Business Development is the term we use that
encompasses most of our services. Whether it's a website or
assistance with performance improvement, your company is
moving forward and upward...development!
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- Website Development
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Database Design, Database Development,
Data Conversion, Data Analysis
- Social Networking Strategies
(e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
Training, Education, & Seminars (e.g., "How to create a
hacker-proof password," "SEO Basics (How to Make Google
Love My Website)," etc.
- Strategic Planning
- Policies and Procedures
- Efficiency Improvement
- Quality Improvement
- Business Startup Consulting
- Temporary Leadership
Are you looking for help in choosing the right software system for your
business? We have participated in many software selection
committees, vendor selection committees, and software analysis groups. We can help
you define your needs and requirements, review various options, make the
most appropriate choice for your needs, thus saving dollars and headaches. We
can also help you determine ROI (Return On Investment) for the
various options and even help you review and negotiate favorable
prices and support fees. It is reassuring to have an
unbiased consultant on YOUR side of the table.
When a company can't find the right "canned" software
off the shelf, it becomes a big
decision to have custom software developed. Advanced Development
Concepts (formerly Advanced Programming Concepts) has been
involved in many software projects including everything from
developing multi-million dollar software systems for a large
integrating different systems together for a small family
business. Our team has lead out and assisted in ALL aspects of
the software development life cycle. We've been extremely
valuable and our experience has been a blessing to our clients.
Even if we don't do the actual programming for you, we can
provide valuable services in helping you define your
needs to another development company or act as
a liaison between your company and the developers. This
is especially important for companies that do not have their own
internal information technology departments.
When you need to connect (integrate/interface) two pieces of software together so they
can communicate between each other, we might be able to help.
Some software does not allow this type of integration and some
systems require some interfacing tricks that can be done behind the scenes. Contact Us and
let's see if it's possible!
developed data scraping solutions when all the client
has is a huge report and no obvious way to export the
data to a database where queries and analysis can run over the data in ways
the report does not allow.
Database Design, Database Development,
Data Conversion, Data Analysis
We have extensive database experience. Relational databases,
stored procedures, indexes, database normalization, data
objects, data layer
and business layer are terms with which we are quite familiar.
- Database Design. When developing a
software system, one of the most important aspects is a well
thought out database design. This is
- Performance. Properly-designed
tables and data structures usually result in better
performance as the volume of data grows. All to often
systems run great until the data size doubles, triples,
etc. Likewise, as more and more users work with the
system, many poorly-designed systems bog down
- Expansion. Often when companies
want to expand a software system, a "simple enhancement"
becomes a nightmare because the database was not
- Support. Hap-hazard designs are
difficult for staff to support, especially when there is
staff turnover. Is your database well documented?
- Reporting. Nicely designed data
structures allows for easier and more robust report
development. If your key developer "gets hit by a
truck," do you have enough quality documentation that
the next developer you bring in can hit the ground
running? This is extremely important.
- Data Conversion, Data Scraping, Data Mining,
Data Exporting. We have converted or exported a
large variety of tables. Whether it's exporting data for
better analysis or reporting, or converting data so it can
be uploaded into an external software system, data mining
from various systems for analysis into a central data
warehouse, or "scraping" data off of a large report and
creating a table from the data, we have probably done
something like it before. Contact us and let's see if we can help.
The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines
marketing as planning and executing the conception, pricing,
promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create
exchanges that satisfy individual and organizational objectives.
Great companies and great products fail if they can't
inform their target customers and convince them to invest in it!
There are so many key factors involved in this process, it's very
difficult for companies to focus on the right ones.
- Target Customer. Are you SURE you
know and understand your target customer? Do you know their
demographics? Do you know their shopping habits? Do you know
their real needs?
- ROI (Return On Investment). If your
marketing dollars are not more than paying for themselves, your
marketing plan may not be working. Let us help you determine the
right strategy for setting up a way to determine and measure
- Out of Ideas? Some of our best results
occur when we're brought in to give a fresh look at your
situation. We will team up with you, not take over. We are here
to make you successful.
Social Networking Strategies (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc. are wonderful tools to further
increase your business. However, many businesses do it wrong...so
wrong that it can take a lot of time to un-do the damage that was
done. If you're new to these powerful tools, please get some
professional help so you can do it right!
Facebook, for example, has over 500,000,000 users! That's a LOT
of marketing potential opportunity out there! How do you get
friends? How do you inform them about your business regularly
without turning them off. If you aren't convinced this is a HUGE
REVOLUTION in marketing,
watch this video!
We currently run several successful Facebook campaigns (for
example) for multiple businesses. There is a lot of strategy to the
process and, depending on the type of business, the techniques vary.
Did you know?...We've been providing
training sessions for Facebook.
Does your business need to get to the next level? Do you need a
non-biased facilitator for your strategic planning?
