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Does Your Legacy System Need an Upgrade?

April 22, 2018
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Is it time to upgrade your legacy system? Unless you’ve recently performed an update, chances are that the answer is yes. There’s nothing wrong with a legacy system in and of itself. After all, we wouldn’t have our most recent technology without the innovations that older systems gave us. And legacy systems often perform the job quite well. Even NASA chose to continue using its system from the 1970s. However, these systems do come with a set of challenges. Whether you plan to overhaul your entire system or simply update the existing one, a legacy system upgrade is always a good idea.

 

A Legacy System Upgrade Lets You Keep Up

Any company that relies on technology has to keep up with the competition. Granted, because software changes almost constantly, it’s impractical to try to accommodate every available update. Often, though, companies need a legacy system upgrade to stay on track.

Upgrades help ensure the future of your company. There are no young legacy developers. In fact, most legacy developers are already old enough to retire. When these developers do retire, they’ll leave behind a workforce of millennials who have studied newer systems. “One of the key challenges the legacy systems face is that they are too abstract and generic for the millennials,” said Kumar Erramilli in an article for Forbes. Indeed, many millennials — who have invented more contemporary software systems — prefer upgrades. In the near future, when they comprise the majority of the software workforce, an outdated system could mean a loss of productivity. They’ll have to dedicate their time to learning the old software. Newer systems, on the other hand, will let them focus on more important tasks.

 

A Legacy System Upgrade Will Save Money Long-term

Some companies fail to upgrade because their leaders focus on short-term savings instead of long-term savings. System upgrades will cost money, of course. That said, they will yield a significant ROI in the company’s future. For one, legacy systems without strong security upgrades become vulnerable to hackers who can make you lose money. Furthermore, when you tether your business to outdated software, you may limit your potential ROI. We’ve already mentioned that you have to consider a younger workforce. You also have to think about your clients. If your competition’s software gives the clients a more user-friendly experience, you may notice a decrease in customers. The writers at the Harvard Business Review agree. As one article puts it, “As automation and digitization transform the economy, well-resourced incumbents in industry after industry are losing out to upstarts.” These advances will not go away any time soon. The companies that take advantage of upgrades will increase their profits, while those who refuse to upgrade may lose customers.

 

Improve Your Customer Relationships

Thanks to social media, customers expect easy connections to the services they use. Software can’t afford to be impersonal anymore. “Modern software solutions are much more intuitive and focused on user experience,” said Ivailo Nikolov in the Forbes article. “Legacy tools, on the other hand, were usually built with the sole purpose [of getting] the job done and without meticulous attention to detail.” This approach worked well for its time, but today’s clients expect a more personal touch to their software. Companies that use this intuitive software perform well. They get to know the client’s preferences and adjust accordingly. The Harvard Business Review points to Netflix as an example. “By instrumenting its apps to detect everything from where customers are geographically to when viewers stop watching a movie, the company is able to understand people’s preferences intimately. [Netflix] uses this knowledge to provide timely recommendations and to source — or create — content that people will love.” Upgraded software fosters deeper customer relationships, and those relationships will ultimately keep your business afloat.

 

Ayoka Systems

Generally, a legacy system upgrade is preferable to outdated technology. Ayoka has several different methods to help you upgrade your system. One is to move your legacy system to a web-based solution. We often move software systems from outdated PC-based applications to website applications. This gives our clients access to better updates and better ROI. We want you to get your money’s worth from your system, and this method can help. Instead of abandoning one system for another, we can re-write your existing software. There’s no need to lose any of your progress. We can also help you make your software user-friendly for smartphones and other devices. Take a look at this page for a list of ways that we can help you upgrade your legacy system. If you have any more questions or want to get started, visit our contact page or call us at (817)-210-4042.

Benefits of Custom Software Applications

Ayoka is a Texas custom software development company delivering quality custom software solutions. Custom software offers many advantages for your business, especially in terms of scalability and compatibility with your business’ existing software. Overall, custom-built applications provide a solid foundation to build upon for the success of your business.

Our mission is to develop enterprise applications in the USA that exceed our clients’ expectations, while maintaining competitive pricing. Working with Ayoka brings you a reliable and satisfaction-guaranteed business relationship. We strive to achieve a solid understanding of your business needs. A custom application is made to fit the requirements of your business in the way that best suits you. Our developers are responsive to your needs and can make changes as you need them, allowing you to adapt more easily.

When to Choose Custom Software

Custom software is appropriate if you need an application that caters to the specific needs of your organization. You may find that standard packaged software includes numerous unnecessary features that you don’t need for running your business. On the other hand, the off-the-shelf software may not include the specific features that your organization really needs. Custom software allows you to pick all and only the features you truly want. In addition, custom software provides several benefits that will help your organization in the long run.

Security

Customized software offers increased security. Quite often, off-the-shelf software gets hacked easily. Hackers are already aware of the vulnerabilities of packaged software and where and how they can be compromised. Custom software development can help protect your business from such external threats. Most successful hacking attempts on businesses result from hackers exploiting known vulnerabilities in commonly-used software. Custom software is a much less attractive target for hackers, as it requires comparatively more effort to learn how to breach the system.

Scalability

Another advantage of custom software is that it can be scaled according to the changing needs of your company. An off-the-shelf application cannot be manipulated at will and is limited in its offerings. At Ayoka, our experienced software developers provide excellent quality software and continue to maintain the program as your business grows in size.

With off-the-shelf software, you typically run into the issue of the software being inexpensive but not suitable for large businesses, or software being able to support businesses on a large scale but being very expensive to license. Custom software development offers a cost-effective solution to meets the needs of your company while allowing your business to grow.

Compatibility

Customizing software also offers compatibility with your organization’s existing applications. When Ayoka customizes software for your company, we take those pre-existing software packages into account so that it is compatible with your company’s tools. General software, on the other hand, can cause integration issues which are hard to deal with.

Maintaining custom software is easy when it is tailor-made for your company’s needs. With off-the-shelf software, you run the risk of discontinued application maintenance. In such a scenario, your business will need to make a sudden change and incur unnecessary costs.

Custom Software is Cost-Effective

With an application built to your requirements, you will save time and money. An application developed according to your own specification will likely require less configuration work and less training, as it will be intuitive to your staff. A good custom software application can also be more efficient and allow you to automate several manual tasks. At Ayoka, our experienced staff can recommend efficiencies and automation to suit your company’s needs.

Custom software can also help you save on hardware acquisition costs. Licensing software packages often means purchasing extra hardware to go with it. Ayoka engineers can tailor your software to work with your hardware. Your company will not need to purchase unnecessary additional hardware.

Investing in a custom-made software solution can offer many benefits to your company. Whether you are working on an internal business software or a new mobile application, Ayoka is eager to help you with your custom software development project. If you would like a software solution that integrates perfectly into your business, contact Ayoka to find out what we have to offer. Call us today at 817-210-4042 to discuss your custom software development, maintenance, and integration needs.

 

Partnering with Universities for Innovation and Improving University Relations

April 7, 2018
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Ayoka is a Texas custom software development company delivering world-class software solutions. From custom software development to Mobile app development, Ayoka excels in all areas and with exceptional quality. However, there is another defining dimension to Ayoka: a unique partnership with universities. Ayoka’s University Relations program not only empowers the students, but it also uniquely positions the firm in the application development market.

At Ayoka, we value innovation and cultivate a thriving and open environment. There is really no better way to achieve innovation than to empower the young minds at the colleges and universities. We partner with select universities that cultivate outstanding software engineers and software developers. Graduating students work with Ayoka’s experienced engineers and work on the latest technology while motivating each other.

Development Methodologies                         

While education is a must, experience provides yet another dimension for expansion to these young students. For example, students gain first-hand knowledge by intimately acquainting themselves with software development methodologies. In this way, they also benefit from project management experience. The combination of Ayoka’s experienced staff and creative young minds of university students is effectual for breeding innovation.

With the increasing advancement in software development, it is highly crucial that university students receive practical education as well. Ayoka bridges this gap for the upcoming software professionals through its University Relations program. For graduate students who compete to get into Ayoka’s University Relations program, this is the job opportunity of a lifetime. These highly competitive positions at Ayoka incorporate industry-experienced Masters and Ph.D. candidates into Ayoka’s culture.

Client Interaction

As mentioned before, students that enroll in Ayoka’s University Relations program receive personal experience with software development methodologies. They also get a chance to interact with customers and gain experience in client interaction. For example, these students often gauge the requirements from the clients. This involves them early in the process of software development.

One of the crucial aspects of software development is to translate customer requirements into reality through the software. Many times, there are discrepancies in the end product that need to be ironed out with the client. Getting experience in this realm for young students prepares them for the real work environment before they even embark on their first job. Our clients benefit from this experienced and enthusiastic team of software developers in making their web, e-commerce or enterprise software application a reality.

Ayoka’s Mentorship Program

Ayoka’s Mentorship Program assigns mentors from the  University Relations program, giving the students the unique ability to learn from the best. Ayoka’s Mentorship Program is designed to provide software developers the opportunity to receive training in and guidance with advanced technologies. For instance, mentors guide their mentees through specialized training programs. As a result, they are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in new challenges. In this open environment, students can ask questions and get feedback from their mentors which strengthen their commitment towards high-quality software. At Ayoka, we take pride in grooming world-class software professionals through our mentorship program.

CEO’s Commitment

Ayoka’s founder and CEO Eknauth Persaud proudly accepted the Technology Advocate award and cited his experience in the United States Marine Corps as the source for his commitment to young people and the American economy. “The Ayoka business model creates a software development environment that instills confidence, work ethic, and creativity to graduate students in technology while providing software development services to American entrepreneurs right here on our soil,” said Mr. Persaud, “This keeps America competitive both in education and on the global technology front.”

Ayoka is a trusted leader in the custom software development market. We provide enterprise-class solutions for small and mid-sized companies. These solutions involve various industries, such as e-commerce, manufacturing and distribution, finance, healthcare, and government industries. Using a unique business model that offers affordable software development Made in the USA, Ayoka has a track record of providing the personal care and attention often lacking in the application outsourcing industry. At Ayoka, we consider it a privilege to take part in some pretty astonishing custom software development projects. We particularly love having the chance to come in and build software from the ground up to launch a new business.

Ayoka’s Mission

Our mission is to develop enterprise applications, in the USA, that exceed the expectations of our clients, while maintaining competitive pricing. We’ve successfully built everything from complex enterprise business software to entirely innovative new mobile apps for startup companies. We accomplish this through a collaborative approach with our clients and focus on how the software aligns with your business. Call us today to discuss your custom software development, maintenance, and integration needs.

 

Your Industrial Company can Benefit by Implementing a PLC

April 2, 2018
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In the industrial fields such manufacturing and distribution, PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) offer many benefits. Your company can take advantage of these by simply implementing a PLC system. For example, this system can help streamline your factory floor and improve visibility. Best of all, the system is entirely customizable. The unique and specific needs of your business determine how you build the system and what you put into it. Because software and sizeable, heavy machinery are often at odds, a PLC system acts as a conduit, bringing the two together. The beauty of this system is that it is specifically designed for the industrial industry. It is a compact and durable system that is resilient in the face of heat and dust. With a company in this field, implementing a PLC is vital to your success.

 

What is a PLC?

 

As mentioned before, PLC stands for a programmable logic controller. It is a compact and low-cost system that works amazingly well in the industrial field. Even though the advanced process-control system is small, it has incredible strength. Another perk that makes this system perfect for the industrial industry is that it is well armored. It’s resilient in tough conditions such as dust, cold, heat, and moisture. Moreover, these types of systems come with a myriad of uses, which include data acquisition. The ability to garner data even in this industry can prove to be transformative. Additionally, you can use the system for remote equipment, temperature, and motion monitoring.  You can also use it with distribution control systems. PLCs meet the specialized needs of the industrial industry. Because you can customize PLC systems specifically for your business, their design fits your specific needs perfectly.

 

Streamline Factory Floor

 

A well designed PLC can replace thousands of relayers, drum sequencers, and cam timers. For instance, you can run your whole shop off of one system. That kind of increased control can streamline your factory floor immensely. No longer would your supervisors and workers have to manage multiple systems. Additionally, a PLC system can deliver real-time and precise data on machine settings for process control, acquisition, and analysis of data. At Ayoka, our experience with installing PLC systems has been incredibly positive. Employers have reported that the productivity of their employees has dramatically improved. Having a reliable system on the factory floor is priceless. It ensures your employees can do their jobs to the best of their abilities. This will of course also result in quicker production times as your team will be working at optimized speeds and proficiency.

 

Customizable

 

One of the most significant parts of a PLC is the ability to customize it to fit your company’s needs. Manufacturers and other parts of the industrial industry confront unique challenges every day. It is an industry that faces problems that other industries won’t face, such as extreme heat and cold, dust, and moisture. Unfortunately, the everyday elements of your manufacturing company are often detrimental to software and control systems. With all of these things in mind, PLCs are designed to assist industrial companies while also being durable. Small changes in operating temperature or speed and resistance of machine components can mean adding thousands of dollars to the bottom line. That is why they are designed to perform data acquisition, remote equipment, temperature, and motion monitoring, and distribution control systems. These systems are customized to perform the tasks that are most important to your specific company and needs.

 

Improved Visibility

 

With your customized PLC system you can also improve visibility from your company in many ways. For example, the system can be remotely accessible. Everyone from the shop floor to the traveling executive has access to what is going on. Advanced software development techniques have allowed access through HMI, providing broad access to machine controls and monitoring. Moreover, the system does more than just allow you to monitor over the web remotely. You can also develop a data warehouse for reporting and business intelligence applications. This gives supervisors access to all kinds of numbers and productivity streams right at their fingertips. Because this system is customizable, it’s entirely up to you to determine how visible everything becomes. You are in the driver’s seat.

 

Manufacturing and distribution companies need assistance and PLC could be just right for them. The first benefit of a PLC is that it is durable enough to function in the extreme conditions that manufacturing and distribution facilities have. They are a great way of streamlining production and improving productivity. Employers and employees can get on board with a straightforward system. Because it is customizable it can be exactly what you need and nothing you don’t. And finally, they open up your business to greater visibility. Employees at all levels will easily be able to access what they need to access. Implementing a PLC could potentially be the best investment your business makes. If you would like to learn more about implementing a PLC system Ayoka Systems is here to help. Give us a call at (817) 210-4042.

Ensure SAP is Performing at its Best

March 26, 2018
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For large corporations and smaller businesses alike, if you are using SAP you’ll want it to be working at its best. For those who are not familiar with SAP, it is a software that manages business operations and customer relations. When working correctly, it can streamline business for everyone involved. However, it is a large investment and with that comes the expectation for it to work for your company. Ayoka Systems works with companies to ensure that their SAP investment pays off. We work side-by-side with our customers to create solutions that optimize their SAP applications as they grown and develop. Here are a few ways Ayoka Systems has ensured SAP is performing at its best for our customers.

Technical Solutions

When making a large investment in software, the first concern is that it will work well technically. If the technology isn’t working well for your business, there is a problem. A technical problem we have seen is with the server. It is a large system and takes up space on a company’s server. One solution to this problem is to utilize server-side caching. This solution allows pages with static data and static data responses to stay in the cache. This cuts down on the load that is being sent to the server. The server, therefore, is no longer being overworked. This customized solution also means the client no longer needs to request static pages from SAP.

Business Solutions

When a business grows, the infrastructure it has in place may not be good enough. What once supported your company suddenly isn’t cutting it. Customers are likely to experience problems on their end as well as your employees. This can happen even if you are using SAP. In this instance, the best course of action is to re-optimize your investment. Performance management solutions can be designed to re-optimize SAP. Contracting a solutions company to develop a performance management solution is a great investment. It will optimize the infrastructure you already have in place and ensure that both your employees and customers have the best experience. Customer experience is important, and so is employee experience. You don’t want to make it difficult for your employees to do their jobs well. A performance management solution could be the right answer for your business.

Maintenance is Important

Ensuring that your SAP investment is running perfectly will require maintenance. As with any other technology application, it needs to update as time goes on. Additionally, your company’s needs will change. The best way to keep everything running smoothly is for your applications to adapt to the changes. And the easiest way to avoid problems as technologies and you adapt and change is to have someone maintaining it all.

Hiring someone to maintain your applications will give you peace of mind. You also won’t have to worry about the system needing updates or if everything is running optimally. Consistent maintenance will clear up all of those foreseeable problems. It will also ensure that your customers never see anything but you at your best. Your employees will easily be able to fulfill their work without complications. A system that is running well is a priceless investment.

Ayoka Systems works with companies of all sizes to ensure that the investment they have made is SAP is profitable. We understand that you need a system that works seamlessly to best cater to your customers. It is our goal to make that possible. SAP is a large and technical system that requires experience. We have the experience to develop SAP solutions for your business. A system that is not running properly can deter customers and waste employees time. Those are two things you do not want to happen. Ensuring SAP is running properly can cut down on wasted time and increase growth. If you have already made the investment in SAP the answer is maintenance. If your company is looking into SAP the future answer is maintenance. Help the system help you.

If you are interested in learning more about Ayoka Systems’ SAP solution experience give us a call, (817) 210-4042. Let us help you get the most out of SAP.

Give Your Small Business a Leg up with Business Intelligence

March 19, 2018
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business intelligenceBusiness intelligence processes are usually designed with the large corporations in mind. Small businesses don’t often have the budget or bandwidth to support these processes, which can make it seem like small businesses will always be at a disadvantage. However, that is not the case. There are business intelligence processes, such as Ayoka Systems’ process, designed with small businesses in mind. From design to development to implementation, Ayoka Systems works with the client in mind. Your goal is to grow and excel in your field, and ours is to help you get there. Are you interested in seeing how business intelligence can help your small business grow? This article will show you how Ayoka Systems and business intelligence can help.

What is Business Intelligence?

Business intelligence includes any set of skills, applications, technologies, processes, and practices that support the decision-making process. Originally, these systems were designed for large corporations. However, now small businesses can have them too. As a small business, this is important because more likely than not, you are competing with a large corporation within your field. The need to make educated decisions that will promote growth within your company is important. By having access to the same type of software and information about the infrastructure of your business as a larger corporation you are evening the playing field. As a result, you no longer have to be at an informational disadvantage.

Ayoka Systems’ Method

Here at Ayoka Systems, our goal is to help all businesses, not just the large ones. That means when it comes to business intelligence we have to do things differently than our competitors. It is our desire to work closely and in collaboration with our clients. The client has experience in a field we don’t know. We ask them to bring that experience and knowledge to the table. We can provide open-source and other innovative processes and applications to generate the visibility and information. Our experience also allows us to be creative and flexible in our designs. That experience means the client will always end up with a custom application that fulfills their needs.

Initially, we will sit down with our client and determine their needs. This meeting provides a framework of needed features and a time frame for the development of the application. Once we have the initial information and requirements, we will draft a Detailed Design Document. This document will outline how the application will look and work. The feedback provided by the client will determine the next step in the process.

If the client is happy with the Detail Design Document, we will begin developing the application. However, if the client comes back and says he or she is not satisfied, we will go back to the drawing board. We work until the customer is satisfied. While we are constructing the application we can schedule interim releases and demonstrations. These releases and demonstrations allow the client to both see the application in progress and begin to use it as it becomes available.

The Benefit of the Investment

When considering whether or not to invest in business intelligence, it is important to understand where the return will come from. Business intelligence promotes growth, no matter the size of the company. It provides greater visibility will which enhance the decision-making process.Clients can track key performance indicators in real time to enhance how they make decisions. They can improve customer service based on the information. Increased profits and better customer service can be directly linked. The investment is in the knowledge that will help businesses while making decisions.

Ayoka Systems’ experience allows us to help small businesses create business intelligence processes that are customized to their needs. We believe that business intelligence is quickly becoming a necessity for businesses. It is no longer just a luxury for large corporations. Enhanced visibility is needed with greater consumer demand. Business intelligence can be the answer. No matter the size of the company, Ayoka Systems can customize a process to best fit its needs. All of our processes are with the customer in mind. We want our clients involved in every step of the development process. We have been providing an innovative and client-focused approach to developing business intelligence since 2002. If you want to know how Ayoka Systems and business intelligence can help your business, give us a call at (817) 210-4042.

How to Streamline Your Shop Floor Management

March 12, 2018
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Do you want to streamline your shop floor management? Unfortunately, knowing how to achieve this is often challenging. While there are many ideas and trends on how to streamline shop floor management, not all are effective. Overseas competition and economic pressures make it imperative for small and mid-size companies to take care of their customers. However, streamlined processes, customer satisfaction, and finally reduced scrape are necessities.

A shop floor management solution could be the answer to your company’s needs and concerns. Further, a customized shop floor management solution can provide comprehensive real-time management of activities happening on the shop floor. To help you, we’ve compiled a few ways that your company can benefit from a shop floor management solution with a little information about each solution.

 

The Foundation

 

The solution starts with a customized and robust database. The customization of your solution revolves around your company’s specific needs and concerns. The database manages all the information captured on your shop floor, and a vast range of devices can be utilized to obtain that information. These devices include operators’ PCs, barcode scanners, test equipment, and equipment that uses PLC communication and monitoring. From there, the devices organize all the data collected. Organized data will be accessible to approved managers and operators. Enable a smooth workflow by having all of the critical information in an easily accessible database. Once you have the solid foundation of your solution in place, you will see the benefits start to develop and grow.

 

Streamline Processes

 

Potentially, a shop floor management solution can provide better visibility and information in a timely manner for your managers. This can assist shop floor supervisors to manage their production responsibilities. A custom solution can also track employee productivity, making it easy to see who is thriving and who needs help. As a result, it simplifies all employee evaluations and progress reports. Moreover, the database can assess employees and whether they are adhering to set production processes. This can ensure best practices are being met. The solution can also set managers up to improve and increase process maturity levels. The overall increased visibility will create a forum for management to improve productivity and streamline systems. These improvements will optimize and streamline your production process.

 

Reduced Scrape and Reworking

 

Scrape materials and pieces that need reworking can be costly both in time and monetary expense. A custom shop floor management solution can help you cut down those costs. Monitor and pull information in real time on defects through inspections and first pass yields. You can also analyze your quality control standards against your current production performances. This is a great tool to ensure your production system is running at its best. Display goals in addition to progress through production metrics designed to analyze just that information. These metrics can make progress meetings a breeze. You can have enhanced control over work in progress inventory. A custom system can integrate with maintenance and inventory management applications to support scheduling of downtime and maintenance. This will create better control of your entire production system.

 

Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction is always a concern. It is necessary to ensure your customers are satisfied with your work. This is especially true with the increase of overseas competition. Timeliness is another major concern. A shop floor management solution can ensure on-time delivery. Utilize the system to predict task completions. A helpful system can keep your team on target. A custom solution can also help improve support operations that lead to customer deliveries. It can enable companies to respond quickly to various requirements such as reporting and tracking. Improve customer logistics through a custom solution. Make transportation and efficient billing easy for both parties. A simplified and efficient system will increase customer satisfaction.

There are many methods you can try to achieve a streamlined shop floor, but the best is always a custom fit. Clients come to you because you are the right fit for them, your shop floor management solution should be the same way. Your company is unique. Your production assistance needs are specific. The best way to answer those specific and unique needs is a customized solution. With you in the driver’s seat, you can develop a system that enables your company to be the best it can be. You also minimize wasted time and materials and create a system that allows higher visibility for all necessary parties. Moreover, you can treat your customers with the courtesy you wish to. Find out if a customized shop floor management solution is right for your company.

Let Ayoka Systems be part of the answer. If you would like more information on how we can help streamline your shop floor, give us a call today at (817) 210-4042.

What Can Mobile Applications Do For Manufacturing?

March 5, 2018
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How can your manufacturing business benefit from mobile applications? Manufacturing companies are currently looking for mobile apps to solve and improve many concerns and issues. Also, recent research into the manufacturing industry has shown that as high as 7 in 10 companies are installing or have installed mobile apps. Companies are looking to this technology for a number of reasons, including streamlined operations and management assistance. With so many of your peer companies relying on this technology for improvements, now is the time to find out more. With streamlined operations, enhanced business relationships, assistance for your management, and improved productivity, the benefits are great. If you need more convincing, here are four ways mobile apps can help your manufacturing business grow and improve.

Streamlined Operations

Wireless and mobile apps allow your employees to move freely about their jobs. No longer will you be paying for time spent walking to and from a computer. Employees have the equipment they need right in their hand to make tasks and logging easy. A handheld device cuts down on time spent on various tasks such as following technical instructions and logging levels. Industry leaders have reported each employee can save up to 42 minutes per day. That is a lot of time to be saved. With streamlined operations, you will be able to save money and enhance your overall productivity.

Enhanced Business Relationships

Using mobile apps will allow you to communicate with customers on the go. No matter where you are as long as you have internet access you will have the information you need to communicate with wholesalers, dealers, and customers. This ability to constantly be in touch will improve your company’s response time. People will like being in business with you if you have a quick response time. Mobile apps can also be of assistance while you are meetings with your customers or dealers. You can easily pull up information that becomes pertinent to the meeting. Therefore, deals can be agreed upon easier and paperwork can be made a breeze. Everyone will want to do business with you because the process is made so simple. With all the information your management and sales teams need at their fingertips, you are enabling your team to be more successful.

Management Assistance

Access to critical operations information can be provided to supervisors and management all while being mobile with the help of an app. In this way, your management can interact better with your employees and be hands-on without sacrificing connectivity. Management will be able to identify and resolve problems faster that are happening on the shop floor. Additionally, a mobile app can help in locating and acquiring inventory and updating data can be made simple. The ability to have management on the floor will create a good rapport between management and floor workers. And there is no need to sacrifice connectivity. Improved relationships will enable problems to be fixed more easily when they do come up. Enabling mobility will create a more responsive management group.

Improved Productivity

Mobile apps will improve your team’s overall productivity. You will enable management to be hands-on and floor workers to carry all important information with them. You will save yourself money because wait times will be cut down. Employees can have instructions, blueprints, inventories, and other databases in their pockets. The mobile app will take away guesswork as it can assist your employees in any number of tasks. This improved productivity will not only cut down your costs but shorten production times for your customers. With production costs and times down, you and your customers will be in a better position. Clearly, mobile apps can be of great value to your company.

The benefits of custom-designed mobile apps for manufacturing business are endless. From enhanced business relationships to improved productivity, the monetary investment is completely worth it. You can have an app that perfectly helps your employees at every level. Through customization, your app will have all the functions and features your specific business needs, without any of the unneeded tools. Design features to help your shop floor employees perform their jobs better and more efficiently. Create access to supply chain data for supervisors and management while freeing them from their desks. Develop a system that is perfectly sized for your business needs and not a cookie cutter one-size-fits-all. Allow mobile apps to work in your favor. Cut down production times and improve your relationships. Mobile apps can help you do it all.

If you would like more information about how your specific manufacturing business can be helped by mobile apps, Ayoka Systems can help. Give us a call, (817) 210-4042.

How Used Car Marketing Software Drives Sales

February 26, 2018
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Used Car Marketing Software Photo by music4life on Pixabay

If you are a dealership looking to improve used care sales you should consider used car marketing software. Used car marketing software can take time-consuming tasks off of your to-do list through atomization freeing you to focus on closing deals. Best of all, used car marketing software uses various elements to drive up sales for your dealership.

For example, the software automates ad development and lead generation. Additionally, you can embed direct links into the ads, increasing the number of clicks for specific vehicles. The software also works in partnership with SEO. It provides you with up to date analytics and algorithms that help optimize your ads. Likewise, the software connects with your running inventory, ensuring that you only advertise cars that you currently have in stock. Used car marketing software can improve your sales numbers by automating marketing processes and taking out the guesswork.

Ad Development

Online ads take time to design and develop; the process is painstakingly time-consuming. Moreover, once you develop the ad, you still have more work to do. For example, after development, you need to repeatedly test and analyze it to determine it’s success rate and optimal audience. It feels like a never-ending process but is nevertheless vital to improving sales.

Thankfully, marketing software automates this process, giving you freedom from the process of developing and testing ads. It does all the work, even going so far as to determine the right audience and the best times to use the ad. By automating the process, you are freeing your team up to improve your sales in other areas.

Lead Generation

You can improve your business through lead generation by utilizing used car marketing software. Your time is valuable, and you don’t need to spend it trying to generate leads. With marketing software, you can remove that task from your to-do list. It automatically generates leads by utilizing online ad platforms such as Google and Facebook. These platforms require the ads that your software has already automatically processed for you. With these ads in place, the software can work in tandem with social media platforms to advertise your dealership and the cars you have in stock. Moreover, they also generate clicks and leads that your employees can easily close. Lead generation no longer requires feet on cement or waiting for people to come to you. Through the help of used car marketing software, the leads come to you.

Direct Links

Direct links are another great way to generate sales. For instance, you can directly link an ad with a specific car on your website. As a result, interested parties then travel from one site, through your ad, and onto your page for that car. It removes any risks associated with distraction or disinterest. If a car interests the individual and they want to see more, then the direct link ensures a pleasant user experience. We all know that better user experiences are more likely to lead to a sale than a bad experience. Used car marketing software helps manage the direct link process on the backside of your ads and website.

SEO

Search engine optimization is a fantastic tool to use to drive sales. Used car marketing software can work with SEO to determine which ads perform the best through algorithms. With this information, the software will recommend which ads to use and what advertising phrasing to use to generate new sales. Consider it brainpower you and your team don’t need to use. Instead, you remove the guesswork, and the analytical and algorithm results are laid out plain for you to see.

Accurate Inventory

Most likely, you don’t want to advertise a car that no longer sits in your inventory. Thankfully, used car marketing software keeps you connected to your live inventory. For example, it generates ads and direct links to cars that are currently available for sale. Additionally, once a salesperson sales the car, it removes it. This is an incredible tool as it saves you time from having to go in and manually remove ads. You can even program the software to stop advertising a car as soon as an associate marks it as sold in your inventory. The software will bring people to your site through ads advertising only cars you have in stock. In turn, this helps to drive your sales.

 

Utilizing used car marketing software will streamline your ad process and ensure you are only advertising cars you have in stock. If you would like to drive up the sales for your dealership and enhance your ad development process, then used car marketing software is right for you. Ayoka Systems can help you throughout the entire process. Call us, (817) 210-4042, and we can help you understand the steps and even more of the benefits.

Can Custom B2B Software Improve Your Business Collaboration?

February 19, 2018
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Business to business, or B2B, collaborations are essential for any company. You want your interactions with other businesses to not only be professional but efficient as well. However, premade software can be heavy with lots of features and tools you won’t use or need. Thankfully, custom B2B software can help you make the most out of your business collaborations. By specifically customizing your own B2B software for your business needs, you lose that extra weight. If you want comprehensive insight into how your interactions are going, customized B2B gives you that. Moreover, transferring data between businesses can be a breeze. You can make managing your collaborations simple. Or maybe your biggest concern is integrating the data you have received; custom B2B software can help with that too.

 

No matter your specific business needs when it comes to B2B software customization can be the answer. Here are four ways custom B2B software can improve your business collaborations.

 

Collaborating and Managing B2B

 

Customizing your software can streamline your B2B collaborations and management. You can design, manage, and monitor business processes with partners. The software is tailor-made for yours and your outside partners’ needs. It can have all the features your particular relationship needs and nothing else. Collaborations can be made simpler. Operations between your two businesses can be made accessible and straightforward. You can design your software with your particular efficiency in mind. There doesn’t have to be any bulky useless tools. The simple, streamlined software will save your employees time because they won’t need to search for what they need. External partners will love collaborating with your business because of your streamlined system.

 

B2B Visibility

 

E-commerce has created the need for greater visibility between businesses in a number of ways. Consolidating business processes while also implementing electric commerce with partner companies demands visibility into business activity and tracking. Other needs for increased visibility when conducting B2B actions include increased industry regulations, liability exposure, and security risks. Customizing your B2B software can be the answer to all of these risks and demands. Developing your own software will allow you to choose which areas need extra attention and visibility and to who. You will have a more significant window into what is transpiring within your business.

 

Transferring B2B Data

 

You need to be able to transfer data between your partners and internal users. You can design a system that perfectly handles your data transferring needs. Whether you need a system that can handle multiple data formats and perform data validation or one that needs to check semantic rules before transferring it can be customized. No matter what industry, your business needs to be able to ensure data integrity and quality assurance. Program custom B2B software to safeguard any data transferred is top quality. It can also be tailor-made to your transferring needs to simplify the process for you and your partners.

 

B2B Data Integration

 

Interactions with firewalls are unavoidable because of the needed safety for your business and your partner’s business. Firewalls can make integrating data between businesses difficult. Before you or your partner can access the data it will have to go through the various rings each firewall requires. The pre-set software can claim to make this process easier but have compatibility issues with different firewalls. The customized B2B software will interact with each of the firewalls smoothly because you can have it designed to work with all firewalls involved. You can also customize your integration process using other integration tools that will make the process even easier, like EDI and XML. When you have the ability to customize your system, there should only be answers and never unsolved problems.

Where to Go from Here

Custom B2B software can help you connect with your partners seamlessly. There is no need for jumping through hoops or wasted time. Your business collaborations are valuable and deserve the utmost care. Partners will love working with you because the process will be so simple and effortless. Streamline and manage your business collaborations with ease. You and your partners will have greater visibility into business activity and tracking. The visibility will also ensure greater safety for all involved. Make transferring data speedy and simple. You have to be able to guarantee the integrity and quality of the transferred data, and custom B2B software is a simple solution. Consequently, once that data is transferred you will need to ensure that it is correctly integrated. Software and firewall compatibility needn’t be a problem. Custom B2B software can solve all of these problems and significantly improve your business collaboration experience.

 

Are you interested in heading down the road of custom B2B software? Ayoka Systems can help you. Give us a call at (817) 210-4042, and let us show you how custom software can make your business even greater.

Four Ways Custom Software Development Can Improve the Safety of Your Employees

February 15, 2018
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Computer safety of your employees and company is a significant concern for any business. That is why custom software development is essential for businesses to consider when creating their system. You want to be able to ensure your employee’s ease of access and complete security while working from day to day. Companies also want to prevent outside access to their system. Custom software can do all of this. Custom software development has many benefits for your employees and business. Here is a list of four ways custom software development improves the safety of your employees.

Prevent Hacking

Custom software developed for your company is a great way to deter hackers. For the most part, hackers are going to go to companies that use generic software programs. These programs are too simplified. Because they have so much traffic hackers can easily find another hacker who knows how to get into it. Hackers try to use the same tricks to get into similar systems. That isn’t something they can do with custom software. By utilizing custom software, you are making the hackers work extra hard. The extra work will make the likelihood of a hacker breaking into your system much lower than if you were to have a generic system.

Determine Employee Access

Developing your own custom software ensures user exclusivity. Because the software was custom developed for your company only people within your company and select few, you identify outside will have access to the system. Autonomy will protect your company from outside web interference. Protect everything with usernames and passwords. Ensure only your employees have access to the inter-workings of your company. You can also customize individual employee’s access to ensure greater safety for the company as a whole. No matter how you customize the employee access by having an exclusive system, you are already improving safety by having fewer people on the system.

Protect Your Employees Online

Internet security is a vital proponent of employee safety. There are many aspects of internet usage at work that can compromise the safety of your employees. One example includes your employees using online features of your company in their everyday work. With online logins, security checks, and even employee benefits, pages deep within your website can be risks. By having these aspects of daily work online, you are exposing your employees and their computers to online threats such as viruses. Customizing your software and creating those features offline or securely online will protect your employees.

Another online risk for employees occurs through the sites they visit and clicking on links. By putting limits, walls, and blocks in place, you protect your employees while they are online. Moreover, when you create your own system, you can tailor make the security features for your employee’s online use. In return, you enhance their safety while online.

Ensure Safety of the Individual System

Customized software closes off all of your systems from outside access. Individual system access is how most hackers begin gaining their access to companies systems. They tap into one computer and then create a network from that connection. You can prevent that access through formulating a complicated individual system. The more programs and functions that are within your program the safer the system is for your company and employees. Standard networks may claim individual system security but as said before these are much easier for hackers to penetrate. Customizing your own software ensures that your individual system is airtight. Employees won’t have to worry about the security of your system because there will be no doors to access your network.

You enhance your safety by having a custom software developed from the start. You also put yourself on top of potential risks and threats. Through maintenance, you can continue to stay ahead of potential risks and hackers. Your customized system is something you can also share with potential hires to show them they will be safe working with your company. You can tell your employees how much you care about them with a system that is developed to protect them. It demonstrates their value. A customized software system puts you in the offensive position instead of being in the defensive position all the time.

Whether you have been put on the defensive by a hacker threat or you merely want to stay ahead custom software development is where you should be looking. It is the safest option for your company and employees. To start on your road to a custom developed software give us a call, (817) 210-4042. Ayoka Systems is here to help you navigate your roadmap to custom software development and employee safety.

Five Ways Cognitive Healthcare Benefits Patients

February 5, 2018
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Welcome to the generation of cognitive healthcare. Today, the healthcare industry provides services that were once considered impossible. Moreover, cognitive software development is giving it a much-needed boost. Experts suggest this technology will solve problems by mimicking the way the human brain works. Essentially, cognitive computing works in exactly the same way as predictive analytics. It analyzes patient data, indicates results, and suggests a defined course of action.

The development of this software creates a new partnership between human beings and technology. Additionally, cognitive software development will dramatically alter how healthcare is conceived, delivered, and managed in the future. However, patients stand to benefit the most. Let’s take a look at five ways that cognitive healthcare will benefit patients.

1. Accessible Data

If you wear a personal fitness tracker, you generate a large amount of personal health-related data on a daily basis. Unfortunately, much of this information is underutilized and most people do not even know how to access the data. Patients realize that their electronic devices help them with their day-to-day lives. A health coach that is neither disruptive nor burdensome and highly personalized is the ultimate expression of the consumer experience. An AI avatar can provide this. Cognitive computing also enables researchers to uncover new insights in relationships among genes, proteins, pathways, phenotypes, and diseases.

2. Individualized Treatment Plans

The future of healthcare continues to focus on giving individuals a complete picture of what affects their health. For example, a real-time analysis allows doctors to make informed decisions at a moments notice. At the same time, they are also providing patients greater control over their own care. With the help of cognitive software development, doctors can identify the most critical attributes of a patient case. This allows them to provide uncomplicated reports for both patients and healthcare providers.

3. Improved Communication Between Patients and Doctors

Artificial intelligence is technology that uses reasoning, natural language processing, machine learning, and even human interaction through speech and vision interactions. What makes cognitive computing systems so smart is that they evaluate patterns from data and get better with each use. The goal is for systems to be able to anticipate problems and behavior, offering suggestions and solutions before an issue occurs. As a result, it notifies the doctor of any patterns that may suggest intervention.

4. Explore New Models of Care

Patients are looking for the best medicine from the best provider. Could cognitive healthcare be the answer? If healthcare professionals had access to world-class doctors and their expertise, it could make all the difference in the overall healthcare of their patients. For example, they could identify life-changing clinical trials perfect for their patients.

This cognitive technology has the potential to change the way patients look at their health plans. It combines the best of data analytics with patients and clinical research. The result is an extensive list of healthcare resources from which to choose.

5. Payment Reform

Cognitive software development helps support emerging value-based care models. It collects information at each step of the patient lifecycle then provides analytics to help improve decision-making and execution.

Cognitive software development is helping patients expand their knowledge, improve their productivity and deepen their expertise in their own healthcare. The goal of cognitive healthcare is to create automated information technology systems capable of solving problems without requiring human assistance. Big names in technology including IBM, Microsoft, and Google have made significant investments in finding healthcare uses for cognitive software development and providing a platform for various startup firms that create specialized applications.

Looking to the Future

As the population in the United States ages, cognitive software development continues to attract growing attention from established healthcare providers and startup companies seeking to create new software products.

Currently, healthcare is based on a one-size-fits-all method; however, new cognitive healthcare systems are changing that. For instance, by incorporating more information about individual patients, medical professionals draft personalized programs for their patients. Cognitive software offers a more individualized path for medical decisions. Like the human mind, a cognitive healthcare system makes judgments based on its ability to collect and recognize information. As a result, traditional health data, such as laboratory reports and clinical notes can now be gathered and assessed.

At Ayoka, we help companies apply software to meet complex clinical initiatives. If you’re ready to take your medical software to the next level, contact us today at 817-210-4042.

How Can Custom Software Development Improve Your Clerical Pool’s Efficiency?

January 29, 2018
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Custom software development provides your business with a platform tailored with precision. It handles the unique daily operations and tasks that keep your company up-to-date. Efficiency is the key to succeeding in the business world. For this reason, you need a custom software platform to help your employees work better and faster. By implanting custom software, you have access to a user-focused experience specific to your individual business needs. You also eliminate redundant work and create a more efficient work environment for you clerical pool.

Eliminates Redundant Effort

One of the most powerful benefits of custom software development lies in the elimination of redundant effort. When the applications you use don’t interact with each other, it’s time to consider custom software development. Software developers design software to include API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) to connect software applications to facilitate data exchange and increase accuracy while reducing redundant data entry.

When you utilize a system that makes capturing data easier, you also streamline various tasks in your company’s operational processes. These tasks vary and include everything from manual performance to clerical responsibilities. Regardless, custom systems provide opportunities for optimizing data collection in all areas. A custom system automatically logs relevant information into a centralized database. Once there, the system analyzes it. Basically, it ingests spreadsheets and other CSV files in order to automate processes for ETL (Extraction, Transformation, Loading).

Flexibility

Not using software made specifically for your business, results in not having the right applications you need to process delicate information. With custom software, you have a more flexible approach to identifying problems and focusing on a solution. You have the power to create applications tailored to your individual needs. A system made especially for your company allows you to sync the information, notes, and materials necessary for sharing. With a custom software development system, clerical pools can easily share tasks, documents, spreadsheets, and notes with anyone in the system with just a click of a button.

Tailored Solutions

Custom software development doesn’t just give your organization a program that fits your needs; it facilitates tailored optimization of the processes that are specific to you. Custom software can eliminate workflow dependencies according to the unique processes of your company and break down any unnecessary delays. As you develop and implement the software, you may find that there are simpler ways to transfer date. With a customized system, you increase the efficiency of your clerical pool by instantly noticing granular details and solving them.

Improved Project Management

Once you have a custom software development in place, it’s easy to implement reporting capabilities. With this program, your clerical pool gains access to information that improves project management. Decision makers possess the information they need instantly. As a result, it improves efficiency not only in the present but also in the future. This helps them be more prepared and well organized. A customized system improves communications and organization skills, therefore helps the clerical pool become an indispensable part of the team.

Employee Retention

Purchasing someone else’s software is investing in their business and helping them grow. Developing your own custom software is a direct investment into your own business. Furthermore, the program will be unique, more effective, and stand out from the competition. If you have a state-of-the-art system, your clerical pool will have a sense of pride working for you. They will trust the system and feel that it is reliable to their specific needs.

Although a lot of different elements contribute to job satisfaction, it’s important to give employees the tools they need to succeed. Custom software development takes this principle a step farther by including employee concerns and ideas in planning. It also allows the clerical pool to stay on top of scheduling. They can familiarize themselves with their schedule, along with the boss and other employees.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

As your business grows, you want to continue to improve processes, boost productivity and increase profits. In every aspect of this, custom software development plays a key role. Custom software is an investment in your company and your clerical pool. It leads to greater productivity, but it also leads to a greater return on investment. Moreover, you see greater efficiency and profits for your business.

Custom programming is the primary service provided by Ayoka Systems for our clients in the Texas area. Over the years, it has been interesting to see an increased demand for customized software solutions throughout North Texas. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact Ayoka Systems. Call us at (817) 210-4042 and begin today.

The Importance of the Digital Thread in Manufacturing Software Development

January 22, 2018
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How can manufacturing software development use the concept of the digital thread? Manufacturing software development can use digital thread to improve overall manufacturing production. By using the digital thread throughout the lifecycle of a product, your business can streamline the production of a complex product. Additionally, the digital thread also incorporates upgrades. Finally, in the end, the digital thread will signal the end of your product and the need for a different type of product.

What Is the Digital Thread

What exactly is the digital thread? The concept of the digital thread began with the military aircraft industry. The military was seeking ways to improve the performance of their future programs by using digital programs. With the use of these digital programs, they were able to apply lessons they were learning to future projects. Applying these lessons to future projects saved on production costs.  Moreover, the military saved time in the design and upgrade of their products.

How can the digital thread in intelligence manufacturing help your business? Through manufacturing software development, you can incorporate digital thread into the design of your product. Likewise, the production of your product can use the digital thread. Lastly, upgrades of your product can use the digital thread. In essence, the digital thread can follow your product from inception to the retirement of the product.

Design Phase

Custom manufacturing software development has the digital thread in mind during the design phase.  Additionally, you can use 3D imaging to design your product. In the past, developers stored these designs in separate, proprietary programs that would not share information with each other. As a result, the design process would not consider information from the manufacturing department. However, due to the digital loop, there will be a continuous feedback loop designed into your manufacturing software development.

Manufacturing Phase

The digital thread will incorporate data from the 3D imaging that the designers produced to speed up the process of manufacturing. The exact replica of the product that you are producing tells you where parts go. As a result, you will avoid hours spent incorrectly putting together the product.

During the manufacturing process, if you discover something is not going to work, you can send that back through the feedback loop to the design department. In the past, you would have produced the product even though it had an inferior design. There was no process built in for the manufacturing and design departments to interface together. Now, if the manufacturing department discovers something that won’t work, you can send that information back to the designers for re-designing. For example, if during manufacturing the aesthetic design of a product results in lost time, the design of the product can be changed before it is too late.

Quality Control

During the manufacturing process, there is quality control testing. Your product’s digital thread incorporates the process of reviewing your product. If the design needs adjustments, the digital thread will now take the information back to the designers. No longer will there be a gap in information between the quality control experts and the designers of your products.

Re-Design Process

Once your product is ready to go on the market, the re-design process should begin. The design and manufacturing of your product are complete. However, the digital thread does not have to stop there. As your customers use your product and provide feedback to your business, your designers should continue to analyze that data. The digital thread will provide designers with valuable information for future updates.  That information will guide how to make the product more user-friendly.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are a business and searching for ways to improve your product manufacturing, then look no further than Ayoka. Ayoka provides services that will incorporate the digital thread of your product. The digital thread will follow from design through the entire lifecycle of the product. Also, the custom manufacturing software development can save you time in the development of new products. Proper placement of parts streamlines production.

Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. This makes us ideal for delivering the digital thread to your business through our Custom Manufacturing Software Development. Don’t make custom application development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact us.  Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

The Role of Custom Software Development in Multichannel Selling

January 15, 2018
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How can custom software development in multichannel selling benefit your business and customers? As businesses move from physical storefronts to online applications, you must take advantage of customer software development. With good custom software development, your business can continue to grow. In addition, when you provide a superior product to existing and new customers you will excel.

Ease of Use

The first way that custom software development can improve your multichannel selling is through ease of use. Without custom software development for multichannel selling, you must go into each of your marketplaces and update each product’s individual information. If you add one product, making these changes can be tedious and time-consuming. What happens when you start a new line of products or when you change from your winter to your spring catalog? The time to update these products into multiple channels would be extremely time intensive. Fortunately, with custom software development, the change only needs to be made in one location and will automatically integrate into all your selling channels.

Growing Your Market

By having your products available in multichannel options, you reach more customers. When you only operate out of a storefront, you are limited to a 30-60-mile radius. Once you branch out to an online marketplace, you are exposing more people to your products. When you are in multiple marketplaces and available through your website and other apps, your products can become global. This opportunity greatly enhances your ability to expand your business and grow.

Seamless Experience

The next way that custom software development can improve your selling is by creating a seamless experience for your customers. The sales experience for your storefront customers should be the same experience for your phone buyers. By presenting the same options from every type of purchasing location, your customers will come to know what to expect.

Buying Options

To continue with the seamless experience, the buying options for your customers must be the same from channel to channel. If you only sell certain products to your storefront customers, your phone app customers can get confused, especially when those customers frequent both your storefront and your online store through your phone app. What frustrates your customers? They get frustrated when they can’t find what they are searching for. Customers become confused and frustrated when something is not available for them. Frustrated customers search for other sellers who present standard, upfront sales catalogs.

However, if there is a difference between what your customers can purchase online versus your storefront locations, your custom software must make that explicitly clear to your customers. For example, if you only sell large, heavy items at your storefront locations, make that known through your product search engine. Likewise, if you give discounts for storefront or online sales, be very clear with those messages to not turn off customers. While your customers might not like the fact that your services are different from one marketplace to the next, they will appreciate your upfront explanation.

Presenting the Same Face

The last way that custom software development in multichannel selling plays a significant role is through presenting the same face through all your sales points. If you are selling through multichannels such as a storefront, phone app, desktop/laptop website, tradeshows, and other online distribution options, you must present the same face to all channels. You can’t have one color scheme for your phone app and another for your main website. If your product isn’t consistent and distinctive, people won’t recognize your brand and think they’ve come to the wrong place. You don’t want your customers to leave. Your branding must stay the same no matter what format your customers encounter. Your logo, color, banner designs, and slogans all need to be consistent from one channel to the next.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are searching for ways to improve your online presence through custom software development, then look no further than Ayoka for services that will increase the satisfaction of your customers’ sales experience. In addition, custom software development will make your job easier by making product updates and changes integrated into all marketplaces.

Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on online marketing, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your sales rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. This makes us ideal for delivering increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom software development.

Don’t make custom application development complicated. If you want advice to guide you through the process and get the most out of your software, contact us. We are industry leaders. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

 

Reaching New Audiences through Custom Application Development

January 8, 2018
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There are numerous ways in which custom application development can help your business reach new audiences. Many businesses get by with off-the-shelf application software. However, their business ultimately suffers as a result. An off-the-shelf application ties the hands of business owners in more ways than one. The lack of personalization often causes ineffective processing and reduces productivity and efficiency. As a result, your business struggles to reach new audiences. Thankfully, with custom application development this problem is resolved. Let’s explore the benefits of custom application development and how your business can grow through finding new audiences.

Personalized

With custom application development, applications are developed specifically for your business. When your applications solve your particular problems, your employees spend less time duplicating work. Additionally, they also waste less time with inefficient processes. As a result, your employees become more productive. It also allows them more time to develop new products and focus on reaching new customers. It also leads to improved customer experiences with your business.

Scalable

By purchasing custom application development, your software will grow with your business. Unlike off-the-shelf software programs, you won’t be held back by its inefficiencies. If you operate an e-commerce site, but your off-the-shelf system is keeping your business from growing your products or improving your customer’s buying experiences, you are losing money and failing to attract new customers. With customer application development, you can expand as the needs of your business change.

Communication

Custom application development also improves the communication processes of your business. It allows your employees to share ideas quickly and explore each one in order to enhance the customer experience. It also makes communication with both customers and product vendors more effective. When the focus of your business is making sure you reach new audiences, all your employees can be on the same page sharing thoughts and ideas on how to target new customers.

Increase Productivity and Efficiency

When using custom application development, your business can increase productivity and efficiency. You can target any area to identify inefficiencies. After you identify inefficiencies, you can focus on making business improvements. For example, if you want to improve your customer experiences, you can make the process for internet customers to purchase online more streamlined. Likewise, if you want to use custom application development to reach new customers, you can use your custom application development to analyze how you acquired your current customers. You can them replicate that process to reach new customers.

Improve Existing Processes

Custom application development can also help to improve your existing processes. Does your off-the-shelf software help you use your sales data effectively? When trying to reach a new audience, you can use custom application development analytics to review the demographics of your current customers. By knowing the specific types of people that are purchasing your products, you can focus your marketing strategies on similar demographics.

Security

Security is a strong selling point for custom application development. Hackers have little interest in breaking into a custom application development software. An off-the-shelf software program is much easier for a hacker to breach as those systems are familiar to hackers. By keeping your current customer’s information secure and safe from hackers, you can be a step ahead of your competition when trying to attract a new audience. Potential customers will be more willing to share their personal information with a company who is known for their tight security rather than one that has had previous customer information stolen.

Cost-Effectiveness

Custom application development is cost-effective. While you may believe that it is more expensive to operate a custom application development system, it does not have to be. Yes, there is an initially higher cost to have custom application development designed for your business. However, you can save money by your employees being more efficient and productive. Moreover, you can save money by strategically reaching new customers to make new sales. Lastly, you will be taking care of current customers so they become repeat customers.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are an organization and searching for ways to improve your productivity and efficiency, then look no further than Ayoka for services that will increase your productivity while still maintaining the security of your business records. Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on service delivery, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your production rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. This makes us ideal for delivering increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom software development.

Don’t make custom application development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact us. We are an experienced industry leader. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

Five Ways Custom Software Development Can Cut Costs

December 26, 2017
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Does the cost of custom software development have you worried? While custom software development is more expensive than purchasing an off-the-shelf software program, there are numerous benefits and costs savings with custom software development. When you purchase an off-the-shelf software program, you are subject to the design of the manufacturer. Their product will not fit all your business needs. As a result, you will need to add another off-the-shelf software package to incorporate the rest of your data or production needs. How many systems will it take to solve all your business needs? Let’s take a look at five ways you can cut costs with custom software development.

System Integration

With custom software, your developer can integrate your current software system into your new package. By combining your systems and not starting from scratch, you eliminate downtime and extra workloads. These often result from requiring staff to input all your data into the new system. However, if you want to ditch your old system entirely, that is still an option. Another factor with system integration is your designer can develop a system where different types of data “speak” to each other. With an off-the-shelf system, there is not an option to integrate numerical data with brochures or other visual data. Custom software has the capabilities of doing this type of integration. With the integration of this capacity, you will be able to cut costs by freeing up your employees to work on new products and services and make real-time decisions on this new data.

Data Analysis

In order to continue with the theme of data analysis, your new custom software can be designed to review all of your processes. By examining the productivity of your employees and the process of developing your products, you can identify slowdowns, inefficiencies, and problem solve issues. A custom software program can be designed to evaluate business trends, marketing campaigns, and employee workload concerns. These analyses can result in better production, decision making, improve marketing strategies, and enhance employee management.

Reduced IT Needs and Training

By purchasing a custom software program, you can reduce the need for IT services and training. The ease of use of the program will result in fewer computer work tickets due to staff not understanding how to implement the software. OnDemand training videos can be incorporated into the software to assist employees with questions, therefore, reducing calls to IT. Moreover, the easy to use software empowers your staff to work more efficiently. In turn, this equals less time away from the job attending training. It also means no more frustration with an inadequate off-the-shelf program.

Security

With custom software development, you have enhanced security which will cut costs in the long run. If your system is easy to break by a hacker and the unfortunate happens, you will need to spend countless dollars in rebuilding your customer’s trust and your business’ reputation. An off-the-shelf system is more attractive to a hacker as those systems are well-known by the public. Hackers know how to break in and get the personal and financial information that they need. Custom software systems are harder to breach. Although the cost savings is only needed if your data is breached, you must include the potential cost in projection to be prepared for a reputation management strategy. Avoid the potential crisis with custom software.

Licensing Fees

When you purchase an off-the-shelf software package, you must pay licensing fees to use the product. Over time, these costs add up, especially when you add in the issue of the software not doing what you need it to do. You are paying more to use a system that doesn’t work for you. Not to mention, many licensing structures penalize your business for growing by charging you more per user or transaction. These added costs could be more expensive than custom software development. However, when you add all the factors together, custom software cuts more costs.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

You must consider one more fact when deciding to purchase a custom software design. By making your staff’s jobs easier, you provide them with more time to be creative. They no longer find themselves bogged down in inefficient paperwork or ineffective production processes. As a result, your employee’s satisfaction and morale improve. Improved employee satisfaction and morale will lead to better retention rates. Improved retention rates will cut costs of hiring new staff and subsequent training.

If you are an organization and searching for ways to improve your productivity and efficiency, then look no further than Ayoka for services that will increase your productivity while still maintaining the security of your business records. Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on service delivery, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your production rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. This makes us ideal for delivering increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom software development.

Don’t make custom software development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact us. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

Why Custom Software Development is Essential for Growing Businesses

December 16, 2017
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There are numerous ways that custom software development can help your business grow. Yes, you can get by with an off-the-shelf software program. Or two. Or three. To cover all your needs, you will likely need more than one. That’s part of the problem. As your company grows, your needs for software will continue to evolve. Soon, those three software programs no longer cover your needs and you must purchase another or scrap them all and start over with something else.

With custom software development, you can avoid all the hassles of adding another software program. Or avoiding the purchase of a whole new system that still doesn’t cover your needs. Your solution to this dilemma is to have custom software development designed specifically for your business. Don’t let the concern over cost for the design and implementation of custom software development scare you away. Custom software development will cost more than an off-the-shelf software program. However, the software will pay for itself through increased efficiency and productivity.

Is no one else in your industry using custom software development? If not, be the groundbreaker and customize your production and management systems. Are you the last in your field to consider the change? You must not fret over it. In no time you will be up and running with your new system. With all the advancements over the years, the process to design and implement your custom software has been improved and streamlined. What are the benefits of custom software development for a growing business? Let’s explore.

Control Over Business Processes

As you work with a development team, you can tell them exactly what you need your software to do for your business. There will be no more changing your production processes to fit an off-the-shelf software program or storing a part of your information in one system and more on another. All your data is contained in one program. The benefit of control over your business processes will lead to dramatic increases in time. Time in which staff can be working on new innovations, to put you in the driver’s seat of your industry.

Flexibility

The next way that custom software development can help your business to grow is through flexibility. With custom software development, you can design enhancements for implementation in the future. All you need to do is press a button and those new features will be fully functional. This flexibility will enable your business to continue functioning without the downtime of changing to a new system.

