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Under the Umbrella: Custom Software Solutions Blog

You know that phrase, new year, new you? Well, what about, new year, better business? Haven't heard that one have you?  We can help you make that happen. If you really want your business to grow this year, first off, you need to ask yourself, "will our processes support the growth?" Because as much as growth is the goal of any business, expansion and success can lead to operational challenges that can in turn hinder that growth.  Next, we suggest you review these five steps:
When engaging with a software development company, it's important to keep in mind that having custom software built is not a one-time thing. Like a car or a home, a custom web application needs maintenance and the occasional upgrade; that's true whether we are building software for non-profits, big business, or even Jolly Old Saint Nick. That's right, Jolly Old Saint Nick! You may recall that last year Team Awesome took a wondrous trip to the North Pole to help Santa Claus with a data issue he was having; his Access database had crashed under the weight of the ever-increasing data loads of the naughty and nice lists.
Networking - some people love it, some people hate it. Right now, we love it because it brought us this guy. Meet Patrick, Team Awesome's Business Analyst. Thanks to a networking event and his wife, Patrick ended up meeting Bob Baird and as Patrick puts it, "two Reuben sandwiches and one huge industry jump later, here I am!"
Canterbury Investment Management is an investment advisory firm specializing in Exchange-Traded Funds. Their mission is to "provide a strategy that produces the stability needed to achieve long-term risk-adjusted growth through compounded returns." As you can imagine, achieving a mission like that requires collecting, managing, and analyzing a mountain of data. They can do that quickly and efficiently with the Canterbury Reporting Portal.
I'm not really sure how it happened. I swore off formal process control documents when I left corporate life fifteen years ago, yet here I sit writing a blog post defending the use of Change Requests (CR) forms and actually meaning what I'm saying. I've grown to love CR forms, and I think our clients should too. Ask anyone who's been in a contract relationship how they feel about CR forms and the response is almost unanimous, they love to hate them. The reason is pretty straight forward; they tend to add project cost, slow things down and remove freedom. I used to feel the the same way and then I had to have one too many hard conversations at the end of a web application development project.
While Inverse-Square was founded by Bob Baird, it wasn't a solo effort. From the very beginning, Bob had another developer by his side helping Inverse-Square grow from a two-man team to one of the most successful custom software companies in Indianapolis. We can't celebrate Inverse-Square's fifth anniversary without celebrating Joe Diekhoff.
Since 2011, Inverse-Square has developed software for 50 businesses and organizations based in Indiana and over 200 projects for new and existing clients. Although we pride ourselves on being a local Indianapolis company, our custom software is used not only nationwide, but in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. And just as we've grown, so have the companies that we've developed software for. Aided by their Inverse-Square built Property Acquisition System, property management firm Renu has acquired over 10,000 properties worth in excess of $1 billion; and SC Online sales, an online livestock auction house has sold over $17 million worth of livestock through their Online Auction Platform.
With Inverse-Square's fifth anniversary right around the corner, we thought it was high time we sat down for a one-on-one with our founder and President Bob Baird OK Bob, tell us about you, how would you describe yourself in one word?  Tall
Normally when we think of think tanks we think N Y C or D C, not I N D Y, but Sagamore Institute changed all of that. Sagamore Institute is "a think tank based in the heartland’s values and geography." It's "a place that leaned into hard problems with sleeves rolled up alongside public and private leaders to dedicate to making the world a better place." Making the world a better place? Sign us up!
With Inverse-Square's fifth anniversary right around the corner, Team Awesome has been reminiscing about our early days. One of the first projects we tackled was working with global manufacturer, Signode. Signode is "the leading worldwide manufacturer and distributor of protective packaging systems." In simplistic terms, Signode takes a bunch of small things and turns them into one unit in order to make packing and shipping easier. They accomplish this in part with their own custom equipment called a Unitizer. Since the Unitizer is custom equipment, it needed a custom solution to work in conjunction with it.
Today’s guest author is Miranda Lenar, Marketing Manager at L5 Solutions. As a small business, it can be tempting to think that your size protects you from data breaches or other cybercrime. “No one would hack me! Why would I be a target?” Unfortunately, this is not the case. Cybercrime is widespread and takes many forms.