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.
In September 2018, the Co-op acquired Dimec in a multi-million pound deal. The Co-op is hoping the purchase will help it to grow into a digital competitor within the £10.5 billion pharmacy market.
1 developer, 1 manager
Ionic Framework, BBWT
Platform Development for Formula 1 Racing Team
This Formula 1 Racing Team required a platform development for their aerodynamics department. They had already completed the specifications for the new system, but needed external resources to complete the project. Blueberry was chosen as the external software development house to develop the platform after evaluating other companies.
Since developing the platform, the system has grown into other areas of the department and more functionality has been added. Blueberry continues to work closely with the client to implement new features, provide testing, and maintain the platform.
The Head of Software for the Formula 1 Racing Team said: “We evaluated 3–4 other companies, but they stood out because they created a proof of concept based on our preliminary specifications. It demonstrated that they understood what we wanted and what their team is capable of.”
“The old system used by the Formula 1 Racing Team only covered 30% of the client’s processes. The new system has increased this to nearly 100%.
“We have a great relationship with both our Project Manager and the Lead Developer. During our weekly catch-up call, they let us know what they’re working on or are just touching base. Our manager does a great job communicating between our team and the developers, which can be tricky to manage.
“Blueberry also use Trello and an internal work tracking system, which we have access to, so we can monitor project progress.
He continued: “We’ve never had to roll back an update after it’s been launched. In hypersensitive software projects like ours, it’s difficult to translate a user requirement into a working system. Nevertheless, they’ve done a great job. We have built an excellent working relationship with Blueberry and are very happy that we selected them.”
2 developers, 1 manager
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
Procurement Platform to Supply Pharmaceutical Products
Blueberry built a web platform for pharmaceutical buying group, Pharmax, that offers products to independent pharmacies in an efficient manner through partnerships with Ireland’s key manufacturers, suppliers and supply-chain experts.
Blueberry was also asked to develop an application programming interface (API) that could receive and process pharmaceutical orders sent by existing pharmacy dispensing software, and then automatically send the processed orders to Wholesaler APIs based on the best discounts for the products being ordered.
Blueberry used AngularJS, KendoUI, C#, Web Services, Amazon Cloud, and MS SQL Web Ed. technologies to successfully complete the project within the time frame required. The deliverables included:
- An API to receive and process pharmaceutical orders sent by pharmacy dispensing software.
- Automatically sending processed orders to Wholesaler APIs based on the best discounts for the products being ordered.
- A secure web portal for pharmacists and wholesalers that can review both the orders and discounts of the products, while also providing the ability for pharmacies to order directly though the web portal and to generate reports on their order history and savings over the month.
Blueberry implemented a secure and robust platform that has enabled pharmacies to get the best discounts possible within one year of the project going live.
2 managers, 3 developers, 1 tester
AngularJS, KendoUI, C#, Web Services, Amazon Cloud, MS SQL Web Ed.
Digital Front of House System - Lares Digital
Lares Digital came up with a concept of a Digital Reception to change the way Front of House services are delivered in commercial buildings.
Their initial alpha version of the software was mostly functional, but still clunky and unreliable. They urgently needed a product that was fully production ready, as they’d already started business development and signed up their first client.
Lares Digital approached Blueberry with a very defined set of requirements:
- They needed a video-switchboard solution that would direct incoming video calls to the first available member of staff (like a typical telephone reception).
- They also needed a separate, secure point-to-point connection to be established with the site, so staff could gain approval to the access control system to operate the doors.
- This functionality needed to be tied into a contacts database so that staff would know how to contact the hosts and inform them that their visitor – or delivery – had arrived.
- The company also needed multiple telemetry points, as well as reporting functionalities.
But most of all they needed all of this to be super-fast. Blueberry was able to quote an on-spec price with a short delivery time-frame.
Rodolphe Mortreuil, Founder & CEO of Lares Digital, said: “Blueberry’s superior project management processes ensured that milestones were met on time, and we were fully involved at all stages of development for final quality testing. Our Alpha version took us a year to develop, the team at Blueberry delivered the superior Beta in 7 weeks, and we were able to go live with the production version just a couple of weeks later!”
The new software has had an immediate impact on the level of service Lares Digital is able to offer their clients:
- From a facilities management perspective – where maintaining high standards for occupants and visitors is paramount – the new software updates now allow for more granular management.
