Planning – An Aspect of Development Often Missed

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Regardless of industry, be it website development, video project, product development or implementation – one of the most important components of the entire process is often rushed, if not skipped altogether.

That component is, you guessed it, PLANNING. At JB Systems, we cannot stress the importance of planning, and moreover – the importance of budgeting for that plan both in terms of budget and timeframe.

We are frequently asked, “How long does a website project take?”

This question can have several answers – all dependent upon the project itself. But, a general rule of thumb for certain projects can be found below:

A Branding Package or Identity Design:

  • 2-3 Week Project Lead Time (Time Developer Needs To Start)
  • Initial Meeting With Client, Planning, Creative Development: 2 Weeks
  • Review of Concepts, Determine Creative Direction: 1 Week
  • 2-3 Rounds of Revision, Meeting To Discuss: 1 Week
  • Final Tweaks, Digital File Preparation: 2-3 Days

As you can see, it’s not unrealistic to budget 7 weeks or so for the entire process. On average, most people think 3-4 weeks is ample. For a larger development company or creative agency, that might be true – but at JB Systems – we feel that not rushing the process allows for more creative development, which in turn means a better product (design) for you. Again, the example above is heavily affected by a project’s lead time – and this could greatly decrease (or increase) the time needed for development.

Tune in later for an example of a identity package and more project planning tips for Website Development.

From the JB Labs – UPS Worldship Integration

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If you’re looking for an E-commerce solution – look no further than JB Systems. Our state-of-the-art e-commerce solution integrates not only with over 30 merchant account providers, but we’ve recently unlocked the power of UPS Worldship – allowing “2 Click” integration. What does this mean? Simple – when your website takes in an order – you’re emailed a confirmation receipt (as well as the customer). That receipt has an invoice number. When it comes time to ship – simply open up UPS Worldship and enter the invoice number from the receipt. Our solution will “talk” directly with our database (housed on JB servers) and fill in ALL OF THE SHIPPING INFORMATION for you. Now that’s time saved!

For a good demonstration of one of our E-commerce stores in action – visit www.armynavywisconsin.com.

More to follow…

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the team at JB Systems, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!
So spend some time with family – put the projects on hold – and get some R&R during
these busy holiday days!

We’ll be back-in-action come Monday.

JB Systems Launches CVHBA 2.0

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JB Systems is proud to announce our launch of the new Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association website! In our continual pursuit of building the best websites we can, this website features a lot of new tools custom build by JB Systems:

  • Custom Designed Website Theme
  • Database-Driven News System
  • Database-Driven Calendar of Events System Including A Registration Tool
  • Member Directory
  • Advertising Engine (see note below!)

The JB Systems Advertising Engine allows advertisers to run banner ads on a website
at random on different pages. Features include statistics, link tracking, weighted advertisers, and more.

This is another success for JB Systems and we look forward to working closely with the Home Builders Association in the future!

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