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Custom Software

We have been involved in Custom Software Development and Application Engineering Services for the enterprise since 2005. Our core services and expertise give us great flexibility to work with you across any point of the development lifecycle.

With over 30 years’ industry experience and as a Microsoft Gold Partner, we have a well-earned reputation for delivering our expert service in these technologies, and for doing so at sensible rates.

Our experts can help you at any point in the software development cycle and have vast experience of doing so for clients across a range of industries.

As a Microsoft Gold partner, our developers are hands on with Azure cloud application development, .NET Core, Xamarin, SQL Server, Azure Integration Services and BizTalk Server day in and day out. Our expertise and insight become yours.

We work with you to understand your requirements and translate this into reliable code to deliver a system that exceeds expectations and, most importantly, works.

We work closely and consultatively so that the full business requirements are captured and analysed. This ensures that business processes are reflected in the software architecture and that designs are streamlined, efficient and flow logically. Proper design, architecture and user experience are essential to systems that function very well.

Once development is completed, we are happy to continue working with you as your application development partner – assisting with consulting, support, resourcing, ongoing system enhancements and further software development.

THE RIGHT PLACE, THE RIGHT TIME

Whether it is application modernisation, custom software development for cloud or on-premises, migrating systems to the cloud or integrating online and offline systems, Ballard Chalmers has the expertise and experience to support your application development requirements.

 Cloud

Development and support of cloud-based software is core to our business and has been since 1998 with the move to browser-based software systems.

Our pioneering work includes online enterprise business systems developed for the likes of GE, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, and many more. This expertise continues today with a focus on the Microsoft Azure Cloud and supporting all aspects of migrating custom developed enterprise business systems to the Azure Cloud.

Our specialisation is the design, development and integration of custom enterprise software systems. We focus our expertise on Microsoft .NET, Azure cloud application development, SQL Server based-applications and Azure Integration Services and/or BizTalk Server for enterprise systems integration – for which we are one of the very few experts in the UK.

 On-Premises

On-premises based software remains a vital requirement today, particularly where specific security or legislative requirements demand it.

Also, there remains a legacy of working enterprise systems deployed on-premises, which will continue to require enhancements, upgrades and support for the foreseeable future, saving the costs of replacement. We continue to develop, enhance and support enterprise systems for on-premises deployment, for clients including the NHS, Transport for London and other public institutions.

Application modernisation is the redevelopment or enhancement of legacy software systems to align them with changing business needs in order to create renewed and future business value from existing applications. Ballard Chalmers is an expert in consulting on implementing application modernisation programmes so that on-premises systems continue to deliver value and save on the costs of replacement. Application modernisation programmes can also include integrating legacy systems with new online systems (such as Microsoft Navision, Salesforce, etc.), as a hybrid solution.

 Mobile

Mobile functionality is now central to many, if not most new custom business systems.

Enabling mobile and distributed staff as well as external clients and partners to access systems, view data, and interact with them has become crucially important for business efficiency. In fact, today, in most cases we ensure our new-build systems are natively mobile-enabled from the outset.

Key to this is Xamarin technology, allowing rapid cross-platform development of mobile applications. And where required, we can of course also develop native iOS and Android applications.

 Hybrid

Hybrid systems refer to an amalgamation of public and/or private Cloud systems, on-premises systems or a combination of these. Connected they provide interoperability, access, and visibility of data and business collaboration.

The key value of hybrid systems is retaining existing deeply embedded and highly valuable back-office systems, and adding Cloud systems ‘on top’ of these to enable extended functionality and data visibility. Most systems can be connected using API or other functionality, and where appropriate, Azure Integration Services and/or BizTalk Server provides a full enterprise connectivity layer to deliver massively complex systems integrations.

As one of the leading experts in Azure Integration Services and/or Microsoft BizTalk in the UK, Ballard Chalmers is one of a very few select companies that can fully support a hybrid enterprise system project fully with our Consultancy, Project, and Team Augmentation services.

CLOUD

 Cloud

Development and support of cloud-based software is core to our business and has been since 1998 with the move to browser-based software systems.

Our pioneering work includes online enterprise business systems developed for the likes of GE, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, and many more. This expertise continues today with a focus on the Microsoft Azure Cloud and supporting all aspects of migrating custom developed enterprise business systems to the Azure Cloud.

Our specialisation is the design, development and integration of custom enterprise software systems. We focus our expertise on Microsoft .NET, Azure cloud application development, SQL Server based-applications and Azure Integration Services and/or BizTalk Server for enterprise systems integration – for which we are one of the very few experts in the UK.

ON-PREMISES

 On-Premises

On-premises based software remains a vital requirement today, particularly where specific security or legislative requirements demand it.

Also, there remains a legacy of working enterprise systems deployed on-premises, which will continue to require enhancements, upgrades and support for the foreseeable future, saving the costs of replacement. We continue to develop, enhance and support enterprise systems for on-premises deployment, for clients including the NHS, Transport for London and other public institutions.

Application modernisation is the redevelopment or enhancement of legacy software systems to align them with changing business needs in order to create renewed and future business value from existing applications. Ballard Chalmers is an expert in consulting on implementing application modernisation programmes so that on-premises systems continue to deliver value and save on the costs of replacement. Application modernisation programmes can also include integrating legacy systems with new online systems (such as Microsoft Navision, Salesforce, etc.), as a hybrid solution.

MOBILE

 Mobile

Mobile functionality is now central to many, if not most new custom business systems.

Enabling mobile and distributed staff as well as external clients and partners to access systems, view data, and interact with them has become crucially important for business efficiency. In fact, today, in most cases we ensure our new-build systems are natively mobile-enabled from the outset.

Key to this is Xamarin technology, allowing rapid cross-platform development of mobile applications. And where required, we can of course also develop native iOS and Android applications.

