If you’ve ended up on this page, you’re likely contemplating a web project or need a reliable development group to maintain or extend your technology. Selecting the right firm to partner with can be a daunting task. That’s because just about anyone who’s ever created a website calls themselves a web developer. Get to know your development shop well because you’ll likely be connected to them for a long while.
We’ll share what we do, why we’re different, and why you should hire us as your digital partner. First a short list of our skills:
We embrace technology. Our staff eats, sleeps, and dreams zeros and ones. Yea, you can call us propellerheads and we don’t mind. Many organizations deliver packaged technology solutions (because it’s what they know and what they can sell). You know it—it’s the take-it-or-leave-it approach. While we can certainly deliver packaged work when client requirements dictate, we find that what our clients need is tailored solutions, personal attention, and timely results.
We live by the gospel of 5x+. Most firms would be satisfied to improve results by 10%. While this strategy will not fail spectacularly, it is guaranteed not to succeed wildly either. We're passionate about making moon shots. We’re aiming for a 5-times the results or better. Nothing short will do. This is the Dirigo culture.
From the desk of David Addison, our managing partner, about web development:
Interestingly, great web developers (or interactive developers) are almost never great web designers. I say that at the risk of offending the web developers on staff and being bombarded with conference swag. So a few years ago I decided to in-source graphical design. Our designs spend their time creating awesome designs and keeping up with industry changes. That’s all they do. Same goes for our copywriters, search engine marketers, e-mail gurus...
We hear this all the time. Some freelancer says: “I build SEO friendly e-commerce websites and specialize in user experience, graphical design and SEM.” How large is your team? “Just me, I'm a freelancer.” My cousin's son builds websites in his college dorm room. But can he really build a fully functioning website that achieves client goals?
I routinely interview developers and I can tell you that eight out of ten developers are phonies—that is, they puff-up their abilities. Did you know that 59% of all web developers have been coding for less than four years. Mind you, it takes 5-7 years to get good at this stuff.
Ten years ago someone building or running a website had to do it all. Now, web jobs are highly specialized. Portland, Maine — a metro area with a population of more than 350,000 — has a number of mid-sized digital agencies that couldn’t program their way out of a paper bag. If you push them, they'll tell you that programming is not important. After all, they can skin WordPress and “strategy is what counts.” They’re right, strategy and branding are critical. But, so is execution and programming acumen. Lack of programming skill is a limiting factor. Lack of any skill set is a problem. Sure, an agency can outsource... but this adds extra cost and oftentimes comes with delays.
We handle everything from competitive intelligence and user experience to website build-out and hosting in-house. To do web development successfully, it takes a team—one hell of a talented and experienced team! That's my point. We're a team of specalists. It takes a team.
We mostly work with established businesses that rely on the Internet to sell or recruit business. It used to be enough to have a website. Not anymore. The Internet is fiercely competitive and only the best succeed. The bulk of our clients are in the $2-50MM annual revenue range. We’ve participated in many start-ups; our most successful has sold more than $70MM online to-date.
I'll say it again, it takes a team! Dirigo recruits gifted web developers, programmers, database administrators, web designers, and editors. We pay them well and give them a fun, creative work environment. We're a think tank. We bring our expertise, research, and analyses to decision making. We enjoy working with entrepreneurs who have ideas, passion, and the desire to bring new and existing products or services to market.
If you need to win, find a team that can get you across the finish line. At Dirigo our team is about getting results. Di•ri•go is Latin. It means to guide, to direct or to lead.
While our preferred platform is Microsoft, the Dirigo team is at home with non-Microsoft technology such as Java, EJB 3.0, Struts, Tomcat, PHP, ColdFusion, Zend, Perl, RoR, Dojo, MooTools, JQuery UI, KendoUI, Telerik, Component Art, etc. We do plenty of non-Microsoft development.
Give us a call, and let's talk about how we can put Dirigo to work for you.