Cost-effective web applications can help businesses run more efficiently.
Many web-based applications are business solutions. They may use familiar web elements like forms and buttons to perform business tasks. Or they can be fully immersive environments for industrial controls, for example. The web-based approach can save development time and reduce training requirements, and may be easier to maintain and upgrade.
Why a web application?
In many cases, the economy, scalability, maintainability, and portability of a web app are compelling. Features shared by many web applications include:
- Users only need a computer with a standards-compliant web browser. There’s often no other software to buy and install on staff computers.
- Familiar user interface and controls tap into users’ pre-existing comfort levels with the web, making it almost natural to build web apps that are easier to learn and to use.
- There may be a larger (and less costly) number of talented developers to help support well-designed web applications.
- It is relatively simple to connect to devices and interact with them remotely, in the nascent Internet of Things.
Developing a web application can be cost-effective even for small businesses. You get a solution focused on doing what you want, and doing it well, because it was custom-built to your purposes.
One of our custom web apps helped a client, using only a web browser, to calculate complex manufacturing orders and distribute them to external vendors. And it enabled those vendors to report each item’s progress through the production cycle. Total staff training time: about 15 minutes.
Custom content-management systems (CMS)
We developed the first dynamic web site for a non-profit amateur sports team. Our custom CMS allowed them to manage all the site’s dynamic content via Excel spreadsheets. It generated scoreboard-like displays for games and results, articles with game photos, rosters of players, historical records and more. It delivered high value perfectly suited to the client’s familiarity with common business software like Excel. And the page-load times were blazingly fast — something users appreciate and Google tends to reward in its site rankings.
Retail inventory assistant
Could your sales profit from an easier way to manage your online inventory? We have developed custom inventory management systems that do not require knowledge of web programming and that are customized to your site’s design and shopping cart. For site owners who are more comfortable with WordPress, we can integrate third-party shopping and payment plugins for that system. Either way, better inventory-management control can make it a snap to…
Flexible, portable technology
External Design web apps rely more on web coding standards than on proprietary tools. They typically deploy readily on a web server running common open-source software and can be used with reasonably standards-compliant web browsers.
- add and delete merchandise
- create and delete categories, or departments
- insert descriptions and recommendations
- change prices, shipping weight and more
- upload images, including closeups and enlargements
…and all the routine tasks online merchants usually pay someone else to do. Even for experienced web programmers, a well-designed online inventory management system speeds the chores of organizing and updating online merchandise.
Need web application UI design?
We enjoy coming on board to provide UI and UX expertise. We’ve worked with engineering teams and product developers in many fields — use our contact form to tell us a little about your project.
Small business web applications
Custom web-based apps can be tailored to your needs and avoid the complex overhead of larger, multi-purpose systems. We’ll consult with you and your staff to design your application and the development milestones. Along the way, we’ll look for opportunities to deliver added value, such as improving workflow and click-through rates, providing on-screen help and error detection.