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    “The PCA crew is leagues above
    the competition” - Pepsico

  • "a prior vendor failed to develop
    the application, which (Practical) delivered." - Franklin Park

  • "the application (is) easier to use, with a
    much simpler, more intuitive use interface" - Royal Administration Services

  • "Sometimes it's the things you don't ask for
    that are important" - Royal Administration Services

  • "PCA turned our raw data and algorithms into easy to use
    and understand features and reports." - CareScout

  • "The quality and professionalism ... has been
    so outstanding that we want to send you a letter of thanks." - USALCO

  • "PCA people and applications stand out by
    far exceeding our expectations." - USALCO

  • "The resulting application greatly increas(ed)...
    our business effectiveness and efficiency." - The Advest Group

  • "PCA completes projects
    efficiently and effectively" - Pepsico

Step 2: Prototype Design Phase

Prototypes are the centerpiece to our custom design-build process. Prototypes provide a simple, visual means to communicate and verify application capabilities before development begins. Prototypes provide the “glue” between your business subject matter experts and our engineering team.

The outcome of the Prototype Design phase is confidence that we are on the right track, a properly scoped project with reliable budget and schedule estimates, and initial source-code to drive the Development Phase.

  • When you approve a prototype, you have established solid boundaries around the project.  We can now  provide reliable budget and schedule estimates.
  • A Smart Client application Prototype consists of the complete application User Interface — the main application layout, all the forms, buttons, lists, menu items, short-cuts, etc. — and a preliminary back-end SQL Server database schema design (the underlying data model structures and relationships that drive the User Interface features and capabilities).
  • Prototype designs may include elements from your existing application, and often include new User Interface conventions that we have used successfully with other Clients.   Our experts will engage your team in design review/feedback sessions, and refine the Prototype based upon your continued feedback and preferences.   Iterations to the Prototype design are driven by a working Prototype application installed on your PC, accompanied by a ‘Paper Prototype’ that you mark-up and send to us with your comments.
  • We will continue to refine the User Interface and underlying SQL database model until you approve the results. A Prototype design round-trip cycle typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to complete, and consists of a Prototype release… Client feedback… follow-on questions and clarification… coding… next Prototype release.   In our experience, two or three Prototype design iterations are sufficient to confirm application capabilities and Project scope. Additional iterations may be required for larger, more complex applications.
  • We use 100% of the Client-approved Prototype code for the Development Phase.    We will provide you with an updated Project estimate based upon the results of the approved Prototype Design phase.

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