Alpha AnyWhere Software Development: Four of Our Case Studies

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When you need an Alpha AnyWhere developer in the NY/NJ area, there is no better place to turn than the The Farber Consulting Group, Inc. We have over 30 years of experience in database and custom software development. You might even have heard us referred to as an Alpha Five developer because we have been using this custom software design solution longer than the product is using its current name!

Today, we are going to take a look at four exciting case studies: custom projects we have developed. The four software projects are:

  1. Avis Car Rental Contact Manager.
  2. No Interest Loans Account Management
  3. Accounting Software for School Districts
  4. 4. Payroll Salaries Software for Employees of School Districts.

Once you see the powerful custom software development our team can perform, you will want us on your next project. From desktop to web to mobile applications, we do it all! Plus, we have a team of remote database administrators to ensure your optimized database keeps all of your new applications running at lightning-fast speeds. We use powerful project management tools that allow us to track your custom software development project from the drawing board to implementation. So without any further ado, here are some of the incredible software projects we have developed.

#1 Avis Contract Manager:

Avis is one of the top clients that we are proud to have developed custom software for – car rental software that is currently being used by 30 Avis Car Rental locations in New Jersey. Newark Airport (EWR) is included among those busy locations. Our Alpha AnyWhere developers used the software engine to work with multiple databases. The Avis Contract Manager software makes use of MS SQL, taking advantage of the existing replication feature to copy data from the master server to the slave (or secondary) server. This easy-to-use software allows an agent to mark the signature location on a screen. The renter is direct toward a second screen where the signature can be provided by drawing with a finger or using a mouse. The result is a digitally signed rental contract.

Consider some of the crucial features of this car rental software that provide unique benefits for Avis:

  • Signature Capture – As noted above, the car rental software allows for digital signature capture. The signature is encrypted so it can be safely stored in the database.
  • Web-based Application – The Avis Contract Manager software is database centric, making it easier to track vehicles that are rented and returned at different facilities. It is also the same web-based application for reporting a vehicle that is returned damaged.
  • Vehicle Transfer Contract – Besides use for customers, the software is also used for tracking vehicle transfers from one Avis location to another. A signature is recorded to check-in or check-out vehicles when they are being transferred.

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#2 No Interest Loans Account Manager:

The Farber Consulting Group Inc. developed a No Interest Loans Account Management application as a web app that is fully customizable. A primary application of this software would be for student loan management. The idea of the software is to give lenders a competent way to manage payments on interest-free loans.

For example, the web application is designed to locate specific loan payments that were issued by the lender as well as any payments that were made by the borrower in return. Check printing is supported, so you can issue the loan directly from the system without having to put pen to paper. It allows the lender to defer payments if something comes up that is viewed as a viable reason to delay a payment. The application also allows the lender to print a dunning letter in order to inform a borrower that a payment is past due.

Why did we initially develop this software? We were working with a non-profit organization that needed student loan management software. The idea was that a loan tracking and management application would make it easier to track and collect payments. By increasing payment collection, a non-profit is able to lend more money to students who need it for continuing their education. So, this software serves a practical purpose for both the non-profit as well as for the community in general.

See the No Interest Loan Account Manager below:

#3 Accounting Software for School Districts:

The Faber Consulting Group Inc. is proud to be part of a team that worked together to develop a SaaS application that is for 250 school districts. Schools have unique issues when it comes to accounting. The program needed to be specific to fund accounting, which is a type of accounting for non-profit organizations. The purpose of this custom software application is to track cash that has been assigned to different purposes. It basically shows where the money is both budgeted and used so that the budget and expenses can be reconciled.

Fund accounting requires a wide variety of reports for different scenarios. Each report that we designed for this accounting module was like a mini project on its own. For example, we developed a Budget Report, a Combined Receipts Report (which is actually a combination of multiple reports generated on the fly and based on the selections of the user), a Projections Report, a Projection Analysis, and much more.

We developed a user-friendly query engine to utilize the reports and store filters in tables. This allowed users to reuse the filters for any queries while using the Alpha Anywhere development tool. Primarily, the search engine was developed while using JavaScript and an MS SQL database to store related data.

