Case Study Highlights
Since its formation in 1997, Blueberry has been fortunate enough to work on many interesting projects, with clients both large and small. The following project descriptions are a representative sample of our experience. Note that some of our projects are protected by non-disclosure agreements and so cannot be displayed here.
“It was a delight to work with Blueberry, who were never fazed by our complex requirements. We now have an excellent and effective user-friendly solution that we’re proud of.”
Healthcare Pharmacy App For Repeat Prescriptions - Dimec
The DIMEC Pharmacy app has addressed a need by patients to obtain their prescription medication quickly, cheaply and more conveniently than is currently possible.
The app integrates with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service and is easy to understand and use, secure and reliable.
The DIMEC Pharmacy app:
- Works seamlessly across all devices.
- Seamlessly integrates with the NHS Electronic Prescription.
- Holds a comprehensive database of medicines.
- Has a modern and clean design which easily guides users through the registration and ordering process.
- Is available to download free from the App Store.
Since its launch, the app has already attracted an overwhelming number of users and received stellar reviews from customers, industry professionals and local media.
1 developer, 1 manager
Ionic Framework, BBWT
Site Management System For World's Biggest Dairy - Arla
When global dairy company Arla Foods opened a new £150 million dairy in Aylesbury, England, they needed a Yard Management System which could keep track of the flow of vehicles throughout the yard on a 24/7, 365-day basis.
With 150 vehicles unloading raw milk every day, it was essential that Arla’s managers had a system which could help them manage the yard operations as efficiently as possible.
Using our own BBWT web application framework, which helped accelerate development and keep costs down, Blueberry built a sophisticated, flexible system that:
- Enables Arla’s managers to control all of the movements around the yard easily and effectively.
- Includes a yard map which provides a graphical view of the location of all vehicles, bay assignments and a ‘drag and drop’ function that tells the drivers where to move a vehicle to.
- Utilises mobile devices which drivers receive on check-in to receive instructions from the yard controllers.
- Helps the yard controllers manage driver and trailer resources to ensure the site does not exceed noise restrictions.
2 developers, 1 manager
Android Mobile Phone Application For The NHS
The Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds successfully secured a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant to investigate the use of mobile phone technology to help people lose weight. The Group contacted Blueberry as it required proven software expertise in mobile technology and database systems to help instigate the study plan.
Blueberry created the ‘My Meal Mate’ Android mobile phone application which provides users with:
- A database of 35,000 common food items, which allows the user to record what was eaten throughout the day in a food diary.
- “Photo mode” where the user can use the phone camera to take a photo of a meal as a reminder for completing the food diary.
- “Favourites” feature to store common meals to make data entry easier.
- Exercise entry to log calories used during the users’ daily exercise. Target weight loss settings, with limits to prevent unhealthy rates of weight loss.
- Progress tracking and graphing.
- Upload of diary entries to a reporting website.
In addition to providing software expertise, Blueberry also played a strong technical consultancy role within the Nutritional Epidemiology Group – in particular with selecting the most appropriate phones for the project; generating custom reports and producing a specialised reporting website.
1 developer, 1 manager
Android development tools, ASP.NET, Agile Platform
Budget Calculation Tool To Assess Campaign Costs - MCA
Blueberry developed a web-based software tool for global consultancy MCA which helps their clients work out budget requirements for all types of marketing campaigns.
The Budget Builder enables clients to assess budget requirements by exploring different combinations of advertising spend over a 12-month period.
Using our own BBWT web application framework we delivered a tool which:
- Allows user to look at the budget for a fiscal year and compare different scenarios for any number of campaigns.
- Uses a simple ‘wizard’ that guides the user step-by-step through the process of setting up a budget, including selecting media type, duration, frequency etc.
- Includes a client styliser which allows the tool to be customised for each client.
- Can be accessed from multiple browsers and mobile devices.
3 developers, 1 manager
Revision Guide Apps for BlackBerry Smartphones - Smartstudy
SmartStudy required a suite of educational smartphone apps that would assist GCSE students with their exam revision. The apps were required to mirror the students’ curriculum schoolwork, so enabling anytime-anywhere learning. It also needed to support integration with Blackberry Messenger (BBM), a glossary/encyclopaedia and games feature, plus multimedia and sharing via social media so that students could test themselves against their friends using high quality exam board specific content.
1 developer, 1 manager, 6 man-months
Cloud-Based Research & Reporting Software For The Marketing Industry
Quickwins provides product and brand intelligence to empower specialist teams involved in agency PR, digital and creative departments to collaborate and deliver successful marketing campaigns for their client’s products and brands.
