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Hi John,

What would a company need to do in preparation for outsourcing bespoke application software development?..in this case an hospital looking to outsource the development of a Patient Records and Appointment System.

Thanks

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We perform software customizations, integrations, and proprietary software development every day and I can say that each project is different.

You have some unique issues regarding development in this case due to the nature of the information - you will need to ensure the server data is encrypted, that the web communications to it use https, and that you are using a reputable firm to perform the development.  The bottom line - you have a large liability if the information is not kept securely.

I would start with off the shelf solutions (existing commercial software) first and evaluate several products to see if any of them come close to your needs.  At the minimum, it will help you define your development efforts better, and you just may find something that can be customized, which should save serious money.

The biggest issue we see is that firms significantly underestimate how much custom software will cost to develop and maintain.  It is easy to be off by a factor of 100% - 500% on costs if features and functions are not very well defined.

I would look for assistance from a consulting firm to help you define your needs if you don't have someone in-house who is well versed in your systems and computer software.

There are far too many factors involved to give you a full breakdown on how to proceed, but hopefully this information will help.

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John Harris

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Accounting Software, CMMS Software, CRM Software, EAM Software, ERP Software, Inventory Management Software, Janitorial Software, Manufacturing Software, Software Administration, Software Implementation, Software Integration, and Web Based Software.

Experience

25+ Years designing, developing, and integrating Business Software solutions for the largest to the smallest manufacturing and service companies in the USA. Software experience includes all aspects of Design, Development, Implementation, Integration, Training, and Support. Formally trained in Process Optimization and Quality Systems for both Manufacturing and Service Industries. Mr. Harris is the Chief Technology Officer at ProFix Services, offering Dedicated IT Support for CMMS Software, CRM Software, EAM Software, and ERP Software.

Education/Credentials
BS Degree in Chemistry/Computer Science (Dual Major). Former Treasurer for the Society of Plastics Engineers (6 years). Former Business Assessor for the ISSA CIMS program (3 years).

Awards and Honors
US Patent Holder

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