At Dvelop.IT it's all about the people

At Dvelop.IT it’s all about the people!

At Dvelop.IT we appreciate that whilst bespoke software development is necessary, for some people it’s not the most exciting thing in their world. But for us, it’s what we do and more importantly, it’s what we are really good at.

We are an established business with a successful track record. Our in-house team are knowledgeable, skilled and experienced. We work collaboratively with you to comprehend what you want to achieve and the market in which you operate, before helping you to solve everything from the simplest to the most complex of business problems.

Why we are different!

Over the years we have created some amazing software systems and we’re extremely proud of the work we have done for a wide range of businesses and across a variety of industries. It’s all about taking our time to understand your business and make suggestions that will add value and have a positive impact. This allows us to help you to:

  • Improve your workflows and processes
  • Reduce administrative time
  • Save money
  • Increase productivity
  • Enhance efficiencies

Our software engineers combine passion and technical thinking to revolutionise the way your business communicates, how you process your work and ultimately how your business performs. Quality and detail are essential, so we come up with innovative ideas and then design customised software that will work the way you work.

Plain English

Offering a friendly, personable and knowledgeable service, our team also have the ability to speak plain English, so you don’t get lost in all the jargon and techie language. We also pride ourselves on our agility, trustworthiness, responsibility, transparency and ethical approach in all our business dealings.

Well-researched solutions

Our customer service skills are also impressive. We remain responsive and communicative. You will have complete visibility of the software throughout its development and can comment on it as it is being built, thanks to regularly released project updates.

In addition, we will never sell you something that they don’t need. Our well-researched solutions will always deliver exactly what you want in a timely manner. Plus, once your project is complete, we offer ongoing support, consultancy and/or hosting to keep your business operating productively and profitably.

So whether it’s a new app, database or ensuring all your software integrates successfully and talks to each other, we guarantee to deliver creative, easy to use and visually engaging software that is cost competitive, saves time, puts you back in control of your business and meets your current and future needs.

For more information on how our team can help you to save time and reduce costs, contact us now – 01933 215050 or info@dvelop.it

Marketing automation

Marketing automation – are your systems talking to each other?

Where would we be in business without clever software and systems? Automation is the way forward when it comes to achieving great results, whilst saving time and money, particularly when it comes to marketing.

CRM, CMS and email marketing

We all know that having a customer relationships management (CRM) system is a great way to manage relationships with prospects, customers, suppliers and other business contacts. Equally a content management (CMS) system offers a flexible means for you to add, amend and/or control your website content. And let’s not forget email marketing and whatever system you use to undertake this.

But did you know that there is a way to ensure that all your marketing systems talk to each other? This means that you can:

  • Improve forecasting and reporting
  • Combine customer information and insights
  • Increase qualified leads
  • Achieve real-time personalisation
  • Increase efficiency

Seamless integration

We are currently working on a new solution that will enable your different software’s to work seamlessly with each other. We know that by integrating these three marketing platforms, you will benefit from an even clearer overview of your customer journey from start to finish as well as experience increased conversion levels.

Business benefits

Having this level of business intelligence is crucial for business owners today. It means that you will be able to offer customers the right offer at the right time as well as collect, organise and managing customer information so you can:

  • Track and monitor behaviours
  • Increase customer loyalty and retention
  • Increase customer revenues
  • Maximise upselling and cross-selling
  • Enhance internal communications
  • Increase productivity
  • Maintain consistency
  • Maximise resources
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Optimise marketing and communications

So if you want to have the space and time to think more strategically, allowing your business to reach its full potential and improve your ROI, then maybe it’s time to think about how some new software can revolutionise what you do? At Dvelop.IT we design, develop and maintain software that will solve problems that you know you have and problems you don’t know you have. Contact us now and let’s help you get your business ready for increased efficiencies and enhanced profitability – 01933 215050 or info@dvelop.it

The advantages of GDPR

The advantages of GDPR

GDPR, love it or loathe it, as a business you simply cannot bury your head in the sand and hide from it. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force later this week.

