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Presentation

What we do

We create powerful presentations of content through the medium of software. We believe that software presentation - including the visualization of data, experience of stepping through the data, and direct manipulation of the data - should be seamless and intuitive for users to work with the tool most efficiently. Presentation is more than just visual. Every piece of software presents something to the user - whether it is a tool to use, a map to explore, a way to communicate, or a data set to analyze.

Through a collaborative effort of both design and development, we can turn complex data or processes into applications that are easy to use and of great benefit to the user. Whether the data is best consumed through a map, dashboard, web app, or something else entirely, we have extensive experience backed by a team of developers, designers, and engineers who will work to find and create the best solution.

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Visualization

We use clean and intuitive interfaces to turn data into knowledge. While visualization could come in any interface type from a map to a dashboard, our goal is to make complicated data simple for any user to easily understand. Visualizations should be user-centric to maximize what the user can do rather than what the software can do. Through creating rich graphical representations out of complete datasets, our software enables analysts to more efficiently perform their job functions. We eliminate what is unnecessary to users so they can do more with less.

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Experience

A good design creates a cohesive path through the content. Our goal is to create user-centric products through smart interfaces and intuitive controls, blending design and function to create a clean and beautiful experience. Through seamless experiences, we provide value to our customers by allowing them to quickly view, analyze, and make mission-critical decisions in a fraction of the time. Software with a poor experience causes frustrations, lost productivity, mistakes, and inefficiencies. We avoid this by focusing on the user through the entire development and design process.

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Development

We are technology and programming language agnostic. We treat all aspects of the tech stack as building blocks that, when put together, create optimal solutions. We look at each tier of the application and make the appropriate decisions to meet the scaling needs of the solution. A solution may require a SQL, NoSQL, or other persistent data storage for the data tier. Front ends, which may be developed as APIs, native mobile apps, or responsive web applications, are glued to the back end via a middle tier. Some software shops only provide capabilities on one of those tiers. At Fearless, we do it all.

Case Study
HUBFinder

The government's Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. To qualify, companies must employ at least 35% of their employee base from a HUBZone, among other things. Applying for and maintaining HUBZone status is currently extremely complicated and time intensive.

HUBFinder began as a way to meet our own needs. We created a tool for ourselves to manage our compliance through automatically crunching data and business calculations, mapping employee locations and future recruits, displaying data in metrics visualizations, and notifying of national HUBZone map updates. Our goal was to be user-centric in providing the visualization, experience, and development needed to produce the best possible solution for what we perceived as an unsolved and frustrating problem. The result, HUBFinder, is now open to all companies nation-wide and growing quickly.

TECH STACK: nginx, AWS (EC2, S3, CloudWatch, Route 53, Elastic Beanstalk), Node.js, Express, Angular JS, MongoDB, MapBox, Leaflet, Git (GitHub), Codeship, jQuery, Bootstrap LESS

Performance

How we do it

We help you work better, faster, and cheaper by first understanding your software goals, defining and aligning the metrics to measure progress towards the goals, and then working to meet them through the agile process. To ensure maximum performance of the software, we streamline and automate developer, operation, security, and testing processes to bring them to the next level of efficiency.

We believe that everything possible should be measured and automated. By automating processes, testing, and DevOps, the risk of human error decreases. We build capabilities to track metrics on security vulnerabilities, build times, defects, bugs, tests, etc., and then work diligently to improve the existing realities.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to software. We work with our customers to identify their needs and use our expertise to collaborate on custom solutions. If the solution is already out there, we don’t needlessly spend your time and money building a new one. We identify and build on open source and commercial frameworks that allow for rapid delivery and integration with existing systems into your enterprise.

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DevOps

One never truly achieves a state of supreme “DevOps”; it's an ongoing pursuit. DevOps aligns the people, processes, culture, and technology within an organization to continuously improve the development/operations environment and the workflows that make it succeed. Fearless works with your team to help pinpoint your organizational goals for each product and team. We then assist in identifying and removing cultural barriers, automating processes, and version controlling the infrastructure, development environment, and dependencies. We employ best practices in Agile, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD), server provisioning, and Elastic Scaling to build solutions for our customers, leveraging partnerships with Chef and Amazon AWS.

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Security

Security is often an afterthought in projects, but we consider security at every part of the software application development lifecycle. We align the appropriate amount of security based on the data or information being protected each step of the way and the relative impact of loss. For example, a picture from dinner would most likely have a different level of security needed to protect it than would banking passwords. We take the totality of circumstances into account and work with our customers to implement a security plan that is appropriate for them.

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Testing

As the complexity of software grows, the amount of effort required to verify changes in software, as well as features already present in the baseline, continuously grows. As a result, the time required to test is directly proportional to the amount of test cases required to check the validity and functionality of code. We provide consulting to projects that want to improve testing practices, as well as deploy capabilities to help automate testing needs (unit, regression, functional, stress, performance, and browser testing). We reduce build times, speed up delivery cycle time, and catch bugs earlier in the development lifecycle - despite the browser or platform. Through smart testing practices, we raise the standard of quality in our customers’ products.

Case Study
Developer Platform

A government customer behind a firewall needed a means to consolidate developer applications under one roof to increase tool and code sharing among its sub-organizations. Previously, each sub-organization had been generating its own tools and code repositories. To solve the problem, we helped create a unified portal as an entry point for all applications and build a metrics dashboard for tracking applications used by the thousands of developers within the sub-organizations.

We integrated open source projects spanning a wide range of technologies to bring in an enterprise-wide git repo, continuous integration, issue tracking, open source tools, and code linters. This developer platform continues to expand as the community shares resources and code.

TECH STACK: Ruby, Node.js, PHP, Java, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, AWS (EC2, EBS, CloudFormation, RDS), Chef, Capistrano

NAICS Codes

541330, 541430, 541490, 541511, 541512, 541513, 541519, 541611, 541618, 541990

Certifications / Designators

Maryland State MBE | Baltimore City MBE | HUBZone | 8(a) - Case #305630