a quick breakdown of our

Services

Custom software

We build custom business software and help our customers launch new online ventures. Our software development services come with all the help and support you could need to ensure your custom software project is successful and delivers a return to the business.

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AppLaunch™

Our AppLaunch™ service helps you launch your new online venture. We can help you define a minimum viable product, create a product roadmap, build a prototype, produce branding and give you any other assistance you might need to test the market or seek investment funding.

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Application rescue

Do you have a project that has stalled, fallen in to disrepair or has never delivered what you imagined it could? We can audit, advise and even take over your application to ensure it delivers the best results possible.

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Consulting

We have assisted customers with project feasibility and business case consulting, product roadmaps and commercialisation, strategic planning around the use of technology, R&D credit applications, online business valuations and many other projects.

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let's explain

Why Axios

Axios is an experienced and certified software development firm. We’re not all things to all people – we specialise in business improvement software projects. We’re flexible, approachable and responsive. While we may not be the cheapest on the market by hourly rate, we deliver great outcomes without hidden costs or excuses.

Some relevant information you might like to consider is our Services, our FAQ, Clients and, if you’re in to details, our Blog.

We’d love you to shop around and compare us against the competition. Once you’re ready to talk, fill out the Contact form below or give us a call and we’ll set up a no-cost, no obligation meeting to discuss your project in more detail.

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Our Clients

  • bill
    Bill Cameron, Pencil
  • shoana
    Shoana McManus, Art of Staff
  • tony
    Tony Musolino, TRG Transport
  • patricia
    Patricia Genat, ALS Library Services

a few quick

FACTS

if you are

New to custom

Custom software can transform your business processes by letting you do things the way you want to do them. The way that is unique and drives a competitive advantage that none of your competitors have.

Off-the-shelf software works the same way for you as it does for all of your competitors. And, if you pay for a customisation, chances are your competitors have access to it as well.

It’s understandable that the idea of custom might seem daunting at first. But we have the experience and track record to ensure your project focuses on adding the best value to your business, is properly change managed and successfully implemented and supported. If you’re new to custom, give Axios a call and we can walk you through our process and success stories.

our top

FAQS

  • Does custom software cost more than regular off-the-shelf software?

    Generally, yes.

    Off-the-shelf software includes functionality you need and functionality you don’t. The development costs are spread between many paying users which makes the cost per unit relatively low. With custom software, you only get what you need, but because it’s reserved for only you to use, the build costs can’t be spread out over many users.

    Axios’ custom software starts at around $60-80k.

  •   How can I justify that sort of cost, when I can probably get off-the-shelf software cheaper than that?

    The important point here is to find a project that will deliver returns on that spend. Where does your business benefit by doing things differently/better than your competitors? Typically our customers want to position themselves as the leaders in their industry and can easily make a positive return on the additional spend by capitalising on the competitive advantages gained.

    We have a business case process that can help you identify what projects will produce a good return and where you should just stick with off-the-shelf software.

  •   How long does custom software take to build and implement?

    Anywhere from a few months to around a year.

    Don’t forget that a lot of this time is the business needs analysis at the beginning and the deployment, training and change management at the end of the project. These need to happen with off-the-shelf software as well. If we’re comparing apples for apples, the timeframe to get the system in place and fully commissioned isn’t that dissimilar from a large off-the-shelf system.

  •   I’ve heard that custom software is difficult to get right and I’m kind of nervous about that. How can I be sure I’ll get the result I need?

    The analogy we like is Homer’s car from that Simpsons episode (Google “Homer’s car” if you have no idea what this is). All of his ideas individually sounded great, but when he put them all together he ended up with an expensive monstrosity.

    Let’s not forget Homer was unsupervised, he had unfettered access to the engineers and they weren’t allowed to provide any “push back”. We use a well-defined and tested consulting process to identify which ideas contribute value to the end product. We aren’t afraid to push back if we think one of your ideas won’t work the way you imagine it will. In fact, we think that is one of our greatest differentiators.

    We’re happy to run you through our process ahead of engaging us if you have any doubts whatsoever.

  •   Surely every custom development company is going to claim their process is superior. What makes Axios any different?

    Simple, it’s our track record.

    How many of those other development companies have been around for 12 years? How many have conducted customer satisfaction scoring through a trusted third party (TNS)? We’ve done this every year since 2009. In the last three years, for example, we’ve scored between 95% and 100% satisfaction and between 89% and 100% say they would recommend us. We have over 25 customer reviews on Google+ with an average score of 4.9 out of 5.0. We’re Microsoft Gold Certified and ISO9001:2008 Certified.

