For many businesses, the question is not if a disaster or power outage could happen, but when it will occur? And how severe it will be? As a company whose primary products are internet-based applications, it is of vital importance to Enable that our ability to host our clients' applications remains unaffected in every eventuality that could be reasonably foreseen.
Enable has more than 15 years of experience in designing, securing, and maintaining hosting environments on which our bespoke software solutions depend. Increasingly, we are deploying solutions to Azure, Microsoft's globally-available cloud hosting platform. This leaves our clients safe in the knowledge their software is not only maintained and developed by Enable's highly skilled team of developers but is also hosted on a secure and powerful platform in the form of Microsoft Azure.
Users often decide in just a few seconds whether or not your site or app is worth their time. If your software is unusable or confusing, it can result in user mistakes, reduced productivity or even the total failure of the project. This is why user experience (UX), whilst often neglected, is one of the most important features of your software.
In today's business landscape, software applications play an integral role. By getting the requirements for an application right first time, Enable's clients are free to focus on what matters: profitable growth, business transformation, and achieving their company's vision.
Keeping software secure has become increasingly important for businesses over the years. Software security has no longer become optional; it has become an absolute necessity. Security breaches and attacks could potentially result in a significant loss to your company's revenue, reputation and even your customers.
We help buying groups, wholesale distributors, and retailers protect margin, accelerate cash flow and reduce risk in their trading agreements. Using DealTrack, our market-leading rebate management software, clients typically manage between £100m and £30bn of rebatable purchases annually.
Recently there have been a number of articles published on the possible dangers of Microsoft Excel, with NewStatesman citing that “Microsoft's calculator is partially to blame for JPMorgan losing $9bn, and a lot more besides”. Many of us at Enable love Excel and use spreadsheets daily. Spreadsheets are often inexpensive to create, highly flexible, mostly easy to use and very easy to share. But what makes Excel so great is also its Achilles' heel.
Whilst mobile app usage continues to soar, studies suggest consumers spend nearly half their time using games and a third in social networking apps. It seems mobile is currently offering the most engaging experience on a personal level but how has this tremendous change to the way we think about computing impacted companies like Enable?
Over the past decade, technology has revolutionised the way in which we manage our lives both at home and at work. We have come to expect easy, instant access to information and a constant connection to the world around us, creating a highly competitive marketplace for speedier, increasingly slick devices. But is the consumer as fickle as this ever-changing face of the future suggests? Perhaps not, based upon the opinions of our technology-savvy staff at Enable.
The press is littered with foreboding tales of failed multi-million pound IT projects. Wasted time, money and effort. So how can you — as a potential client — ensure the odds are stacked towards success when committing to a software development partnership?
Outsourcing of application development is increasingly seen as a preferred option to support growth, rapid delivery, and to ensure that companies remain focussed on their core competencies.
Mobile technology is changing all aspects of our business and personal lives. The way we communicate, conduct business and seek to improve the ‘customer experience’ is being transformed through mobile technology. There is an increasingly wide diversity of devices (Smartphones and Tablets) that allow users to access, communicate and utilise data at a rapidly growing rate.
Whether it's a way of optimising business, gaining competitive advantage or simply making the most of the best available tools out there, bespoke software has found a crucial place in the challenging business landscape of the post-economic crash.
The fiasco of the West Coast mainline rail bidding process has brought the potential pitfalls of spreadsheet reliance to national attention. Quite apart from embarrassing the Department for Transport and the Government as a whole, the DfT announced last week week that the cost to the taxpayer of the bidding scandal has now risen to £55m and counting.
Directors of Enable have recently returned from a Study Tour to Silicon Valley. Organised and run by Mike and Linda Portlock of E-Vision Consulting Ltd, the focus of the Tour was "Transformative Technologies for Business IT", exploring how emerging technologies can be deployed to help organisations build a better future.
Enable's CEO Denys Shortt recently wrote an article for BBC News on his top tips for business survival. Denys Shortt is a former England under-21 hockey player, an entrepreneur and founder of DCS Europe plc and Enable Software, employing nearly 300 people. He is also chairman of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
IT consultants have to shape up or ship out warns software developer Enable if clients are to realise the potential of solutions to their bottom line.
As a company grows, the chances are that a spreadsheet that was designed for one individual to record a specific set of records soon needs to be accessed by multiple users across different sites. Suddenly you need to set access controls, improve security and introduce workflow and, before you know it, you have reached the limit of your desktop software. Now you are faced with having to migrate to your enterprise system—a time-intensive and costly process. Does this sound familiar? Why use a sledgehammer to crack a nut?
Click on any major news organisation's homepage. From the BBC to Times Online. A bright orange RSS logo will almost certainly be lurking. Next time you see one, give it a click. It offers fresh opportunity for your business.