Why Consider Dobler Consulting for Your Custom Software Development

By | Custom Software
Custom software development projects are a close collaboration between the client and development team. Your development team will directly impact the success of your project, and your experience during the process.  Identifying the right development team for your project is about more than just finding knowledgeable coders. It involves finding the right combination of experience, knowledgebase, services, and personality. At Dobler Consulting, we handle comprehensive database management and technology services, and this puts us in a unique position to address custom software projects with a holistic understanding of the IT strategy. The result is more than just a development project. More Than Just Custom Software – Communication is a key aspect of the design process and requires bridging the gap between the business and tech languages. This is no easy feat, as most subject matter experts are proficient in one over the other. The resulting miscommunication can create challenges from the requirements phase all the way to implementation. Understanding the true goals of the software and how best to accomplish them from both a business and a software perspective means finding a team that can bridge those language barriers. At Dobler Consulting, we have built relationships with many companies through (more…)

How Much Does Custom Software Cost?

By | Custom Software
Whether discussing software or shelving, the word ‘custom’ is generally associated with high price tags, but that it a common misconception in our industry. When asked “how much does a custom software project cost?” our first, and shortest answer is, not as much as you think. Technology has evolved rapidly over the years, and these projects don’t have the same sticker shock that they used to. You may be surprised to hear that custom software can often be the more economical option. Our second answer is a bit longer, and understandably so. Each project is unique and comes with its own set of requirements. But rather than focusing on cost, it may be more beneficial to focus instead on the software’s ROI. That will give you the most comprehensive picture of any software’s feasibility and profitability. It’s About Finding the Right Solution When an organization is interested in custom software, it is because they have a need to fill, and custom solutions are like a square peg in a square hole, they are designed to be perfectly integrated into the workflow. The resulting efficiency means that a well-designed solution should save you money long-term. They also typically increase process automation, (more…)

Why Choose a Custom Software Solution?

By | Custom Software
If you are familiar with the concept of custom software but still convinced it is not right for you, think again. Custom software isn’t just for the top tier businesses, projects are created on a case by case basis according to each client’s specific needs and budgetary constraints. These solutions have the potential to take your business to the next level by improving your operational efficiency, promoting and enabling growth opportunities with scalability, and improving data security. Here are 3 reasons to consider a custom software solution for your business. Improve Efficiency with Automation – Process automation creates a major opportunity for more valuable resource allocation. If your organization currently wastes time on repetitive tasks like data entry, inventory management, purchase order validation, etc., then you are losing valuable time and money. Your full-time employees are a valuable and costly resource. Why waste their time and effort performing routine tasks? Increasing automation will improve your organization’s efficiency. With custom software solutions your tools will be designed to most effectively optimize your process needs for the best possible fit into your organizational process, freeing up your manpower for more strategic operations. Increase Your Scalability – Ill-fitting software or manual data management (more…)
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What is Custom Software Development?

By | Custom Software
Software is an essential component of any business. Processes like supply chain management, operations, customer service, and administration are facilitated by software solutions. There are two main types of software, off-the-shelf and custom. If your current software isn’t meeting your needs or you see room for process improvement or more efficiency, a custom solution might be just the thing you need. What is Custom Software? –  Typical mass-produced, or off-the-shelf, software products are created with a large audience in mind. These solutions are readily available and quick to implement, although you may sacrifice time trying to fit them into your workflow. Since they are made to be widely accepted by a variety of businesses, these off-the-shelf software solutions won’t be seamlessly integrated into your workflow. You will typically find your team making adjustments and concessions to work them into your processes, sacrificing efficiency. In contrast, custom software is created specifically for a unique client, application, or circumstance. These products are commissioned and then developed to your exact specifications by a team of custom software developers. The result is a product that does exactly what you need to do, exactly how you want it to be done, without any extraneous noise. (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Administrative Services Company Uses Managed Services to Replace IT Dept

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Overview Business Situation: Client needed dedicated IT team to manage Microsoft SQL Server database and backups. Solution: Dobler Consulting’s Managed Services contract for ongoing support and consultation. Benefits: Low/No Maintenance, Ongoing Support, Maximize Efficiency, Lower Cost Option. Business Challenge Insurance Administrative Services (IAS) is a local company based out of Clearwater, FL. They provide innovative business solutions for insurance agencies and facilitate business processes for some of the country’s leading agencies. In 2010, the company recognized the daily management of the database and backups was impacting the productivity of their team. The company’s Microsoft SQL Server required management for upgrading, tuning, and scaling that took valuable time away from their core team. They decided that in order to optimize their potential they needed a dedicated IT team. However, to hire an in-house team would have been costly and time consuming. The required staffing, personnel, and HR resources that would be needed encouraged them to seek a different solution. Solution The solution for IAS was a contracted database administrator. This would give them the benefit of expert knowledge and increased resources, without the prohibitive staffing challenges. IAS selected Dobler Consulting to fill this role. Dobler’s managed services product provided ongoing database (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Leading Healthcare Provider Uses Managed Services to Support Sybase ERM

