How we do it
We build custom software applications using today’s most advanced technology. But so do a lot of software engineering firms. So what makes us different?
At Speed & Function, we strive to make working with us easy – whether that’s providing seamless integration with your team, rock solid processes, or high-caliber talent that gets it right, first time.
Our unique value lies in our developmental approach. Through focusing on learning, feedback, and transparency, we are able to achieve alignment with our clients (and manage uncertainty and complexity) with speed, flexibility and ease.
We are committed to exceeding your expectations.
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Our integrated approach to software development.
- Agile thinking: Through use of the Scrum framework, we’re able to avoid risks, communicate with transparency and get your product to market more quickly.
- Elastic delivery: To optimize costs, we assign you a lean, mean, self-scaling dev team that functions as-needed, when needed.
- Intensive collaboration: Daily check-ins ensure transparency and simplify the process.
- Local presence: Locations all over the globe mean someone is always available, but if you’re looking for someone in your time zone, our homebase is Philadelphia, PA.
Full stack software engineering, which includes the following practices:
Founded in 2011, Spark DGS is a design agency based in Doylestown, PA. S&F handles roughly 85% of Spark’s total development work. As the design agency continues to grow, its deliberately collaborative partnership with S&F only matures and expands in more mutually beneficial ways. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the two companies worked at an excruciating pace to successfully design and develop a site for a client, who makes ventilators, urgently needed during the crisisView Case Study
SecureCore offers managers of multi-family properties (90% of their plans) customized, actionable emergency response plans. In 2017, SecureCore approached us to “rescue the project” – the app that was crucial to interaction with their paid software. We helped them create a smooth and easy UX to let anybody at the property have access to the software. This way, each member of the organization embraces responsibility and has a solid understanding of the disaster plan: what to do in case of emergency and whom to call.
Technology Stack: MeteorJS, Blaze + React, Apache Cordova, AWSView Case Study
CertainTeed is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, known for innovation and sustainability. It’s owned by Saint Gobain, a 350 y.o. multinational corporation with $40b revenue and 180,000 employees. The company needed to build a website from scratch that would handle a multi-level catalog of products and lots of educational resources.
S&F joined the development effort that was started by another agency and eventually took on full responsibilities of building a scalable website with easily editable design and powerful search and filtering options.
Technology Stack: Drupal 8, Bootstrap 3View Case Study
Large medical device company
Breathe easily: A ventilator manufacturer with offices in 100+ countries saw a massive spike in their product demand at the beginning of 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Neither their website, nor their mobile app were on-par with the customer demands. Localization was also an issue. That is why they called on S&F to help them create a better digital experience. Beginning with an audit, our team soon understood the main pain points that needed to be solved. In less than 3 months, S&F delivered an integrated, fast-working platform that responded to the urgency of the situation.
Tech and tools we used: Drupal, AWS, SASS, TWIG, jQuery, Jira.
A night at the online museum: The COVID-19 pandemic forced many institutions to expand on their digital presence. This was the case for the US-based museum that chose to partner up with S&F in 2021. They asked our team to set up an interactive website that would allow users to immerse themselves in their respective topic. In addition to the museum’s customer-oriented requests, S&F also worked on strengthening their protective measures and protocols for their new website, thus applying a preventive approach to cybersecurity.
Tech and tools we used: React Native + Drupal 8
Simulator for a Major US Airline
When a major US airline needed to overhaul their internal training system, they partnered with Speed & Function to create an ipad-based training simulation. Their existing training platform crashed constantly, resulting in rescheduled trainings. Our solution — we developed a front-end based simulator of the training platform to get their on-boarding process back on track.
Technology Stack: Front-end, Angular 1.5, Redux, SASS
No sweat video conferencing: The team at VUWR, a video hosting platform, was dissatisfied with the quality of video conferencing apps on the market. They quickly saw this as an opportunity to build their own versatile video conferencing software, with an emphasis on cyber security. VUWR chose S&F as partners to get this done. Our team took VUWR’s initial open-source prototype and converted it into a viable commercial solution that makes thousands of users happy every day (all done in less than 6 months).
Tech and tools we used: Agora, React, Ably, Node.js, AWS services (AWS Lambda functions, EC2, CloudFront, route53).View Case Study
Mind the crisis: A US-based engineering and consultancy business needed a custom-built web application to manage their hazard mitigation tasks. In their line of work, having the right digital space to help them streamline the complexity of handling crises is vital. The project demanded a high degree of technical sophistication, an assignment that was up S&F’s alley. In less than 8 months, our team built an environment that had all the required functionalities, underlining the usability and intuitive feel of the app interface.
