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Software Engineering Consulting


TL;DR: Answer a few questions to request a Consultation

In order to reduce the amount of emails we need to send forth and back, we kindly ask you to fill out a few questions to request a consultation.

Request a Consultation

HIFIS offers free-of-charge consulting as a service to research groups under the Helmholtz umbrella. We can help you to deal with specific licensing issues, pointing out solutions on how to improve your software or setting up a new projects. We are also very happy to discuss other software engineering topics such as software engineering process in general. Be aware that we are a small team that tries to help as many researchers and research groups as possible. Therefore we have to limit our total work time on each request to one week with a maximum of up to two weeks. Depending on the request type the processing might take a bit longer. We try to setup an initial meeting as early as possible.

The Consultation Process

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1. First Contact

Step one: talk to us! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page — our dedicated team will direct that request to a consultant with knowledge and expertise in the areas related to your project.

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2. Let's Talk!

Our consultant will work with you and your team to help specify the problem, and identify a plan of action that you can take to solve the issue. We work with your research expertise and understanding of the project, and our wealth of software engineering experience to find the best solution for you to be able to maintain throughout your project's lifespan.

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3. Let's Go!

Our consultations don't end after the first meeting — we provide ongoing support to help you with your project. We can provide tool and software recommendations, run training sessions, setup template projects, and much more.

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4. Conclusion

All good things must come to an end, but our aim is to leave you more equipped and prepared at the end of the consultation process, so that you can maintain and support your project for as long as you need to.

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For a more in-depth look at the consulting process, please have a look at our HIFIS Consulting Handbook. It provides information on the process and the corresponding services we use for a successful consultation.

Helpful Resources

The awesome-rse list is a curated awesome list of resources for Research Software Engineering (RSE). The list contains various tools and process recommendations that maybe made to the client.

Getting Started

You can request a new consultation by using the link below.

Request a Consultation

If anything goes wrong during the process, feel free to email us directly.