Has your business outgrown its tools?

Has your business outgrown its tools?

Do you feel you’ve outgrown the tools you’re using to run your business? Do you think you could be working more efficiently if only you had a better way to get the job done? If so, read on. Following on from our previous blog post on the use (or overuse) of spreadsheets within organisations, we thought about other common scenarios we encounter when completing a task analysis. A common issue is that efficiency can be compromised when tools don’t evolve at the same pace as tasks. Your organisation and the market you operate in might be changing at a quick pace, but to keep up, are your people using work-arounds in their existing tools, rather than thinking about which tool could do the job better?…

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Get to know Purple Crane

Get to know Purple Crane

If you’re considering working with us, you might be wondering: “Why choose a small UK-based software development agency over a big agency or an off-shore alternative?” We’ve shared a bit about ourselves to try and answer that question here. At Purple Crane we never pretend that we’re bigger than we are. We see our size as one of our strengths. We’re a small specialist development agency of happy people who work on projects we find interesting and are passionate about. Because we want to enjoy our work, and we believe that happy, motivated people do better work.…

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Are you over-reliant on spreadsheets?

Are you over-reliant on spreadsheets?

When we carry out a requirements or task analysis on a new project, it’s quite common to hear something along the lines of: “Oh yeah, we use spreadsheet ‘x’ to store this information, then we copy this section to spreadsheet ‘y’, email that to Jim who fills in some data and emails it back…”. Sound familiar? Yes, here at Purple Crane we come across a lot of spreadsheets. Our customers use them and we use them every day ourselves for both internal work and on customer projects. But, are you or your team relying too heavily on them? And are you using them efficiently?…

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