K-Optional is a leading provider of custom software development, with a team of experts who have a proven track record of delivering mobile and web apps that are built to scale. Whether you need to support tens of thousands of users or more, we have the skills and experience to get the job done. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today to learn how we can help bring your software development project to life and take your business to the next level.
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From mom-and-pop shops with big ideas to 20,000-person organizations K-Optional offers streamlined, cost effective project management to get your software application developed faster, for less money. We're here to ensure your success!
$4.5M+Total cost savings by revamping our customers’ business flows.
$13.5M+Total revenue generated by K-Optional products.
400%Average year-over-year return on investment for our clients.
99%Customer satisfaction across all projects.
We specialize in creating accessible voice-controlled survey software designed for visually impaired individuals. Leveraging the power of ARIA-WAI standards and TensorFlow.js, our cutting-edge technology allows for secure and accurate data collection without sending any data off-device. Explore our custom tech solutions for advanced, anonymous, and user-friendly research studies.
Discover how Skanin, a custom software developed for the automotive industry using the the rapid prototyping approach, helped solve the challenges associated with obtaining car repair status updates. Learn more about Skanin's innovative solution, leveraging a QR tag tracking system and instant SMS notifications to enhance efficiency for both customers and auto repair shops. Explore this case study to delve into the process of developing custom automotive software using rapid prototyping. Read on to uncover the success story of Skanin's MVP implementation and its positive impact on the automotive industry.
When a person files a vehicle insurance claim, providers turn to a company for scheduling a damage assessment. That company— a K-Optional Software client— specializes in getting every vehicle appraised so that the insurance provider can cut a check for the repair. Working with insurance providers means adopting long-lived industry conventions; our client receives claims to a dedicated email server in a pseudo-consistent format. Before working with K-Optional Software, our client had written a script in-house for reading this inbox, attempting to interpret the data, and exporting it into a CSV file. This approach proved brittle; slight variations in claim emails confused the script causing entire CSVs to drop. Worse yet, the evolution of email authentication— actually a welcome improvement for IT security— broke the script entirely.
You have been incredible for us from the beginning but the level of effort and dedication you have put into helping us get across the line before tomorrow is above and beyond. Thank you so much for the hard work. We are really excited about the state of the platform.
Flowty approached K-Optional Software prior to their public release. They had been contracting with an off-shore team for about a year, and at this point were urgently trying to bring their product to market because without a positive cash flow, they were dead in the water. Flowty’s CTO recommended K-Optional to assess the frontend codebase. Subsequently, Flowty hired K-Optional as an embedded team working under the Flowty logo. Our first assignment was the stable release of the product.
We have gone over the software and are very pleased with it. Looks wonderful, magnitudes better than before. Downloading the app went very smoothly. And the data export process is perfectly straightfoward.
The University of Texas (UT) Nursing Department requested a technical solution for administering a sophisticated survey. The results would become the basis for a major statewide study. UT hired a development firm, but the subjects (pharmacists) had a hard time with the interface. This created user errors and data output that were impossible to interpret, which made it difficult to derive any meaningful insights.
Custom Business Software Development: Your Comprehensive Guide
Discover the intricacies of custom business software development, its benefits, and how it can revolutionize your operations. Learn when to build or buy, explore strategies, and understand how a custom software development firm can drive your business success.
Do automation that doesn't scale: a framework for Business Process Automation
Discover a three-step framework for lean business process automation (BPA) that incorporates human-driven elements to minimize risk and improve efficiency. Learn how this method enables more effective automation by incorporating domain experts, virtual assistants, and custom software development, ultimately creating resilient systems that adapt to complex business needs.
Local vs off-shore custom software vendors
Explore the pros and cons of local, onshore, and offshore custom software vendors to make an informed decision for your next project. Discover the impact of factors like trust, reputation, communication, price, and more on your project outcomes.
Our rules for engagement with GPT and LLMs
For a custom software business in the year 2023, large language models (LLMs) like GPT are hard to avoid. GPT takes have flooded tech news while GPT projects constitute an overwhelming proportion of trending open-sourced software. It’s not just hype: LLMs have proven remarkably adept at writing code, generating content, and assisting with research— all pertinent to our operation. Prognosticators wonder if the shift to AI-driven development permanently alters the custom software industry. The emerging art of Prompt Engineering speaks to a shift. And so, after careful consideration, we have crafted this framework for dealing with LLMs internally.
Is Firebase a good fit for your business?
Firebase is a wildly popular app development platform, but it comes with tradeoffs. After years working with Firebase, here are our thoughts on when it’s the right choice.
Custom software development: what every business should avoid
You’ve probably heard a success story or two about custom software development, something like “ordinary guy launches a popular mobile app” or “business cuts costs in two with a clever digital system”. Perhaps you’ve also heard of a flop— maybe a friend sank money into an idea that didn’t take off, or a colleague owned a faltering IT migration. The horror stories, though depressing, can teach the most. So if you’re considering a foray into custom application development services, get to know the points of failure. They’re less public, so unfortunately many learn someone else’s hard lesson again.
Streamlining Your Business with Custom Software SaaS Integrations
Find out how to choose the right custom software 3rd party software-as-a-service (SaaS) product integration strategy for your business and optimize your workflows for increased productivity.
How to Implement Automation in Your Business: A Case Study
Learn how to implement business process automation with a real-world example from an appliance servicing company, and discover the steps involved in achieving efficient automation.
Custom Automation Solutions for Business
Thinking of automating a piece of your business? You’re probably onto something. Most companies, even tech-savvy companies like yours, can unlock huge gains by taking advantage of automation opportunities. Investing in custom automation solutions will pay dividends. In this introductory guide, we examine some great custom automation tools and explain (in detail) how you can implement your own automation solutions at your business.
How to vet and hire a competent software development firm
How do development firms price applications? As a client, what are the best ways to optimize on value? Since we get these questions a lot, we put together the complete guide. Hope it gives you a window into the software development world!
Why we’re moving away from Firebase
We’ve launched dozens of applications on Firebase, utilized nearly every facet of the platform, and designed a playbook for scaling gracefully. Suffice it to say, it’s proven an invaluable tool for K-Optional Software. As recently as March 2022, our developers were cheering innovations like Firebase Extensions. Unfortunately, three major developments in the past few months have polluted the developer experience and consequently K-Optional will shift towards alternatives for green projects.
The perils of single-client SaaS products
Subscription revenue is the gift that keeps on giving; who doesn’t value long-term and predictable income? Multi-billion-dollar companies like Adobe have transitioned their products to subscription-based payments for good reason. Even so, product creators might be overly-disposed to conforming to this model- alternate pricing systems often make more sense depending on a few aspects of the user-base.
How to build an app in two days
In this article we will tell you how we built an app in two days. Hopefully you will be able to use it as a template next time you have an idea and want to test it out!
K-Optional Software - The Ultimate Developer Engagement
We’ve thought very hard about how to best align incentives in a product development engagement. We tried a bunch of things over the years, cataloged what worked, and relentlessly iterated. We’ve landed on what we believe to be the fairest and most sustainable deal for our clients.
Building MVPs with K-Optional - The Pipeline
Through dozens of minimum viable products, K-Optional Software has mastered the craft. We know the things that tend to pop out at you during the process, and how to handle them. We've distilled our experiences into a robust pipeline optimized for helping you launch your vision in a timely manner.