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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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Photo by Tetsuya Tomomatsu on Unsplash

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.

If You Haven’t Considered Custom Software Development, You Might Be Leaving Money on the Table

June 7, 2016
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Hiring developers to create custom software for your business is a huge decision. How do you know whether your business will benefit from custom software development over off the shelf software?

If you have never thought of custom software development as something that would benefit your business, it’s time to start. Many businesses and companies are finding that hiring developers to create customized software helps their company in myriad ways.

Not only do you get software that runs exactly the way you want or need it to, but you don’t have to rely on the developers of off the shelf software for maintenance or updates. Each step of the way, you are involved in the process, ensuring that the finished product is perfectly tailored to your business’s needs.

By far the biggest reason to invest in custom software development is that it saves – and makes – money in the long run. How is this possible? Keep reading to find out more about how custom software development can help your business grow and earn more.

It’s just for you

As the name suggests, custom software is just for you. Whether you need new software to streamline current business practices or want to implement something entirely new, custom software can do it. You aren’t constricted by the limitations of off the shelf software, which needs to work for a wide variety of businesses and individuals. Instead, your custom software can do whatever you need it to do, without waiting for updates or pricey add-ons.

How does this save you money? For larger or growing businesses, licensing off the shelf software can be horrifically expensive. Then you have to pay for it again when the license expires. With custom software, developers will work with you so you aren’t paying for more than you need.

Productivity increases

If you already have software for your business, there’s a pretty high chance that buying a new off the shelf software either won’t be compatible with it or will require a large learning curve to fully master it.

Custom software can be developed to integrate perfectly with your existing software, meaning that there are fewer error messages, less lost work, and higher employee productivity. This saves time, and in turn, saves money.

It’s safer

With off the shelf software, you run the risk of hackers discovering all the weak spots. They are easily exploited and make your business vulnerable to technological attacks. With custom software, your business is protected. Hackers have no idea what your software is like because they can’t easily access it.

If you’ve ever had difficulties with your business’s security being compromised, you know that it results in loss of business and man hours and a lot of money wasted in upgrading software systems. An initial investment in custom software development eliminates this possibility, meaning your business is safe and your money stays in your pocket.

Aids growth

Custom software development can help your business grow in more ways than one. For one, it can streamline processes that are already implemented in your business. This increases efficiency and makes it so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.

When you invest in custom software development, your employees will be able to do their jobs faster and more efficiently. In this way, your business goals become more easily reachable. Your company will be able to grow faster and perform better. You can take on more clients or customers because your custom software can handle the influx quite easily.

It’s easy to see how custom software development can not only save your business time and money, but also help you grow and make more. Making the decision that custom software development is best for your business is admittedly a big one. However, with its ease of use, tailored fit and ability to streamline your business’s practices, it’s something to consider.

If you are curious about how custom software development can benefit your business in particular, contact Ayoka Systems and let them walk you through the process. You’ll see just how custom software can help your business grow, save money, and be protected. With their experience and expertise, they can work with you to design and build the perfect software for your business. After all, it’s your software. It’s perfectly tailored to your needs, and your feedback is the most important part of the design process.

Unlike working with off the shelf software, with Ayoka Systems, you’re guaranteed custom software development that is finished on time, is completely supported and will work perfectly for whatever you need. The peace of mind that goes along with that guarantee is invaluable for your business.