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When you need an independent viewpoint, advice, or emergency help with your in-house Microsoft custom software, or software development, call Ballard Chalmers – Microsoft Partner consultants. Our consultants can save you money by getting your project started on the right foot or resolved rapidly. If you are interested in our full range of services as a Microsoft consultancy practice, take a look at our home page.

SOME OF OUR Software Consultants ENGAGEMENTS


Our expert consultants are highly trained and certified through Microsoft in their respective areas. We are available to advise for a single day, few days or for longer engagements.

Though we are available for full development outsourcing or partnership, we are always ready to consult on Microsoft custom software development without any further commitment.

Our most common consulting is short on-site engagements, reviewing and analysing, followed up with a written report containing executive-level advice, or more detailed analysis and recommendations.

We can advise on your enterprise application’s architecture, design, configuration and code, or fix bugs. We can also analyse your systems to determine how and what changes can be made to make internal processes more efficient.

If a bug crops up and you need assistance, call on us as Microsoft Partner consultants. We can come for as little as a day to several weeks or even longer, to help you or your internal team get through the difficulty and your custom software development back on track.

If your custom software has been in use for a while, it is time for a health check. With technology evolving and demand increasing, the workload your system needs to cope with can change. Calling in consultants provides another set of eyes to look over your custom software and improve cost efficiency.

Audit & Health Checks

With our rescue service, we can help get your development back on track. Sometimes a day of consultancy from the right expert is all it takes to get a troublesome project heading in the right direction. Alternatively, if necessary we can take over the full management or development. Don’t lose money letting a project run aground.

Software Project Rescue


Whether you have a brand-new idea or would like to add a new feature, proof of concept is the first step, particularly for startups looking for further investment. Our consultants can create a proof of concept with you or advise on any pre-existing designs and ideas. Enabling you to begin envisioning your custom software development journey.


This first stage of custom software development is vital. Choosing the right technology and architectural design is, after all, the base for the rest of your software development. We can provide expert consulting, creating the designs or reviewing any existing plans. With our consulting, we can provide experts and a fresh eye so that you can go into your custom software development project knowing you are on a firm foundation.


If you have an in-house team working on a custom development project, or are a startup just getting going, you may find the need for system design and specification consulting. Getting this stage right is vital for keeping your custom development project in budget and on schedule. Providing consulting to your in-house team will lessen the pressure and workload and ensure the development stage gets underway on the right footing.


With technology evolving, the systems you are using can go out-of-support putting your software at risk. Calling in consultants provides another set of eyes to look over your custom software. Your system will be reviewed and performance enhancements and recommendations made along with an estimate of work required.


If you are operating with a legacy system, consulting advice on performance, best practice and health checks are vital to keeping your system operating viably. A legacy system needs care and attention to continue to function and be user friendly. Don’t wait for an emergency to have your legacy system looked at by expert Microsoft Partner consultants.


Our highly trained consultants can do emergency or short notice visits for application failure resolution. When something crops up that could be damaging for you or your clients you need fast and on-point consulting provided by a Microsoft Partner. Our consulting can get you through a tough spot and out the other side with minimal hassle.


Our consultants can provide short-term mentoring to your in-house team, boosting their know-how and ability to internally develop your custom application. This mentoring can be vital to both the team itself and the development cycle, increasing your developers’ confidence and skill set to continue the Microsoft custom software development in-house.


When your custom software development has been outsourced, our consultants can provide training to your in-house team, to boost their know-how and ability to internally manage and support your custom application. This training can be vital to both the team itself and the long-term success of your application.

Partnering with [Ballard Chalmers] is very straightforward. We have a lot of respect for them from a professional and technical point of view – they say what they mean and they do what they say! It’s a pleasure working with them.


Having worked with Ballard Chalmers previously, they were an obvious choice to bring into Mencap to consult on our SQL environment. Geoff Ballard is very knowledgeable and was able to distill our problems and provide proposals on how to proceed. Overall, very happy with the initial completed phase of works.

Programme and Infrastructure Manager – Mencap

Just wanted to drop a note over to say many thanks for Kevin’s efforts, it was a pleasure working with him. He clearly has considerable skills. It gives me a lot more confidence that there are so many options for us in the future. Many thanks also to yourselves for taking the time to understand the many and complex issues we potentially face.

IT Manager – Jacksons Fencing

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 in focus throughout the project.

Head of IT – Weetabix

The client was extremely happy with the deliverables. The teams work mitigated the risk surrounding the exit of the client’s key developer. Now, they feel comfortable using the orientation documentation the team provided to hire contractors. On the licensing side, the client is now in a much stronger position to negotiate their deal with Microsoft. It’s likely saved them quite a bit of money.