    We’re totally transparent and we’re happy to give you any raw satisfaction data and/or the names and contact details of any of our clients (after checking with them first of course) for you to verify our awesomeness.

  •   Ok, let’s digress over to tech. I’ve heard Open Source is the good stuff. Do you use that?

    No, not really.

    Without bashing Open Source, which has its place, we understand that that the major cost of building serious business-grade applications comes from labour. Not technology licensing costs.

    Technologies that provide the best tools, the largest pool of talent and paid/accountable support packages will reduce our build times and ultimately lower project cost and risk. That’s why we use the Microsoft .Net and SQL Server technology suite. It’s robust, has mature tools and components, great support (through our Gold Partnership with Microsoft) and there are plenty of developers out there to choose from.

    November 2014 Update: The .Net Core was recently made open source to allow it to achieve platform independence and encourage innovation. It is still managed and supported by Microsoft.

  •   I’ve heard that Agile is cool and I think we should use that to develop our software. Can you use Agile please?

    Maybe. We have staff certified in a range of project management methodologies and we choose the one that will work best for your project, not necessarily what’s in fashion right now.

    Agile is great if you’re developing a new product that is market led and where there is very little opportunity to plan what users will find appealing. But its downsides include significant time and discipline requirements from the customer and no real possibility of working to a fixed timeframe or cost. The Waterfall methodology is more of an engineering process that is heavy on design up-front. It makes it easy to plan and produce fixed timeframes and costs. It just isn’t really geared around changing your mind all the time.

    Good project management is crucial to the success of your software project with Axios. We’re here to help you navigate this and make the right choice.

  •   I’m convinced Axios is the right software developer for me. How do I get started?

    Fill in our Contact form or give us a call.

    We’ll send you our T&Cs and then arrange to meet (no cost or obligation) to see if your project is feasible, discuss budgets and likely approaches. When you’re ready to go, we’ll provide you with a quote to complete the initial scoping work (our Define phase of the project).

  •   I need to operate this project under different terms, can you accommodate that?

    Of course!

    Our T&Cs are just a starting point and we find that they are right for around 70% of our customers. Some customers want to add some additional terms around non-disclosure and we are happy to sign an NDA. Other customers want to change terms or even have us use their standard procurement agreement. We’re more than open to customising the engagement to meet your needs.

    Axios is a member of the South Australian eProjects Panel and is happy to undertake any projects listed under those terms as well.

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Process

meet the people on

Our team

  • All
  • Management
  • Technical
  • jason
    Jason Goodridge
    Managing Director
  • scott
    Scott Ayton
    Technical Director
  • matt
    Matt Larwood
    General Manager
  • gemma
    Gemma Corti
    Administration / PA
  • ryan_o
    Ryan O’Connor
    Development Manager
  • raj
    Rajiv Mehta
    Project Manager
  • david_p
    David Pridgeon
    Quality Manager
  • ryan_t
    Ryan Toth
    Marketing
  • david_b
    David Bills
    Lead Developer/Tester
  • mark
    Mark Burge
    Creative Lead
  • chris
    Chris Cirami
    Developer
  • mahesh
    Mahesh De Silva
    Developer
  • ram
    Ramuel Gullon
    Developer
  • rebecca
    Rebecca Schubert
    Developer

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The basics

More detail

I am

THE DECISION MAKER LOOKING ON BEHALF OF MY BOSS JUST LOOKING AROUND COMPETITOR POSING AS CUSTOMER 

Who is

RESEARCHING IDEAS WORKING OUT PROJECT FEASIBILITY SHORTLISTING VENDORS UP THE CREEK AND NEED HELP NOW! 

Looking for

CUSTOM SOFTWARE APPLAUNCH™ PROJECT RESCUE CONSULTING 

With a budget of

< $10K $10-20K $20-50K > $50K 

What attributes are you looking for?

SPEEDY DELIVERY ABSOLUTE LOWEST COST FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE MY MIND GUARANTEED FIXED PRICE KILLER SUPPORT 
LOW RISK OUTCOMES MOST VALUE CREATED FOR MY BUSINESS QUALITY DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING LOTS OF ADVICE ALONG THE WAY MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL, LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP 

Lastly, how did you hear about us?

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