If you’re a small business making ends meet, commercial software is a great way to get tech advantages on a budget. As your business grows, however, you may discover that those standard, off-the-shelf business software solutions are a liability rather than an advantage to your internal tech team’s performance.

Standard software solutions don’t fit your workflow.

Your business offers unique benefits to your clients. It’s a safe bet that your extraordinary offerings are the result of proprietary processes you’ve developed to get the job done efficiently. Making those processes fit within the limitations of standard business software offerings can be tricky and time-consuming, stifling your tech team’s efficiency.

A custom software solution can be tailored to precisely align with your business goals, practices and processes. Your workflow will be more fluid and adaptable in an environment built to accommodate it, and your team won’t lose time trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Your team is losing time managing and maintaining commercial software.

Speaking of losing time, managing and maintaining commercial software can be a time waster for your tech team. When it comes to out-of-the-box software solutions, your team has minimal control over software-related issues. A lot of time is spent on phone calls to third-party software support and troubleshooting. When the software is updated, abandoned, or hijacked by hackers, your tech team has little to no control over the outcome.

When you outsource custom software development to build a more tailored solution, your tech team can head off potential problems by providing the exact specs that will best suit your business model. They’ll be able to exercise greater control over changes, updates, and development of future iterations, which ensures more productive time.

The whole team holds their breath whenever there’s an update.

Who hasn’t experienced the sudden crash of a system owing to an unexpected update? Standard business software solutions aren’t built for your convenience. They’re built for general convenience. It’s unlikely developers of a standard product are going to consult with your team before making updates, and those obligatory email notifications are too often lost in junk mail. Unanticipated updates and alterations can send your team scrambling for last minute solutions, leaving other daily business untended and your processes temporarily hobbled.

Custom software is developed specifically for you and your team. Updates are made based on your needs and schedule, giving your team time to prepare for transitions. Tailored solutions also allow you to plan ahead of necessary updates and schedule them advance, so your team isn’t at the mercy of a third-party’s whims.

Your existing software is restricting your company’s growth.

Growing beyond your standard software can be a challenge. Too many times, we ask internal tech teams to nip and tuck standard software to fit a burgeoning business model. Or worse, we attempt to keep a business squeezed into the boundaries set by commercial software. Both are surefire ways to stay stuck in second (or third or fourth) place forever. If your software can’t grow with your company, you need better software.

For thirty years, businesses have outsourced their custom software development to Antares because they want solutions that grows with them. We’ve worked with clients in healthcare, insurance, finance, oil & gas, and commercial product development to create tailored software applications that suit their unique needs.

What about your team? Is productivity down and frustration at an all time high? Are surprise updates and modifications disrupting your business flow? Get in touch with us today to develop a solution that optimizes your business operations and gives your tech team the software assistance they need.

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03/13

2018

Antares to Sponsor Stage at 2018 French Quarter Festival

It’s no secret – we love New Orleans. And we love music. That’s why Antares is proud to contribute to events that contribute to the culture and quality of life in our region. This year, Antares is sponsoring the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at the 2018 French Quarter Festival! Come hang out with Ralph Melian and the team on Saturday, April 14 from 7-8:30PM in Woldenberg Park. OTRA will be on stage, delighting festival goers with the syncopated rhythms of Afro-Cuban jazz.
Not familiar with OTRA yet? The band was formed in Feb. 2002 by bassist Sam Price. After performing with other New Orleans-area latin bands that played a standard repertoire of popular latin covers, Price sought to create an original project that would emphasize creativity, powerful soloing, and irresistible grooves, while honoring the Afro-Cuban roots of ‘Latin’ music. OTRA has become a favorite among the New Orleans music scene, and is a favorite of the Antares team as well.
We hope to see you at the festival!

02/22

2018

What is the Difference Between an Intranet and Extranet Portal?

