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W2S Solutions Solutions creates a flexible online tool that leverages three years of research for a leading business book to measure leaders against a global population, giving insight into management style and engagement capacity.
Enterprise Reporting Tools-either custom systems or packaged units are always a major headache for business leaders. All too often they are built with the mindset of a programmer rather than the vision of a business leader, or indeed end user. So, many times the result is an inflexible, quickly obsolete tool that the business is wedded to, in an unhappy marriage that is too expensive to get out of.
Over the past two years, W2S Solutions have studied the design, development and implementation of enterprise software solutions using Microsoft framework and used this insight to assist clients in creating solutions that overcome all of the above issues. The company has identified a unique approach that enables clients to build an efficient system that lets them add new components easily and reduce IT expense. W2S Solutions labels it as Focused plan, because rather than accumulating all requirements initially, company focuses on providing a trail for their system to be developed over time and as requirements emerge.
W2S Solutions strongly believes this approach was a key success factor when creating a complex, bespoke solution for a key client, the Culture Builders. Chris Preston, Director at the Culture builders and Jane Sparrow, author of the book “The Culture Builders; Leadership Strategies for Employee Performance” were determined that their three years of research for the book should be converted into an online tool quickly to seize the opportunity and interest created by the book’s launch the tool was a key way of reusing and monetising their intellectual property.
To address this, Chris Preston brought in Madhu Kesavan, founder and leader of W2S Solutions. Understanding the challenge of converting a set of highly complex beta excel sheet algorithms into an online performance management tool, Madhu drew together a talented Microsoft .Net developers team to ensure a solution could be quickly designed and implemented.
W2S Solutions dot net development team did not focus on delivering a complete solution; rather they concentrated on building a pilot project that created the core of the customized, complex report based on the client’s algorithm. This was rapidly achieved by offshore developers along with a high quality QA process. Throughout this period there was a constant interaction between Chris and management about the business vision, emerging needs and his view about the development. App development team focused on standardizing components, which allowed the business to quickly incorporate new functionality by reusing existing components.
Chris Preston: “I am SO proud to share this tool with clients, and to use it with our teams. Madhu and his company took my ideas, my data and a vision I had for a future tool, and made it possible. They’ve also built something that I trust to be reliable and accurate and will stand the test of time. It’s now a core part of our business, and something we anticipate will grow and grow, with the help of W2S Solutions.”