Solutions

Each project is unique and requires different solutions. We are a flexible digital agency that offers top expertise in many different areas.

Business Development

The business idea is an integral part of all our projects, whether it is for our clients or our own innovation projects. Business development and management is all about understanding the world we operate in and innovative thinking to expand the business idea.

Why?

To take an idea one step further can create great opportunities if done in the right way. This requires analysis and experience of the field in a fast moving digital sphere. The business developers of ayond are people with great knowledge and experience of developing these ideas.

How?

All of our projects starts with a prestudy where the business objectives of the project are analysed. This information shapes our projects and solutions initially and further on.

 

Business system

Business systems used to manage, secure and streamline various processes within a company or business. The right type of system can be crucial for business success.

Why?

Good systems take waste and inefficiency out of your business and help you give customers what they want every single time. They are the solution to weak sales growth, low profit margins, customer dissatisfaction, poor performance, excessive costs, inadequate cash flow, employee turnover, and daily frustration.

How?

ayond can deliver customized systems, but we are working as often as expert consultants at the customer or in a team. ayonds consultants can work as a project manager, do requirements specifications, do feasibility studies or work with the architect and system development.

 

Communications

A well thought out communication plan is essential for success in all types of projects, whether they are internal or external. The overall communication plan should include: background / situation analysis, objectives / strategy and objectives, audiences, messages, channels, messages, responsible, scheduling, budgeting and monitoring.

Why?

The purpose of the communication plan is that through good planning coordinate all communication efforts for the best possible effect. All projects have risks and success factors. Some of the risks can be countered by a well thought out communication.

How?

Our project managers, copywriters and art directors are adept at creating a well thought out communication. We help you to develop what to communicate and how it should be adapted to different audiences.

 

E-Commerce

More people buy more stuff on the Internet, via traditional computers and increasingly on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. For example, 73 percent of Swedish consumers have bought something online in the last quarter 2012. 

Why?

When you want to increase sales by taking your business online or improve your existing e-shop. We have the competence and tools to deliver everything from a whole e-commerce solution to tweaking an existing site to perfection as well as integration with your procurement, billing and production system. We will help you getting customers to your e-shop and make it easy for them to buy your products.

How?

We offer a range of tools to make sure that we can customize a solution that is truly tailor-made using blogs, social media, Google, CMS tools and widgets that can be added to your e-shop. Our existing e-commerce solutions are built on the modern and flexible open source product Spree Commerce, using Ruby On Rails. We have also built  mobile e-commerce solutions in .net and HTML5. All our projects are managed by using Scrum.

 

Intranets

We are passionate about operational excellence and intranets can enhance organisations efficiency greatly when your construct the right concept. Collaboration, knowledge sharing and information should be easy to use and access (desktop, mobile devices and tablets.

Why?

The ability to collaborate and share with your colleagues will bring out the full potential of the organisation, thats why we call it “collaborative Intranets”. It´s all about collaboration, everything is.

How?

We offer a range of tools to make sure that we can customize a solution that fits your needs: SilverStripe, EpiServer, WordPress, SiteSeeker, Video blog, N2, Sitecore, Umbraco, Facebook and Refinery CMS. We are using technology as Ruby on Rails, PHP, .net, Java, HTML5, CSS, JQuery and more.

 

Mobile

No doubt your communication nowadays must adapt to mobile phones or tablets. Talk to us when it comes to responsive design or mobile applications.

Why?

Mobile traffic is increasing more than ever, an application can be a valuable complement to your website or a stand-alone solution. There is more to the picture than just scaling a website to a mobile version, the user experience has to be treated different, as well as to an iPad or other tablets. We analyze the situation to make sure that you decide the solution that conforms best with your goals, visions and customers.

How?

Depending on the situation we can determine which platform suits best for the task: Android, iPhone or Web applications. Through target group analysis and business goal workshops we can realize your vision. All our projects are managed by using Scrum.

 

Pre-study & Workshops

To get the best possible understanding for purpose and objective of the project we always start with a prestudy where all stakeholders in the project are involved. The prestudy consists of workshops, design and planning.

Why?

The prestudy helps us plan and build the best solution. The aim of the prestudy is: – to get a deep understanding of the business objectives behind the project
- to map target groups and user scenarios for the project
- to get an initial feeling of what can be done, how it will look and how it will be used

How?

We gather all the stakeholders in the project for workshops. Between the workshops some get homework to think and work on. The Project Manager gathers this information and starts planning using agile tools. In the end of the prestudy we have wireframes of the views, preliminary design and a backlog with all the parts of the project.

 

Support & Maintenance

ayond offers tailor-made support & maintenance web and mobile solutions to all our clients.  We can offer a complete support package or maybe you just need experienced consultants to act as a sounding board.

Why?

We are aware of the fact that nearly 80 % of the cost of an investment in a application is coming from maintenance and support. Therefore our offer in support and maintenance is set out to help our clients to keep their application up-to-date with the changing environment, secure that the application keep high-quality and that we always prioritizing the right functions to be implemented all to maximize the value of the application and your investments.  As a support & maintenance client you always can count of getting help from all of ayonds different skills i.e strategy, business development, graphical design, interaction design and our tech-team.

How?

ayond support and maintenance model includes the essential areas such as User Support , Problem Reporting, Change Request Reporting, Development & Release management. We also continuously, together with our client, reviews and maintain the web strategy. We use the cloud capabilities to secure cost-efficient hosting of your web or mobile solution. By analyzing every individual situation we can setup a solution that fits your needs and give you access to our thought through support and maintenance model.

 

Websites

We build websites in all shapes and sizes but your organisations vision, business needs and business goals needs to be reflected in your web. That´s essential for us when deciding what solution we will deliver.

How?

ayond always validates our clients web strategy versus business strategy before starting a web project. The outcome of this first activity will be the foundation of what we later develop. We call it “a business centric web” that support your vision and objectives in your organisation. It´s all about business, everything is. Our agile approach gives you as a client better engagement in the development process and possibilities to make functionality decisions closer to release than ever before. We offer a range of platforms to make sure that we can customize a solution that fits your needs: SilverStripe, EpiServer, WordPress, SiteSeeker, Video blog tools, N2, Umbraco, Facebook and Refinery CMS. We are using technology as Ruby on Rails, PHP, .net, Java, HTML5, CSS, JQuery and more.

 

Usability Studies

Usability studies are performed to either find out deep insights of target group behavior or to test a concept in the hands of the users that are actually going to use the service or product in question. In both cases our experience shows that involving users always leads to unexpected finds that often are invaluable when creating a new concept for a product or service.

Why?

A usability study can give you invaluable insights of how your target groups behave in different situations. It is about ensuring that the functionality that is being built not only will be used, but used in a way that coincide with our clients business goals. When using the web/apps as the very core of your business or to drive business, it is essential to get this right.

Read more about usability and ROI here. (Summary of Randolph Bias & Deborah Mayhew’s book Cost-Justifying Usability)

How?

We work with several methods when performing usability studies. For analyzing target groups in an early stage we do different interview methods which can be summarized in for example personas that can be used in later development stages. When producing a concept for a service, normally quick tests with mockups work best. After a performed test, the Interaction Designer analyzes the results and iterates the concept to adapt it better to the target groups goals and motivations.