However, unlike some organisations, we are more than ready for it. Last summer we decided that it would be a good thing when it comes to managing relationships with customers, prospective customers, suppliers and other business contacts.  So instead of being scared, we have renamed GDPR as a Good Device for Progressing Relationships and have embraced it rather than fearing its connotations.

What’s your mind-set?

We think that GDPR is a mind-set.  Right from the outset, we saw it as an opportunity to grow stronger, more engaged prospect streams where we engage with everyone in a targeted manner, safe in the knowledge that they want to hear from us. Also with fewer people on our lists, we can communicate with them in a more relevant and personal way, which we believe will lead to enhanced results going forwards.

Who, why, what and how?

This can be illustrated in a conversation I had recently with another business owners. They had a database of 4000 potential customers. It dated back decades and no one remembered why people were on the various lists and indeed who most of them were. Like many organisations they had attended events and collected business cards or trawled through Google finding businesses and individuals who they believed should want their services and simply added them to the lists. So imagine their surprise when they did their first GDPR emailing some months ago? Only 8 people said they wanted to remain on their lists. The business owner was shocked.

Free yourself

As a customer of other businesses, I have been inundated with GDPR consent requests recently many from businesses that I don’t know. How I have ended up on their lists remains a mystery, but thanks to GDPR I will be able to free myself from the weekly/monthly emails without having to unsubscribe. This is a good thing for me and for their business too. They will be able to save time and money by only targeting people who want to hear from them – surely that’s logical?

Reap the benefits

So our own database is slightly diminished too – but unlike many businesses that are panicking, we are not. Surely it’s far better to have 50 people who want to hear from you, that 500 who don’t? After all, better data equals better relationships. But best of all GDPR is enabling you to:

  • Demonstrate that you take customer security and privacy seriously
  • Give people a choice to hear from you
  • Get to know your customers and prospective customers better
  • Save time and money by targeting your marketing efforts
  • Enhance the reputation of your business

For more information on how our bespoke systems can help your business to develop and grow in the era of GDPR, join our software revolution, contact us now – 01933 215050 or info@dvelop.it

Meet our Apprentice Software Engineer!

Hi! I’m Lewis and I’m 17. I have a huge passion for IT, Cycling, toy pandas, dogs and everything tech! Prior to starting this apprenticeship I was studying A Levels in: Computer Science, Engineering, Maths and an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in Software Development.

After months of intense studying I decided that I wanted to chase my dream, be happy and most of all enjoy my daily life! On Monday 29th January 2018 that I realised that I was not truly happy. And no, I didn’t carry on with Sixth Form. Life is too short!!

It wasn’t as simple as finding an apprenticeship and then working for that selected company. You have to find one that suits your individual personality. So, on that morning I googled “Find Apprenticeships”. I went through the whole list and I found one, which just happened to be in the Software Development industry. It just “felt right”.

 

A few weeks passed and my first day at Dvelop IT came. Prior to walking into the building I was incredibly nervous, scared and timid. Was there a need? Not at all! They are the friendliest bunch of guys I have ever met. They always make a joke out of anything. But, they are always professional in their work.

So far, in my 3 weeks of working for Dvelop IT I have learnt an incredible amount! I have learnt the fundamentals of C#, how to create simple GUI’s, how to create a database and understanding the best coding practises.

 

One hurdle that I have came across is my lack of experience within the C# language. However, the team have constantly reassured me that with time and experience I will have the knowledge, confidence and experience of the language. After all, I am eager to learn!

I feel like my future is looking bright!

What we’re doing for Social responsibility…

Social responsibility. In my opinion we don’t hear this enough, especially in business. It’s important in any social system to give back when you have success. Over the last couple of years Dvelop.IT has grown considerably and we’re very proud of that. Because of this we have partnered with Age UK Milton Keynes in 2018 to raise funds for a charity that’s close to our heart.

We have 4 events or fundraising activities coming up this year:

  • Wear your Pyjamas to work day (April): We thought this might be something fun to kick things off! Everyone is going to pay to wear their PJ’s to work as well as ask our business neighbours to donate. Frankly, who doesn’t want to see a bunch of IT geeks in their nightwear?
  • Dragon-boat festival (June): Perhaps our most challenging task for the year. We have partnered with our client (Giantt) to enter the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Race. We don’t hold up much hope for winning but would love to raise a decent amount of money for Age UK. Keep an eye out for our just giving page and please give generously!
  • Memory club (October): We’re still working through the finer details but essentially the memory club is focused on helping people with Alzheimer’s and their carers have a break and do something nice. We thought about using technology (i.e. iPods) to bring everyone music from their era, but are still open for suggestions…
  • Christmas (December): Again, no specific plans yet, but maybe donating gifts and being involved in the memory club at Christmas might be a nice touch.

We would encourage any businesses out there who want to give something back to join us. You’ll be supporting a wonderful cause, showing your clients that you care about social responsibility and let’s face it, have some fun too!

We hope you will support us by donating generously and look forward to seeing what our friends and clients do in regards to social responsibility this year.

The Dvelop.IT team

The future is Apps!

Apps – a great way to connect your customers to your company

We have been very busy here at Dvelop.IT for the last month or so. Possibly the busiest we’ve ever been. The main reason for this is that we have recently won a lot of new business. Whilst we’re certainly not complaining, I have made 2 observations:

  1. Going to the Great British Business Show last November was fantastic for us. We met so many great people, many of whom have now become clients. It’s been an amazing way to speak to people face to face as well as promote what we do on a larger scale.
  2. Apps are the future! We all know this market has been growing for the last few years but right now apps are hotter than ever.

It’s the latter of the two observations I wanted to write about.

Promote your company or services in a friendly and productive way

Historically, Dvelop.IT has specialised in making revolutionary back-end systems. These systems run businesses! They are an integral part of how our clients operate day to day and we’re very proud of what we do. This will never change, but what is changing is the popularity of apps. Long gone are the days of limited functionality and clunky user interfaces. For now and for the future, apps are sleek, smart and increasingly important to businesses. They offer something different, essentially a customer focused way of connecting to your company or using your services in a more friendly and productive way.

There are two types of people that come to us with requirements for apps. The first is existing businesses who want to improve communication, sales and engagement with their clients/customers. The second is ‘start-ups’ whom have a brilliant new idea they want to take to market. For us, both are equally as exciting. Showing a business how they can improve and watching that improvement gives us a great sense of satisfaction and is the reason we started Dvelop.IT seven years ago. Helping a new business get off the ground is also very rewarding and I’ll admit it, even great fun!

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Tablet

Apps are on the increase

However you look at things, apps are on the increase and we love being a part of that. It still surprises me when I see large enterprises who still don’t use an app. Let’s take football clubs for an example. Manchester United (arguably the biggest club in the world) don’t even have an official app! I know, I was shocked too. Think of all the ticket and shirt sales that are missed, all the opportunities to share official news and transfer updates and most importantly the connection with the fans that’s not being utilised.

If you are on the look-out for an app developer, then look no further. We have some great examples of our previous designs and would love to share them with you. Oh, and if you reading this Manchester United, do give us a call…

Hospitality Show – Excel London

This year we are attending the Hospitality business show at the Excel, London. We will be in the Tech area, stand 2958.

 

We love attending shows and are looking forward to our first with http://www.hotelympia.com/. Come and visit us to discuss all your software needs, whether that be front or back end systems, Apps and the like. We love talking tech!

 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

The Dvelop.IT team

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Meltdown and Spectre – not the names of new James Bond villains!

I am not sure who gets to name software bugs or whether it operates like the naming of storms i.e. alphabetically, but however it works, Meltdown and Spectre, sound scary enough to warrant the urgent attention of every IT user, and rightly so!

What are they?

Meltdown and Spectre are serious security flaws that were found three weeks ago in central processing units (CPU’s) of all processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM since 1995. The flaws could let attackers steal sensitive data, including passwords, encryption keys, private information including banking details and will affect virtually every modern computer, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs from all vendors and running almost any operating system.

What are the big boys doing?

