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February 2018

Slingshot is an Official AWS Partner!

AWS Consulting Partner

As of February 15th, Slingshot is proud to announce we are an official Amazon AWS Partner!

At Slingshot we are a huge advocate of Cloud and this partnership with Amazon AWS solidifies our continued commitment to to evolve and learn as experts in the space.  For our clients, a Cloud first mentality when developing software products means better scalability, fault tolerance, performance, and a less expensive monthly infrastructure cost when our products are deployed.

4 Ways This Benefits YOU


As an AWS partner, we have easy and quick access to engineers and technical support personnel who work directly at AWS.

Throughout the whole process of partner certification the folks at Amazon have been approachable, knowledgeable, and easy to work with.  We love the fact that working with them is seamless and this collaboration is a powerful asset whether we’re developing new products or helping our clients with Cloud migration.


As a company, we hold 3 official AWS certifications and multiple accreditations

We have invested time and money into training, and for the individuals who’ve achieved these certifications and accreditations, they’ve invested their passion, hard work, and long hours to learn and accomplish these achievements.  

For our clients, this means we are deeply knowledgeable about what AWS has to offer and we know how, why, and when to use particular aspects of those offerings to best benefit the solutions we build.


Cloud-first architecture is embedded in our process

The Cloud is an incredibly impactful tool as its power, flexibility, and low cost continues to transform how applications are built.  Gone are the days when infrastructure and programming can be separated.  In fact, not thinking about the Cloud from the start puts any application at a serious disadvantage.  

At Slingshot, a Certified Cloud Architect is a part of every project, advising on architecture and ensuring we’re building with the Cloud in mind throughout.  This helps assure you that as we’re buildling, we’re thinking about scalability, performance, and a low continued cost of ownership every step of the way.


Our clients want to go to the Cloud, and we’re here to help

The Cloud means a lot of things, but it’s a hugely growing industry that is only getting bigger, more sophisticated, and more powerful.  Our clients want to be able to take advantage of this, we hear them and are invested in being the partner to help them.

How Can We Help?

We love to share what we know and love to help our clients in any way that we can.  Specifically here’s what we can do to help you take full advantage for the opportunities around Cloud:

  • Cloud Migration – Slingshot consults and advises on Cloud migration strategy as well as assists and/or fully executes on the actual implementation.
  • Cloud Consultation – If you’re building an application or in some way using the Cloud but need some expert guidance, we can teach, train, and consult on an as needed basis.
  • Managed Services – If you’re looking to offload the management of your Cloud solution, we offer managed services to monitor and maintain applications running in the Cloud.
  • DevOps – Using the Cloud, we can help automate deployments, provision new environments, and keep everything running smoothly, which allows your developers to concentrate on development. We offer both consultation, execution, and managed services in this area.

About Slingshot

Slingshot is a technology company focusing on building software products for web and mobile.

We build with Cloud in mind and also assist on Cloud migrations. Contact us directly to learn more.

Lean Stories – The Power of Interviews

Today was a proud moment.  Together, with our client, a key decision was made.  True, we make lots of decisions on a daily basis, but this was a decision that will end up saving over 1,000 hours in man power that otherwise would have been spent going down a rabbit hole of building the wrong thing.  But here’s the kicker.  It wasn’t the Slingshot team or the client that ended up making that decision, but rather the users of the product, the customer, made it for us, and it was beautiful.

In the software world we all want to be better, we all want the perfect process, the most efficient means of developing, the most innovative designs and the most disruptive products.   We search, we implement processes, we dive deep down into the crevices of our brain to grab hold of that something special.

But if we’re being honest we all need to be humbled, and eventually we almost always will be.  No argument, brilliant insight, or flawless logic can defeat the almighty customer.  They will tell you, without hesitation, that your idea sucks.  This is a scary thing, and our fear of rejection can drive us away from this all important moment.  It can drive us inward for shelter by directing our attention to budgets, timelines, status reports, and other typical indicators of project success that are safely within our control.

But to be bold, innovative, build the best, and build what’s right for the customer, we have to get beyond fear and ego.  We must RACE to the customer as quickly as possible, learn with open minds, and detach ourselves from our own opinions and biases.

This is why establishing customer interviews as the FIRST step is critical in vetting an idea.  Do it early, and your idea hasn’t grabbed hold of you so tightly that your ego refuses to listen to anyone but you.  Now, you have a chance to learn with an open mind and pivot when you need to pivot.

This project was a simple story.  We had a direction.  Then we  interviewed 12 people, one by one, and that direction changed.   The data was obvious, and there was no convincing, grandstanding or power plays to save the original thought.  No one clung to the initial idea because no one had staked their reputation on it.  

Pivoting, in this case happened effortlessly, as it should.  

This is in stark contrast to how a lot of software is done.  Many times, there is an idea, vendors are selected to bid, and quotes come in.  A decision is made, and the project starts.  A solution is built and the vendor does a great job, everything is on time, on budget and everyone is happy with the product.  But then the customer sees it for the first time, and they just don’t care.

With customer interviews, this played out story can be avoided.  

Thankfully for our client, it was.  Their story is a positive one, and a reminder of why we have embraced a Lean Approach to developing software products.  A reminder to the critical importance of being incredibly hands on with the customer from the start, and why the brightest minds, ideas, and innovations can always benefit from a dose of customer voice. 

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Slingshot is a technology company focusing on building software products for web and mobile.   

Learn more about our process or  contact us directly and we can set up a conversation.