Creating the Future with Custom Software (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Julie Short

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. The first part of this article can now be viewed here.

It has often been said that in the world of business, the best way to predict the future is to simply create it. In other words, if you set a tone and generate a solid plan, you are much more likely to get the outcomes you’re looking for, or at the very least, not be surprised by changes that are building on the horizon.

We think this is a good philosophy and one that applies especially well to the world of custom software designed for businesses. That’s because our best clients look ahead and think about the kinds of situations they want to enjoy rather than simply reacting to what might be happening around them.

Wondering how this works in the real world, or how it could benefit your business? Let’s look at a handful of common uses for software development.

Make Your Business Expansion-Ready

Will your business be growing in the future? If so, why not put together the framework for a bigger company now? By developing software that allows you to manage things like scheduling, inventory, or customer contacts, you can prepare for a day when you have a larger team, multiple locations, and bigger revenue goals.

In the same way, smart business owners and executives can also use custom software to make their businesses more scalable on the other end of the spectrum. That is, they can maintain the same kinds of processes when things are booming and when they have the need to scale back. That’s a good way to control costs and ensure the business is always profitable.

Get Industry or Business-Specific Solutions

Often, we meet with business leaders who rely on generic software solutions – like CRM’s, accounting tools, and project management applications, for instance – simply because they don’t know they have other choices. However, your industry and business might not be like others, so why not use something that’s designed specifically for what you need?

In the past, we have developed software for financial companies with intensive record-keeping responsibilities, healthcare providers who have to meet HIPAA guidelines, and even manufacturers who need special inventory and supply chain controls. We were able to save them tons of time and money by designing exactly what they needed instead of forcing them to work with “off-the-shelf” products.

Fire Up Your Marketing

More and more, managing a smart marketing strategy means zeroing in on specific groups of buyers, controlling costs, and keeping close track of customer and prospect interactions. These are tasks that are best handled by custom software applications.

As we’ve already mentioned, software works best when it has been tailored to a specific company, situation, and use. That’s especially true with regards to marketing, where every contact, expense, and campaign need to be watched closely. That makes custom software the perfect solution.

The continuation of this article will be available on Thursday, October 25th.

WebRevelation has over a decade of experience with building custom software to help business excel. Contact WebRevelation today for a free quote. 

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Could Custom Manufacturing Software Development Make Your Business Run More Smoothly? (part 2 of 2)

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Julie Short

This is a continuation of last week's article, Could Custom Manufacturing Software Development Make Your Business Run More Smoothly?, which can be found here.

Below we highlight a few of the ways you can use the power of programming to give your bottom line a push in the right direction. 

Find Hidden Cost Savings

If there is one thing virtually every manufacturer on the planet has in common, it’s that they are all trying to identify and cut out unnecessary costs. Once the most obvious expenses have been eliminated, though, you need the kind of insights you can’t get from simply taking a walk across a factory floor.

This is another area, of course, where custom manufacturing software development comes into play. By giving you the ability to collect thousands of data points at once and analyze trends, inputs, and expenses, the right app can help you spot any sign of waste or inefficiency.

In the past, our clients have used specialized software to optimize employee schedules, save money on shipments, reduce fuel and energy costs, identify cost savings with raw materials, and even find better pricing margins when dealing with retailers. Are there parts of your manufacturing business that are costing you more money than they should?

Bring Customers, Suppliers, and Departments Together

No matter how much you automate your manufacturing business you’ll still have to stay in constant contact with employees, vendors, and even customers. With the right custom software solution, you can integrate numerous different apps and devices together into a seamless network that takes many of your most pressing headaches away.

Imagine being able to reach out to a company that provides key inputs and tracking of incoming shipments. Or, think about what it would be like to be able to communicate directly with a driver or warehouse manager. Imagine being able to send a signal down to the factory floor at a moment's notice, or to reach out to an employee to let them know about an impending schedule shift. Now imagine being able to do all of these things from one single platform and interface.

Communications tools are everywhere, but manufacturers need solutions that work inside the framework of proprietary applications. With custom software you can watch inventory, finances, and a lot more, all while having the option of managing communications from one hub.

Go Mobile 

It’s easy to forget that communication is a two-way street. Just as you need to be able to reach everyone involved in your supply chain, it’s just as crucial that certain people – like supervisors, sales reps, and wholesalers – have the ability to stay in touch with you, as well.

