One common misconception about custom software is that it’s going to slowly fade away with the emergence of cloud solutions. Another misconception is that companies always want to operate with the latest technology and have no problem upgrading as soon as a new solution is released. These assumptions typically indicate a misunderstanding about the value of custom business software development. In fact, these are exactly the reasons why custom software solutions are here to stay for a very long time. Here are some of the main reasons why the demand is greater than ever before, and will continue in the future.

Software Designed to Fit Your Needs

The most successful companies today understand the importance of having a software development company tailor a product to fit their specific needs. Every company operates differently, so a standard solution doesn’t work for everyone. You shouldn’t have to alter your strategy or processes to fit your software. The custom software development solutions should instead be built around your business workflows, people processes and customer needs.

Thinking specifically about the healthcare industry, facilities have to be efficient in their processes. The most established facilities already have those processes in place. They just need the best software to support them. This is exactly where custom business software development enters the picture to create a seamless solution for any healthcare facility.

Custom Software is More Cost Efficient

Outsourcing your custom software is one of the most cost efficient strategies to take. Managing and maintaining software is challenging enough, but hiring in-house staff to handle with the associated overhead can become costly quickly as well. A quality software development company can integrate custom software solutions with the cloud to minimize operating costs and allow companies to focus on other important aspects of their business.

Custom Software is Scalable

Companies in the any industry shouldn’t have to limit their growth because of their commercial software. With custom software development solutions, additional business workflows, new user modules and customized reporting allow organizations of all sizes to experience the value of scalability when it comes to their software solutions. Enabling business growth and expansion is another reason why custom software won’t be going away anytime soon.

Antares knows software. We take pride in having built successful software applications for numerous clients since we were founded in 1988. We work in various industries, including healthcare, insurance, finance, oil & gas and commercial product development. Our well-rounded expertise is invaluable to our clients, and we are ready to prove it to you. Don’t hesitate to contact us to see how our solutions can help your business grow for years to come.

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04/26

2018

Why the Need for Custom Software Solutions Is Here to Stay

One common misconception about custom software is that it’s going to slowly fade away with the emergence of cloud solutions. Another misconception is that companies always want to operate with the latest technology and have no problem upgrading as soon as a new solution is released. These assumptions typically indicate a misunderstanding about the value of custom business software development. In fact, these are exactly the reasons why custom software solutions are here to stay for a very long time. Here are some of the main reasons why the demand is greater than ever before, and will continue in the future.

Software Designed to Fit Your Needs

The most successful companies today understand the importance of having a software development company tailor a product to fit their specific needs. Every company operates differently, so a standard solution doesn’t work for everyone. You shouldn’t have to alter your strategy or processes to fit your software. The custom software development solutions should instead be built around your business workflows, people processes and customer needs.

Thinking specifically about the healthcare industry, facilities have to be efficient in their processes. The most established facilities already have those processes in place. They just need the best software to support them. This is exactly where custom business software development enters the picture to create a seamless solution for any healthcare facility.

Custom Software is More Cost Efficient

Outsourcing your custom software is one of the most cost efficient strategies to take. Managing and maintaining software is challenging enough, but hiring in-house staff to handle with the associated overhead can become costly quickly as well. A quality software development company can integrate custom software solutions with the cloud to minimize operating costs and allow companies to focus on other important aspects of their business.

Custom Software is Scalable

Companies in the any industry shouldn’t have to limit their growth because of their commercial software. With custom software development solutions, additional business workflows, new user modules and customized reporting allow organizations of all sizes to experience the value of scalability when it comes to their software solutions. Enabling business growth and expansion is another reason why custom software won’t be going away anytime soon.

Antares knows software. We take pride in having built successful software applications for numerous clients since we were founded in 1988. We work in various industries, including healthcare, insurance, finance, oil & gas and commercial product development. Our well-rounded expertise is invaluable to our clients, and we are ready to prove it to you. Don’t hesitate to contact us to see how our solutions can help your business grow for years to come.

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04/16

2018

Overview: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Log Book Program

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office needed their Jail Log Book application rewritten in a more efficient and current technology. The Jail Log Book is required by law to record all activities that take place in a jail. All reports that are produced from the application are legal reports that are presented upon request as official Sheriff’s Office documents. The new application created by Antares is a web-based application that is accessible from the Sheriff’s internal network. The application includes user security levels, easy data entry screens and specific reporting functionality. Antares developed and implemented the complete application as well as provided training to designated staff at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The new version provided usability enhancements that were well received by the users in the field. Additionally, moving to a web-based application allowed the IT department to provide better services to its users and upgrade the old equipment in the field.

04/13

2018

How to Find the Right Software Development Company for Your Business

Making the decision to invest in custom software is the first step to setting up your business for success. The next step is to find the best software development company to design, implement and execute the project. Without taking the time and effort to choose the right company, all of your thoughtful planning could end up being a waste of valuable time and resources. Luckily, there are some clear attributes to look for in every software development company you consider hiring.

Communication and Professionalism

Any custom software development project requires clear and concise communication to ensure all parties are on the same page. The software developers should take the time to listen to all of your needs and ask the right questions to get a deeper understanding of your workflows and processes. Every interaction should also have a professional approach to it, whether it’s with you or any other project stakeholder. Take a look at their social media profile or their website to get a sense of their professionalism. If how they interact with others matches the sense you get when they interact with you, chances are they are legitimate and genuine.

