Since its inception, the fundamental goal of the Branham300 has been to raise the profile of the Canadian ICT industry, identify its leaders, as well as illustrate the depth and breadth of innovative technology that is offered by Canadian ICT organizations on a national and international stage. Each month, the Branham300 NOW newsletter profiles industry leaders in an effort to bring well deserved exposure to organizations that are catalysts of growth within the Canadian ICT industry.
Architech is a custom software design and engineering company. In its first year on the Branham300, the company took off with more than a 170% increase in annual revenues, leading it to be recognized on the 2012 Edition of the Branham300 as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada. The following profile highlights Architech's past and present accomplishments and its plans for the future.
Architech in Brief…
Using an Agile approach, Architech creates great-looking web, mobile and business applications integrated with back-end systems that drive organizations forward. We offer our clients the end-to-end services required to make applications successful including strategy, interface design, prototyping, software engineering, systems integration, product rollout and coaching.
We help clients understand how technology can best solve their business needs — and then create the right solution. Whether it’s Agile software delivery of custom web apps and integration, open source code, system optimization, off-the-shelf software, all of the above or none of the above, we listen to our clients and make their success our priority.
We excel at Creating Software Joy™ by focusing on understanding the needs of our clients and their business. And we hire the best people possible – often with direct experience in the industries we service – allowing us to be as Agile as we can be for our clients. The result is applications that meet the true needs of the business and for the people that use them.
Where Architech Came From…
Architech began with a small group of contractors selected for depth of expertise who were initially assigned to state-of-the-art assignments in the telecommunications sector. This valuable experience led to an expanded client base as well as additional requests from existing clients. Exceptional skill levels and performance history were the drivers for this initial growth, and have remained the impetus for consultant base expansion.
Our Executive Team’s hands-on approach permeates Architech’s culture resulting in the commitment to provide outstanding performance and delivery, an unwavering policy of hiring consultants with exceptional skills and attitude, and an environment dedicated to ongoing optimization of our team’s skills and values.
Since inception in 2004, Architech’s 100+ projects have been successful through small team deployments that follow a development process emphasizing collaboration, software engineering best practices, and incremental software delivery.
Where Architech is Today…
When it comes to custom application development, we’ve got the smartest, most passionate, never-fail team around. We know without a doubt that it’s people — not just technology or process — that builds great solutions. And it’s our people that really do make the difference. We encourage our team members to share their ideas and learn from each other because we believe that their performance, commitment and skills are far more important than hierarchy.
Our 80+ talented staff are organized into six Practices:
- Application Strategy: product definition, architecture and information design.
- Design: graphics, user experience, usability testing.
- Web applications: social, collaboration, cloud, content management, mobile, portals, eCommerce, and web technologies.
- Services & integration: service oriented architecture, payment, identity management, cloud platforms, database, system integration, and web services.
- Salesforce: Salesforce.com, marketing automation.
- Search & information discovery: business intelligence, analytics, reporting, visualization, data mining, search, and open data.
Our small Agile teams achieve rapid results in developing interactive, scalable, incrementally expandable business solutions. We focus on coaching, executing and leading in best practices for software engineering like iterative development, continuous integration, and test driven development.
We provide full transparency to our clients through online project tools, daily touch points, and frequent demos of working software, and we collaborate closely with clients and real users to develop the right solution for businesses. Simply put, we’re as Agile as we can be for each client project because we believe it’s the best way to build great software.
We like to think of our client base as relationships, rather than just a network. After all, more than 75 percent of our work is generated through repeat business or client referrals.
Our clients represent a wide variety of industries including financial services, telecommunications, public sector, non-profit, information and technology, and retail. We focus primarily in the Toronto area, however we’ve also built relationships throughout the USA and UK.
Where Architech Plans to Go Tomorrow…
These are exciting times at Architech. We’ve set aggressive yet realistic goals for the company over the next few years, and we’re serious about achieving them. There’s no question we’re in the midst of significant growth and change, and we plan to continue this growth in a conscientious way – meeting the needs of our team and our clients.
For more information on Architech, visit www.architech.ca.