Press Release: Louisiana Clerks of Court Launches Statewide Portal

Cloud Based Portal Available for Participating Parish Land Records

Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association and Antares Technology Solutions, a Louisiana based software development and information technology consulting company, announced that its cloud-based portal for access to statewide land records has been launched. The Statewide Portal provides secure remote access by registered users to searchable copies of the official parish indices of land records for both mortgages and conveyances.  Fifty-three parishes have signed up to participate and are in various stages of the onboarding process to provide daily uploads of mortgage and conveyance transaction data.

The Clerks’ Statewide Portal, www.laclerksportal.org, provides public information on the availability of land records of participating clerks of court and includes hyperlinks to the desired clerks’ websites who are the custodians of the records identified through searches conducted via the Statewide Portal.  Marriage license information has recently been approved and included as another data search option added to the Portal.

According to Debbie Hudnall, Executive Director for the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, “We’re pleased that the Statewide Portal provides a one stop location for easy search access to all participating parish land record information and soon marriage licenses.  This allows our clerks the ability to provide accurate and timely information via the web as well as traditional methods.”

“Antares is pleased to be the Clerks software partner providing secure cloud-based services to streamline communication between parishes and their customers,” said Ralph Melian, Antares president. “Cloud-based portals are a powerful communication channel that continue to shift the way governmental agencies conduct business.”

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Antares CEO Graduates from Goldman Sachs Entrepreneur Program

goldmanRalph Melian, Antares’ president and CEO, recently graduated from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, an entrepreneurship training program held in New Orleans at Delgado Community College.  The focus of the 11-week program helps small business owners create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital, and business support services.  “Participating in the program was an incredible experience,” said Melian.  “At Antares we’re always looking at ways we can apply technology to our clients’ business growth needs.  The Goldman Sachs program is something I’m applying to our growth plan and sharing that insight with our clients.”

Designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school, the curriculum focuses on practical skills that participants can immediately put into action within their company. The program currently operates in 15 markets in the U.S. through a network of more than 90 academic and community partners. Over 5,800 small business owners have participated, and the program continues to expand on a city-by-city basis. Locally over 450 business owners in the Gulf South region have participated.



Are your software and systems ready if disaster strikes?

When was the last time you thought about the software and systems you access each day to run your business and where your data is stored? If disaster strikes such as a hurricane or fire, what backup systems or processes do you have in place to keep your business running?

computerFireHurricane Katrina forced us to put together and document a business continuity / disaster recovery plan after experiencing power outages and employees working from local coffee houses or remote cities. When Hurricane Gustav hit we were able to execute plans with minimal down time. Knowing that a hurricane is on its way gives us the opportunity to be prepared.

What happens when a laptop battery catches on fire at the office? Our developers experienced this first hand. Hearing the crackle and seeing sparks turn into flames puts a whole new perspective on your priorities.  Having an emergency response plan helps employees know what to do and how to recover.

Here’s a helpful checklist of some steps to take to be prepared.

Top Ten Suggestions for Business Technology Recovery

  1. Make a list of all technology hardware, software and licensing information and know how to reach them if needed.
  2. Develop technical recovery procedures to be followed in the event of an interruption
  3. Determine and list individuals (employees/vendors) to manage recovery of your systems
  4. Determine source for back-up technical resources (PCs, servers, printers, etc.)
  5. If you have custom developed software be sure you have access to the source code, ability to rebuild and reinstall the application
  6. Document critical data to be restored and backup all data at off-site location
  7. Prioritize order of systems to be restored – Email, Accounting, ERP software / Custom Business Applications, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, etc.  What’s most important to get your business operational as quickly as possible?
  8. Establish a process to follow to run your business when systems are down.  This can be paper forms or onsite computer systems and train staff on the process.
  9. Communicate status regularly to employees and clients as you bring systems back on line
  10. Create list of key clients, suppliers, and critical recovery contacts and store copy(s) offsite

Contact us if you have questions or need assistance as you review your software systems, processes and preparation.



