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Posted on09 October 2017 1:40 AM GMT

The Four Flavours of Affino Development

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The Four Flavours of Affino Development

When Affino engages in development work there are typically 4 different types of work we are involved in. When someone comes to us with a requirement there are various ways we can go about meeting that requirement. Creating something entirely from scratch, or re-using or modifying some existing part or parts of the system.

 

Once work is underway, it’s not always 100% clear how the final solution will work out. What works well on paper and in planning can often test ...

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Posted on10 May 2017 2:35 PM GMT

Drewry Transforms Global Subscription Sales Business with Affino

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Drewry Transforms Global Subscription Sales Business with Affino

When we first met, Drewry had already produced a highly intricate brief - covering hundreds of points of detailed systems requirements for an end-to-end enterprise grade subscription sales and management platform. At the heart was the requirement to allow Drewry to sell its high end and high value products in a very specific manner around the globe, both online and directly.

 

The major challenge being that Drewry sells over fifty complex subscription services, with core ...

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Posted on08 May 2017 12:48 PM GMT

How Affino is quite a different kind of proposition to WordPress and CMS solutions in general

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How Affino is quite a different kind of proposition to WordPress and CMS solutions in general

While Affino often gets compared to, and mentioned in the same context as CMS solutions, it is in fact a relatively new approach, and as different as Office was when it was first introduced by Microsoft as an integrated suite to replace Word Perfect and Lotus 1-2-3.

 

Even though it is not easy to compare Affino directly to WordPress, here are some of the key discussion points that arise:

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Posted on03 May 2017 9:56 AM GMT

10 Key Reasons Why you should be considering the Affino Unified Media Business Platform

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10 Key Reasons Why you should be considering the Affino Unified Media Business Platform

From the earliest days, Affino has always been developed with a view to providing a fully rounded solution - giving businesses the full set of tools and utilities they need to translate their processes and workflows to an automated digital business. Affino has long combined CMS with Community and Social Tools, alongside Ecommerce, Campaigns, Messaging and seamless integration and automation between elements. Everything in Affino is driven through and controlled by a core central Social CRM which ...

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Posted on01 May 2017 7:31 PM GMT

Wired for Business Success

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Wired for Business Success

The above schematic is a loose 2-dimensional interpretation of much of Affino’s customer-facing functionality with a few of the underlying processes. Its purpose is in part to illustrate just how much power is contained within a single Affino deployment, but also to demonstrate how many of your own business’s activities can be handled by the Affino platform. Note that various admin processes - including Affino’s ingenious DIY Design Centre interface have been purposely omitted ...

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Posted on26 April 2017 11:42 AM GMT

Engineering Better Businesses

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Engineering Better Businesses

We are in the business of building businesses - digitized / digital businesses per se, but not necessarily in the way that you might perceive, and certainly not as a fully stand-alone and independent activity. We construct business vehicles and vessels - which still need to be properly manned and skippered. Constructing the system is only the starting point, it needs to be correctly deployed for success. Just as you can buy the most technically proficient vessel to race in the America’s Cup, ...

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Posted on28 March 2017 10:22 AM GMT

Prepaid Development vs Custom Projects vs Agile Sprints

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Prepaid Development vs Custom Projects vs Agile Sprints

At Affino we work to a number of parallel schedules - these cover Affino Core Development, Projects, Custom Functionality, Bug Fixes and Incidentals as the key ones. The working day is mostly divided into 3, with the first third typically dedicated to solving customer support issues and bugs, while the latter part of the day allows the developers to focus wholly on their more complex tasks - without distractions. Of course the algorithm is slightly more complex than this as each developer has ...

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Posted on29 January 2017 11:59 PM GMT

Ramp up your Innovation in 2017 with The Affino Unified Digital Business Platform

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Ramp up your Innovation in 2017 with The Affino Unified Digital Business Platform

Uncertain times lie ahead as the whole global marketplace enters into a period of significant change. We have no way of knowing what will happen longer term, but in the short run - supply prices will rise and inflation will creep up - as is already happening. The £ exchange rate is still down significantly, and we’ve seen several of our supply bills increase - like the Amazon hosting, as many of these technical services and components are priced and traded in dollars. We’ve so ...

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Posted on28 October 2016 4:04 PM GMT

Affino Client TTG Wins Travel Media Awards Online Travel Publication of the Year

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Affino Client TTG Wins Travel Media Awards Online Travel Publication of the Year

We are delighted for our good friends over at TTG for securing such a prestigious honour. We know just how hard they work year in, year out, and this is the least they deserve by way of recognition.

 

TTG has been running on Affino for about a year now, and the online / digital experience is getting slicker and slicker. A hearty congratulations to Daniel Pearce and the TTG Team. May this be the first of many new accolades ...

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Posted on07 October 2016 1:06 PM GMT

Core vs Enhancement vs Custom vs Integration

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Core vs Enhancement vs Custom vs Integration

This is the essential 4-part nature of how sites are developed and delivered in Affino. As with all projects, these are governed by the laws of the PQT triangle, with Cost and Time being the two most significant variables. I hereby lay down the why’s and wherefore’s of how the different distinctions are applied, and why we work in the way we do.

 


1: Core

 

This essentially means Core Control Centre Affino - i.e. functionality is fully ...

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