The company required a system that would provide digital marketers with a single access route to a range of sophisticated online tools, so that the complex research, analysis and reporting data could be incorporated into the marketing reports used to inform client campaigns.
The new ‘Rorkal’ software platform provides single access route to an assortment of Web and social databases to retrieve research, analysis and reporting data.
The software also compares the client’s online marketing performance against key competitors, identifies their relative online marketing strengths and weaknesses and present the results in the form of agency branded dashboard-style marketing reports.
To use the Rorkal software, a user simply enters a client URL, plus any competitor URLs. The user can then use the Rorkal workbench SEO toolset to analyse any sub-set of the Web or social sites listed.
Digital professionals can currently take up to two days to research and compile a single client marketing report. The Rorkal SaaS is able to complete comprehensive in-house and client marketing reports in less than three hours.
Android development tools, ASP.NET, Agile Platform
Online Order Tracking System - Carillion Transport
Carillion plc is a FTSE 250 company with annual revenue in the region of £4 billion. Within Carillion’s Rail division, its Welding business required an on-line tracking system to manage weld orders from internal and external customers and their allocation to welding teams from different depots.
Blueberry built a job management system to manage these different teams, who are chosen on the basis of availability and proximity to each welding job.
The new on-line Welding Management System for Carillion Rail allows rail welding orders to be collected together into a single database so that web-based worksheets can be produced – facilitating informed scheduling decisions to be made by management.
1 manager, 2 developers, 1 tester, phase 1 - 5 months; phase 2 - 3 months
MS SQL Server 2005, ASP.NET
Bespoke PowerPoint Presentations - Asabell
Asabell is a top 40 B2B agency which specialises in improving its clients’ performance through sales briefings, sales toolkits and customer engagement using digital, print and events channels.
The central marketing team found that sales people often wasted time customising sales presentation materials, and sometimes used out-of-date information. To solve this problem, asabell required a system for managing the information and data that was available for sales and marketing presentations.
Blueberry developed the ‘Preasy’ Web-based PowerPoint presentation system which uses existing content to create a library of mini presentations. Each time new material is uploaded to the secure website it is tagged with a title and a description, allowing the sales team to quickly locate the latest presentations.
The system includes a personalisation feature which allows a Title, Date, Customer Name, User Name and client logo to be substituted into the presentation. The result is a tailored, branded presentation in either PowerPoint or PDF format. The process takes less than 2 minutes and is perfect for sales people visiting customers; a trainer developing a course; or anyone else who uses PowerPoint presentations.
1 Developer, 1 Manager, 3 Man-months
Microsoft IIS Server / ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, C#, jQuery
Software Product Development & Mass-Market Distribution - Blueberry Software
In 2002, Blueberry Consultants recognised the emerging potential of screen recorders for creating software demonstrations, tutorials, and for communicating information about PC problems. The company made the decision to develop a high quality application to address the gap in the market.
Blueberry Software produced a screen recorder product for sale via the internet. In addition to developing the program, Blueberry created the online store and marketed the product.
3 Developers, 1 Manager, 24 man-months
Borland C++ Builder, Windows Video Drivers
Electronic Lock Management System - Chubb Locks
Chubb Locks Custodial Services (CLCS) required a new management system to support their next generation of sophisticated microprocessor controlled locks. CLCS wanted expert professional software support to tackle the development within the required timescale and invited Blueberry to design and implement the new system.
Blueberry provided a complete control system in .Net based around SQL Server, allowing operators to see the status of all locks and other devices in the system, as well as implementing sophisticated features such as time-based locking and interlocking along with built-in redundancy support.
2 developers, 1 manager, 14 man-months
.Net 2, SQL Server 2005 (Standard + Express), T-SQL, XML
Mission-Critical Database Migrated From Access to MS-SQL Server - HML
The HML Group provides a range of property services to the UK commercial and residential sectors, including property management, insurance and ancillary services.
When the Group’s mission-critical database started producing errors, Blueberry migrated the backend data storage from Access to Microsoft’s SQL Server. The database is now the core of HML’s strategy for business growth.
2 developers, 1 manager, 4 man years
MS-SQL Server, WinForms .NET
Call Centre Software with Sophisticated Web-Based Management System - ChinaOneCall
A UK company operating mobile communications services in China needed a system to run all aspects of its business.
Blueberry developed a sophisticated web-based system that overcame significant challenges in distributed database replication.
4 developers, 2 managers, 6 man-months
ASP.NET, SQL Server, SQL Server replication
Digital Content Creation & Display System
Pupils TV is a leading supplier of multimedia products and services to the Education sector – from Primary Education through to Secondary Schools, Colleges and CLCs.
