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Custom Software Design & Development

Stay ahead of the market with user-centered custom software solutions

To strengthen your market position and launch products that users consistently choose, you need to design for competitive differentiation, new business revenue, enhanced customer experiences, and digital touchpoints – the moments customers need you to digitally be there.

Your digital transformation starts here.

At Highland, we partner closely with you to quickly and successfully research, strategize, design, and develop engaging, desirable, and cutting-edge custom software solutions that make an impact, are viable in the marketplace, and deliver long-term value to your organization and users.

Ready to amplify your unique value?

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The value you receive:

Highland can help through the entire lifecycle of your new software development project. We start fast and remain focused on your digital transformation goals – helping you deploy cutting-edge software products that enable you to grow, thrive, and surpass competition.

  • Product-Market Fit

    Implementing Lean Startup and Design Thinking, we map markets, analyze competitors, and interview customers to ensure current and prospective users will continually use your product. This helps you to maximize investments and build the right digital product.

  • Human-Centered Design

    Our dedication team optimizes for user and business value. We take a human-centric approach when creating user workflows, messaging, and functionality, paired with an ongoing user feedback loop – to ensure all deliverables drive impact.

  • Quality Code

    We provide market-leading front-end and back-end frameworks for new products, new features, and technology modernization. Our code doesn’t ship until it’s gone through rigorous automated and manual testing. Our development methodology is: quality is non-negotiable.

  • Fast Scaling

    We use test-driven development, pair programming, and agile methods to reduce performance risk and enable immediate, cost-effective remedies to release a clean, maintainable architecture that is designed to adapt to changing business conditions.

Outshine your competition with a truly innovative digital product

What will set you apart from competition is your ability to create something that has never been attempted before and continuously delivers.

This white paper examines traits that make digital products succeed (and not succeed), and ways you can take advantage of amplifying your unique value offering across your products, services, and ultimately – your current and ideal customers.

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Our Work

Read through our case studies to see how our team of software engineers, project managers, and designers helped clients strategize, build, and deploy digital products that continuously drive results.

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Pivoting a physical experience in the time of quarantine.

We worked with PlayMonster to transition their tradeshow online in a way that put them ahead of the competition.

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Developing a no-nonsense banking app

Fulfill wanted to create an easy-to-use banking app that would help Gen Z users build a lifetime of smart financial habits.

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Putting a dent in the student debt crisis

We worked with Thrivent Financial to develop a digital platform to help high school and college students achieve their dreams without debt.

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Why choose Highland

We’re an all-in-one partner for all your digital innovation needs: from qualitative research to digital strategy to UX/UI design and testing to custom software development. What makes us different is we take a long-term view. Our clients know us for our empathetic approach, serious commitment to client success, and passion for unlocking creative potential.

We use creative workshopping to ask the hard questions and integrate the right answers into a clear, targeted, and testable product strategy – elevating unique, out-of-the-box opportunities that cannot be found through common approaches. We further enable your team by mentoring all stakeholders on this product mindset ideology – leaving your people, your software, and your processes better equipped to succeed.

  • 22 +

    Years of Experience

  • 4.9

    Clutch Star Rating

  • 270 +

    Successful Projects

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Hear from our clients

They’re very personal, engaged, and they get the job done quickly. We came to them with the idea and they helped solidify the project and get it off the ground from concept to branding to financial planning to development and integrations.

- Dean of Program Development & Innovation, Northern Seminary

Highland surpassed expectations, delivering a product that was much more advanced than anticipated. They went above and beyond in gathering all the requirements and turning them into something tangible.

- Katherin Munz, Head of Marketing & New Product Development at Genioo

I’m most impressed by their business analytics. Their team helped us focus on the business problem we needed to solve and their deliverables are incredibly helpful to the development of our product line. Highland was extremely professional throughout the process, from developing the MVP to testing the prototype with consumers.

- John Fraser, CEO, Treatment
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