Knowledge, Skills and Expertise

These are important for obvious reasons. If you’re going to have software solutions implemented for your business, you want the most experienced professionals working on the project. First, take a look at their professional affiliations. Do they have partnerships with Microsoft, Apple, etc.? Such affiliations are usually a promising sign that you’re working with a reputable, vetted team. It’s also easy to ask the company about their background to get an understanding of the projects they’ve worked on and what their strengths and weaknesses are. When you have a clear idea of what you want, you can select the right software partner to fit your needs accordingly.

Stability

Stability is extremely important when you’re considering a software development partner. You want a company who has experience, both in software development and in your particular industry. There is less of a learning curve for companies that have longevity and a well-established, experienced team. This will make it easier for them to focus on you and your software project, and will likely make their work faster and more efficient.

Look at Various Case Studies

Possibly the best way to choose the right software development company is to look at specific case studies on their past projects. Not only will this demonstrate their previous successes, but it will also give you an idea of whether their expertise fits your needs.

With 30 years of experience, Antares takes pride in being one of the top software development companies for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’ve got a clear idea of the software you want or need assistance mapping out your software future, we will help you develop and implement the solution designed for your business to thrive. Contact us today to learn how our software solutions can benefit your business.

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04/13

2018

5 Signs Your Business Needs A Custom Software Solution

Companies will always go through highs and lows. You never want to make a hasty reaction when making a significant business decision, but you also have to be able to identify when something simply isn’t working. Many times, it’s a company’s software solutions that need to be upgraded. So how do you know if it’s time to consider software development outsourcing? Here are some signs to look for.

Your Business is Growing

It’s usually a good thing when your business outgrows itself. But it’s only a positive situation if proactive steps are taken to adapt to the growth. With custom business software solutions, your system is designed to keep up with the supply and demand and ensure your customers are getting the same high quality level of service no matter how large your business grows.

Moving to a Larger Location or Opening Multiple Locations

Increasing the size of your location or opening another location means you’ll have more data to store and manage. Not only do you need more storage space, but you also need to be able to view the data at all times as well as rely on that data to make informed decisions. Many out-of-the-box software solutions don’t offer this flexibility, so a custom software solution is generally the best choice.

Workflows Aren’t Efficient

Communication issues, disorganization, low efficiency and workflow breakdowns are all signs it may be time to contact a software solutions company. Of course, these situations can happen randomly at any time, but if there is a pattern to the lack of workflow efficiency, custom software may get the entire organization back on track with a tailored solution designed to improve your bottom line.

You’ve Hired More Employees

The more hands you have touching data and information, the more you will have to manage the information. A well developed software solution can help with employee onboarding and training of internal processes and procedures. Visibility is critical for a business owner, especially as new employees are brought on board. Increasing the number of employees is a good sign of growth, but it will only be positive if you have the right business software solutions in place to manage the growth.

Low Customer Satisfaction Rates

It’s impossible to completely satisfy every single customer 100% of the time, but there shouldn’t be a pattern of low customer satisfaction. This can put a serious damper on your efforts of staying on top of the competition. As you’re taking action to improve customer satisfaction, you may want to consider how custom software can help make your business more efficient and improve the customer’s experience. A custom solution may help you speed up service times, improve communication or eliminate human error. Whatever your needs may be, they can usually be addressed by a custom software solution.

Antares has 30 years of experience providing the right custom software solutions for companies of all sizes. We believe every business is unique and their software should be, too. To learn more about whether it’s time for you to upgrade to a custom solution, contact us today.

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04/06

2018

Why Upgrading Your Legacy Systems Isn’t As Daunting As You Think

Many companies today overlook the importance of upgrading their legacy systems. Yes, it costs money to move your data to a new platform or even do a simple upgrade. But the money you’re spending on a legacy system migration can’t compare to the amount of money you’re losing by not upgrading.

Legacy systems take more work to maintain, typically aren’t as secure, operate more slowly and can create a negative customer experience. So, from a cost and functionality perspective, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to make an upgrade. This is especially true when you use a custom software development company to help you with the upgrade. Here are some points to consider when upgrading your legacy systems.

No Fear of Losing Existing Data

With any upgrade or transfer of data, business owners tend to worry about losing existing information. Industries like healthcare, insurance, oil and gas, finance and commercial product development have to store a significant amount of data and can’t afford to lose any of it. However, when you conduct a legacy system migration with a reputable company, there is no reason to be afraid of losing this data. These types of migrations happen every day.  Proven processes and security protocols are in place to prevent disasters from occurring.

Benefits of Working With The Right Company

When you work with a reputable custom software development company, you can rest easy knowing your data is in good hands when going through a legacy system migration. Most of the time these companies can perform the migration in the background while you continue normal business operations. On that note, you could even upgrade by having customized, more functional software developed to suit your business’s ever-evolving needs.

Plan Your Strategy

Planning is critical when doing any major software upgrade or legacy system migration. Think about your business needs now and in the future. When you’re doing a legacy system upgrade, now is the time to incorporate any changes to improve business efficiency. Working with a custom software development company is beneficial in many ways, but one of the main benefits is being able to develop a roadmap to determine exactly what you need for your business to thrive.

Antares works with companies of all sizes to grow their business and make it more profitable through the use of innovative technology. In our 30 years in the business, we have come to understand that every company has specific needs. Our passion is ensuring that each of our clients completely understands and values the impact of every decision they make regarding their software, and to provide recommendations accordingly. We offer a complimentary, one-hour software mapping session to determine the next steps for your legacy system upgrades. Schedule your mapping session today to learn how taking your software to the next level can help your business thrive.

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