By developing custom apps that tie into mobile devices and workstations, you can make it more convenient for others to keep you in the loop. That can translate directly into more sales, fewer returns, and better service. It also helps you to develop and maintain strong relationships with the people you depend on.

Manufacturers can use mobile apps for inventory, reporting, CRM's and marketing, or even pricing and presentations. Doesn’t it make sense to give your employees, vendors, and customers the tools and data they need to work with you right at their fingertips?

Want to Learn More About Custom Manufacturing Software?

At WebRevelation, we combine decades of programming experience and business know-how to help our clients achieve the extraordinary. If your manufacturing business could be using technology to get ahead, rather than just keeping up, you should schedule a free consultation with our team today.

Why not reach out so we can show you how custom software development can make an immediate and measurable difference in your manufacturing business? It only takes a moment to contact us, and it could turn out to be the best decision you ever make for your company.

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Could Custom Manufacturing Software Development Make Your Business Run More Smoothly? (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on October 4, 2018 by Julie Short

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. The second part of this article can now be viewed here.

Running a successful manufacturing business isn’t just about having the right products or a steady supply chain, it’s also about ensuring you are as lean, mean, and efficient as you possibly can be. In a world where automation, instant price adjustments, and overseas competition are all factors to consider, no manufacturer can afford to have waste in their budget or production strategy.

As good as you and your team might be at sniffing out extra dollars and hours, though, you can’t spot every problem area on your own. And, you certainly can’t pour through endless reams of data in real time without help. That’s where custom manufacturing software comes into play.

Across the country, and the world, manufacturers are turning to custom design firms like ours for solutions that can help them organize data and get an edge on the competition. Today, we want to highlight just a few of the ways you can use the power of programming to give your bottom line a push in the right direction. 

Monitor Your Machines

Does your production line depend on the use of complex machinery? If so, you should have custom maps and software that monitor things like heat, wear, and maintenance. Additionally, you might want to analyze environmental factors such as humidity or electrical output.

Having these kinds of computerized solutions in place can speed up production. Perhaps more importantly, they can help you identify any pressing issues that might lead to bigger problems (like breakdowns or broken parts). You can use automated systems to monitor every aspect of your machinery while getting more precise readings than you would from a human operator.

Given the high costs associated with a halt in production – not to mention the large expenses that come with replacing manufacturing machinery or opting for emergency repairs – using special software tools to keep an eye on your most valuable physical assets could be considered common sense.

Get Insights with Smart Data

Manufacturers rely on all kinds of data to keep their businesses running. In addition to available inventory and supply inputs, you probably track things like currency exchange rates, delivery times, fuel prices, employee schedules, machine maintenance costs, and so much more.

The problem with all of this data is that it comes to you continuously, and often in formats that are difficult to digest and interpret. With the right custom software package in place, however, you can automate data collection and reporting so you always know what’s happening in real-time. You can also eliminate the kinds of inaccuracies that are bound to pop up when you have employees entering data manually into spreadsheets and databases.

Read more in next week's continuation of this custom manufacturing software development article.

Are you looking for someone to help take your manufacturing business to the next level? You've come to the right place! WebRevelation is happy to discuss your needs with you. Contact us today!

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Could Custom Software Development Lead the Way to Improved Mental Health Care?

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Julie Short

Mental health is a hot topic in our society. While once considered a taboo subject, physicians, lawmakers, and even journalists are all stressing the fact that cognitive and emotional health are just as important as physical well-being.

As awareness around the various aspects of mental health has improved, so too have the capabilities of software developers serving hospitals and care facilities. Companies like ours are coming up with tailored applications that can help our clients provide a higher standard of care, streamline tasks like billing and scheduling, and even monitor patient beds, pharmaceutical inventory levels, and so much more.

More and more administrators are looking for custom software development that can help them work and compete in this growing field. Today, we want to point out some of the ways you can use software programming to improve your mental health care practice.

Identifying Mental Health Needs

Nearly any form of mental illness is easier to treat if it is diagnosed in the early stages. Unfortunately, most patients don’t seek help until their symptoms become severe enough to affect their lives in important ways. Additionally, primary care providers might not always connect physical symptoms to mental illness or may fail to report them consistently from one visit to the next. Each of these makes it less likely that a person suffering from a psychological disorder will get the care and assistance they need.

With the appropriate software solutions in place, however, physicians can use keywords, symptom searches, and notes from nurses, physician's assistants, and even primary care doctors to better assess the likelihood of mental illness. That means increased chances to catch problems before they've progressed to the point where they could be more difficult to treat. In that way, custom programming can lead to better outcomes for patients and mental health care providers alike.

