Sourcing best-of-breed solutions within your own industry is like trying to travel in your own back yard. We believe that innovation requires a broad perspective of how others solved the same problem as much novel solutions. This approach not only saves you time and money but it allows you to win the game and focus your expensive creative energy elsewhere. We have used this approach in Archaeology projects, Art Gallery Management, Farm to Table, Tax and Compliance solutions. Each one has benefited from that diverse library of thought as much as our ability to create new methods.
Kyrenia Project // 01
In 1968, a team of intrepid scholars donned their diving suits and became one of the first teams to excavate an ancient site that was underwater. They invented many new methods and processes but technology was, from out perspective today, as ancient as the ship they excavated. The client asked that we "create a database." What we found was a body of work that needed to be digitized, organized, and condensed to a common language among the many scholars who had added their thoughts over the ensuing years.
There was over a Terabyte of data (photos, notes, maps and other documents) and the budget was not one that could support a corporate infrastructure.
We invented a process and a Software Application to cross translate the various tags (sometimes dozens for the same object), integrate the body of work and present it in a tool that avoided any direct database costs. The result will live on for at least another 350 years and be the living reference point for past, current and future work on this important dig.
goFarm // 02
Retail Farmer's Markets have literally taken over your downtown shopping strips and consumers are loving them. Bringing value back into the decision equation you now can pick organic over synthetic chemicals, and happy livestock over draggers. Unfortunately the wholesale market lags far behind the retail market. And where you eat out often isn't anywhere near the same.
The reason we don't have a clue what we're eating at restaurants (for example) is because the solution is both complex, and, not a priority to the distributors who own the marketplace (and the software used to trade). In fact, the distributors have a vested interest in keeping their counter parties (Farms and their buyers) in the dark in order to protect their business. And if your restaurant doesn't know what they're cooking with - you cannot know what you're eating.
Some have tried to solve this expensive problem using traditional development methods and big-shop capital. But margins are thin, the process is complex and the distributors won't pay to develop it. The solutions that have come to the market are either pared down to save expenses, or, too expensive for farmers to use (or both!).
We developed our solution on spec, in a garage environment and made sure the process was complete and right before we ever engaged the big-guns who would bring the solution to the web. As a result we have a better solution, and a whole lot cheaper than the competition.