Looking for an outside opinion on your strategic goals or do you
need someone (unbiased) to help your team work through it?
business priorities (projects, focus, structure, budget) do not help you reach your strategic plan's
goals then something needs to be adjusted. Strategic planning is
more than just planning.
It involves actually doing it, measuring it, and
determining if you are on track. Too many of us have sat
through long, boring, strategic planning meetings only to realize
later that no one is actually going to implement the plan.
Our team has written and assisted with the writing of a wide
variety of policies and procedures. This is just a sample of the types we've
- Security Policies
- Employee Handbooks
- Electronic Signature
- Data Backup & Storage Procedures
- Computer Equipment Standardization
- Hiring and Interviewing Procedures
- Computer Usage
- Ergonomic Standards
- Software Development Standards
- Quality Assurance and Testing Procedures
- Office Security and Emergency Response Procedures
One of the most rewarding services with some of the highest ROI
(Return On Investment) is our Efficiency Improvement services.
We are brought in as an "unbiased outsider" to analyze a
process in detail, understand the management constraints
and results requirements, and then to recommend efficiency
improvements that allow a team/business to save money, cut
or redirect staff, increase quality, etc.
This may sound strange but it is extremely true: It is
often easier for an outside consultant to come in and recommend
something much easier than it is for management to recommend the
exact same thing. For some psychological reason, staff
often accept this easier better and often the implementation is more
successful. Read between the lines.
It has several names: Continuous Quality Improvement, Continuing
Quality Improvement, CQI, Quality Assurance, etc. But the purpose is
the same: To not only improve some business/team process but
to setup a system of procedures and measurements to help ensure that
the improvement is continuous. All too often companies
spend a lot of money to improve something or to "talk about"
improvement only to never follow up and make sure that that
investment produces actual results that last. It's very difficult
for some companies to do this themselves and often they need an
outside consultant to come in and help facilitate this process.
Several members of our team have started their own companies.
Many have been directly involved in helping companies start from the
ground up, from franchises, and from purchases. There is a LOT to think about and plan for and it is very difficult to do it
yourself AND be successful. Since most startup companies fail to
succeed, why not avoid as many mistakes as possible and have the
best chance for success? Here is an incomplete list of just some of
the important items that must be handled with most startup
- Business Concept (implementing a great idea is what it's all
- Business Plan and Marketing Plan
- Business name, taglines, domain name, logo, graphics
- Business type (sole proprietor, partnership, LLC,
corporation, non-profit corporation)
- Business license, sales tax number, certifications,
registrations, licensing, memberships, etc.
- Financing (self, investors, SBC, bank loans, grants)
- Target Customer identification
- Copyrights, trademarks, patents
- Location planning, traffic analysis, building lease or
- Fixtures, signage, furniture, decor
- Insurances (liability, property, worker's compensation,
- Hiring strategies, job descriptions, management roles, pay
scales, incentives, employment-at-will, labor Laws
- Timecards, payroll process, QuickBooks, outsourcing,
- Website, social networking, email system, blogs, SEO
- Advertising (large variety of options), ad tracking to
justify expense, ROI
- Grand opening, ribbon cutting, press releases, bulletins
- Business networking, social networking, B2B, community
involvement, mixers, business associations
This service can be a blessing to a company that is in one of the
- In between managers, administrators, executives and the
needs someone with experience to step in and lead for a finite
period of time until the position can be filled permanently.
- Virtual Team Leadership (Matrix Teams). Often, these are
temporary teams put together for a specific project. Because of
existing workloads, it is often difficult to pull existing
managers and it's often better to bring in experienced project
managers who can lead virtual teams.
- There is a political situation that makes the selection of a
temporary leader difficult and the company needs a temporary
leader to fill the void until the politics can be worked out.
For example, there are two bright and very competitive
individuals wanting to fill a vacancy but the company can't
decide or doesn't want to frustrate/insult the person who is not
selected for the temporary assignment. Often it's easier to bring in a temporary leader to
fill the position until someone can be selected to fill it
- A company, division, or team is being dissolved, disbanded,
or broken up.
- Sometimes a "bad guy" is needed to come in and do the
dirty work, take the heat, or help cool down the troops
during this process. Often it is a good idea to bring in an
outsider to help limit the damage of the reputation of a
permanent employee or to keep the "about to be displaced"
staff calmer during the process because there is no
emotional tie or past friendship with the temporary leader.
- Sometimes the leader of the team exits (or gets
promoted) before the breakup takes place and the company
needs temporary leadership until the process completes.
- While this situation is never fun for anyone, it can often
be very advantageous to temporarily bring in an outsider to do
some "dirty work" that could harm the reputation of existing
management. For example, a large layoff or termination.
Sometimes a political situation might require a process of
re-assignment of staff to a "new" manager in order to help
facilitate the "rehabilitation" of a problem employee or to help
evaluate and highlight the need for them to be "given the
opportunity to be successful