App development collaboration

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by DariusCool, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. DariusCool

    DariusCool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi,

    I have a reasonably well developed database system which handles the various areas of our business. I am looking at ways to make it more cost effective to develop further by collaborating with a software developer that offers similar software but is missing the detail and inside info I have of the industry and its practices.

    Is there any precedence / technical term where a company will collaborate with an IT company to develop software in a way that is mutually beneficial?
     
    Posted: Sep 5, 2019 By: DariusCool Member since: Mar 20, 2013
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  2. Craig3141

    Craig3141 UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    Yes, there is the example of the window cleaner booking system. Basically the window cleaning company, went and found other window cleaning companies witht he same problem, then bought a dozen copies from the developer and took him to confrences for window cleaning companies, to get more sales.

    Do you think other companies would also want this software? Do you have a RESTful API in your database? If not what is the Database language?
     
    Posted: Sep 6, 2019 By: Craig3141 Member since: Aug 9, 2019
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  3. DariusCool

    DariusCool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I have learnt a new concept as i am unaware what RESTful API is.

    The database is access which I understand isnt the most dynamic. I see lots of "cloud" based offerings with an option to develop your own forms at a cost.

    I want to avoid paying for developing whilst giving away intellectual property for the developer to then sell in.
     
    Posted: Sep 6, 2019 By: DariusCool Member since: Mar 20, 2013
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  4. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Similar software to what? Which industry?
     
    Posted: Sep 7, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  5. DariusCool

    DariusCool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Field Service Maintenance would be the umbrella term.

    We fix equipment at a client's premises with engineers working remotely.

    There are lots of offerings in the market but none that are as good a fit as my owm but mine doesnt have the scalability or ability to access on the road
     
    Posted: Sep 7, 2019 By: DariusCool Member since: Mar 20, 2013
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  6. Craig3141

    Craig3141 UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    I'm ubsure what exactly your trying to do here. n the example I provided, they avoided paying for devloping by bartering with IP/customers.

    I have another term for you, which you may be familar with "on-premise". It is starting to sound like you just want someone to build a form for inputitng data into your access database, rather thana ctually devlop an app, that might be a lot chepaer than you imagine, DBA employees are about 20k a year.
     
    Posted: Sep 9, 2019 By: Craig3141 Member since: Aug 9, 2019
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  7. Nighthawk Software

    Nighthawk Software UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Hi DariusCool - we currently do a lot of SaaS development work, building out large scalable systems that our clients can then sell on to other businesses in their industry. We often find that if one company is looking to develop a bespoke system, then its because there is nothing out there that meets the needs of the industry. By then re-selling it on to other, similar businesses, you can reclaim the initial development costs and even make a profitable side business out of it.

    In most cases though, we would look to be paid for the initial development, although we have done a number of projects where we have done so at a discounted rate, and taken a share of royalties from future sales.

    In almost all cases where you are paying a developer to produce software for you, the IP remains with yourself, as does the copyright, so this isn't something you need to be overly worried about. If you are, there's always NDA's and Non-compete clauses. But dont forget, we're generally in the business of software development, and thats all we're interested in, not stealing ideas and running services in a market we know nothing about.
     
    Posted: Sep 29, 2019 By: Nighthawk Software Member since: Feb 12, 2016
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