Public and private cloud environments permit custom software development to be done in environments that are quick to set up, secure, scalable, and affordable. The time consuming and expensive tasks of procuring physical servers, configuring and maintaining mirrored Development, Test, Stage and Production environments are no longer necessary.
Application software developed and hosted in a scalable and secure cloud environment has proven to provide outstanding value for our customers in the small, medium and enterprise space. As organizations expand and add features, or experience high periods of use, these environments can be quickly configured and expanded to handle additional demand yet turned down as needed to reduce costs.
Brainspire’s typical software development engagement begins quickly by simply spinning up a development environment with either Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud – using only what’s needed, when it’s needed. The tasks involved in setting up a new environment for test or staging is quite simple when compared to the configuration management needed with physical environments. Further, ensuring your Development, Test and Production environments are exactly the same now becomes much easier.
Maintaining exact environments for Development, Test, Stage and Production to promote code becomes a much easier task in the cloud, ensuring the continuous integration of new software features without wasting expensive resources. Leveraging the web to get to the cloud with proper authentication also ensures any team member has the appropriate access to the environment from virtually anywhere at any time.
In addition, dedicated cloud environments are available to handle specific security concerns such as PCI and HIPPA compliance for example. Taking advantage of the research, experience and investments that Microsoft, Amazon and other enterprise technology companies have put into securing their cloud environments is a smart and cost effective way to ensure your software applications operate in a best of breed, secure environment. Brainspire can help you determine your specific cloud environment hosting needs and configure a solution that meets your exact needs.
Brainspire’s niche focus is developing software solutions – new development, enhancements to existing software and migrating legacy applications to meet your ever-changing business needs. The cloud has allowed our developers to focus on understanding your requirements and developing solutions instead of spending a significant amount of time and resources setting up and maintaining environments for Development, Test and Production. The environments have become a commodity in essence, allowing businesses to focus more on the functionality and features of their business software.
Brainspire stands up new environments in the cloud in a matter of minutes when developing new software solutions. The advantage of the cloud for new development projects is the ability to turn up new environments quickly that meet your exact specifications – only using and paying for exactly what you need, when you need it. As new requirements surface or change, the cloud environments can also be changed as appropriate. Modern applications with service oriented architectures flourish in scalable cloud environments and Brainspire has the expertise to create your unique business software solution by focusing quality of the requirements and code instead of the infrastructure.
As modern software architectures and solutions are replacing legacy / monolithic software, it makes sense to examine the hosting environment as well. Businesses find that their legacy solutions can no longer be enhanced in an effective way. When it’s time for a software migration, upgrade or rewrite, Brainspire typically recommends a migration out of the legacy data center rack and into the cloud to create a modern, scalable solution architecture that can change with your business going forward.
If your organization is already using the cloud, Brainspire is completely capable of jumping into your environment and quickly producing the software enhancements your organization needs to stay on top of its market. Developing software enhancements under the Agile methodology in a cloud environment will produce high quality results with high velocity.
Brainspire leverages Azure, AWS and private clouds for our clients based on your preferences and specific solution requirements. We do the investigation of features and pricing and make final recommendations to our clients for procurement. One of the main considerations in choosing the proper cloud solution to develop and host your solution is the level of expertise each individual client has in regards to systems administration. Azure and AWS both provide outstanding cloud solutions that allow customers great flexibility in options as long as the organization has the expertise to administer the environment. We usually recommend leveraging a private cloud and managed services for our clients without expertise to effectively administer the environment. We partner with some outstanding global and local cloud hosting companies to make sure each client has options and gets the right environment to meet your unique needs.
The three main key trends in cloud software development, also known as cloud computing, are (1) the increasing demand for platform-as-a-service (PaaS), (2) vendors wanting to distribute internal computer processing and storage requirements across multiple cloud platforms and applications, and (3) the growing focus on data governance and security.
