What do we mean by Bespoke Software?
A bespoke website or piece of web-based software is one that fulfills a particular purpose such as automating an internal process of providing users the ability to manage their own affairs online.
They go beyond the normal requirements of traditional e-commerce of brochure style websites. They also go beyond the capabilities of most off the shelf products.
We’ve been building online software and providing application development services since 1998.
Because every step of the process is carried out in-house – we don’t outsource – we can develop your online application to do exactly what you want it to, no matter how complex.
Our Technology Stack
As software specialists and experienced experts in our field, we have selected a number of technologies that we consider best in breed.
These are all ‘here to stay’ tried and tested technologies that have been very carefully selected to give us the flexibility to create any software platform required.
Quasar and Vue.js
For front end development we have chosen Quasar integrated with Vue.js.
These technologies integrate well with .NET core and have allowed us to create very flexible, fast, versatile, interactive front and back ends user interfaces to our web applications.
NET Core is a cross-platform application, we run it on Windows. It’s actually a full re-write of Microsoft’s earlier .NET Framework, with an emphasis on performance, testability and compatibility.
Web APIs, libraries and desktop applications can all be developed using the C# language. This modern, object-oriented language is still being actively developed and improved by Microsoft and the open-source community, with version 8 having just been released in 2019.
SQL Server is a highly secure, enterprise-grade relational database management system. It’s dependable as it’s remained one of the most popular data persistence options for decades. A relational database maintains data accuracy using atomic transactions, which ensures that each data change is reliably processed. Plus, the fairly recent addition of JSON support to SQL Server allows for a hybrid relational and document-based approach. So, you get the best of both worlds.
We host our databases on Azure, which is Microsoft’s global cloud platform. Azure provides excellent speed and resilience as well as burstable capacity.
We fully embrace Azure and our software development team uses this to provision virtual machines, network infrastructure, SQL Server databases.
It provides global resiliency and scalability for applications.
Our web application development work includes such things as:
- membership services,
- online ticketing
- event management systems
- document management
- online learning
- timesheet management
Where do we do it?
All our bespoke web application work is carried out in-house at our Hammersmith office in West London, W6.
We do not outsource our work. We are a team of about 15, geared towards building our clients’ businesses and brands online. Your trusted agency for application development services.
Visual Data – Meta Data Tool for Media broadcasters
Visual Data Media
Meta Data Tool for Production Companies
If you create media for TV or Film and want to send it for broadcast for channels such as Netflix, itunes, then it needs to be sent in the correct format.
We created a meta data software for production companies. It enables them to upload their meta data and for the software to format this for all the approriate platforms – Netflix, Amazon, Hublu, Microsoft, Itunes, and many more.
Sounds easy? It’s in fact a very complex tool that integrates various other bits of software and took a year to build. It also uses SSO
Unfortunately it’s all password protected but if you would like to know more please contact us.
Lablogger – science lab management tool – Technician software
Experiment Request tool for Science teachers and Lab Technicians
see website www.lablogger.co.uk
LabLogger is a unique website aimed at making lab management in schools easy and straightforward.
It is the brainchild a lab technician who, together with Datadial has developed a simple and clear system that organises science departments within schools and colleges.
LabLogger takes the strain off coordinating experiments and eliminates paperwork and long email chains. By taking care of the administrative side of science, you can focus your attention where it is needed most.
LabLogger integrates lab management onto a single online platform – our easy-to-navigate, user-friendly site centralises all experiments, scheduling and stock-list data. This allows technicians to plan their time and equipment as necessary, and gives teachers the freedom to submit their requests at school or at home!
This is a complex application allowing science teachers to request equipment for experiments for their class. Built bespoke for the client we ensured that it had world wide compatibility for all school types and time periods. It’s now being used by schools around the globe.
Watch the video below to better understand how it works
RE:IO – bespoke applications – Video distribution
Visual Data Media
From upload to meta data to archive. assisted Quality control included
File management system. A sorf ot Wetransfer but for super massive files
Vanessa Arbuthnott – made to measure curtain and upholstery ordering
Bespoke Curtain Ordering Software
This is an example of a website for which off the shelf shopping software would not be able to cope.
If you have ever ordered a pair or curtains you will know how complicated it can be. You need to know about pattern repeats, drops, width measurements, pelmet pleats, flop overs, piping, poles, tiebacks, voiles, cushions and how to calculate it all in an instant for the online user.
As this was a redevelopment of an existing site the client had a sophisticated set of requirements not just for curtain calculations but also delivery management and accommodation of standard e-commerce products.
So we developed a bespoke e-commerce website.
The site accommodates:
- Made to Measure Curtains, Roman and Swedish Blinds, Quilts, Cushions, Upholstered Chairs, Sofas, Wallpapers and standart products.
- There are lots of additional options where relevant such as options for second lining fabrics, border fabrics piping, buttons etc.
- Includes multiple payment options including phone, cheque, PayPal, credit card.
- Sophisticated delivery management allows for split deliveries for orders containing mixed product types such as a sofa and a free sample. Dynamic Postcode calculator offers cheapest postage options.
- Includes back end call centre order entry and CRM. All fully updateable via bespoke CMS
Built from the ground up with SEO in mind, this is the only fully SEO friendly curtain website in the world as far as we know!
Loom and Last – curtain ordering software – Made to measure curtains
Loom and Last
Curtain ordering software. We really had to pull ourselves together for this one!
Natural Curtain Company approached Datadial when they realised their existing site was failing and that the platform that it was built on could not sustain the complexity of their product offering, nor was it extensible enough to accommodate new products.
Instead of shoe-horning Natural Curtain’s business model into pre-existing e-commerce software as had happened on their previous site we instead built the site to their exacting requirements from the ground up.
The result is a complex and sophisticated ordering system that has minimised the amount of in house administration of online orders and virtually eliminated user errors on the site as there is now so much validation before ordering that users cannot order the wrong thing.
The site is integrated with Datadial’s email marketing software as well as Wufoo and online survey tool as well as their own bespoke order management system.
The site has also been supported by an online marketing campaign to keep the site listed for any curtain related queries. A recent conversion rate optimisation exercise where we A/B tested homepage layouts had the effect of increasing revenue by 30%.
It is clear that our customers like the new website. I love it. So a big thank you from me and all at the ever-growing Natural Curtain Company.David Adeane, Natural Curtain Company