This is a good way to start if the company likes what we do but they are not sure how we can help specifically. We look at the problems and pain points and try to find the best solutions. If the solution happens to involve one of our products, great, but often we can solve the pain point with a small amount of targeted development. Even if one of our products would help, many are open source and we don’t make money from them directly so we have no particular reason to encourage our clients to use them. Often clients want re-assurance that the choices they have already made are the right ones. Even when there is a need for change, the key thing is to find the minimum, targeted changes which will yield the best result for the lowest risk.
Often we are brought in as performance experts. The real issue is usually technical debt. The reason some of our clients haven’t achieved the performance they need to scale to, is also the reason they are finding that development of new features and fixes is slow is the same- technical debt. Technical debt means making short term decisions which cause a problem in the long run. This is a perfectly reasonable way to manage a project in the same way starting a business by taking out a loan is reasonable. At some point however paying off this debt becomes a burden to the business or project, and you need to find a way to restructure it.
This is where finding a simple, elegant and targetted solution to paying off technical debt is worth seeking out. It allows the project to move forward at a pace, fix the performance issues, and improve team satisfaction.
As a business, consulting is a good way to start. However, the aim is used it to help determine what the next steps are.
Typically, consulting is 1 – 2 weeks, and more than half the time, one of our products helps. Although, in many cases we can fix the issue with small changes.
We provide direction on how to engineer a performant system in Java :
We will help you :
- formalise your performance requirements.
- measure and profile your existing system
- aid you in meeting your performance objectives.
- improved the reducibility and testing of performance issues.