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The ProWorkflow solution – www.proworkflow.com is a web based project management solution developed in New Zealand by a tight virtual team. Our servers are in California, the CTO (Founder) in New Plymouth, CEO (Founder) in Rural Christchurch with some staff, and a top developer in Fiji! We’re a tight team and we have focused on process automation so our costs grow slower than sales – what we call a low inertia business.

From day one, we set out to build a global business founded on our low inertia business model. We’ve never just been NZ focussed, it is as easy to reach Los Angeles, London or Levin so why not?

We’ve worked hard to setup automation for trials, sales, support, billing, licensing, client account maintenance and support; leaving our staff free to really talk to customers. The model has run in profit from day one and the organic growth has allowed us to invest revenue back into the business to support top class infrastructure to support our SaaS application.

Continue reading about How is ProWorkflow is doing in the current economic climate?

Most tech-aware people would have heard by now that on 30th Jan 09m Ma.gnolia http://ma.gnolia.com/ suffered a massive data corruption and loss scenario. Basically, the poo hit the fan and they lost all their users’ data and had no restorable backups! If you go to their website now you’ll see a sad looking holding page: […]

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I’ve been getting some mixed reports from customers about the current economy and stat of business. I thought it’d be interesting to ask my fellow tweeters how it’s affecting them. Here’s just a few of the replies… Click the screenshots to see their Twitter accounts:

Continue reading about A simple Twitter poll on the economy. Let’s see what people really think.

Every now and then a comment you say or hear just hits you… I was tweeting away on Twitter and said the following comment:

“Small” is the new “Big” in the global economy. Big is slow, small is fast!

Now I realize that this is a hugely gross generalization etc, but there was some depth to it. Many of the people I talk to in the software realm (many are CEO’s of small/med co’s) are massively feeling the pinch. Sales are down, traffic, expenses up etc. But there’s one thing that stands out. Few of them seem to realize that they have a competitive advantage in being small.

They are able to rapidly change product development, marketing approaches, simplify and automate admin and processes etc.

They’re not so big that reviewing expenses is a a chore, ie: Now’s a good time to review hosting providers, communications providers as they’re not ‘pinned down’ by the administrative and bureaucratic weight of 100,000+ customers.

This is a fantastic time to tweak product or brand focus, trim expenses or change strategic direction. The big players in the market can’t make such changes easily due to the huge bureaucracy, process and resource headaches that follow.

The small can move faster and position themselves better in the market, and the market is definitely changing. Those who don’t adapt will be affected. Small and fast is good!

Continue reading about Now’s the time to Kick Ass!

Kick-start your motivation with these great quotes!

I’ve talked to many people recently that are letting all the negative media spin get to them. They’ve starting to think the glass is half empty rather than opening their minds to the possibilities and opportunities on the current market. Sure it’s a little tight, but that just means it’s a good chance to optimize, systemize and prioritize!

Few sales? Just focus on other areas of business… Go sow some seeds with marketing, get the accounts done, take a holiday, re-evaluate your focus and products. Just realize that the market is moving and the best approach is not to stand still.

You need to make some changes to succeed in business in these times, but that’s a good thing as it means you’ll build a leaner, more focussed company. When it all picks up, you’ll just have a better, slicker business model to scale.

My Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/julian101 has nearly 1000 followers and many are hard working, smart techos and creatives so I asked them for a quote that motivates them. I figured we could all share our favorite quotes and get motivated.

Continue reading about ‘Tis the Season to be Inspired!