More Than Money:
Is Blockchain In Your Future?

Spoiler Alert: If your company’s success hinges on the accuracy and credibility of the data you collect, blockchain is in your future. But we’ll come back to that.

Blockchain Demystified

At its simplest, blockchain represents an append-only ledger. But what does that mean? Let’s use an analogy: pencils versus pens.

Pencils

  • Information is recorded, same as with pens.
  • Pencil marks can be erased, leaving room for fraud or unsolicited edits.
  • Mistakes can be resolved with a simple erasure, but no record of the adjustment is kept.

Pens

  • Information is recorded, same as with pencils.
  • Pen marks cannot be erased, leaving no room for fraud or unsolicited edits.
  • Mistakes must be resolved by appending additional data to the erroneous mark. The original mark is maintained, keep a record of the mistake.

In the analogy above, blockchain is the pen. Traditional database methods are the pencil. You wouldn’t complete a form with a pencil, would you?

Blockchain renders your data immutable through the clever use of hashing algorithms. Every data entry in the “chain” is compared against the previous entries, ensuring at every step that the data still “adds up”. If any manipulation to previous data is detected, the chain is compromised and the administrator is notified. That data is no longer credible.

With blockchain all edits are transparent (to those with privileged access to the data), allowing you to report on your data with 100% accuracy.

Use Cases For Blockchain

There is a misconception that blockchain is just for cryptocurrencies or other monetary transactions. That’s simply not true. Blockchain has a place in any industry where performance and income is judged on the credibility of the data coming into and out of a business.

Blockchain is exciting because it offers both transparency and agility in any contractual or reporting relationship an organization has.

Some great use cases include:

  • Healthcare — As consumer demand for an increase healthcare transparency and accountability increases, healthcare is ripe for a blockchain revolution. From patient records to prescription changes, to in-home visitation; any data collected on a patient or client should be recorded in a permanent, immutable fashion.
  • Agriculture — Sustainable and fair sourcing of food products is a hot topic for today’s consumer. Blockchain allows food providers to track a product from source to shelf. Fairtrade is getting re-imagined!
  • Service-based Anything — You only get paid when your technician shows up to the customers’ house or business. What if they’re not home? What if they claim your tech never came? A blockchain-secured timeclock system provides your billing and legal team a verifiable activity record. Your clients can’t dodge the invoice, and your techs can’t game the system.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

So What Now?

Blockchain adoption can be a tricky bit of development, but Stickboy Creative specializes in developing exactly these sorts of solutions. Contact us today. Chances are you’ll get to talk to me!

3 Ways Automated Builds Will Save Your Day

3-Ways-Automated-Builds-Will-Save-Your-DayOne of the goals of software automation is to make your work day easier.

It’s no different when also developing software.

Having your computer handle repeatable and manual tasks frees you up to focus on the more important issues in your day. The more you can offload to a piece of software, the easier your day becomes.

Automating builds are one of the most important things for your development team to adopt. Your development cycle becomes faster, more consistent, and easier to manage between teams.

What can automating your software builds do for your team? Read on.

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3 Things A Business Metrics Dashboard Needs To Be Awesome

Graphic with text 3 Things A Business Metrics Dashboard Needs To Be AwesomeDo you want your business tools to be second-rate?

No! You want them to be awesome! You want your company to be using the most streamlined and modern software around, and your dashboards should be no different.

When building your business metrics dashboard, there are nearly an unlimited number of things that it can do.

But the important thing is to focus on what it should do.

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Your Business Metrics Dashboard Done Right: 5 Things It Needs

Graphic with text: Your Business Metrics Dashboard Done Right: 5 Things It NeedsYou need to know what’s going on in your business to get the most out of it.

That means data. All the measurable data flowing through your business are known as “metrics”, and being able to track these is vital to ensuring your key performance indicators (KPIs) are meeting their goals.

A business metrics dashboard can give you up-to-the-minute updates on the status of your critical company data.

But in a sea of options to weigh, how do you make sure that you’re focusing on the right features for your dashboard?

This blog post will show you.

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Why User Experience (UX) Matters in B2B Software

Graphic with text: Why User Experience UX Matters in B2B SoftwareEveryone loves to use a well-designed app.

Consumer apps get all the love and adoration. And why not? They have to succeed on their own and the competition is fierce.

So a great design and a stellar experience is key to a consumer app’s success.

But why isn’t B2B software given any love?

You probably have that same picture in your head of an endless stream of bland, gray menus with boring icons. The reason why is because too many companies don’t care about this.

What does this mean? An easy way for your software to stand out from the crowd.

But that’s not the only reason. Well-designed B2B software improves efficiency, makes for happier customers, and increases sales. We’ll show you why in this blog post.

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7 Ways Business Dashboard Software Can Change A Manager’s Life

7-Ways-Business-Dashboard-Software-Can-Change-A-Managers-LifeIt feels great “being in the zone”, doesn’t it?

You’re completely aware of everything going on in your company; deadlines are met, everything is under budget, you’re firing on all cylinders.

You -> Zone. Don’t you wish it could be like this more often? Not just for you, but everyone at your company? Here’s the deal: it can.

Imagine having one place where all of the information you need to do your job is available and waiting for you. You can have a personal assistant that can get you up to speed on everything you need to be a rock star in your industry.

It’s called business dashboard software, and it and visually reports the status of different areas of your business in one place. Think of it like a car dashboard: it’s showing you your speed, engine temperature, amount of gas, engine revs, mileage, and alerts you of any issues that may arise.

You can have that for your business as well, and here are 7 ways it can change your life.

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5 Must-Have Items For Your Software Development Agreement

5-Must-Have-Items-For-Your-Software-Development-Agreement-postYou already know that software development can be complicated.

Between navigating the feature requirements, development schedule, the scrum time line – it can be overwhelming.

Here’s the thing, your business is going to be spending much more of it’s time using your custom software than was spent developing it. Don’t neglect post-launch.

So we’re going to outline the 5 most important things you need to make sure are outlined in your software development agreement, and ensure continued success.

You’re about to revolutionize your business with a custom software application – don’t make an expensive mistake by forgetting life after launch!

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3 Web Application Development Myths You Must Avoid

3-Myths-About-Web-Application-DevelopmentYou already know how apps can revolutionize businesses, from process automation to B2B and B2C products.

But there’s a catch (isn’t there always?) – they’re not secure, can’t have the features you need, and they’re basically just a fancy website, right?

Wrong.

Web application development can provide your business with the features you need for your next great idea, as well as being secure.

Here are 3 myths that shouldn’t hold you back from web app development. Because if you keep thinking these are true, you may be making a huge mistake.

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3 Signs You Need Custom Business Software

It may seem like custom business software is only for the mega-corporations, but that’s wrong. Small and medium sized businesses can benefit from custom business software and gain efficiency, service their customers in new ways, and streamline processes.

Graphic with text: 3 Signs You Need Custom Business Software

Custom business software can run a wide range of solutions from taking an entire business and turning into a lean and mean software platform, to a small applet that automates a single task. The end result is always the same – increased business efficiency.

But how do you know it’s time to invest in your own development? Here are 3 signs.

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How to Find the ROI of Custom Software Development

When developing custom software, your company is going to want to have a favorable return on your investment. How you calculate that is vital to informing your entire project strategy.

Custom software can be complex, and trying to calculate the projected return on it can seem daunting. In the beginning you only have an idea of what you’re building. So how can you make sure your business gets a positive ROI from your software development application?

How to Find the ROI of Custom Software Development

There are, in general, two types of custom software and depending on which you build will determine how you calculate your ROI. Watch the video below and read the post to see how best to find the ROI of custom software development.

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