Good, well designed software can bring about many benefits to a business. Perhaps the greatest benefit is one of efficiency, by automating repetitive tasks, reducing duplication of effort and improving accessibility to data and systems. It's often the little tasks employees and users perform that cumulatively can become expensive to a business. By leveraging our bespoke software to perform these tasks you can reduce, error and cost significantly.

How Efficient Will Our Software Make Your Business?

Here are a few ways software provides value:

Acceleration

A good example of acceleration would be the result of improving a business process through the application of a well-designed piece of bespoke software. Take a business selling cars for example, each time the business wants to sell a car they need to do the following:

  • 1 - Take pictures of the vehicle.
  • 2 - Email the pictures to the office.
  • 3 - Resize and crop the pictures.
  • 4 - Add pictures to the website advert.
  • 5 - Upload the advert to other car selling platforms.

If the business were to introduce a bespoke mobile app that captured the pictures and processed the rest of the steps then the entire operation would be accelerated. The new process and steps would be as follows:

  • 1 - Take pictures of the vehicle through the new mobile app.

All the other steps would be taken care of by the app invisibly to the user so they can move onto the next car. So a process that once took 2 hrs now takes 10 minutes, quantified into time and money and then extrapolated over the total cars sold leads to the total benefit.

Automation

This is a direct enabler of acceleration but also has other added benefits such as the reduction of human error. An example of automation through bespoke software would be a business that manages the sales process through one application (System A) and manually processes payment and invoices through another (System B). There is nothing wrong with this approach and it is fairly common but we can illustrate how automation can bring about efficiencies to the process and business.

Take for example the following process:

  • 1 - The sales team complete a sale in (System A).
  • 2 - The accounts team receive an email with the order from (System A).
  • 3 - An invoice is raised & emailed to the customer from (System B)
  • 4 - The status of the job is manually updated in (System A)
  • 5 - Once payment is received (System A) & (System B) are manually.

If the business were to introduce a bespoke change to their software so that invoices were automatically created in (System B), emailed and the status updated in System A then each time a new order were added most of the steps will be removed, thus:

  • 1 - The sales team complete a sale in (System A).
  • 2 - Once payment is received both systems are automatically updated.

All the other steps would be taken care of by the bespoke software changes invisibly adding the invoice and updating the statuses in both systems. So, a process that once took 10 minutes doesn't take anytime at all, quantified into time and money and then extrapolated over the total number of orders created leads to the total benefit. If hundreds of orders are raised in a day then this is a significant saving.

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