Daryl Daniels, Author at HCS
Why Your Business Needs A Custom Software Development

Why Your Business Needs A Custom Software Development

In today’s competitive world where businesses are always seeking to improve their processes, a custom software development is a productive and efficient way to help your company stand out from the crowd and get ahead of your competition.

What is Custom Software?

Custom software (also referred to as bespoke of tailor-made software) is software developed specifically for a business to accommodate their preferences, expectations or goals. Custom software is developed to fit a company’s needs and varies from traditional off-the-shelf software which is available to a larger audience.

Advantages of Custom Software

While developing custom software your business dictates how you want your final product to look and operate, this will let you scale and develop additional software pieces when necessary for your business.

The key advantages of custom software are:

1.It is developed to specifically address the needs of your business

With bespoke software, a direct relationship is established between you and your developer. Your developer can change your software as required while collaborating with you to make the application as efficient as possible. This makes the software unique to your business.

2.Custom software increases productivity

As your software development is designed to meet the needs and requirements of your business. This allows your team to perform tasks more efficiently and effectively.


Businesses constantly grow, in many cases an off-the-shelf software solution may not be able to evolve with your business and fulfil its requirements. Bespoke software can evolve and grow with your company.

4.Your software is maintained as long as it is required

This is a key differentiator when you compare custom software and an off-the-shelf application. A custom software development is yours and you can do anything you wish with it. In relation to an off-the-shelf software application, you are at the mercy of the developer that you purchase from. Doing this puts your business in a vulnerable position as you are dependant on someone else to update and improve your key software applications.


With bespoke software developments, you receive dependable technical support from our expert team who developed your application. These developers are familiar with your software and can solve problems if and when they arise.

All businesses possess differing needs, however many businesses notice that off-the-shelf software applications often fail to truly fulfil their needs. Through utilising custom software solutions businesses to create a tailor-made software that will improve internal processes, allowing businesses to have an advantage over competitors.

At HCS Business Solutions we are experts in developing custom Software Solutions. As Microsoft Gold Partners we are proven experts in Microsoft technologies. Regardless of the industry your business is in, our team can work with you to develop and implement a custom software solution.


Start your custom software development journey with HCS Business Solutions!

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Get Set Up on Skype for Business

Get Set Up on Skype for Business

Skype for Business is a useful tool for businesses who want to enable their team members to communicate and collaborate with each other. Skype for Business allows you to share content, hold meetings and stay in touch with team members using instant messages. The key to using Skype for Business effectively,involves setting up your devices appropriately.

To quickly and easily set up your devices, check out the steps below!

Set up your audio device

1.From Show Menu, select:

Tools > Audio Device Settings.

2.Below Audio Device, select the device you want and customise the settings:

  • Speaker – Select Play, and drag the slider to adjust the volume.
  • Microphone – Speak to test the volume, and drag the slider until the progress bar reaches the middle of the test area.
  • Ringer – Select Play, and drag the slider to adjust the volume.

3.Adjust the audio settings and select OK.

Set up your video device

1.From Show Menu, select:

Tools > Video Device Settings

2.Below Video Device, select the camera you want.

3.Adjust the camera angle to centre your image in the preview pane.

4.Select Camera Settings if you want to adjust the video processor or camera controls.

5.Select Crop and centre my video in meetings to focus and zoom in on your face during video conferences.

6. Select OK.

To learn more about how Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business can benefit your business, click here!

Be Prepared for Windows 7 End of Support

Be Prepared for Windows 7 End of Support

Microsoft has announced the date for Windows 7 End of Support, this date is January 14th, 2020. From this date, Microsoft will no longer update or provide support for Windows 7.

While Windows 7 is now many years old (it launched in 2009), it is still one of the most widely used operating systems. If you are still using Windows 7, we’ll guide you through how you can be prepared for Windows 7 End of Support. As Windows 7 is now approaching its End of Support, after the January 14th, 2020 deadline, users will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Users must now start thinking about finally moving on from Windows 7 to the more modern Windows 10.

If you are currently using Windows 7, we’ll explain how you can get ready for Windows 7 End of Support.

Windows 7 End of Support: When is the deadline?

Windows 7 End of Support begins on January 14th, 2020. Until this date, Windows 7 users can avail of ‘extended support’. As with all operating systems, after some time the company will end its support as it continues to create new systems, etc.

Mainstream support ended for Windows 7 on January 13th, 2015, which meant new features stopped being added and warranty claims were no longer valid. However, during the extended warranty phase, which Windows 7 entered after the end of its mainstream support, the operating system will still receive patched and security updates to ensure bugs are fixed.

