed through a browser over a network, such as the internet or intranet. Also known as "Web Apps," they come in many forms, including e-commerce websites, record-keeping databases, survey systems, digital asset management systems, and any other web-based tool that houses or manipulates data.

Software User Experience (UX) Design

It’s important when designing Web Applications that users enjoy their experience. The app should be easy to learn for newcomers, solve problem quickly, and prevent frustration. To achieve this, a careful examination of real-world users is required so that designers can fully understand their attitudes, feelings, behaviors, and usage patterns. Based on this research, models based on user behavior will be created and used to make important design decisions about how they interact with the application. In this way, important decisions about how the web application works are based on valid evidence rather than speculation offered by stakeholders.

We Help Solve Complex Challenges

Every client is different. Many come armed with software requirements clearly outlined and require very little assistance in determining how the system should operate. More often than not however, clients look to VA to help them design a system which solves their problems in the most effective way.

Coding Resources

In order to allow us to rapidly and effectively develop complex enterprise applications for our clients, we have engineered and refined a repository of essential software modules, which we call the VA Component Studio (VACS). This studio allows us to build fully scalable web applications matched point-for-point to requirements from the ground up. The result is a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective system that meets your precise needs. VACS is built upon industry coding standards and technology, so there’s no risk of being locked into a proprietary platform. VA can also work with any number of open source platforms, such as Wordpress and nopCommerce, depending on what’s best for each individual project. Clients receive plenty of guidance on which coding resources are most appropriate.


The Process


The planning phase begins with a thorough assessment of users, their needs, and overall project goals. Process flows, user personas and scenarios are developed, and groundwork for the information architecture is specified. Wireframes are developed in order to visualize the layout and arrangement of the application’s core functionality, interface elements, and navigational systems. User testing may be conducted in order to identify key usability or workflow deficiencies. Consultative services are provided during the planning phase in order to ensure the application is functionally and technologically sound, and a detailed project specification document is submitted to the primary stakeholders for approval.


The build phase begins with the execution of the project specification. Depending on the project requirements, either VACS modules will be used to build the application, or it will be built using open source resources and tools. Development is typically completed module-by-module, with frequent demos to gather feedback and identify problems as early as possible.


The testing phase begins with a series of continuous alpha testing and a comprehensive beta review of the web application. It’s tested against a wide range of browsers, operating systems, and devices. A wide range of testing methodologies may be used to ensure a quality product and optimum user experience.


The deployment phase beings with the migration of the beta application to the live server. All programming features are double-checked to ensure they are working properly, and a follow-up meeting is conducted with the primary stakeholders in order to discuss ongoing application support.


The support phase begins with careful monitoring of the live web application. Services designed to enhance performance are conducted at this time, such as service-level agreements, usability evaluations, and graphic design support. Customers can also opt-in for ongoing consultative services, ensuring that their application’s feature set remains effective well into the future.


Our Strong Focus

  • User Experience (UX)
  • Custom E-Commerce
  • Custom Software Development
  • Enterprise Application Solutions
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Data Portability
  • Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Mobile Device Compatibility
  • HTML5, jQuery, AJAX, ASP.NET

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