Know a student who is interested in technology? Antares is proud to be a supporter of this year’s Core Element’s Hands-On STEM Summer Camp sessions! Core Element’s unique summer camp model engages both students and teachers as they discover how to build and program robots and learn to code using popular web-based technologies. Working together in teams, students develop critical skills in reasoning, analytical thinking, leadership and team building. They also meet local STEM professionals who help them equate their interest in math or science with possible STEM careers.

Teachers who attend the camp work and learn as “students.” This hands-on professional development opportunity will help teachers integrate Louisiana’s new science standards and create hands-on, minds-on STEM experiences for the classroom. During robotics camp sessions, teachers also learn how to develop a robotics team at their school so that they can participate in robotics competitions.

The sessions take place from June 11 – July 27 at the University of New Orleans, with each session lasting several days. Registration is ongoing. Sessions include:

  • Jr. STEM Camp- Coding/EVO Robotics
  • Coding Camp
  • Jr. STEM Camp – WEDO/ LittleBits
  • Introduction to LEGO EV3 Robotics
  • Arduino Microcomputer Processing

Click here to register for an upcoming session.

06/08

2018

The Software Development Dilemma: Project or Position?

As with most decisions, the decision to approach software development as a project or as a position comes down to two factors: time and money. If your business has the resources to hire on a full-stack developer and you see lots of app development in your company’s future, the expense of a new employee may be worthwhile. On the other hand, if your software development needs are limited, outsourcing projects to a qualified, competent software development company is the most time and cost efficient approach.

Time

Time is of the essence when it comes to putting software on the market. Whether you need an app to expedite customer service or a cloud-based intranet to improve your company workflow, you probably needed it “yesterday.” It can be a challenge for one developer to meet the deadlines of a company that’s ready to grow today.

In addition to handling all of the requests and requirements that come with any software development project, a new employee or contractor has to be onboarded in order to work effectively with your company’s key stakeholders and existing IT personnel. They’ll have to learn your existing systems and processes in order to ramp up for the project, and likely find themselves stalled by the challenges and problems that inevitably arise during the process of development.

On the other hand, professional software development firms provide a time guarantee with their quote to ensure projects are delivered on time and within your budget constraints. During our 30 years of service, the Antares team has developed foolproof processes and reliable workflows that allow us to rapidly develop and deploy software for companies in a variety of industries, including healthcare, oil & gas, finance, insurance, and commercial software product development. Our expansive knowledge of industries and technologies enables us to deliver cutting-edge tools in unparalleled time.

Consider these questions when you’re balancing the time benefits of hiring a software developer versus partnering with a company.

● How well will the developer interact with the rest of your existing team?
● Will a project manager be available to keep the developer on target and in touch with key stakeholders?
● How much time will be required to onboard the developer?
● How urgent is the completion of the project?
● What do you envision the developer working on after the project is completed?

Money

At the low end of the scale, a software developer earns around $69,000/year. If your business is going to be developing and maintaining several apps, hiring someone full-time may be your best approach.

You could also look at hiring a developer as a contractor solely for the length of one project. For many enterprises, one custom app is all that’s needed to improve operations, reduce overhead and connect with customers.

Depending on the scope, a custom software development project can take anywhere from four to nine months to complete with a team and a project manager, so we’ll give our contractor the full nine months since he’ll be going it alone. If the developer is working on the project full-time, you can expect to pay him around $3600/week. That’s nearly $100k for the project, not including any material costs.

Why subcontract with an individual when you can partner with a software development company? This gives you the advantage of a team of full stack developers with greater expertise; a team of seasoned project managers; and customer support representatives to execute custom software development with greater speed and agility.

Consider these questions when you’re balancing the cost benefits of hiring a software developer versus partnering with an company.

● Is there a large pool of quality tech talent in your area?
● Does the developer have a different skill set that could be of value to your team in the future?
● Will your company be in a position to retain the developer after the project is complete?
● Will the project require more ongoing maintenance and support than your existing staff can handle?
● Who can maintain the application if the developer leaves?

We have the process in place to deliver solutions that meet your schedule.

Antares has been developing pioneering technology solutions for thirty years. During that time, we’ve developed processes that expedite software development and ensure the rapid delivery of products that meet the precise requirements of our clients. Contact Antares today to learn more about how our development team can help you.

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06/01

2018

Don’t Fall Victim to These Software Development Project Fails

Custom software has the potential to streamline your company’s operations and increase productivity. But first, you’ve got to get through the software development process. While there are dozens of ways that a project can fail, most fall into two overarching categories: failures of foresight and failures of oversight.

Asking an overtaxed IT department to tackle a technology that they’re not familiar with would fall into the failure of foresight category. Frequently moving the goalposts throughout the course of a project, on the other hand, is a failure of oversight. Both of these issues can result in a project that runs over budget, misses critical deadlines or collapses before it reaches the finish line.

Failure of foresight

When companies are over-eager to launch into a project, they often neglect to establish a firm foundation to build on. Like any other endeavor, custom software development is only as successful as the preparation that goes into it. A thorough discovery process ensures your software developers move forward with a clear understanding of your budget, time frame, expectations and goals.

To avoid falling into this trap, the Antares software development team takes time to get a clear picture of client needs, processes and desired outcomes. Below are some initial questions to be addressed before beginning a project:

❏ What are the project requirements?
❏ What are the project parameters in terms of time and budget?
❏ What are the client’s expectations in terms of the final product and the development process?
❏ What goal is the client attempting to accomplish through the software?
❏ How does the client define success?

Failure of oversight

Even the best laid plans can be laid to waste by poor project management. Without a knowledgeable guide navigating the project, the output will be mediocre at best. More likely, it will be over budget and past its deadline and a frustrating disappointment for everyone involved.
On the other hand, a savvy project manager makes sure all of the following pieces are in place for a finished product that everyone can be proud of:

❏ A team with talent, skills and relevant experience
❏ Clear understanding of desired software features and functional requirements
❏ Frequent progress updates and sustained communication
❏ Clear understanding of change requests and their implications
❏ Rapid adaptation to unanticipated challenges
A no-fail solution to software development projects

At Antares, we’ve spent thirty years successfully developing custom software for clients in healthcare, insurance, finance, oil & gas and the enterprise. Our experience in wide-ranging industries equips our skilled technical experts with relevant knowledge of critical content areas. Our project management is second to none, and our constant communication ensures all stakeholders stay informed and empowered from the first meeting to the final product launch.

Adopt a no-fail approach to your company’s software development. Get in touch with the agile, on-top-of-it team at Antares today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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