This page illustrates what we do and how we do it, using the house vs. web project analogy.
|Paint and decorations
|What is inside / managed.
|What people will do with the system.
|Land, neighborhood (easy access)
|Domain names, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), etc.
|Make it easy for people to find and see you.
|Neighborhood and facilities
|partners in the ecosystem, base technologies, etc.
|A weak password = not locking your door.
|This alone won't stop intruders, but you'll be alerted right away.
|Your web application (for example, Tiki)
|A solid base to build any project
|Walls and roof
|Web app features
|Just as a house has different rooms (bathrooms, kitchen, living room), web applications have important components (user management, content management, etc.).
|AvanTech provides expertise for strategy and planning
|AvanTech package for meeting client needs
|The plan the architect produces
|AvanTech, implementing the plan.
|Extensions to the house (that were not designed or approved by the architect)
|Software plugins (or add-ons)
|Brick, mortar, wood, nails, etc
|PHP, MySQL and 100 or so libraries included in Tiki
|These are generic open source components to build something. Some are standards.
|Tools (drills, etc.)
|Source Code Control System, Integrated development environment (IDE), etc.
|Heavily customized system, specific to your needs.
|Our goal is to build a perfect system for your needs only from open source generic components so they last long and serve other people and organizations.
|Visitors to your site
|You can decide to give some visitors greater access than others.
|Those who are responsible for the house
|Uninvited visitors that are trying to promote their goods
|Those who try to steal your data
|Utilities (electricity, water, etc.)
|Hosting, domain names, SSL certification, etc.
|Audits, SEO, security, etc.
|Open standards vs. patented components
|Free / Libre / Open Source (FLOSS) vs. propriety software
|FLOSS permits faster innovation, provides more flexibility and reduces costs.
One of AvanTech's strengths is our vertical integration:
- We use and improve base components as would a factory.
- We plan the solution like an architect.
- We build the solution like a general contractor, and
- We provide ongoing support like a property manager.
And we use the same solutions we offer to our clients (aka dogfooding) and, thus, we are highly motivated that everything is future-proof, efficient and secure.
- Because it's software and not brick and mortar, we have much more flexibility and can modify along the way — Prototype.
- In a house, you want to first paint, and then move in furniture. In a web project, it's best to first join the content and functionalities and decorate after.