Case studies. System strategy.

Every web and app project is different. Every client is different. And so our
approach at 4 Digital is centred on understanding exactly what you need to
achieve online and then identifying the perfect blend of our skills and services
to help you hit those goals with ease.

Out of the Ark

Out of the Ark Music are a highly successful and thriving publishing business, which has been supplying quality, fun and educational musical products for over 25 years. From Christmas nativities, musicals and seasonal songbooks to curriculum based products, Out of the Ark Music are a central feature of many primary schools, nurseries, drama groups and churches both nationally and internationally.

PROJECT SCOPE

With the growth of business, comes the need for the development of the associated business management systems. Central to Out of the Ark Music’s business model is their website which serves as both an eCommerce platform, and a tool to provide downloadable and streamable content to customers.

The company had been using TASBooks for over 15 years effectively, but standalone to the website. Over the years TASBooks had been pushed to its limits and at a point of maximum database capacity, as well as being no longer supported by Sage, the time was right to consider its replacement.

An opportunity arose to not only review the business processes that were impacted by the use of TASBooks, to aid in determining the requirements for a replacement accounting package, but also the business processes of the company as a whole.

It was at this stage that 4 Digital joined forces with Out of the Ark to assist with mapping the path ahead. The project scope included a thorough audit of all current and proposed business processes, with the identification of any potential inefficiencies or risks on route. We were then able to support Out of the Ark with the scoping of a short, medium and longer term business management systems strategy to meet both current and future needs of company.

Equipped with the knowledge of the business needs, business management software tools were reviewed and assessed and on appropriate selection (Microsoft Dynamics NAV) the 1st phase was rolled out successfully and on time. In a project management capacity, 4Digital worked alongside Out of the Ark with Azzure IT to ensure a smooth transition from TASBooks to Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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Sarah has truly become a part of our team over recent months as she has helped us to scope our requirements, liaise with suppliers and then deliver the detail of our transition from TAS to NAV. Her project management skills, fine attention to detail, and ability to understand and coach our staff in new processes have been outstanding. We could not have managed it so successfully without her."

Clive Sherwood, Managing Director, Out of the Ark Music

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As MD of Tax Management New Zealand, I have utilised Andy’s services and those of his company since 2002. The longevity of this association is testimony to our working relationship. Andy is commercial in his approach, and has demonstrated ability to interact constructively in helping us define user requirements and implement great web based systems.

Ian Kuperus, Founding Director, TMNZ

A pleasure to work with. Amazing attention to detail, creative solutions, elegantly executed. On a personal level (but still in a business context!), Andy is a calm, approachable, friendly, philosophical man and a pleasure to know. In one word? Trustworthy. In three? Trustworthy Technological Evangelist.

David Hazell, Computer Software Professional

Andy has the ability to fully understand a client’s requirements and then transpose them into well thought out, logical, user interfaces and features. As well as being a pleasure to work with Andy’s diligence and attention to detail always ensures that a quality product is delivered that meets and regularly exceeds the client’s expectations. I would highly recommend Andy to any potential client, as his wide industry knowledge and expertise is a valuable asset to any serious online business.

Ozkan Mustafa, Development Manager, Vodafone UK

We have worked with Andy for close on a decade and must say he has been the most reliable and efficient consultant we have ever dealt with. He has always been upfront and clear about costs and timings and sticks to these even if under pressure from other quarters. With his experience and skill he adds value to all projects and requires very little supervision, thereby adding to our bottom line. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andy and his team to anyone wanting Web development.

Alex Garden, Managing Director, Netinsites