Is your software safe across multiple platforms? Hacking is a common topic recently, partly thanks to the recent Sony hack that played out in the news across the globe. Computer security is a complex topic which we are not trying to gloss over or explain thoroughly in 1 blog post, and though we’ve talked about white hats and black hats and security in terms of software in past blog posts, for sake of your time, let’s talk about security over many platforms this time.
No doubt, you have spent time thinking about what you would lose should malicious software attach to your business and how it could affect you and your customers. Let’s explore. Internet security does not begin and end with an anti-virus program. You need to make sure your accounting software, inventory, and financial information is protected from every angle AND on every platform. Is your company weakness through a mobile site or external application? It is important when developing new software and applications that you give serious concern to internet security.
Your software engineer should be able to talk intelligently and in more depth with you about this topic. Hackers are increasingly searching for cross-platform weaknesses and can infiltrate your security through a variety of weaknesses of other technologies such as Flash, old Word versions, Java, Adobe PDF, Adobe Flash among others. Once into your business there is a bit of chaos they can create, including destroying, hijacking or pirating valuable information that could even result in legal action at most and serious headaches, at least.
As your business grows and you develop new business software to accommodate your growth, security concerns are important. If you would like to talk to an expert regarding your private information and the software systems or online platforms you need or have, we have qualified agents that can help you grow while staying secure.
Custom software development can make you more profitable. There are lots of ways to increase profits, but properly managing your inventory is paramount for growth and profitability. If as a business owner, you don’t know exactly what your inventory looks like at all times, then you are at a big disadvantage in the marketplace. Poorly selling products eat up profits in the form of storage. If you aren’t turning that inventory at least 2-3 times a year, then it’s taking up space in your warehouse to not only turn a profit, but to take up the space of another item that would turn a profit…it’s a huge opportunity cost; or should we say a huge opportunity lost.
Analyzing your inventory data can tell you quite a bit if you can get your hands on it. Tracking your inventory through software built with your needs in mind can tell you things like how long items have been on your shelves, and if it’s been too long, then you know you need to mark them on sale or incentivize sales somehow. Analyzing inventory data can also tell you your best and fastest selling items and what items are most profitable.
Inventory processes can be linked to other processes in your software to accommodate your exact business needs. Link to shipping for on the spot freight charges calculated on the spot as your customer is ordering. Link to the accounting department and save employee time by circumventing double-entries.
It’s fundamental to say that least that if you manage your stock in line with your customer’s demands that your business will be operating at an optimum level. Custom developed software takes all your needs, wants and existing software and/or processes and automates functionality to give you the results you need and the ability to run your company more efficiently.
Do you need help to manage employees, track jobs, and record details better? A simple answer could be “there is an app for that!”
Having an app for your business could manifest itself to be a tracker of time for employees allowing a streamline of data that corresponds to the bidding or billing process. Imagine, 1 program that helps a salesman bid the job providing printable forms with pricing, also uses geo-tracking to give a technician directions to get to the job, tracks time the technicians spend on a job and can bill and take credit cards and process said data into an accounting software.
There are service companies across the United States that could truly set themselves out as industry leaders by employing the latest technology into an app while simultaneously improving the business and its bottom line. Think of the hundreds of (insert service companies here) HVAC companies in the thousand different markets across the nation that could have access to up-to-the-minute data on the happenings of multiple technicians out in the field. GPS could locate a technician at any given time, and with your company app, a work time clock can even keep track of minutes spent per job. This truly is software development in all its glory!
At the end of the job, the HVAC technician (as used in the example above) can use the bidding information from the initial salesman to bill them and/or charge the homeowners credit card onsite. All information regarding the transaction is stored in the accounting piece of the software, and voila! From beginning of the sales cycle to the end, all the information is easily accessible through your internal facing app developed specifically for your business. This means, an app that is used for private purposes for the internal side of your business, and is not for public use.
If you have questions about an app for your business, let us know.
There are different types of software that is used in many applications today. You may not understand much about software other than software is what tells your computer what to do. Don’t feel bad about that. If you knew as much about software as we did, you wouldn’t need us. Of course, you understand that Microsoft Office and Norton Anti-Virus are software that powers your hardware to aid you in writing a presentation or protecting your computer from evil intentions, but understanding a little more about different types of software can help you make a more informed decision of what software development can do for your business and what problems it can solve to make your business stand out in a competitive industry and to make it more profitable.
Software can power your computer to do just about anything you want or need done. Software helps your business with things like accounting and/or tax preparation. Mail management and contact management software is prevalent in most businesses today. It’s this type of software that helps keep SPAM out of your inbox. Can you imagine if someone hadn’t dreamed up software to keep unwanted emails out of your inbox? It started with a simple idea by someone tired of junk mail that turned to software for a solution to the problem. That’s how software works. Find the problem, design a software solution. Problem solved.
There’s photo taking, sharing and editing software that has infiltrated every aspect of modern technology today. You can’t pick up a cellphone, go to a social media site or skim a magazine (because of air-brushed pictures) without seeing the evidence of competent photo software designed these days. Gone are the days of a point-and-click Kodak where half your pictures come back over-exposed, because today you can take a picture, edit, filter, approve and upload instantly for all the world to see. Software is responsible for every step of that scenario.
Businesses, factories, and industries small and wide should bow down daily and give thanks to the software engineers who have made information easily accessible and adaptable for almost every profitable purpose under the sun. Of course, software can be used negatively as well. Computer viruses would be good example of that, or your employee who takes software designed for positive purposes, like video games, and plays them on company time. That’s probably considered a negative use in most employers’ minds. But all in all, software has improved our lives beyond recognition from as little as 20 years ago. So take a minute and think about what problem you need solved in your business, or something that needs improvement for productivity and you may be looking at an industry revolutionizing idea in the making. No idea is too small, or problem too unimportant.