There are a wide range of services offered by cloud computing companies. But it can be narrowed down into three basic types: Infrsatructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). IaaS, or infrastructure as a service, provides raw computing resources to its users such as processing power, data storage capacity, and network connectivity. While PaaS is perfect for companies that do not want to worry about maintaining hard drives and servers and can run their applications on the cloud service's platform as much as they want to. PaaS solutions are geared toward software development teams and provide computing and storage infrastructure as well as a development platform layer with web servers, database management systems, and software development kits (SDKs) for many programming languages. Lastly, SaaS providers provide application-level services that are tailored to a variety of business demands, such as customer relationship management (CRM), marketing automation, or business analytics.
When you harness the cloud technologies into your business's software development process, you are moving with ease, speed, and agility. You can continuously innovate and apply changes through the Cloud. Aside from that, the level of scalability is limitless. The Cloud offers endless pre-built services, inexpensive platforms, and a pipeline of new capabilities and ensures the quality and security of the applications.
The most pressing risks of cloud computing are privacy (controlled access and segmentation), availability leading to service disruption, and inevitable changes in service providers due to the volatile market and ROI as subscriptions may increase and end up being non-cost effective. Compliance in auditing, storage location, and transparency in communication has also become a concern when using the cloud as it can lead to a vulnerable position for the end customers.
The most common cloud computing challenges companies face is data security and privacy, cost management, multi-cloud environments, and the performance of the cloud-based solutions significantly affecting the end-users and profits of the company. Aside from those, changing to a different cloud-based solution may be a tedious procedure as it may require to be rewritten for the other cloud, so flexibility and interoperability will be a question in this part.
Brainspire Solutions creates full stack custom software applications that perfectly match your company’s needs. Why settle for out of the box software that doesn’t meet your exact needs when you can have a solution the precisely meets how you work. Our consultants drive the process for capturing requirements, providing an estimate, planning, architecture & development and solution delivery.
Brainspire’s business intelligence consultants work onsite with our customers to understand exactly what questions you have and what answers you are looking for. The best and fastest way to understand your needs and provide solutions is to be “in” your business, bridging the gap between your business goals and your technical systems and raw data. Seldom does the “canned” report provide the detailed insight decision makers are looking for. Brainspire will work side by side with you to provide dashboards, reports, and analytics using the latest business intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.
A company’s website is the world’s window into an organization and should accurately represent the essence of the mission, goals, culture and operations. Not only should it be appealing from a visual standpoint, it needs to function flawlessly from a usability and performance standpoint on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Quality sites can’t simply function as digital brochures; they must attract visitors and engage new and loyal customers. This holds true for public sites, company intranets and secure extranet portals.
Brainspire develops software solutions to integrate your organization’s internal, standalone applications, and your applications with key external business partners. Growing organizations tend to rely on off-the-shelf software, software as a service (SaaS) and custom built solutions to drive their business – but rarely does the chosen, out of the box, software solution work with other systems within or outside the business. This lack of cohesive integration creates manual processes that are time consuming, error prone and expensive.
Today, more users access the web through a mobile device than from a laptop or desktop computer. For this reason, it is critical that software applications are efficiently usable from a tablet or a smart phone for today’s workforce. As a custom software development firm, Brainspire leverages a variety of tools to build highly customized applications that function on countless devices. These solutions include native, hybrid and mobile web applications that can be used either when connected or not. Each business use case is unique, and the mobile requirements, and form factors, need to be considered when creating a custom mobile solution.
Cloud environments offer the greatest opportunity for modernizing software applications while reducing costs and time to market. Brainspire Solutions has developed and deployed web applications leveraging AWS, Azure and Google Cloud environments as well as private clouds. The ability to quickly provision identical Development, Test, Stage and Production environments ensures projects get off to a fast start in secure and scalable environments. Developing and promoting code within a cloud environment through continuous integration reduces development time and improves quality.
Brainspire Solutions develops all software solutions leveraging industry standard best practices. This includes proven techniques to secure all applications and data. When we engage with each client we are fully aware that their business is at stake and realize the trust and expectations that are placed on our consultants when it comes to developing secure software applications.