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Mindfire Solutions started in October of 1999, with the purpose of providing expert software services globally, and has steadily grown to its 1000-seat facilities at 2 engineering centers.
In its heart and soul, Mindfire is a software service provider, with an unrelenting focus on small-team offshore software development using agile methods for distributed teams, all amid a unique Mindfire culture. It is clear in its vision of building a software engineering powerhouse, and it does not spend time and energy in activities which are not its core competence. During the past 17 years, we have successfully delivered 2000+ engagements with 500+ clients.
Soon after Mindfire started, there was the huge hullabaloo of Y2K which fizzled out. It got a few projects and worked diligently, taking each day as it came while keeping an eye on the future. Then the dot-com bust and 9/11 happened; the IT/software industry in India saw a massive slowdown, and a number of companies shut down.
Mindfire stabilized and started growing in the mid-2000s again. Having survived the early-2000 downturn, the company was determined to not let future events affect us. When the 2009 recession hit, it came through unscathed.
From a position of doing anything Mindfire came across “could start-ups be choosers?” and it changed course in 2013. Mindfire took a strong stand that it would engage only with quality clients, do quality work, and hire quality people. Thus the company stands here today, a focused group of dedicated people, and an organization that proudly chose to stick to its knitting!
Mindfire’s delivery model also combines on-site presence and remote development to optimize the time-cost-quality equation. Its services cover a wide spectrum of platforms and technologies, from client/server to e-business and handheld development.
Mindfire's primary offer is development services on various platforms and technologies. Known by many names - bespoke software, custom programming, application development, contract programming - development out-sourcing is an established trend and is growing further. Mindfire's development services incorporate a wide range of technologies and follow industry-standard software engineering. Their continuous focus on software fundamentals and computer science strengths have resulted in a delivery team that is tough to break. Development services are available as complete out-sourcing or as a split-team (co-development) model where the team works in parallel with client’s progress. One will find further explanation of different models.
Mindfire's development strengths have led to an enviable 80% repeat business record. Their code is of exceptionally high quality. They also stand by their code: all development projects carry 6-month free debugging level technical support.
Mindfire offers full-cycle project and product development services. In full-cycle projects, Mindfire's team works as client’s complete solutions provider: from ideas to design, development, implementation, and support. The team works with clients to define their needs sharply; these are then written out by Mindfire's team as a Requirements document and signed off by the client.
Mindfire is responsible for Project planning and management. Project planning is generally achieved using Team Touch/MS-Project. Test plans are also drawn up by us. Software architecture and design may be done using Object-oriented principles and tools (such as Rational Rose/UML), or as Structure charts, or other tools as required by the clients. After a UI prototype, they enter the development phase proper. QA/testing and test case verification carry on in parallel to development. Regular code-reviews, algorithm walkthroughs etc. are part of their development process and applied to each project.
Build and release planning, code freeze, UI freeze, etc. and project milestones are decided at the beginning of the project, and tracked sincerely throughout. Pre-release testing and post-release support ensure that clients get what they asked for: full-cycle service.
Software Testing Services
Mindfire Testing Practice has a unique combination of skilled software engineering & testing teams with proven expertise in testing tools and methodologies for a wide range of solutions. This includes new application/ product testing, support, and integration.
The team has experience and focus on testing, both as part of the development team and as an external authority. Expertise covers test-plan development, test-case development, regression testing, bug maintenance, debug management and certification. Automated test scripts are developed where appropriate. Their Software Testing Team has been handling Manual Testing and Automation Testing tasks with equal ease. The Automation Testing Team has been handling customer requirements using QTP, Selenium and new age iOS and Android App Testing Automation Tools like Robotium and Appium. Mindfire Testing Team has resources specifically trained for Desktop Application Testing, Web Application Testing, and Mobile Application Testing. Mindfire provides specialized testing services for various verticals e.g. Healthcare Application Testing Services, Game Testing Services and areas like Customer Relationship Management (CRM), CMS Testing Services, Publication Software/ Products, Mobile Application etc. with in-depth understanding and usage of proven software testing tools.
Mindfire provides focused expertise in support and maintenance of software. Support and maintenance typically eat at the efficiency of primary development teams and executive management, swinging focus away from new initiatives to the maintenance of older ones. Out-sourcing support and maintenance to an off-shore provider reduces costs and allows the mainline team to focus on strategic direction.
Meet the Key Executive
Chinmoy Panda, President, & CEO: Chinmoy has had couple decades of experience in the global software industry, working with companies like Adobe Systems Inc, Interra Inc, James Martin & Co and Cadence Design Systems. He has an approved United States Patent #6,904,560 in the areas of document analysis, document understanding and Internet search techniques - USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office).
Chinmoy had earned his BE in Computer Science from BITS Pilani and his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, both leading educational institutions of India. An avid photographer, he faces today his life's most daunting challenge - a teenage daughter.