The Virtual Forge Service Desk team serves as a stable and resilient support structure. It underpins the The Virtual Forge's products and services, ensuring swift and comprehensive handling of any issues experienced by customers.
By being integrated directly into our data-driven custom software development process, they work closely with testers and developers to provide end-to-end support.
Our service desk team deliver swift responses and resolutions to client inquiries, ensuring seamless collaboration.
To guarantee optimal conditions, The Virtual Forge Service Desk services is designed to adapt to every team and project. Our experts incorporate different solutions for different problems, always working towards a common goal.
In the course of this intricate collaboration, we will familiarise ourselves with your team, procedures, and technological infrastructure. We will establish an extensive knowledge repository and implement the necessary tools to consistently deliver exceptional support services tailored to your needs.
Technical support services offer clients the first point of contact when issues are raised via our ticketing system. The team will triage the issue, gather relevant information, and prioritise understanding the incident. They will then respond with a resolution or collaborate with second line support teams to address the issue. Service operators will keep the client informed of progress, and work through until final resolution.
Applications developed by The Virtual Forge undergo a structured process from scoping and development to testing, client approval, and production implementation. As part of the pre go-live process, our technical support services are trained on the application usage and collaborate with testers to troubleshoot systems, provide training, and guide clients. Once in production, service desk support team becomes the primary point of contact, offering first-line support.
The DevOps team are responsible for designing, provisioning and maintaining the infrastructure and cloud services which underpin the solution. The team works in close collaboration with the development team to ensure that key features of the cloud are implemented from the start, so that security, resiliency and elasticity are core to the application.
Cloud infrastructure can then be configured to provide a measure of self-healing to the application, as it responds to elements becoming ‘unhealthy’ and executing a designated resolution, such as replacing a failed instance. During the support process, the DevOps team can use their knowledge of the system’s infrastructure to either diagnose and resolve faults or to assist in troubleshooting issues.
Program support is a key element of what makes adoption of the new system or process happen quickly, and what makes it “sticky” over the long term.
At project outset, we work with our customers to design a business-led vision that will identify the benefits they aim to capture and how technology can be applied to those goals.
Throughout the project lifecycle, The Virtual Forge team engages with technology and business stakeholders to ensure that their unique perspectives and understanding are incorporated into the project planning and delivery. For successful implementation and ongoing adoption, The Virtual Forge Program Management seeks to ensure that all users are aware of the upcoming changes, understand the goals and objectives associated with them, and are committed to using them and ultimately adopting them.
An efficient and reliable service desk and support system is crucial to ensure smooth operations, resolve technical issues, and support end-users.
Clients using our managed services experience numerous advantages. By relinquishing the responsibility of day-to-day tasks and complex technology projects, they allow themselves to dedicate valuable time and attention to their core businesses.
By offering a single point of contact in which you can ask questions, raise bugs, receive information and provide feedback about the product under one roof, the time to solution can be reduced, resulting in increased productivity.
At The Virtual Forge, we aim to design and deliver beautiful data-driven solutions while also ensuring the development of effective and well-maintained systems. Our commitment to customer satisfaction includes providing accessible support just a few mouse clicks away, giving you peace of mind while utilizing our services.
Regular monitoring, maintenance and security enhancements ensures The Virtual Forge products and data are as safe as possible 24/7.
With quick responses and minimal operational downtime, The Virtual Forge Service Desk team works tirelessly to keep systems in place and working efficiently. Well supported, reliable systems are essential for maximum productivity and customer satisfaction, leading to a world class user experience and reducing operational costs.
Service desk analysts offer a wealth of experience, serving the entire The Virtual Forge client base. They're here to ensure that you receive a quick and meaningful response whenever you reach out to us.
Our experts are trained and involved in product testing during the development phase of the project lifecycle, being a key asset to the product / service launch and its ongoing progression. The secret ingredient to a successful launch and the ongoing progress of our offerings.
Similar to today’s world, a software development and data process is not an immutable force. It changes. It develops. It grows. At The Virtual Forge, we have an agile mindset that makes us capable of adapting to unforeseen circumstances.
Our team comprises seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
A team of creative and analytical minds leverage cutting-edge technologies and out-of-the-box thinking to deliver innovative software solutions. We’re always on the lookout for new technologies that can enhance our offer, helping our clients materialise their needs into new systems that streamline their business processes.
