Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Is business planning worth the time and effort or is it like gazing into a crystal ball?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

I was talking to our bank manager yesterday and asked him how he was finding business in the current economic climate. He said that a lot had changed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers – in the autumn of 2008 – that resulted in the credit crunch. He went on to say that they now have to determine the affordability of any credit offered to new businesses and the banks now require detailed business plans, so that they can make an assessment. I said that when I first started Ayrmer Software ten years ago, I did not believe in business plans as I didn’t have a crystal ball to hand, but now realise running a business without planning is suicide!

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The customer is not always right

Friday, April 27th, 2012

In our modern service-orientated economy, businesses have an increasing dilemma of how to be effective in managing customers. Many take the approach that the customer is always right no matter what, for fear that they may lose custom. This isn’t always the right approach.

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Social media doesn’t work!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

OK, so now I have grabbed your attention either because you think social media does work or because you think social media doesn’t work!  We have run a series of experiments over the last 18 months and now seems as good a time as any to review our use of social media, so please read on and discover if I have simply grabbed your attention or is there some substance to my opening statement.

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Are new distribution methods making traditional navigation redundant?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Over the last few years the way content is distributed has been heavily influenced by the widespread adoption of blogging platforms – like WordPress – and perhaps more importantly by the widespread use of social media. This has resulted in content being created that doesn’t necessarily sit neatly within a traditional structure, so perhaps the times are a changing.

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Cookie Law Crunch – The deadline looms

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Last year I wrote a very popular post on the upcoming EU Cookie law – Have you got permission to open the cookie jar.

The article highlighted the state of general confusion that the new law created. This hasn’t really improved over the last 12 months with the deadline for compliance looming on the 26th May 2012.

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The importance of choosing the right path

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The title for this article could have been “the importance of undertaking a proper requirements capture when developing a new system”, but we have covered this numerous time before.

We have just successfully launched a new system for a client whose journey to this event has highlighted to us and to them the importance of properly capturing  the business requirements. It also highlighted the importance on providing a solution that fits the needs and not their wants. The client has allowed us to use them as a practical case study to highlight the advice in this article.

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Intuitive design – not so intuitive.

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

As a software and web developers we strive to create intuitive business solutions for our clients. However over the years we have discovered that what is intuitive for some is not for others.

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Challenging your clients is good for them

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In any project we undertake, whether it be a content managed website or a complex business system we like to challenge our clients as to what they want versus what they actually need. But does this approach actually benefit them? We certainly thinks it does.

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Web developers and designers dependancy on libraries

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Web development seems to rely more and more on frameworks and the underlying source code seems to be getting heavier as a result.  Having worked along side website designers for a number of years I have noticed how they use pre-built kits like jQuery more and more and regularly see this listed on their Curriculum Vitae.  Is this a good thing or not?

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Should software companies charge for maintenance agreements?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I was listening to the Radio 4 – The Bottom Line – again, recently ( I’m getting quite into R4 – must be an age thing)! The  Chief Executive of Sage was on saying that they could almost give the software away as they make their money through the service agreements; is this right?

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