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Get Your SQL Server’s Health Checked

The thought of regular maintenance of your database may seem tedious, though I am sure that if your company has made the decision to use SQL Server then it is a business-critical element of your company’s IT infrastructure. I prefer to think of a health check as a way to optimise SQL Server and take the view that it is an opportunity to demonstrate the vital role IT plays in your business...

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5 tips for successful custom software development

Geoff Ballard is one of the UK’s leading authorities in custom software development. Having encountered just about every scenario in his 25 years of working in the industry, here he offers his top 5 tips on approaching custom software development successfully...

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Driven by Test

Have you ever worked in a company that has a separate test team from the development team? Maybe that’s the situation you’re in right now. Did you ever ask yourself the question "What do those testing guys do in their dark, windowless basement all day anyway?" or "Why are the testers kept apart as a separate functional unit from the developers and designers?" What answers did you find?

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Flexible Project Delivery

In the earlier days of web-based software development, along with most of our peers, we usually worked to a traditional ‘waterfall’ software development process and fixed-price project delivery. In waterfall methodology, you moved from one stage of the process onwards completing each one fully before starting the next...

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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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