Embracing challenges is acknowledged by our experts as a common part of any custom software development and data journey. With unwavering persistence and confidence in our capabilities, we tackle every obstacle head-on. You can rely on us to persevere until we find effective solutions, ensuring successful outcomes for your project.
Quality is our core focus. Our team ensures high standards through rigorous quality assurance processes, thorough testing, code reviews, and continuous improvement.
Our track record is a testament to our reliability. Always by our client’s side, ensuring that nothing is left to chance. With our commitment to excellence, we pride ourselves on delivering dependable solutions that businesses can trust.
Clients can secure their product or service with a service desk contract and raise tickets using the 'Freshdesk' system. Upon submission, an acknowledgment and reference number is received for seamless issue tracking until resolution.
Our service desk team triages and responds to queries, collaborates with development teams, and gathers necessary information for issue resolution. Tickets can be conveniently raised via an online portal or email. Using the portal, customers can track their tickets individually or for their company.
Upon encountering an issue or requesting assistance, the client initiates a ticket submission. This marks the start of a streamlined process where concerns or requirements are documented and monitored, ensuring efficient resolution and timely support.
The Virtual Forge Service Desk acknowledges the ticket receipt and conducts initial triage.
Upon identifying the need for remedial advice or action, proactive measures are swiftly implemented to address the situation. Alternatively, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the issue, additional clarification questions may be posed to gather the necessary details for a thorough resolution.
The dialogue between the Service Desk and the client persists until a satisfactory resolution is reached, ensuring that all questions and concerns are addressed and resolved.
If deemed necessary, second-line developer support is quickly activated to offer the expertise and assistance needed for a timely resolution.
The solution is deployed to a secure "UAT" environment and undergoes client approval before final implementation.
Once approved, a fix is deployed to the production environment for final sign off and ticket closure.
Cutting-edge technologies and instruments are employed throughout our process. It couldn't be differently. If we want to build the best, we need to leverage the best.
Staying quiet and static is not part of our core. All our professionals are constantly learning and staying up to date with current certifications, trends, and requirements within the industry - always reaching out to provide the highest quality services to our clients.
Cutting-edge technologies and instruments are employed throughout our service desk process. It's only natural, as building the best requires leveraging the best.
All our professionals are constantly learning and staying up to date with current certifications, trends, and requirements within the industry - always reaching out to provide the highest quality services to our clients.
Our extensive knowledge in the manufacturing sector makes us a trustworthy partner for data-driven digital solutions.
The Virtual Forge team has more than 20 years experience developing custom solutions for Life Sciences clients.
We are experts in designing and developing data-driven custom software solutions for global brands in the automotive industry.
We can leverage our financial expertise to the most in-demand financial software. Our extensive range of customised financial solutions is specifically tailored to address the distinctive challenges faced by your business and sector.
The Virtual Forge is a trusted supplier of data-driven software solutions to Government and the Public Sector.
The Virtual Forge was approached by Magnaflux to make recommendations around their Power BI reporting on global financial data. As the global leader in non-destructive testing, Magnaflux have been a part of the world’s progress helping develop safer parts for cars, jet liners and infrastructures.
Test automation front loads the testing work. Automated test cases must be implemented by an automation engineer, this process typically takes longer than designing an equivalent set of manual test cases. Once the test cases are implemented, the cost to execute them is very low, since they are executed by a non-human agent (there are possible infrastructure costs associated with hosting the server that runs the automated test cases, but these costs are much lower than the cost of having functional testers run test cases).
Codeless platforms allow testers to record test steps that are executed by a functional tester. These platforms then allow the recorded test steps to be executed in an automated manner. It’s possible to parametrize the test steps, reusing the recorded test steps when there is data or environment variations. Codeless platforms reduce the time needed to create the automated test steps, they also allow for testers without coding skills to implement automated tests. Most of the codeless platforms are paid, and although cost varies from supplier to supplier, using these platforms can significantly increase the project cost.
A code based approach to automated testing brings to the top of the table increased control and flexibility over the implementation of the automated test cases. Test cases are implemented as code, using libraries designed for it. This added flexibility translates into less time needed to improve, extend or modify existing test cases. Code can be reused, which means that as more test cases get implemented, less time is required to implement new test cases.
