Software Development Automation isn’t the way of the future. It’s the way of the past, the present, and the future. While there’s plenty of anxiety to go around about job loss to automation and the rise of robot overlords, humans have relied on automation to simplify and streamline processes since our earliest attempts at civilization. Water wheels, lathes, and music boxes were all inventions that automated particular human processes, and none rendered humans obsolete.

It’s inevitable that we’ll continue to improve and fine-tune automation, that more and more tasks will be mechanized and digitized. This doesn’t threaten the livelihood of humans. It improves our chances of success. It gives us more time to focus our skills and insights on the solutions that still can’t be outsourced to algorithms and robotic arms.

What is software development automation?

There are a good many tedious tasks that developers once had to carry out by hand, often numerous times for each build. Savvy software developers began to bypass these time-consuming aspects of development by deploying innovative technologies and methodologies that could complete repetitive tasks independently of human intervention.

What sorts of tasks do software developers automate?

Automation is possible whenever the developer can clearly and precisely define the parameters of the tasks and the project at hand. Some of the most common uses of automation include:

  • Setting up servers and environments
  • Quality assurance, compilation and testing
  • Infrastructure upgrades
  • System deployments
  • Code quality checks

What are the advantages of software development automation?

Limit human error

The most common human errors result from carelessness, and carelessness increases when a task is monotonous. Humans can become lackadaisical or forgetful, or our eyes go blurry from staring at a screen too long. Automating tasks with clear parameters and requirements eliminates human error where it’s most likely to show up, in those redundant processes that don’t necessarily require our full attention.

Improve productivity of human resources

Automation of redundant processes liberates developers’ time and energy for addressing complex challenges and opportunities. They can put their expertise and ingenuity towards designing elegant solutions for more intricate problems. These are precisely the brainteasers that automation cannot eliminate.

Deploy faster

With time-consuming tasks fully automated, developers are free to focus their efforts on potential pitfalls and continuous improvements. The development process becomes more agile, and products can be brought to market faster without sacrificing quality.

Antares Technology Solutions combines cutting edge automation with human ingenuity.

When you partner with Antares Technology Solutions to address your most pressing business goals and challenges, you get the best of both worlds. Our software developers are experts in their field, and we apply that expertise to design the most elegant solution for your business needs. We use agile development practices and state-of-the-art automation to ensure rapid product deployment with precision engineering. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can optimize your processes and give you a 21st century advantage over the competition.

 

05/28

2020

Verigan Presented with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

TERRENCE F. VERIGAN PRESENTED WITH THE ALBERT NELSON MARQUIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY MARQUIS WHO’S WHO

 

Mr. Verigan has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of technology

AS SEEN IN 4/09/20 24-7 PRESS RELEASE ARTICLE

METAIRIE, LA, April 09, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Terrence F. Verigan with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Verigan celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Verigan has served the Louisiana and national business communities in various technology-driven enterprises, such as Xerox Corp., AT&T and Windstream. Considered an expert in his field, he has focused his efforts on meeting the needs of his clients while also building and training efficient projects and sales teams. Mr. Verigan has excelled as the executive vice president of Antares Technology Solutions since 2018. A software company in Metairie, the company’s mission is to leverage technology to create value and efficiencies with a focus on quality processes and solutions for clients while nurturing professional growth of their employees.

Mr. Verigan is also a partnership liaison of the University of New Orleans (UNO) and the president and co-owner of Enterprise Information Systems, LLC, a regional, woman-owned technology consulting firm based in New Orleans. In addition to his full-time commitments, he consults with the president and members of the president’s cabinet at UNO regarding business development opportunities and educational programs for federal agencies and corporate partners. Some of Mr. Verigan’s other noteworthy roles during his career have included the vice president and a member of the board of directors for the Association of Information Technology Professionals and as the executive vice president of the technology consulting firm Carrollton Enterprise Services in New Orleans.

Most notably, Mr. Verigan was active as the vice president of CompuCure Inc. from 2007 to 2015. A New Orleans-based consulting firm that provides strategic information technology solutions to government agencies and private corporations, he was recruited by the company shortly after Hurricane Katrina and has helped to grow the business from $300,000 in annual revenues to $5 million in just three years. CompuCure was later recognized as the top woman small-business contractor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A community leader for many years, Mr. Verigan has been aligned with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival as a member of the board of directors since 2004. He is also a treasurer and a member of the aforementioned festival’s executive committee. An annual five-day literary festival in the city of New Orleans, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is dedicated to American playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived and worked in the city and later won a Pulitzer Prize.

Mr. Verigan has also held various administrative positions on public and private boards, including the board of directors of the Press Club of New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union, the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, he was appointed as the treasurer and a member of the executive committee of Core Element, a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of materials and methods for teachers engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the schools and the presentation of robotics and programing camps for students for two months each summer. Mr. Verigan initially graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in English and education in 1971 before completing postgraduate coursework on campus, as well as additional studies in civic and business law at Loyola University.

