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Every company, sooner or later, faces the problem of optimizing business processes. Basically, these problems appear during growth. There are new tasks, rules, regulations. They accumulate and eventually prevent the company from developing. At this point, the owner understands that many work processes can be automated. This will save resources, time and money. First of all, we recommend paying attention to the ready-made solutions that are available online. They are universal (everything has similar functions, solve the same tasks) and have a small monthly fee. If you want to use a flexible software that is suitable for your company with a jeweler's precision, then you should choose a web application development company and start a close cooperation. As a rule, they have rich experience and can offer the best solution. Working in this industry for more than 3 years, we have identified the most frequent customer requests. Let's look at the most popular ones.


One of our clients turned to us to develop own web application - intranet. Intranet is a closed network for interaction of employees within the company. This enables the company to control communication, move files, execute business processes, and so on. In general, the intranet's possibilities are limited only by the manager's imagination. Among the main advantages of own intranet:

-Security. Closed type provides a high level of security. Access is limited to employees with a specific list of IP addresses. In addition, each user has permissions that depend on the post.
-Full control. All files, reports, communication takes place through the system. Thus, an owner can control all processes.
-Clear structure. All data is stored in one place. No need to use additional tools. A clear structure and hierarchy make it easier to manage a business.

The duration of development of the intranet is from 2 to 6 months. The total cost is from $10,000 to $50,000.

Software Development for Small Business: intranet


CRM is an indispensable tool in every company, first of all it helps to systematize the management of clients. There are many ready-made solutions that you can use for your own purposes: Zoho, SalesForce, HubSpot, etc. A small monthly fee makes them affordable for any type of business. Now every CRM system has a wide range of functions. The main goal of ready-made platforms is to satisfy the requirements of the maximum number of customers. On the one hand, this increases flexibility, but on the other hand, it complicates management. Thus, some business owners prefer to develop own CRM. Having experience in developing similar platforms, we recommend discussing in detail the required functions before designing. As a rule, the build of the technical requirements takes about 1 week. In the case of CRM, this duration increases to 2-4 weeks. A detailed plan provides a guarantee that the web application will fully satisfy the owner and company.

The development duration of the CRM system ranges from 2 to 4 months and costs from $20,000 to $50,000.

Software Development for Small Business: CRM


Every business owner knows what ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is. This is a powerful platform that combines many modules for business management. The basic opportunities of ERP: CRM, HR, MRP, management of purchases, projects, etc. Moreover, ERP can integrate with other third-party applications. For example, a telephone line, interaction with websites using the API. This is a complex system since it has a huge number of modules and functions. The duration of the ERP system development depends on the implemented nodes. Typically, it takes from 4 to 12 months and the cost ranges from $50,000 to $200,000.

Software Development for Small Business: ERP

HR software

Human resources management is a delicate matter. The performance of a company depends on how high-quality and how quickly the tasks are finished. If your company employs more than 20 people, you should think about the human resources management system. Like other systems, there are a huge number of solutions: BambooHR, Workable, Zugata, etc. They provide the following features: tracking of time and attendance, centralized employee data, employee performance reviews, automate workflows etc. If you decide to develop a system for your business, this can take from 3 to 6 months of web development. The cost of such a system is from $20,000 to $100,000.

Software Development for Small Business: HR

Task management

If your company offers intelligent services, where the production process is divided into stages, then you are sure to use the task management tools. Among the most popular online systems are: Centrallo, MeisterTask, Pintask, Trello and Jira. But I can say with certainty that there are always not enough their features that you need. There are many functions that are not used in the workflow. Therefore, I'm not surprised at the willingness of some companies to develop own solution from scratch or on the basis of open source. For example, the task management, Redmine, makes it possible to improve the system based on PHP programming language. So, the cost of developing a task management tool depends on the functions that you want to implement and start at $20,000.

Software Development for Small Business: Task menegement


Software for small businesses is an important component in the structure of the company. Properly selected applications help you better customize business processes and improve efficiency. It should be safe, have high speed and easily scales. Many are content with ready-made solutions. This is a good way if you are limited by time or finances. But, the maximum efficiency can be obtained using an individual solution. A solution that, with a jeweler's precision, will measure efficiency and improve the production process. If you have any questions, please contact us. We will be happy to help you.

Merehead does professional development of custom software for business. If you have questions, contact us for a free consultation.

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