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Custom Solutions: Java EE and Microsoft .NET

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Off-the-shelf software solutions have evolved to offer more targeted, industry-specific functionality right out of the box, but that does not mean custom development is a thing of the past. No matter how targeted these solutions become, the unique needs of your company grow more complex every day. It takes customization to squeeze the full value out of big technology investments.

There are plenty of reputable providers of Java EE and Microsoft .NET services for companies looking to customize. But effective solutions require more than just the ability to execute at a technical level – they require a team who understands the business context and is focused on generating measurable results. That is where we come in. We know how customization projects fit into the big picture, building on our deep knowledge of the industries we serve. Just as importantly, we are able to minimize budget and timing risks by using approaches honed from hundreds of Java EE and Microsoft .NET customization projects. Learn more about the offering.

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IT departments are facing heightened pressure to contain costs by using more preconfigured commercial solutions. No more reinventing the wheel, the thinking goes, just buy what you need and make it work. That sounds good in theory, but when the rubber hits the road, businesses often need capabilities that are not already built into the package. How do you strike the right balance between efficiency and tailored functionality without breaking the bank?

Avoid the Technology Tailspin
Customization has a way of spinning out of control on big technology projects. And in some cases, by the time a custom project is finally implemented, the environment has changed to make it less relevant.

There is really only one way to make sure customization doesn’t hog more resources than are warranted – and it is an answer you have heard before: IT leaders need a clear understanding of the business context for every single customization project. While this is not a new idea, it can still seem next to impossible when you are in the trenches. Often, by the time you realize you have lost your way, it is too late.

How we can help

There are plenty of reputable providers of Java EE and Microsoft .NET services for companies looking to customize. But effective solutions require more than just the ability to execute at a technical level – they require a team who understands the business context and is focused on generating measurable results. That is where we come in. We know how customization projects fit into the big picture, building on our deep knowledge of the industries we serve. Just as importantly, we are able to minimize budget and timing risks by using approaches honed from hundreds of Java EE and .NET customization projects.

Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Application Design Services
  • Business Process Management
  • Application Performance Engineering and Testing Services
  • Requirements Engineering Services
  • SDLC Planning and Estimation
  • SOA Advisory Services
  • Solution Architecture and Integration
  • Technology Program Management
  • Testing Advisory and Delivery Services

Bottom-line benefits

  • Increase the predictability of project success with leading practices
  • Reduce project schedule and delivery risks
  • Jump-start development with tested frameworks and approaches
  • Standardize delivery approaches

Seven ways to get more value now

After helping leading companies around the world apply Java EE and .NET tools to get more value from their technology investments, here are some things we’ve learned:

  • Plan for chain reactions. Large technology solutions have a direct impact on how things get done. Likewise, any time you customize a solution, it will have downstream effects. Understand how customization can affect your business, your people, and core functions before you set changes into motion.
  • Leverage best-of-breed frameworks and demonstrated approaches. Do not reinvent the wheel. Use third-party frameworks and Deloitte assets to minimize rework.
  • Borrow where you can – but do not push it. Custom projects are often able to draw on work done elsewhere – and that is a good thing. Just do not overestimate how much you will be able to repurpose.
  • Secure a sponsor. There is no telling what resources and support you will need once a custom project gets underway. As with anything else worth doing, it is important to have strong executive sponsorship in place to make sure the project gets the attention it needs.
  • Build a dedicated team. Custom projects can go on forever if they are one of ten different priorities for everyone on the team. That is why it is important to have a dedicated core group to keep everything moving with purpose toward a speedy and efficient conclusion.
  • Adopt and enforce a methodology. Custom solution projects can be very complex. To help manage execution, a custom solutions development blueprint with an integrated set of SDLC processes, leading practices and assets are essential to delivering a high-quality solution.
  • Leverage frameworks when possible. Frameworks like FAST4J and ITASCA are out-of-box application development frameworks that contain common application support components developed specifically to meet development needs of enterprise applications. The Framework incorporates industry leading practices and prebuilt components designed to reduce time to market, decrease project risk and streamline overall architecture.

Custom Solutions in action

  • When a global pharmaceutical company needed to align their drug development activities and collaboration with a range of outside partners, we helped define, design and implement a broad portfolio management solution that would do the job. The resulting custom, SOA-based web solution fits seamlessly with the company’s overarching business strategy and has resulted in improved business processes and practices for working with partners throughout their global network.
  • A government client sought to improve service to users of its unemployment insurance tax system, using web-based self service. This meant retiring the existing, antiquated system and creating a new solution. Customization played a big role in design and development, where we deployed a .NET environment to create a new SOA-based solution. The new system supports the vision of reduced dependence on paper, an internet-based employer self-service portal, and streamlined business operations.
  • For a large health care client, we created the first eligibility and case management system in the U.S based on the technology stack J2EE IBM WebSphere/Mainframe DB2. Our team was responsible for the research, requirements, design, development, functional testing, load testing and implementation support of more than 120 web pages which replaced the legacy system’s data entry transactions.

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