Posts Tagged ‘development’

Iphone Development

Friday, October 8th, 2010

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Due to the increasing demand for applications many companies are making the transition towards mobile development in order to keep up in a constantly changing market.  Applications are a lighter and streamlined approach aimed towards users to allow them to be used from the comfort of their phone. Most users today live fast paced lifestyles and need to retain the same functionality as working from a computer but only have the use of their cellular phone available.  This concept has sparked and fueled development to provide our users with a mobile app based on our time billing software to remain functional while on the move. We’ve incorporated many of the great features from our software into the Iphone application to further increase user efficiency and productivity while on the fly. Features such as entering time, viewing hours, viewing fixed prices/expenses, managing workers/ clients, and creating/viewing invoices on the app will allow the user to remotely accomplish what they normally would from the office in a fraction of the time. Our application will aid workers to log into a simple Iphone application and submit their hours into the system. From there an employer can then log into the app to send invoices to clients as well as view the progress/reports of both their workers and projects. We are extremely excited about finishing up the development on our app to further enhance our user base’s experiences and mobile functionality.

Customer Support

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

One of a company’s top objectives is to cater specifically to their client audience and provide them with the best software experience possible. Most often a company can lose themselves in providing the client with a quality product, meanwhile, overlook past crucial customer support that they may require. Much of development focus is centered on creating programs or systems for the consumer in order to make their lives easier. In this process many questions and critiques that the consumer make are left unheard or without much explanation to smooth out their software experiences. A majority of the time you will find that instead of the company answering questions the users will have to look to their peers in order to reach a solution. Sometimes a company may go as far as creating forums on their website for users to discuss the software amongst themselves in order to decrease the need of customer support. As a business it’s important that you keep the user in perspective and understand that they are the ones who must decide whether or not they are reaping the benefits. A company must know the roles of its consumer base and walk in their shoes to fully comprehend how their needs can be best suited. The consumer deserves to have their full potential unleashed and use the software as it was intended. With training, videos, and other forms of help files the company is able to ensure that each component of the product has been accounted for and that they are able to answer all questions. A large portion of the population contains individuals who do not have basic computer literacy so it is important to be able to satisfy the spectrum between all users. When launching software a company must take the initiative to look at the big picture and make sure that all components are able to harmonize with one another.

Customization vs. Off the Shelf

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The two most commonly occurring errors for companies in the service industry are to underestimate their needs and be unable to fully understand how unique they are from all other companies in their venue. It’s well known amongst all companies that the trials and tribulations of finding the right software your company deserves can be a long dragged out process. Often there are two different types of software solutions one of which that are off the shelf and others which are custom made. Both seem to have many features that your company would benefit from but have distinct differentiation when compared with one another. A positive from buying off the shelf software from a manufacturer with a generic system is that it allows you to receive technical support when adapting to the new system. However it is a frequent occurrence that the company buying the software will have to bend to certain aspects to make the software compatible for them. Although some people are allured to the off the shelf software by the lower costs they later on become frustrated that some of the demands of the company are never met. That is why some companies tend to choose tailored software that is made to their exact specifications and meet all their requirements. Although the product takes a little more time to develop the end results are always positive and allow the company purchasing it to be as efficient as possible. The positive with custom software is that it bends to work and function as you wish it to so no time is required to learn the system, use tech support, or adapt to it. For example, a company that only requires a simple word processor would just need an off the shelf product to get what they want.  However if the company wanted a user interface in their system that has a word processor embedded would cause them to move towards software development.  It all comes down to analyzing your company and researching what is best for it in order to give your company the edge it truly deserves.

Specification Requirements

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Detail oriented people are a highly sought after commodity in today’s day and age. With the drastic increase during the past couple years information has spread faster and has in effect cut down on the details involved in business. When discussing projects with a vendor it’s important to keep in mind that the more specific the requirements the more directed and time effective the project will be.  By making your requirements clear it is more probable that the company developing your projects will have a better understanding and will spend less time bringing features to the table that you may not even require. Being able to make your ideas and thoughts known will also ease the process of billing by making the time put in more traceable due to the specific instructions that are given.  Most of the time a  vendor must lean on a client while constantly pushing for feedback so that they can make the objectives clear and keep all the details in perspective. The benefits of a client clearly stating their requirements will help to avoid confusion, keep the company in charge of the development in a stricter mind set, and will overall streamline the entire process.  Stress is constantly felt on a vendor when developing projects for clients due to the fact that they are being billed by each hour they put in for a client and are under a tedious time schedule. In these situations a vendor must quickly understand the client’s needs and specific requirements in order to accomplish the project in an efficient manner.