HYBRID

 Hybrid

Hybrid systems refer to an amalgamation of public and/or private Cloud systems, on-premises systems or a combination of these. Connected they provide interoperability, access, and visibility of data and business collaboration.

The key value of hybrid systems is retaining existing deeply embedded and highly valuable back-office systems, and adding Cloud systems ‘on top’ of these to enable extended functionality and data visibility. Most systems can be connected using API or other functionality, and where appropriate, Azure Integration Services and/or BizTalk Server provides a full enterprise connectivity layer to deliver massively complex systems integrations.

As one of the leading experts in Azure Integration Services and/or Microsoft BizTalk in the UK, Ballard Chalmers is one of a very few select companies that can fully support a hybrid enterprise system project fully with our Consultancy, Project, and Team Augmentation services.

OUR CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SERVICE AT BALLARD CHALMERS

We want you to achieve a maximum return on your investment, meaning we put your business goals first, always looking at how the software can best help you achieve them. We do this through expert development, a flexible approach and an excellent understanding of business process.

OUR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:

Our management team is hands on, your Project Manager always keeps you informed, and your delivery team are all Microsoft experts, doing what they do best.

When we custom develop software for you, we’d like you to think of us as a partner – your flexible outsourced IT partner. Here for you, at every stage of the software engineering journey.

Our Software Development Process:

  • Scoping
  • Design
  • Environment configuration and CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Deployment) covers automated deployments to TEST, UAT and LIVE
  • Development – Software Engineering
  • Documentation
  • Sprint planning & reviews
  • Testing, manual and automated
  • UAT testing support

After custom software development projects are delivered, we offer:

  • Mentoring and handover to your internal tech team if required
  • Optional on-going support for your system, in line with an agreed Service Level Agreement.
  • Azure hosting, Managed Services and licensing, if required.

How we can help with your custom software development projects

Flexible Development

Our Flexible Development approach is a proven method which enables us to deliver our expertise in a manner tried and tested in over 30 years of delivering custom developed software projects.

Flexible Development is our own unique delivery method and describes a practical blend of waterfall and agile software development, and with it we are guaranteeing our expertise, honesty and partnership to deliver successful project outcomes, on time and in budget.

White Paper

Why Flexible Development for Custom Software Projects

In this white paper, we detail why Flexible Development is the right approach for custom software development projects.

Why Ballard Chalmers

HERITAGE

We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer – stretching back to 1989. We have over 30 years’ experience delivering successful custom software development projects.

EXPERTISE

We are not just software developers; we are software engineers. As software engineers we are technical problem solvers. This is what we do. We work with Microsoft technology on a daily basis and we bring that expertise and experience to you.

MICROSOFT GOLD PARTNERS

Only the top 5% of Microsoft Partners have attained Microsoft competencies and Gold demonstrates best-in-class capability. We have met extensive technology requirements and demonstrated expertise through rigorous exams.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Each of our clients has an assigned Account Manager or Project Manager, so you have a single point of contact throughout the project. We also enable you to speak directly to your developers and engineers where necessary.

MEET OUR CTO

Geoff Ballard is our co-founder and Chief Technical Officer. He oversees the technical team and is very hands in major software development projects.

Geoff is an all-round Microsoft enterprise platform expert and has a depth of expertise that is rarely matched. His 30+ years’ experience offers a safe pair of hands and an ability for deep problem solving where needed.

We invite you to take advantage of a no-cost informal review and discussion of your project with him.

They are always available to have a conversation, and are quick to respond to any questions we have. The openness within the channels is great, and they let us know when a team member will be away so we can manage our timeline expectations. They deploy changes quickly, and show good flexibility to address any issues we have.

Project Manager – OVO Energy

You have a real knack for bridging the gap between technology and business and I know our teams from the Contact centre and Loyalty have been so grateful for you understanding what they need and demoing so clearly to them the functionalities you have built.”

Senior Scrum Master – Virgin Atlantic Airways

Ballard Chalmers’ development speed generated more updates in six months than the last three years’ total. The team’s detailed approach and level of technical expertise assure that minimal product testing is required before launch. Their level of engagement stands out among others in the field.

Managing Director – AppCan

Over the past few years Ballard Chalmers has consistently surprised me with effective and economic solutions to difficult briefs, especially when dealing with the upgrading and integration of legacy systems. Their new builds are also excellent, and I would recommend them without hesitation.

Account Director – Caburn Hope

It’s been a real pleasure working with you all and I look forward to being able to keep this relationship in the future. I will definitely recommend Ballard Chalmers.”

MI Data Specialist – Lighthouse Group PLC

Ballard Chalmers helped with the development of a membership intranet, underpinned by Sharepoint. The team there have an impressive depth of knowledge on many aspects of Sharepoint. This, coupled with rigorous testing, ensured that no issues were established with the service after it went live.

Director – Phormium IT

Ballard Chalmers are approachable and helpful and always go the extra mile to help. The solutions they have delivered have been reliable and solid

Application Support Engineer – Tokyo Electron

Thanks for delivering a fantastic solution for our client. You’re a pleasure to work with and I hope this will the first of many collaborative projects.

Managing Director – Box of Blue

Ballard Chalmers were engaged to undertake the work from project inception to ensure that requirements were fully captured…Feedback for the upgrade project was very positive and the site continues to evolve as more content and functions are added.

Head of Information Management – Rail Safety and Sandards Board

Stark Software International has dealt with Ballard Chalmers for over 15 years. We have a very solid relationship where high quality consultants have been applied to the development and maintenance of two of our major IT systems. Ballard Chalmers provide excellent continuity and backup. Stark would thoroughly recommend this company.

Head of Operations Division – Stark Software International

SOME OF OUR Custom Software ENGAGEMENTS

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