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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Antares to Sponsor New Orleans Chamber 1st Quarter Luncheon, March 9

Antares is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor for the New Orleans Chamber’s 2018 1st Quarter Luncheon featuring Port of New Orleans President & CEO Brandy Christian. Christian will address the Greater New Orleans area business community about the new upcoming gateway plan for the Port of New Orleans.

March 9, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
130 Roosevelt Way
Roosevelt Ballroom, Mezzanine Level

Early Bird Ticket:
Members $50
Nonmembers $60
*Early Bird Price available until February 13th

After discount:
Members $55
Non-members $65
Walk In Tickets $70 – Limited Availability
*Pre-registration will close at 12 noon on Thursday, March 8th

For additional details or to register, click here.



Antares to Sponsor Hackathon at Activate Conference in Baton Rouge, Feb. 23

Antares is pleased to announce that it will be the presenting sponsor of the first-ever Hackathon at the Baton Rouge-based Activate Conference! Now in its second year, Activate is a three-day event that engages the tech community, particularly students and young adults, in an effort to bolster interest in the technology field regionally. The Hackathon at this year’s conference presents a way for young technology enthusiasts to hone their skills and get hands-on experience in solutions development, but also support their community in a fun, practical way.

“As we celebrate Antares’ 30th anniversary this year, we remain firmly dedicated to supporting the advancement of the technology industry regionally, as well as the professional development of young adults seeking technology careers. We are proud to be a part of this event,” says Ralph Melian, President and CEO of Antares.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Louisiana Tech Park
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Teams consisting of four to six participants will use Baton Rouge’s Open Data Portal to develop a creative technology solution that improves the way the city works. The applications developed at the event may even be implemented in the community. Teams are encouraged to register and plan ahead. Only non-professional teams (high school or college students) will be eligible to win the competition, although professionals are welcome to participate. Specific Hackathon instructions and registration information are available at



How to Secure Grants to Fund Your Software Project

An inability to provide customers with the product or service they need because of lack of funding is unfortunate. The reality is many companies, especially smaller ones, don’t have the funding to invest in software development services to meet these needs. However, if your company doesn’t have the funds for a new software project, but you have a clear need for one, then you may want to consider looking into grants. Here are some tips for obtaining additional funding through grants so you don’t have to put a significant dent in your bottom line.

Identify Available Grants

The first step in getting a grant is to know where to look. By doing a quick Google search, you can find relevant grants available in your industry. For example, you may be directed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality if you do a search for “healthcare grant opportunities.” Once you look at a few resources, you can narrow down your options to which ones provide the best opportunities suited for your business, no matter what industry you’re in.

Put Together A Compelling Case

If you need specific business software, you need to present a strong case as to why the software will benefit your business and/or the consumer or public at large. There must be a clear problem your business is facing, and a clear reason why the particular software project will solve the problem. When making your case, be realistic about the upfront costs and the annual costs for your software project. If you’re too greedy or aggressive, you may not get your funding. The more realistic and thorough you are when making your case, the better your chances will be of getting a grant.

Your Leadership Needs A Positive Reputation

Having a leadership team with past success with software projects will give your company more credibility. Working with a software development company may help your case if you don’t have an established leader with a track record of successful projects. Many smaller or newer companies fall into this category, so don’t give up if you haven’t established a high level of credibility yet. There are also a number of opportunities available specifically for startups, so you may also consider looking for those specifically.

Founded in 1988, Antares provides software development services to companies in nearly every industry across the U.S. Our software solutions are custom-made to fit the needs of your business, rather than being a standard, cookie cutter solution. If you’ve got a software project in the works, be sure to contact us to see how we can help you.

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Insourcing vs. Outsourcing Your Software Development

Ever since there’s been a market for software, there’s been a debate about whether companies should insource or outsource software development. Every company’s situation is different so there’s no right or wrong answer across the board. The main thing to focus on is the long-term effectiveness of your custom software development, while also keeping current business needs in mind. Here are the pros and cons to consider when it comes to insourcing and outsourcing software development.

Pros and Cons of Insourcing Software Development

Having an in-house team of software developers allows you to have the team right there with the rest of the group. Any time a business need arises, you can simply walk into their office instead of having to contact a third-party development team. The fact that the in-house group is on your team also makes it easier to be in alignment with company goals as well.

On the negative side, finding the right in-house team takes time. And depending on the size of your organization, you may have to hire and pay multiple software development professionals, which can get costly very quickly. Navigating through these issues is one of the main reasons why some business owners choose to outsource.

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Software Development

When you choose outsourcing with a custom software development company, you don’t have to go through the hiring process, and you know you’ll be getting experienced, well-rounded team of developers to work on your project. The key is finding the best software development company to work with. A good company will essentially become a part of your team, and all doors of communication will be open as if they were in your office.