An intranet portal and an extranet portal have many similarities, so it’s understandable when people have a hard time differentiating the two. Simply put, an intranet is defined as an internal network allowing employees to communicate, collaborate, generate content and work towards developing the company culture. An extranet performs the same functions, but also ties in access for external parties, like vendors, clients, partners or other parts of the company. Many business software solutions today actually combine the portals to create maximum efficiency. Here are the differences between the two and how they are used effectively.

Intranet Portals Streamline Daily Activities

Intranet portals make communication easier and raises the levels of employee engagement. Employees can share documents with one another, stay organized and always keep in touch with each other easily. Plus, intranet portals make it simple for remote employees to collaborate with people in the office without actually being there. The importance of intranet portals and custom software development has increased over the years, as more companies are becoming decentralized and need a simple means of communication and collaboration internally.

Extranet Portals Streamline External Activities

An extranet portal can serve many purposes, but typically they help streamline routine activities that occur regularly. Businesses will have the ability to communicate, place orders, share documents and other activities with external parties that generally require phone calls or emails. Consider the ease of use for your vendors, clients and partners as well. With an extranet, information is available around the clock, so there is less pressure to do certain tasks during normal business hours. One of the main concerns with extranet portals is security, but the best business software solutions design an extranet portal with security as a top priority.

Bring Intranets and Extranets Together With Custom Software

Custom software development companies today are combining extranets and intranets together more than ever before. Industries like healthcare, insurance, finance, commercial product development and oil and gas all require internal and external collaboration at all times, so custom business software solutions make sense for them. When intranets and extranets are combined into a single software solution, communication is made much easier, not to mention the time, money and energy saved by having processes streamlined.

Antares is a software development company developing and implementing both intranet extranet portals for businesses. We are focused on innovation and flexibility when we design any business software solutions, since our main goal is to provide every client with the right solution to help them improve their workflows, automation and productivity. With nearly 30 years of experience, we are confident we can help your company solve any software-related problems to improve efficiency. For more information on intranet and extranet portals, and how they can work for your business, contact us today.

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02/16

2018

Antares Is Hiring!

Our growing team is in search of a Business Development Manager!

What Are We Looking For?
Our ideal candidate is tech-savvy, self-directed and highly motivated – someone who excels at building long-term relationships, with both our internal team and customers alike. They should be someone who thrives in a dynamic and flexible work environment, and can help us identify and develop the right software business solutions for our clients. A solid understanding of Technical Consulting or Professional Services Solution Selling is preferred.

If you or someone you know fits this description, contact Laura Thomas via email at lthomas@antaresnet.com. Come make a difference in our fast-growing tech company!

02/14

2018

Antares’ Joseph Hunter Guest Earns Industry Certifications

Antares congratulates Software Developer Joseph Hunter Guest on recently obtaining his CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS Specialist, and CIW User Interface Designer certifications! Hunter adds these two accomplishments to his growing list of certifications, including CompTIA A+ 901, CompTIA A+ 902, COMPTIA Project +. Hunter says he wanted to improve his skills in UI design and to become more efficient in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Hunter is originally from Slaughter, Louisiana and graduated high school from Zachary High. Software development has always been his dream job, and he says the dedication and troubleshooting skills that go into it have always intrigued him. Not yet sure if he was skilled at programing, he joined the Navy right out of high school to “travel the world.” After seven years in the service, he decided to return to school. It was at BRCC in his Introduction to HTML class that he wrote his first “HELLO WORLD.” After that, he was hooked. Hunter obtained his Associates degree in Software Development at ITT Tech, and is currently getting his Bachelors degree through Western Governor’s University.

02/12

2018

When Should You Update Your Legacy Applications?

Companies still running legacy applications have many different reasons for doing so. One of the main reasons is likely because of the cost and time-consuming process of a legacy system migration. However, updating these applications may take time and money, but the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term consequences when you hire the right company to perform the legacy migration. Sometimes it’s not obvious when the time comes for an update, but other times it’s very clear. Here are some things to look out for to help you determine when an update to your legacy applications is necessary.

Performance Issues

A slow system that constantly crashes or takes a significant amount of time to load can decrease performance capabilities significantly. When you’re operating a large business, wasting a few minutes every day can translate into dozens of workdays lost due to employee unproductivity. Spending the time and resources to perform a legacy software migration can help employees be more productive on a daily basis.