Tech and tools we used: Ruby/Ruby on Rails, GrapeAPI, Sidekiq, ActiveAdmin, React, Ant Design.View Case Study
Law and digital order: A legal firm working with governmental institutions in 50+ US states acquired another smaller law practice and needed help with streamlining their tasking and tracking efforts across the two bodies. Having had bad experiences with previous software development companies, they hoped S&F would be different. Starting from scratch, our team managed to cover the complexity of the firm’s processes through a custom-built environment that is fast-working and flexible. Our client appreciated the transparency and involvement we demonstrated in our collaboration.
Tech and tools we used: Ruby/Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Sentry, Heroku, jQuery, Rspec, Insightly.
Syneos Health is a $4.6b multinational organization that helps companies with clinical trials and biopharmaceutical therapies. For the client that had developed four websites dedicated to Wilson’s disease and didn’t have quality assurance and quality control specialists, Syneos Health was looking for a professional QA team to test several websites under a tight deadline.
Cooperating with Speed and Function, Syneos Health set a deadline to cover the layout testing of 100+ pages across 4 browsers and 4 devices in a couple of weeks. The client did not have easy access to a QA team and all the testing work initially was done by managers. The S&F team had to find all bugs before websites’ production, ensuring their error-free release and seamless user experience in tight deadlines without documentations in suitable format at the start of the projects. Addressing immediate testing needs, QA engineers were also meant to build long-term support for these websites.View Case Study
A leading water technology company
Our end client is a leading water technology company committed to “solving water” by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world’s water, wastewater and energy needs.
In a world of ever-growing challenges, client’s company delivers innovative water technology solutions throughout the cycle of water.
Its technological strength across the life cycle of water is second-to-none. From collection and distribution to reuse and return to nature, our highly efficient water technologies, industrial pumps and application solutions not only use less energy and reduce life-cycle costs, but also promote sustainability.
S&F was hired to improve website performance and user experience mainly on a legacy project that was running for almost 10 years. As the website was serving marketing and e-commerce purposes the project is one of the most crucial parts of the business and basically the face of the company in the eyes of partners that are selling their products on the website and making their own marketing campaigns there.View Case Study
Urbane Development (Urbane) is a community development venture and certified MBE based in New York City. Founded in 2008, Urbane cultivates innovative solutions to build dynamic neighborhoods and positively impact underserved communities. We envision neighborhoods that are defined by their strengths and experienced as places of opportunity and innovation. Urbane leverages the advantages of for-profit enterprise for community benefit by focusing on strategies that generate wealth and resource capacity for communities. We specialize in helping entrepreneurs and anchor institutions in underserved communities take their businesses and organizations to the next level. This is our strategy for creating local wealth and a way to begin to address the social inequity caused by a failure in the marketplace to provide quality, affordable goods and services in dynamic, diverse, but underserved communities.View Case Study
Top University-affiliated Network of Hospitals
Don’t skip a (heart) beat: A digital agency needed an extra hand with building a large marketing website for one of their clients, a top-university-affiliated network of hospitals. Next to the website refinements, the agency also wanted our team to use their SiteImprove scanning tool to record the platform performance. With all the changes applied to the website by S&F in only 1 month, our team bettered the site’s SiteImprove score, taking it from 52 to 67.4. A key part of our work was getting the entire platform to be ADA compliant, making sure the end-user navigates the space with ease.
TreeAge Software, LLC has been a beacon in decision analysis and health economics for over 30 years. Their team of scientists, engineers, trainers, and support associates have grown and developed alongside the decision analytics community to build and refine our flagship software – TreeAge Pro. TreeAge Software, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
TreeAge Pro is the leading visual tool for creating and analyzing decision trees. Create decision trees of unlimited complexity for any type of decision.
- TreeAge Pro Healthcare – for health economists, clinicians, researchers, and HEOR professionals
- TreeAge Pro Business – for attorneys and business analysts
TreeAge Pro software is used in a wide array of industries, including healthcare, legal, oil & gas exploration, management consulting, investing, teaching, etc.View Case Study
Financial investment institution
Investing in good business: After developing 4 new products, a financial investment firm requested the creation of 4 bespoke, SEO-optimized landing pages from S&F. The challenge was integrating the client’s marketing automation tool, Oracle Eloqua, into the regular S&F workflow. Each page called for a different design strategy that would be campaign-adaptive for the client. With some extra QA testing, our team managed to deliver the final build, facilitating the client’s grouped product release without any delay.