90% of start ups fail 🙁 for endless reasons; So now lets talk about what different does those 10% do in order to survive.
For a startup to Survive it is very important that entrepreneur takes Right decision. Making the right calls is an ongoing process. Successful entrepreneurs understand that they must work on their business, not in their business. Entrepreneur should have a laser focus on Product and therefore startup should utilize all the available resources for product making. As we hire the best candidate we should also use the best available API’s for the product building.
Now a days user does not have to reinvent an Email Foundation, SSO, UI Grids, Search functionality, Payment Processing, Emails and more to build any kind of SaaS Product. There are already lot of tools & API available to build any kind of product with minimal efforts. When we started building AzureDesk we designed our product in such a way that we could use 3rd party tools already out there in the market before building our own stuff. Following are the tools we used in our product to make a SAAS Software faster, cheaper and reliable.
1. Send Grid for Inbound & Outbound (SAAS Software)
Send Grid developed an industry-disrupting, cloud-based email service to solve the challenges of reliably delivering emails on behalf of growing companies. We use send grid for 2 main reasons; One for sending emails and other one to inbound receive emails and convert them into tickets. You can look at the following documentation to use SendGrid.
2. Azure Cloud (SAAS Software)
Microsoft Azure Cloud is the best cloud infrastructure out there. We use infrastructure as a service which means all our software runs on VM of windows Azure. Its pretty flexible & we have nice experience so far. The amount of time taken to build a VM & deploying a code on VM was very quick & easy. In addition we were able to run our software on 1 VM & were able to scale it as the number of users increases.
It has all the latest and greatest features that any small business or startup can leverage to its own advantage. Infact Microsoft is currently providing 200$ worth of free Azure Credits. As it is said – You have to use it to feel it. You can check the link here. Azure Cloud
3. Microsoft Stack (SAAS Software)
We use Microsoft Stack to build AzureDesk. The reason being its faster development, reliable and one stop shop for all your development needs. For example IIS for hosting, ASP.NET for Web and SQL Server database and .NET Framework. One shop tool for all your needs.It means less hassle for developers to understand different technology stack.
4. Devexpress ASP.NET Controls
Devexpress is one of the best UI and reporting controls available in the market for faster development. Every product requires web pages which requires Insert, Update and Delete option. If you are building the entire UI grid which does all these then your product development will never end. Instead we used Devexpress controls to build lot of the features and we were able to cut the development time and cost to half in comparison to if we had to build on our own.
5. Algolia Search
If you need google or bing type search in your product then don’t look further then Algolia. Algolia is one of the best search tools in the market. Infact we even wrote a blog on how we used Algolia to power our search for AzureDesk. See the blog post on Algolia http://azuredeskblog.azurewebsites.net/algolia-search/
6. Stripe for payments
7. Octopus Deploy
If you are a SaaS product you need to ship the code regularly to improvise & make sure you are competitive enough. If you do it manually then its a nightmare so thanks to our rescue Octopus Deploy; the best product in the market for Automated deployment.
If you think there are other tools that you use in your startup’s please do comment so we can also learn about it.