2016 Tech Tuesday Featuring Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH) at OLOL College

Antares is pleased to continue our support of Tech Tuesday highlighting our regional technology industry. At the upcoming event in May, go behind-the-scenes at one of Louisiana’s newest, most advanced medical-training facilities: The Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH), at Our Lady of the Lake College near Essen Lane!

SETH has tons of cool tech (literally), and the stars of SETH are the robotic “sim patients”: lifelike mannequins that cost as much as Mercedes-Benzes! You’ll get to feel the robot’s pulses, hear them talk, and, if you can handle it, even witness a simulated birth!

Baton Rouge is a growing leader in hospital innovation—and high-tech facilities like SETH are why. Tech Tuesday takes place just one day after SETH’s ribbon cutting ceremony, so you’ll be one of the first members of the public to see the facility from the inside.

So come have a few drinks, network, and see the robots in action!

What: Tech Tuesday, Living Laboratory Edition. A socializing and networking opportunity for technology fans in all industries.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 PM, just one day after the ribbon-cutting ceremony

Who: Sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake College. Organized by Louisiana Technology Park

Where: Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH) at OLOL College. Just off Essen Lane. Simply turn by the McDonald’s and go down two streets; it’s on the far right corner, inside the Health Professions Building. 7443 Picardy Ave – Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Click here to register!

We look forward to seeing you there!



2015 3rd Qtr Tech Tuesday Featuring Baton Rouge Creative Bloc

Creative Bloc

Tech Tuesday, the ultimate networking opportunity for all technology professionals, is hitting the streets! Antares is excited to continue our sponsorship of this popular BREC event, with its latest venue featuring the Baton Rouge Creative Bloc. Baton Rouge, LA – Tech Tuesday, the ultimate networking opportunity for all technology professionals, is heading downtown! Antares is excited to continue our sponsorship of this popular BREC event, hosted at the Baton Rouge Creative Bloc,  804 Main St. on Tuesday, November 17th. There’s no better way to enjoy the energy of this new facility than to experience in person with the opportunity to connect, discuss and learn with others who share a passion for technology.

Creative Bloc is a collaborative workspace inspired and built for today’s multitalented professional in need of a unique environment.  The space goes beyond the traditional four walls by offering workstations, private offices and shared spaces intentionally designed for members of to leverage one another’s talents.  The space is geared toward entrepreneurs specializing in the areas of audio, video, film, design, photography, communications and graphic arts.

Tech Tuesday has always provided a fun, relaxed environment for people to network with the region’s top professionals, while exploring innovative and exciting developments underway in the Baton Rouge community. Hosting this event at the newly renovated Main Street building is the perfect display of how Baton Rouge’s technology sector is continuously finding innovative ways to better the community.

Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Creative Bloc, 804 Main Street
Food & Beverage – Lava Cantina

We look forward to seeing you there!



Antares ranks on the 2015 Inc. 500|5000 List

BATON ROUGE, LA – Antares Technology Solutions, a trusted software development and IT consulting firm, was recently named to the 2015 Inc. 500│5000 list of fastest growing business in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.

Ramware, LLC, the holding company for Antares, ranked 364 on the 2015 Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list ranks each company based on revenue growth in a three-year period, and businesses must have at least $2 million in revenues to qualify; Ramware had a three-year sales growth of 1277 percent. There are 39 Louisiana companies on the list with 10 of those businesses being headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“We are proud to make the list and be ranked the highest among Baton Rouge-based companies. It is a great opportunity to recognize our team members and their efforts that have made these types of honors possible. This recognition validates that our organization is focusing on appropriate areas in our business to create growth — quality business solutions combined with unparalleled customer support,” Rick Mekdessie, Founder/CEO of Ramware, said in a statement released this week.

About Antares Technology Solutions

Antares is an award-winning, full-service software IT company poised to deliver high quality information technology solutions to our customers.  Since 1988, Antares has planned, designed and implemented software solutions that help our customers increase their competitive advantage and grow their businesses.   We focus on .NET Application Development, Intranets/Portals Mobile Web Applications and Business Intelligence reporting solutions.

About Inc. Magazine

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found by going to www.inc.com/inc5000.