- Real time instructions can be given to integrated digital receptionists at both a company and individual staff/occupier level.
- In terms of security, the software has been developed to enable photos to be taken of visitors, offering peace of mind to building owners and managers.
Looking to the future, the team at Blueberry will be working to integrate AI solutions, such as voice recognition, to ensure even greater efficiency for their clients and their building occupants/visitors.
1 manager, 1 developer
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
Sales Order Processing - Cloud-Hosted Web Application
Bedroom Furniture Direct is an online retailer of unique furniture products, sourced in the Far East, that wanted to expand its operations and increase efficiency.
Blueberry built a complete sales order processing system for the company, which supported all aspects of their business.
Orders are automatically received from multiple web shops, including Amazon, eBay and the company’s own e-commerce sites. Stock is managed on a just-in-time basis so that large warehouses are not needed in the UK, reducing business cost and allowing the company to sell at highly competitive prices compared with more established furniture outlets with a large retail estate and TV advertising budget.
Orders are processed by the system and fed through to pick-lists where barcode scanning is used to confirm that each product has been added to a delivery.
Delivery runs are calculated automatically via integration with Bing Maps.
With sales growing rapidly, the Blueberry system is taking the business to a whole new level of efficiency and enabling further expansion.
1 Developer, 1 Manager
Cloud-Hosted CRM – Uvex
Uvex is a major supplier of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to businesses in the UK.
The company required a sales order management system to replace an outdated system for ordering prescription lenses for industrial safety glasses. The requirements for this surrounded the automation of a complex business process as well as integration with third party systems via web services.
The project was broken down into two main phases, these were based on the current order input methods: 60% paper based and 40% partially completed online orders completed by internal staff.
The new system was built with the BBWT software framework and allows orders to be created and forwarded to the lens manufacturer, with an interface with the client’s Sage accounting software to send invoices.
An additional feature is an integrated permissions system in order to limit access to personal information and to make some data editable solely by certain users.
A portal was also developed for any high street optician to view orders and enter the details of the end user’s prescription directly into the system.
The commercial benefits for Uvex includes increased efficiency and cost savings, as well as improved reporting and analytics.
1 Developer, 1 Manager
Cloud-Hosted Business Operations System - Tarmac
Tarmac is the UK’s largest supplier of construction materials – comprising aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, concrete, read contracting, building products and recycling services.
The company operates from many locations around the UK and required an internal system that all staff could use, irrespective of their location, to propose business improvement opportunities, with a focus on operational efficiency and cost-savings.
For some years, Tarmac had been using a spreadsheet-based system, but this was cumbersome, as each proposal had to be circulated and signed off by multiple tiers of management. It was also very complicated and time-consuming to aggregate the data from the proposals to identify the overall cost savings for management reporting.
Blueberry build a cloud-based system to replace the spreadsheets. The software enables any member of staff to log in, enter details of their proposal with costed data and then pass it to line management and the finance department to validate and approve.
A comprehensive set of dashboards and reports was also produced, including the ability to export data to Excel for further analysis.
1 Developer, 1 Manager
Responsive Web Application for Bookings - Enjoy Education
Enjoy Education is London’s leading private tutoring and home-schooling company, supporting students in Maths, English, Science and English language.
The company provides private tutoring services, both in London and internationally, for children from pre-school age through to A-Level and undergraduate, covering the full spectrum of subjects, examination boards and ability levels.
To provide such a comprehensive service, the company employs a team of freelance tutors.
Blueberry built a system that manages all aspects of the business. This was a very complex project as it required high automation of the workflows.
The tutoring consultants use the system to record details of new client requirements and can then search for suitable tutors using a powerful profiling tool.
The tutors themselves can also access the system via a portal where they can search and apply for assignments, log their monthly timesheet and pupil reports and access data about their past and present jobs.
1 Developer, 1 Manager
Job Search Smartphone App - Warwick Employment Group
Warwick Employment Group is a commercial spin-off from Warwick University and focuses on recruitment in the Higher Education sector.
WEG provides smart solutions for education institutions specialising in recruitment and people-oriented services for the education sector.
WEG required a cross-platform app to make it easy for job hunters looking for academic roles to search the database of available jobs and click through to obtain more details and apply.
Blueberry used Xamarin to facilitate the implementation, so that the functionality only had to be created once but would work on both Apple iPhones and Android phones.
2 Developers, 1 Manager
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