I developed a report and query engine using the Visual FoxPro engine and applied my experience to this development.

The software includes all the tools necessary for accounts receivables, accounts payable, fixed assets, and general ledger accounting. It also offers a robust line of management tools that are needed for managing vendor accounts, budgets, and revenue projection while also being secure. It perfectly balances the importance of staying user-friendly and intuitive while also providing a business office all the tools that are needed for the complex requirements of accounting. A pleasing graphical user interface allows for a productive environment that is welcoming to new users but still provides the flexibility sought after by seasoned users.

From the strategic planning of a school’s budget to the management of the funds, this is an easy-to-use interface that integrates these essential features:

  • Remote login using individual school district accounts.
  • Projection modules to plan the following school year’s budget.
  • Reports are generated in accordance with the state formatting regulations.
  • Purchase orders, including bids and attachments.
  • Payroll & billing interfaces.
  • Assistance for 20-year reconciliations.
  • Support for Statement of Activities reporting.
  • A fixed assets component.

As you can see, fund accounting with Alpha AnyWhere in the development process creates a robust product that is easy to use and powerful enough to take on even the toughest accounting reports.

#4 Payroll Salaries Software for Employees of School Districts:

When we began developing this web-based software for the client, we had only some general notes that had been provided to us regarding what was needed. The payroll system had been in place for over 20 years and was developed using Visual FoxPro. While the original software had been updated over the years to keep up with local state legislation, it was an archaic system that needed to be replaced with a web-based solution. That is why the client turned to our custom software developers for assistance.

Our challenge was to take the code, which had originally been developed using Visual FoxPro, along with the client notes, to develop a new payroll system for school districts. Fortunately, many in our team used to use Visual FoxPro a lot when it was popular years ago, and we even maintain some current applications that had been developed in this way. So we had no problem diving into the code to discern the necessary business rules.

Such a process is slow and tedious, but we did it successfully and developed a new web-based solution as a payroll system for school districts. It took three Alpha AnyWhere developers to handle the task. Together, they had more than 90 years of experience as developers. I personally managed the interaction between the client and the team and provided advice based on the Visual FoxPro code. Fortunately, we have a team member who once worked as a CPA, so with this valuable knowledge of fund accounting for school districts, our Alpha Five developers (now Alpha AnyWhere) completed the job.

The result is a comprehensive and intuitive user interface that makes payroll processing simpler than ever before! The payroll system is fully integrated with the school district’s personnel, so there is no duplicate data to slow the system down or cause computation errors. Even if a school district experiences challenging scenarios regarding their payroll needs, the system is well equipped to handle what you can throw at it. The school district saves time and effort, and school employees are certainly happy to receive wages on time and without errors.

It is truly an advanced payroll system platform that integrates web-based technology. Consider just a few of the crucial features of such a payroll system:

  • Efficient processing of payroll, time sheets, vouchers, and the like.
  • Check and check stub printing.
  • Updated balances of employee vacation, personal, and sick days.
  • Simple update feature for annual changes to employee salaries.
  • A web portal for employees to log in and access information.
  • Calculations for health benefit contributions.
  • Generates projections for payroll to help balance the budget.
  • Automatic generation of all state and federally required quarterly reports.

This payroll system is yet another amazing example of what our talented Alpha AnyWhere developers can do for you when your organization works with The Farber Consulting Group Inc.

In Conclusions, from our Alpha AnyWhere Software Development Team:

As you can see from these four examples, Our custom software development services offer a wide range of implementations thanks to our talented Alpha AnyWhere developers. Contact us today to get your organization’s custom web or mobile application started!

Doron Farber - The Farber Consulting Group

I started to develop custom software since 1985 while using dBase III from Aston Tate. From there I moved to FoxBase and to FoxPro and ended up working with Visual FoxPro until Microsoft stopped supporting that great engine. With the Visual FoxPro, I developed the VisualRep which is Report and Query Engine. We are also a dot net development company, and one of our projects is a web scrapping from different web sites. We are Alpha AnyWhere developers, and the Avis Car Rental company trusted us with their contract management software that we developed with the Alpha Five software Engine.


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