Why Move to the Cloud

Cloud Cloud computing has gained incredible momentum over the last several years, and with good reason. As companies start looking at the cost of purchasing new hardware and new software licenses, they quickly realize that this investment is not very economical compared to paying a monthly subscription that covers all their needs. When you move your applications, databases and websites into the cloud, hardware is no longer a concern, and you are just a click away from being on the latest version of software or operating system at no additional cost. Read many other reasons in our special report at http://www.pdsa.com/Download/SpecialReports/SR-Cloud.pdf

PDSA Announces a Complimentary Seminar on Project Planning

PDSA announces an informative and instructive complimentary seminar on Project Planning to be presented on Tuesday, May 17. In this PDSA seminar, we will define, discuss and provide examples for creating a project plan: your key to a successful project. You will also learn each step in creating a project plan, which includes the work breakdown structure, resourcing, estimation, scheduling and resource loading. In just a quick 45 minutes you will discover or enhance your project management planning skills to begin using immediately.

Presenter: Michael Krasowski, VP/COO PDSA Inc.

Date/time: May 17th, Tuesday, at 10am Pacific Time.

To sign up: send an email to David LeFort at davidl@pdsa.com or call him at 714-734-9792 x222.

** Space is limited so sign up now. **


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What Makes a Developer Excellent?

Successful Developers What makes some programmers stand above the rest? How can some programmers create wildly new and useful algorithms while others struggle? What are the important traits that make an exceptional programmer? Your answers will be different depending on whether you are a programmer--OR someone who hires and manages them. In this article, I'll explore some of these questions and pose answers that will help make you a better –and more valuable—programmer.  If you hire programmers, you'll know a good one when you see them.

Read our special report entitled Good Developers Versus Exceptional.

Check out all of our Special Reports here.

Paper is Gone! New App Allows Yacht Maintenance from Tablet

Checklist Project
Luxury yachts require a significant amount of regularly scheduled maintenance to keep running smoothly and safely, and to maintain compliance. The Checklist app keeps track of the various maintenance intervals and due dates and also provides a means to identify and assign failures or non-conformities to rectify any found issues.
PDSA was called in to upgrade their current system and to provide an application which helps crew members complete these checklists. As the inspectors go into and around areas of the yacht that may not have internet access, they are able to perform their inspections and update the information once they reach wireless access to their network.

To read more of our case study, click  HERE.

New App Eliminates Spreadsheets, Increases Sales

Vehicle Order System
Prior to the Vehicle Order System, dealers filled in spreadsheets and submitted them to
to the Corporation to place the orders.

PDSA created system features which include a front-end process for dealers to enter and place orders by
product segment, model and color level, along with a back-end process for staff
to set up and initiate an order period.
At the end of the order period, the management team are able to access business
intelligence features to assess order activity by region, district, and dealer.

Business Value
The Vehicle Order System enabled them to reduce the order period from every 6 months to every 2 months. This helped reduce unwanted/excess inventory, reduced over-ordering and helped streamline the manufacturing cycle.

To read more of our case study, click HERE.

Portal Gives Partners Ability to See Order Status

Merchant Portal
The Merchant Portal application is a website that merchant partners can use to order and download discount and value codes. Users can also receive order status, review invoices, and view existing codes. Users can administer merchant accounts, and process merchant orders.

Business Value
Merchant Portal streamlines a process that is currently manual and labor-intensive, thus reducing labor hours and eliminating potential lost information, while providing a record of the state of each request and allowing the merchant to access current information as well as past history.

To read more of our case study, click HERE.

Giving Executives What They Need with a Personal Dashboard

PDSA was contracted to build many applications for various departments within a company. As more information is brought into the centralized database, we are able to provide metrics for their executive decision support on the related data and to give a dashboard overview at any point in time. To achieve these snapshot views, we took advantage of the various tools in Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services – Pie charts, multiple series Bar Charts, and table Matrices (Pivot tables).

To read more of our case study, click HERE.

Eliminated Manual Process by Using Modern Web API's

A new online ordering system was created for customers to order products and have
them shipped directly to their home or to their local dealer. This new ordering system
used a third-party ordering system that took care of moving the orders through various
states and handled credit card payments. This third-party had a REST API that can be
called to retrieve order information. All of this information needed to be retrieved and
pushed to their in-house mainframe system.

PDSA was called in to develop this rather complex system. Our job was to integrate with the third party order processor via Web API calls, integrate with another third party vendors Web API to calculate sales tax, and integrate with their mainframe.

The new system allows the Company to offer their customers and their dealers a streamlined order process that can be done completely on the web. Ordering, shipping details and the ability to process returns are now completely automated via their website.

To read more of our case study, click HERE.

Application Streamlines Obama Care for Employers, Saving Time and Money

Online Enrollment Project (PRO Enroll)

PRO Enroll is a public website that allows groups to conduct their annual open enrollment online. Using a link provided by their enrollment coordinator, employees can self-register on the site. Once registered, they enter their personal information and make their insurance selections from the plans offered to their group. Each plan offering has detailed benefit and pricing information to assist the employee in making their selection. Once the employee has made their selections, they proceed to the application step to complete their enrollment.

PDSA was called in to develop this rather complex system. Our job was to develop this new site, while integrating with Warner Pacific’s existing processes and applications.

To read more of our case study, click HERE.