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Custom Software Solutions - Initial Designs
You have conceptualized an idea, you then prototyped it and received feedback. You completed a detailed wireframe and the concept is beginning to gel.  Now you are ready to begin designing your software application. So, why can’t you just start here? You have a great idea and why waste all that time going through prototyping and wireframe design when I can just get into the process and do something that won’t be thrown away at the end. Well you could, and believe me a lot of individuals and companies do just that. With rapid application development tools and slick agile software development methodologies you think you could just skip ahead and jump right into software application design.
  • 21 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
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Thoughts on how to utilize big data in automotive repair shop management systems.

Next Generation Automotive Shop Management Systems

I’ve designed a lot of software systems throughout my career. A focus has always been put on usability, design, form and function; What if we turn that on its ear and take a dive into data and how data can improve user experience. …What?

Let’s take a look at a typical automotive repair shop: You have a problem with your car, you take it to a repair shop, the technician identifies the problem(s), you agree to the repair estimate, most likely some parts get ordered or pulled from inventory, everything gets installed, tested, paid for and Bob’s your uncle, you are on your way again…

  • 13 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3339

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  • 9 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
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Phase 3: Custom Application Development

Let’s finish up our look into how custom applications are built. You can find the first two sections here and here. We’ll finish up this series with the last few steps: Alpha Release, Beta Release, Production Release, and Iterate.

  • 9 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2436
Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes
It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.
  • 6 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3552

EasilyDo

Next Generation of Personal Assistant Applications
I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to get things organized, prioritized, and then ultimately completed.  In fact, if I would have just done the tasks instead of discussing and thinking about them, they would probably be done already.  We procrastinators will get around to uniting and solving these problems someday….  Anyway, I've been using this application called EasilyDo for a few weeks now and I have come to like it, or should I say, I have come to like the idea of it and I am wanting more
  • 2 May 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3906
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Phase 2: Custom Application Development

We started our look into how custom applications are built and the step by step breakdown used to get this process moving: here. Now let’s move on to the next four steps involved in this progression.
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Next Generation of Personal Assistant Applications

I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to get things organized, prioritized, and then ultimately completed.  In fact, if I would have just done the tasks instead of discussing and thinking about them, they would probably be done already.  We procrastinators will get around to uniting and solving these problems someday….  Anyway, I've been using this application called EasilyDo for a few weeks now and I have come to like it, or should I say, I have come to like the idea of it and I am wanting more
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Custom Software Solutions - Wireframes

It is now on to my favorite phase in the process –wireframes. This is where things begin to take shape and you can start to see what, whatever it is that you are building, is going to look like. I like to use analogies, so picture this if you will: Think of a wireframe design just like walking through the new house you are having built when just the studs are up. You can begin to see room designs, layouts, sizes, etc. In your new home, you begin to see navigation –this is what I will see from the front door, this is what the view from the kitchen will be, this is how many steps from the master bed room to the nursery that it really is. Prototypes only get you so far, like new home blueprints, but wireframes really give the project some life.
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Next Generation Automotive Shop Management Systems

I’ve designed a lot of software systems throughout my career. A focus has always been put on usability, design, form and function; What if we turn that on its ear and take a dive into data and how data can improve user experience. …What? Let’s take a look at a typical automotive repair shop: You have a problem with your car, you take it to a repair shop, the technician identifies the problem(s), you agree to the repair estimate, most likely some parts get ordered or pulled from inventory, everything gets installed, tested, paid for and Bob’s your uncle, you are on your way again…
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Custom Software Solutions - Initial Designs

You have conceptualized an idea, you then prototyped it and received feedback. You completed a detailed wireframe and the concept is beginning to gel.  Now you are ready to begin designing your software application. So, why can’t you just start here? You have a great idea and why waste all that time going through prototyping and wireframe design when I can just get into the process and do something that won’t be thrown away at the end. Well you could, and believe me a lot of individuals and companies do just that. With rapid application development tools and slick agile software development methodologies you think you could just skip ahead and jump right into software application design.
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Smart Personal Assistant Applications – Tempo

I’m on a quest to find the best personal assistant applications to help me stay organized. My last article in this series was on EasilyDo and talked about the design elements that help you get things done. This article is going to talk about designing an application that helps you with meetings. My first impression with these types of applications is that they are in their infancy and they are just scratching the surface of usability. Also, why is it that all these apps want to help you let others know you are running late?
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Custom Software Solutions - Initial Development

We’re nearing the end with Initial Development.  This is the step that most organizations want to jump right into when they have an idea for a custom software application. It can start one of several ways. Sometimes someone has a great idea and they write some code to show it off and now management thinks this can be a product that they are selling next week. Or it can start by an inexperienced product manager thinking that they can skip all the above steps and that if they have someone start coding they can make changes as they go. (Think trying to move the bathroom in your house to another location…) Most commonly, people underestimate the level of effort that it takes to build a software application. I like to say that if it were that easy then everyone would have successful software applications. But, I have seen so many organizations start and fail building custom software applications because they just don’t know the right way to do it. Getting a successful software application into the marketplace isn’t easy and working the process takes time, money and the right resources.
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