We specialise in enterprise custom software development projects for the Microsoft Platform, in the Azure cloud as well as delivering on-premises and hybrid systems.

Custom Software Development for:

Business
Automation

Application
Modernization

Mobile App
Development

Systems
Integration

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, .NET, Xamarin, SQL Server and BizTalk Server day in and day out. Their expertise and insight becomes 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.

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 and Azure; SQL Server based applications; and utilising the SharePoint Server platform where appropriate for business process management, document management and collaboration systems; and 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, BizTalk Server provides a full enterprise connectivity layer to deliver massively complex systems integrations.

As one of the leading experts in 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.

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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 and Azure; SQL Server based applications; and utilising the SharePoint Server platform where appropriate for business process management, document management and collaboration systems; and BizTalk Server for enterprise systems integration, for which we are one of the very few experts in the UK.

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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.

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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.

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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, BizTalk Server provides a full enterprise connectivity layer to deliver massively complex systems integrations.

As one of the leading experts in 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.

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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 management team are 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 journey.

Custom Software Development

Our Software Development Process:

  • Scoping
  • Design
  • Environment configuration (covers multiple deployments to TEST, UAT and LIVE)
  • Development
  • Documentation
  • Sprint planning & reviews
  • Testing
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Why Ballard Chalmers

Heritage:We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have over 30 years’ experience of building successful custom software development projects.

Expertise:As software engineers we are technical problem solvers. This is what we do.

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.

Delivery/Project Manager:Each of our clients has an assigned Account Manager or Project Manager, so you can have a single point of contact throughout the entire project. We also facilitate you being able to speak directly to your developers and engineers where necessary.

Meet our CTO

Services | Custom Software Development Projects CTOGeoff Ballard is our co-founder and Chief Technical Officer.

Geoff 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.

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Examples of delivered projects

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Transport for London

Future Ticketing Programme

Solution that dealt with a wholesale update of the way the Oyster card was used in line with the introduction of Contactless payments.

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NHS

Telemedicine Referral Images Portal System

Application which enables specialists to review cases for burns patients remotely

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Ipes

Capital Tracker

Fully bespoke build of a cutting edge cloud enterprise application for managing Private Equity funds

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RNLI

Donation Portal

Redevelopment of online fundraising payment portal

We appreciate all the project input from Ballard Chalmers, who not only developed the system rapidly and without disruption, but suggested enhancements to our original concept. The system is creating opportunities for even better patient care than envisaged at the start of the project.

 

IT Manager, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust