Using Technology to Your Advantage

From its inception, Silvacom has been involved in developing client-specific software for organizations in the natural resource sector. Since 1983, Silvacom has designed and implemented purpose-built software for various platforms – from ruggedized field computers to UNIX client/server applications, custom GIS systems, and, since 2001, web-based applications.

Silvacom has a dedicated team of professionals who focus on web development to tackle business problems – delivering high-quality, cost-effective and engaging solutions. Silvacom’s team of developers and designers are supported by a multidisciplinary team of project managers, business analysts, geospatial professionals, database professionals, and natural resource subject matter experts.

While the size and scope of a custom development project varies significantly, Silvacom adheres to a best-practices approach to deliver high-quality solutions. Principles of our strategy include:

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A Focus on Requirements Definition:

Silvacom works with our clients to understand their business problems, current and future workflows. A clear and documented understanding of system requirements is critical to the success of system development.

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A Focus on Design:

With a dedicated team of professional designers, Silvacom creates conceptual wireframe mock-ups that form a visual representation of user interfaces. This visualization demonstrates the functionality and layout of an application before coding begins. Compelling aesthetic concepts are introduced on selected UI screens to demonstrate the potential look and feel of the final application once graphical styling is applied.

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Development Approach:

Silvacom uses an agile development methodology to develop enterprise web services. Agile programming is iterative in nature and involves rapid design, response and improvement. Application development is planned in a series of sprints, with additional functionality added progressively at each sprint stage. Client review and feedback are incorporated throughout the process. Silvacom’s development team uses the latest integrated development environments, frameworks and toolsets to create modern, scalable, and secure applications. Silvacom has experience in various development platforms, including .Net ASP, Silverlight, Java/JSP, and Flex. Software development is now primarily focused on open web standards (HTML5/JS/CSS) and mobile.

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Client Engagement in the Development Process:

Client involvement is critical in achieving success with the final solution delivery. Silvacom proactively engages our clients throughout the entire process of application development – from discovery sessions at the requirements gathering stage, to input and sign-off at the design stage, to user acceptance testing (UAT) and deployment of the completed application.

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Deployment Options:

Silvacom works directly with customers to develop and deploy custom applications in our client’s environment – including integration with existing systems. Silvacom also hosts and manages applications on behalf of our clients within our SaaS (Software as a Service) framework, Silvacom Online. Custom applications are deployed within this existing, mature hosting environment and professionally managed by Silvacom’s application services and IT teams.

An Award Winning Team

Silvacom’s award-winning team have received numerous accolades, for projects like Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca, Alberta’s Campground Reservation and Registration System, including:

  • Adobe Max Adobe Max
  • Esri Award of Excellence Esri Award of Excellence
  • GTEC GTEC
  • Premier's Award Premier’s Award

Silvacom Brings Geospatial Expertise to Application Development

The majority of the applications that Silvacom has developed over the years incorporate geospatial content to help visualize and manage location-based data. Silvacom’s development team has unique experience in geospatial technologies and continually draws upon subject matter expertise in Silvacom’s GIS and analytical consulting teams.

Silvacom has been building award-winning geospatial web-enabled solutions – using Esri GIS technology – since 2001. Silvacom is widely recognized for our agile development methodology, our commitment to quality and service – and our ability to perform under intense operational constraints.

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