Category Archives: Custom Software Development

Custom Healthcare Software Development

With all the news about Obamacare and the associated problems with roll-out of each state’s own version of this very large healthcare technology ecosystem, I was reminded that in the late 1990s, I had the good fortune to work for a California-based payroll firm where we built one of the world’s first healthcare and benefits “open enrollment” web applications.

The Pleasanton, California-based company (since absorbed by payroll titan ADP) believed that administering Open Enrollments via a standard web browser was the obvious next step and invested significantly in the development of the service. Our custom healthcare software development services are a direct result of that experience.

The system was built by a small four person team consisting of a Project Manager, a senior database engineer and two software developers (one of whom was me). Our benefits sign-up system was a dynamic, data-driven web application built using “Classic” Microsoft ASP and Microsoft SQL (MSSQL). The database architecture was the most extensive I’d ever seen at the time. I remember the database architect hanging up his giant colorful entity relationship diagrams filled with tables, Primary Key and Foreign Key relationships. The database of test “enrollees” provided the information needed to populate and navigate through the open enrollment sign-up application. This project was also my first introduction to database Stored Procedures, which seemed like a miracle at the time.

My experience working with this very talented team informed my ultimate decision to start my own custom software consulting firm. I always bear clearly in mind how the best software engineers and project managers comport themselves, work and most importantly, communicate. Eventually I became pretty good at spotting the optimal “technical DNA”.

I now run the technical talent network Boomcycle and work with a bevvy of extremely sharp technical folks who build both .NET and open source systems as large (and larger!) than the above-described Open Enrollment web application.

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How to protect your Enterprise IT project from failure

Recently a massive enterprise IT project was scrapped by Avon, according to a report on The core issue of the failed software project seems to have been the difficulty users had working with the new system. In fact the system was so troubling to use that key sales people simply left the company rather…Continue Reading

Five “Gotcha” Surprises Waiting For You In The Cloud

If your business is considering the cloud for your server provisioning needs, you may have very good reasons to do so. The cloud can offer a very affordable way to start a small web service with more control and security than you might get from shared hosting yet without the high cost of a fully…Continue Reading

How to Hire a Software Development Company in 10 Easy Steps

Many small and medium-sized businesses today rely on custom software to run their business. Custom software applications are sometimes written by a single employee or perhaps a small group who work for the firm and are often developed to address an urgent business requirement. Unfortunately many “home grown” software projects are often not written with…Continue Reading

How to save thousands of dollars a year without upgrading your hardware

Sometimes, Throwing Hardware At A Performance Problem Is A Bad Idea. Multithreaded execution can squeeze every last drop of performance out of these resources. It is a common problem in a growing business:  IT infrastructure starts getting slow due to rapidly growing demand for the services it provides. More customers, more employees, more data records,…Continue Reading

Time to Change Software Consultants?

The state of California’s Employment Development Department has run into major problems with its new EDD software, leaving as many as 300,000 unemployment claimants unpaid due to glitches in the system. In addition, the system has now cost California taxpayers double what the original estimate was to develop the software. The tab for the new…Continue Reading

How Much Will It Cost to Scale My Website?

A Manager’s Primer on Scaling Concepts When a firm invents The Next Big Internet Thing and must decide which building blocks to use so that their software service can support the enormous traffic that inevitably follows, many highly technical questions arise. It’s quite common for these technical concepts to lie outside the manager’s area of…Continue Reading

Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Cloud Computing

“Cloud Computing” is a ubiquitous buzzword (buzz-phrase?) in IT news these days. You can’t swing a LOLcat without hitting some article touting specious promises of the cloud’s scalability, availability, or efficiency. When confronted with these promises, it is natural for IT managers to ask whether the highly-touted advantages of cloud computing are worth the pain…Continue Reading

Software Project Management – Techniques and Benefits

Sometimes a complex software project requires the rapid addition of team members. A company might need to build new software to attack a business opportunity or rescue a department from dangerous information overload. Other times a discontinued technology may force a mandatory upgrade (or cross-grade) that will strangle revenue during some unavoidable migration. Whether it’s…Continue Reading

Amazon Cloud Computing Solutions

Amazon’s Cloud services are a veritable alphabet soup of acronyms. Let Boomcycle provide Amazon Acronym Assistance! If you’ve ever owned a dilapidated old car or if you’ve been forced to travel a lot for work, then you probably know how the venerable American Automobile Association can be a real life saver.  I once owned a…Continue Reading

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