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How Hiring Local Software Developers Results in Better Products

August 23, 2016
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Custom software development is one of the most significant investments a business can make. In a highly competitive market, defined by multi-platform interaction and online conveniences, it’s essential to reach employees through their computers and phones. High demands for user friendly design makes finding the right custom software development services more difficult than ever. Even if you narrow your search to your business’s country of origin, there are still many development companies that may warrant your attention. How can someone focused on business results determine which developer will produce the best quality work?

Once you’ve cleared the competition’s smoke screen, it’s easy to see the advantages of hiring software development services locally. Not only can you work directly with their developers, they are also much easier to hold accountable for their work, and they might just pay you back in ways you never expected. All of these factors combine to make superior software products.

What is Local?

For some, local means a place within an hour of driving distance, as close as the farmers who bring their produce to local farmers’ markets. Others consider a county, state, or general region as local. Businesses may prefer to work with others in the New England area, for instance, and while this area includes several states, it may be suitably local to those businesses. Some would consider using American software developers from any part of the country as hiring locally. The closer a software development service is to you geographically, however, the more benefits you receive.

Keep your definition in mind when or if you consider using your choice to invest in local business as a sales point. Just as businesses have different definitions of local, consumers will have equally varied expectations.

Target Markets

Local companies are your neighbors, your teammates in business, and sometimes your competition. Local software developers have the same neighbors. They know how to win customers in the area, because they’ve watched local businesses rise and face challenges in person. Although nearly any developer in any part of the world could work on a serviceable application, local developers know the right questions to ask based on touring your operations, and that’s half the battle. A good development company can present your business’s roots in the local community and make introductions. Local developers are instinctively more likely to avoid topics and themes linked to regionally taboo subjects.

Many of these details would never strike a business owner until the damage is done. Imagine a Cincinnati business selling sports equipment. Their non-local developer does enough research to know that it’s football season, and the business owner likes the idea of a seasonal sports theme for a new app. When the new app launches, it hosts a theme reminiscent of Cleveland’s football team, the team that happens to be Cincinnati’s greatest rival. Even if this does not drive away local sports enthusiasts, it will not inspire the same excitement the business owner wanted. No matter how thoroughly you detail your plans, there will be things you are bound to forget. Since local developers have similar experiences and knowledge of the community, they act as a cultural proofreader, and a proofread product is always a better product.

Accountability

It’s always comforting to know that your developer is governed by the same laws and codes as your business. Having these rules in common goes a long way to ensure the quality of your developer’s product. Just as you must hold your business to certain standards to meet these local requirements, so must your software developer. This prevents potential snags in production and decreases the amount of information you must hand-feed your developer. It’s an effortless quality control measure.

There is also an extra incentive for developers to provide superior products for local businesses. They want you to be successful because your success is theirs. Although any successful contract is an opportunity to network and advertise, local work has the potential to yield more results. Not only is their work more likely to attract local talent for their staff, but getting a foothold in the local market is an excellent way to boost profits. Testimonials from other businesses or individuals a business owner personally knows will have far more weight than an impersonal report from a company on the other side of an ocean.

Mutual benefit is a powerful motivator, and business owners have a lot to gain by working with local developers. Local developers enjoy a series of advantages over the competition, and these advantages lead to better products. Since local developers know your audience, they tailor effective software that meets your needs. They can also better represent your business. Since local developers have as much to gain by working with local businesses as you do, they have an extra incentive to create excellent products. These will in turn earn your positive reviews, which will attract more local business for the developer. One benefit leads to another, ultimately leading to an excellent product.

 

How Custom Made Web Applications Can Grow Your Business

August 2, 2016
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The Internet is everywhere, and everything’s on the Internet. At least, this is what consumers believe. Without an online presence, your business misses a significant portion of your target market and loses sales. Even if you have a limited Internet presence, such as a static website, you are not engaging with consumers in the way they have come to expect. That alone is reason to consider custom software development. (more…)

Four Ways Mobile Software can Help Grow Your Enterprise Business

July 26, 2016
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Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

Mobile phones today accomplish more than just calls and texts. They have grown into hand-held computers with full internet access and an incredible range of customized software. Thanks to mobile applications, businesses of all sizes can unlock the true potential of their smart phones.

By employing custom software development services to create original, branded apps, businesses can not only keep pace with developing trends, but also improve customer loyalty and increase repeat business. Many apps already on the market can help enterprise businesses streamline their productivity and sharpen their competitive edge behind the scenes.