Lack of Mobile Capabilities

Older systems likely don’t have mobile capabilities, and if they do, they are very limited. With the rise in users preferring mobile applications, a legacy migration may be necessary to keep up with the competition. Plus, your employees will benefit from having mobile capabilities since they can access software on devices other than the office computer.

When Business Outgrows Current Software

Every business wants to grow. Whether you’re in the healthcare industry, insurance, finance, oil and gas, commercial product development or others, things change and your software has to be able to adapt. One of the most important things to remember is to adapt your software to your business, rather than adapting your business to the software. This can prevent business growth, but focusing on your legacy system migration to newer technologies can promote growth.

Security Concerns

Outdated applications can create some serious security risks for any company. IT security threats are increasing by the day, and if a company doesn’t have the best security measures in place, a disaster can strike at any given moment. At the very least, a legacy migration can alleviate some IT security concerns.

When Support Costs Begin Rising

If you constantly have to reach out for software support and maintenance, you’re wasting valuable time and money. Every minute of downtime is critical for a business, and can lead to tens of thousands of dollars being wasted over the course of the year. In many cases, the money spent on support exceeds the cost of getting a legacy software migration. And when the migration is complete, the support issues should diminish significantly, leading to higher employee productivity and a boost in the bottom line.

Antares can easily understand a company’s needs when it comes to the software they have and the applications they run. With 30 years of experience, we work with companies in various industries to migrate their legacy applications and bring them up-to-date while providing recommendations for improving efficiency and promoting business growth. If it’s been a while since you’ve upgraded your software, contact us to see how we can help.

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02/12

2018

Factors to Consider When Looking to Outsource Software Development

When a company makes the decision to outsource software development there are a number of factors to consider. If you proceed with the right due diligence, the process shouldn’t be quick and easy. If you just make a decision based solely on cost or other single factors, there could be many other things you’re missing out on or settling for. Of course, cost is a big factor when it comes to software outsourcing, but there are plenty of other things to consider as well. The important thing is to take your time and research every company thoroughly, and take into consideration these critical factors, to make the best decision for your business.

Industry Experience

Hiring custom software development services with specific industry experience makes a big difference. A software development company that doesn’t specifically list the industries they specialize in may not be your best option. A business in the healthcare industry has different software needs than a business in the oil and gas industry. The more experience a custom business software development company has in your specific industry, the better they will understand your needs and develop a product best suited for your industry.

Technical Expertise

A great way to match a software outsourcing company with your needs is by determining what technical skills are needed with your software. List these skills out and consider them to be a priority when looking for candidates. The technical skills could be focused on enhancing a user’s experience or simply improving the functionality of the software. Either way, make sure the skills you need are the skills the outsourcing company has.

Quality Assurance and Security

The importance of security and quality assurance should never be underestimated. The custom business software development companies you’re considering should prioritize these two components, and you should ask for proof on how they incorporate them as part of their development process. Regular testing is critical to maintain quality assurance and security, and no business should overlook the importance of it.

Culture

Look at the software outsourcing company as a whole and learn about their culture. When they have a group of employees dedicated to innovation and communication, they are more likely to be proud of their work and do the best job possible. Plus, you may have to work closely with the company for an extended amount of time, so working with one who shares a similar culture and work ethic as you will make the process seamless.

Cost

Cost is always a large factor when it’s time to hire custom software development services. You should never opt for the cheapest price, but you also don’t want to overpay for services you don’t necessarily need. When you take the other factors mentioned into consideration, you’ll have a much easier time determining the right amount of money to spend. The more boxes a software outsourcing company checks off, the higher the likelihood they will be a good fit for the job.

Antares focuses on innovation, quality, efficiency and value when developing any software for our clients. We believe collaboration is a critical component for a successful software development project. Companies have many needs and requests when outsourcing software development, and we strive to accommodate each and every one of them. Don’t hesitate to contact us to see how our services can help your business grow.

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