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Imagine investing your valuable resources (both time and money) into an application development team that fails to align with your business objectives and application requirements. Such an endeavour would put your investments at risk. It’s widely known that finding the right application development team, perfectly tailored to your needs, is an undeniable challenge. 

However, with a strategic approach and a few informed steps, you can transform this challenge into an opportunity. Instead of blindly taking shots in the dark, you can be more confident in selecting the right team for your application by making decisions that are well-informed and calculated.

With over 12 years of experience in a custom software development company, Mallow know the significance of building your application to align with your business objectives. Our expertise spans diverse domains across the global landscape, in crafting robust applications. This principle is the driving force behind our clients’ recurrent engagement with us, as they consistently find their projects not only meeting but exceeding their envisioned outcomes.

If you’re considering collaborating with Mallow on a project, this article will provide you with insights into what to anticipate during your journey with us. On the other hand, if our collaboration might not align well for you, this article will also help you gain a transparent comprehension of that aspect as well.

What capabilities and expertise Mallow have?

Embarking on a journey to develop a new application is an exciting endeavour, but selecting the right development company to bring your vision to life is a crucial decision. As you consider partnering with Mallow for your Laravel application development, it’s natural to have questions and concerns.

Before delving into the specifics of working with Mallow, it’s essential to evaluate whether the capabilities and expertise required to build your Laravel application align well with those of team Mallow. 

The areas you must look into can be classified into four broad categories. Below mentioned image will give you an overview of the same. 

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General parameters

Below mentioned are some of the questions that you would be having in general while you are about to commence a project with Mallow:

  • How long has Mallow been working with Laravel?

With a tenure spanning more than 12 years, the Mallow team brings a wealth of proficient expertise in Laravel development. 

  • What previous Laravel projects has Mallow worked on?

We have successfully developed various custom web applications. These projects from our portfolio showcase our ability to leverage Laravel’s capabilities for seamless user experiences, robust backend structures, and optimised performance.

  • How do you manage Laravel projects and ensure communication between your team and clients? 

We at Mallow prioritise open and transparent communication channels. Initial client meetings involve detailed discussions to comprehensively understand the client’s vision, objectives, and requirements. Our adept team of project managers and developers then formulate a tailored development plan, breaking down the project into clear milestones and deliverables. Regular progress updates are shared with clients through video conferences, email updates, and collaborative project management tools. We ensure that clients are involved at every crucial juncture, seeking their feedback and incorporating changes seamlessly. 

Interested in knowing more about what you can expect while working on a project with Mallow? Check out our article on what type of communication can I expect when working with Mallow to build my application?

Technical Details

  • How do you ensure scalability and performance optimisation in Laravel applications?

Our discussion commences with exploring your application’s scalability possibilities and inherent characteristics. We will actively seek your input regarding expected growth and performance benchmarks, ensuring alignment with your budget parameters. This collaborative approach also considers optimal operational costs that cater to your specific needs.

Leveraging Laravel’s powerful features, we implement horizontal scaling and caching strategies that ensure seamless user experiences even as your application grows. Our commitment to optimising every facet of your application guarantees long-term performance and scalability that aligns with your evolving needs.

  • How do you address security concerns, such as data breaches and vulnerabilities, during development?

At Mallow Technologies, safeguarding our clients’ projects against security risks is a paramount priority. We follow a comprehensive approach to address security concerns throughout the development lifecycle:

