Services


Custom Software

Arana specializes in solving your problems by building cutting-edge applications from the ground up, tailored to meet your needs.

Around the office, we frequently joke that "the typing is never the hard part of our day." A bit tongue-in-cheek? Perhaps so, but the point is that no great software solution starts or ends with the code. Arana consultants are more than coders. We are business professionals who know how to leverage the right technologies to fix what ails you, making you better at what you do.

As your technical partner from the beginning, we will first help to refine your business needs, and then translate those into appropriate technical requirements for your project. Our deep level of expertise across the broad spectrum of today's web technologies allows us to pick the right tools for the job. When it comes to custom software, there is no one panacea, no single solution. We want to help find the one for you.

Solving problems. It's what makes us tick.

Web Development

From the latest JavaScript libraries to the most robust server technology platforms to the cloud, nobody knows the Web like we do.

Technology changes fast, there's no doubt about it. And in software development today, it seems that nothing is evolving faster than web. Last week's darling library is already old news today, while the tools you'll love tomorrow you haven't even heard about yet. At the same time, many companies continue to discard their expensive servers and data centers in favor of migration to the cloud. How is your organization to keep up?

Enter Arana. Through continuous research, as well as regular participation at events throughout the country, we keep our finger on the pulse of the industry. We constantly assess the strengths and weaknesses of available web technologies, as well as how these tools all integrate with each other. When that shiny new framework is ready for primetime, we will have already been watching its development for months. As a result, we can tell you with confidence whether to use it for your project or to stay away.

Performance Optimization

Are your applications running slowly? Are they not scaling as they should? Let us take a look. We will optimize your code.

Unit tests are great. With the popularity of test-driven development, today's developers all know that. However, properly optimized software applications require far more than testing tools and code-coverage metrics. True performance and scalability come from making the right decisions in the right places in your code.

Our consultants have a deep understanding of the inner workings of today's most popular and successful development and hosting frameworks. We know how they do what they do. We know why they do it. Drawing on this expertise, Arana can work to pinpoint bottlenecks and pain points in your applications. Sometimes, even small revisions can lead to tremendous gains in production application performance.

Training & Mentoring

Have your own internal development teams? Call on us to help them improve their skills and learn to make their very own Awesome.

At Arana Software, we are dedicated and passionate members of the regional and national development communities. Every member of our team is involved in organizing local user groups, running large regional conferences, and speaking on diverse technology and business topics at events around the country. There are few things that we enjoy more than helping our peers and colleagues get even better at what they do!

Are you looking to migrate to the latest and greatest new platform for your application and freshen up your skills? Moving to the cloud and trying to understand new hosting paradigms? Simply hoping to improve your team's development practices, methodologies, and efficiency? We can help!

About Arana

Arana Software provides web application software consulting and development services that will help you improve efficiency and provide more business value through quality code. Our developers are skilled in working with you to create relevant designs and converting them into reliable and performant solutions that have been optimized for your unique business needs. Our team is also experienced in sharing that same knowledge with other developers, so that your team can autonomously provide the same value to your own clients.

Jay Harris founded Arana in 2008. As with many new businesses, our story begins with a humble side operation, running out of a small office in Jay's family home. As more clients engaged the firm and the projects kept coming in the door, it became clear that Jay should be dedicating his efforts to Arana full-time. Jeff Strauss, a professional colleague and long-time friend, joined the company as a partner in 2015. Today, we operate offices out of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; and St. Louis, Missouri; and are proudly delivering leading-edge web solutions for our clients across the country.

Arana Leadership


Jay Harris
Co-Owner & Problem Solver
Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and founder of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3. Through his collaboration and contributions to software development, he has been recognized as a Microsoft Regional Director, an ASPInsider, and as a six-time Microsoft MVP. Recognizing that the bottleneck to great software is a developer's time, Jay focuses on frameworks, modules, tools, and practices that make developers stronger, fitter, happier, and more productive.
ASPInsider Member Microsoft MVP Microsoft Regional Director
Jeff Strauss
Co-Owner & Problem Solver
Jeff is a developer, an analyst, an attorney, and—first and foremost—a consultant. After several years in a private law practice, his lifelong draw to computers would not stay dormant, attracting him back into the software industry where he has always belonged. He maintains a passion for solving complex problems with inspired solutions, improving life and business through technology. As a dedicated member of the developer community, Jeff served seven years on the executive board of the Dev Up regional developer conference, and now engjors serving on the board of directors for the Kansas City Developers Conference.
ASPInsider Member Microsoft MVP