Brandon Cross Technologies Blog

How to Effectively Communicate your Ideas to Software Developers

Posted by Justin Cross on Jul 27, 2020 2:45:43 PM

Software development outsourcing is an excellent option to access skills that you might not have available in-house. However, this resource is only effective if you are able to communicate clearly what it is you want the software to do.

Woolly, vague explanations will simply result in a piece of developed software that doesn’t reach your expectations. In situations like this, it can sometimes be difficult to tweak and alter the project and could result in a time-consuming and expensive rebuild.

So, how do you ensure your bespoke software is built to your specifications?

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Topics: Bespoke Business Software, Project Management

The Importance of Effective Cyber Security In Software for SMEs

Posted by Justin Cross on Jul 10, 2020 9:07:28 AM

In April 2020 the UK’s Office for National Statistics announced that 49.2% of working adults were currently working from home due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Whilst this may be seen as good news for employees who have more flexible working hours and conditions and no commuting times, and for employers who potentially have a more productive workforce and reduced overheads, it has increased concerns regarding cybersecurity.

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Topics: GDPR, Bespoke Business Software

Can I Integrate My Legacy System With Bespoke Software?

Posted by Justin Cross on Jan 6, 2020 4:23:00 PM

If you're asking yourself, "What are legacy systems anyway?", then read on. The term refers to any equipment or technology you're using that's outdated or no longer current. It can mean computer hardware that's no longer in production and is impossible to replace if it goes wrong. It can mean software that's been superseded by newer packages. It can also mean systems that don't comply with the latest standards for things like data security.

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Topics: Bespoke Business Software

4 Great Examples Of How Gamification Can Be Used In Your Business

Posted by Justin Cross on Nov 20, 2019 1:28:00 PM

Gamification is the art of applying concepts and mechanics found in videogames and boardgames to applications designed for another purpose. Gamification in a business setting often takes the form of incentivising competition, attainment, and productivity. Users are encouraged to meet goals and beat challenges to receive rewards. While the rewards might be superficial or cosmetic (such as points, achievement badges, or customisable options for the program), gamification has been proven to help boost employee productivity and competitiveness.

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Topics: Bespoke Business Software

What Are The Effects Of The GDPR On Software Applications?

Posted by Justin Cross on Oct 15, 2019 1:15:00 PM

The General Data Protection Act (GDPR) is a European Union-wide legal directive that applies a solid working framework to all digital data collection, storage, and disposal in the EU. If you're developing or licencing any piece of software for use in or with the EU, you need to be aware of the GDPR's strict data safety and user consent requirements. This often requires direct communication with the user and behind-the-scenes work to make sure their data stays secure.

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Topics: GDPR, Bespoke Business Software

Why You Should Replace Your Business Legacy Systems

Posted by Justin Cross on Aug 20, 2019 12:37:42 PM



Companies benefit when their IT systems run seamlessly. However, with computing displaying the unnerving ability to shift at lightning pace, it can be challenging to know when to invest in upgrades. From a security and productivity perspective, one of the biggest hazards that organisations face is attempting to run legacy systems. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Bespoke Business Software

6 Reasons You Should Scrap Your Dated Business Software & Upgrade To A Bespoke System Specific To Your Business

Posted by Justin Cross on Jun 24, 2019 5:10:10 PM


‘Scrapping’ legacy software in favodigiur of a bespoke alternative may appear drastic, but in many cases, it is the most cost-effective solution in the long term. Many businesses find themselves stuck using outdated, slow and inefficient software because that is what they have always used and they are reluctant to upgrade – whether due to cost, disruption, lack of time or inconvenience.

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Topics: Bespoke Business Software