Build It Better - Page 6 - Enable

Back to blog

Build It Better

The home for everything we write about tech, software development and product management.

Develop your own App Store with Enable

Build It BetterAugust 20, 2011

With the continuously growing need to access applications and data on the move, consumer products such as iPhone and Android powered devices are increasingly being used to meet business requirements.

The benefits of consumer apps apply to the business world. Benefits such as being able to optimise the user experience for the device screen size and being able to work with intermittent Internet connectivity.

One of the major challenges is deciding which devices to support. Do you support Android, Blackberry, iOS, or a combination of those? Perhaps you need to support all three, which involves a rewrite of the application. Also, if you are developing a business app it is surely important to be able to access it on a desktop computer and/or web browser? If you do develop multiple versions of your app then you will need to integrate with each of the App Stores.

There is another approach to this challenge, using Enable. We can provide you with your own company App Store, and develop applications once that work across Android, Blackberry and iOS as well as desktop computers and web browsers without having to be written multiple times.

This is achieved by delivering each application over the web but using the latest technology to cache important information locally on the device, therefore allowing you to work with intermittent connectivity to the Internet. The applications look and feel like locally installed applications.

2 min read

DCS Europe: from clipboard to iPhone

Build It BetterJune 21, 2011

Enable has delivered an iPhone application to allow merchandising teams to capture real-time data during site visits.

With annual sales in excess of £130 million, DCS is one of Europe’s largest distributors of health and beauty products. Under the direction of founder Denys Shortt, the company has witnessed unprecedented growth over a period of seventeen years since it was established in 1994.

DCS supplies over 30,000 retailers and 500 wholesalers in the United Kingdom and exports to 70 countries worldwide. In addition to handling the distribution into selected markets of brands such as Gillette, Colgate, P&G, Unilever, L’Oreal and Cussons, the company has launched its own Enliven range of budget-priced toiletries.

The importance of accurate customer compliance data

Providing accurate, up-to-date data to their renowned range of suppliers is vital to DCS. Deals that are agreed between suppliers and customers determine which products are to be displayed by the customer, at specific prices and positions. Short-term promotional deals are offered and core range products are identified.

4 min read

Video: Enable’s Denys Shortt hosts Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

Build It BetterMarch 8, 2011

Enable exhibiting at eWorld Purchasing & Supply

Build It BetterFebruary 7, 2011

As a leader in developing retrospective rebate and overrider management systems, Enable is delighted to be exhibiting at eWorld Purchasing & Supply.

The event focuses on leading-edge technologies and techniques within the procurement and supply chain functions. Come and join us on 2 March at Stand 3 where we can discuss how we design, develop and implement finely tuned solutions for customers across many industries.

You will also have the opportunity to hear how Andrew Butt, Managing Director, has overseen the requirements analysis and implementation of supplier contract management systems to a range of companies and buying groups, offering benefits such as revenue optimisation, cost reduction, risk management and cash release.

Our efficient systems have made the difference between just "making do" and making profit!

1 min read

NEC Group: staff scheduling solution

Build It BetterNovember 25, 2010

The NEC Group is the Birmingham-based venue management company that operates four world-class venues: The National Exhibition Centre, The International Convention Centre, the LG Arena and The National Indoor Arena. The Group also operates national ticketing agency The Ticket Factory and award-winning, prestige caterer Amadeus.

Together, the venues stage more than 800 events a year, from world-renowned consumer and trade exhibitions like Clothes Show Live and Crufts, to concerts by international artists including Pink, Elton John and Michael Buble.

A substantial part of NEC Group business involves the provision of Catering Services, both in a retail context at NEC exhibitions and as a contracted service to an end client via its own premium event catering company—Amadeus.

What was the issue?

The staffing of Catering Services is a substantial exercise, involving hundreds of staff and a mixture of full-time employees, annualised and non-annualised part-time employees, casual workers, students and agency staff.

The NEC Group spends £12m annually on catering labour, with each individual event having particular staffing requirements, and where last minute changes to plan are common. The Government’s Working Time Directive rules add further complexity where legal restrictions exist on the working schedule for staff.

3 min read

Video: Welcome to Enable

Build It BetterOctober 12, 2010

Enable featured in Parking Review

Build It BetterSeptember 1, 2010

Need, the mother of invention

Whether through business acquisition, merger or demerger, significant restructuring of any organisation presents opportunities to reinvigorate process and champion best practice. What’s more, if implemented correctly, considerable time and cost efficiencies can be achieved.

Here, Bruce Gardner for NSL recalls how need really was the mother of invention for the business. In addition, he explains how the system that was developed has gone on to provide a platform for continued cost-savings across new NSL contracts.

Business critical situation

NSL is one of the biggest transport services businesses in the UK. The company is the largest provider of on-street parking management services in the country, working with over 40 local authorities and two government agencies as customers. The business also provides a range of transport and related services to public and private clients, such as debt recovery, CCTV monitoring, coach and patient transfer operations, notice processing and street design consultancy.

Although launched as a brand in 2009, NSL‘s history goes back more than 75 years, originally as part of National Car Parks (NCP). Rapid growth and significant change in the new decade saw it demerge from NCP to NSL Services in 2007.

At that time, the company faced one of its biggest challenges to date. The solution to which ultimately led to its back office processes being revolutionised, providing immediate cost savings.

5 min read

Feedback is the breakfast of champions

Build It BetterAugust 26, 2010

So, feeling as hungry as ever and to mark our 10th anniversary we recently carried out a survey of our many clients, old and new, to gauge their thoughts on all aspects of our business.

We sought their views as to the standard of service we set in the following areas:

  • Business Analysis
  • Project Delivery
  • Quality
  • System’s Fit for Purpose
  • System Reliability
  • Support Service

2 min read

Enable attending Richmond Events FD Networking Forum

Build It BetterJuly 15, 2010

Enable are pleased to announce that we will, once again, be attending the highly successful FD Networking Forum organised by UK based events company, Richmond Events. The three day forum will take place later this year (13 -16 October) aboard the P&O flagship vessel, Arcadia.

Having attended previous events organised by Richmond, we look forward to three continuous days of valuable networking and pre-arranged business meetings with Finance Directors and CFO’s from some of Europe’s leading companies.

We have previously attended both IT Director and Finance Director-focussed events and found that the one-to-one networking / speed meeting format to be a highly effective platform for conveying the Enable message. It would take a great deal of time to generate such an audience through ‘cold calling’ and more conventional lead generation means.

Enable specialises in the development of browser based business systems, often to replace legacy applications, Excel spreadsheets and Access databases that have become business critical. The c. 40 meetings over the course of three days not only gives us plenty of opportunity to perfect our pitch but also provides valuable insight into the problems that our prospective clients are currently facing in their day to day business.

2 min read

Mobile Doctors: complaints system

Build It BetterJanuary 14, 2010

The UKs leading provider of medical evidence, Mobile Doctors, has completely revolutionised its ’Complaints and Escalated Chase’ system ensuring the company deals more effectively with the 70,000 reports it processes annually.

Previously using a single Excel spread sheet system that struggled to cope with the rigours of complaints processing, tracking and providing a clear audit trail, the AIM listed company approached software specialist Enable to see if a more robust system could be developed.

3 min read

Bupa: data management for care homes

Build It BetterNovember 16, 2009

The UK’s largest owner/operator of care homes, Bupa, has implemented a new web-based solution that will enable greater control in maintaining consistency of care and quality service levels across over 300 care homes nationwide.

The system, developed and implemented by leading software specialist Enable, provides a common protocol for critical data to be shared between individual care homes and Bupa central support office on a monthly and quarterly basis.

3 min read

European Club Association: development of new website

Build It BetterJuly 13, 2009

The European Club Association (ECA) is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It replaces the G14 Group and the European Club Forum, both dissolved at the beginning of 2008.

ECA was fully recognized by UEFA and FIFA in a formal memorandum of understanding, which was signed in January 2008. During the 2008-2009 season, ECA represented 137 member clubs, drawn from every one of the 53 national associations within UEFA, right across Europe, and is steered by a fifteen-member Executive Board.

4 min read

Babcock Airports: bespoke process management systems

Build It BetterJune 4, 2009

Babcock International Group PLC is a leading support services company operating primarily in the airport, nuclear and defence industries. Their £1.2bn market capitalisation ranks them amongst the top 200 quoted companies in the UK.

Their customer base is largely composed of government departments and organisations whose activities are heavily regulated by government, including:

2 min read

Enable at IMS 2008

Build It BetterDecember 31, 2008

In December Enable exhibited at Information Management Solutions (IMS) at Olympia in London, for the third consecutive year.

Enable develops browser based business systems, often to replace legacy applications, Excel spreadsheets and Access databases that have become business critical.

During the exhibition Enable demonstrated its approach to many interested delegates, using live demonstrations to show how rapidly ’home grown’ systems could be replaced with Enable’s web-based approach. Demonstrations ranged from areas such as KPIs and Purchase Orders through to the management of Suppliers and Overriders.

1 min read

NSL Services: bespoke process management software

Build It BetterSeptember 18, 2008

NSL Services Group (NSL) is one of the biggest transport services businesses in the UK. The company is the largest provider of on-street parking management services in the country, with over 50 local authorities and two government agencies as customers. The business also provides a range of transport and related services to public and private clients, such as debt recovery, CCTV monitoring, bus and coach operations, notice processing and street design consultancy.

NSL required a flexible, web-based solution that could be deployed across all its business units and contracts. The core product demonstrated by Enable met the requirements of the new cash management and control system NSL were looking for, while at the same time provided sufficient flexibility to allow for extensive customisation to meet the specific needs of the business.

5 min read

Newer12345678Older