Our Development Process: The Webapper Way
Our development practice aspires to the principle that anyone can make something complicated, but it takes true genius, and dedication, to make something simple and elegant, yet powerful. To this end, all the tools and methodologies we choose must advance the goal of making the software we build simple and elegant, but still powerful. Anything that complicates our software unnecessarily—whether a code framework or user interface design—isn't allowed, nor is anything that creates bloat and performance problems.
Here's an overview of our development talents from Nat Papovich, Director of Development Services:
Some Of Our Best Work
Below is a selection of just a few of the great Web applications we've built.
In-store Customer Interaction Application
Who: A $20 million point-of-purchase display manufacturing company.
What: In the incredibly competitive consumer electronics marketplace, it's no longer good enough just to be selling to your customers. You have to be engaging them, and this customer of ours begins the engagement process right at the product display. Our customer developed a system for tracking product interactions on the product displays themselves (buttons pushed on a smartphone, product videos viewed, etc.), and needed a Web application that could pull in all of the customer interaction data from the servers inside the stores.
Webapper: The customer's CTO discovered us as a result of our reputation for writing highly-structured, well-planned Web applications. We built a data streaming and reporting application that "talked" to thousands of product displays at premiere retail outlets around the country. With product displays "calling in" to the central reporting application 24/7, the system needed to be highly available and highly fault-tolerant—the perfect challenge for our combined custom development and performance engineering talents. We delivered a maintainable, high-performance, visually rich data processing and reporting application, using ColdFusion, Flex, and SQL Server, and in the process allowed our customer to provide a substantial competitive advantage to its global consumer electronics customers.
Big-screen Reporting Dashboard
Who: A global consumer electronics and manufacturing giant.
What: Based on the success of our In-store Customer Interaction Application, this premiere consumer electronics company wanted a big-screen (think 52-inch high-definition LCD TV) reporting dashboard to monitor the rollout and performance of its in-store customer interaction displays. The big-screen display would be viewable by key managers and decision-makers in order to track the effectiveness of the program.
Webapper: Leveraging the data and server infrastructure that we built for the original Customer Interaction Application, we added in the Google Maps APIs in order to create a realtime interactive map and reporting dashboard, designed specifically for the large-screen form factor.
ERP Data Mining Application
Who: A world leader in providing ERP analytics to the grocery industry.
What: This customer had been providing critical decision-making analytics to the grocery industry for years in the form of extremely complex spreadsheets on CDs. As the customer base and complexity of the data both grew, this format was no longer workable. The customer found us based on our reputation for migrating complex legacy software to the Web, on-time and on-budget.
Webapper: We imported a huge amount of spreadsheet-stored data to a SQL Server database, and then incorporated all of the business rules into a rich data mining and visualization application built with ColdFusion. The customer was able to sell access to the new Web-based system for a 5-figure licensing fee, thereby dramatically increasing revenue opportunities. We later performed a follow-up development project to incorporate live data feeds into the system (as opposed to manual data imports in the first version), thereby increasing the system's value even further by reducing maintenance costs.
Asset Management Application
Who: A $25 million robotics repair company (Honda of America's 2007 Supplier of the Year).
What: With a massive inventory of customer repairable assets, this company was suffering from a legacy software solution that had evolved into 42 separate data silos, introducing significant financial, operational and strategic blind spots in the company's business.
Webapper: The customer discovered us as a result of our reputation for writing highly-structured, well-planned Web applications. We delivered a maintainable, high-performance, visually rich data processing and reporting application, using ColdFusion, Flex, and SQL Server (including Reporting Services), and in the process migrated 42 separate databases into a single data store that will power the company to its next level of growth.