When Windows 7 enters its End of Support phase, this support will end as well.

Windows 7 End of Support: What happens next?

When Windows 7 reaches its End of Support phase on January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. It is likely that it also won’t offer assistance and support if you encounter any problems with Windows 7 also.

This does not mean that Windows 7 will stop working on January 14th, 2020, you will still be able to use Windows 7 for as long as you want. However, just because you can use Windows 7 after the deadline, doesn’t mean you should.

The main issue with continuing to use Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched for any new viruses or security problems once it enters its End of Support phase. This will leave you extremely vulnerable to emerging threats. While you can continue to use Windows 7 after January 14th, 2020, you should start planning to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

Windows 7 End of Support: What should you do?

If you are still using Windows 7, what should you do? There are a number of things we would recommend you do in preparation for Windows 7 End of Support. Firstly, consider upgrading to a more up to date operating. system. While you have a number of choices when upgrading your operating system, the easiest option is to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 7 End of Support: Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has many benefits. Primarily, as both operating systems are made by Microsoft, the upgrading process is relatively easy and in many cases you can keep your files on your PC, however, we do recommend you move to cloud computing for security and data protection reasons.

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 means you will experience minimum disruption when upgrading. Most programs you use will also be upgraded to work with the Windows 10 operating system. If you have grown accustomed to the Windows 7 layout, Windows 10 has a similar interface and you shouldn’t find it too difficult to adjust.

If you would like to begin the process of upgrading to Windows 10 or to learn more about how the Windows 7 End of Support affects your business, contact us!

Sign up for your FREE Windows 7 End of Support Audit!

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5 Benefits of Bespoke Software Developments

5 Benefits of Bespoke Software Developments

Many businesses use off-the-shelf applications on a daily basis. These applications may fulfil an immediate functionality requirement, however, they often lack certain features that would benefit your business’ processes. Stock software often has many unnecessary functions that are not relevant to your business.

There are many benefits to developing a bespoke Software Solution;

1.Ease of use

Bespoke Software Solutions are designed around your business needs, this ensures that any features that are developed are required by your business. This ensures that the software is used more efficiently. This also ensures that learning time is reduced as employees are re-learning processes that directly apply to business processes.

2.Branding and Identity

A bespoke Software Solution’s unique tools, such as forms and auto messages allow you to communicate your brand voice, which will benefit your brand recognition. Often a small detail can be a key differentiator between you and your competitors.

3.Efficient processes

A bespoke Software Solution is generally developed using an agile process, with constant communication from our Software Development Team to ensure that the development is aligned to your business needs. This will ensure that the finished application will be matched to your specific working processes.

4.Complete ownership

During the development process, your business is in the driver’s seat. We will work with your team to ensure that the software that is being developed will benefit your business. Our team are experts when it comes to software and will guide you through your software development journey.


A bespoke software development can generally be customised to integrate with existing key software used within the business. Introducing a bespoke software doesn’t mean the previous integrations will stop working.

We are industry leading experts in bespoke Software Development. Our team of Software Developers have the proven knowledge and expertise to develop solutions that benefit your business. To learn more about how a bespoke Software Solution can benefit your business, contact us!

Contact our team today to discuss how a custom Software Solution could benefit your business!

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Discover in SharePoint Online

Discover in SharePoint Online

Discover on SharePoint Online allows you to access content quickly and easily. Using a variety of methods you can find the content that you require using SharePoint Online’s many discover features.

Search for something

1.Type into the Search box in the top left under the app launcher.

2.Filter your results by type, for example, Sites, People, or Files.

Check out news

The SharePoint homepage is your place to find sites, read news, or look up content. The right pane gives you easy access to relevant content arranged in the following groupings:

  • News from sites highlights updates from sites you follow or visit often.
  • Frequent sites shows sites you visit often and recent activity on them.
  • Suggested sites appear based on searches you’ve done and recommendations from the Microsoft Graph.

Note: Microsoft Graph must be enabled by your admin to see Featured Links and Suggested Sites on your SharePoint homepage.

Find your site

The left navigation pane shows SharePoint sites you follow, those you’ve recently visited, and sites your company wants to spotlight.

Following displays sites you follow, like your team’s site or a site from another group you work with.

Recent shows any site you’ve gone to recently

Featured links displays sites your company wants to showcase.

To learn more about SharePoint Online and how it can benefit your business, click here! Our expert sales team can help you design and implement a bespoke SharePoint Solution that will benefit your business.

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