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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02/06

2018

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.

LUNCHEON DETAILS
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.

02/06

2018

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.

HACKATHON DETAILS:
Friday, February 23, 2018
9AM-7PM

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 www.activateconf.com/hackathon.

02/05

2018

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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01/19

2018

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.

01/15

2018

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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