Some of the cons to outsourcing may include prioritization, communication barriers, hidden costs and varying quality. The best way to combat these issues is to do a thorough analysis for each software development company you have in consideration. One of the biggest pitfalls companies have with software outsourcing is settling on a company before doing their homework. Consider the following:

● Have they implemented similar projects in the past?
● Who are their current and former clients?
● Are they well respected in their respective markets?
● Will they provide dedicated staff to manage/implement the project?
● What kind of timeline do they operate on?
● Are they personable and accessible?

Antares has the experience and reputation to confidently say we have the software solution for any problem your business may be experiencing. One of the things that sets us apart is our adaptable engagement model. As your situation warrants, Antares can handle the entire software project or provide staff enhancement or an embedded team – Project Managers, Architects, Developers and QA Analysts – and integrate them into your project team to work as one functioning unit. This allows us to handle your business technology needs as if we were part of your in-house staff – whether working at your office or at ours. To learn more about us and how we can benefit your company, contact us today.



The Benefits of Building vs. Buying Software for Your Business

One of the most difficult questions a business owner has to answer at some point is whether to build their own software or simply buy it. While there are some advantages to buying software, mainly from a cost standpoint, most businesses are better off using a custom software development company to ensure all their needs are met. Of course, every business has different situations and challenges, but when you look at the big picture and consider the future, custom business software is an excellent option providing a competitive operational advantage and control over your software licensing and intellectual property.

Building Software Leaves Room For Customization

Most business owners plan to grow their business in a certain time frame, but need software solutions to be effective now and in the future. Using a software solutions company to build your software will provide scalability to meet your business demands. When you think about customization, you also have to think about capability, scalability and speed. If you have highly complex software needs or plans to expand your business in the near future, you’ll have a better chance of meeting or exceeding your expectations if you can adapt your software to keep up with the fast-paced business world we live in today.

Another benefit of building software is owning your intellectual property and essentially controlling your own destiny with the direction of your company. Some of the most valuable assets for any company is their intellectual property, and it can only be secured by building your own software.

Buying Software Limits Your Functionality

If you choose to purchase pre-built business software, you’ll be severely limited in functionality, compatibility and connectivity. With how quickly technology and software evolves today, your pre-built software could be outdated before it’s completely implemented. You may save some costs upfront, but when you have to implement a completely new system in a few years, the added cost will catch up to you.

Which Option is Best For Your Company?

The building versus buying software question is always going to be a big one, but the answer is generally clear when you think about it. If you have a limited budget and are not planning to evolve or expand anytime soon, then buying is probably the way to go. But if you have highly complex needs or big plans for the future, including owning valuable intellectual property, then custom software should be your choice. When you look at the big picture, it may also be the most cost efficient option as well with more value created over time.

Antares knows exactly what it takes to set your business apart from the competition. We are a custom software development company with nearly 30 years of experience working with businesses in nearly every industry imaginable. Not only do we help our clients with their current technology needs, but we also help them plan for the future to ensure the best solution is in place. Contact us today to set up a consultation to discuss your current and future software needs.

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Making Mobile and Web Apps Work Together

The world of mobile development is so large and complex that it can be difficult for companies to know where to begin. One of the keys to successful software application development is being consistent with mobile apps and web apps. When these apps work together, your business will not only run more efficiently, but you’ll also provide a better experience for your users. Here are some custom software development tips to help make your apps work better together across multiple platforms.

Build Your Apps Natively

One of the easiest things a business can do is build an app that can be used across multiple platforms. While this seems like a great solution from both a work and cost efficiency standpoint, it’s far from the best software application development solution. Web-based applications are programmed differently than mobile apps, and not understanding the differences between the two can end up making for a poor experience for the end user. Building your mobile apps natively will combat this issue by focusing on the differences and what’s actually needed for a specific app or mobile operating system.

Be Willing To Alter Your Backend Infrastructure

Your company may have a solid backend infrastructure, but it doesn’t mean it is the best for use by both mobile and web apps. The key with custom business software development is having the willingness to alter your backend infrastructure to adapt to business and customer needs. A web application may have a great supporting infrastructure, but it may not have been designed to properly address the needs of a mobile app. This is where a quality software application development company can help ensure your backend infrastructure is suitable for both.

Developing Apps Yourself vs. Outsourcing

Many companies find they are fighting a losing battle when they attempt to develop their web and mobile apps themselves. Not only is this more time consuming, but it could potentially be more costly in the long-run. Outsourcing custom software development is especially critical for businesses that may not have a dedicated, experienced IT staff.

Antares works with each and every client to ensure the proper software application development and implementation is in place. Many companies may only need web-based solutions, while others need a combination of web and mobile apps. The important thing is providing functionality and support to the end user, and we will work with you to understand your entire business model to support your needs. As the situation warrants, we can even provide staff enhancement to support you and your team during the design, development and implementation phases. Contact us to set up a consultation and learn more about how we can help your business thrive.

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