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Overview Business Situation: ERM on Sybase needed level 1 support. Client’s current database administrators (DBAs) were taxed and losing productivity. Needed more Sybase experts. Solution: Dobler Consulting’s Managed Services contract for ongoing support and consultation. Benefits: Gained Sybase Expertise, Increased Productivity, Cost Effective. Business Challenge Healthcare is challenging enough without the added pressure of large scale database maintenance. One of the leading healthcare organizations recently learned this lesson. Their business processes are on an EMR application running on Sybase AIX. They realized their DBAs were bogged down with mundane on-call tech support. They were having trouble maintaining knowledgeable staff for these issues. Fewer people these days can claim expertise in Sybase, and the lack of available resources meant that this company needed help. They reached out to SAP and were referred to one of the top Sybase experts, Dobler Consulting. Solution The solution for this company is a Managed Services contract with Dobler Consulting. They are able to utilize Dobler’s team and expert Sybase knowledge to maintain the database on the back end. As a healthcare provider, it is vital that records be accessible at a moment’s notice. That is why it is so crucial to have support that is (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Custom Software Provider Increases Productivity Through Managed Services Support

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Overview Business Situation: Routine Maintenance requiring too much time. Pulled focus from client project tasks. Needed less hands-on maintenance. Solution: Migrate from Azure to AWS and use Dobler Consulting for ongoing managed services. Benefits: Performance Improvement, Increased Stability, Lower Maintenance. Business Challenge This client is a premier supplier of premium customer loyalty software. The team spends their time designing and implementing custom software solutions for their clients, but they recently found themselves devoting more and more time to their internal solutions. Their IT infrastructure required frequent attention for routine maintenance and support. This attention took time and focus away from client facing activities and decreased productivity. The team needed a solution to handle the day-to-day maintenance that would free them up for more strategic work. The client had devised a corporate strategy to migrate from Azure to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to minimize maintenance needs. They used this opportunity to add Dobler Consulting for their ongoing support. Solution Dobler began their relationship with the company to support their database migration from Azure to AWS. Dobler’s team managed a successful migration and proved to be a valuable partner throughout the process. During the migration, Dobler managed the company’s IT requirements and (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Financial Technology Powerhouse Upgrades and Migrates Sybase Database in Record Time

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Overview Business Situation: Older hardware and software were taxing resources with poor performance and stability. Solution: Migrate from AIX to Linux and upgrade to latest Sybase version (ASE 16). Benefits: Performance Improvement, Increased Stability, Lower Maintenance. Business Challenge The financial services firm was using Sybase on AIX to run mission-critical processes, but performance and stability issues were becoming increasingly problematic. This system took a lot of manpower to maintain. It also lacked the necessary scaling and performance to improve their processing. They decided to upgrade to the newest version, ASE 16 and to migrate to Linux OS. This decision was just the first step. Now they were faced with the issue of time. The client needed to complete the project within just a few months so they could have the system back up and running for year end processing. With a short window in which to complete the project, they needed a partner who could act fast. Dobler Consulting stood out as a Sybase expert who could help steer them toward the smoothest and quickest implementation. Solution Dobler Consulting worked together with the company to plan and implement the IT project in an unprecedented amount of time. Using templates planned from (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Leading US Bank Company Moves SAP ASE to AWS for High Availability, Scalability and Cost Savings

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Overview Business Situation: Outdated platform lacked high availability and scalability needed. Required frequent oversight and dedicated team to manage. Solution: Migrate from AIX to AWS and upgrade to latest Sybase version (ASE 16). Benefits: Cost Savings, Increased Availability, Performance Improvement. Business Challenge This company is one of the largest US banks with 755 branches and multiple financial products. Such a large organization needs an efficient, scalable computing platform. At the time, they were managing their workload with an older version of Sybase on AIX. This required constant management with a dedicated in house data center, and infrastructure team. Updates, patches, and hardware overhauls were becoming costly and time consuming. The company recognized that a cloud platform could increase their team’s productivity and better support the high demands of the financial services business. After careful consideration, they decided to upgrade to the latest version of Sybase (ASE 16) and migrate from AIX to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Solution With such a large-scale critical workload to migrate, fidelity and security were key considerations. The company’s team knew a Sybase expert would help ensure a smooth transition. They selected Dobler Consulting for this role. Dobler’s team devised an IT strategy that increased high (more…)
Database strategy and consulting services

Customer Case Study: Major US Airline Migrates Mission-Critical Systems to Increase Stability and Performance

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Overview Business Situation: Old Sybase version needed upgrades but potential downtime was a big problem. Needed strategy to upgrade without downtime. Solution: Upgrade Sybase to latest version (ASE 16) and migrate to newest Linux platform. Benefits: Cost Savings, Increased Availability, Increased Stability, More Scalabillity. Business Challenge The airline industry is fast paced and relies on incredible computing power to maintain performance. This major US airline manages massive workloads on a 24/7 basis. The company had been operating Sybase ASE on Linux for years, but was in need of a system upgrade. In 2016, performance challenges and high overhead reinforced this need. The decision was made to upgrade to ASE 16 to improve high availability rates and system stability. In order to maintain services throughout the process, downtime needed to be minimized, so they needed help to devise a specialized upgrade strategy and implementation plan. Solution Their Director of IT knew the major challenge would be avoiding downtime throughout the process. They needed a Sybase expert to help plan and manage the project. The company’s team reached out to SAP so that they could identify the best person for this critical job. They were referred to Peter Dobler and his company, (more…)