Spreadsheets are great tools for number crunching. But if you have lots of data, for example on customers, staff or your inventory, you may benefit from a more efficient data management tool. Here's why you should consider replacing spreadsheets with databases to help your business grow. 1. Centralised systems If your business is growing and you have staff to help you run it, keeping trac... more »
Redwood Industries are location vehicle specialists who have been servicing the NZ Film Industry for over ten years. Business Owner Neil came to Utopia needing bespoke development to design a system to track customers, jobs and drivers and also do monthly invoicing.
StaffChecks is a well established company providing comprehensive background pre-employment screening to large organisations in the public and private sector for over 30 years. They wanted a new website to offer an express booking service which could take online payments and link into their existing platform.
Ceva Animal Health Australia is a global veterinary health company specialising in pharmaceutical medicines for companion animals, equine and production animals. Ceva Australia needed a product ordering and distribution management system similar to the one Utopia had already built for Ceva NZ.
If you're planning to establish a mobile presence for your business or organisation one of the first considerations is whether you want to create a mobile application for users to download (app) or a traditional website, or perhaps both. These can look very similar at first-glance and determining which is most suited to your needs will depend upon a number of factors, including target audiences, ... more »
Find Me Property take the stress out of property buying. They provide an alternative option for home buyers in which they do the hard work while buyers sit back and enjoy the fantastic results. Owner Carla came to Utopia needing a website for her new business. A Content Management System (CMS) was required so staff could easily update the site. Bespoke development was also necessary to provide a web application to manage property owners, buyers and agents.
The new Workplace Health & Safety Legislation has been implemented to improve New Zealand’s workplace safety culture. My Health and Safety is preloaded with toolkits, manuals and policies, all online and ready for clients and workers to use. Have a look at their new website.
Today's businesses only stand to benefit by making themselves accessible via mobile devices. With a mobile web application or mobile app, businesses can boost sales and keep customers by adding ways for them to get or view information. The question is which type of mobile presence is best for your business? Mobile web applications A mobile web application is designed specifically for smar... more »
Pixelmagic have been working with Utopia since 2011 on a range of programming projects. When required we are called in to assist on specific development and programming projects. Over the years this has included a wide range of things including generation of automatic invoices from ordering systems and interfacing to payment processing providers. Recently Steve from Pixelmagic contacted us t... more »
Art of Travel provides specialised travel services for overseas visitors to New Zealand. They are a boutique agency with a large and select group of clients. AOT came to Utopia back in 2008 to take over the management and support of their itinerary and ticket management system. Over the years the system had functioned well but many of the features had become redundant or required improving. ... more »
Forbes and Davies are New Zealand's leading importer of Motorcycle and ATV tyres, clothing, helmets and accessories. Their website was linked to a specialist stock management platform which in turn incurred ongoing monthly costs. Forbes and Davies came to Utopia looking for a solution to cut these costs and provide improved functionality for their New Zealand wide network of dealers. Utopia ... more »
Whenever a business is looking for a web enabled solution to a business process there are two main routes they can go down - buy an off-the-shelf package, or have it custom-written. Here we look at the pros and cons of each. Off-the-shelf solution Off-the-shelf solutions are ready-made, available to lots of people, and you usually pay a license fee to use them. For websites this can in... more »
CID International (CID) came to Utopia on the lookout for someone to take on support for their existing web based application. CID's primary focus is to identify any component required to maintain integrity, be it a specified valve, fire penetration, brace system, fire door or insulation system. Users of the system include both manufacturers and installers. The system had been developed in-h... more »
Marketview specialises in the management and analysis of depersonalised transactional data. Their existing website needed an upgrade along with interfacing to real-time data. The identity development company Engine designed the new website and got Utopia to implement their vision. "Working with Michael and the team at Utopia made what superficially looks to be a simple site, but in fact h... more »
All Property Reports is a centralised building and pest report re-selling website. The company behind the site asked Utopia to build the customer facing web components. The overall objective was that inspectors could provide reports that customers could purchase securely. "We have worked with Utopia on numerous projects in the past so turned to them for help with our latest venture", says Mi... more »
Service King came to Utopia for the implementation of a new website to promote their residential and commercial cleaning company. The complete solution required e-commerce and back-office integration to Simpro - a job management system. The overall objective for the implementation included: Automated updating of service details Quoting system for Service King technicians Customer p... more »
Netinsites came to Utopia for the coding of a registration and payment solution for a client’s website. The client would be taking registrations for the locally developed e-learning system called Guide Tools. The overall objectives of the coding project required: Interfacing to SilveStripe CMS for registrations Processing credit card payments through Paystation Creating staff... more »
Southland Foods Market Elements came to Utopia as their client Southland Foods wanted to make their ordering and delivery of product more efficient. Previously they would send out a driver in a truck to take orders. If the product was not on the truck this would create back orders or require double visits to deliver. They wanted to take orders onsite with clients and have them updated immedi... more »