Founding Partner – Digital Transformation Company

Ballard Chalmers’ consultancy and Microsoft .NET development expertise has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the Canterbury Student .NET portal.

Information Systems Development Manager – Canterbury Christ Church University

We are pleased with Alistair’s work onsite and with the documentation. Alistair was well prepared and helped us to understand the best application of SQL Mirroring for our environment, and he answered our questions in a good level of detail.

ICT Infrastructure Engineer – Islamic Relief Worldwide

Thanks for your support – John did an awesome job. We are looking at moving more applications to Microsoft technology and we view you as our Microsoft Partner of choice for future work.

IT Project Manager – Energy Saving Trust

I found them easy to work with, particularly with such a short time frame. They have the ability to turn things around really fast.

Manager – Charity Group

We have been using Ballard Chalmers for 6 years now and they have grown in both expertise and customer care during that time. They are flexible, always willing to help, have very knowledgeable people and take customer satisfaction seriously.

CIO – Oxford Computer Group

Software Consultants Case Studies

Featured software consulting case study

Ballard Chalmers was brought in to undertake an innovative consultancy that stretched the use of Power Automate and Azure Apps into an interesting new direction. The final deployed solution is a blend of SharePoint, Power Automate, and Azure Apps. What a decade ago would have cost tens of thousands of pounds, now was done in a matter of 10 days of consultancy.


About our Microsoft Certified Software Consultants

Our team of highly skilled Microsoft Certified Software Consultants provide you with specialist expertise across the Microsoft Enterprise stack.

Microsoft Partner

We are totally tech focused on Azure, .NET, Azure Integration Services, SQL Server, BizTalk Server and Xamarin/.NET MAUI development and our team are genuine experts in this with many years of experience in the tech that we consult for. We provide advice on the products our consultants are certified for and that we use every day.

Benefits of hiring Ballard Chalmers consultants:

  • Save time and stress by getting on board the experts right when you need them.
  • Gain flexibility by using your in-house team for day-to-day issues and calling in Ballard Chalmers consultants only when you need us.
  • Tap into our Microsoft partnership expertise.


We prepared a detailed article with some important points to help your business understand and choose the right partner. We will explain what a Microsoft Partner is, and how different Partner Statuses or Levels can help your project succeed.

  • Hire us for short term engagements with no strings attached or keep us on as long-term knowledgeable partners for further consulting, application support or development projects.
  • Gain an expert opinion with access to our team and CTO, Geoff Ballard’s years of experience.
  • Gain experts with knowledge across the Microsoft enterprise stack who can advise on the correct technology to use and how best to proceed whether it is cloud, on-premises or hybrid.

Why Ballard Chalmers

Ballard Chalmers’ Microsoft consultancy 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.


As a company, we were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have decades of experience in Microsoft enterprise consultancy and know we can give expert recommendations and advice, or help your team through a tough spot.


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


Only the top Microsoft Partners have attained multiple solution partner designations, demonstrating best-in-class. We have met extensive technology requirements, proving our expertise through rigorous exams. Tap into it with expert consultancy.


Each of our consultants are software developers, engineers or architects and are certified by Microsoft for their professional skill sets. As consultants, they bring both fresh eyes, technical insight and years of experience to your development.

Microsoft Azure Consultants

Microsoft Azure Consultants

If you are looking at migrating to the Azure Cloud but would like some expert advice, our Azure consultants can look at your existing server/hybrid system and give you expert recommendations on how best to move forward – be it hybrid or cloud.

Microsoft SQL Server Consultants

Microsoft SQL Server Consultants

Ballard Chalmers’ principals have been leading the way in SQL Server for over 30 years. As a Microsoft Partner, you can trust our team for both off-site and on-site consulting. Get SQL DBA advice or performance tuning from the experts.

Microsoft .NET Consultants

Microsoft .NET Consultants

We consult so that the true business requirements are captured and analysed, ensuring that business processes, as reflected in the .NET software architecture and design, are streamlined, efficient and flow logically to achieve your goals.

Microsoft Xamarin Consultants

Microsoft Xamarin Consultants

If your mobile application development is in trouble, needs a health check or you potentially want to expand to cross-platform, we will provide a highly skilled and certified Xamarin consultant to help you through the issue or to help you create the cross-platform designs.

Azure Integration Services Consultants

Microsoft Azure Integration Services Consultants

Our consultants can engage with you to understand your integration needs and how best to achieve them cloud-natively with Azure Integration Services. From advice to migrating from BizTalk Server, analysis on hybrid options, or how best to start your integration in Azure.

Microsoft Biztalk Consultants

Microsoft Biztalk Consultants

We are one of a handful of BizTalk Server development experts in the UK. Our consulting provides expert knowledge on enterprise integration solutions for upgrades or migrations. Or architectural advice on any aspect of Microsoft BizTalk Server.

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