TheDevTeam

We are bespoke software developers with over 22 years experience of making things work, we have a wide range of Web Development tools that we can rapidly bring to bear on any problem and are confident of delivering on our promises In many cases we have worked with our clients for over 10 years covering East Sussex and surrounding areas
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    Web

    Web Development

    Web Development from The Dev Team The websites and web applications that we build are more akin to bespoke software applications than traditional websites. They incorporate complex business logic and processes from stock control and fulfilment to CRM functionality and data manipulation tools.

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    Software

    Software Development

    Software Development from The Dev Team Whether it's websites, web applications, PC based software, services or server based software we've got tonnes of development experience going back more than 20 years.

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    PM

    Project Management

    Project Management from The Dev Team Project Management is all about having good tools to collaborate and a team able to deliver

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    Mapping

    Dynamic Mapping

    Dynamic Mapping from The Dev Team It's quick, easy and inexpensive (if you know how). One of the biggest advances over the last few years has been the ability for anybody to gather longitude and latitude information and then plot it onto maps. If you're not already doing it then contact us to find out how you can.

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    SEO

    Search Engine Optimization

    Search Engine Optimization from The Dev Team For most websites, being accessible to Google is probably the most important requirement. The only way that this can be done is to make it carefully thought out and integrated part of your website. If anybody phones up offering to get you to the top of the search engine rankings for a few hundred pounds, don't believe them.

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    Data Visualisation

    Big Data & Data Visualisation

    Big Data & Data Visualisation from The Dev Team The amount of data that we, as humankind, are collecting is increasing exponentially. If you know what to do with the data, as we do, it can also be turned into a vital competitive advantage and business critical information that makes a real difference....

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    E-Commerce

    E-Commerce

    E-Commerce from The Dev Team Shopping carts, online shops and taking payments online is one of the more standard implementations in a website but the choice available to you is huge. We can help you implement your online shop whether it's a 3rd party plugin or built from scratch. We've done it all!

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    Collaboration

    Collaboration Tools

    Collaboration Tools from The Dev Team The ability to work on the same documents, build specifications together, build projects together, share ideas and collaborate are essential for modern business. Effective collaboration is at the core of every project that we work on and we use a variety to tools and skill-sets to facilitate this.

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    Construction

    Construction

    Construction from The Dev Team Denaploy has been deeply involved in may aspects of the construction industry since its inception and has worked with Main Contractors, Sub-contractors, Architects, Surveyors and CDMCs. We understand the pressures of the industry and its sometime arcane vocabulary.

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    Property

    Property

    Property from The Dev Team There are over 22 million homes in the UK and we move once every six years on average throughout our lifetime. That's a lot of data and we deal with a good proportion of it.

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    NFP

    Not for Profit & Charities

    Not for Profit & Charities from The Dev Team We do a number of different projects for Charities and Not for Profit organisations. Most of the problems needing to be solved are still the same and it suits our skillset to have a more hands-on approach to the project management.

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    Publishing

    Publishing

    Publishing from The Dev Team We have been working with magazine distributors since the earliest days of the Internet to sell British magazines both locally in the UK and around the world. If you're after a fully integrated stock control and automatic ordering system or something as simple as data feed integration then look no further.

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    Blue Chip

    Blue Chip

    Blue Chip from The Dev Team We've worked with many blue chip companies over the last 20 years and continue to receive work on a regular basis underlying the fact that we are competitively priced and possess a skills that are hard to come by even for companies with thousands of employees.

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    International

    International

    International from The Dev Team The World is getting smaller by the day and the ability to work at a desk thousands of miles away is something we've been doing for years. Why let the logistics of getting from A to B get in the way of getting the software solutions you need when everything from meetings to deployment can be done remotely?

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    Mininingware

    Eclipse Mininingware

    Eclipse Mininingware from The Dev Team Our Eclipse Miningware Solution is a cost effective solution for any startup mining company.

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    Small Business

    Small Businesses

    Small Businesses from The Dev Team Even if you've got a small business then you can afford a big IT department because you'll be hiring our skills and services for a fraction of the time and therefore cost compared to hiring permanent staff.

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    Joint Ventures

    Joint Ventures

    Joint Ventures from The Dev Team One of the downfalls of working in IT is that everybody and his dog has an idea of how they're going to make a fortune with the Internet. They usually have no money to invest but they do know somebody in the industry who might listen. Sometimes they do listen....

The continuing evolution of the internet creates many business opportunities needing specialist IT skills.

That's where we fit in. We are a highly skilled collective who are more than a match for most blue chip companies internal IT departments.

We're here to make IT and the Internet work for you.

Written on 28 October 2020

Test & Trace spreadsheet errors

Last week it was admitted that the COVID 19 Test and trace task force had ‘temporarily mislaid’ some 16,000 test results because ‘they were using an old version of Excel’.  And while this obviously made the whole system look like amateur hour  on a system that is apparently the key to managing our collective response to the COVID 19 epidemic – I would like to challenge all our company managers to check their systems and make sure that they would be doing better! 

  1. The first mistake they made was to choose to use Excel instead of a properly constructed database. Their excuse was that they were in a hurry and using the tools that were readily to hand helped them deliver at speed.  I bet a lot of us have done that and then let the ‘good enough’ solution stay in place for months or even years. This is despite the commonly accepted research that shows that upto 60% of all spreadsheets are ‘wrong’ just because they contain miscast errors, and if there is more than 1 person entering data, then that error rate goes up to a staggering 80%. 
  1. Sometimes people think that the reason they use Excel is because it has some great graphics and analytical tools like Pivot tables.  But we all know RIRO – Rubbish In Rubbish Out – so if the base data is not reliable, the pretty picture and detailed analysis will be equally unreliable.  On top of that, the PowerBI tool set from Microsoft now enable everybody to manipulate the data within a database just as easily as you can with Excel since it is broadly build around the same tool sets. 
  1. That they should be using out of date versions of the Excel spreadsheet which could not cope with the volume of data they were handling, is actually a little breath-taking given that this project has such high priority that one would assume that  penny pinching on basic software would not be required! 

Are you sure that your team would not be making similar mistakes with data that is vital to your business? 

Is this a sales pitch? Of course it is!

But if you would like us to have a look at how you are handling your data or other parts of the business if we are already working with you, we would be delighted to talk to you about it.


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