The benefits of applications in the workplace

The use of applications in the workplace has become more prominent over the past decade. Businesses have been making investments in application development services to help grow their operations, as well as restructure it to be able to compete against rival businesses and in the global market as a whole.

Applications that are developed for operational purposes are very handy to a business as it can aid in smoothening the process as well as increase efficiency and productivity in the business. The use of applications in the business can also drive engagement with customers or other member of the business as you have to understand what their needs are and how to make their processes more efficient by utilising an application. This is important as this will ensure the customer is happy with what they get and that the investment that was made in the development in the application is worth while.

Applications or websites that are built to showcase an organisation or business can help build brand awareness. This is an effective form of advertising your business by giving a detailed description of your business and allowing users to see what services are being offered. By consulting with the developers you are able to style and design the app/website to your own specifications and update it accordingly when required.

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Development Process

Design

Once we’re armed with this information, we’ll set to work sketching out interface layouts for 3-5 different views, including the home page, sub page, the blog template, and any additional templates needed. Wireframes look like simple skeletons of your website without the visual polish of the finished design, allowing us to experiment and iterate on solutions quickly so that we have a good sense of how content should be laid out across different screen sizes.

We recommend having all of your content ready by this stage which will inform the design and make it faster to load the initial content on the development server so content would not hold back the launch. If you would not be able to provide professionally written content by this stage we recommend having our in-house copywriter create the content for you.

Next we will design high-fidelity comps that show what the final designs will look like on desktop, tablet, and smart-phone screen sizes, providing up to two rounds of revisions on the design.

Development

Next we will set to work making your design a reality by building the site using standards-based technology. We’ll build the front-end templates in HTML5, CSS, and use JQuery for simple behavior and effects like animations and form validation.

WORDPRESS Theme Development

We recommend WordPress as your content management system (CMS) so you can update the content yourself. WordPress is the most popular open-source CMS in the world and has thousands of developers constantly improving it and contributing plugins to extend it’s functionality.

We will install WordPress on your server, set up the admin panel for you and then create a custom WordPress theme that will mirror the design we created for you.

Your website will initially contain between 5-10 static pages (ie: pages that don’t change often) including the home page, about us, our services, our team, and contact us. You will be able to add new top level and secondary pages to the site navigation yourself in WordPress. We’ll also set up a blog for you to publish posts that will be displayed in a reverse chronological order with pagination, search, tagging and category filters.

The website will include a social media widget on the home page to display your Twitter feed, social share buttons on your blog posts, a simple email form on your contact page, and an email newsletter sign up form which we’ll hook into your Mailchimp account.

Plugins are a way to extend the functionality of WordPress and make the admin panel easier to manage. We will install a limited number of plugins for launch, which will include a simplified way to manage the navigation, automatically backup the database, SEO tools so you can manage the title and meta description tags, and an XML site-map generator which will help Google index your pages automatically.

Testing

We will test the website in a variety of browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 9. We will also test the responsive design on iPhone and Android devices. We will test the functionality of the site to ensure there are no errors or broken links and then hand it over to you for review on a test server. You will have two rounds of minor revisions or tweaks to the sites, and then we will launch.

Support Retainer

We recommend retaining our services after the site is launched to assist with any further support issues that arise. As part of this retainer, we will provide monthly analytics reports and recommendations to further improve your site conversion.

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Six reasons why it is important to implement a Learning Management System

Why do you actually need a Learning Management System?

In the following paragraphs, we will discuss exactly how a Learning Management System (LMS) contributes to a company. An LMS helps provide optimal support for an implementation process for training, learning and knowledge sharing. The administrative load will be reduced and relationships with employees will be improved. We will discuss below six main reasons why an LMS needs to be considered.

Improved business results

With an LMS, employees are given quick and easy access to all the learning tools that are available. This gives them the opportunity to become better at their jobs.

Employee performance tracking

Offering training is a perfect way to provide employees with essential knowledge. An LMS facilitates the setting of training requirements per job function which allows a company to identify who needs relevant training and information. Alongside this, registering employees and managing teams can be arranged using only a few clicks. With these options, it is easy to ensure that employees have the right skills, while simultaneously monitoring the investment in additional training.

Additionally, you can easily assess whether employees meet the mandatory industry standards. A list of those following a course along with when and where it took place can be printed.

One overview

Perhaps there are different systems used within the company to keep track of training courses. With an LMS, all the information is held in an organized, manageable, secure way and all existing (HR) systems are integrated so that all the data is readily accessible.

Furthermore, employees also benefit from a comprehensive system whereby all courses can be offered directly. This ensures an effective learning environment and reduces the stress levels associated with learning and employee motivation.

More control over employees’ learning processes

Each employee has drawn up his or her own Personal Development Plan, from which learning needs can be derived. These needs are then translated into specific, personalized training.

The results of assignments created can be followed and suggestions or comments given. Likewise, reminders and other notifications can be sent automatically to employees, all resulting in a clear overview and control of the learning process.

Evaluation of learning efficiency

So long as the right reports are created, the success and progress of training can be easily evaluated but drafting the right report is not always easy. An LMS can provide straightforward tools and makes it possible to select the desired format and level. The results can be filtered by, for example, training, department, or group exam. It is also possible to select the type of user and any relevant certification.

Additionally, specific functions automate reporting and the tracking of learning efficiency, so this does not need to be done manually. The result is that you can demonstrate without any difficulties how successful particular training or the progress of employees is.

Cost and time savings

In reality, only large organizations could afford the cost and complexity of maintaining an LMS. However, thanks to improved software, even small businesses can benefit from an LMS via minimal cost-based pricing.

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