In the case of small business, often important information is kept in a variety of different places — e-mails, text documents, spreadsheets — which are perfectly adequate for a start, but as the business grows the information management requirements exceed what these tools can provide. The ability to display information in diverse ways and to connect different pieces of information together in useful ways becomes necessary. This is what we provide through well-designed relational databases and/or the implementation of suitable information management software.
Similarly, medium-sized businesses will generally have a database system in place, but this may not be integrated, full-featured or scalable enough to take the business to the next level. By employing a scalable, modular approach, Datum Process can provide solutions that will take a business from one employee to thousands.
Our general approach to find how we can help a client is to offer a free, no-obligation assessment, typically of a few hours. From there we will quote for a professional analysis to be conducted. A professional analysis will typically take from three to ten days, depending on the size of the client's information system and the complexity of the problem at hand. Having completed the professional assessment, we will have the necessary information to present an accurate proposal. It is at this point that we will submit a quote for the implementation of the solution.
In many cases, an excellent solution can be developed relatively quickly by harnessing the power of OpenERP. OpenERP is a comprehensive suite of business applications including Sales, CRM, Project management, Warehouse management, Manufacturing, Financial management and Human Resources, plus many more. Its modular approach allows customers to start with one application and add other modules later, providing the benefits of an integrated software without all the cost up-front. OpenERP is published under the (open source) AGPL licence, making it very affordable. Furthermore, OpenERP provides future-proofed solutions by guaranteeing migration services for a fixed fee.
In the case where OpenERP is not a good fit, we can build databases from the ground up, or improve existing database systems. In some cases, a simple automation script is enough to save hours of administration time each month.