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App Dev Case Study- The Triple Constraint – Cheap, Fast or Good?

In our pursuit of excellence, why is it that we’re reluctant to invest in excellence?

An hourly rate is generally used as a key factor for selecting a software provider. It assums that all software developers are created equal which couldn’t be further from the truth.  The reality is that rate is a good indicator of supply and demand and nothing more. An average rate could be translated to mean ‘average’ skills and experience.

Mainstream is a destination employer of experienced software professionals. Our staff averages 15 years’ experience in their craft with 7 of those being with Mainstream. One of our primary areas of focus is acquiring top talent, cultivating it and unleashing it for our clients. For this very reason, our rates are higher than some, but our ability to deliver has been validated by a successful 18+ year track record.

The following case study is based on the experience of a Mainstream client. They were savvy enough to track the entire effort and resulting costs associated with building a custom software package. As a result there is verifiable data to substantiate Mr. Jobs’ claims that the quality of people working for you does impact your business.

THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TRIPLE CONSTRAINT – YOU MAY CHOOSE BETWEEN CHEAP, FAST OR GOOD? BUT YOU CAN ONLY PICK TWO.

Mainstream’s rate was 50% more, but delivered 100% of the requirements in 25% of the time and the saved us 62% over what we’d spent before.”

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