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Software Consultants

When you need an independent viewpoint, advice, or emergency help with your in-house Microsoft custom software, or software development, call Ballard Chalmers – Microsoft Gold Certified software consultants.

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.


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.


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. Your system will be reviewed and performance enhancements and recommendations made with a detailed RAG (Red, Amber, Green) report highlighting the urgent and suggested changes.


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 Gold 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 Microsoft Gold partners. 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.

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 Gold 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.

Moving our Global ERP System from an on-premises solution to a cloud hybrid solution presented some technical challenges during design and implementation phases. Ballard Chalmers consultants provided the skills and expertise needed to successfully complete the project. We are extremely happy with the end result and the service provided by Ballard Chalmers.

Head of IT EMEA and Global Networks – Imagination

Thank you for helping us out at short notice and providing an experienced, knowledgeable professional. Mohammed really helped us through a tough spot so I feel it definitely worked well.

Development Manager – Trustmarque Solutions

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.


Working with two partners only enhanced the success of the project. With the specialist knowledge of a smaller partner, Consolidata, combined with the size and breadth of experience of a Gold partner, Ballard Chalmers, I feel we benefited from the power of both.

Head of IT – Weetabix

They help you bring out the technical elements of your system. We have our own development team that comes up with the initial technical design but it’s become part of our standard process to use Ballard Chalmers as a sounding board for technical designs whether or not we’re asking them to do the work. They still come back and help us make sure we’re making the right technical choices.

Head of IT – Ipes

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

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

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

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

Ballard Chalmers consultancy and development expertise has been key in helping us capitalise on our existing investment in Microsoft SharePoint 2007 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 system.

CEO – Appleyards

About our Software Consultants

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

Microsoft Gold Partners

We are totally tech focused on .NET, Azure, SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and Xamarin 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 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 Gold partnership expertise.
  • 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 1% of Microsoft Partners have attained Gold Microsoft competencies, 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.

Azure Consulting

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.

SQL Server Consulting

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

.NET Consulting

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.

Xamarin Consulting

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.

SharePoint Consulting

Our consultants can engage with you to understand what you are trying to achieve in SharePoint Server, demonstrate what the platform can do without any coding to meet your needs and suggest ways to extend the platform with custom development as required.

Biztalk Consulting

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 BizTalk Server or Azure Integration Services.

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