Do you know you need a new IT solution, but don’t know where to start?
If information systems are not the focus of your business, chances are you’re not an expert in the IT products and services you need to succeed. If you have an idea for a web site, online store, or business application, but can’t make it happen on your own, Metamedia can help.
We can help you collect and sort out the myriad, sometimes conflicting requirements and ideas that you may have for your project. Sometimes just defining the needs for a project can seem like a daunting task, especially when there are multiple stakeholders with different priorities, different concerns and different ideas about which technologies and solutions are most suitable for the project.
Never fear. Metamedia is well practiced in eliciting, organizing and documenting project requirements. We use simple, practical processes to help our clients define what a system needs to do. Then we investigate alternatives and propose the best plans for meeting those needs.
Business Process Optimization
Growing businesses get growing pains. And while IT solutions can’t solve every challenge, it is hard to imagine an expanding business that can’t benefit from tools to help organize and streamline its activities. Metamedia can help you analyze your business processes and identify opportunities for optimizing them using efficient and affordable IT solutions.
The most expensive and powerful IT systems in the world are worthless if human beings can not or will not actually use them. To be effective, IT solutions must not only assume the work that computers are at, but they must also facilitate the interaction with the humans that drive them. This critical design step is very often overlooked, especially for solutions intended to support small and mid-sized businesses for which it is arguably most important.
Metamedia has extensive experience in developing simple and intuitive interfaces. We place a great deal of emphasis on usability in all of our solutions.
When the Cloud is Too Much Vapor
Cloud-based services place key corporate data and services entirely outside of your control. It provides no recourse, no means to mitigate against data breach, has inherant risk of disclosure, loss of use, or complete loss of service.
Third-party doctrine holds that people who voluntarily give information to third parties—such as banks, phone companies, internet service providers (ISPs), and e-mail servers—have "no reasonable expectation of privacy." Even Google has stated in litigation that "a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties."
Your data and corporate knowledge is the life blood and greatest asset of your company. Custom software provides the means for your company to keep control of its key business processes and assets.
“Don’t build it if you can buy it. And don’t buy it if you can get it for free!”
As a general principal on just about every project, we survey the field of technology offerings for options that meet the requirements and budget. If there are there are affordable products that make good sense for the project we will recommend them based on cost, risks, ongoing support, security, adherence to project objectives and other criteria.
We can acquire the components, arrange licensing, install them, configure them and populate them with customer data. Quite often this type of project involves integration of multiple systems, addition of functionality, branding changes or other customizations to make them a complete solution properly tailored to the client.
Metamedia places a special emphasis on free and open source solutions. The free and open source software community is developing increasingly powerful and sophisticated software, often with better features and more widespread support than equivalent commercial options. While open source software can be less stable and refined than commercial products, Metamedia can bring together these low-to-no cost tools and produce a highly customized solution that can be more affordable and better suited to your needs than off-the-shelf alternatives.
Custom Software Development
Sometimes there is no better option than developing custom software, particularly if you are bringing to life a groundbreaking idea or building something to fulfill highly unique requirements.
However, even when building a very unique solution, you do not have to start from scratch. The software development industry has a wide range of development tools, application frameworks and pre-built components that can be used to more rapidly build custom software applications.
Metamedia has been assembling quality custom software for its clients for more than twelve years, using a wide range of tools and components. These include Metamedia’s own application framework assets developed over the years for the benefit of clients.
While custom software development is generally pricier than using off-the-shelf products, efficient use of existing assets combined with competitive rates and cost-conscious processes allows Metamedia to deliver bespoke software solutions affordably.