Our approach

We are what we do.

At Slater Hill, we're tenacious problem solvers first, and technologists second. We define the business problem, prioritize and plan, and then rapidly deliver the early "rough drafts" of a technology solution.

Our Delivery Process

(Generic intranet-deployment flavour)
Phase 1

Strategy

Define vision, goals and constraints

Phase 2

Analyze & Plan

Project planning, communication plan, training plan, migration plan.
Carry out workshops

Phase 3

Prepare & Validate

Configure solution and invite pilot users.
Iterative feedback and change

Phase 4

Implement

Fill solution with content.
Training, communication and migration.
Prepare governance

Phase 5

Roll out

Launch activities

Phase 6

Hand over & Close

Solution handover to customer and governance team

Guiding Principles

Don't be a technology in search of a problem to solve.

We don't try to show off that we know the latest technology, or try to hammer square software into a round business problem. Before proposing a solution, we dig deep and discover the real business problem we're trying to solve. Then we select the tools and technologies that will return the best value.

Don't reinvent the wheel.

At Slater Hill we don't believe in "Not Invented Here". We know that custom software is expensive to write, and even more expensive to maintain over time.

In the age-old "Buy-versus-Build" debate, we usually come down on the side of 'Buy.' We don't suggest custom code when a third party has already solved the problem. Why not let the cost of development, testing, bug-fixing and support be spread over hundreds of organizations OTHER than yours?

"Don't reinvent the wheel" also means being smart about reusing frameworks, documents, tools and libraries that have worked in the past. We focus on the business problem at hand, not the technical details of logging or caching. For you, that translates to faster time-to-value.

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Always know your audience.

Many IT pros forget that not everyone who looks at a solution is an IT pro.

Not Slater Hill. We never make assumptions. Many pairs of eyes look at our software solutions, constantly asking:  WHO is the intended audience? Is this intuitive for those users? Does it look and behave as they expect? If we don't know the answer, we ask the client. Often.

​How do we do this? Mostly by putting working drafts in front of users as early and as frequently as possible. We make solutions for people, not "personas".

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