Application Development With VantageLinks

Our proven accomplishments in the field of IT solutions may be credited to the excellence of our management team. Depending upon our sound foundation in system development for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, coupled with our success of developing the right IT infrastructure to help companies achieve a positive ROI on their IT investment, gives us our competitive edge.

VantageLinks’ application development and management services provide analysis, design, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of business applications. Our delivery capability spans service-oriented architectures including .NET and J2EE, as well as traditional client/server, portal development; wireless and mobility applications and content delivery. Our proven ability to manage turnkey technology projects allows you to rest assured that you will get the results you need. Find out the benefits of turning to a trusted outside partner to manage and complete entire projects and components of larger ones

Successful Projects Completed by VantageLinks

Our proven success in delivering completed applications to our clients is credited to the excellence of our project management methodology coupled with the selection of excellent analysts, developers and project managers for each and every project.
  • Client: Major St. Louis Book Distributor
    Project: Inventory Control / Order Management System
    Problem:

    A major St. Louis-based book distributor was using a custom software application to manage their book inventory, orders and fulfillment process. The system was built on a non-scalable platform that was difficult to maintain and no longer able to serve the needs of the company.


    Solution

    VantageLinks was contracted to architect a system capable of managing various aspects of the company’s business processes including:

    • Inventory control
    • Enterprise process flow
    • Integration with major online resellers
    • Order management and fulfillment

    The inventory control and order management system was designed to not only manage inventory and customer orders but to streamline and automate the company’s warehouse operations. It integrates barcode scanners and printers; automates data transfer with major vendors using web services; and handles the fulfillment and shipping process using enhanced workflows and integration with major shippers.


    Outcome:

    Before the development of this system, many of the day-to-day tasks were required a sizable workforce to complete. When the system was put into production, the warehouse workforce was reduced by more than 50%, resulting in a complete return on investment in less than one year.


  • Client: Major St. Louis Loan Management Company
    Project: Web-Based Loan Management Application
    Problem:

    With the recent changes to government regulations on borrowing, our client needed a web-based solution that would guarantee adherence to the proper documentation and loan management guidelines.


    Solution

    VantageLinks was asked to develop a multi-interface solution that would allow national and international organizations to easily create and manage loans for individuals. The application was designed using a predefined workflow that guarantees that loan officers are following government regulations when creating loans. The application uses many automation and high-end features such as:

    • Automatic creation of loan documentation in Adobe PDF format
    • Automated electronic signature process using AlphaTrust
    • Automated monthly loan statements via email
    • Automated late statements via email
    • Automated interest compounding
    • Full statement ledger and transaction processing
    • Full reporting capabilities using Microsoft Reporting Services
    • Support for multi-disbursement loans
    • Integrated CRM
    • Multiple interfaces for various user roles
    • High-level encryption using hashing algorithms

    Outcome:

    Since the release of the application, every loan created by the system has complied with all federal regulations set forth by the U.S. government.


  • Client: Major Brewery
    Project: Brewery Training and Information System
    Problem:

    Our client’s training and consulting team requested that we analyze and create add-ons to their existing BTIS project management system. This add-on was designed to track project costs associated with the effort needed to provide SAP and other training throughout the organization.


    Solution

    The application is able to support both “open enrollment” and “special request” classes. Open enrollment classes are designed for a given time and subject at a fixed cost per student. Special request classes are more ad hoc and are tailored per the request of the participants.


    Outcome:

    The completed application now allows for the entry of hours worked by both internal users and outside vendors to be used to determine the cost of delivering classes. Projects allow entry of multiple vendors and/or company resources to make up the labor costs. The system tracks both the hourly labor rates and the billing labor rates for all resources, billable and non-billable. The system also allows entry of both internal and external expenses for any logistical items such as travel, training manuals, facilities, etc.


  • Client: Major Brewery
    Project: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Express Upgrade
    Problem:

    SOP Express is an application originally created in Visual Basic 5.0 using Microsoft Access as its database. The program needed to be converted and rewritten to a modern interface and utilize SQL Server database.


    Solution

    The application was converted to C# running in a browser and hosted on IIS. SOP Express allows plant personnel to log into the system and track when various standard operating procedure (SOP) documents are read. The client requires these documents be read at various times to ensure their personnel are current on procedures. Some machinery must be used in certain ways, and the documents also ensure that personnel have read the proper methods of use for that equipment.


