Spud is much more than a software development company

Customized Business Software Solutions

Since 1997 Spud has worked with hundreds of businesses and there is a lot more to software development than writing code.  Our on staff business process experts make sure we design the best solution possible.  It is only after designing that our team gets busy writing code.

Business Tracking: Accurate Reports Real-Time Dashboards and Graphs
PACManager Process and Cost Management

Find out how PACManager can help your business

PACManager Business Tracking Dashboards and Reports

PACManager is a subscription based solution, but instead of  you having to learn how to customize it or getting to a point where the software has reached its limitation, we handle all customization and support for you. Plus every PAC client is setup with a dedicated set of code and database making customization truly unlimited.

Sales Tracking

PACManager tracks all sales activity and by default is set up with seven sales stages including: Sales Lead, Need to Provide Proposal, Waiting on Approval, Need to Provide an Updated Proposal, Need to Receive Payment / PO, Sold, Dead. PACManager can even be easily customized to fit how you want to track sales leads. PACmanager also offers a Projection Calculator that can be customized to fit your forecasting proposals

Project Tracking

Tracking a project includes who is in charge, what tasks need to be completed, when tasks are to be completed and by whom. Individual projects may also have their own billing rules and different rates depending on the project and client. Additionally, from a cost standpoint, you may also need to track expenses like purchases or mileage.

Dashboards / Reports

You get easy access to the data that matters most and it will be accessible on your mobile device, on your computer and if you want, they can even be hanging on the wall for all to see. Good reports are able to tell you what happened, what is going on and what is up ahead. PACManager provides these reports and if your company requires additional reports and/or specific reports to provide to your customers PACManager can easily add them.

Resource Tracking

PACManager knows what needs to be done. We tell you who is available, who it is for and when it needs to be done by. Using this information makes it easy to assign tasks to resources. Resources can be people, suppliers or equipment. Based on the resources' availability and time needed to complete the task(s), PACManager will show if you are ahead, behind or on schedule.

Besides customizable workflow, ERP and CRM solutions Spud has many

Customization Strengths

Customization Strengths

Spud has done all kinds of customized business software solutions in the last 23+ years including: integrations, consulting, software analysis, security reviews, mobile apps, SaaS solutions and many more

Working together toward a common goal

Spud is for companies that are growing and looking for a partner that will always be there to handle all the development, analysis, support and implementation effort that it takes to properly support the software and users that are so critical in the success of their business.

An extension of your Team

You can rely on us for years to come

Located in Michigan, Serving the USA

American Customized Business Software Solutions

Businesses that have benefited from customized business software solutions by Spud

We have provided consulting and customized business software solutions for hundreds of businesses and thousands of users

Michigan is our home but the USA is where we work

We love our state, but we know and appreciate the awesomeness that goes on throughout the USA and we would appreciate the opportunity to find out if working with Spud makes sense for your business

Customized Business Software Solutions in Michigan

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Before, during and after projects we are available for these services as well

Project Scoping

If you know your idea is strong, but you are not sure what it will cost, how long it will take to develop, or what the end product will work and look like, project scoping is how you get your answers.

Consulting

We help companies document and optimize processes. Just about everything within business revolves around data and software. Our business consultants have the business knowledge, software and analytic expertise to help improve your business.

Prototyping

Prior to going all in you may want to create a "working" prototype. Whether pitching it to upper management, investors, to presenting it at a trade show, Spud has created all kinds of prototypes to mimic the final product. Clients use software prototyping to test the market, get management to buy in or investors. This can be used to present at an event, to investors or to get the results from a focus group. The prototypes can be as scaled back or full featured as needed for your situation.

Our process

Define

Define

Make no mistake, the Define Phase is the most important part of our process. We learn about your business goals and objectives. After that, we can get to work and make it happen for you.

Design

Design

Where expertise, creativity and great communication meet.  Once we have the big picture, understanding and key requirements, we work on the design of your project including the deployment road map.  We design your project to meet your user requirements, timing and budget.

Develop

Develop

We roll up our sleeves and get the job done. We communicate with you as things progress. Our founder Derek Sommer says, “I’ve never had a client call me and say, 'Stop telling me what is happening with my project!' Constant communication is key to success.”

Deliver

Deliver

Next we deploy to production. We don't stop here. Even if this was the final release, we know that additional support may be needed. We begin work on any updates or changes now ready for development.


The point is, Spud is always there for our clients.

Mission statement

It’s no surprise that business owners have to make many decisions each and every day. What is surprising is how often business owners find themselves in a pinch because they lack the up-to-date reports and data that they need to keep their company running smoothly.

At Spud, we’ve made it our mission to assist businesses with everyday decision-making. We make sure each and every business owner has the most accurate data at their fingertips, so they grow their business by focusing on their vision instead of getting stuck in the day to day minutia. 

Standing by what we believe in

Our Core Values

I started Spud in 1997 with the vision to create workflow software for small businesses.  Software languages, operating systems and devices have changed significantly in the last 23+ years and Spud has grown with these changes, but we have always kept the vision of helping businesses grow and our core values. 
- Derek Sommer, Owner/CEO

Honesty

It is critical that we share our views and experience with clients even if it isn't in the best interest of Spud or it isn't something the client wants to hear.

Passionate

Our clients are our partners in business.  We are an extension of their team so we need to strive to make them as successful as possible.

Dedicated

Our clients are depending on Spud, and we need to make sure we are there for them and looking out for their best interests at all times.

Resourceful

We need to look at all options to a problem we are solving and remember that the most obvious isn't always the best solution for the long run.

What our clients say

“Since starting my company, I’ve relied on Spud Software to execute our company websites and business operation software as well as our client projects. Aside from delivering clever solutions, the Spud team is fun to work with, creative and always professional. Plus their programming is rock solid.”

- Michael Bleau, Industry Scope

“We chose Spud because we sought a firm that had all of the in-house talent to meet the requirements of the project. Just as important, we did not want to work with a firm so large that our project did not seem like a priority to them. Spud has a good reputation, and we know they will be there to support us long after this endeavor is complete.”

– David Hernandez, VP, Finance and PD&I SGI

“We have been using Spud Software for many, many, many years and have never been disappointed. Quality service, fast and friendly.”

– Amy Smith, Auto City

“At the last two companies where I have worked, we contracted Spud developers. Spud was able to quickly understand and solve my issues and tasks. As a developer myself, I was very impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. I would highly recommend Spud to any company.”

– Jeanie Simmons, TST Tooling

“We are one of Spud’s earliest customers and they have helped us grow from an upstart book publisher to the leading Pre-Apprenticeship Training textbook provider to the automotive industry. They manage our order process and respond to our request for technical assistance with speed and accuracy. They have never disappointed in more than twenty years.”

– Jack Martin, Educational Services

“Derek Sommer and his crew are the BEST! Wonderful, personal care for all they serve. EXCELLENT quality work!”

– Todd Biermann

“When we contacted Spud Software it was because we wanted to keep our business local, we wanted to be able to put a face and a place with the  company we chose to go with and not just a telephone number located who knows where. We got so much more.”

– Kris Fleckenstein, Bennington Hills Kennel

“The team at Spud is not only top notch technically but they are great caring people. I never have to think twice about referring one of my clients that can benefit from Spud.”

– Meghan Brunner, PC Miracles

“Appreciate the work, mission, and team at Spud. Great Michigan software company.”

– Gary Morris

“I just looked at the website and it looks great. I wanted to make sure you knew that we have had many people visit our website and all have said it looks great. You hit the nail on the head, I really, really like it and THANK YOU!!!  Keep up the good work.”

– Don Stilson, Rock Foundations

“Just a short note to let you know how pleased we are with Spud and your people. The ongoing service from Ted has been great and Adam has just this week helped me out big-time with fast and super nice service.”

– Mark Drolet, Premiere Packaging, Inc.

“Spud Software is a significant contributor to the ongoing diversification of Flint & Genesee’s economy.”

– Tim Herman, CEO Flint & Genesee Regional Chamber

“Spud provides a high level of service to their clients and I consider them to be an elite group of developers.”

– Joshua Latimer, Street Bidder

“We chose Spud because we sought a firm that had all of the in-house talent to meet the requirements of the project. Just as important, we did not want to work with a firm so large that our project did not seem like a priority to them. Spud has a good reputation, and we know they will be there to support us long after this endeavor is complete.”

– David Hernandez, VP, Finance and PD&I SGI

To be honest, I am usually not a big fan of providing references but this one is a no-brainer. I have worked with Spud for over fifteen years with no regrets. Although their company has experienced tremendous growth since we first started working together, their customer service and support has been unwavering. Spud has proven to be very timely, structured, and creative in the solutions that they have offered for each project that we have thrown at them so far. In addition, we find their design and hosting services to be priced very reasonably. Finally, I can tell you that Spud has been very transparent in everything that they do. We have not been hit with any hidden costs. Everything is upfront and on the table.”

– Mark Mancini, Corporate Events Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Our entire team is dedicated to the success of our clients' businesses and the projects we do for them. We become an extension of our clients team and that is why we have clients that have worked with us for 20+ years

Derek Sommer
Owner / CEO - Spud Software

Our Amazing Clients

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The Spud difference

When vetting a software company, it’s important to understand why more companies choose Spud to provide their software solutions

More than Developers.

Our team of consultants provide a level of expertise and experience with processes, data, reports and accountability second to none. Each of our consultants have 10+ years experience helping businesses with implementing the best solutions. Before our developers write a single line of code, we become part of your team and ultimately help your business succeed and reach its goals by putting together a strategy that meets each clients budget and timing requirements.

You Own the Code.

It is important to make sure that the customized business software solution you are paying for is owned by you. If you ever want to change companies, bring the work in house or sell the software, you want to make sure you own it. The only exception to this is if you go with our subscription based solution PACManager.

You Own the Data.

It is hard to believe, but we still know companies that got involved with the wrong development company only to find out they don’t own the data. Some companies will say you own the data, but do not provide a method to export it without a huge cost. We make sure that your data is your data and if you ever need it, you can get it.

You Own the Intellectual Property.

If it is proprietary to your business, we keep it confidential. To keep you covered, we request all confidential and proprietary documentation is marked accordingly and all our staff has signed confidentiality agreements. And here’s another reason for using a local company like Spud: How can you hold someone accountable if they aren’t in the United States?

Realistic Ongoing Costs.

Depending on the project, there may be ongoing costs. They could be as small as hosting or could involve call center support. Some of our clients are constantly changing their processes and purchase billable hours in advance for additional savings. We will be open and honest about what the ongoing costs are prior to starting any project.

Impressive Resume.

Spud has done work for companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups with investors. With 23+ years of experience and a wide range of clients, Spud can bring a ton of experience and understanding of what works.

100% American Owned and Operated.

Our in-house developers do all the work. We never sub-contract to offshore companies. We’ve seen the work they do and their data formats, the flow of the programs and overall functionality isn’t always consistent with how Americans do things. There may be some great offshore development firms out there, we just haven’t heard of any.