Microsoft Access Conversion

Microsoft Access has been a very popular platform for building database driven applications for small businesses, within departments of large corporations, and by hobby programmers to create ad hoc customized desktop systems for handling the creation and manipulation of data. But Microsoft Access does not scale well. If data is accessed via a network, and/or used by more than a handful of people, latency and errors are common as it must rely on a Client-Server solution. Access is simply not designed to take up enterprise wide functionality nor is it capable of managing huge amounts of data that most companies require. The migration of MS Access database to a web based solution is natural progression. We at Pulse Solutions specialize in porting applications from legacy databases to powerful and scalable web applications removing all limitations, freeing network resources, making solutions scalable and user-friendly web applications. The following methodology applies to all custom access conversion projects, it has been proven over and over again: Information gathering: Client input is vital throughout the process. Feedback is gathered as to the current functionality, data flow and upgrades required. Data structure upgrade: Pulse database architects take your Access based database to normalize it for performance and upgrade the structure to the latest database standards, Usually MySQL 5 or MS SQL 2008 is used as the new backend. User GUI: The Graphical User Interface is designed to mimic the access functionality as far as possible with the addition of new features and better usability. Technologies like AJAX and XML play a major role in the reconstruction of the application interface for maximum performance. Code...

HTML Files or CHM files conversion to responsive HTML

Html files or CHF files were the mainstay of support in the 90s and the 2000s, these are slowly becoming a problem as consumers demand access to the content on their smart devices and via a Google search too. Client server based windows software is very popular and it’s not going away any time soon, however the way it’s being used and supported has come a long way. Companies often employ videos, online help catalogs and responsive web pages to help users and ensure the rich content within the help files is indexed on Google search. Pulse engineers are familiar with this process as we have converted 100s of CHM / Help files to online responsive HTML that is user friendly and search engine friendly too. Often the content in the CHM file is needed via a tablet or a smartphone, the converted HTML can be seen better, printed better and accessed better in a number of different...

Responsive Design: How crucial is it?

With the increasing use of mobile devices from Smartphones to tablets, to accomplish every task from checking emails to browsing social media websites to doing online shopping, one thing is obvious that mobile devices are taking over Internet surfing. As more people are beginning to use mobile devices, it is clear that today’s business cannot underestimate the importance of responsive web design. What is Responsive Web Design? A responsive design is simply constructing the site in the manner so that all of its structure, including content and image remains constant on any device – from desktop to mobile phone to tablets. It provides an optimal viewing experience with easy navigation and  easy reading with little need to pan, scroll, or resize content across all devices. But it is just  not about resizing the website to fit the mobile screen-  it is about designing optimal user experience making your content easy to read and share. What does Google feel about responsive web design? Google emphasizes on responsive design when designing a website, which is enough for the world to jump on the bandwagon and make sure that all their websites are responsive. Giving them their due, Google is indisputably interested in making the user’s experience worthwhile. In a recent move, Google declared to  include mobile friendless as a ranking signal which will have a significant impact on the search results. Why does Google love Responsive design? Prior to responsive design, Googlebot needed to crawl and index separate additional website versions. With mobile design, it is easier for Google to analyze website content, as responsive design automatically loads on the same...

Custom Dot Net Nuke Module Development

Faster development cycle and availability of a vast variety of pluggable modules makes this framework perfect for portals and large business automation applications. Often no programming experience in required to manage and extend a dot net nuke application. Pulse Solutions has a team of programmers and designers who specialize in customizing Dot net nuke to fit even the most complex business requirements, from automation applications to ecommerce and book keeping Pulse engineers have delivered DNN projects on time and under budget. DotNetNuke is completely open source written in VB.NET for the ASP.NET framework. The application’s content management system is extensible and customizable through the use of skins and modules, and it can be used to create, deploy, and manage intranet, extranet, and web sites. DotNetNuke’s basic core can be easily extended using pluggable modules that enable additional functionality; the look and feel of individual sites can be customized using skins. Dot net nuke skins can be tailored to specific design requirements keeping both aesthetic appeal as well as business needs at the forefront. Contact us for a custom DNN skin, you will not be disappointed. DNN modules that Pulse Solutions has built over the past few years: Dot net nuke module for newsletter management, including staggered emails, bounce back tracking, click tracking and many more features. Dot net nuke module for ecommerce, a fully functionally ecommerce software that runs like a champ out of the box, includes complete inventory tracking, packaging, shipping rates / labeling and powerful reporting. Dot net nuke module for a support ticket system, a tightly integrated support ticket system that includes everything that a professional...

CRM Development

Every corporation works in a different fashion with a specific work flow that has been meticulously built to suit their specific needs. Out of the box or online cookie cutter solutions can not address these challenges. Pulse Solutions can create Custom Tailored CRM solutions to automate specific business processes to address your specific needs. A Custom CRM software can be tailored to suit the natural work flow and process of each individual corporation. A CRM not only aids automation, it helps companies understand and anticipate the needs of current and potential customers. Functions that support this business purpose include sales, marketing, customer service, training, professional development, performance management, human resource development, and compensation. Tools that can tie some or all of these entities together will result in increased productivity, but also a greater means of knowledge sharing. Legacy system integration is one of the most crucial aspects in any CRM design. Often corporations upgrade one step at a time, and this is where an out of the box solution fails miserably. Our software integrates seamlessly with backend databases like FoxPro, Access, Excel as well as interfaces with financial systems and mainframes to deliver overall automation. Our trained staff of IT professionals works with your company to create a schematic work flow and develop a needs assessment to maximum productivity. This streamlined process is tailored to fit the solution, not the other way around. Our custom CRM systems helps you leverage the power of the web by allowing secure access to the system from any corner of the globe bringing about a whole new level of accessibility and scalability. Our...

