Network Solutions

Custom Software Application Development

AdvanTec develops custom software applications that are tailored to your business needs. Typical development projects range from small business applications, for specific market segments, all the way to enterprise wide integrated business systems.

AdvanTec specializes in business system application development, utilizing Microsoft MS-Access, MS- SQL Server, MS Expressions, Visual Studio, and MS Visual Basic, .NET. We also support technical documentation/ courseware development.

Typical applications include database systems, Web site development, and integrated business systems.

Our development philosophy:

AdvanTec does not believe in re-inventing the wheel. Whenever it makes economic sense AdvanTec systems designers will start with a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) applications and make required modifications of add-on modules.

AdvanTec understands that many times clients want to be able to maintain their own applications after development. For these clients we provide source code as well as technical support to assist in the transfer of technology to the clients' technical staff.

Of course AdvanTec can and will maintain the client’s software for them, if desired. To this end we even offer on-line remote maintenance and administration services

The Development Process:

In order to assure that the client gets what they need and what they expect AdvanTec encourages/requires the client to actively participate in multiple project reviews throughout the project development life cycle.

An outline of a typical project is depicted below. The first column indicates who is responsible for the step. The second column describes the activity undertaken during the step. The third column indicates the fees or payments that are made.

 

Responsibility Step Cost
Client Preliminary Request for Information (RFI)  
Both Initial discussion of requirements, technical feasibility and broad gauge cost estimate No Charge
Client Request for Proposal (RFP)  
Both Detail specifications

System Interfaces

Data Requirements

User interface Requirements

Preliminary business rules

Fee

Time & Charges

AdvanTec Final Proposal Cost and development schedule NC
Both Contract signing Down Payment
AdvanTec Preliminary design specifications (Internal document)  
AdvanTec Prototype development  
AdvanTec Prototype delivery Second Payment
Client Prototype review & Modification Requirements(MR)  
AdvanTec Preliminary Business Rules Specification Implementation and Prototype User interface and business function refinements delivery Third Payment
Client Application Review Business Rule Refinement and MR  
AdvanTec Completed Application Delivery Fourth Payment
Client Shakedown pre-production run – final MR  
AdvanTec Finished Product Delivery  
Client Acceptance Final Payment

The above schedule can take weeks or months depending on the scope and size of the projects. Very large projects are typically broken down into multiple phases (or version releases) that repeat the process steps above.

This methodology produces a WIN-WIN scenario with our clients.

Modular Development Components:

AdvanTec offers complete solutions and optionally can consist of:

  • Software development
  • Software maintenance
  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Data Conversion
  • On-line help
  • User Manuals
  • Technical Systems Manuals
  • End-User training
  • System administrator training
  • Developer training
  • Hardware: Desktops, Servers, Scanners, barcode, OMR, Counter top displays, cash drawers, receipt printers, hand held data entry devices, etc.
  • Networks
  • Remote Network Administration
  • Help Desk Services