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Ballard Chalmers delivers expert Microsoft .NET capabilities for custom software application consultancy, development and ongoing support. We provide both project based delivery off-site based at our UK offices or staff augmentation, providing resources to work within your existing team. Microsoft .NET experts for custom software development, application support and .NET consulting.

Microsoft .NET Software Development

Ballard Chalmers delivers a bespoke Microsoft .NET application development service that brings into reality the ambitions of our clients.

We work closely and consultatively so that the true business requirements are captured and analysed, ensuring that business processes as reflected in the software architecture and design are streamlined, efficient and flow logically. Proper design, architecture and overview are essential to developments which function well.

We are also extremely proficient in rescuing wayward software developments. Our experience ensures we are able to quickly identify and solve even the most complex of problems, explain what has happened, and how to fix it. We can either do the fixing directly, or we can work alongside your in-house team.

Our software engineers and consultants can help you with:

  • Custom building new high-performance applications to help you innovate and disrupt your market
  • Custom software development for cloud, on-premises and mobile applications
  • System re-engineering – upgrading and migrating legacy applications to the cloud
  • Migrating between versions
  • Maintaining and supporting new or existing custom .NET platforms
  • Integrating cross-platform applications


Ballard Chalmers develops, re-engineers, deploys and manages enterprise applications in the cloud, hybrid or on-premises. As Microsoft Gold partners and leading professionals, our suite of comprehensive services enables speed to market, scalability and futureproofing for business-critical applications. We’d like you to consider us your outsourced IT department.


As Microsoft Gold partners, our consultants are industry veterans and experts in the features and technology of Microsoft technology. Bring in our consultants for small engagements such as advice, recommendations, risk management review or licencing assessments; or larger engagements such as proof of concept or application failure resolution.


We can provide ongoing application support for custom software whether we built it or it is an existing system. Our support staff are fully qualified software engineers, not helpdesk staff. That means your support team will be very familiar with the technology used and be able to provide the expertise you need, when you need it.


Increase the capacity of your in-house team for custom software development with our expert team augmentation. Take our Microsoft Gold partner expertise and give your team the boost required to get your development completed. If you are tight for deadlines or taking on a larger project than normal in-house, this is a simple and fast solution.


With Ballard Chalmers’ Microsoft .NET Core application development you have software delivered which has all the power of the .NET Framework along with the flexibility and support of open source.

.NET Core offers significant benefits for new application development. All brand-new .NET projects developed by Ballard Chalmers use .NET Core, delivering to you an enterprise application built for Windows, Linux, macOS and Docker, as well as device, cloud and embedded system, using the same code.

Our team of .NET Core experts can help you with:

  • Full service .NET Core application development, or consulting and implementation services
  • .NET Core application customisation
  • ASP.NET Core web application development

5 tips for successful custom software development

Having encountered just about every scenario in his 25 years of working in the industry, Ballard Chalmers’ CTO Geoff Ballard offers his top 5 tips on approaching custom software development successfully…


The .NET Framework is the backbone of software development on the Microsoft Platform and Ballard Chalmers has been developing software using it since it was first released in 2002.

The .NET Framework provides a unified development structure for enterprise software development and includes all the core features an application needs in one place including File, Network and I/O, User Interface, Memory and Thread Management, Encryption and Exception handling.

We also provide expert help in:

  • ASP.NET (including MVC and Web Forms) for creating bespoke Web Applications
  • Web API for creating secure APIs with JSOM/XML and exposed with REST and SOAP
  • LINQ, Entity Framework and ADO.NET for managing database access
  • UWP and WPF for creating Windows Client Applications
  • OAuth, Forms, Windows Authentication and SAML for managing authentication
  • WCF for creating XML Web Services
  • C# – the de facto programming language when using .NET

Featured Case Study

Custom built online Fund Administrator platform for Ipes: The ID Register.


A single-page application is a web application or website that interacts with the user by dynamically managing a single page rather than constantly retrieving new pages from the server.

The SPA provides for a more responsive and improved user experience and most modern web applications are now developed this way.

Ballard Chalmers develops SPA web applications using:

  • AngularJS to deliver the user interface: Angular JS is open source, and is endorsed by Microsoft. Both Microsoft and Google collaborated on the development of Angular JS version 2
  • ReactJS to deliver the user interface: ReactJS originated at Facebook and has been adopted by Microsoft
  • Web API, the .NET framework and Entity Framework to deliver the data

All Ballard Chalmers web developers are fully conversant in .NET and AngularJS & ReactJS.

SMT, together with Ballard Chalmers have broken new ground with Mia. It is truly an innovative business intelligence and process management application that transforms data into smart business process by fully automating an optimal balance between achieving best receivables performance against best operational efficiency.

CEO – Square Marble Technology

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

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

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

Before partnering with Ballard Chalmers Ltd, we were struggling to roll out enough updates. Now, we’re releasing changes and improvements every other week. We’ve pushed out more updates in the last six months than we have in the last three years.

Managing Director – AppCan

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

The best result of their work recently is the portal itself. Until the recent MVP [minimum viable product] went out, we were unable to make emergency bookings through the system. They’ve really improved the functionality and our ability to work with other installers.

Project Manager – OVO Energy

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

Ballard Chalmers’ development speed generated more updates in six months than the last three years’ total. The team’s detailed approach and level of technical expertise assure that minimal product testing is required before launch. Their level of engagement stands out among others in the field.

Managing Director – AppCan

Over the past few years Ballard Chalmers has consistently surprised me with effective and economic solutions to difficult briefs, especially when dealing with the upgrading and integration of legacy systems. Their new builds are also excellent, and I would recommend them without hesitation.

Account Director – Caburn Hope


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