Mission critical custom software for higher education

We bring the best practices of the software development industry to your projects, so that you and your team can focus on changing the world through teaching and ground-breaking research.

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Case Studies

World-changing clients. Ground-breaking research.

Internet2 / InCommon

Federation Manager

Internet2 connects the world’s leading research institutions. We worked with their team to modernize the application that’s at the heart of their federated authentication system.

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Penn State Research

Innovation Gateway

The Office of Industrial Partnerships conceived of a new way to connect faculty members to industry challenges. We built a web application that reaches out to thousands of faculty, and takes a data-driven approach to discovery.

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Living Wage Calculator

We worked with Dr. Amy Glasmeier to create the #1 source of information on living wages in the U.S., which has since helped to guide public and private policy across the country.

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Flip Learning

Interactive textbooks

We worked with this EdTech startup to build and scale their primary application and deployment platform, which is now in use at many colleges and universities.

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Why Work With Us?

We create high quality products while putting people first

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  • Approach

    Our strengths of communication and empathy rest on a foundation of engineering, craftsmanship, and process.

  • Capabilities

    We use best practices like Scrum and Test-Driven Development to create high quality code and web applications.

  • Experience

    We have experience in high-performance computing, mission critical apps, organizational workflow, and financial and security concerns.

“West Arete has been extremely enjoyable to work with because they are concerned not only with the product in development, but also with the transfer of ownership and knowledge to our team in regard to what has been developed."

Dan Coughlin IT Director, Penn State University
Our Process

We use the best practices in the industry


West Arete has used the highly collaborative, highly effective Scrum process for nearly a decade and has two certified Scrum Masters on staff. This project management structure is rigorous with regard to time and budget, and responsive with regard to scope and design.

Test-Driven Development

This is a rigorous programming practice that dictates that the developer must write an automated test for the code, even before the code itself is written. This standard helps to ensure that all code is working as the developer intended and is maintainable in the long run.

Continuous Integration

All code written at West Arete goes through a rigorous continuous integration process in order to catch defects and ensure that the application is always ready to deploy. Each code change is automatically run through its suite of automated tests on a separate build machine.

Let’s Connect

The first step is often a zero-pressure phone call to answer questions and explore whether we both feel that there could be a fit.