Influential’s dedicated .Net team delivers a full range of .Net development services, with a vast array of experience and key knowledge of all the latest Microsoft products and technologies.
We cater for all industries, delivering a range of solution types including web applications, data ingestion, intranets, content management systems and more.
Huge Efficiency Gains from Bespoke SharePoint WorkFlow
Industry Sector: Insurance
Challenge: Out-dated manual workflow with poor efficiency and KPI monitoring The merger of two global groups formed a leading insurance company, with offices in cities worldwide to cater for an international network of clients. Empowered by the vast expertise of specialist underwriting teams they protect customers against ever-evolving risks. Their excellence is built on the strength of their client relationships and attention to detail across their 6 different insurance workflows. To ensure continued success their London HQ needed a cost-effective upgrade of the existing paper-based system, which was out-dated and fraught with limitations that affected their business.
Solution: Bespoke task manager built in Microsoft SharePoint The Influential development teams delivered a bespoke software solution that overcame the challenges the insurer was facing – and at a reasonable cost. A digital task manager system was built on the SharePoint 2013 platform to replace the existing system and modernise processes. Influential teams worked swiftly and efficiently to minimise disruption to the business and to ensure the new system catered for the complex processes of the workflows. The entire digital system was built within 8 weeks with an easy-to-use custom user interface.
Challenge: Inaccurate KPI Reporting System By External Management An international energy company needed a change to their existing PSD Web application and KPI reporting system, which was managed by an external company. They were unhappy with the accuracy of their KPI reports and wanted better control of their system by handling their reporting in-house. They needed the ability to input data via their PSD web application, with authentication to secure the site and create a log for all data entry within it. This application needed to be simple as many of their users would be accessing it from offshore rigs in the North Sea.
Solution:In-House Self-Service KPI Reporting via Web App Influential worked on simple, user-friendly dashboards for the PSD web application that could be easily accessed by users on the offshore rigs. Full security was implemented to enable complete user-based audit trails for data entry and restrict the data entry to specific users. Data can now be entered by users in the UK, Netherlands, Norway & Canada, with multi-lingual support specific to each region. Combined with the power of SAP Business Objects, data can now be input, and stored in a data warehouse for reporting by the energy company themselves. A red/amber/green system now helps to monitor KPIs, alongside features to drill down to specific regions, hubs & Installations where needed.
Sleek New Site & Simple Editing with CMS
Industry Sector: Banking
Challenge: Company Refresh left Website in need of Update
An independent UK corporate bank decided it was time for an update and rebrand of their customer-facing website. Content changes in the existing site were difficult, and had to be scheduled in batches 3-4 times a month, making it difficult to ensure site info was up-to-date at all times. As such, the new site required all elements to be editable within a simple CMS, with multiple user accounts managed by an admin-approved workflow. The site needed to reflect the the bank’s brand, align with their established social media presence and include dynamic feeds, such as RSS. Finally, it need to be device-responsive, with content functionality (such as form downloads) adjusting intelligently depending on the device.
Solution:New Site Built in CMS with Full Editing Controls Influential teams worked closely with the bank’s branding agency, to define requirements and migrate the flat HTML design to an Umbraco CMS, providing Umbraco training for management and design users. Much of the content is now directly manageable by the bank, facilitating up-to-date website content and financial information – ensuring compliance with FSCS regulations. The website includes online forms for investors, with data sent directly to the back office, automatically generating T&C’s emails. Secure customer login accounts ensure that customers don’t have to repeat the filling in of applications. Additionally, the bank now has an ongoing support contract with Influential which has new improvements to the solution happening at regular intervals.
Technologies & Platforms
Key Microsoft .Net Technologies
ASP.NET MVC 3/4/5 – Websites
ASP.NET WEB API – RESTFUL web services
ASP.NET Webforms (to a lesser extent, used with SharePoint)
Angular (lesser extent – done some work with Umbraco, planning on doing more)
Visual Studio 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Visual Studio Code
Sql Server Management Studio
U2U CAML Builder
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