360° Product Engineering Services for Product / Technology Startups

Since its inception in 2007 AFour has been assisting  technology / product startup organizations in interesting areas such as eCommerce, Storage, Networking, IoT, Corporate Governance, Healthcare, Social Networking Applications and many interesting new product / technology domains. While working with product / technology startup organizations, we realized that there are certain areas where product organizations need to keep watch in order to retain the momentum and market leadership built with their niche product / technology ideas. From the outset,a major potion of our  customer base has been product / technology startup organizations and hence our DNA is startup oriented. We believe in lightweight product engineering methodologies with strong focus on rapid collaboration. At the same time, we understand the value of client intellectual property and we take strong measures in protecting that. We are an ISMS ISO27001:2013 certified organization.

Addressing these areas may not be a rocket science, however since the core team in the Client organization is focused on getting things right, we assist them in addressing specific requirements in the following complementary areas.

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FRIENDLIER UX DESIGN / REVIEW

  • UX design for web and mobile applications
  • Conceptualizing & ideating user centered interfaces.
  • Interactive UX design outputs in addition to low fi & hi fi mockups
  • Prototyping use cases for different user groups
  • Online tools used to access UX design and make changes collaboratively
  • Simplifying complex rich web applications.
  • Product/Usability analysis for smoother user-product interaction & to convert traffic into customers.
  • Producing bespoke & custom tailored assets.
  • Excellent graphic designing skills to complement friendly user experience.
  • Creating brand identities for products and making them memorable.

RICHER AND RESPONSIVE UI DEVELOPMENT

  • Excellent graphic designing skills to provide
  • Responsive UI using bootstrap, media queries
  • Lightweight Javascript frameworks (AngularJs

EFFECTIVE QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Agile QA methodologies
  • Skilled QA professionals with hands on skills of functional, non functional and automated testing
  • ISTQB / CSTE certified professionals
  • Rich experience in increasing test coverage via new techniques (e.g. mind maps)

BROADER DEVICE COMPATIBILITY AND INTEROP LAB

  • Remote Device Lab with a large set of physical devices
  • Infrastructure to run and monitor remote automation
  • Interop Lab based on OpenStack

EFFICIENT RELEASE MANAGEMENT AND DEVOPS

  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment activities
  • Support for a wide range of DevOps tools
  • Support for On Prem deployments as well as Cloud Deployments
  • Infrastructure Provisioning
  • Configuration Management
  • Monitoring Instances and Applications
  • Continuous Integration Testing
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Dockers
  • Mobile Applications

BETTER QA ROI: RIGHT AUTOMATION AND TEST COVERAGE

  • Rich experience in increasing test coverage via new techniques (e.g. mind maps)
  • Ability to identify right test automation opportunities
  • Excellent returns on investments
  • Multiple in-house developed Accelerators for mobile app and web app test automation
  • Integration with CI, CD frameworks
  • Support for a wide range of automation and programming technologies
  • Mobile Test Automation expertise
  • Smart Device Lab for mobile app compatibility tests

WIDE SUPPORT FOR CLOUD DEPLOYMENT / MIGRATION

  • Excellent experience with top cloud systems – OpenStack, AWS, Azure
  • Experience with other cloud service providers
  • Experience with monitoring systems of different cloud providers

ELABORATE PERFORMANCE / SCALABILITY / RELIABILITY / SECURITY TESTING

  • Two phased scalability testing approach to identify software bottlenecks and then identify baseline numbers
  • Comprehensive test reports and root cause analysis
  • Tuning of code and other application parameters / layers
  • Capacity planning based on the test results
  • OWASP Top 10 analysis and certifying against OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities like, Injection Attacks, XSS, CSRF, Session Management, DoS/DDoS, etc.
  • Penetration testing using security testing tools
  • Detailed Reporting based on Impact Analysis
  • Recommendations for fixes
  • Application software and hardware architectural review
  • Proficiency in using security testing tools like: Fiddler / Burp Proxy / Wireshark for request-response analysis IBM AppScan, Burp Scanner, Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), Firefox addons (like, XSS Me, SQL Inject Me, etc.), JMeter for DoS and DDoS Attacks.

Data Science & Analytics

  • Creating Insights based on given data, like Trend Analysis, Focus Areas, etc.
  • Analyzing and creating Visualizations like Graphs, Plots, etc. based on data
  • Predicting Outcome of data by creating different Machine Learning Algorithms, using techniques like Regression, Decision Trees, etc.
  • Creating data models and applying various validation measures to check the models before going to Production and also re-verifying the models over time
  • Generating pre-learn models from existing data which also provides self updation of models
  • Modelling data and creating models to be used for forecasting techniques
  • Experience in creating algorithms and models like Churn Propensity, Cross Sell, Time Series type models, etc.

Development

FrontEnd Development

  • UI Development using HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap
  • Hands on experience on front end MVC frameworks: Angular, Ember, Knockout

Richer and Responsive UI Development

  • Expertise in developing complex backend by using Java. Hands on experience on Java Frameworks like Spring, Struts, Hibernate etc.
  • Expertise in developing backend systems using Python and hands on experience in frameworks like Flask, Django
  • Expertise in RESTful backend server development with Node.js, Scala
  • Expertise on PHP framework/CMSs like Magento, Laravel. Experience on Smarty template engine
  • Comprehensive experience in working on NOSQL databases like MongoDB, Elastic Search
  • Experience in working on relational databases like MySQL, MSSql and Oracle