Yes, failing is an acceptable and valuable option in a design sprint. In fact, embracing the possibility of failure is an integral part of the design sprint methodology. Design sprints encourage experimentation, rapid prototyping, and user testing to gather feedback and learn from failures or shortcomings.
By creating a safe space for testing and exploring ideas, design sprints allow teams to identify and address potential issues early in the process. Failures or setbacks during a sprint provide valuable insights and learning opportunities that can lead to better solutions and iterations.
The success of the sprint relies on active participation, collaboration, and collective decision-making throughout the process. Each day of the sprint builds upon the progress made in the previous days, and continuity is essential to maintain the momentum and ensure a cohesive outcome. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all team members commit to being present throughout the entire duration of the sprint to fully engage in the activities, discussions, and decision-making processes.
During a full Design Sprint workshop, several key participants should be present to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach. The Design Sprint benefits from having a diverse group of team members from various disciplines, to bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the table, fostering creativity and holistic problem-solving.
Ideally, the Design Sprint should include 3-6 participants who play key roles in decision-making, possess expertise in the problem area, and represent the design, development, and testing fields within your business.
A Design Sprint is an extraordinary concept to validate a large number of challenges.
It's a highly flexible framework, which be tailored to fit a plethora of different problems. At The Virtual Forge, we have delivered Design Sprints for products, services, internal and external digital solutions. All in all, a Design Sprint is great for almost any kind of challenge.
Yes, testing services can be customised to suit your unique project needs. Testing services are typically flexible and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requirements, whether it's a specific testing methodology, industry compliance, or integration with your existing development processes.
Testing services employ systematic testing methodologies and techniques to identify defects, validate functionality, and ensure that the software meets the desired quality standards. They help uncover issues early in the development cycle, allowing for timely resolution and preventing potential problems in the production environment.
The main benefits of our Software Testing Services are early detection of errors, reduction of risk and validation of the quality of the system.
Software testing is the process of verifying that a software or application does what it is intended to do.
This is not necessary limited to, we also have in consideration:
Quite often we’re able to import at least part of your existing design system into whichever design program you would like to move to. We would then work with your design team to recreate the components in the new software, in brand new, pixel perfect components. These components will be fully layered, meaning we will begin with your smallest components, like icons, and incorporate these into the larger components. Then in the future, updating an icon, will update it throughout your whole component set and libraries.
A prototype is a preliminary representation or simulation of a product or user interface that allows designers to visualise and test their ideas before the final development stage. It serves as a tangible, interactive model that replicates the intended functionality and user experience of the actual product.
Prototypes can range from low-fidelity sketches or wireframes to high-fidelity interactive mockups, depending on the level of detail required to gather meaningful user feedback and validate design decisions. By creating prototypes, UX designers can effectively communicate their concepts, gather user insights, and iterate on designs to refine and improve the overall user experience.
User testing is the process of gathering feedback from users to evaluate and improve the usability and overall user experience of a product or service. It involves observing users as they interact with the product or service and collecting data on their behaviours, attitudes, and opinions. User testing can be conducted in various ways, including in-person interviews, online surveys, and remote usability testing.
The purpose of user testing is to identify areas where users are struggling or encountering issues while using the product or service. User testing helps designers and product teams better understand the needs and preferences of their target audience, enabling them to make informed design decisions and create products that are more intuitive, user-friendly, and effective.
Design sprints emerged as a revolutionary methodology, originating at Google Ventures, to accelerate product development.
In just five days, cross-functional teams collaborate intensely to uncover user needs, analyse market insights, and create prototypes for rapid testing. By compressing months of work into this short timeframe, design sprints minimise risks and allow teams to iterate quickly, resulting in a well-defined vision, refined prototypes, and an actionable roadmap.
This process empowers organisations to confidently move forward, armed with clarity, direction, and a competitive advantage, as they embark on the journey of turning ideas into game-changing innovations.
User Interface Design (UI) focuses on the aesthetics of the design that users will specifically interact with. This includes buttons, typography, visual features, and so on. The specialists at The Virtual Forge will work with you to craft your unique UI design that unlocks the full potential of your solution.