The company required a dynamic Windows-based messaging and content display system for the education sector, which would allow pupils to bring together different types of media. In addition to text and graphics, the client required any selection of live video, data feeds and animation to be mixable on screen to create the content and displayed in broadcast quality across a range of devices. Importantly, the system had to offer ease of use, so that children of all ages could intuitively use the software to create eye-catching visuals.
1 manager, 2 developers, 2 man-months
Cassini Web server, .NET 3.5
A&E Patient Monitoring System - East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust manages three busy hospitals: Hertford County in Hertford, the Lister in Stevenage and the Queen Elizabeth II in Welwyn Garden City.
The Trust needed a way to monitor and reduce the incidence of breaches to the 4-hour waiting limit in its A&E departments. This included a new patient monitoring system to render breaches less likely.
Blueberry designed an electronic whiteboard system to manage the patient traffic in A&E Departments and ensure compliance with the national target to treat, discharge, transfer or admit patients within four hours of arrival.
The Klok system displays a visual record of patient activity in real time, instantly showing A&E staff who needs attention, what tests have been ordered, results obtained, where to act to prevent breeches to waiting times, where bottlenecks may be forming, and the allocation of a doctor or clinician to a patient, together with their accompanying medical notes.
1 developer, 1 manager, 4 man-months
VB, ASP, IIS, MS SQL Server
Portable Temperature Warning System for Animals
Animaware had already developed a successful, portable and easy-to-use thermal warning system to protect dogs and other pets from the dangers of temperature extremes.
They needed a new development partner to enhance the system and enable the device to be used in the U.S market. It was proposed that a web-based UI be developed for both users and system administrators to manage the system, together with IoT connectivity.
Blueberry updated the architecture for the temperature warning system, which now uses IoT and Amazon Web Services technology, to enable multiple operations to be carried out anywhere.
1 developer, 1 manager
Amazon Web Services, IoT, MQTT
Migration of Wireless Intelligence - GSMA
The GSM Association has played a pivotal role in the development of the global wireless industry. The Association required its complex data and analysis service migrated to a new hardware platform without any disruption to its many thousands of users.
Blueberry performed a scope assessment and identified solutions to the various risks before safely moving the GSMA’s complex site to an entirely new environment with less than a full weekend’s downtime.
1 developer/manager, 1 man-month
SQL Server 2000, SQL2005, IIS 6, ASP.NET 2, SQL Server Reporting Services
Helping People Go Home - IOM
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) contacted Blueberry because it needed a way of gathering its UK-based information on migrants into an interactive database so that it could manage its operations more efficiently.
Blueberry designed a database system based on MS SQL Server together with client software written in C# .NET. The system allows the IOM in London to correlate detailed information – from flight details to individual migrant needs when they arrive at their destination – so that the organisation can provide appropriate guidance and support in keeping with the protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.
2 Developers, 1 Manager, 6 weeks
ASP.NET, VS.NET 2005
Distributed Bug Tracking System For Software Localisation
Rubric Ltd specialises in the translation of computer documents and software programs from English into multiple languages using a combination of standard industry and in-house tools. This process of software localisation is complicated by the dispersed nature of the teams working on the projects.
Rubric required its existing distributed project tracking system extended and updated to provide an unprecedented level of information to team members, in order to increase operational efficiency and streamline administration.
The new system has become a central tool for Rubric, delivering significant value to the company. Called BugzNET4, the new scalable online bug-tracking system keeps track of every issue relating to a project. It provides all team members with an unprecedented level of information – allowing them to see summaries, drill down into individual problem reports, add comments, update status, request updates, and send automated reminders.
1 Developer, 1 Manager, 4 man-months
ASP .NET 3.5, SQL Server 2008, Linq
Pixelmoon Photo Book Web Site
Pixelmoon is a publishing website inspired out of the need in the expanding personalised print market for high quality and stylish photo books.
The company required a web-based application that could utilise web-to-print technologies in a seamless and reliable way, without concerns relating to image file size or user inexperience. The proposed site would also require full support for localisation, and an e-commerce facility to allow users to purchase their photo books once created.
Blueberry implemented a web-based platform that employs a high-end Web to print solution to produce personalised books for sale direct to the public. The site allows users to upload image files, chosen a book size, position and scale pictures, place the order, and then convert the document to print-quality PDF, ready for a professional printing partner to complete the photo book.
1 manager, 1 developer, 1 man-month
Kentico Content Management System, C#, ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight