Custom Software Programming
With an in-house development team, our clients get face-to-face guidance through the software programming process. With services extending well beyond website development, our software engineers create custom web based software such as content management systems, office automation processing, and online ecommerce software. Our programming team develops web applications in php, Ruby on Rails, and Perl using MySQL. Please use the questions below to help define your goals and project scope.
Understanding the Process
Successful custom programming for web based software doesn’t happen by chance. It starts with a mutual understanding of your goals and our abilities, and follows a defined process. Before we start any custom programming project, we will need to learn the answers to the following questions:
- What is the primary purpose/goal of your application?
- What functions are you trying to replace (if any)?
- Who are the users?
- What will those users need to be able to do?
- Where will the software be used?
- What would be your optimal outcome?
- How is your data currently stored?
- How will your existing data (if any) be migrated to the new software?
- What are your security concerns?
- What are the functional requirements?
- What is your vision for the future?
Software programming and development is a process. It is a rare exception that a software project begins and ends in exactly the way you initially expected. Keeping projected costs to quoted prices requires constant communication, frequent testing by both programmers and users, and allows for changes without dramatically affecting costs or timeliness. Our practice of software design allows for flexibility through ongoing communication. Our history proves our success in performing software development on time and on budget, and our clients enthusiastically agree.
Choosing the Right Programming Team
Selling air. That is how one of our software clients summed up her feelings when initially considering an investment in custom software. Because our clients often meet us with only vague ideas about their business needs, software development can seem like selling air to clients who often lack the vocabulary or expertise to describe what exactly they want. Taking those ideas from conception to usable software requires excellent communication skills and a crystal clear understanding of where you want to go. Our strongest advice to anyone considering developing custom software would be this:
“Do not work with a company that relies on outsourced programmers.”
If you cannot look your programmers in the eye or if your language doesn’t match your developer’s technical language, move on until you find a company that has programmers sitting across your table who are capable of explaining details in a language you understand.
To view some of our past customized software programs and other web-based database applications, take a look at our custom software portfolio.