Work Flow Management Systems

Workflow software empowers your enterprise to automate workflow management and change management by making it easier to envision, capture and execute workflows for a wide range of business functions. Every corporation has a custom working process that’s geared towards specific business goals. We specialize in building work flow management systems and custom web applications for unique work flows. Building database driven systems for over 500 small and large businesses over a period of 19 years, we have in-depth knowledge on how to build user-friendly, powerful and intuitive systems. We have worked closely with a range of industries including publishing, manufacturing, retail, services, news media, law enforcement and event management. Our web-based workflow management systems support virtual and distributed organizations, as well as cross-organizational workflows by using open protocols and standard formats to deliver services. Web based systems offer innumerable other advantages most prominently low maintenance, easy deployment, universal compatibility and infinite scalability. Some of our most popular work flow management systems:  Manufacturing process, work order to after sales service. Order processing, Salesmen to shipping. Document management systems, version controls with access security. Insurance Forms processing, from the agent to a processing engine. ERP web enablement, replication of an ERP processes on the corporate website. Project management systems, from lead to development and final deployment. Warehouse management, sales, purchase orders and shipping. In today’s business environment professionals are hard pressed to manage information and perform their job responsibilities at the same time. A well designed work flow management system relieves your employees off the information management responsibilities helping them become more productive with a better quality of life. Pulse Solutions...

Custom auction software built for specific business purpose

Building auction software systems is one of our top services, Pulse designers understand auction process, usability and the dynamics of a custom auction site. Over the years we have built many successful auction systems that have helped users get great deals and merchants sell their excess inventories. Online auction software can be of various types, list auctions, fixed price, offer based, reverse auctions, penny bidding, direct buy and more. Custom auction programming is often a combination of several auction types with changes in the flow interactivity. We integration auctions into inventory control systems, social networking, ERP software and make it effective for large merchants to use this attractive online auction technology to make sales without reducing retail prices. Our systems are designed to scale, auctions can quickly become very popular and its important to plan ahead. We recommend cloud hosting for a lower running cost and better return on investment. Auction systems can be either designed from ground up or built using open source software, we evaluate each business model meticulously before recommending the most cost effective strategy for the client. If you are looking to build an auction site contact us today for a free...

Drupal Development

Drupal is an open source CMS system, this is one of the most popular CMS systems in the world, preferred over countless others systems due to its scalability and easy customization capabilities. Pulse Solutions has been working with Drupal Development for a little over 12 years, we have created several solutions for clients who need easy customization for websites that have pages in the thousands. Drupal Development is an easy choice for web systems that need flexibility with scalability, as the graphics are completely separate from the code the system is split into 2 distinct manageable portions, the graphics/ formatting and the code. This architecture means you could “reskin” or redesign your website in minutes. Pulse offers services for Drupal Theme designing, Drupal systems deployment, Drupal training and Custom Drupal Development. Drupal Theme Designing: Pulse design team has produced some of the most usable and aesthetically appealing web sites in the world. We have in-depth knowledge about Drupal themes and our designs can built stunning web presentations for your products and services in a format that can be imported into a standard Drupal system. Drupal Systems Deployment: Pulse engineers have created several successful Drupal installations, we have complete understanding of Drupal deployment process and we can take the uncertainties out of the hosting process for you. Either you purchase an off the shelf Drupal Theme or have our design team create one for you we can deploy it into a successful Drupal website that you can fully manage on your own. Drupal CMS Training: Drupal offers a lot of power and this needs a certain amount of initiation, we offer customized training...

Using google maps to create sales and delivery zones

Google maps is a powerful platform that can be used in various creatives ways to solve business problems. We often encounter questions about building maps that show custom boundaries depicting sales areas, service zones, delivery zones and routes for staff to run. Pulse engineers use the Google maps API to connect applications and the My Maps feature to create maps to show a graphical representation of the geographical data to be displayed. These maps are often created by hand and then used within an application API for accurate geo location tracking. We created a software for Critter Sitters that maps the zone to a entered zip code to see which dog walker can reach the client quickest. The software changed a process that could take several minutes while the customer waits on the phone to a quick 2 second search. We created a map for Pet Chef Reno for optimum performance while route delivery, customers can see their zones directly from their website making it faster for all involved. We built a tracking system for Doobert so they can visually scan volunteer transports available on a geographical google map.  ...

Web 2.0 Development

Web 2.0 means different things to different people, every industry expert has a new definition of this well used and abused term. At Pulse we define Web 2.0 as simply “function before design”. Websites in the past have endeavored to primarily look good, the concentration always seemed to be aesthetic appeal. This approach failed to enthuse the audience who found using websites both confusing and time consuming. Web 2.0 websites keep function and usability above everything else, this means getting to the point quicker. This new model tries to make users part of the website by giving an active role in the form of comments, reviews, blogs i.e. “Architecture of participation”. Pulse has been building Web 2.0 websites since 2005. Several of our websites have been pioneered in this technology. We have received numerous accolades for the simplicity, powerful functional and aesthetic appeal of our systems that truly match up to Web 2.0 expectations. Building Web 2.0 websites comes natural to our design team as our recipe for online success relies on the following principles: Function before design Keep it simple Load it up before the eyes move away Get them there within 3 clicks Ensure universal compatibility Use technology to simplify not complicate Build it to scale Web 2.0 websites often use technologies like advanced CSS and AJAX to save users time and produce desktop software type interactivity. Syndication is another innovation that’s associated with Web 2.0. Sharing information and user information has become a lot simpler with the advent of standards like RSS and ATOM. A number of Web 2.0 websites use syndication to greatly enhance user...
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