If you've built a new site, chances are you've heard "CDN" mentioned, and if not, you can be certain that your developer is using one for your site. But what is a CDN? CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. Put simply, it's a network of servers that deliver content to users closer to their location - ensuring your website works faster for users across the globe. And that's important in today's "now" world.
Automatic invoicing and billing systems, personnel management software, digital marketing tools (just to name a few) are all useful enterprise apps (off the shelf software) that mean businesses can carry out their daily operations, but that's not to say they are without their flaws or inefficiencies. Although having these multiple apps is useful, the answer to their inefficiencies may seem like 'custom software'. Some will say yes, others will say no, but sometimes the answer may lie in the middle - create a custom workflow.
It might seem obvious, but PDF's are not mobile friendly - they often open in a new application and can be difficult to decipher on smaller screens. While PDF's are not obsolete, there are better ways to display them on your site. In the following post, we'll look at why PDFs can be troublesome for your site users and what you can do to increase user engagement with PDFs on your website.
Over the last 12 months, there’s been a lot of talk over the impact and implications of Google switching to a "mobile first" index. The rationale behind this is simple enough: most Google users search content via a mobile device, so high quality mobile content that users can see should be prioritised. As such, the premise behind a "mobile first" index is to review and index your site based on how it appears on mobile devices. But there seems to have been a lot of misunderstanding around how to best optimise your site for this new form of indexing.
In what represents a significant change, Google has overhauled Gmail and introduced several exciting new features. As the world’s most popular email service Google has generally been cautious about implementing new features in case of alienating their enormous and varied userbase, but the new changes bring a new user interface that appear to build-on already existing features rather than a redesign. The changes, while are available to both personal and business users, would appear targeted at the business end of the market. We’re looking at what’s new, what’s changed and of course how to enable it
Businesses are built on processes; tasks that businesses have designed and developed over the years to provide customers with the service or products(s) the business are experts in. But even though these tasks have been developed, that doesn't mean that they are being done as efficiently as they could be. Technology can be used to automate and improve the process. Technology can be used to reproduce many tasks and as a result, can allow the business (at the same level of resources) to produce a greater level of output. The application of technology to business processes is especially useful when processes and procedures are clearly defined in the business. Working with Lee Electrix, we've helped them to do exactly this.
Systematise, by definition, is 'to arrange in or according to a system; make systematic'. When we explain to our clients what we do, the one word that comes up over and over again is systematising. Many businesses are built on processes - tasks that have been designed and developed (and refined over time) to provide customers with the best service possible in an efficient and a productive manner. Most of the time businesses will look to tools such as Excel or Access (or, dare we say it, paper) to manage workflows/processes. But there comes a time when replicating these processes becomes difficult using these methods and a better solution is to look to use custom software which allows for better replication of "best practice" in the business.
The year is 1985. The first phone call from a mobile has been made; Bob Hakwe is the Australian PM; Microsoft releases Windows 1.0 and Excel is born. Of all the Office suite of products, it's hard to argue that any of them have changed business more than Excel. Excel is the program that lets everyone play with the numbers to ask 'what if'. And while there was a time when excel revolutionised the way industries worked, we're no longer living in the Excel age. Even Doug Klunger, the lead developer of Excel, admits "Excel lets things look professional, and people assume there's substance behind it". Now just to be clear, we're not against Excel and in fact there is some tasks like static data organisation it's useful for, but for the most part it's not the best way to manage your business processes. If these 8 reasons apply to you, it's a sign you're stuck in the Excel Age.