Westhaven Marine came to Utopia as they were having difficulty getting their existing website updated. Apart from taking a long time to get updated it was also becoming costly and frustrating. What they needed was the website loaded into a Content Management System so their own staff could maintain it. Utopia launched into the project and began by duplicating the existing site’s layout. Fr... more »
The staff at Utopia have been working in the internet industry since 1998, developing and building an extensive skills base. Rather than pulling solutions out of a template box, Utopia creates innovative solutions that meet clients' specific needs. This means you can trust Utopia with any programming you need for your website. Below are some recent examples of changes to sites that have used o... more »
If you were a good developer through the past year, perhaps Santa brought you a shiny new iPhone, iPad or Android device. If he did, you’ve certainly spent hours playing with it – browsing, downloading apps, microblogging, and all in all having lots of fun. Now, being the web developer that you are, you’re probably wondering where to find “View Source,” and how you can create sites and ... more »
Utopia works with many web designers in implementing complex back-office systems. Transformer Design , a design company in Auckland, is a perfect example. Transformer came to Utopia with a simple brief from their client, “Provide a management tool for managing ongoing conferences up and down the country”. The clients’ conferences are run yearly , in all the major centres, and provide thos... more »
Utopia works with many web designers for implementing e-commerce based solutions. NetInsites , a design company in Auckland, recently contracted Utopia to provide an a e-commerce solution to selling furniture and fabric under the brand Home Interiors . NetInsites managed the project with graphic design by Graphic Edge. The entire site was designed by NetInsites and Utopia provided the produc... more »
One of the many activities tourists like to do in New Zealand is hire a camper van and self-drive around the country. Before arriving here they can research options through the Internet. We have many providers here in New Zealand so this can take time. A new company hit the web this year to make this process easier - they are called Hit The Road. Hit The Road contacted Utopia for the design of th... more »
Utopia works with many design and media companies to implement front-end and back-end site functionality. Coming to Utopia to solve your large development headaches makes good sense – we have been in the industry for 14 years, have an excellent track record, and provide on-going support for our work. One Fat Sheep is just such a company – they are a fast growing media company with succes... more »
0800 Tulips provides carpet cleaning, carpet flood recovery, upholstery cleaning, carpet and upholstery stain removal and much more. They currently advertise and use their website to showcase their services. Anyone wanting to make a booking can use a simple online contact form, or call the free phone number. The company decided it would be good to have more qualified leads through the website and... more »
Utopia works with many design companies to implement front-end and back-end site functionality. This enables designers to concentrate on the overall look and design and not have to worry about the technical aspects of implementing a site. In one recent case Utopia was tasked with implementing a HTML site design into a CMS and providing the following site features: Online directory of web si... more »
Utopia works with many design companies to implement back-end site functionality. In some situations our customers are in need of pure database development and integration. In this recent case Utopia was tasked with getting the regular feed of rental listings from the property management system onto the real estate agent’s website. From there, a front-end was then hooked up to provide a full se... more »
Bob Norrie (A.K.A. Bob the Business Builder), is a professional accountant and business development expert with years of experience in helping businesses grow. In the past he has promoted his services through a variety of initiatives, including local and city-wide networking events. When Bob was ready to promote his business online he came to Utopia – being a well established e-commerce provide... more »
Utopia was approached by the Celebrants Association of New Zealand to upgrade its existing website – improving communication between the association's members. Utopia made the following recommendations: Include a graphical search by region Improve the template design of site pages Improve the ‘find a celebrant’ experience – including the removal of existing pop-up functions ... more »
Brief Trade Experts is a concept developed by a team of highly skilled tradesmen who wanted a vehicle for tradespeople to promote their business and generate new work opportunities. Prompted by the economic downturn, Trade Experts is an innovative solution directly connecting reputable tradesmen with work opportunities offered by homeowners throughout New Zealand. Through Auckland web d... more »
Trade Experts is a concept developed by a team of highly skilled tradesmen who wanted a vehicle for tradespeople to promote their business and generate new work opportunities. Prompted by the economic downturn, Trade Experts is an innovative solution directly connecting reputable tradesmen with work opportunities offered by homeowners throughout New Zealand. Utopia’s expertise was used to ... more »
The client was wanting to accept online bookings through their website for a conference they were organising. They needed a real-time solution that worked seemlessly and securely with their existing website. Utopia worked with the clients’ web designer to convert the static HTML into a sophisticated order form with auto-totalling and integration into Direct Payment Solutions (DPS) for real-time... more »
Frustrated with the time and costs involved with waiting for a web designer to implement site updates and changes, De Villiers approached Utopia for help. They needed more control over their site content. Utopia’s solution involved migrating existing site content into its proprietary Content Management System (CMS) to provide the following functionality to users around the globe: Creat... more »