Providing a Higher Standard of Care

Even when mental illnesses are properly detected and diagnosed, problems of data collection and aggregation may contribute to lapses and mistakes. For example, two physicians might observe similar symptoms and complaints, but if their reports are worded differently, there is a chance the correlation could be missed. Additionally, it can be difficult for those who suffer from mental disorders to properly self-report what they are feeling, or to ignore thoughts or symptoms that don’t seem to be connected to their mental illness.

By giving mental health care providers more in-depth tools and smarter record-keeping solutions, these kinds of errors and oversights can be made far less common. Additionally, they can take away the challenges that might exist when staff exhibit a bias against certain individuals and illnesses, or have trouble communicating with a patient who may speak a foreign language.

Maintaining a high and consistent level of care is always a priority in the world of mental health, and that mission is immeasurably simpler when you and your team have the right diagnostic and reporting tools to work with.

Reducing Delays in Treatment

Speed and efficiency are important aspects of caring for the mentally ill, particularly when an individual may be experiencing extreme stress, delusions, or even suicidal ideations. In those instances, having access to rapid answers for testing, reporting and diagnosis can literally save lives.

Custom apps can help mental health providers meet all of these challenges. With the right software qualified professionals can expedite evaluations so challenges can be assessed quickly. They can also use integrated tools to record observations or look into a patient’s medical history without delay. And of course, better data collection can make it easier to focus on a treatment plan that mitigates symptoms and reduces the danger to a patient, the staff members caring for them, and others in or around the facility.

Following the Latest Mental Health Care Standards

The science of medicine is constantly moving forward, particularly when it comes to the evolving field of mental health. It’s up to professionals to maintain a working knowledge of the latest studies and methods and to check up on patients who may experience intermittent issues or require follow-up observation.

Using the right software, a mental health facility can integrate things like ongoing training and document delivery for continued learning. These tools can make the otherwise-overwhelming task of researching pharmaceuticals or journal articles much simpler.

Additionally, physicians and staff can use custom apps to interact with those they care for even while they are away from the office or facility. For example, they could let patients or their caregivers submit regular assessments, assess themselves with cognitive tests, monitor side effects, and even rate their own progress while using specific medications and treatments.

Manage Prescriptions and Treatments

It can be difficult for mental health care providers to issue prescriptions and therapies while at the same time watching for harmful interactions and unwanted side effects. With the right custom maps in place, however, they can use updated software to double check for errors and inconsistencies.

This reduces the time burden placed on a physician or caregiver, of course, and leads to a higher standard of care while taking away obvious risks. This is especially pertinent in situations where a patient might have a need for multiple medications, some of which may be unrelated to the mental illness they are seeking treatment for.

In the same way, integrated software solutions can help with insurance, billing, and paperwork like discharge reports. In other words, you could get everything you need to run your practice more smoothly, deliver better care to the people you see, and maintain a healthier bottom line. Why not let technology take over some of the hard work that is needed in today’s mental health field?

Looking for Custom Mental Health Software Solutions?

At WebRevelation, we believe a piece of custom software is only as valuable as the outcomes it produces for our clients. With many years of experience in institutional programming – including medical services projects and HIPAA compliant applications – we know what it takes to find stable, efficient, and cost-effective solutions to the challenges you face.

WebRevelation can help you with your custom software development needs. Give us a call today or complete a contact form and we will be happy to discuss and create a plan of action that's right for you and your business.

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Bringing Management On Board With Your Software Upgrade (Part 2)

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Julie Short

This is a continuation of the blog post "Bringing Management On Board With Your Software Upgrade". You can read part 1 here.

Use Apples-to-Apples Comparisons

If the executive or business owner you are working with isn’t a technical person or someone who uses the software in question every day, they may not understand the real-world benefits of what you’re proposing. You can help them by showing off a few apples-to-apples comparisons that focus on bottom-line benefits.

For example, software development can seem expensive until you relate it to the expense of buying a new vehicle, upgrading HVAC in a building, or writing off unsalable inventory. If you get a manager thinking in those terms, and comparing the benefits they would get from a similar expense in another department, they may begin to view your request in a new light.

Point Towards Outcomes

As we have already noted, the need for an upgraded software package isn’t always obvious to someone who isn’t using the application themselves. So, rather than pointing out all of the things that are wrong with your current solution, look for ways that you and your coworkers can improve your performance by making an improvement.

In many cases, explaining the benefits of a software upgrade means talking about time – time that is spent doing manual data entry or generating reports, time wasted while waiting for tasks to complete, and so on. The more time you’re spending, the more money you’re burning. Make that case to your manager so they can sense an opportunity to generate a profit rather than an expense.

Find the Free Money

Although many of our new clients don’t realize it, there are situations where businesses of all sizes can take advantage of federal grants to invest in software upgrades. In fact, the U.S. government has a special incentive fund, dubbed the Small Business Innovation Research Program, set aside specifically for this purpose.

Depending on what industry you work in, there is a chance you could use public money to upgrade your software and compete with bigger businesses domestically and abroad. Naturally, the availability of open grants can make it much easier to win approval for your project from a business owner or executive.

Appeal to Common Sense

In many situations, software is the biggest and most important tool the team will use in their daily work. It’s the computerized version of hammers and nails. While a business owner or executive might not grasp the exact shortcomings of the solutions already in place, they may understand if you simply explain that you need to modernize an application because it’s slowing you down or stopping you from meeting other objectives.

Often, the costs associated with software development are small compared to what it would take to improve a company in other areas. So, by appealing to basic business sense you might be able to nudge a reluctant decision-maker forward.

Want Help Understanding the Software Development Process?

You don’t have to make the case for upgrading your company’s software on your own. In fact, our team of experienced programmers can help you find the numbers, benefits, and fine print details you’re looking for.

If you feel like your business might be able to benefit from a software upgrade in the near future, contact WebRevelation today. We will make sure you understand everything you need to know to explain your idea to management or take the first steps forward.

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Bringing Management On Board With Your Software Upgrade (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Julie Short

This is part 1 of a 2-part blog post. The continuation of this article can now be viewed here.

Get the feeling you need to upgrade or replace the software your team uses to complete important tasks? You know the signs: the applications don’t do everything they’re supposed to, look outdated, crash frequently, or fail to generate the data and reports you need. You may even suspect your current software package creates more work than it eliminates.

When you’re facing those kinds of frustrations it might be obvious to everyone that your software needs to be upgraded. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean your management team is going to see it similarly or that they’ll approve the investment in a new software development project. So, how can you get them to see the light?

The first step is to realize the situation we’re describing isn’t unusual. We have seen it play out again and again over many years of working with custom software development. The people you work for may or may not be aware of the issues you are facing. Even if they are, it may not be enough for them to take action. After all, they have other priorities (like the expense of an upgrade vs. dozens of other bottom-line considerations) that have to be factored. Maybe that’s why so many frontline employees and managers are afraid to even broach the topic of software upgrades and development with business owners and executives.  

However, ignoring a problem won’t make it go away, and your odds of getting the tools you need to do your job might be better than you think, provided you follow the right approach. In this article, we’re going to show you exactly how you can persuade management to invest in custom software for your company. Let’s start with making sure you’re speaking the right language.

Explain the Problem in Numbers

Managers and business owners know they can’t afford to invest in everything they would want for themselves, their companies, or their employees. They constantly have to weigh the costs and benefits of each buying decision to see how it might pay off in the long run.

You can help them to come to the right conclusions by attaching specific numbers to the “hidden” expenses associated with using an outdated software package. Perhaps productivity is down, billable hours are being wasted, or sales opportunities are being missed. If so, spell out these considerations – along with firm figures or estimates relating to their cost – so a decision-maker can see exactly how the business is being held back by the old software.

Don’t Ask For Software Upgrades Alone

It’s easy for someone in upper management to dismiss a loan request for an investment into the company, but much harder for them to ignore the issue if it comes from several individuals (or even entire governments). If others on your team or in your company are affected by software that needs to be modernized, get their help in asking for an upgrade.

Not only will the request seem more credible coming from several different people, but your colleagues might be able to offer their perspectives for a software upgrade that you hadn’t already considered.

Make a Plan Full of Details

To a busy executive or business owner, the request to undertake a new software development project can seem like something that will require a great deal of money and time. They’ll have to research vendors, find solutions, and make lots of hard choices along the way. They may have to do all of this while facing several different unknowns.

You can smooth the path to a “yes” by taking some of the legwork (and guesswork) out of the process. Find out exactly what’s involved in creating and implementing an updated application, along with concrete steps and schedules. You could even volunteer to spearhead the project so it doesn’t end up as another item on the manager’s desk.

As mentioned above, next week we will share the final steps in bringing management on board with your software upgrade. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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