Software Development - Michigan Based

Stout Systems has two decades of experience in software development—Michigan based. Over the years, we have learned that when customers bring problems to us, time spent understanding both the problems and the people who need them solved is time well spent. Good software development starts with good relationships.
You cannot build great software that customers rave about unless you take time to get to know them. Two decades of experience in software develoment—Michigan based—as taught us that.

Some custom software development companies are all about the billings.

Others are interested in the coolest technology.

Stout Systems’ primary focus is on delighting the people who will use the software products. That doesn’t happen without first taking the time to understand both the users and the problems they are trying to solve.

Project Details

One way to get to know more about a custom software development company is by exploring its past projects.

Stout Systems excels at creating project teams that can deliver products that run the gamut from embedded systems to desktop, Web and mobile-optimized applications.

Some of our Past Custom Software Development Projects


  • The TreasureMart, consignment shop inventory management and sales system (1999-2000)
  • Leprecon, LP-700 48-Fader Pot Lighting Board, embedded systems and software engineering(2000-2001)
  • McKinley, Inc., Apartment Locator, software and database engineering (2000)
  • Visteon Corporation, TACNET law enforcement vehicle safety system integration unit, embedded systems and software engineering (2000-2002)
  • Impatto Custom Marketing, workflow management system, Web application development (2002-2003)
  • Variety Die and Stamping, Die Shop Maintenance Tool, Web application development (2002-2003)
  • Leprecon, LP-600 series stage lighting console, embedded systems and software engineering (2003)
  • Peters Building, custom home building workflow management system, Web application development (2003-2005)
  • Document Processing Systems, mortgage eClosing and eVault proof-of-concept, software engineering and Web application development (2003-2004)
  • Lakeside Windows (now part of Antcliff Windows and Doors), custom window quotation and order management system, Web application development (2003)
  • Leprecon, LPX series lighting console, embedded systems and software engineering (2004-2005)
  • Integrated Design, Inc., time reporting data upload utility, software engineering (2005)
  • American Concrete Institute, searchable abstracts and bookstore application Web application development (2005-2006)
  • Carhartt, handheld point-of-sale scanner proof of concept, embedded systems and software engineering (2006)
  • Guardian Industries, Glass Performance Calculator, Web application development (2007-2009)
  • Carhartt, point-of-sale data collection system, Web application development (2007)
  • Leprecon, AI-512 architectural dimmer, embedded systems and Web application engineering (2008)
  • Leprecon, LPC series lighting console, embedded systems and software engineering (2008-2010)
  • Midwestern Consulting, document management system, Web application development (2008)
  • Guardian Industries, Laboratory Management Information System (LIMS), Web application development (2009-2011)
  • Hardwood Solutions, Inc., workflow management system, Web application development (2009-2012)
  • Guardian Industries, Energy Cost and Savings Calculator, Web application development (2011-2012)
  • North Bay Bioscience (now part of MesaLabs), Laboratory Management Information System (LIMS), Web application development (2011-2012)
  • Guardian Industries, Lighting Calculator, Web application development (2013)
  • Guardian Industries, Glass Visualizer, Web application development (2013)
  • ODVA, EtherNet/IP Toolbox Integrated Learning Environment, embedded systems and software engineering (2013-2014)
  • Conlin Travel, Program Management Platform, Web application development (2015-2017)
  • Guardian Industries, Sustainability Calculator, Web application development (2015-2016)
  • Denison Consulting, Project Management Platform, Web application development (2016-2017)
  • MS2, PMDS, Web application development (2016)
  • Colonial Title, workflow management system, Web application development (2018-2019)
  • GTJ Consulting, workflow management systems, Web application and progressive Web application (PWA) development (2018-2019)

Short Term Consulting

Sometimes companies don’t need to outsource a full project. In fact, it is quite common for a company to need expertise in a very specific area and for a brief period of time.

In addition to large projects such as the ones noted above, Stout Systems often provides short term consulting including:

  • Icon design
  • Graphic design
  • UI/UX design
  • Architecture reviews
  • Software organization assessments
  • Query optimization
  • Database tuning
  • Installation engineering
  • And much more…

Don't Take our Word for it

You don’t have to take our word for it. You can read or hear from our satisfied candidates and clients themselves.

Read candidate staffing and recruiting services reviews on Glassdoor and Google.

Read client reviews on Clutch.

You can also watch video testimonials.
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Wassim Katbey
Wassim Katbey
02:32 15 Jan 20
I'm working with Stout Systems on a Software Development role, for a company in the Metro Detroit Area. The recruitment process was great. Following my recruitment (and the period before I began work) the staff at Stout Systems always kept up with me, and answered any questions I had regarding pay, benefits, etc. If you're looking to fill tech roles, definitely give them a chance!
Soheil Javadi
Soheil Javadi
23:11 19 Jun 19
It went like that... A phone screen and then two offers. One of which led to an in-person interview and I got the job :) Very nice people and very supportive. Thank you Priya and all stout team.
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Our Roots

For more than two decades Stout Systems has helped companies solve problems through the development of custom software products.

But our roots go much deeper.

Our founder John Stout worked on the award winning Video Voice, an early 1980s computer game that assisted deaf people to learn to speak more clearly. He also created weather satellite software for the U-M Space Physics Research lab—which eventually flew on the space shuttle. 

Eventually the demand for John’s software development talent was so great that he felt compelled to form a company of like-minded individuals. From the earliest days of Stout Systems, John instilled his core values in his team:

  • Unwavering commitment to quality
  • Putting the customer first
  • Creating products that people love to use

Stout Systems has upheld these values ever since. 

John Stout’s Early Projects

You might enjoy exploring some of John Stout's early projects.

Our Process

For nearly a decade, our custom software development has been led by our Chief Technologist, Dave Sweeton.

He follows a development model called Staged Delivery.

Haven’t heard of it, you say? It’s a hybrid method that allows us to do just the right amount of up-front work to properly scope projects. Then we switch over to a more agile process.
Staged Delivery is a software development and engineering that allows Stout Systems to accurately scope work up front and then switch over to an agile implementation method.

Hint: Those of our customers who actually want to understand how much a project will cost and how long it will take to implement really appreciate this model.

Hint: It also allows us to quickly deliver the most important feature set and get it into use. Which customers love.

This method works well for a wide variety of projects from controlling IoT devices through a mobile device to creating complex engineering applications that are accessible from anywhere in the world through a simple Web browser. 

Is Custom Software Right for your Business?

Whether or not to create custom software for your business often comes down to the classic buy-versus-build decision.

We like to boil down the buy-versus-build debate to a few simple yes/no questions.

Question 1: Is there a software package, Web site or mobile application that comes close to delivering what you need?

Question 2: Do commercially available applications conform to the way you do things? Or will you have to conform to the way they do things?

Question 3: Are commercial products too big or complex for me?

Custom software doesn't have to be expensive. And it is often more affordable than commercial software–maybe not in year one, but definitely over the life of the software. Most importantly, you must evaluate whether or not it makes sense to conform to commercial software or to maintain what makes your company unique. If that point is true, than you are better off going the custom route any day of the week.

Take a look at Peg Bogema's blog post for an indepth exploration of the buy-versus-build question.

Ready to Talk about your Custom or Outsourced Software Development Needs?

We’d love to hear about your next project. 

Send us a note through our contact form. You can also message or call us at 877.663.0877.
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