Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Our working method

In many cases, a company think’s they have an issue or an area for improvement, but they’re not sure how serious it is, or how to go about addressing it. In this case, our recommended approach is as follows:

Our preferred Working Method

Anywhere in Northern Nova Scotia, software guru can visit your company on-site, and for a small fixed fee, will evaluate all your business processes and dataflow between business systems. This normally takes one day. We then go away and generate a report on your business’s dataflow, highlighting its strong points and weak points.

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Software Report

Within a week, you’ll have a report that outlines your main business systems, and presents each software system with a set of scores in categories such as efficiency, maintainability, running costs, life-stage, useability, knowledge base, and so on.

The report also contains a list of recommendations, also scoring them in severity. All this, for a small fixed-fee. It’s that simple. Rather like a home inspection, only for your business’s data processes.

Recommendations

The report makes recommendations for the business, details all the benefits, and estimates timescales and costs. These recommendations can be acted on by the business, or not; you are under no obligation. Possible recommendations include areas to focus on, systems to improve, but more importantly, the recommendations will be specific to your business, explained in detail, and achievable.

Typical recommendations will include upgrades to existing software, small or large in scope, additional software and or computer systems, either off the shelf or custom, implementation of backup systems or procedures, changes to the network or other infrastructure, changes to business procedure, staff training.

If the recommendations are followed, your dataflow will be more efficient, robust, and less prone to errors; so your business will become more profitable and adaptable. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose, so book an appointment today!

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We can be engaged in any other capacity. Maybe you already know what you want, or you just need some help with a project. You’re the boss, and we can be flexible to suit your needs. So call or email us today and see how we can help.


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What is software guru all about?

softwareguru.ca is a software consultancy that specialises in helping companies streamline existing processes and create new automatic processes. We are based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Your data is your asset

Data is a very valuable asset in any company, and often undervalued. In many companies, processes evolve organically from existing procedure, often creating an unmaintainable rats-nest of systems and procedures, badly documented, with several possible points of failure, with manual steps, random spreadsheets, paper forms, and error-prone manual data entry.

Whilst these temporary solutions work in the short term, they shouldn’t be relied upon in the long term. They are prone to error, are not robust, and do not scale well.

What can the guru provide?

software guru can help. We analyse your software systems, their dataflow, and your workflow and create a tailored report of recommendations. We typically suggest a combination of off-the-shelf software, additional data scripting, and bespoke software and database applications.

creating seamless data processes for business workflow

Our philosophy, is not to reinvent the wheel, so if existing off-the-shelf software can be used, there’s no need to create bespoke software. Sometimes it’s necessary to create small bespoke software to customise, update, or link existing systems. Other times it’s necessary to create a new software application. Every client is different, and there is no one answer.

It’s not always necessary to redesign a system. The emphasis is on making the unmaintainable maintainable, and the manual automatic – many times this can be achieved by augmenting  existing systems to close manual gaps.

Often several solutions varying in predicted costs and coverage will be suggested. A complete tailored heterogenous solution will fully automate your key processes.

Why us?

software guru has a wealth of experience in developing, installing, testing and maintaining a range of computer systems to suit client’s requirements, and can do so at a competitive rate and timescale unmatched by other software solution providers.

Once implemented, you’ll find the solution will add other benefits such as accountability, data analytics, and other useful features that your incumbent methods may not be capable of providing.

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Call us for a quote today. Your business’s software needs us!


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Data Automation

Would you be surprised to know that well-established companies waste many hours on inefficient, costly, error-prone manual processes? Maybe you’ve worked for companies that do things by hand, where they should be done on a computer. Maybe you’re working at one right now.

What is dataflow?man_at_comp

Each business has a dataflow. They import data in the forms of orders, scheduling, invoices, they export data such as payrolls, purchases, inventory. Everything in between handles the flow of data.

Computers, databases and software systems mange that data as it travels through: a set of business rules change or replicate the data; and a set of workflow stages occur where decisions are made.

As these workflows evolve throughout the life of a business, quick-fixes can be put in place where a software system or modification is required. These manual quick-fixes are often designed as temporary, but can be left in place for many years. They are dataflow gaps and can cause severe issues.

What’s wrong with dataflow gaps?

Whilst useful, and necessary, they are the Achilles heel of a successful business. Problems can include:

  • Staff waste hours on repetitive tasks, costing the business money
  • Reaction to new information takes time (as things have to be reentered) reducing business opportunity and slowing sales
  • Errors can creep in: humans make mistakesicon2
  • Data can be lost

How to remedy these inefficient, costly, error-prone dataflow gaps?

software guru can help you. We can create custom software solutions, or make modifications to your existing software systems, whichever’s appropriate. Whatever we do for you, you’ll end up loving – our solutions help you:

  • Save wasted hours on repetitive tasks
  • Reduce turnaround time for company processes
  • Add value to your workflow
  • Reduced potential for costly errors
  • Add accountability, visibility and controllers
  • Feel confident that your vital data is safe

It’s that simple! Book your appointment today. The serve clients across Northern Nova Scotia.

We can help you Automate today


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