Building a Software Solutions Team / Group to start a small business



  • So I decided to quit being Network Administrator and Systems Development Lead and now, I'm planning to build a Software Solutions Team to start a small business but I don't have any idea as of now on " HOW " to start. What aspects should I consider before starting? How will I attract client? Please guys I need professional advise. Thanks in advance!



  • What software solutions would you be working with?



  • @alexntg I don't get it sorry I'm not pure English that's why, what do you mean? What I want is to have a "Team" that will work for a client to do or create a software like application software, business software something like to automate some workflow or whatever the clients want.



  • @pol.darreljade Maybe more on creating Application and System Software.



  • Ah, a development company. That's far outside my realm of experience, sorry.



  • Start with a good infrastructure and tools. You need solid development platforms, code repositories, continuous build systems, bug tracking, project management workflows, etc before talking to clients.



  • @alexntg What would be the difference between Software Solutions and a Development Company? Sorry I'm not familiar with this terms but I would like to try.



  • @pol.darreljade said:

    @alexntg What would be the difference between Software Solutions and a Development Company? Sorry I'm not familiar with this terms but I would like to try.

    One implies that you make and sell your own software. The other implies that you make software as directed by other people.

    In one case you sell a final product. In the other you are selling code.



  • For example.... You want companies to hire you to make software on their behalf that they direct you to make.

    NTG makes and sells software but it is a product that we own and sell. Customers but the product that we make, they don't tell us what to make.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    For example.... You want companies to hire you to make software on their behalf that they direct you to make.

    NTG makes and sells software but it is a product that we own and sell. Customers but the product that we make, they don't tell us what to make.

    Bundy & Associates is both, though mostly development. We have our own software that we wrote and will be marketing. We also develop software for client as directed.



  • Now it's clearer to me. Well, I want both ways, making a software and sell it to the market while creating software based on request or client's instructions. Would that be called a Software Solutions?



  • You should say either...

    "Development Company" because you sell development.

    or...

    "Software Company" because you sell software.



  • Oh ok. What if I want both? I want to sell both Development and Software ?



  • @pol.darreljade said:

    Oh ok. What if I want both? I want to sell both Development and Software ?

    Treat it as two companies. Don't mix the two.



  • I think I'd go for Development Compay because I'll be starting with my Uncles company. i'll be creating a workflow system for them. It'll be a great start for my team. Thanks!



  • How big will your team be?



  • What development platforms are you looking at?



  • @pol.darreljade said:

    I think I'd go for Development Compay because I'll be starting with my Uncles company. i'll be creating a workflow system for them. It'll be a great start for my team. Thanks!

    Good Luck I hope you can do it pretty soon 🙂



  • @Reid-Cooper As of now, I want to start from 5 to 8 people. I would like to build a solid team before expanding.



  • @StrongBad We'll be using .Net (VBt/C#,ASP.Net), Java Script,PHP and we'll try to advance in using Objective-C if ever.



  • @Joyfano Thanks! Many Thanks!



  • @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad We'll be using .Net (VBt/C#,ASP.Net), Java Script,PHP and we'll try to advance in using Objective-C if ever.

    Very Windows focused and some Mac. Nothing more neutral like Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, Ruby or Python?



  • @StrongBad said:

    @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad We'll be using .Net (VBt/C#,ASP.Net), Java Script,PHP and we'll try to advance in using Objective-C if ever.

    Very Windows focused and some Mac. Nothing more neutral like Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, Ruby or Python?

    Yeah, we're in the Philippines that's why. Most of the companies here uses windows.



  • I do like .NET. One reason is because the libraries are nearly identical between the web side (ASP.NET) and the desktop side. If going down the .NET route, I definitely recommend C# as it uses more common syntax (very similar to PHP, Java, Javascript, etc...). .NET has TONS of libraries for doing tasks. On the flip side, there are many libraries for PHP as well to do things like this. This being said, Javascript is also a must if doing any web app. There will almost always be the need for some client-side functionality and JavaScript is what you'll usually need to do it.



  • @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad said:

    @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad We'll be using .Net (VBt/C#,ASP.Net), Java Script,PHP and we'll try to advance in using Objective-C if ever.

    Very Windows focused and some Mac. Nothing more neutral like Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, Ruby or Python?

    Yeah, we're in the Philippines that's why. Most of the companies here uses windows.

    Everyone very rich there? No need to save money?



  • @ITcrackerjack said:

    I do like .NET. One reason is because the libraries are nearly identical between the web side (ASP.NET) and the desktop side. If going down the .NET route, I definitely recommend C# as it uses more common syntax (very similar to PHP, Java, Javascript, etc...). .NET has TONS of libraries for doing tasks. On the flip side, there are many libraries for PHP as well to do things like this. This being said, Javascript is also a must if doing any web app. There will almost always be the need for some client-side functionality and JavaScript is what you'll usually need to do it.

    Or F# instead of C#. Lots of high end development prefers F#.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @ITcrackerjack said:

    I do like .NET. One reason is because the libraries are nearly identical between the web side (ASP.NET) and the desktop side. If going down the .NET route, I definitely recommend C# as it uses more common syntax (very similar to PHP, Java, Javascript, etc...). .NET has TONS of libraries for doing tasks. On the flip side, there are many libraries for PHP as well to do things like this. This being said, Javascript is also a must if doing any web app. There will almost always be the need for some client-side functionality and JavaScript is what you'll usually need to do it.

    Or F# instead of C#. Lots of high end development prefers F#.

    That gained traction huh? I've been out of that game for a few years.



  • F# gets all the serious attention these days. C# still gets the bulk of development.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad said:

    @pol.darreljade said:

    @StrongBad We'll be using .Net (VBt/C#,ASP.Net), Java Script,PHP and we'll try to advance in using Objective-C if ever.

    Very Windows focused and some Mac. Nothing more neutral like Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, Ruby or Python?

    Yeah, we're in the Philippines that's why. Most of the companies here uses windows.

    Everyone very rich there? No need to save money?

    Hahaha lols no.. it happen that people used to work with windows for a long time.



  • @ITcrackerjack said:

    I do like .NET. One reason is because the libraries are nearly identical between the web side (ASP.NET) and the desktop side. If going down the .NET route, I definitely recommend C# as it uses more common syntax (very similar to PHP, Java, Javascript, etc...). .NET has TONS of libraries for doing tasks. On the flip side, there are many libraries for PHP as well to do things like this. This being said, Javascript is also a must if doing any web app. There will almost always be the need for some client-side functionality and JavaScript is what you'll usually need to do it.

    Agreed. C# will be our main platform.


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