Welcome at InfoLead - intelligent webdesign
We are a Dutch software development company, but we also develop in English, see for instance velomobileusa.com.
We build webbased software, from a relatively simple website to complex interactive systems. Our vision is that software is a tool to reduce and to manage complexity. That is why we use the KISS principle *). We avoid jargon that is just aimed to impress.
Young and dynamic?
Is that really what you want? Or ample experience in ICT in many areas and someone using this knowledge with a good eye for your situation to see what can be done for you?
Form or function?
For us it's really: "form follows function". Functionality clearly comes first, but we are very well aware that the presentation of a website can be a very important function. Our aim is to build websites that make it easy for the visitor / user to find and to do what they come for. That results in "lean & mean" websites, based on good thinking about how the user interacts with the functionality of the site. It results in a clear and open design based on input and wishes from the client. It results in webpages with a minimum of overhead that load fast.
To CMS or not to CMS?
CMS - Content Management System, think of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, but in fact any system that enables you to set up and maintain a website without knowledge of HTML and related stuff. To put it neutrally, there are advantages and disadvantages. What is decisive depends on situation and wishes. When a website becomes more complex it is advisable, even when using a CMS, to get help from an expert who knows the CMS well. CMS's tend to put form before function, become heavy and slow, and create new dependencies - upgrading your CMS because of security issues, but are your plugins also available for the upgrade? An expert can limit these disadvantages for sure but they remain a risk.
Custom built, interaction, databases and maps
InfoLead has developed a lot in these areas, knowledge available for new clients to profit from. This enables us to act fast. If we find new things on our way, we are not afraid to invest in cooperation with the client.
From experience can be learned that effective cost control depends on good choices early on and that bad choices lead to later costs and losses: Software that doesn't live up to expectation, maybe being according to specs, but not good in practice, changes are needed - sometimes changes with big consequences, users needing extra training because things are more complex than expected, expensive support is needed. Some companies make this their business model: complexity sells, being impressive, later on costs are not discussed untill the client has invested so much that going back is not an option.
Investing in good software development
Software testers know that testing a finished product is too late. Testing in the different stadia of development is essential. Do the specs represent the practice, the way the software is going to be used? Does the user interface meet requirements and expectations? Many clients aren't critical enough in the starting phase and don't oversee the process well enough to be aware of later consequences. Investing in a good start pays back double and more. This means interactive development, step by step and regular feed back. At the client side, insight also comes step by step and development must be adjusted when insight grows. A clear end goal, but step by step realization that accommodates changes during the process.