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IT&SOFTWARE A simpler, but more advanced tool quotations for retail customers can be printed direct from the system. By clicking Search, users can also track orders online and view quotes, acknowledgements and historical orders at any time convenient to them. Graeme Bailey, managing director of Business Micros, states that the starting point for the development of the new EvoWEB was the user experience for the installer. He said: “A common criticism we hear of online ordering systems is that they put too much onus on the installer to do all the work, so in this project we set out to make sure that all the work is already done for Business Micros has relaunched its online introduction and no need for any experience in them from within the software. ordering software in response to the ‘upsurge in order processing. “Although the new EvoWEB appears much interest’ from trade fabricators for a user friendly There are three buttons on the EvoWEB menu simpler than previously because the process of system which the company can offer its installers. screen – New Enquiry, Customer Settings and inputting information is so much quicker, it is The EvoWEB online pricing tool has been Search. If installers choose New Enquiry to place actually a much more advanced tool now with completely transformed into a complete online an order, or produce a quote, they are presented far greater functionality.” ordering system which can deliver costing, with a choice of window designs and once they A demonstration version of the new EvoWEB quoting, ordering and even invoicing direct from click on their chosen one, they are prompted to software is available now on the Business Micros any PC or tablet. complete key details such as size, colour, cill, website at www.businessmicros.co.uk and the The look and feel of EvoWEB now resembles handle type and glass. They then add any company can arrange live online demonstrations Business Micros’ EvoNET business management preferred options and click to calculate the price. on request. platform with the emphasis very much on From here, they can view or print creating a user friendly experience for installers. either a costing or quotation for a It offers simple clear menu choices that guide customer and can place an order or installers through the system step by step and it even print an invoice. minimises the amount of information installers The Customer Settings option need to enter into the system. allows installers to set up glass files The new EvoWEB is designed for fabricators to independently if they buy unglazed add to their own websites with a personalised frames from their fabricator and also user interface. It means their trade installers can allows them to incorporate their own log in at any time when it is convenient for them mark ups. They can even input the and can use the system with just a short details of their own letterhead so that Guide to operating a leaner business Window industry software specialist, First as well as assessing their current production Degree Systems, has teamed up with lean processes to highlight any areas that could manufacturing consultant, Bob Scott, to help be improved upon, in order to reduce costs fabricators operate ‘leaner’ businesses. and increase efficiency. Together, First Degree and Bob have “One way to eliminate the common produced the ‘lean business guide’, a free problems fabricators face in their day to day resource which provides fabricators with manufacturing processes is to use dedicated useful information and advice on how to cut software. I would highly recommend First costs and improve efficiency across their Degree software which can help with all production processes using dedicated software. aspects of a business from factory floor and Scott’s experience and knowledge in lean order processing, to accounts and sales.” manufacturing meant he was an invaluable First Degree’s sales manager, Alan Bark, source of information for the guide. He commented: “The market is very tough and became involved in window manufacturing more competitive than ever which is why we processes back in 1989, after establishing a have teamed up with an experienced, lean need for an independent production manufacturing consultant and produced the specialist. Since then he has worked with guide. As fabricators will read, software from over 200 window companies and First Degree Systems can help fabricators cut organisations in the UK, Europe and the USA costs and improve efficiency throughout their and has advised many of today’s most production line, helping them streamline their successful companies, including Whiteline, operations. I’m certain fabricators find the Senator and Weatherglaze. guide useful and if they would like a copy they He explained: “My job has always been to should simply get in touch.” help fabricators operate leaner businesses To receive a copy of the guide call First through advising them on their factory layout Degree Systems on: 01283 808042 Glass & Glazing Products January 2013 63


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