Let's face it, in today’s world businesses need technology to succeed and while most businesses can be pretty successful with readily available software sometimes it is necessary to have a custom application developed to give your business that edge that is needed. By the time most businesses realize they need a custom solution they usually needed it yesterday. Even incorporating a Rapid Application Development Methodology like we do at Columbia Business Solutions it can be hard to deliver fully functional applications on a timeline that businesses desire.
To rectify this issue we have incorporated Microsoft’s Visual Studio LightSwitch to help us build Line Of Business (LOB) Applications more rapidly than what could be built using traditional development tools. Having your application developed using LightSwitch has many benefits which include:
- Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
- Faster delivery of production ready software
- Ability to quickly adapt to business changes and needs
- Built upon Microsoft’s powerful security and authentication
- Expandable and upgradable (grows with your business and your needs)
As you can see there are many benefits to having your application developed by us utilizing Visual Studio LightSwitch. Let me explain the benefits in further detail.
Total Cost of Ownership
With many LOB applications there are a lot of things that have commonalities, the shell of the user interface, validation, security, etc. It is simpler to implement with LightSwitch allowing us to focus our development time on the custom code needed to give the application the abilities that your business needs. Less development time means less cost to you.
Faster delivery of software
This has a direct correlation with the TCO described above. LightSwitch allows us to spend less time developing the shell of the application and allows us to get into the core of the application at a much faster rate, again less time coding means faster delivery of applications.
LightSwitch helps us build applications that follow industry standards and best practices using some of the greatest technologies such as Entity Framework, MS Membership, SQL Server, etc. By utilizing these tools and practices we can quickly and efficiently adapt the application to changing business needs.
LightSwitch utilizes Microsoft’s powerful and secure authentication and membership libraries which allows us to build very secure applications that allows users and roles that can be stored in a common SQL Server database or utilize Active Directory.
Expandable and Upgradeable
The same reasons that allows a LightSwitch application is some of the same reasons that it can be expanded and upgraded quickly and efficiently. The ability to add onto the application is endless and if you get to a point where you need a full fledge business application LightSwitch applications can be upgraded and fully customized just like all other custom applications.
As you can see we think very highly of Microsoft’s Visual Studio LightSwitch and we are proud to have it in our library of tools that allows us to deliver high quality and professional software to our clients. Contact us today to see if LightSwitch is a good fit for your business need today!