Meltdown is the more serious flaw, whilst for Spectre it appears as if there is no easy fix yet. Intel’s first round of Spectre CPU fixes caused more frequent, unwanted system reboots and other stability issues. They are currently testing new patches and advise users to wait until they are ready before installing them. So it might be worth remembering in the meantime, to get your updates from your PC, laptop, or motherboard maker, rather than Intel.

Fixes are already going out from Microsoft and Apple to help mitigate Meltdown and Spectre – though a full fix for these issues could still be some way off.  However, the fixes are thought to slow down computer performance by as much as 30% on users of systems before Windows 10 and using 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation Intel processors. However you need them installed otherwise the alternatives don’t bear thinking about. And browsers are getting in on the action too with Google, Firefox and Internet Explorer safeguarding their systems. Whilst Apple have pushed out updates to iOS 11 and macOS with security improvements to Safari.

What can you do?

The good news is that Spectre or Meltdown flaws have not yet been used in an attack, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. In the meantime, we urge you to keep an eye out and follow our 1, 2, 3 action plan.

  1. First and foremost don’t panic.
  2. Implement all available OS and firmware updates.
  3. Keep your antivirus software vigilant.

At Dvelop.IT we design, develop and maintain software that will solve problems that you know you have and problems you don’t know you have. Contact us now and let’s help you get your business ready for increased efficiencies and enhanced profitability – 01933 215050 or info@dvelop.it

Is it Christmas already?

Why now is the perfect time to talk about your issues!

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is on its way! I’m already hearing people say they are ‘winding down for the holidays’… Is it me or does this get earlier every year? For me the period running up to Christmas is vitally important. It’s an opportunity to catch up on admin tasks, make some friendly contacts, but, most importantly look back and reflect on the year. It’s easy to look back and celebrate all the successes (we can do that between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day), but I prefer to review problems we have faced and use this time to look at ways of fixing these problems. What better time?

Get your processes efficient for 2018

A core part of our business is realising and fixing problems for our clients. Sometimes they do the former part for us, but we are always the ‘go to’ guys when a bottle-neck or pain comes up. Now we can’t promise to fix your pains by Christmas, we’re not magic Christmas elves but what we can do, is start the process by talking  through issues you may have. Then we go away and think for a while, research solutions and have an ideas meeting with the team. Christmas is the perfect time for us to do this. This means by January we will be ready to present our ideas to you. Wouldn’t it be great to start the new year with more efficient processes? Or increased revenue? That’s what we do every day!

Join the Software Revolution

Who knows, by next Christmas you might be so in demand from new clients that winding down for the holidays is a thing of the past! So what are you waiting for… join The Software Revolution and give us a try!

P.S. Santa, if you need help churning those presents out both efficiently and to the highest of standards, you know who to call!

At Dvelop.IT we design, develop and maintain software that will solve problems that you know you have and problems you don’t know you have. Contact us now and let’s get this revolution started – 01933 215050 or ashley@dvelop.it

Doing business at The Business Show!

Well, what a week it has been for us at Dvelop.IT!

We had our first foray into the world of exhibiting at a prestigious event and after our venture at The Business Show held at London’s Olympia, it certainly won’t be our last. However, I will be investing in some good in-soles as my feet have never felt the pains of standing for 10 hours before!

But thanks to an impressive looking stand (in the words of our visitors), complete with eye-catching corporate coloured balloons, two very smiley gents (Curt and I) and a great attitude when talking about ideas, we managed to draw in hundreds of visitors over the two-day event.

Business Show 2017

Business Show 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

arcade machineSome visitors came to our stand to take part in our Space Invaders competition to win a Tablet on our retro style arcade machine; others wanted to see a demonstration of what we can do and dozens more asked us whether we could help them with a forthcoming bespoke software development project.  We also met other IT industry suppliers, seminar presenters and of course the usual visitors who were after some event freebies! Oh, and we even met some ‘celebrities’!

All told, we have come away with some great leads to follow up and a smile on our face. We really enjoyed the hectic, busy and fun atmosphere of the largest business exhibition in Europe. We are already looking forward to the show next year, which promises to be even bigger and better.  Hopefully you can join us there and take up the opportunity to join our software revolution, like many of the great people we met last week.

Now, where is that foot-spa when you need it?