Support

With custom software development, you get the added benefit of support from the designers. When an off-the-shelf software designer updates their program, you must go to the store and buy the new version. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Once you buy the new system, then you must upload all your current information into the new system or have information in both systems. With custom software development, your software can be integrated with your older systems to eliminate the need to move all your information from one system to another. In addition, with custom software development, you can go back to the designer at any time and ask for new elements or wholesale changes to be made for your system. The designer’s quick response time can reduce your downtime and you will be back at full operation in no time.

Security

The last way in which custom software development helps your business is to grow through security. An off-the-shelf software program puts you at risk of security breaches from hackers. Off-the-shelf systems are well-known by computer hackers. Enhance your security through custom software development. Computer hackers will not be familiar with your new system and it would take too long for a computer hacker to study your system and figure out how to get in and compromise your data. Leave the off-the-shelf software systems to your competitors and keep your business and customer information safe from predators. Your customers will feel secure in their choice to work with you if their information is safe.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are an organization and searching for ways to improve your productivity and efficiency, then look no further than Ayoka for services that will increase your productivity while still maintaining the security of your business records. Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on service delivery, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your production rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. This makes us ideal for delivering increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom software development.

Don’t make custom software development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact us. We are an experienced industry leader. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

How Custom Software Development Puts You Ahead of the Competition

December 11, 2017
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Custom software development can put you ahead of the competition. Let’s imagine for a moment that when you began your business, you took an idea that you believed in and were good at, and used it start your business. What distinguishes you from your competition? Your enthusiasm, unique product, and willingness to go the extra mile for your customers.

However, over time, your competition has researched your products and services and has found ways to offer the same products to their customers at a lower price. Why can they do the same thing at a lower cost? They’ve capitalized on your hard work. Additionally, there are times that your competition has taken shortcuts, found ways to simplify the products and services, or simply provided a less than optimal product.

To re-establish yourself as a leader in your field you need custom software development. Custom software development can put you ahead of the competition. In what ways can you use custom software development to give your business a competitive advantage?

Individualized Service

With custom software development, you can have a system designed specifically for your business, your employees, and your customers. By being more efficient with your business, you can offer better services to your customers. For example, with a brick and mortar furniture store, you could miss out on sales from potential customers that live in neighboring states. However, with custom software development, you can incorporate an eCommerce webpage to your website and enhance your reach.

Moreover, custom software development designers help identify ways to enhance the online experience for your customers. Some of these additional enhancements include increased product descriptions, more keywords, multiple images, and speed of checkout. By improving the online experience, you are more likely to have repeat visitors.

Integration

In most instances, it is not advisable to begin again with an entirely new software system. The benefit of custom software development is that your designers can integrate your current software systems into your new custom software development. This integration will save you from having to re-upload all your previous documents, customer information, products, timekeeping, accounting, and more. The time that it would take to re-upload all this information would take countless hours of staff work. With the ability to integrate your previous system as well as enhance your integration of other data with custom software development, you will be ahead of the competition.

On the other hand, your competition will be left behind with their off-the-shelf software package. These boxed kits fail to meet the demands of most online companies. They often cannot capture all their needs, reducing their efficiency and productivity.

Support

With an off-the-shelf software system, your competitors will be renting their software. If the software company decides to change their software during the next development stage, your competitor is at their mercy. Their data will no longer be compatible with the updated software. This incompatibility will leave your competitor trying to play catch up with you and your custom software.

With custom software development, you can go back to the designer at any time to make needed changes. For example, you can ask for new elements to add to your system or even wholesale changes. The designers’ quick response time helps reduce your down period. As a result, you will be back at full operation in no time. The speed of the changes will enable you to focus on what is relevant to your products, services, and customers.

Security

With an off-the-shelf software system, your competitors are at risk for data breaches. Computer hackers are familiar with off-the-shelf systems. With hackers knowledgeable of how to break into your competitor’s computer system, they are at a higher risk of breaches. As a result, a hacker can break in and steal customer identification information and credit card numbers and type of card. Not to mention, new product design is at risk of being exposed and replicated before they even have the chance to launch.

On the other hand, you will be safe with your custom software development. You will have the added layer of security. The system will be unknown to computer hackers. It would take valuable time for someone to study and analyze your new system before they could attempt to break in and steal your records. It is not worth their time.

Distinguish Yourself Through the Speed of Response

The last way that you can set yourself apart from your competition is through the speed of response. Custom software development will streamline your business and process. With streamlining, you can find data quicker and respond immediately to your customer. With the immediacy of the internet, customers have no patience for waiting. Using custom software development to produce and ship your products faster than the competition will distinguish you from your competition. If your customer has a complaint, have your designer set up your software to alert someone to find a satisfactory solution immediately. As a result, you can distinguish yourself from your competition with speed, efficiency, and excellent customer service.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are an organization and searching for ways to improve your productivity and efficiency, then look no further than Ayoka. Our services will increase your productivity while still maintaining the security of your business records. Our custom software development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on service delivery, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your production rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. In turn, this makes us ideal for delivery of increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom software development.

Don’t make custom software development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact us. As an industry leader, we can help. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin today.

 

Why Your IT Department Will Love Custom Software Development Services

December 4, 2017
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As a business owner, one of your most significant responsibilities is selecting the right staff for your IT department. Once you hire the right team, you need to give them the power to make software decisions that enhance and grow your business. You could dictate to your IT department which software systems to purchase. However, if you are not proficient in electronic communications, you could end up operating systems that impede your business productivity. To eliminate this problem, discuss your available options with the head of your IT department. These options typically include an off-the-shelf-software program or custom software development services. However, there are many reasons that your IT department will love custom software development services.

Best Equipment and Service Support

Your IT department can be in charge of evaluating the different companies that design custom software development services. They can select the one that is the best fit for your needs. There are many different choices when it comes to vendors. Their expertise is necessary for determining the best decision based upon cost, available options, and security measures.

Customized for Your Business

With custom software development services, your IT department will analyze the specific needs of your business. Then, your IT department will work with the design team to design the different software options that your organization needs. Does your business focus on service delivery? If so, the team will work with your IT department to incorporate systems to increase your production rates. The team will also provide a consistent delivery of services or products and reduce production errors. Additionally, the IT department can help identify areas to reduce duplication of data entry. Lastly, they can determine how to integrate data from different departments to increase staff efficiencies.

Ease of Implementation

The design team will prepare your IT department for implementation of the new system for the rest of your employees. Even though the system may be complicated when covering all your needs, the team will prepare your IT department. Afterward, your IT department teaches your employees to sign on, operate, and optimize their user experience.

Accessibility

Your IT department will love the ability to identify with ease who can have access to certain types of information within your custom software development services. Once a determination has been made on the varying levels of information accessibility, your IT department will identify a process for staff to receive computer access. Moreover, your IT department will identify unique circumstances and how to apply for access in those instances.

Scalability

As your business grows, your needs will expand. The benefit of a custom software development services is that you can upgrade your software system as you grow. Your IT department will be the first to know that your system is not fulfilling your needs for data storage, input, and integration. Once you reach the point that your system is no longer serving your needs, your IT department can discuss the specific needs with the design team and start on the necessary upgrades.

Security

The last option that your IT department will love is the security of your custom software development services. With an off-the-shelf system, computer hackers can find ways to break into your system. On the other hand, with a custom software development services, computer hackers are unfamiliar with the design of the system. It would take time for a hacker to figure out how to break into your system. The process is too time-consuming. As a result, a hacker will continue searching for a business who is using off-the-shelf software to breach their network and steal their information.

Now that you know why your IT department will love custom software development services, what’s next? Contact a professional developer and sit down to discuss your specific needs, focus on the results that you are looking to achieve and how your changes can help your customers. With the right customized application development system, you can become more efficient or build your operational capacity.

Ayoka Custom Software Development Systems

If you are an organization and searching for ways to improve your information management, then look no further than Ayoka for services that will increase your productivity while still maintaining the security of your business records. Ayoka custom application development emphasizes local, hands-on interaction, and discovering the needs of the end-users. If your business focuses on service delivery, then the team will incorporate systems to increase your production rates, provide more consistent delivery of services or products, and reduce variances or tighten tolerance for errors. This makes us ideal for delivering increased accessibility, efficiencies, and security to your business through our custom application development.

Don’t make customized application development complicated. If you want expert advice to guide you through the process and help you get the most out of your software, contact Ayoka. We are an experienced industry leader. Call (817) 210-4042 and begin.

 

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