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How Custom Software Offers Better Reporting

July 12, 2016
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Photo by William Iven on Unsplash

 

You ran out of product once again because of your flawed reporting system. You let out a heavy sigh as you have to now pick up the phone and tell the client what happened. You aren’t surprised when the client gives you a tight deadline and hints that they no longer want to work with you. You just lost your biggest client all because of your reporting system.

When it comes to using reports to manage your business, you need an internal business application that is on point, fast, and reliable. If your software isn’t up to the challenge, then it is time to move on. Luckily, custom software can help solve the issue before it becomes a bigger nuisance than it already is. Custom software can once again save you time, money, and give you that competitive edge in your industry. Here’s how.

 

Product Monitoring

 

Keeping an eye on product can get overwhelming. If a report is inaccurate, it can throw a whole wrench into your business system. Orders get delayed, clients get angry, and your business suffers. Create a reporting system that simplifies keeping track of inventory. Custom software can allow for real-time reporting so you will always be on top of supply and demand. Never fall behind again because of your reporting system.

 

Cognizant of Time

 

Proper management of your time plays a large role when growing your business. A custom made reporting system is a great way to help keep your timeline in check. Detailed reporting and analysis on critical data will maintain better operations and free you up so you can focus on more important tasks. Using the correct business application to capture data will save you time better spent in other aspects of the company.  

 

Competitive Edge

 

Want to be the best of the best in your industry? Then you’ll need great reports to help you get there. Custom software will give you a better insight on where to make improvements in your company.

Say you want to see how your latest campaign is doing. With custom software, you can tailor your reporting system to run a report specifically for that data. Now you can take that report and compare it against the market. Custom built reporting systems make it easier to see how you can make the campaign even stronger.  

 

Options

 

Off the shelf software is built for your industry, but not exactly for your company’s specific needs. When you build your own software, especially here in the USA, you’ll get to pick and choose what you want to include and exclude in your reporting system. Creating filters to show the dimension and metrics you care about will again save you time, money, and help your business to succeed.

 

Employee Improvement

 

Employees want to do their best and with custom software you’ll have the knowledge to help them to succeed. Perhaps you notice that a certain department seems to be having issues. With a custom built internal business application you can zero in on the issue. Now, you know what to look out for and employees do too.

 

Data Driven Businesses Do Better

 

A data-driven business is when every person within the organization uses data to make better business decisions. As your business grows, so does the complexity of monitoring all aspects of the company. Having an accurate and reliable reporting system is the only way to keep everyone on track working together to obtain the same goal. A custom made reporting system will allow each department to closely monitor their aspect of the business.

 

Budget

 

Now you may be asking yourself, “This all sounds great! But won’t it cost me a fortune to build an internal business application like this?”

Actually, custom software can save you from unnecessary spending. For example, take running a report to see how much product you currently have sitting in your warehouse.  Inaccurate or vague reports show that you are low on product. Based on the report you buy some more. Later, after the order goes through, you find out that you had enough. This little glitch from your report has now interfered with your budget.

The reporting that custom software provides will prevent scenarios like that from happening. That in itself is worth spending the money to build your software versus using an off the shelf product.

The programmers at Ayoka systems understands what a business needs to succeed here in the USA. When you chose to work with Ayoka, you will get a timely response and up to date software. Ayoka will create internal reporting applications that will indicate where you can make improvements to help grow your business. Contact Ayoka for more information on how building custom reporting tailored to your business will make you stand out in your industry.

Growing Pains? Why Your Company Should Consider Custom Software Development

July 5, 2016
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Growth doesn’t happen by chance. Growth happens because of competitive attitudes and a strong team working together. Companies turn to custom software development when they are seeking ways to grow in their industry.

How do you know if it’s the right time to make the move to custom software?

If you are experiencing growing pains in your company, then you can probably relate to the following points, and this might me a good sign that it’s time to invest in custom software development services.

Expanding services

Take time to reflect on the future of your company. Where do you see yourself in five years? What new products or services do you plan on adding to your company?

Using software that isn’t suited for your business slows you down. It’s time to use custom software that accommodates for the future of your business.

The way you conduct business changes as you grow. Obsolete, or poorly supported software can get in the way of you standing out in your industry. Don’t worry, custom software development from Ayoka can help. Ayoka can build software from scratch and take your company to the next level. Add properties to your new software and design it specifically for your company’s needs.

Monitor business internally

There is a lot going on internally when managing a growing business. If you are a family owned and operated business, your current software may or may not allow you to keep track of every aspect of your business. Perhaps you are managing your business in two different programs. Using more than one type of software can cause communication issues.

Don’t worry. There really is an app for that.