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  • Threat Assessment – We conduct a thorough analysis of potential threats and vulnerabilities specific to your project, considering both technical and business aspects.
  • Secure Architecture – Our development starts with a secure architecture design, implementing industry best practices and adhering to security standards to mitigate risks from the outset.
  • Code Review and Testing – Our development team undergoes rigorous code reviews and testing phases. This includes static and dynamic analysis, vulnerability scanning, and penetration testing to identify and rectify vulnerabilities.
  • Authentication and Authorisation – We implement robust authentication and authorisation mechanisms to ensure that only authorised users can access sensitive data and functionalities.
  • Data Encryption – Sensitive data is encrypted at rest and in transit, using encryption algorithms and protocols that meet industry standards.
  • Regular Updates – We stay vigilant by keeping all software components, libraries, and frameworks updated with the latest security patches.
  • User Input Validation – Input validation and sanitation are rigorously enforced to prevent common security vulnerabilities such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS).
  • Monitoring and Incident Response – We implement continuous monitoring and logging mechanisms, allowing us to detect anomalies and respond swiftly to potential security breaches.
  • Client Collaboration – We maintain open communication throughout the development process, involving our clients in security-related decisions and strategies.

  • Have you integrated third-party services or APIs with Laravel applications before?

Yes, Mallow has a strong track record of seamlessly integrating third-party services or APIs with Laravel applications. Our experienced developers have successfully integrated various external services to enhance functionality, streamline processes, and provide enriched user experiences. 

Whether it’s integrating payment gateways for e-commerce or social media APIs for sharing we’ve adeptly executed these integrations, aligning with project requirements and ensuring robust security measures. Our expertise in this domain ensures that your Laravel application can interact seamlessly with various external resources, optimising its overall performance and capabilities.

  • I own an application in core PHP and am planning for a revamp. Will Mallow be able to work on it?

Absolutely, we can work on your existing core PHP application. However, we recommend considering a migration to Laravel for several reasons. While working on your current application is feasible, transitioning to Laravel offers significant advantages. Laravel’s modern architecture, robust ecosystem, and developer-friendly features can enhance your application’s performance, security, and scalability.

Migrating to Laravel would position your application for the future, ensuring streamlined development, ease of maintenance, and improved scalability. We’re here to guide you through this transition, making it a smooth and strategic process that aligns with your long-term goals.

  • Which hosting platform does Mallow work with?

At Mallow, we highly recommend leveraging the robust and versatile services offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) for your hosting needs. With Mallow being a certified AWS Partner, you can trust that we have demonstrated our expertise and proficiency in utilising AWS services to deliver top-notch solutions to our clients. When it comes to selecting AWS services for hosting, we consider a variety of factors to ensure optimal performance, scalability, and security for your applications.

Although we suggest AWS as an option, we are fully capable of managing deployment across alternative hosting platforms as well. For example, Heroku, DigitalOcean, Cloud66, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Linode, Rackspace etc.

Development Process

  • I own a Monolith application, will Mallow be able to migrate it as Microservices?

Yes. Mallow possesses expertise in transitioning applications from a Monolith architecture to a Microservices architecture. Our experienced team understands the intricacies involved in this transformation. We’ll conduct a thorough assessment of your current application, identifying potential services to be extracted and defining clear communication interfaces. 

The migration process will involve careful planning, data segmentation, and ensuring seamless interactions among microservices. Mallow’s proficiency in this domain will facilitate a successful migration, allowing your application to benefit from the improved scalability, maintainability, and agility that Microservices offer.

  • Is Mallow open to accommodating changes or additions to the project scope during development?

Absolutely, Mallow embraces flexibility in project development. We understand that change is inherent in software projects. This is a significant reason why we adhere to the Agile methodology for project management. Agile’s iterative and incremental approach allows us to accommodate changes or additions to the project scope seamlessly. 

Regular feedback loops, continuous communication, and adaptive planning ensure client requirements can be incorporated during development without compromising the project’s progress. Mallow’s commitment to Agile empowers us to respond effectively to changing needs, delivering solutions that align precisely with our clients’ evolving goals.

  • What coding standards and best practices does Mallow follow around Laravel development?

Mallow adheres to coding standards and best practices tailored to Laravel development. Our team follows industry-recognised guidelines to ensure clean, maintainable, and efficient code. We prioritise writing code that is scalable, robust, and aligned with Laravel’s recommended practices.

