How To Survive A Digital Earthquake

July 30th, 2013 in Development business digital it services technology

Alan is currently on holiday in New Zealand, and we were imagining him having a simply wonderful time: all that beautiful scenery, the relaxed pace of life, the myriad benefits of the south-west Pacific. In fact, however, he’s been in fear of his life.

Perhaps we over-exaggerate. Imagine our concern, though, when we receive an update from the boss letting us know that he’d just come through an earthquake measuring six on the Richter scale! Whilst enjoying a meal with a friend in a nice restaurant, the ground beneath Alan’s feet began to move. He wound up taking cover, along with the rest of his fellow diners, under his table.

Both Alan and his pal are absolutely fine, thank goodness, but a level-six earthquake is no fun to sit through. It got us thinking, though, about two things: number one, how rapidly disruptive some events can be, and number two, New Zealand itself. (We’ll be honest, we’ve been thinking about the latter a lot, anyway. For instance, why won’t Alan take us all with him on holiday? We just can’t understand it.)

We work in a sector which is undergoing constant change – and not infrequent revolution. A single new innovation can have a huge impact in a world which is so febrile and fast-developing. The job of a team such as ours, of course, is to keep on top of all the latest developments in order to give our clients the edge.

Not that we’ve been wistfully reading the New Zealand newspapers, but we noticed that the impact of fast-changing technology on businesses is as hot a topic there as it is here:

Sixty-four per cent of CEO respondents to the Mood of the Boardroom survey say they are grappling with such changes.

And 97 per cent say they are making greater use of technology to drive productivity increases.

“Cloud computing and Software as a Service combined with better broadband will revolutionise IT services and lift productivity for New Zealand companies,” says a tech sector boss.

Mainfreight’s Don Braid says “the emergence of online trading has meant a change in the way we view this in the supply chain and the way we view who the customer is.”

Whether you’re building a website or conducting a marketing campaign, storing data or sharing portfolios, the latest developments in digital technology have the opportunity to give you a real advantage in your sales. The launch of a new social media platform, or – New Zealand again – the rise of the “24/7 anywhere anytime” data network will have impacts on your business.

Technology-scanning – and having access to the knowledge and expertise necessary to responding to the developments you find – can therefore provide real power to your commercial elbow. Without the help of experts, you might find yourself hiding underneath a metaphorical table; but by talking to people like us, you can turn the impact of disruptive change into a big positive for you, your products, and your business.

How Project Managment Is Like Pizzas

July 5th, 2013 in Bespoke, Development, Web management project Web

It’s easy to get so lost in everything you have got to do, that you wind up doing hardly any of it. Of course, as a business you find ways to manage your work stream – and our bucketful of happy customers goes some way to showing that we’ve made it into something of an art form. But there’s always room to improve.

Pizza App

In fact, so busy have we been in ensuring our customers get what they want, when they want it, that we’ve never quite got around to something we’ve always thought might help them even more. This is a common problem for web designers – when, whilst designing your client’s websites to be the very best they can be, do you get time to enhance your own web platforms? Finally, we’ve found time – and we’re pretty excited about it.

We’ve always wanted our very own web-based project schedule system, a web application with the power to make our project management even more efficient. It’s been designed to offer an easy way to manage projects, schedule tasks to team members, and generate precise dates – even times – when clients can expect to have specific tasks completed.

This precision is helpful to clients, of course – they can plan their marketing and other activities on the basis of very clear timelines – but also to us – because we can clearly plan work streams in such a way that we can move onto to the next project seamlessly and even more quickly than before.

Our clients will receive a Dominoes-style pizza dashboard: at every stage, this system will tell you that your ‘pizza’ is ordered, that it’s being prepared, that it’s in the oven, being quality checked or being delivered. Of course, this equates to the various stages of web design: in development, being built, being tested, awaiting final approval and, ultimately, visible to the world.

This visualisation of the project management really helps everyone understand where they are, where they’re going … and how long they can expect it to take. In today’s business environment, that sort of specificity is invaluable.

So we’re far from busy doing nothing – and we feel like we’ve got more time than ever before to devote to each project, properly and in its place! Everyone’s a winner.

Fancy a slice of pizza?