Why do you focus on .NET technologies?

It’s good to specialize, especially in this industry.  In the past there have been many “Enterprise” class approaches to writing software, and to be honest most of them can be used to accomplish the same goal.  The issue today is that many of those technologies have simply not been actively maintained and extended over the years.  They tend to progress by means of 3rd party frameworks that keep them relevant and current.  Microsoft has been pretty proactive about reading the tea leaves and integrating modern design patterns into their frameworks.

At the same time, the real cost of developing with their tools continues to drop.  They have huge market penetration and now offer comprehensive software development services, including project tracking and cloud hosting.  Many of their previously very expensive development tools and even their database server have free versions that satisfy the requirements of almost all small businesses.

In short, we are able to complete projects more quickly and affordably using these technologies.

Do you do system support or general IT functions (setup, networking, admin)?

Generally no, and only for existing customers when necessary to support a custom solution.

Can you design a website for my business?

This used to be a very viable business and honestly a lot of really talented people still do it.  Unfortunately, the margins have become so slim on this type of work that it’ simply not profitable for us and not fair to you as a client.  A lot of this work is now being done overseas very affordably, or many automated services can set you up very quickly at almost no cost (think GoDaddy, WordPress, Drupal, etc.)  If you need custom graphics and layout work we would be happy to refer you to someone.

Now if your business needs to integrate a website to a backend system (accounting, inventory), that is typically a project with a larger scope and we can definitely assist you.  Many people employ a hybrid model: using an open-source solution on the front end and a proprietary system on the back end and it can make for a very robust holistic solution.