Custom software can build internal applications that monitor the ins and outs of your business. And a growing business means hiring more people to distribute the work evenly. Internal business applications make hiring additional staff a breeze. You can train new employees with minimal effort and bring them up to speed quickly.

Get rid of menial tasks

A growing company has no time to waste on software issues. Software that doesn’t suit you needs or causes you to do extra work is only hurting you.

For example, you are going to one of the biggest healthcare trade shows in the country. Your software is slow and isn’t helping you to get everything you need completed. Scrambling to finish on time, you miss out on presenting the new services and products your company is unveiling.

Frustrated yet?

Remove the menial tasks that take time away from the most important aspects of your company with custom software. Just think. If you had custom software that eliminated routine work for you, you wouldn’t have been in such a rush to prepare for the trade show.

Time

Your employees desire to prove themselves by working hard and being on time. But, if inefficient software is overwhelming them, they won’t be able to produce work as fast as you may like. The time you gain from custom software allows you to promote current employees and hire more people to take their place. You can expand operations and take on more clients without having to worry about missing deadlines.

When running a business, human error is bound to happen at some point. Something as small as a typo can cause a setback for your company. Avoid simple errors with custom software. With custom software development services you have the control. You can decide which tasks cause the most errors and then design the software to be more cognizant of those mistakes. No longer do you need to put production on hold and have everyone involved in fixing a software issue.

Custom software is an investment, not an expense

You may be hesitant to use custom software thinking that it is too expensive. When choosing to upgrade to custom software it’s important to consider the benefits of the outcome.  You could use off the shelf products that come with a 1-800 number on the back of the box. Or, you could work closely with someone here in the US who know’s a thing or two about what it is like to struggle with a company who is experiencing growing pains.

 

For example, the CEO of a small manufacturing company in the US will enjoy partnering up with a local custom software developer that will take the time to educate themselves about the manufacturing industry. By keeping things local, you can build a trusting relationship with individuals who care about your company. In the end, using something that is tailored to your growing company’s needs is worth investing in.

At Ayoka we are passionate about creating solutions to grow your business. Find out more about how Ayoka can help you succeed with software built to fit your company’s growing needs.

When Your Current Software Can’t Keep Up

June 28, 2016
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Oh no! Your software has crashed again, causing you to scramble to pick up the pieces. Your business is too important to deal with constant software problems.

But how do you resolve the issue?

You could upgrade to the next version of software you are using. You could also try resolving the issue over the phone with technical support that may or may not be here in the U.S. You could even try fixing it yourself.

The problem is, your software is slowing you down and none of these solutions seem to be resolving it. If you have ever experienced the following issues, then you may want to think about upgrading to custom software.

IT issues are eating up time
Feeling stuck in the mud because systems are down again? Or perhaps you keep missing deadlines because of your company’s current system. If you so, it sounds like it is time to consider a software overhaul.

Your current software is too slow on the administrative side of business. With custom software, you can create exactly what you need to speed things up in that area of the company. When you decide to use custom software, you will work directly with a software developer here in the U.S. Should a technical issue arise, the IT personnel are close by and will resolve the matter in little to no time.

IT issues are hurting your credibility
Being behind by a day or two because of IT issues can make or break your company’s credibility. Suppose your software is causing you to miss deadlines. Or maybe your software is providing work that doesn’t meet a client’s standards. You could lose their business as well as future business. Others may see you as careless or even as a risk to partner with.

In 2014 Apple was forced to pull the iOS 8 update. Phones were freezing up and users were having all sorts of problems. Something as simple as a glitch in Apple’s system embarrassed the company. Don’t let this happen to you and your company. Always be the best in your industry with software that suits you.

Misconfigurations are impacting performance
Using poorly supported software can affect an entire company.  If your administrative assistants aren’t able to submit an order for a product, it slows down your manufacturing team and could cause you to miss your next shipment.

Get the job done with software that mirrors your needs. Should an issue arise, you now have control of your own intellectual property. With custom software, you will experience fewer delays and remain productive.

Impacting revenue
Every minute lost to software issues is a loss of productivity, which results in a loss of revenue. It is estimated that 59% of Fortune 500 companies lose an average of 1.6 hours per week because of unplanned downtime. This results in millions of dollars of lost revenue.

There is a solution. A U.S. based software company understands what it is like to be a business owner here in the States. Having tailored instruments allows you to complete projects with little to no delay. Custom software development makes it so that you will never experience a high loss of revenue.