    Outcome:

    This new application now uses an Outlook style interface (inside the browser) that allows documents to be viewed in grouping methods such as: title, department, equipment and subassembly. The application allows several reports to be printed by administrators to show read history information. Additional enhancements to the application allow the administrator and maintainer level personnel to log into the system and maintain or add new SOP documents. Once created, a document can be attached to a group of users that must approve the document. The SOP Express system allows an email to be sent out as a reminder to approvers to check the document out, edit it and check it back into the system. The act of checking in the document is equivalent to approving it. Notices are subsequently emailed to the remaining approvers.


  • Client: Major Packaging Corporation
    Project: Upgrade the Material Inventory System (MIS)
    Problem:

    Our client requested that we DMCI redesign an existing PC application called the Material Inventory System (MIS). The system was written using no longer supported tool, and our client desired to implement a modern user interface and add functionality to the system.


    Solution

    The MIS application is an inventory tracking system for materials used in production of containers. The materials include direct materials used in production, such as: inside spray and basecoat. This application is designed to allow for data entry and reporting of materials used at various plants and the company’s corporate office.


    Outcome:

    MIS allows users to enter transactions such as: receipts, returns, adjustments and physical inventory. As users enter transactions, FIFO inventory will automatically be adjusted by the MIS application. MIS also allows users to run several reports, such as: transaction reports, physical inventory reports and usage reports. Users can view reports online via a report window and/or print a hard copy of a report.


  • Client: A Transportation Company
    Project: Transportation Dispatcher
    Problem:

    Our client needed a dispatching and an EDI application. As a local transportation company, they wanted to automate the dispatching of track and trailers across the region and support EDI for billing.


    Solution

    The dispatch module is designed to allow multiple users to enter and view multiple “leg” trips. A leg is essentially a stop that a given truck and driver makes on a route. Information on the chassis used and container used is tracked as well. This project includes a web interface allowing the client customers to view up-to-date location information on their goods. Other modules such as Mile and Fuel Tax, Maintenance and some accounting modules were created. An EDI Interface was created that allows the client to interact via electronic commerce to certain clients or vendors. This EDI solution also includes an interface into the client accounting software.


    Outcome:

    We improved tracking of their need compared to inventory. This has significantly improved their revenue flow while appropriately constraining costs without having to experience a reduction in work force.


  • Client: Real Estate and Rental Properties Management Company
    Project: Purchase Order System
    Problem:

    The client, managing thousands of properties around the country, needed a system to help track all purchases from each location, group them, and use a centralized system to realize large purchase savings. The unique request for this application was to provide live, online data access from both the remote properties and the main office. Inventory counts and stock is maintained on both a master inventory and an individual property level. Each month the remote properties count their entire inventory and send the count information to the main office in the form of “field approved” purchase orders. The main office then reviews each purchase order, and the purchase order goes through an approval process between the purchasing, financial and vice presidential approvals.


    Solution

    The Dispatch module is designed to allow multiple users to enter and view multiple “leg” trips. A leg is essentially a stop that a given truck and driver makes on a route. Information on the chassis used and container used is tracked as well. This project includes a web interface allowing the client customers to view up-to-date location information on their goods. Other modules such as Mile and Fuel Tax, Maintenance and some accounting modules were created. An EDI Interface was created that allows the client to interact via electronic commerce to certain clients or vendors. This EDI solution also includes an interface into the client accounting software.


    Outcome:

    The improved efficiencies have led to improved revenue to the company.


  • Client: National Credit Collection Agency
    Project: Collection Management System
    Problem:

    Each day various teams of collectors and their supervisors work a list of people scheduled to be called during that day. The client wanted to improved efficiency and accuracy over their current system which was not meeting their needs. The application assists them by scheduling return call dates, thereby preventing over-calling a client. This also helps prevent the possibility of penalization for violating an individual’s rights.


    Solution

    VantageLinks create a client/server application to assist with daily collections. This application supports live 800-2000 concurrent users using Microsoft Transaction Server and SQL Server.

    The developed system allows automated call distribution for the hundreds of collectors. The system interfaces with the Malita predictive dialer software/dialer to support the people making the calls. As dialers make the calls, the Malita software alerts and passes the call to an available collection agent. The application then detects that the Malita software has contacted a collector, and the account information for the person is automatically found and displayed. An accounts receivable and accounts payable functionality was added to the system in phase 2.


    Outcome:

    Efficiencies gained by the dialers have resulted in increased revenue and the option to hire additional personnel.


 

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