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Development Outsourcing

With our development outsourcing service, we take responsibility for your custom software projects, leaving your in-house team to continue with their day-to-day operations. As Microsoft platform experts, we work with Azure, .NET, SQL, BizTalk and more. Our project delivery can cover the development of brand-new software, application modernisation, systems integration or mobile app development.

SOME OF OUR Development Outsourcing ENGAGEMENTS

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

We can partner with you to take on your custom development project; providing you with a team whose core focus is the delivery of that project.

We work quickly, professionally and practically to meet your requirements. Our development outsourcing process includes design, development, integration, optimisation, and testing. As well as deployments and post-live application support and managed services, as required.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we use the latest in Microsoft enterprise technology to build custom software in the cloud on Azure, on-premises, or as a hybrid cloud/on-premises system.

You may perhaps be uncertain on which route is best for your organisation – our experts can help guide you through the process to identify the best fit.

Our cloud team are Azure experts and our mobile app development team specializes in cross-platform development with Xamarin. While our integration specialists are BizTalk and Azure Integration Services experts.

We’d like you to consider us as an extension of your own in-house IT department. You can use us to increase your capacity to deliver, when required, without overstretching your own team.

Ballard Chalmers are a friendly and highly responsive company, with a strong level of expertise within the technical and project teams. We have worked with Ballard Chalmers for several years now and keep returning to them for specialised and standard assistance on in-house and client projects.

UK Service Desk Manager – Artelia

They have a robust project management style, with a traditional, well-structured approach. They maintained clear communication, always setting checkpoints so we knew where we stood on the timeline. We also received budget estimates throughout the process, to ensure we weren’t spending our funds too quickly.

Founding Partner – Digital Transformation Company

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

Both Consolidata and Ballard Chalmers integrated with the IT team brilliantly and were extremely professional at all times. The reason it worked so well is that everyone had Weetabix’s best interests throughout the project.

Head of IT – Weetabix

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

All three of our major projects have been delivered on time. Any delays came from our side. We have 1,000 users because it’s used by the whole organization. It’s used quite heavily on a daily basis, too. The application has tracked 50,000-60,000 incidents by now.

Head of IT – Young Epilepsy

Ballard Chalmers brought the whole concept to life. They rapidly grasped the complexity of the business processes involved and created an easy to use tool that has since been expanded significantly. Ballard Chalmers are the experts you can rely on to deliver, easy to work with and cost effective – a fantastic extension to the team.

Managing Director – Mason Zimbler

At every point Ballard Chalmers brought expert technical knowledge combined with ability to make the complex and often confusing simple and organised. I wholeheartedly recommend Ballard Chalmers

CEO – Ratio Creative

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

I can’t believe how much we’ve managed to get done over the last couple of years and I just want to say thanks to you for all your work. The performance increases out of the team are pretty astonishing. I’m sure we’ll see similar results with phase 2… which is a very exciting prospect!”

Business Analyst – Energy Services Company

FLEXIBLE DEVELOPMENT

Based on a 20-year heritage of collaboration with clients in various industry sectors, we have earned a deep understanding of the nature and quirks of both the Waterfall and Agile methodologies.

As such, we have evolved our own Flexible Development system of delivery, which is a practical blend of Waterfall and Agile. With it we are guaranteeing our expertise, honesty and partnership. And with that we work with our clients to deliver successful project outcomes, on time and in budget.

The Benefits of Development Outsourcing

With bespoke software development, enterprises benefit from a scalable and flexible software solution tailor-made to your specific needs. It also gives you an edge over your competition that use off-the-shelf solutions.

Outsourcing your development projects to Ballard Chalmers is a great option when you want to keep your team focused on their daily tasks. Or you already have several development projects underway in-house. It enables them to continue focusing on these whilst ensuring that programme delivery schedules are still met.

Whether it is because you are restricted by the hiring process, headcount limits or already have multiple projects on the go, we can take on the task of developing your custom enterprise software project.

  • Gain a flexible IT business partner
  • Let your in-house team continue with the day-to-day
  • Access top industry technical experts
  • Develop software outside of the technical skills of your in-house team
  • Reduce project risks
  • Increase products security and viability
  • Start right away
  • Gain insight from a Microsoft Gold partner

Our UK Development Team

We have a highly-skilled, dedicated and collaborative team. From creating your architectural designs, finding better ways of implementing software, to writing the code or designing user interfaces, we can be your development partner. We can be an outsourced extension of your own team.

Your project will be lead technically by CTO – Geoff Ballard and administratively by our Delivery Manager, while our Managing Director, Andrew Chalmers will maintain an oversight role. With this, the leadership of Ballard Chalmers will remain fully engaged throughout the software project to ensure a successful outcome.

The development outsourcing team will be selected from our expert software engineers based on suitability and availability when the software project is assigned.

We provide you with a comprehensive team of experts, both technical and administrative, to ensure your development project is completed on-time, in-budget and to all of your expectations.

  • CTO: Responsible for the overall technical delivery of the project.
  • Delivery Manager: Responsible administratively for the delivery as a whole.
  • Project Manager: Will track all time spent against budget and will produce a comprehensive weekly report on the status of your project.
  • Technical Lead: Will lead the team technically, will liaise with the users, testers and will be responsible for producing the detailed technical designs and the system as a whole.
  • Senior Engineers: Suitably qualified and experienced software engineers will be assigned to develop, test and deploy the software application.
  • Test Engineers: Will devise tests, supervise developer testing and report on test results.

UK DEVELOPMENT OUTSOURCING VS NEARSHORE OR OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT OUTSOURCING

Excellent custom software development outsourcing relies on your IT partner fully understanding what you, the customer requires.

After all, the reason for selecting the custom software option is usually in order that it is tailor-made to your brief. Directly addressing the pain points and resolving them in the best way possible.

With a UK-based partner such as Ballard Chalmers, you get expert developers and managers who are versed in UK business. Plus local offices and smooth and easy communication – including regular face to face meetings.

The biggest reason for offshore or nearshore development outsourcing tends to be the need to lower costs.

Though this is certainly an important factor and can be achieved offshore with massive enterprise projects where a high volume of repetitive coding is needed. Complex software development can end up taking longer through offshore outsourcing and so any potential cost-benefit in the initial lower headline rates can be lost.

Why Ballard Chalmers

Our development specialists will work with you and your team to design, deploy, debug or adopt Microsoft technologies both efficiently and cost-effectively. A vital requirement for minimizing risk in complex initiatives.

HERITAGE

We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have over decades of experience in building successful custom software for organizations such as TFL, NHS, RHS, Virgin, TalkTalk and more.

EXPERTISE

As software engineers, we are technical problem solvers. This is what we do. We only hire the best and we create a team that works with Microsoft technology on a daily basis and can turn your ideas into a reality.

MICROSOFT GOLD PARTNERS

Only the top 1% of Microsoft Partners have attained Gold Microsoft competencies, demonstrating best-in-class. To ensure only the best, each of our engineers also gain Microsoft certifications.

EXPERIENCE

We have a long track record of successfully delivering development outsourcing projects, including for many major local and international clients, from startups to international charities and large energy companies.
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