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Microsoft Azure

Cloud computing has rapidly evolved from a buzzword to a core strategic requirement for the enterprise. It has radically changed the way businesses think about, access and interact with both data and people.

At Ballard Chalmers, we have been harnessing the power of the cloud for over a decade, developing custom business applications and deploying them securely to the cloud environment. We can readily claim to be one of the UK's pioneers of cloud-based software and integration from the very beginnings in the late '90s and have a track record of successful cloud systems for the likes of American Express, BP, Dell Financial Services, GE Capital, Hitachi, HM Customs and Excise, NATO Science & Technology, O2, and many others. We also practice what we preach – Ballard Chalmers’ infrastructure is fully integrated in the Microsoft Cloud.

Regardless of your size, scale or sector, Microsoft Azure hosted services can increase your business agility, improve security and significantly reduce costs. In short, every business can take advantage of cloud computing. Azure delivers an enterprise-grade public cloud platform that can support the largest of applications and the broadest set of operating systems and languages.

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Blog | Large enterprises heading to the cloud

The cloud has been in the consumer mainstream now for many years. But large enterprises, in particular, have been reluctant to transition from in-house software to the cloud. However, that appears to be changing...

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Microsoft Azure Consulting

Our Cloud integration expertise is in use by many high-profile and major clients. We consult at all stages, from helping draft Scoping and Requirements documentation to rescuing projects that have gone down blind alleys. Our technical team is amongst the best in the country and has saved countless hours of wasted development time, whilst frequently beating completion and accuracy targets. Our consultancy includes:

  • Cloud infrastructure assessment
  • Defining the approach to move existing applications to the cloud
  • Roadmap for design, architecture and development of new cloud based applications
  • Security
  • Storage approach
  • Systems and architecture review
  • System design and specification
  • Performance and workflow analysis
  • .NET code review and optimisation
  • Migrating SharePoint
  • Use of best practices

It doesn't have to be all or nothing. We can help you create a hybrid system, combining essential server based systems with cost-effective cloud solutions and users can enjoy better access without compromise of security.

At the initial project conversation, how and where the application is to be hosted will be intrinsic to the scope and our approach. Although we are experienced in delivering SaaS style solutions for our clients, there is discussion to be had around public Vs private cloud, and some organisations continue to require application to be hosted internally on their own server farm. Working together we ensure your applications are hosted safely and securely in the way that works best for your business.

If you are reviewing your current Cloud integration, or considering whether benefits will outweigh costs, we invite you to take advantage of an informal review and discussion with one of our technical experts.

Blog | The cloud means everything is going to be delivered as a service

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has been with us for some time. But most recently, so many aspects of IT and data centre functionality have headed to the cloud that the moniker Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) has taken root...

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Spotlight case studies

Ipes: CapitalTracker

Technology: .NET, Cloud
Service: Consulting, Projects, Managed Services/Support
Delivery: Software Development

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Mason Zimbler

Technology: .NET, SQL Server
Service: Consulting, Projects, Support
Delivery: Software Development

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The Royal Geographical Society

Technology: Microsoft Application Platform, SQL Server
Service: Consulting, Projects, Support
Delivery: Software Development

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The Running Bug

Technology: .NET, SQL Server
Service: Consulting, Projects, Support
Delivery: Software Development

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Ballard Chalmers is one of the UK’s leading enterprise software engineering companies, specialising in development for the Microsoft Enterprise Application Platform. We are principally dedicated to software development and integration for the Microsoft Cloud, as well as on-premises and hybrid systems. Our expertise is in Microsoft .NET, SQL Server, BizTalk Server and SharePoint Server.

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