What Iron Wheel Can Do For You
Iron Wheel brings together an understanding of both technology and business that can help your project come to fruition on time and under budget.
Iron Wheel also works with technology, processes, people, and communications to make sure that you get the best results for your IT spending.
Iron Wheel's primary areas of practice are:
- Web & Distributed Software Development
- Project Planning & Management
- Enterprise Software Architecture
- IT Strategy
- Training and Coaching
- Second Opinions & Project Recovery
Web & Distributed Software Development
Iron Wheel's core strength is in developing software for running web sites, distributed systems, middleware, and other network services. With over 10 years of experience in building and running high volume web sites with complex applications, and 18 years experience in the IT industry, our principal consultant can make sure that your project runs smoothly no matter how much traffic you expect to receive, or how complex the problem it solves.
Whether your project is large or small, Iron Wheel can build it on time and budget.
Project Planning & Management
Writing the code is often the easiest part of a project. It can be far more work to figure out what the code needs to do. Often the people who manage the process have to rely on others for technical information, and the people who write the code are unclear on the business purpose of what they are building. Iron Wheel provides a single point of contact who can oversee both the technical and process aspects of a project - greatly reducing the cost of developing complex software.
Iron Wheel can also recruit and lead teams of developers to build your application, and make sure that the result is really an investment, and not just something that you will have to throw away in a few years when the next team comes in.
Enterprise Software Architecture
When you put your application on the web, not only does it need to perform, but it also needs to gracefully handle increases in traffic, slow responses from other systems, and attacks from malicious hackers.
Iron Wheel can help you plan and design your application to handle the wild west of the web, and work with your developers throughout the development process to ensure that your application will be scalable, tolerate faults, perform well, and be secure.
Iron Wheel can also help with many of the requirements of a large enterprise - developing and maintaining enterprise-wide software standards, practices, processes, and enterprise service and data models.
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in all businesses, but for many small businesses it simply does not make sense to hire a full time employee to tend that aspect of the business.
Iron Wheel can be your on-demand CTO, helping your business develop an appropriate IT strategy, find and select vendors, choose appropriate software, plan current and future capacity, set up security policies and procedures, and prepare for disaster recovery.
Training and Coaching
Using new software tools is risky, particularly if your staff does not have experience with them. At the same time, your staff cannot gain that experience unless given an opportunity to use them. Iron Wheel offers training in a variety of new and open-source tools, such as JavaServer Faces and Facelets, new Java language features, and open-source tools like Tomcat, JBoss and MySQL.
Iron Wheel can coach your staff over the course of a project, so that your team develops and maintains a deep understanding of how these new tools work. This makes your project run as smoothly as possible.
Second Opinions & Project Recovery
People routinely get second opinions before considering surgery, and a large IT investment can be just as critical. Iron Wheel offers second opinions about IT project plans and architecture for very reasonable rates, and will work with other consultants to modify existing plans if necessary.
If one of your projects is stuck in the mud, Iron Wheel can help dig it out. Our "no-blame" approach helps keep the focus on the needs of the business, and can get your project moving again.