Services Overview

EF Solutions is a "One-Stop" software development company delivering its services to businesses of all sizes. We offer a complete set of services from bespoke software, advanced internet application development and quality web design to EDI systems and bolt-on's to existing applications.

Our work strategy is based upon gaining a deep understanding of our client's business. Our highly skilled teams of engineers and designers work with you to provide real and effective solutions to your particular business needs.

Systems types

Being standardized and relatively cheap there is always going to be a place for off-the-shelf packaged software, but is it right for your company? Clearly, with so many out-of-the-box software solutions available covering everything from finance to CRM on the face of it might not seem sensible to have bespoke software developed for you.

However very few of these standard applications are actually able to provide a solution which fits your business processes and even less will integrate with your existing systems. According to leading analysts Gartner, around 20% of software applications are built in-house from scratch, and this figure dramatically rises when organisations that are outsourcing software projects to third parties are included.

The fact is that the bespoke software development enables organisations to achieve real competitive advantage in a focused and customised way that packaged software and suppliers find difficult to match. Imagine if your core software applications were integrated and matched the way you work. No more double keying of data or collating information from different applications, performance improvements could be realized quickly and pay for themselves in a matter of weeks.

At EF we have years of experience in successfully applying our extensive design and development skills to ensuring commercial benefits from bespoke software development. By understanding your organisation’s business processes we can design and develop software that supports those processes, producing measurable improvements and tangible benefits.

With many years experience of designing and developing web solutions for a broad range of industries, EF has gained a reputation for creating effective and manageable solutions. An intelligent and well thought-out website can have a profound effect on the success of your business, and this does not just mean in terms of increased revenue provided by web sales. A website is an extension of your business identity so you need to be sure you are being represented in the best possible way!

Our dedicated team of developers and designers can be flexible to your needs and ideas, allowing us to develop something that will always meet your requirements, be they simple promotion tools to fully integrated e-commerce website. A website that works for you!

When developing your website, we at EF are passionate about creating an experience that will be pleasurable for your customers, but is also easy for you to use and maintain. Being a bespoke software agency, we have all the skills required to enable you to administer your web front-end in a way that suits you regardless of your skills and capabilities.

Web applications can be used to run almost any aspect of your business and are becoming increasingly popular due to their flexibility allowing clients to work remotely from anywhere in the world. Companies within all business sectors can benefit from implementing web applications as part of their business strategies. Most large corporations have already realised that they can drastically reduce the costs of supporting and providing services to their customers by using web technologies.

We design websites and web applications which are effective as well as attractive, we have the ability to optimise you businesses performance utilising the latest technologies. Traditional software can be expensive, especially when you consider the true cost of ownership, which includes high cost items such as multiple site licences, installation and upgrades to PCs.

In recent years there has been a change in our consumer culture as retailers and high street banks have started to encourage their customers to buy their products and services over the web. As a result of this change combined with the take up of broadband, most computer users have now become very comfortable with using the internet and their web browsers.Customers not only appreciate the convenience and immediacy of being able to interact with a company 24 hours a day over the web, but the benefits to company itself can also be considerable. These can include increased sales, reduced overheads, improved customer profiling, streamlined processes and cross platform compatibility to name but a few.

Electronic commerce is a broad term often used to describe any form of business information exchanged electronically. EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. EDI is specifically the electronic exchange of structured business documents between different computer applications across enterprise boundaries.

For example 'Company A' needs to automatically send its purchase orders from its purchasing application 'Application A' to a sales order processing application 'Application B' at its suppliers business 'Company B'. However 'Application A' and 'Application B' format this data differently and cannot communicate with one another. An EDI system will bridge the gap between these two applications facilitating the placing and receiving of orders without the need for user intervention.

Companies can achieve a number of cost reductions as a result of implementing an EDI system. These reductions can include both cost savings and cost avoidance. The points below illustrate some of the savings that you can expect:

  • Reduction of overhead costs eliminating human handling in areas such as clerical and data entry.
  • Paper, envelopes and mailing costs also decrease as does the amount of storage required for hard copy documents.
  • Substantial cost savings can be realised as a result of reduced errors, these savings include those such as labour costs incurred searching for these mistakes.
  • Reduction of inventory costs through shortening order lead times and delivery cycles, lowering the company's stock holding.

Implementing an EDI can also have an impact on the business in a number of other ways, improving operational efficiencies and tightening relationships with your trading partners.

  • By receiving more accurate and complete data suppliers can ensure accurate and timely shipments to their customers while reducing the expenses incurred from returned shipments of incorrect ordered parts or products.
  • The rapid receipt of accurate and complete business data helps, supplier's process orders quicker, whilst the manufacturers can anticipate quicker receipt of goods and schedule manufacturing tasks accordingly.
  • Finally, EDI can improve cash flow. As more of a company's applications are integrated into EDI, its cash flow will improve due to the overall efficiencies that EDI provides. Enabling companies to plan cash flow more precisely, by reducing stock holdings whilst optimising the making and receiving of payments.

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