Business Competition

competition

Everyone is saying the software business is more competitive now than ever before! I see it differently, and the way I see it is the way it’s always been and always going to be. There will always be an equal ratio of builder, engineers, IT experts, criminals, poor people ect … and this is how it’s always been, although the population has been a lot less, the ratio was always there. The reason I believe we all seem more competitive is because we are more on the spotlight for the world to see us, and this is through social media and the internet. We are now so much more aware of our competitors than ever before, giving us the impression that everyone is our competitors! We all have a natural tendency to be ahead of the game and to go spy on our opposition, again making us think that they are everywhere! I have a few other software dev businesses in the city that we live in that I have never bumped into, and probably never will. The truth is that there will always be food on the table for everyone to enjoy. Work hard, play hard, life gives to those who seek, and that’s how it was since the beginning.

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Job Costing System

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Job costing is another product we did some years ago that if you’re an average size company and battling to keep track of how long jobs take to get done, then Jobcost is your solution. Its nothing new by any standards and everything that is in it is also found in many other software packages. What makes Jobcost unique is that we wrote it specifically to extract live stats per job allowing us to see in real time if too much stock was booked out on the job or if the quoted number of hours is getting close to the currently working hours, enabling management to catch a job before it goes over the quoted time frame. It will show you who is logged into which job via a small program on the task bar that pops up every now and then when someone either clocks in / out of a job. Job clocking gets done via a touch screen, although not necessary to have the touch functionality, it has its uses! There is the usual stock control system that when booking too much material out onto a job that it will raise an error and interrupt the process until a manager can sign off that its an acceptable change to the quoted amount. Jobcost is in its third re-write currently and beta testing has started. We anticipate a public release hopefully in the second quarter of this year and a final release end of the year. Its main current features are:

  • Assessment of job to be done.
  • Quotation.
  • Allocate job no. upon go ahead from client.
  • Stock control, with intelligence.
  • Time and attendance.
  • Touch screen job clocking in / out.
  • Live reporting & Adherence to plan display.
  • Easy to see at a glance where in the process a job currently is.
  • SQL database backend so can be installed as a cloud service for safe data.

If you’re interested, mail us at info@timelapsesys.co.za

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Job sign off

 

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One example of the “Efficiency” improving systems we create is a system that captures service job information onto a mobile device and using existing client information to quickly and easily complete a “job card”. It then immediately gets sent to headquarters via an email. The information is also available on a secure web portal for viewing. Where we measured its improvement for the company was the speed at which they could get an invoice to the client after the job is complete. One individual being unable to write was able to type out and use spell check to get a proper job card signed off, where before it was difficult to track down his times and jobs being done. The system also allows QR codes to be stuck onto assets and quickly scanned when servicing or repairs are done, and greatly improving efficiency again. for more information, please go to http://jobsign.co.za and let us know if you’re interested.

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Business Efficiency

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Bill Gates said “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

We have been involved for years in streamlining and creating business solutions either from scratch integrating them to existing systems, using the most efficient tools available. We like to keep things simple and as cost effective as we possible can. We setup service level contract with our clients as well so they have piece of mind their backs are covered. We do ad-hoc work as well for those once off builds or tweeks.

Mail us with your ideas and we’ll certainly enjoy building you a solution.

Craig Mawer

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Tomorrows apps

So we develop cool cost saving apps globally today! Great, so whats the next frontier, barrier or bridge to cross in that vast expanse of humanity? Where will we optimize our focus where it matters to impact more than just nations and cities! How will we see the needs of people more clearly than the immediate needs we face to work with daily! What will the app look like tomorrow?

Looking into the future, i see the following!

The line between understanding the clients needs and the clients needs being met will vanish!

The cloud will be seen for what it really is … its just another cleverly marketed remote PC!

The intelligence of the UI will understand your needs before you do!

The gap between clever hardware and optimized software will close, less complicated layers!

 

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