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January 28, 2015

White Label Web Development for Agencies

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What do agencies want?

In the past when we worked with agencies developing technical solutions for their clients, we used one of the two models. In one model agencies introduce as to the client as technical partner. In those cases we work with the end client directly. But many times agencies want to work with the clients directly with Armia Systems and our programmers behind the screens.We are open to both models. In fact we created a new whitelabel development services for agencies.

Many of  our tech industry peers in the agency space (social media agencies, design firms, marketing companies)  run great companies, but don’t always have the in-house developer resources complete their client projects. They have contacted us in the past  to augment their tech team ,  finish their half done projects,  lead the development of projects.  Normally we finish the project based on their client requirements and hand over to agency accounts team to present the work to clients. In effect we work as a extended technical team for you. But to your clients we could be in incognito mode.  When we do white label work, we remove all references to Armia Systems in our code and hand over all the work to you. No one knows we were there.  You bill your clients directly and pay us a portion of it.

Our tech team can develop web applications in PHP , Ruby on Rails, .Net . Our mobile development team can develop iOS or Android apps for your clients. You or your account managers can work with our Chicago based project managers or developers directly.

September 30, 2013

Mobile App Companions for Web Applications

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This is a common scenario. You have a successful web application for your customers, employees or partners. They work great on desktop browsers, but not very well on smartphones and tablets. How do you make your websites phone-friendly?

At Armia Systems, we have seen these scenarios many times. There are a couple options to consider.  One route is to create a mobile version of your website, but the most common solution is to create a  mobile app companion.

If you already have a website, it is fairly easy to link the app to an existing website and its database. Because of this, most of the work would be done on the website. Normally the mobile app could be very lightweight initially. For this, we usually create a small API to connect with the mobile app to avoid any disruption to the existing web app.  To make a website responsive, we can also create something very similar.  This way, your web app can “talk” directly to your mobile app companion.

Don’t limit your users or cause them to become frustrated with an inaccessible website. This solution can work well even if you have web applications that handle  ordering systems, CRM databases or other systematic operations and processes.

Whether you would like to create a mobile version of your site or a mobile app companion, Armia Systems can easily deliver a viable and affordable solution for you.  We offer the e-business services you need to make your business a success. Your needs are met with speed and precision by our highly trained team of IT professionals. Since we have created hundreds of web and mobile applications for clients from various industries, you can be certain we have the skills to handle your most demanding projects.

Take a look at our portfolio or contact us at 312.423.6728 for more information.

September 26, 2013

CheckerApp Social App to Engage with Your Users

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Armia Systems developers recently developed a new app called CheckerApp. This solution was created as a way for brands to effectively socially connect with their customers.

In social media, users can connect with brands. They can like you, follow you and sometimes engage with your pages.  Wouldn’t it be better if your users could broadcast to their friends and followers, fueling them not to just “like” things but use them?  CheckerApp allows users to announce thoughts and feelings like “I like Pepsi” by scanning the bar code on the Pepsi can with their phone.  By incentivizing real engagement, users will actively participate. These campaigns can be brand-sponsored or user generated with user generated content.

From the development side, the app  has 3 pieces:

1. Web Application for Users and Brands to Manage Accounts –  Brands can create new campaigns and products, manage images and more.

2. Facebook and Twitter Apps – Make viral communication possible through users’ friends and followers via invites, posts, likes, open graph and search graph. This is app is also integrated with the Facebook mobile and mobile scans.

3. Mobile App for Users – Users can scan new products and have this information shared automatically. The UPC scan area and interface include the app and large barcode/UPC database to select the product and identify the campaign.

By utilizing CheckerApp, brands have a chance to see how users are consuming products, while users themselves can also look up products by entering the barcode on the website or even save scans for later use.  Users simply download the app from the iPhone App Store, scan barcodes belonging to their favorite products and share it with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

CheckerApp is written in PHP 5 with a mySQL database. The mobile app was developed in iOS using objective c and cocoa.

Users simply download the app from the iPhone App Store, scan barcodes belonging to their favorite products and share it with friends on Facebook or Twitter.  Brands can provide incentives like free products and points for their fans to use and share products.

Want to know more? Check out our Portfolio or give us a call at (312)423-6728 to speak with a specialist.

September 10, 2013

How to Create an Addon Mobile App for Your Website

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“Companion apps” play a specific role in the larger scope of a business. Companion apps can create additional value to customers by accompanying websites or other services and products, but are you aware that it can also increase value and efficiency for your business?  Companion apps can save your business time and money by also allowing data or geolocation information to be collected.

If you created an internal or external web application two or three years ago, you may have not yet created a way for your partners, employees or customers to take advantage of its use through mobile devices and tablets.  Now is a great time to take advantage of this option.  Customer-facing companion apps allow business to increase interaction and interactivity with potential and current customers, which can also fuel sales. Regardless of the type of business you operate, there are many options to consider.  If employees go offsite, they can easily collect pertinent data (like signatures).  Customers can login to perform actions such as booking appointments, order and make purchases online, update account information and much more. If you have a group , such as merchants or sellers, they can stay up-to-date with sales, shipments and more.

You may be surprised to hear that creating a companion app is not very complicated. What we found most useful is creating a small, internal API.  This is compatible with all apps – iPad, iPhone or Android apps.  When you modify a web application, you do not need to change the mobile app. Similarly, when there is a mobile app is changed, it can be independent of the web app.

If you would like to develop an app for your existing business, Armia Systems can deliver custom mobile applications at a reasonable price.  Contact us at  (847) 717-7647 to discuss your needs.  Our projects are quoted at a fixed hourly rate.  Want to see some of our previous work? See our portfolio.

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