Custom Software Development Services
Similar to many business areas, software development and application support over the last 10 years has been under intense pressure to reduce costs, increase productivity and manage greater software complexity. Furthermore it has become much more transparent in terms of the software development process. In turn this enables customers and other stakeholders to have more involvement during the process of software development.
Off-shoring software development and support to lower cost locations is now a well established practice, as businesses look to take advantage of substantial cost differentials. Offshore locations such as India have experienced a boom. The off-shore outsourcing industry has also matured over the last five years as many businesses experienced problems getting software delivered on-time, on-budget and to a high enough quality. Practical factors such as time differences, cultural issues and language barriers are ever present. Some industries have difficulties overcoming regulatory, security or legal barriers of off-shoring processes, especially for financial or medical businesses. Where ‘on-the-ground’ support requiring a customer visit is needed, UK-based operations are often still required.
The industry has recognised that if the basic principles of good software development and support are not adhered to, such as using UML for the software design or engaging software developers in the process through Agile methodologies, the initial savings of off-shoring can be lost. Poor initial experiences of off-shoring and cost rises from offshore locations combined with a global downturn have forced many companies to re-examine whether they need to keep skill bases closer to home. There has thus been a growing interest in ‘near-shoring’ and ‘re-shoring’ – bringing software development work back to the UK. Near-shoring uses offshore locations which are closer to the UK, where language and time barriers are shortened and product quality is higher.
Dunstan Thomas provides consultancy to scope out requirements and produce detailed ‘Use Cases’ and UML design for software projects if an organisation does not possess these skills in-house.
Understanding a client’s business and translating this into comprehensive design specifications ensures that any proposed technical solutions are both fit for purpose and highly cost effective. With expertise across the entire application lifecycle spectrum, Dunstan Thomas always applies best practice to software projects using modern methodologies such as Agile to ensure flexibility, participation and visibility to clients.
Our team of experienced developers work together with our project managers and business consultants to provide an end-to-end custom software development service including:
- Requirements Gathering
- Systems Architecture & Design using UML
- Software Development
- Cloud Software Application Development on Windows Azure
- QA Testing & Automated Testing
- Rollout and Deployment
- Agile Project Management
- Support & Maintenance
Depending on the context, software may either be developed from scratch or built upon existing third party software products.
Dunstan Thomas is a Microsoft Silver ISV & ALM Partner, and experts in the Microsoft technologies. Technology capabilities include:
Dunstan Thomas has extensive experience in analysing business needs and creating software solutions in a wide variety of business sectors for an extensive range of clients. Expertise across a set of technologies and application lifecycle disciplines means that best practice to software projects alongside an Agile methodology is applied to ensure flexibility, participation and visibility to clients.
Custom and Bespoke Software Development - Case Study
Dunstan Thomas has the knowledge and experience to solve problems across many industries. Our clients include:
- Spire Financial
- Legacy Asset Systems