06-06-2020  -  401  Views

Ever since the Internet was invented, people (hackers) have been trying to steal data. It has always been this way; even before the Internet.

Only 10 years ago, I was reticent to have my client’s data in the Cloud. Today, with newer technology and resources, online data safety is the safest it has ever been. AND, it will only get better in the future.

Governments and businesses have taken initiatives to protect personal and business data online. The EU has something called the General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR). This is a very strict set of requirements that define how data is treated online. Currently (2020) this only applies to the EU and those doing business with EU companies. However, elements of this requirement will soon be filtering into requirements applicable to the United States. S W Business Solutions uses a website hosting company that is fully GDPR compliant. That company also offers HIPPA and PCI data firewalls for sites.

So, how does S W Business Solutions protect client data online? We are not going to tell!

However, we can touch on the highlights. Several techniques are employed to protect client data.

  • S W Business Solutions provides a full site cyber security penetration test from a Cyber Security PhD candidate if so desired.
  • Database encryption – sensitive data can be, if the client should wish, encrypted so stolen data will not be readable without the decoding key.
  • TLS – each website is protected by an encryption certificate that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt the data moving between the Cloud server and the user’s browser. This prevents “man in the middle” attacks.
  • Fixed Parameter Passing – Passing text between web pages allows SQL injection attacks and scr
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06-06-2020  -  374  Views

The purpose for business software is to provide solutions to problems. What problems? Do I have enough income forecasted for the next 6 months? How many estimates have been submitted for over 10 days? How many reports are due this week? And a thousand more. If the sentence starts with “Do”, “How”, “What”, “When”, etc., then that is a business problem looking for a solution.

Every business is unique!  Your software should match the way you run your business. You should never be forced to fit your business into some programmer’s idea of how your business should be run.

Custom software business solutions can include just about anything. Here are some examples:
Job Costing, Estimating, Invoicing, Labor Management, Expense Analysis, Data Security, Real-Time Budgeting and Forecasting, Client Retention, Data Collection and Analysis, Management Reporting and more.

Please take a minute and explore some of the samples of real solutions to real problems that S W Business Solutions has provided.

Heavy Equipment Maintenance

Business Networking Group

Meal and Nutrition Tracking

   Data Management   Web Technology  


06-06-2020  -  347  Views

Ask business owners and they will generally tell you that it is too expensive to own business software.

This is no longer true.

In 2008, S W Business Solutions, LLC. was asked to perform a make-or-buy analysis for Event Planning software. Specifications were drawn up by the client and research was performed. There was only one piece of commercial software available that met most of the specifications. This software package (on sale) had a 5-year cost of ownership price of $77,001. We were able to estimate the project for a lifetime cost of $38,000.

The above price did not include the cost of the computer network that was needed to run the software since both packages were client-server based.

This was back in the days of client-server, expensive in-house computer networks. Today, the above price of software is greatly reduced; both for development and for hosting the software package in the Cloud.

S W Business Solutions, LLC has recently completed several packages for the environmental engineering and handyman communities for roughly $14,000. However, less complex system can be developed for as little as $3,000.

The temptation is to buy a commercial package for “only” $150 per month with “only” per seat licensing of $75 per month (for instance). This sounds great. However, doing the math, the annual cost without the per seat licensing is $1,800! For 5-years, that is $9,000. This cost is on-going forever.

Couple this with the fact that you can not have your own custom changes made how, and when, you wish. makes custom development affordable and the best option.

S W Business Solutions, LLC offers distributed payment plan where an initial payment of $1,000 to $2,000 is made and then the client pays a monthly fee until the total development fee is paid. Yet another reason to choose custom development.

   Data Management   Web Technology