Software won’t support a growing company
A growing company means growing services or products. It is counterproductive to force a dated system to keep up with your business. When you find yourself struggling to grow your business, that is a clear sign you need to update your software.

You could just upgrade to the next version of software you are currently using. But the thing is, those upgrades won’t necessarily help grow your business. A fresh start with custom-tailored software gives you the opportunity to add something new, like mobile software. With custom software, you will be able to reach more people and grow your customer base.

So what next?

Start fresh
Custom software benefits several aspects of a successful business. Operations won’t come to a screeching halt because of IT issues. Working with a company based here in the U.S. will make resolving IT issues fast and efficient. Also, it is key to have software that will help grow your business.

Don’t waste valuable time dealing with dated software that is beginning to weigh on you. Rather, try starting fresh and choose to work closely with Ayoka System’s developers. Together you will create the perfect software to suit your company’s every need.

 

New manager, new software. How custom software development can help

June 21, 2016
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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

It may seem counterintuitive. Your business is doing great and then all of a sudden a new manager steps in. The new manager presents ideas that are innovative and exciting.

A new manager brings change, growth, and company-wide improvements. The software your company is using may not accommodate the direction a new manager wants to go in. Updating to custom software will make the transition smoother.

New beginnings, new opportunities

Does change scare you? Well, it shouldn’t!

Change presents new opportunities and helps businesses grow. New managers bring in new ideas in all areas of the company. Say you are a new manager in the manufacturing industry. Consider how changing to custom software can increase production.

Working with a company based in the US will steer your company in a new direction. Ayoka Systems works closely with you and gets to know your industry. An educated developer can create something new like internal reports or even a mobile app. The goal behind using custom software is to grow your business.

Here’s how:

Growth

A growing company is always learning something new. A new manager can take those learning experiences and turn them into ideas, services, or products. For example, a healthcare company may see recurring flaws in their billing system, and a new manager might propose new software to fix the flaws. Working with a software company here in the U.S. is a great choice – they already know a thing or two about the U.S. healthcare system and can make the changes right away.

Improvements

New managers are hired to help make improvements. Some improvements to a business can be obvious: overworked staff, production issues, constant software maintenance, etc.

When starting out, internal reports are a great way to help a new manager check up on things in order to make improvements. Having data and information can help identify where a company needs to improve. But standard software can only create reports in certain areas, some that you may not even care about. A good software developer can make real-time reports possible. Ayoka Systems can create custom software that keeps track of data and monitors production, as well. Both these changes will make real, impactful improvements possible.

Progress

A new manager promotes progress. He or she wants to help the company grow and expand operations. Having something like a custom-built clerical system for a manufacturing company will create progress on various levels. Custom software makes it possible to create more product and take on more clients.

Company values

A new manager looks at the company from a different perspective and can make improvements by re-evaluating the company’s goals. Custom software can help your new manager do this.

For example, a healthcare company may want to create better interactions with their patients. Yet, their current way of interacting seems to be pushing people away. Creating a custom mobile app can show patients how much you care about their health. A new idea like that can help keep patients at your hospital.

The snowball effect

If a repetitive issue in a company is making your staff feel like they are going in circles, then it is time to make a change. Feelings of frustration can snowball. If overworked staff begin to make small mistakes because of bad software, it can cause internal issues or the loss of clients.

A new manager sees it as his or her duty to determine the root of the mistakes, and fast. Custom software will help pinpoint the issue.

Strength

Ayoka Systems’s sales managers served in the Marines Corps, and they know what true teamwork is. Custom software made here in the U.S. helps you, the business owner.

Being the new manager of a company is a challenging position to find yourself in. But a strong software team can help you steer your company in a new, bold direction. The staff at Ayoka Systems is here to support you and give you the confidence you need. Overcoming this shift in your company will make you a strong leader.

When you create custom software, you have complete control. You tell us what you need to improve and grow your company, and the strong, capable staff at Ayoka Systems will make exactly what you need.

Contact Ayoka Systems to learn how we can help your business in more ways than one.

Ayoka Slowing the Tech Drain

March 1, 2006
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Software firm gives students a reason to stay in the States

CHERYL HALL – The Dallas Morning News

Want to get someone in academia all riled up? Bring up the hot topic of “flight capital.” That’s the growing phenomenon of foreign students coming to U.S. universities for advanced degrees only to return home for more rewarding careers than they can find here. Computer science and software engineering are particular vulnerable to the skilled talent exodus.

Cheaper costs in India, China and Russia have ignited software production there and siphoned jobs from American companies. [Ayoka LLC] believe[s] they’ve found a local answer to this global issue. To read more, Contact Us.

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