User Experience Design (UX) refers to the overall design and the specific experience, such as feel and impressions, that users journey through when interacting with your website. Here, we focus on finding solutions to all user problems to guarantee an accessible, enjoyable experience.
Yes! Ensuring a support contract is in place means that as a Virtual Forge client you are not simply acquiring an elegant solution, but you are ensuring its maintenance and ongoing development now and in the future.
It depends on the complexity of the issue; oftentimes it can be resolved within the hour. If it is a low priority or particularly complex issue this can take longer, as the fix needs to be channeled through our Agile sprint process from fault finding / diagnosis / fix testing / final deployment. Our clients are liaised with regularly throughout the ticketing process.
An immediate response is automatically generated to our customers so there is a tracking number which can be referenced during triage. With Service operators in Europe and US, response times are typically within 30 minutes during operational hours.
All clients with a The Virtual Forge Servicedesk contract have access to our ticketing system. A ticket can be raised through an online portal, or simply by sending an email. The ticket is received, triaged and answered by our team of analysts. If our first line support are unable to resolve the issue, they will liaise with relevant developers / DevOps teams to address the issue, keeping the customer informed at all stages via our ticketing system
By estimating the work correctly and planning according to the effort required to implement the milestones of a project. Accurately estimating is key to the success of a project. If the estimates match the actuals, there is a high probability of executing the project according to the plan, therefore delivering on time. In order to have accurate estimates, The Virtual Forge relies on experienced business analysts that, together with the client, define the scope of the project, milestone or sprint. Having a good scope definition is a key factor to have accurate estimates.
The cost of custom software development varies depending on the project. Key considerations are project scope, development time and team, technology stack, customisation and Integration, maintenance and support.
Our team is agile and is capable of constantly adapting to solve problems and client expectations. Our process of handling potential changes in requirements fall under two core actions:
Our IT HelpDesk team underpins the products and services of The Virtual Forge, ensuring swift and comprehensive handling of any issues experienced by customers.
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Our Backend development team is specialised in implementing the business logic and data access of the systems we deliver to our clients. This team is focused on understanding and implementing the business rules that underpin our clients’ businesses.
This team is also expert in implementing data access layers that interact with multiple data sources with a particular focus on security, performance and scalability.
At The Virtual Forge, we like to have a good separation between backend and frontend development. With the amount of new frameworks and the evolution of existing ones, keeping up to speed with all of them (backend and frontend) is virtually impossible. We believe in having specialised developers that focus in one of the two areas.
The Front-End team at The Virtual Forge is responsible for creating fast, modern user interfaces across a variety of devices. To do this, they work closely with other teams within the company, including the User Experience and Design team for front-end development, and the backend development and data teams for full stack applications.
All our solutions are built with the highest quality standards in mind. That same quality is achieved by:
The Virtual Forge, through its dedicated project management team, handles all the communication with the relevant stakeholders throughout the whole process.
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Custom software is specifically designed for a particular organisation or user, tailored to address their unique needs and requirements, unlike generic off-the-shelf solutions.
These bespoke solutions focus on a well-defined set of requirements that align with the client's business rules, processes, on-site conditions, and UX/UI design specifications. The development process aims to design, create, deploy, and maintain software that precisely meets the end-user's needs.
This level of customisation allows the development team to intricately connect and prioritise data inputs and outputs throughout the system while maintaining a detailed level of security and crucial compliance. By constructing the software to meet actual needs rather than generic ones, the system can prevent bottlenecks and performance degradation by optimising for real rather than hypothetical usage.
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The development timeline for custom software can vary significantly depending on various factors. The complexity of the software, the scope of the project, the number of features required, the availability of resources, and the level of customisation needed all play a role in determining the time it takes to develop software.
Ultimately, it is recommended to consult with our experienced professionals who can assess the specific requirements of your project and provide a more accurate estimate of the development timeline.
Working with The Virtual Forge was a pleasure. The relationships that we build, quite quickly, led to a really lovely experience. The whole team was highly efficient, creative and tactical.
Working with The Virtual Forge made everyone enjoy being part of the project. It never felt like two separate teams, but just one big team. Everything felt natural, easy, even when there were challenges.
The Virtual Forge collaborates with several strategic partners to guarantee the delivery of cutting-edge services that meet and exceed clients' expectations. We are trusted by some of the most recognised technological brands in the world.
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