Some of our key considerations while building your application include:

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Our team focuses on optimising application performance, employing techniques such as caching, lazy loading, and efficient data retrieval.

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Security practices, including data validation, secure authentication, and authorisation mechanisms, are implemented to safeguard applications.

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Mallow integrates CI/CD pipelines to automate testing, build processes, and deployment, ensuring consistent and reliable releases.

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We employ version control, typically using Git, to manage code changes and facilitate collaboration among team members.

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Consistent branching strategies and pull request reviews are part of our workflow.

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Mallow follows TDD practices, writing tests before code to ensure functionality and catch regressions early.

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We validate and sanitise user input to enhance security and prevent vulnerabilities like SQL injection or cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

  • What testing methodologies does Mallow use to ensure the application’s functionality and quality?

Mallow employs a comprehensive approach to testing, encompassing various methodologies to ensure the functionality and quality of applications. This includes rigorous unit testing to validate individual components, integration testing to verify interactions between different modules, and acceptance testing to confirm alignment with client requirements. For more details, check out our article on what quality testing methods you should consider for your application.

Project timeline, support and maintenance

  • How does Mallow handle unexpected delays or changes in the timeline?

We at Mallow understand that unexpected delays or changes in the timeline can arise due to various factors. We approach these situations with flexibility and professionalism. Our project management methodology allows us to adapt to changes efficiently. 

When delays occur, we assess their reasons, communicate transparently with our clients, and work collaboratively to adjust the project plan as needed. This may involve reallocating resources, revisiting priorities, or implementing an accelerated schedule, depending on the nature of the delay. Our experienced team is adept at managing unforeseen challenges while keeping the client’s goals and project success as the utmost priority.

  • Does Mallow offer ongoing support and maintenance services after launching the application?

Our commitment extends well beyond application delivery. Our tailored support ensures smooth post-delivery assistance based on contract terms. For larger projects (spanning more than over a year), a dedicated support phase maintains momentum, while smaller projects (spanning around 3-6 months) benefit from separate, cost-effective post-UAT support.

Maintenance agreements guarantee ongoing stability. We proactively monitor, update, and allocate dedicated hours for issue resolution, minimising downtime. 

Our adept team prioritises issues, focusing on critical aspects to ensure uninterrupted functionality.

We’re not just about software; we’re your partner in success. Beyond cutting-edge solutions, we provide enduring support, empowering your business in a dynamic tech landscape. For more on our support and maintenance processes, reach out to our team. 

What does it look like to work on a Laravel project with Mallow?

The journey begins with an initial consultation where we discuss your project’s objectives, requirements, and technological preferences. Our team of experienced developers then assesses the technical feasibility and strategic fit of your application within our capabilities. Following this, we provide insights into how we envision the development process, the estimated timeline, and potential challenges. 

Once we agree to move forward, we collaborate closely to refine the project scope, define milestones, and establish a transparent communication framework. Throughout the development, you’ll be receiving regular updates, allowing you to track progress, provide feedback, and make necessary adjustments. Our iterative development approach ensures that your application evolves in alignment with your needs. 

As we approach the final stages, rigorous testing, debugging, and quality assurance take place to ensure a seamless launch. Even after deployment, our support and maintenance services ensure your application’s continued success. 

At Mallow, we’re committed to guiding you through a smooth and collaborative journey, transforming your Laravel application idea into a reality that meets your goals and exceeds expectations. Check out our article on what does it looks like to work on a Laravel project with Mallow, to know more about the development compatibility of your application.

Still, wondering where you need to take your next action item? Feel free to reach out to our team

Author

SathishPrabhu

Sathish is an accomplished Project Manager at Mallow, leveraging his exceptional business analysis skills to drive success. With over 8 years of experience in the field, he brings a wealth of expertise to his role, consistently delivering outstanding results. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking, Sathish has successfully spearheaded numerous projects, ensuring timely completion and exceeding client expectations. Outside of work, he cherishes his time with family, often seen embarking on exciting travels together.

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