Renowned for his exemplary work, Mr. Verigan has been the subject of interviews and was invited as a keynote speaker at the 2013 FAA Leadership Symposium. Following a meeting with the editor-in-chief of Nextgov.com in Washington during the 2013 federal government shutdown, he was asked to write an article describing his experiences as a small-business federal contractor during the shutdown, titled “Reflections on 2013, the Year That Nearly Killed One Small Federal IT Firm” and published in 2013. The recipient of several accolades, he was honored as the Community Leader of the Year by the University of New Orleans in 1981 and One of 82 People to Watch in ’82 by New Orleans Magazine in January 1982. He was later the recipient of the prestigious Pelican Award from the Louisiana Hospital Association’s Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing in 2000. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Verigan has been included in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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04/27

2020

Antares CEO, Ralph Melian in City Business News

WHERE’S THE MONEY, WEEK 3: BUSINESSES WAIT FOR NEXT PPP ROUND
AS SEEN IN 4/22/20 NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS ARTICLE

Ralph Melian thought he was ahead of the game when he applied for a Paycheck Protection Program loan on April 3, the first day the $349 billion initiative began accepting applications.

After gathering the necessary documentation, Melian said his application for Metairie-based Antares Technology Solutions was submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration by his regional bank on April 13. But the PPP ran out of funding three days later, leaving him still waiting.

“I felt like I did have my ducks in a row,” said Melian, president and CEO of Antares. “I was right at the beginning of the line, constantly making sure I had everything done and double-checking and triple-checking. I don’t know what the criteria is for the SBA processing these applications. I know a lot of other business owners who have gotten funded already, and they all applied after I did.”

Melian and many others are now waiting on Congress, which has been moving quickly to approve a new $483 billion coronavirus stimulus package that adds over $300 billion to the PPP.

The program provides eight weeks of forgivable cash flow through 100% federally guaranteed loans to cover payroll, salaries, rent, utilities and other debt obligations. Banks are in charge of processing applications with the SBA, approving loans and distributing money to customers.

The Senate approved the new stimulus package Tuesday and the House planned a vote on Thursday. It has the support of the Trump administration as well.

At the time it was rolled out, the expectation was that business owners could go to their lender, apply for a loan and get funding the same day. But many business owners weren’t even able to apply in the first round due to their banks not having a digital process in place quickly enough, as was the case with Capital One Bank.

With the program on hold until more funding is added, some banks have paused the application process, while others are still accepting them.

Ron Samford, president and CEO of Metairie Bank, said his bank and many others had applications they had not yet processed when the funds were exhausted.

“Those applications will be processed first when the new legislation is authorized and the new funds become available,” said Samford, whose bank has funded 90% of the $37.5 million in loans that have been approved.

“We’ll then process all the applications we’ve received since the first pool closed,” he added.

Banks have 10 calendar days from the date of SBA approval to close and fund the loans.

Brian Lozes, founder and CEO of Kenemagic, a Metairie-based software company, found success in the initial round of the PPP.

After consulting with his attorney, talking to some accounting groups and viewing a local webinar explaining the program, Lozes said he filled out an application with Chase Bank. He needed to update it the next day since it had some incorrect information, like the wrong contact person in the wrong field, he said.

“We got our funding a day later,” he said. “It was pretty quick.”

Lozes said he believes being an existing client with the bank helped, and added that “the trick was to follow the paperwork very clearly and consistently in its intents.”

“The program was definitely a short-term uplift for our company, no doubt about it,” he said of his 22-employee business, which has pivoted from producing technology geared to industrial groups to helping all companies as they consider working remotely.

“I hope the next round moves quickly,” he said. “Every day that money hasn’t made its way to businesses, it’s a lost opportunity for someone else.”

Melian said he’s had no more success with the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which offers non-forgivable loans of up to $2 million at lower interest rates. After applying in mid-March, the program’s guidelines were changed several times, so he kept applying. He hasn’t heard anything in three weeks, he said.

He’s looking into other options, including a Louisiana-led loan program for small businesses, while waiting to see if his PPP application pans out.

Melian hasn’t had to lay off any of his 16 employees and doesn’t expect to, but worries how he’ll cover expenses as clients delay payments.

“I’m hoping that if I do all these (loan applications), hopefully one of them will hit so I can have at least some comfort in the future,” he said.

04/02

2020

Antares awarded GSA MAS Schedule 70 Contract

Antares Technology Solutions, an award-winning provider of custom software development and IT consulting services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded an IT 70 Federal Supply Schedule contract by the General Services Administration (GSA).   IT Schedule 70 is the largest and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government and is considered a preferred procurement source for technical products and services. Under this new certification, federal, state, and local government agencies can access Antares’ services on GSA Advantage!®, the government’s electronic online ordering system.

The contract, a Multiple Award 70 Schedule (MAS) contract, # 47QTCA20D002W, has a base period of five years with options for extensions and is a highly coveted and evaluated award. It certifies the capabilities and past performance record of Antares and adds it to a pre-approved list of companies for federal purchases. The IT 70 Schedule ensures that government agencies receive high quality, cost-effective professional services while simplifying the procurement process to speed delivery.

“Antares is very excited to receive this long-term contract from GSA,” said Ralph Melian, President and CEO. “As a small business with a long history of delivering quality software solutions, this award presents a tremendous opportunity for Antares to now serve federal agency customers along with our corporate and state government clients. It’s an important part of our future growth strategy and we look forward to building strong relationships with agencies as a dedicated small business partner to help them achieve their software goals.”

Federal, State, and local government agencies can obtain information about Antares’ GSA Schedule 70 contract services on the GSA Advantage web site at: www.gsaadvantage.gov or by contacting Antares Technology Solutions at 800-366-8807.