Bespoke software development in Berkshire
We have over 30 years’ experience of analysing business workflows and converting them into digital processes in a cost-effective way. We write bespoke software that is tailored to each company’s requirements. We build modular systems that can always be extended later on with future enhancements and carry on growing with the company.
Time and time again we have seen the great impact that custom made software makes, once put in place correctly. It enhances customer satisfaction, staff efficiency, cost reduction and thus creates business growth.
We find that a lot of SME owners and managers are not aware of the quick and cost-effective solutions that companies like ours can provide. Examples for such bespoke solutions are: Booking systems, Order systems, e-learning platforms, Training systems etc. Those systems can incorporate built-in integrations with other third-party systems to deliver efficient, single ‘point of truth’ management platforms.
Bespoke software development life cycle includes the following phases:
Gather requirements and set objectives
Depending on the size of the project we will meet with key stakeholders or run an on-site workshop where we can discuss your requirements. This allows us to properly understand how the solution needs to integrate with your business and existing workflows. We will explore not only the immediate requirements for the project, but also where it's likely to go in the future. That way we can ensure that when we build the solution, it not only exactly matches your requirements, but also provides a platform for further growth.
When all requirements are gathered and clear business goals have been set by stakeholders, we start analysing the information and break it down into simple and clear points that need to be addressed in the full scope solution. It is important to analyse all aspects of the proposed solution and its impact on different parts of the business in the short and long run. At this point, we write a functional specification document which describes the full solution using non-technical terminology. It describes the different user journeys throughout the solution.
Design and development
When the specification has been signed off by the client and key stages have been identified, we start the development process. If the project provides a client-facing front-end, we will design the look & feel of those screens and send it to the client for approval. When the designs are approved, we start building the solution following the functional specification plan to detail.
Once the system has been developed, we deploy it to a testing environment where every user-journey can be thoroughly tested, along with all the functionality of the software, to make sure that the actual behaviour of the software matches the expected results as described in the functional specification. If a fault is found, we make sure it is fixed and then repeat the testing scenarios again until all the issues are corrected.
It is then ready to be tested by the client. If any further faults are found, those are fixed until the solution is ready to be signed off as ready for deployment.
When the software has been thoroughly tested on a testing environment, it is deployed to its final destination, the live environment. This involves installation, configuration, testing and performance optimisation of all the software components such as Code, Databases and automated scheduled Services.
Support & maintenance
We pride ourselves on developing long-term partnerships with our customers, so once your site is live, you'll have access to our support system where you can log and track the progress of any issues to ensure a speedy resolution.
CM System Designs successfully converted our manual booking process into a comprehensive, centralised, efficient online system. We named it BMS (Booking Management System). The BMS gives us a clear overview of the state of all our artist bookings across all of our venues at any given time including real-time financial reports.
It has helped us save time, and therefore money by automating many time-consuming and repetitive tasks. It also allows artists, agents and venue managers to interact with it 24x7 at their preferred time.
The BMS has taken our well-tested booking process which has been lovingly developed over more than 10 years by our experienced music programmers, centralised it and made it more efficient and robust. This allows our music team to spend more time on finding and booking great artists for our venues.
How we can help?
We have over 30 years of experience helping clients in and around Berkshire improve the efficiency & profitability of their business processes.
Whether you already have a digital strategy in place or you would like us to help you set it up, we will plan, design and build bespoke web-based solutions that will implement your strategy according to your business requirements, priorities and available budgets.
We develop smart business management systems that are built around people and processes, each application is custom-tailored to the unique requirements of the business. Our solutions are built in a modular and staged way to minimise disruption and allow staff and customers to get used to new processes.
Our systems are not fixed in time, following the prinipals of Continuous Improvement, they are built to grow with your business requirements.