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 Five Reasons to Choose Custom Web Development

February 27, 2017
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Every business needs a website in the digital world today. There are very few people who would say otherwise. Websites are critical to the success of a business. They can make you, or they can break you. People who come across your website while browsing the internet could very well be turned into customers. A poorly developed website can devastate your business by turning away potential customers. The key is to have a website that intrigues and fascinates people, while remaining functional. This is where custom web development comes into play.

What Makes a User Want to Stay On a Site?

Put yourself in the shoes of a random web browsing user, and consider what aspects of a website make you like it. Most people would say easy navigation. In fact, the presentation of the site’s content matters more to many people than the content itself. If users have to click through a labyrinth of links to get to their destination, your website is badly designed. If, on the other hand, it is easy to click and navigate through your site, you will see your traffic and revenue go up in no time at all. Custom web development ensures that your website looks and feels good. It also has many other benefits. 

1 – Custom Web Development Helps with SEO

While a custom website is developed by experts in the industry, there are other options. For example, you could buy a template and edit its theme; however, you are limited on how much you can change. Moreover, this almost never works out as well as building a completely unique site from the ground up. With the help of a custom web development expert, you can incorporate SEO techniques into the design of your site. Search engines like Google, rank websites based on their content, links, and the ease of navigation through the pages of the site.

2 – A Custom Site is Truly Unique

 There is so much more involved in building an online business. You need more than a website with a fancy logo on the home page. Your online site will be nothing if you don’t have good web design throughout the site. While building a website with a template seems easier and cheaper, it will never look nearly as unique as a custom site. Your website is a representation of you and your business. While information is important, trying to fit all your information into a pre-made placeholders on a template, could leave your site lacking. At Ayoka, we strive to emphasize how unique your company is in the industry so your users will feel the passion behind your brand too. The website is the foundation upon which the rest of your company is built. Make it stand out.

 3 – Custom Sites are Built for Customers

When deciding on a custom website, ask yourself who keeps your company running when all else fails. Your customers do, of course. Without your customers, your company would shut down in days. They are your primary source of income. Building a website is something that should be done for your customers’ convenience, not your own. A custom web development service crafts a site that is optimally structured for your customers. From start to finish, your website flows smoothly, guiding your visitors on a gentle journey that culminates in a powerful call to action to make a sale. At Ayoka, our team of experienced web developers will ensure conversions for you.

4 – Leave the Competition in the Dust

Do you believe that competitors are a good thing? You might be thinking that this is a blasphemous thing to say. The truth is, competition gives you a world of opportunities to take advantage of. Without your competitors, you wouldn’t have to come to Ayoka for a custom web development service suite. With a custom website, your business will show nothing but excellence in the field, being the best version of itself that it can be. We take your brand name and give it an identity that projects the name of your business out among the stars, leaving your competitors in the dust.

5 – You Build New Relationships

Consider the situation where you buy a template right off the shelf. What happens when something goes terribly wrong with the site and you need support? Some templates have limited support, but nothing to the extent of the after sales support here at Ayoka Systems. When you work with our expert custom web development team, you build lasting relationships with them. Whenever you encounter a problem with your new website, all you have to do is call and the problem will be solved before you know it!

Having a custom website is truly something you shouldn’t pass up. It is an opportunity to grow your business and show your customers that you are truly passionate about what you do. You give an identity to your company and site that simply can’t be emulated when you use a traditional website template to build upon. Take the time to invest in custom web development at Ayoka Systems and watch as your business reaps the benefits.

Fast Forwarding iOS with Swift for Business Applications

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Are you trying to get a mobile application up and running for your company? The challenges you face when trying to do this are many indeed, but the reward when you do get one is more than worth the effort you put in. The problem here is the time it takes to build an application on iOS that you can roll out to your customers in as short a time frame as possible. Ask your team when they can have an app ready and they will almost always give you a number you simply can’t work with. This is where the Ayoka Swift development services come in and save the day. Using Swift for business applications is by far the best way to deliver a powerful solution to your customers in the shortest time.

Why Use Swift Over Objective-C?

When Swift was first announced by Apple as the new standard for programming iOS applications, the coding industry was taken by surprise. Most developers predicted that it wouldn’t last. Today, it is quickly becoming the industry standard. At Ayoka, our highly skilled teams’ language of choice is Swift for business applications. If you check the training history of your own team, you may notice that most of them specialized in Objective-C instead, which was the language of choice before Swift entered the playing field. So why do the Ayoka Swift development services teams use this language instead?

  1. Better readability – one of the biggest advantages of Swift is that there is less code involved. While the code is just as complex, the readability is far better, as are the benefits and the recyclability of existing code. Companies like Lyft, which are completely mobile-based, have apps written completely in Swift. Your business could benefit from switching to Swift too, mainly because of the significant reduction in how much coding has to be done for a certain process.

 

  1. More reliable – When you enlist the Ayoka Swift development services to rebuild your business applications for iOS, you’re already ensuring a lack of errors in the code. However, Swift reduces the incidence of errors during the coding process by such a great amount that your app could be on its feet and ready for launch in far less time than you may have thought possible. The difference in syntax when compared to Objective-C means that the language is simply more stable and allows for far better quality control while we write your application for you.

 

  1. Swift is fast – At Ayoka, we specialize in a variety of programming languages, including C++, the fastest in the industry. The speed and performance of Swift are considered second only to this. Constant updates to the speed of the language by Apple ensure that our use of Swift in the development of your app will improve the front-end performance of your app on customer devices.

 

  1. Interactive testing is possible – Our developers believe in delivering the highest quality product to your organization. This involves an extensive testing process that improves your application significantly at the end of it all. We can test each portion of the code on its own without creating your entire app and finding an error afterward. This increases our efficiency and allows us to deliver an incredible application to you in record time. Using Swift for business applications on iOS increases our efficiency and your satisfaction!

How Using Ayoka Swift Development Services Benefits You

When you use our professional Swift programmers to aid in the construction of your application, you ensure the highest standards in the industry. One of the biggest perks of using our services is that you gain access to the best programmers in the business for a far lower cost. The reason for this is that Swift is an open-source application. We can make use of it without having to pay exorbitant prices for it, which makes it far easier to lower your prices as well.

In addition to this, you get to push updates to your customers whenever there is a change in the performance of your iOS application. Apps based on Swift can actually be linked to new updates to the language itself because of the use of dynamic libraries. We introduce an update to your app, and you put it on the App Store for your users to download. All the functions of your original app are retained, but the application itself becomes faster, less prone to crashes, and better in every way.

The Future of Swift Applications in Your Business

A final benefit of Swift for your business is diversity. In the future, you might decide to introduce an Android-based application for your customers on that platform. Swift, unlike Objective-C, isn’t completely unique to the iOS platform. Indeed, one of the main perks of the language is that it is closely related to the other languages in the programming industry. All you need to do at a time like this is call our company up and enlist our help in reusing your old Swift code to build an Android or Windows Mobile application in no time at all. Ayoka and its team of expert coders are always ready and willing to assist you!

 

Enterprise Application Services for Retail

February 17, 2017
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An Enterprise Application, if you didn’t know already, is a platform of system software designed to work within a certain business environment.  These applications are quite complex in nature. They are highly distributed throughout a business. At Ayoka, the software we develop, as part of our enterprise application services, consists of highly specialized groups of programs. These programs share the goals of your business and have an infrastructure based on your needs. Our teams are well-trained in the art of using enterprise architecture to build software that meets all your requirements with ease.

Where Enterprise Application Services and Software are Used

Our enterprise application software helps you manage processes within your retail business.  The term retail business includes all a wide range of businesses, such as online shopping, processing customer payments, creating and maintaining catalogs of available inventory, billing system management, store security, IT management, resource management (human and otherwise), and much more. As a retail-oriented company, your organization could greatly benefit from our enterprise application suite.

The Retail Industry Needs a Strong Enterprise Application System

The rate at which technology develops greatly impacts the success of your business when you’re in the retail game. Today, technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Investing in the latest tech is one of the best ways to ensure the success of your company.

Knowing the types of solutions you need to perfect your processes is critical to your success in the future. You also have to know when to outsource work. When you work with Ayoka’s enterprise application services department, for example, you get guaranteed high-quality results.

Analytics is a major part of the retail industry. You perform analysis of customer behavior in order to meet their needs more readily. Working with big data like this is a huge opportunity for new technology to be implemented into your systems. To do this seamlessly, you need a base of enterprise application software like CRM and Business Intelligence.

How Our Enterprise Application Software Works

When we integrate your new software, we use one of three methods:

  • Point-to-point – Ayoka integrates each of the business apps to each other using a single connection between them. This is the easiest form of integration, but is also one of the most limited because of the obvious restriction to scalability due to the single link.
  • Separate engine – Connecting all your databases and applications to a separate server or engine that can collect, analyze, and distribute data to the relevant apps later.
  • ESB – Also known as the Enterprise Service Bus, this is a solution that works well if your company has a complex IT system within it. We develop multiple complex enterprise apps and use your network to distribute tasks and information.

Better Management Capabilities

When you work with us to integrate Enterprise Application Software into your company, you’re taking a step towards a more successful future. You enjoy a whole range of benefits immediately after switching your business over to EAS. Better management capabilities are one of a few benefits you should see.

If your company has multiple departments responsible for different processes that come together to improve the output of the company, enterprise software improves the efficiency with which each department communicates with the rest. Interoperability is one of the prime causes of financial losses for companies. In fact, the automobile industry in the USA loses about a billion dollars each year due to inefficient interoperability.

Automated Workflow

Ayoka Systems’ enhanced enterprise application services ensure that all your company’s information is collected seamlessly and accurately, then distributed to the relevant departments. This means you no longer have to worry about errors during the processing and retrieval of data. A good example of this is the Customer Relationship Management segment of our enterprise application services. The data collected by the CRM system on customers can be used to build and push out a new marketing campaign. Reports on the success of the campaign can be built and delivered automatically to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign.

Gain a Flexible IT Department

By integrating software into your business, you get to expand your IT systems when you need to. Because of this flexibility, loss of data is no longer a risk. As your store grows in size and popularity, upgrades to your system will be required, especially to stay abreast of customers’ expectations. Enterprise application integration allows you to do this quickly, smoothly, and efficiently.

Integrate Enterprise Applications to Your Business Today

As you see, there are many benefits of integrating enterprise applications for your retail business. At Ayoka Systems, we employ our very own, custom-made enterprise application services team. This team is more than capable of building such a system for your company. Without an enterprise application system in place, your business will not last for long in the competitive retail industry today. Ayoka Systems is committed to helping your business succeed. If you think you’re ready to make the smart choice and switch over to software integration, give us a call and get started with the most professional teams in the business.

 

Improving the Efficiency of the Transportation Infrastructure with Software Development

February 2, 2017
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Custom software development can make traffic easier to manage, routes easier to plan, and buses safer to ride. Transportation infrastructure depends on a host of different systems along with advanced data management, which can lead to crippling errors and lost information. Custom software makes it easier to manage transportation infrastructure, and the benefits range from safety to cleaner air. Monitoring generates endless data that can easily transform into actionable data, and custom programs can work around your unique systems. Web and mobile applications can turn commuters into traffic management allies while simultaneously encouraging efficient public transportation options.

Monitoring

Maintaining a reliable network of cameras is great for security, but effective monitoring goes beyond preventing burglaries and helping police track suspects. Cameras collect data, and analyzing that data may yield surprising results. Rather than trusting opinion polls, you have the opportunity to actually watch traffic patterns and see how and when people move around the city. If a bus stop only has one or two regular users, you may find you can cut down on a little city smog and tighten your budget by eliminating the stop. If you see people turning away from overly crowded bus stops during rush hour, you might consider adding buses to certain routes during peak traffic hours to encourage the use of public transportation. If your city uses ride share lanes, you can see exactly how many cars use them, and when the most drivers take advantage of the opportunity.

Monitoring is all about maximizing efficiency by recognizing patterns. This can help other departments, of course, but it has many uses for transportation management alone. You can minimize air pollution, find the best opportunities for cutbacks, and even predict where traffic will be forced during construction.

Unique Transportation Needs Custom Software

No two cities are the same. Even though most major cities in the U.S. use the block system to design their downtown business districts, most have regions that do not follow the pattern. Above ground transportation needs custom software to handle mapping, including changing features like detoured routes, construction, and temporary stops.

City transportation almost always involves more than one vendor. This confuses the basic software, and without custom software, it’s essentially impossible to develop intelligent transportation management solutions. Legacy systems also need a place in your software, and few new programs are prepared to handle a variety of older programs. In order to continue developing new solutions without compromising established systems, you need custom software.

Citizen Engagement

While transportation infrastructure manages traffic flow patterns, available routes, and a variety of options, each commuter ultimately decides his or her own course. It makes sense, then, to allocate some resources to educating these commuters. While you can try to influence bus and individual vehicle ratios, you can’t make the decision for the citizens of your city. By giving these citizens real-time facts, however, you can make sure they help rather than hinder your efforts.

Custom software development extends into the world of apps and online portals. Interactive maps, real-time updates, and warnings about recent accidents or congested thoroughfares can help minimize the impact these events have on traffic as a whole. Plenty of cities use digital screens to inform drivers of delays, wrecks, and safety hazards, but drivers rarely have the chance to really change their course once they see those signs. Giving drivers the power to see what the traffic is like before they leave home is paramount.

The same technology can go into increasing the number of regular bus fares. Retailers and restaurants have already demonstrated the power of the app as a sales aid. Even a small reward for being a regular passenger can convince more people to take the bus, subway, or a streetcar during their daily commute. Apps make it easy to launch campaigns for tourists, too. Tourists look for easily-accessible public transportation, and they are more likely to stay longer in cities with simple transportation systems. Nothing darkens a tourist’s mood faster than a traffic jam or a convoluted subway schedule. An app can clarify even a complicated system by using basic to and from searches rather than, or in addition to, regular time tables. In the end, this data comes back to you, making it even easier to establish patterns and look for areas to improve.

Custom software development is a surprising but incredible effective solution for transportation infrastructure. It can help you manage your assets more effectively while gathering and using more data. The innate diversity of custom software also enables clients to create exactly what they need, regardless of whether it’s a monitoring tool for employees or an app for commuters. By building an intelligent transportation management system, you may even be able to cut back on dangerous smog and fatal collisions. The right custom software can help essentially any problem in transportation infrastructure.

 

The Value of Local Programmers

January 17, 2017
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Financially speaking, outsourcing a custom programming company overseas is typically the less expensive choice.  However, the cliché, “You get what you pay for,” is true in more ways than one in this scenario.  The value of local programmers is immeasurable in terms of reach, agility, communication, and more. Read about the ways your business benefits from choosing a local programming company

The Challenges

Every business faces various challenges. However, American businesses that outsource custom software programs from overseas often face significantly greater challenges. Communication is usually the first obstacle to overcome, when choosing an overseas programming company.  If a language barrier exists and a client’s software needs are misunderstood from the beginning, the outcome desired is not going to be achieved. This results in starting over with the same company and possibly ending up with the same result. Even worse, you end up hiring another company, thereby doubling your expenses.

Secondly, time zone differences play a major part in successful project management and correspondence needs. When you are half a day behind your programming company, communication lags, slowing down the project.  Last, but certainly not least, is the issue of protecting intellectual property rights. When software is produced outside of the United States, protecting property rights proves to be a real predicament. Obviously, not all countries have the same legal requirements when it comes to proprietorship. Working with a local company, in the United States, ensures your property rights are guaranteed and protected.

Hiring local programmers for your business’s custom software development needs, means effective communication. This ensures there is no misunderstanding of the exact outcome expected.  Differing time zones are no longer an issue, as well. You are no more than three hours different than your programmer.  Keep in mind though, that most American programmers are available 24/7.

Your Target Audience

You understand your target audience, but does your programmer? A local custom programming company knows your target audience. If you need a website developed or software that caters to your local community, a local programmer is familiar with the community and the people in it. This familiarity of your target audience, means your company receives a high-quality software program. More than that, you can be certain that it will reach the precise people it was intended for.

Local Programming Is Worth the Money

Maybe your small business is on a limited budget, and it’s for this reason you’re considering an offshore software company. However, this could end up a huge mistake. Offshore companies commonly hire under educated developers who deliver low-quality programs.  Alternatively, by investing a little more money for your custom programming needs, you receive a return on your investment quicker. What’s the reason for this? Local programmers understand your language and know your target audience. Moreover, they possess the knowledge to provide a very high-quality software program, website, or any other custom software programs your business needs.

There’s Room to Grow

At Ayoka, our programmers build applications with future expansion in mind.  Your business may be small today, a large company tomorrow, and an enterprise in the next two years.  Having the capability to expand your software as the company grows is invaluable.

Team Collaboration

Custom programming involves more than just a series of phone calls.  The very best communication is done in person. A local custom software developer takes the time to know your company thoroughly. They know the people, the process, the software users, and more.  Collaborating with you rather than just working for you, ensures you are involved in the process of developing your business software.

Stimulating Local Economy

Local programmers care about your business not only surviving but also thriving in the local economy.  Custom programming geared towards your target audience in your community helps everyone.  Local programmers are right around the corner so to speak if you need advice regarding your local market, information pertaining to the market, and/or software changes or expansions.

The Best Option

Collaborating with a Texas-based custom software development company like Ayoka avoids common stumbling blocks and provides the following, guaranteed benefits:

  • Clients are fully involved in the process and own their software.
  • The problem is clearly defined before a solution is proposed, ensuring the desired outcome.
  • Applications are built with future expansion in mind.
  • Costs are managed with Agile development that focuses on doing the right thing instead of trying to do everything at once.
  • Ongoing support is available on an as-needed basis.

As you can see, the value of a local custom programming company is incalculable.  Outsourcing your programming needs offshore may seem like a deal at the time, but stretching your budget a little further and making a sound investment in a local programming company will ensure the best end result for your business.

At Ayoka, we learn your business from top to bottom.  We meet you in person and work with you to ensure you are getting the very best custom software available.  Our one clear objective is to deliver the very best in customer service.  We are near you and we will be here for all your software needs, even when the project is finished.  Call us today at 817-210-4042 for all your local custom programming needs, or fill out the quick contact form and we respond promptly.

 

 

 

Open Source and Custom Software Development

January 11, 2017
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Technology has advanced faster than many of us ever expected.  Two decades ago, Google, Swift, Firefox, the iPhone, and Android were non-existent. Today, you are likely reading this article from one of those platforms.  Custom software development companies and open source software made this possible.

What is open source software?  In common terminology, open source refers to any program whose source code is made available to the general public for use and/or modification.  While there are thousands of open source projects and products, some well-known examples are Apache, WordPress, Java, MySQL, HTML, and PHP.  Meant to be a collaborative effort, programmers improve the source code and share the changes.

Open Source and Custom Software Development for Businesses

For businesses to maintain a competitive edge, it is vital to keep up with technology and its changes.  Collaborating with a custom software development company to create open source software, businesses stand to reap many benefits.  Some of these benefits are as follows:

  • Execute innovative ideas in a practical, feasible way to nurture growth, efficiency, and development.
  • Gain technical superiority by working with custom software developers to create solutions that are unique to their business requirements.
  • High-quality software, security, and support. Additionally, working with a custom software developer in the United States for a business in the United States offers a wide support platform after the software has been developed.
  • Open source software does not require many resources to operate smoothly. Choosing to upgrade your custom software is completely up to you and the vendor.
  • If business requirements change, open source software adjustments can be made accordingly by the custom software developer.
  • Open source customer relationship management provides improved customer relationships because it offers many different options to meet customer requirements based on your preferences. This results in improved efficiency, which equals happier, more satisfied customers.

Ayoka, a Texas-based custom software development company, is always on top of the latest technology to help ensure your business stands above the rest with open source software.

Why Open Source Software is Favored 

Proprietary or “closed source” software is a type of software with a source code that can only be modified by the person, team, or organization that created it.  Proprietary software can only be legally copied, inspected, and altered by the original authors.  Additionally, when using proprietary software, users must agree that they will not modify, change, or do anything with the software that the authors have not expressly allowed.  Some examples of proprietary software are Adobe Flash Player, iTunes, and Google Earth.

Open Source software allows authors to make the source code available to anyone who would like to see the code, copy the code, alter it, learn from it, and share it.  This is one reason people prefer open source software.  Some other reasons open source is favored are:

  1. Open source software allows programmers to evaluate the source code to ensure it is performing like they want it to.  They can change any part of the code they do not like. Those who are not programmers benefit because they can use the software for any purpose they like and not only the ways others think they should.
  2. To put it simply, open source software helps programmers become better programmers.  Students benefit since open source code is publicly accessible. They also study how to make better software. Furthermore, they can share what they have learned as they develop their skills and custom software developers can comment, critique, and help the students.
  3. For some people, open source software is considered more secure than proprietary software.  Since anyone can view and modify open source software, someone who sees an error or an omission that may have been overlooked by the authors can correct it.  With many people being permitted to work on open source software without permission from the original authors, they can update, fix, and upgrade open source software quicker than proprietary software.
  4. Programmers publicly distribute the source code for open source software; therefore, users who are relying on the software for critical tasks are assured their mechanisms remain if the original creators stop working on them.

Making Open Source Custom Software Development Together 

At Ayoka, we have one clear objective and that is to deliver the very best customer service to all of our clients.  When developing open source software, we don’t just work for you, we work with you.  Using open source software such as Python, Swift, Twitter Bootstrap, and many other programming languages, Ayoka continuously expands our custom software development knowledge and experience to bring you the very best of open source software that you can understand and utilize proficiently.  For all of your custom software development needs, call us today at 817-210-2042, or fill out the short contact form and we will respond promptly.

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching New Audiences through Custom Application Development

January 8, 2017
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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. How? The main way a business is hampered is due to lack of personalization. The software application does not fit the specific needs of the business causing ineffective processes and reduced productivity and efficiency.

How can you reach new audiences through custom application development? Let’s explore the benefits of custom application development and how your business can grow through finding new audiences.

Personalized

With custom application development, your applications are designed specifically for your business. When your applications solve your specific problems, your employees are not spending time duplicating work. In addition, your employees will not be wasting time with inefficient processes. With your staff not wasting time, they will be more productive. In addition, they will have time to develop new products, focus on reaching new customers and improving customer experience with your business.

Scalable

By purchasing custom application development, your software will grow with your business. Off-the-shelf software programs are inefficient. If you operate an E-commerce site, but your off-the-shelf system is keeping your business from expanding 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 your business needs change.

Communication

Custom application development can improve your business’s communication processes. Your employees will be able to share ideas quickly, speak with customers and product vendors, and ensure no idea to improve customer experiences are missed. 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. Your business can target any area to research inefficiencies. Once inefficiencies are identified, 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. If you want to use custom application development to reach new customers, you can use your custom application development to analyze how you reached your current customers and replicating 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. You will be able to keep your current customer’s information secure and safe from hackers. This added security will make you a step ahead of your competition.  when trying to attract a new audience. A company with tight security will be attractive to potential customers.

Cost-Effectiveness

Custom application development is cost-effective. Don’t skip looking into custom application development due to fear of the cost.  Custom application development does cost more to have designed. However, you can save money by your employees being more efficient and productive, reaching new customers to make new sales, and 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.

 

Software Integration Services to Boost Efficiency

January 3, 2017
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In the hyper-connected world we live in, software integration services are imperative. These services assist organizations in ensuring all information technology (IT) systems communicate with each other, flawlessly and efficiently.  Existing apps that do not communicate with each other and old technology that needs updated will hinder your organization from running effectively and efficiently.  Software integration links software applications and different computing systems together to act as a coordinated aggregate.

Connecting and automating data processes are developed to boost efficiency and increase innovation, both of which are needed to improve competitiveness.  Integrating software eliminates unnecessary work and gives the user the exact information needed when they need it, thereby further boosting efficiency.

Combining the Old and the New

When organizations select new software or new IT systems, software integration with their other systems is typically one of the first necessities.  Quite often, integration needs to occur immediately, especially if a new system is replacing the existing one.  Software integration services help boost efficiency by allowing the business processes to continue running smoothly between systems during the integration.

There are also situations where off-the-shelf software provides the features you like and need, but it does not work well with your organization’s technology.  Software integration services can assist to provide what you need and want in your organization’s technology.

Improving Data Utilization

Imagine you are an orthopedist and your medical practice has its own Practice Management System (PMS).  Your office is also using Electronic Health Records (EHR) software which allows you access to patient histories with the simple touch of a button or two. Have you considered integrating your PMS with EHR to improve patient care and aid in office workflow?  By integrating your EHR system with your PMS and any other ancillary software, you can avoid duplication and eliminate extra steps.

For example, John Doe fractured his wrist in three different places while at work.  At every office visit, his wrist degrees of rotation are written down in the PMS, information from recent x-rays is noted and filed, and Workers’ Compensation papers are copied and filed. Some of this same information is in the EHR software.  With software integration, you can eliminate multiple filing systems and avoid duplication, which causes a lot of confusion and inefficiency.  Again, every piece of software should be integrated.  If you choose not to integrate a piece of software, you are creating a bottleneck in the workflow because anything that is not integrated needs a separate filing system.

Big data increases the size and complexity of stored data; therefore, it is crucial to develop better ways of managing and utilizing these resources.  At Ayoka, we have the knowledge and expertise to integrate multiple data sources with business software to achieve the following:

  • Easier access to valuable data across platforms
  • Deeper insight into vital data resulting in better decisions
  • Reduction or elimination of double-entry and other redundant tasks
  • Better synchronization of data across business applications and for all users
  • More effective collaboration with partners, customers, vendors, and business divisions

Software integration also adds value to the larger system. Interaction with the newly integrated software systems allows innovative, more complex, and efficient capabilities to the system.

The Right Approach to Software Integration

Software integration services help organizations and businesses reap more benefits from their software assets. The ever-increasing growth of technology has created amazing new opportunities; however, having so many options has also generated a great deal of inefficiency as software is added to an organization’s portfolio with no overall strategy.

Ayoka performs a thorough assessment of your organization’s software assets to determine if apps need to be retired, replaced, or integrated with newer solutions.  We have the unique capability to capture data from other software applications as well as the ability to capture control systems data directly from machines, instruments, microprocessors, Radio-frequency identification (RFID), and programmable logic controllers (PLC).

Using an intelligent integration strategy delivers a variety of benefits to organizations that want to save on costs, experience greater ROI, and boost efficiency from their existing assets.  The right approach to software integration services is Ayoka.  We are a Texas-based custom software development company with one clear objective – to deliver the best customer service.

Our mission is to develop enterprise applications in the USA that exceed the expectations of our clients while maintaining competitive pricing. We have successfully built everything from complex enterprise business software to completely innovative new mobile apps for startup companies.

By learning your business inside and out – in person – we can focus on the purpose, needs, and expectations of your organization so that we can deliver a robust, innovative, and very efficient software integration system.  Call Ayoka today at 817-210-4042 or fill out the contact form and one of our software integration experts will get back in touch with you promptly.

 

Making Software Applications Mobile

December 27, 2016
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Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

If your organization is considering making its software applications mobile, now is the perfect time to seek a custom software development service provider to help you.  The mobile application business is booming and companies with the ability to deliver real-time, simplified information to employees, partners, and customers are thriving.

Making your software applications mobile is a giant step in the right direction. This step will help your business gain a competitive edge, increase ROI, and drive productivity.  Mobile applications are the most effective, easiest way to reach clients and/or customers.  Both of whom appreciate efficacy and simplicity.

The Advantages of Going Mobile 

In addition to the business advantages listed above, there are many other advantages to going mobile.  A few of these are:

  • Improved access to reports and dashboards
  • Increased productivity with data being input at the work site
  • Improved reporting time
  • Increased field support team productivity
  • Improved connectivity
  • Happier customers

Further, field employees have full access to mobile apps, even when offline, when the right mobile tools are introduced. The benefits of mobile applications are real and substantial.

Customer Software Development Services

 When deciding to make your organization’s software applications mobile, the most important thing you can do is choose a custom software development company that works with you collaboratively in person.  Learning the ins and outs of your organization, exactly what you want and expect from the mobile application, and developing a relationship that will continue to flourish based on trust and respect are crucial to creating a successful mobile application.

Ayoka is a Texas-based custom software development company that has created business mobile applications for many enterprises ranging from healthcare organizations to industrial businesses.  Whether your organization needs a mobile application that works in the office or in the field (offline), or both, we have the knowledge and capabilities to meet your needs.

Mobile Applications for Organizations

 Recent trade mobile application studies show that seven out of ten manufacturing organizations seek to streamline operations using mobile and wireless solutions.  The healthcare industry is incorporating mobile applications especially with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend now being accepted by many hospitals and healthcare organizations.  Regardless of the type of enterprise, Ayoka works with you to identify the critical success factors necessary to build, implement, and deploy a mobile application solution.

Manufacturing companies with mobile applications reap the benefits of improved productivity and increased revenues. Moreover, relationships with customers, dealers, and wholesalers are enhanced overall. Your company also benefits from streamlined operations and decreased production costs. Another large benefit is instant access to supply chain management.

Within the healthcare industry, professionals often benefit from health apps that help increase their knowledge of their patients’ conditions. Furthermore, many users can improve their quality of life with mobile health apps. Today, many healthcare professionals believe that health apps encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health. As you can see, the advantages are clear for mobile applications in healthcare.

These are just two of the industries that benefit from using custom software development services to make their software applications mobile.  The energy industry, retail industry, financial industry, transportation systems, and many others will only improve by going mobile.

Meeting Your Needs

 At Ayoka, we get in your business.  We want to learn as much about your business as possible to design a mobile application that works exactly the way you want it to.  When properly designed, a mobile application can deliver much more information than a desktop system or a web-based application.

Now is the time to extend the reach of your organization’s productivity.  The proliferation of mobile applications will only continue to rise with the advanced technology of smart devices and the number of people using them.  The ability to use your organization’s software anywhere will not only increase your organization’s productivity, but also your ROI.

Ayoka custom software development services for mobile applications includes:

  • Determining which platforms need to be taken into consideration (iOS, Android, Windows)
  • Selecting the features that need to be available on mobile for a lean build
  • Identifying the development strategy flexible enough to accommodate future changes in technology
  • Paying special attention to security concerns to protect source code as well as confidential business data
  • Addressing syncing issues so mobile apps can offer functionality offline and online depending on the use case
  • Designing the app with the correct blend of server side and client side development (Native, HTML5, and hybrid)

A reputable, dedicated custom software development services company knows that a large portion of mobile application development is understanding the mindset of the end user. At Ayoka, we conduct site visits, attend employee interviews, and attend trade shows as part of our commitment to being a part of your industry.  Your organization’s success is our organization’s success.

Ayoka has successfully developed software solutions ranging from complex enterprise business software to completely innovative new mobile applications for startup companies and we would love to work with you.  Call us today at 817-210-2042 for more information and a free quote on making your software applications mobile.

Preparing for the New Year with Custom Software

December 19, 2016
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Photo by Yolanda Sun on Unsplash

As 2017 rapidly approaches, your business has made the decision to invest in custom software or enhance existing software.  More and more businesses are doing so as the investment in flexibility promises large gains in terms of productivity as well as competitive advantages. Custom software is designed to meet your business’ exact needs which simplifies your business processes and enhances your ROI.

With today’s mobile workforce substantially increasing, the ‘off the shelf” software programs lack the adaptability that is demanded by those who work off-site.  Additionally, the typical user’s profile is rapidly changing as businesses needs change and cloud-based platforms lessen the time and cost necessary to build custom solutions.

The Benefits

In preparation for your custom software, some of the key benefits you can look forward to are:

  • Innovation – Custom software enables businesses to enhance existing software to improve their current processes. Furthermore, it creates the intelligence to execute new tasks that are more appropriately aligned to decisive goals.
  • Efficacy – Custom software reduces the amount of time wasted while increasing agility and swiftness of response by conforming to the user demands exactly.
  • Cost Enhancement – Customization of software unlocks its maximum value, thereby minimizing risks and maximizing ROI.

The result is an innovative, more productive, and profitable business.

What to Look for in a Custom Software Developer

Integrating new custom software or enhancing existing software requires exceptional communication between you and the software developer.  A customer service-driven software developer focuses on providing a software solution that fits your needs and, at Ayoka Systems, we have one clear objective – delivering the very best in customer service.

From medical software development to manufacturing software development, Ayoka System’s mission is to exceed client expectations while maintaining competitive pricing.  By establishing a united approach with clients, we look beyond the technology and focus on the main objective of your software and how it aligns with your business. We love learning as much about your business as possible to formulate or integrate the custom software that is perfect for you.

Beyond the Desk

You probably do not go anywhere today where you do not see people working with mobile devices.  Some industries such as energy services require remote monitoring.  Remote and rural locations often lack internet connectivity.  Ayoka System designs mobile apps that incorporate a “store and forward” capability.  This means they are preloaded with data, operate without being connected to the internet, and allow the users to sync the data when internet connectivity is available.  A custom software program designed with this capability saves time, money, and a lot of work.

Communication 

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the most advantageous benefit of custom software development is communication.  The very core of customer service is exceptional communication.  The internet and mobile apps give customers what they want and expect through interactive software.  If your business is experiencing steady growth, or has difficulty keeping up with the customer base, a custom app helps to solve this problem.  Ayoka System’s custom software development services create apps for business that can handle anything and everything.

More Powerful and Profitable 

If your business already has software that you want to make more powerful and profitable in 2017, you need a roadmap of exactly what you want to integrate.  Some of the things you need to consider are as follows:

  • Are there features and functions that need to be added? This can be anything from changing the way users interact when they log in or visit to changing items so they appear only in certain places on your site or app.  No matter what features you add, it is imperative that they are user-friendly.  These additions should be prioritized by business impact and the amount of time and effort required to implement them.
  • Do you need or want to make upgrades? Some upgrades require more precise planning than others.  For example, adding reporting abilities to a dashboard or web app requires more planning than adding eCommerce to your website.
  • Evaluate your website and web app performance. Do they need to work better or faster on mobile devices?  Do you need to add an Android or iOS app?  These integrations will require more time, but it is very important to include them in your custom software plan.

Make a Commitment 

Take your time and evaluate trusted custom software developers before you decide on one.  Changing developers midstream can be very costly.  You should choose a software development firm that works with you to establish a long-term relationship and someone you can rely on to make things right when things go wrong.

At Ayoka Systems, we are dedicated to serving you.  If you are not happy, we are not happy.  Prepare for the New Year with custom software by being ready before the New Year.  Contact us today and we will help you and your business with a plan for custom software for 2017 and beyond.

What You Need to Know Before Building Your App

December 13, 2016
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Building an app is an exciting experience. It’s trendy, fun, and proves that your business is truly part of the future. Mobile and web applications reach a huge portion of today’s customer base. They can reach new customers and secure repeat business through ease of ordering and promotional deals. Considered great, adaptable technology, apps benefit all parts of your business. Before you get started, however, there are a few things you need to know.

What is Your Ultimate Goal


What is the purpose of building an app in the first place? Custom software development services can help you with a lot of things, but only you can explain the reason behind the application’s construction. Is this designed to boost sales? Do you need it to streamline inter office communication? Is it supposed to help minimize unnecessary expenditures? Having this goal, or goals, written out and ready to share with your application development services will help them build the best product. A clear target helps the entire team aim for success.

How Can Your App Serve that Goal


Answer this question as specifically as possible. It will help you down the line. Consider what department your app will serve, what hardware it will support, and what functions it will perform. For instance, is this an accounting mobile app for you to use with customers? Is it a sales web application that helps customers modify and personalize products? Look at timelines, budgets, and other business details you must consider to realize this app. How soon do you need it ready for use? How long do you expect to use it? Are you looking for a long term investment or do you expect immediate returns?

What Features Should You Prioritize


Budgets are a sad fact of life. Today, apps can do just about anything. A customer can go from an interactive advertisement to customizing a product to the final purchase through apps. While this technology is wonderful, and it frees employees to make your business bigger and better, the technology does cost.

It’s important to sit down and plan what you can afford. It’s okay to dream big, but make sure you create a prioritized list so you always have a physical reminder of your app’s purpose. Make sure this is ready before meeting with your application development services. Although custom software development may allow you to get more or unexpected features, make sure the core fits your list. There are many things you may want for your app, but you must know what your app needs. What is your bottom line?

Know Your Competition


Original ideas are excellent, but they’re often sparked by the competition. Did you see a similar app that drew your attention to a flaw in your own business’s marketing scheme? Do the self-serve checkout registers at grocery stores inspire you to change your customers’ online shopping experience?

Even if the idea seems unique, look for other businesses that have tried something similar. How did this idea work for them? Were there notable flaws in their system your version can fix? Have apps that fulfill the same purpose solved issues you hadn’t considered? Think of it as a short class on improving your future app. Just as you studied your industry before you opened shop, you should study your soon-to-be neighbors in the world of mobile and web applications before you commit. This step allows you to spot avoidable frustrations before they cause problems. More importantly, the extra input can help you get the most out of your creativity, and you will need that when you start to work with your application development services.

Pick Your Developer Carefully


Custom software development is a major industry, and there’s lots of competition for your business. Local businesses have to prove themselves better than their regional and international competition, which often makes them the best choice. By working with application development services locally, you also have the advantage of accountability and common ground.

Check to see what other services your developer offers. If your app has difficulties with new software in a few years, do they have the experience and tools to adapt it? Can they adapt it for new hardware? If the application is for your employees rather than your customers, make sure your developer has the integration skills to get it working in your office.

Goals, function, and budgets are key steps in any project. When you prioritize your goals and know where you need your app to take you, developers can streamline the path to success. With the right team behind you, developing an app is an exciting experience, so choose your developer carefully. Their work will determine the longevity and usefulness of your final product. Once you know what you need and who you want to work with, it’s time to get started.

 

Five Steps to Prepare for an IT Disaster

December 6, 2016
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Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

An IT disaster can cripple any company. Without the right preparation, it can keep your business down far longer than necessary. Without a quick recovery, your business will suffer financially. A business that stays down too long may never get back up again. Fortunately, you can prepare in advance for such a disaster. By considering all of the steps involved and making arrangements with strong organizations that can help you get back on your feet, you ensure your business can spring back quickly. There are several key points, however, you need to cover.

Hardware Considerations


An IT disaster is a pretty broad term, and it can cover anything from power failure to hacking. In the case of power failure, your hardware could be at risk. You will need emergency generators to keep your business running while the power is restored. Keep in mind, however, the computers aren’t the only things you need to power. If you have a server room, you will need to keep an emergency generator on hand at all times to keep the air conditioning in that room going. Getting the power back won’t help if your servers have already baked themselves. What’s more, having sufficient generator power means you may never face a true power outage disaster.

Protect with Backups


A basic but easily overlooked business practice, backing up your information regularly can turn an IT disaster into a minor inconvenience. Not all backups are created equal, though. Your backup service needs to provide superior protection for your own on-site storage. After all, your backups need to be impervious to any hack that jeopardizes your original files. Also, ensure your backup service keeps current. Check to see how often they backup your files and which files they actually update.

Find the Right Partners


It’s best to find a backup service that also provides disaster recovery services. Besides the trouble of juggling multiple services, using a single partner for backup and disaster relief allows you to create a better recovery plan. A backup service already has some idea of the layout of your organization, and they will play a vital role in any disaster. A disaster recovery team will need to know your system very well before disaster strikes. By combining these two roles, you ensure expediency and clear communication. Rather than adding to the stress of an emergency, work with a single, trustworthy partner organization. This prevents you from bouncing between two different services that both provide critical roles. Two-way communication is hard enough. There’s no need to try three-way communication.

Establish Policy


Make sure you have the answers vendors and customers will need in the event of an IT disaster. Are there discounts for delayed items? Do vendors agree to delayed payments? Do your employees understand that payroll may be delayed if the system goes down? Make sure everyone inside your business knows your emergency policies and can communicate effectively with the rest of the world. Make sure you have the fine print in place before you have the need for it.

Make a Plan


All of the prior steps lead up to this one. Make a disaster recovery plan. The more detailed the plan, the better. A true IT disaster relief plan takes into account what your business needs to function and what your business needs to deliver. Make sure you have a functional timeline with realistic goals. When can you expect to be operational again? When can reestablish communication with customers and vendors? What kind of product delays can you tell your customers to expect?

A good plan also prioritizes each step to recovery. Decide what’s most important to recover first. Usually, communications are the first system to be restored, but most plans leave time to assess the problem and resolve any active threats before bringing anything back online. For this purpose, having secondary communication routes in cases of disaster should be part of your plan. After all, you will need to contact your prearranged disaster recovery team as soon as possible. Other steps to consider include data recovery, production, shipping, etc. Having a plan in place ahead of time allows you to channel all your energy into bringing your business back online. Stopping to plan during a crisis wastes valuable time, and by planning ahead you ensure you make the most rational decisions.

An IT disaster may not be pleasant, but it doesn’t have to be a true disaster. By establishing a plan with calculated steps towards recovery, you can get your business up and moving again in short order. It’s critical to have this plan in place before disaster strikes, though. Plan now to avoid heartbreak later. The trickiest part is finding the right partner, and even that’s easier than you may think. For more information, please visit the rest of Ayoka’s website.

 

Business Efficiency and Information Management

November 29, 2016
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An efficient business is a productive business, and nothing contributes more to your success than productivity. Unfortunately, it’s easy to restrict your productivity through old systems and poor information management. Your organization behind the scenes reflects your business’s efficiency, and one of the first systems to fall into disrepair during busy periods is information management. Scattered information makes the employees’ jobs more difficult and much more time consuming. Poorly designed information management systems don’t just limit your productivity now, however. They can also hamper your business’s future. Custom software development services combat inefficiency on both fronts. After all, the best solution doesn’t just patch a problem temporarily. The best solution paves the road for future improvements.

Handling Business Today


No matter what industry you are part of, information drives your daily operations. Your intellectual resources require easy access in order to remain efficient. Scattered files and outdated software make your work longer and harder than it should be. You waste valuable time and money without efficient information management software. Information management solutions can create an instant difference in the productivity of your business. By removing obstacles, such as scattered organization, confusing filing, and inefficient software, you allow employees to work at a higher capacity. Hourly wages yield a greater return, and you may find you can trim back costly overtime.

Improving information management software also allows you to communicate more efficiently with customers. Rather than apologizing and chatting as they dig through convoluted systems for the right type of information about a particular kind of client, employees can quickly locate the details they need to answer questions and concerns. This boosts your business’s professional image and demonstrates your efficiency in every customer interaction.

Planning for the Future


For optimum efficiency, your information management software needs to keep your business current. Not so long ago, the most advanced businesses saved their information on floppy disks. However, young professionals entering the world of industry today may not have used such technology, even as children. These employees may fill positions that didn’t exist before the last four or five years. In another decade, today’s cutting edge information technology will seem as outdated as floppy disks do today. Keeping your information current goes beyond updating client files. You must consider how and where those files are stored. Do you use a personal server, or do you keep critical information on a separate hard drive? Do you have backups in place to prevent a true IT disaster? These important technological advances only came about recently, but it’s difficult to image a functional business without at least a few of them.

Good technology prepares your business for the future. The best information management system not only works around your current infrastructure, but leaves room for future developments. Flexibility and scalability are key. Custom software development services allow professionals to build the best information management system possible around the software you already use, and the software you will someday discover. By planning ahead, custom software development services can save you time and money in the future. No matter how well your system operates now, it will eventually need upgrades and new software. Your software needs to accommodate change, or you will have to shut down your business during every upgrade and keep your doors closed far longer than necessary. This gross inefficiency is, fortunately, entirely avoidable. If your system requires a simple update to keep up with new technology rather than a complete overhaul, you save time, money, and potential profits you would have lost had you had to close for maintenance.

Customer Effects


Business efficiency and information management are inexorably linked. Efficiency requires excellent organization to ensure employees can access whatever information at whatever time they need it. Employees should not need to go on a treasure hunt in order to find the appropriate intellectual property for a client. Time spent questing after information, that should be readily available, creates a pattern of inefficiency. This hurts your business and will eventually inconvenience your customers.

All businesses rely on efficiency, but that has never been truer than it is today. Customers demand expediency from every type of service provider, and the most successful industries make efficiency an art. Just think of fast food restaurants or online shopping companies. They may be highly organized, but everything is built on information, and in order to create sustainable efficiency, you must build from the ground up

Information is the lifeblood of any industry, and in order to build an efficient business, your information must be easy to access and clearly organized. Custom software development services can build around your existing systems, fixing flaws and building a scalable framework with room for future advances. Efficiency grows from your business’s internal structures. Without efficient information management, you cannot expect efficiency from any employee who uses that information.

 

Point of Sale Solutions and Customer Service

November 22, 2016
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What do you think of when someone mentions customer service? Do you think of a separate desk where employees handle returns and rain checks? Do you think of a hotline for customer complaints and requests? These are only the final steps in a customer’s customer service journey. That journey begins the moment they walk into the store, and the quest’s tipping point stands at the cash register. When you think of customer service, you probably don’t think of point of sale (POS) software. However, to surpass expectations and win return sales, you need to rethink the role of your cashiers.

Developing Front of House Customer Service


Of all your employees, your cashiers interact with customers the most. Customers usually go straight to the register when they have questions, and every customer who makes a purchase ends their time in your establishment at the checkout. Employees don’t have to be part of the customer service department to play a vital role in customer appreciation. They are the front line of customer service. They provide answers, services, and suggestions. As well trained as your cashiers may be, however, they can still leave customers with unpleasant impressions of your business if employees do not have the tools they need. Nothing ruins a great customer experience like a long line or point of sale errors. Your customers may like your cashier, but your point of sale system represents your business just as much as your employee. If the point of sale system is down, cannot accept the customer’s preferred payment method, or simply takes too long, it will make your entire business appear unprofessional.

Even the smallest business with a traditional storefront has a cashier. That cashier may multitask, which makes it even more important to give your front of house employees the tools they need. By the time a customer goes to a separate desk or sends a comment to customer service, chances are you’ve already lost the customer’s trust.

Businesses without traditional storefronts need superior point of sale software even more. If a customer never meets your employees, and only uses your online store, their online experience will invariably determine their impression of your business. POS software for online storefronts needs to fulfill the roles of the cashier and the cash register at the same time. In order to find a POS system that meets these demands, businesses should invest in custom software development services. This is the only way to ensure your POS system meets the same customer service standards you hold your employees to.

Improving Your POS


To deliver great customer service, a POS system needs to assist human employees as much as possible. Include your POS system in any planned systems integration updates. A point of sale system that can communicate with bookkeeping and merchandise software cuts back on time and limits errors. This helps your business behind the scenes, but it also allows cashiers to focus on the customer rather than juggling multiple systems.

Consider your POS’s current abilities. Can it accept multiple payment types? If the system crashes, or a key piece of hardware, like a card scanner, malfunctions, can you still accept credit and debit payments? Your technical troubles should never interfere with a customer’s experience. When you hire custom software development services, you can augment existing systems with features you need or build a new POS system from the ground up. Every business will have slightly different needs, but creating a smooth interaction at your point of sale is critical for future business and repeat customers.

Make sure your POS allows cashiers to fulfill multiple functions. Customers will ask questions, especially as the holidays approach. Cashiers have to answer questions about sales, layaway options, return policies, and gift receipts. Customers face extra stress, and your point of sale needs to run faster and more efficiently than ever. By implementing software that keeps merchandise information, policies, customer records, and more, you preempt the worst of the holiday rush. Cashiers do more than finalize sales, but without the necessary tools, they can’t do their jobs at the pace your customers demand.

Custom software development services can streamline and improve any part of your business. While the most popular custom software updates often serve your back of house needs, these products can help any aspect of your business. Even if you have a separate customer service department, you must recognize that customer service begins even before a buyer walks into your shop. Cashiers hold a place of authority, and since they are the easiest employees to find, they must answer the majority of customer questions. The right software allows cashiers to fulfill the roles customers expect of them. An online business faces even greater customer service challenges, since no human employee can interact with the customer during the sale. Custom software development services allow you to pack everything you need into a POS system while simultaneously streamlining the flow of information to your back of house. Take care of your customers by giving them what they need where they expect to find it.

 

Benefits of Integrated E-Commerce Applications

November 15, 2016
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Photo by Carlos Muza on Unsplash

Integrated e-commerce applications link your online store to your physical store, your customer database, your shipping software, and more. Just as system integration allows your business to operate more efficiently by improving access and control, an integrated e-commerce application helps you take control of your points of sale. Selling in one store and one online marketplace is difficult enough. As your business expands to multiple online points of sale and additional storefronts, you face further problems. It becomes all too easy to ship the same product twice, mislabel bookkeeping entries, and even lose orders through inefficient system management. A custom e-commerce application can solve all these woes and more.

Minimize App Juggling


Say you sell from three different points of sale. You have a small boutique storefront, a shopping cart function on your website, and a shop on Amazon’s marketplace. Without an integrated e-commerce application, you’re looking at three different points of sale that come with three different kinds of POS software. Amazon uses its own system, your pre-made shopping cart software uses a different system, and your physical point of sale may or may not communicate with either of them. Hopefully, none of them pull from the same inventory, though small businesses with handmade goods or unique pieces of art have no choice but to post the same item both online and in the shop.

Juggling so many different apps eats time. Since time is money, you are sacrificing revenue to app juggling. Rather than trying to watch three different apps and then trying to channel them into bookkeeping or shipping separately, you can tie them into a single bundle. With custom software development, you can take all of your points of sale and have each one send information to and receive orders from the same app.

Reduce Errors


The sad truth of app juggling is that sometimes you drop an order. It’s easy to confuse information from two different points of sale, especially if two different customers have the same name, a similar address, or simply purchased similar products. Pulling information from so many different sources isn’t just exhausting. It’s confusing. Imagine an app that automatically updates all points of sale when a customer buys an item. All inventories would automatically show the change in available items, and you need to never again, awkwardly explain to a customer that you are sold out, even though the website says you still have two items in stock. Integrated e-commerce applications can combine customer, product, and shipping information into one powerful system that not only provides rapid results, but also provides the right results.

Save POS Management Time


Until now, every business has had to upload every image, description, and price into every different point of sale manually. If you opened an Amazon marketplace account, you would need to add all information manually. If you launched your own website with a shopping cart, you would need to add information manually. Every new point of sale demanded the same meaningless legwork. An integrated e-commerce system does the legwork for you.

Reduce Overhead


If you don’t already run some form of integrated e-commerce application, you’re throwing away profit. An integrated app allows you to control every step of fulfillment, from the order to the moment the package arrives, within a single system. Jumping between apps allows product to fall through the gaps, information to become confused, and endless labor hours to slip away. E-commerce is so popular because it gives customers instant satisfaction, and sellers profit without overhead. By choosing custom software development to design an integrated e-commerce app, you trim the overhead even further back.

The Benefits of a Custom App


Your business is unlike any other, so no pre-made app can suit your exact needs. Many only work with specific e-commerce websites and software. By choosing a custom app, you ensure all points of sale can communicate, all systems are accepted, and the software has all the features you need. A shop selling any kind of food will need to integrate somewhat different systems than an antiques dealer. The only way to ensure all points of sale, customer registers, and shipping software work together is to build the system around them.

Many businesses only use a single physical storefront, but that doesn’t mean they only have one point of sale. E-commerce demands expediency, accuracy, and organization. Juggling apps or hoping that a pre-made app can support all of your different systems is an invitation for lost time, revenue, and even customer loyalty. Your customers should never have to wonder about how their orders are processed. Usually, they only ask questions when things go wrong. Integrated e-commerce apps connect the dots from order to delivery, allowing you to conduct a fluid transaction. E-commerce represents the future of shopping. Investing in an integrated e-commerce app allows you to keep pace with the new market.

 

Web Developers and Web Design

November 8, 2016
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Photo by Farzad Nazifi on Unsplash

When you think of your favorite web apps, you probably think of something with a bright, clean design. The images help you understand key features, and you always know what you’re doing. Whether the app works as a game, an ordering system, or even an appraisal tool, the design helps it serve you better. The best part is, the better the app works, the less you notice the design. When the design fails, however, it reflects badly on the company as a whole. It may even discourage you from buying services from that company again.

By using a software development service that also provides web design services, you can begin your project with proof of your developer’s aesthetic skill. This critical element to app design comes with several key benefits for your software and your business

Complimentary Features


First and foremost, you must consider how your web design compliments your software. Most websites use linked or incorporated web apps to create a seamless experience for users. If your app has an entirely different designer than your website, however, it’s nearly impossible to keep a perfectly uniform theme. Even if you use the same branded banners and logos, different developers, like different artists, create slightly different work. Customers expect a seamless transition between services. Most customers perceive websites and web apps as the same thing, so if there is a disconnect in the style between your website and various apps, it will confuse potential buyers.

Pairing development and design, helps the app itself, too. You want an app with a clean design as well as smooth function. By hiring custom software development services that also provide web design services, you choose the best of both worlds. Companies with web design services know how to unite excellent graphics and design with clever, useful app features. Since customers rely on an app’s layout and imagery to understand it, appearances matter even more than usual when developing new software. Great customer software development also offers web design services, because an unattractive app is like a decrepit storefront.

Fewer Glitches


Glitches and errors are inevitable, but advance planning limits their numbers. While browsing software and your customer’s computer upgrades are beyond your control, you can make sure the design of your website or app isn’t interfering with function. Even convoluted screensaver software will crash a computer if the programming proves incompatible. Imagine the frustration of your beautiful, expensive new design crashing the app your clients most often use to place orders.

Package Rates


While custom software development is an excellent investment, every business operates on a budget. You must save money where you can. Custom products usually cost more than pre-made services, but customers can expect better results. A tailored suit fits better than one off the rack. Just like the pieces of a suit, however, development and design services may cost less when bought together. Whether you avoid paying upfront consultation fees a second time, or the company offers a package rebate, buying more than one product from a single business almost always costs less than buying services from separate providers. Custom software development and web design services often go together, and you may be surprised how much you can save now and in the future by securing both services from a single developer.

Future Support


Future savings come from future tech support. While custom software may serve longer and better than software off the shelf, one of its greatest benefits comes from developer support. Some developers offer a period of free support. Once that time has expired, however, you still save. No one knows your software better than the people who developed it. Custom software developers can fix issues at greater speed with greater accuracy than generic support from a major provider thanks to that pre-existing knowledge.

Any program you link to custom software makes the developer’s job more difficult. Foreign code confuses the root of the problem, and there’s no guarantee your developer has worked with your web designer’s work before. Graphics and design often cause issues, and it’s possible for the developer’s fix to actually scramble part of your design. When you hire custom software development and web design services from the same provider, you ensure your chief problem-solvers don’t lose their advantage.

Pairing development and design, provides important benefits from the inception of your project onward. Choosing both software development and web design from the same provider not only saves you money, but creates a superior product. Customers move easily between informational web pages and web app content. The various functions and features of your web presence operate together with fewer glitches, and since your developer understands essentially everything about your app and website, every problem is easier to fix. Hiring web design services isn’t the same as hiring a company to design banners and posters for events. Web design plays an important part in an app’s function. For the best results, trust a developer with proven design experience to create your custom software.

Winning Customers with Custom Software

November 1, 2016
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Everyone struggles to win customers, and marketing campaigns become very expensive very quickly. You may think of custom software development as a back of house upgrade, but customers often discover your business through your web presence. This means your web or mobile apps will make that critical first impression. Simply making a pretty website leaves vast opportunities for marketing and sales untapped. By making the most of your custom software, you turn your app into a lure for customers. Make apps that can speak for you through user-friendly interfaces and options. Build safe websites and mention your custom security in ads and sales pitches. A well designed app can make the sale for you, from beginning to end. First, however, you must understand what your customers are looking for.

User-Friendly Apps


The best part of custom software development is design. Work with the developers from the beginning to achieve your goals, and you’ll be amazed what you can achieve. Although it’s important to consider what you want your software to do, it’s just as important to consider what you don’t want your software to do. Think of every user interface that has ever given you a headache, or every system that just can’t seem to get along with your operating system.

You don’t want your digital storefront, your web and mobile apps, to fall prey to these same flaws. Tricky or confusing software deters buyers and creates additional work. Think of your customers when you design your apps. What do customers like about your store or previous website? What complaints do customers share? Use this feedback as a roadmap to the ultimate user-friendly app.

All apps interact with the user, but the best engage users. A fun app draws more return customers than a boring one. Utilizing graphics, previews, and other features compatible with both traditional and touch screen interfaces adds an element of muscle memory to the impression your app leaves in the customer’s mind.

Selling Safety


Online security is a bigger issue than ever. When major browser and search engines like Google announce plans to remove unsecured websites from their results, customers take notice. To win customers, you must not only run secure apps, but also let customers know about your security through marketing. Custom software development provides the best, most secure software on the market. Not only is it tailored to suit your needs, but its unique design deters hackers and limits your vulnerability to attack. Since hackers use and share the same tricks and backdoors over and over again, they are less likely to attack unique software without familiar entry points. Even custom versions of existing software offer superior protection to off the shelf software, since developers use the latest, most secure additions with security updates and improvements.

Using Sales in Software


You already teach your employees how to sell product. They suggest additional purchases, compare benefits of different products when customers cannot decide, push credit and layaway options, and generally do their best to provide information and close the sale. Software isn’t as intuitive as a human yet, but it’s come a long way from the days of static text and pixilated images.

Today, custom software development offers web and mobile apps that can do much of your work for you, including a great deal of your sales. Using discrete suggestions and presenting a range of logical options helps connect customers to the right products. Your web and mobile apps should serve as an active guide for customers rather than a passive catalogue of your inventory. While you can provide chat options for customers who would like help or suggestions, by and large, your shoppers will go through your app alone. Think of your app as both a destination and an employee. It fills both these roles for potential customers.

Once upon a time, websites served as digital billboards. They had more information, but they served the same purpose. Customers needed to contact the seller, find a shop, or email an appointment request. Today, a huge number of transactions take place solely online. While it’s still important to provide information in case customers need to reach you, most prefer to do their own shopping. They interact with your app to make purchases, examine options, and even preview customizations. Your app must be user-friendly in order to make a sale, and it must use creative sales techniques to push additional merchandise. Customers care about ease and security. Use your custom software’s innate security as a sales point and allow the app to walk customers through a sale. Custom software wins customers, especially when it’s paired with careful marketing. There are always customers online, but they only want to shop with the best companies. Make sure your company represents itself well online. Remember, custom software development allows you to showcase the very best your business has to offer.

 

How Custom Software Makes Your Business Safer

October 25, 2016
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Photo by Olu Eletu on Unsplash

Custom software development is the best choice for efficiency, longevity, and support. Did you know it’s also the best choice for safety? In the age of the Internet, you may feel like nothing is ever truly secure. Hackers make a living stealing trade secrets and confidential data. Their threat is ever present. Maybe you’ve even been hacked or hindered by a computer virus in the past. Unfortunately, companies can’t just lock their doors and use every computer individually. At the very least, you need links to printers, scanners, and other office machinery. Modern businesses also rely on email, websites, and video calls. A business simply can’t function without opening itself to attack.

The security of Custom Software

Choosing custom software development, however, gives you superior protection. Custom software makes hackers’ lives much more difficult by depriving them of easy loopholes and backdoors developed in regular software. The risk of buying regular software “off the shelf” is that many of these systems need improvement. Hackers have already found old software’s loopholes. You will spend hours updating that software after you install it, because there are bound to be endless updates that have come out since it was first published. Regular software companies are playing a constant game of catch-up with hackers. Many of these updates involve security. On the other hand, custom software gives you the latest security measures and updates. Rather than leaving your software vulnerable with outdated security measures and recognized loopholes, choose brand new software. New custom software comes with the latest security protocols. Developers also recognize weaknesses in the program hackers or viruses have exploited in the past and seal them off. Custom software in general follows this rule, so just imagine the compounded benefits of custom security software.

Defending Online


There’s been a lot in the news lately about internet security. Several major search engines and browsers recently announced new policies to help make the world a little safer. Eventually, unsecured websites will disappear from search engines and popular browsers. While your company’s systems should only appear on the deep web, beyond the reach of traditional browsers, it’s still important to remember that these websites can provide opportunities for hackers. Web security is a separate matter, but if your employees use your hidden websites while at work for things like security checks, logins, and benefits pages, you are at risk. Using the right security software to protect your employees and hardware from online threats, blocks a critical entry point for hackers, spyware, and other online dangers.

Defending Individual Systems


The more programs and functions your custom software commands, the better your protection will be. When hackers plan an attack, they often access a single computer or system. They use this device as a stepping stone to reach the next system. This continues until the hackers find a computer with the information they’re looking for. Hackers turn your systems against you, using things like your own Wi-Fi and printer connections to gradually hack your entire network. In order to infect the first computer, however, hackers must be able to penetrate the system. By closing off all systems through custom software security measures, you make it extremely difficult to begin the hacking process. This level of protection is easiest to achieve through systems integration via custom software. If you have other, more vulnerable programs running on the same system as your custom software, you make it easier for hackers to sneak into your most secured software.

Defending Against Hacks


Custom software is more difficult to hack. While essentially all the points in this article support this statement, it’s worth noting the obvious. Since custom software is designed specifically for a custom software development client, then the software is unique. Hackers often use the same tricks to enter similar systems running the same software. If your software is different from everyone else’s, then you are immune to a significant portion of the hacker’s skill set. Since hackers rely on accumulated knowledge of systems’ weaknesses and loopholes, your system essentially forces hackers to start from scratch. Additionally, since your system is unique, they will be working blind, without guides or suggestions from their connections.

Custom software development sets you ahead of potential threats from the start. By maintaining a working relationship with your developer, you can continue to stay ahead of potential threats and system weaknesses. Custom software doesn’t just keep your business moving, it keeps your business safe. Since safety is a major concern of many customers, you can even use your business’s custom software as a selling point. It makes your business truly unique, presenting original challenges for hackers and safeguarding your system. Whether you’ve experienced the threat of an active hack, or you’re trying to keep ahead of potential threats, custom software development is the safest option for you and your business.

 

Five Steps to Recover from a Business Software Disaster

October 18, 2016
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Photo by Courtney Recker on Unsplash

We hope you find this list before disaster strikes and you have the chance to integrate it into your business’ recovery plan. However, if the worst has already happened, it’s not too late to regain control of the situation. We’ve listed five key steps to help you recover from a business software disaster, and you can find information about further help at the end of this article.

Determine What Your Business Needs First


These steps may not be in order, but this point should always come first. Your needs and priorities are unique to your business, and you need a plan of action to help you prioritize. You may need to temporarily redirect business, use third party resources, or alert your clients about time sensitive materials or services the disaster has delayed. This may take precedence over recovery until the end of the business day, or you may assign a separate team to handle operations until your main system is back online. Temporary solutions may be the best for the moment, or you may need your full system online before you can handle any business whatsoever.

If you have the opportunity to make an IT recovery plan in advance, take the opportunity. Computers manage communications, production, shipping, customer service, billing, and essentially every other business function. Without these tools, it’s difficult or impossible for any part of your business to operate. By planning ahead, you can complete this first step in advance and have the services you will need armed and ready in case of a disaster. This allows you to get your business up and running again faster and reduces the chance of making poor decisions in the heat of the moment.

Check Your Backup or Recovery Service


This step helps you identify the scale of a business disaster. While an interruption in daily functions is still a problem, it’s nothing like losing data. Take this opportunity to determine if you’ve lost any information, whether you can recover that information, and whether any of your business’ data has been compromised.

Again, it’s best to plan in advance. While most businesses use some form of backup service, whether it be cloud storage or a third party server, few have actual recovery services. Planning ahead allows you to choose the best option for your company without the pressure of an immediate disaster. This also allows you to cement your disaster recovery plan in advance with a team of professionals.

Determine Damage to Hardware


Even though this list is dedicated to software, your hardware may still play a role in a software disaster. It’s also possible when the system went down you initially misdiagnosed, or simply assumed, that your software was at fault. Check servers, individual desktops, networks, wireless devices, etc. You may discover the disaster is limited to a particular department with outdated terminals, or you may find something has gone wrong with a specific floor’s wireless network. When your system is down, you are blind, so you must slow down and carefully examine every link in the chain to determine where the chain snapped.

Examine Software


Once you’ve determined the fault isn’t in your hardware, it’s time to examine your software. You may find incompatible programs, outdated software, or bugs that need fixing. Your IT staff may need help, which is why it’s important to set up a working relationship with an IT recovery service in advance. If you’ve ever worked with a custom software development company, check to see if they offer recovery services before taking your business elsewhere. Not only will your custom software development company have the best working knowledge of your system, but they may have seen similar problems in the past. They are your best bet for speedy IT recovery.

Check or Restore Connectivity


During your IT crisis, you may have lost or intentionally severed your internet connection. When you are ready to bring your systems back online, check to make sure your connection hardware is undamaged. While the root of an IT disaster may lie somewhere else, it’s easy for low lying cables and other hardware to become damaged, especially when severe weather is involved.

Connectivity issues account for a host of IT disasters on their own. During storm season, it’s especially important to keep a backup plan on standby in case of power outages or connectivity failures. If your primary link to the internet goes out, do you have an alternative on hand? Do you have backup generators to keep your system running?

You can’t predict a software disaster, but you can prepare for it. Your software is part of a complex computer system, and you must check every component before you can be sure you’ve resolved the problem. By planning what to do in advance, you can prevent a disaster from spiraling out of control.

Four Benefits of Updating Financial Software

October 11, 2016
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An update is usually exciting. It’s a clear sign that you’re moving forward and progressing into the future. Updating financial software, however, can be much more stressful than other updates, and it’s little wonder. After all, your financial software handles your money. Any error or loss during transition is especially costly. The benefits far outweigh the any worries, however, and custom software development services offer more than you may expect. Custom software development services can develop exactly what you need, leave doors open for future updates, and even move you a step ahead of the competition. Your financial software is crucial to the success of your business, so it’s important to hire the best. The list below presents just a few of the many benefits you derive from updating your financial software.

Revenue


As your income shifts and you begin to accept new sources of revenue through alternate payment methods, you need financial software that can keep up. Credit cards have recently adopted chip technology. Credit cards themselves are still a fairly new technology, and they only became widely accepted within the past two or three decades. Many shoppers now buy products online, using not only adapted credit card technology, but also new payment methods like PayPal. Old financial software needs regular updates in order to stay current. Eventually, however, all those patches and little fixes can turn what was once a straight-forward system in a Frankenstein-like monstrosity your employees will come to dread.

All that patching and tweaking can also make it difficult to access simple reports. How easy is it to access daily revenue reports, real time numbers, and performance comparisons? The more difficult simple tasks become, the less productive your employees will be. Even the most experienced employee will have to waste time jumping through hoops once your financial software outlives its usefulness. Eventually, you will lose money from not only updates, but also from lost hours of labor.

Improved Access


A new system isn’t just easier for your financial and bookkeeping teams. It’s also easier for you. Does your current software use Cloud technology? Can you access your financial system on the go? Can you collaborate with employees in different cities while looking at the same numbers and charts? Since today’s business world requires work beyond the traditional office space, it’s imperative that your financial software supports multiple users accessing the system from different geographic locations.

This also saves labor, of course, which saves money. Improved access leads to greater employee productivity. It’s also easier to spot inaccuracies when multiple users can access the same information at the same time. It’s important to see what’s happening with your money in real time.

Automated Processes


Computers are meant to ease labor and speed work. Some outdated financial systems are little more than a spreadsheet tacked to a contacts list, and that’s a true waste of potential. With the right features, your financial software can actually replace some part time positions, saving money and working faster than a human could. At the very least, advanced financial software frees human employees to perform more advanced work. Rather than assigning employees to writing up lengthy reports, you can order your software to create periodical reports that employees can then examine and prepare for presentation. It’s better to have employees hunting through the numbers for subtle patterns of loss and gain, looking for opportunities to grow, than to bind them to mundane tasks.

System Integration


Updating your financial software can help prepare your business for system integration. Of all internal investments available for today’s businesses, system integration is by far the most rewarding and long lasting. Software products are moving as a general trend towards integrated systems, and eventually isolated systems will be so outdated, no updates will be available for them. System integration has particular benefits for financial software. Rather than relying on a series of emails and phone calls to relay vital information between departments, or depending on daily reports, every department can have access to real time numbers. Your financial team can see exactly what’s happening at the point of sale, and outside departments, such as marketing, bookkeeping, etc., can see what’s happening in finances. Integrating your systems makes every system more accurate.

The benefits are obvious, and many create opportunities for further development and improvements. Updating helps you save money, generate more revenue, and operate more efficiently. It’s important for your financial software to keep up with the latest payment methods and revenue streams. Patching an old system will only prolong the inevitable, and you will continue pouring in funds that would be better invested in a less demanding system. Custom software development services can give you exactly what you need, and the finished product will not hemorrhage labor and funds the way your old system would.

 

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