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Software Development

As a Microsoft Gold Partner in Application Development, Ballard Chalmers specialises in new custom software development for the Microsoft Platform, building bespoke modern cloud-based applications. These include new systems for mid-size and large enterprises, non-profit and the public sector, and also for start-ups. As Azure experts, we are perfectly placed to develop your new custom software with the most modern technology available – Azure Modern Application Development.

SOME OF OUR Software Development ENGAGEMENTS

CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

A primary focus of our work is developing brand-new custom software applications for organisations and enterprises. We take our clients ideas and requirements and turn them into operational and vital business systems.

Our approach to new custom software development is to engage with our client’s subject matter experts, who know and understand the business requirements entirely. We provide our deep technical expertise to work in tandem with our clients to define the technical design that will be delivered and exceed the business requirements set for the application.

With this, the scope of sectors and types of software functionality are not limited – the business expertise comes from the client and the technical expertise from Ballard Chalmers.

As a result, we have developed a multitude of highly complex systems in a great many sectors, including Financial Services, Energy and Utilities, Public Sector, Health and Social Care, Associations and Institutions, and more.

Our new software application builds include – Telemedicine system for the NHS delivering life-saving real-time emergency consultancy; Fund Administration System managing over £50 Billion in assets; Order to Cash and Credit Management System with over 1 Million end-clients using the system daily; a major contribution to the Transport for London Contactless Payment System, and many more.

The development of the Oyster card system, with contactless payments and other features, was a massive .NET development, involving enormous data volumes and requiring the best development team…Ballard Chalmers contributed to the success of this project by supplying critical resources.

Fares & Ticketing Project Manager – TFL

To pass on some feedback from the testers, it is unanimous that everyone thinks this new system is an improvement with many comments about the improved functionality and speed of the system. Really fantastic feedback from users considering it’s the first time they have ever seen it.

Principal Consultant – Management Consultancy

PowerApps was included with our Office 365 licenses, so when Ballard Chalmers proposed this as our solution it enabled us to have a cost-effective, easy to use application, delivered within very tight timescales. The product itself is very flexible, so it needed a flexible approach and good collaboration, which we certainly got from the Ballard Chalmers team.

IT Consultant – Parkinson’s UK

Since March 2018, they have been supporting and developing our product and we have already made huge advancements in a relatively short time. The care and attention that is applied to the work they have done, the ability to resolve issues quickly, first rate communication and outstanding approach to project management all contribute to the success.

Managing Director – AppCan

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 has consistently provided a service that has matched or exceeded expectations within the agreed budget and timescale. They were receptive to our on-going suggestions and changing requirements and able to act promptly throughout. We look forward to working with them more in the future and would recommend them highly.

Director – Fenix Insight

Ballard Chalmers has been key in leveraging our investment in SharePoint and helping us deliver an effective solution to the business. We look forward to working in partnership with them as we continue to enhance and develop our SharePoint services.

Group Head of IT – Housing and Care Services

I have probably tried every potential method for software engineering projects and this has been by far the most effective experience I have had. The insights brought by Ballard Chalmers were invaluable.

CEO – Square Marble Technology

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

Ballard Chalmers built a .NET/SQL application for one of our Fortune 500 clients that totally exceeded expectations. They rapidly turned complex business processes and an SKU list of thousands into an easy to use application that enabled our client to run a very successful partner awards programme.

CEO – Ratio Creative

OUR CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SERVICE

We want you to achieve 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 software 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.

Our flexible approach

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.

FLEXIBLE CUSTOM SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

As well as fully cloud-native applications, we are in place to help you with on-premise or hybrid development, mobile solutions or bespoke desktop applications when required.

WEB

Modern web applications hosted in Azure or a Data Centre delivers secure access to users wherever they are. This enables staff to work from any location seamlessly, and clients to access data and interact with your organisation directly, providing greater efficiency and economy.

MOBILE

A bespoke mobile application can help your organisation’s efficiency, increase collaboration and provide real-time data to improve information delivery to your staff and customers.
Key to this is Xamarin technology, allowing rapid cross-platform development of mobile applications for iOS and Android applications.

DESKTOP

There is still the need in some circumstances for desktop or local network-based new custom software applications. For example, systems that need to operate offline for extended periods – such as developing country field-operations, or charities working in remote regions.

 Cloud

Development and support of cloud-based software is core to our business and has been since 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 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 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 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.

Why Ballard Chalmers

HERITAGE

We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have decades of experience in building successful custom software in a range of sectors, from financial startups & enterprise energy companies to international charities.

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 experience to you.

MICROSOFT GOLD PARTNERS

Only the top 1% of Microsoft Partners have attained Gold Microsoft competencies, demonstrating best-in-class. We have met extensive technology requirements and demonstrated expertise through rigorous exams.

Project Management

Each of our clients has an assigned Project Manager, providing a single point of contact throughout the software development. Where necessary, we also enable direct communication to the developers and engineers.
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