The Altec Design team researched, prototyped and ultimately built a custom internal employee intranet website for Lou Fusz Automotive. When the Fusz team contacted Altec their existing employee intranet website was over 10 years old and had been built by their internal IT team. The site had performed well for them over the years but they wanted to update and modernize the site. They also wanted to include custom HR functions as well as automate several existing tasks that had to be manually performed.
The Altec team worked directly with key Fusz staff members to build a custom system that fit their exact needs, in total the goals for the system were:
- Create a responsive and mobile friendly site.
- Allow all employees to have a login to the website along with an employee profile that stores information pertaining to each specific employee.
- A custom support ticketing system that allows employees to submit support tickets and the IT staff to fix issues + notify employees all from inside the ticketing system.
- A store creation and management system flexible enough to accommodate custom departments and job positions.
- Upgrading previously existing custom search pages to allow all employees the ability to search multiple internal databases.
- Automating the tracking and notification of important employee events and anniversaries.
- Allowing for quick system wide alerts and notifications to be broadcast to all employees.
Choosing The Foundation To Build On
Our preferred Framework is Laravel and whenever possible we prefer to use Laravel for custom development projects. Laravel is an exceptional framework that offers many benefits. First and foremost it standardizes the project so that down the road it is much easier for any other developer to come in and update/maintain the system. It also provides the benefit of helping to enforce good coding habits. We have been called in countless times by clients to come and update or fix other custom applications only to find outdated or improper coding practices in place. Most of the time these systems were built entirely "from scratch" which makes it more difficult for others to step in and contribute to the system. We are strong proponents of using a great framework as the foundation for all our systems so that clients can benefit from the best practices and standardization that comes with them.
Prototyping and Wireframing
With our framework in place we built a sitemap and interactive wireframe documents. While we can't share the full wireframe documents publicly but we can share the single page below. During this stage of the project we shared the sitemap and wireframe documents with the client over the course of several remote and in person meetings. During each session we refined the functionality of the system. Once all details had been approved by the client we created a formal design spec document and received sign off from Fusz staff to move onto design & development work.
Design & Development
During design and development our team built a custom back end admin system complete with a custom tickeing system which lets the Fusz IT staff organize and responde to employee issues. In addition to the custom administration system our team built a completely custom front end client facing website. The entire design and development process took 4 months to complete.
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Site Launch & Ongoing Relationship
Altec’s engineers worked with the Fusz IT staff to launch the new website on an internal server. The Fusz team chose to host their new website internally on their own servers. Altec has continued a great working relationship with the Fusz team, often doing quarterly updates to the site. Unlike WordPress Laravel is a framework that does not need constant updates to stay safe and secure, however it is still a best practice to update Laravel versions every 1 – 2 years to keep the site in line with current best practices.
Hear What Our Clients Think
Sam and Brian are an unbelievable asset to me personally and the multiple businesses I run. No matter what technology or digital project I throw at them; they can always handle and always shoot me straight and make sure I understand it in regular language. I honestly don’t know where our companies would be today without "the boys" because they power all things digital and we have a blast doing it.
Pete Fusz: Lou Fusz Automotive
I get email after email, call after call from companies claiming they can make my SEO better. Well I am not interested in anything these marketers tell me because I have Alec Design doing my work. These guys are not only on top of the game, they convey to me options as they see fit. I was using a larger national operation before going to them, I now spend less and get better and more with "the guys" at Altec.
Leo Anglo: Vincent's Jewelers
Great Company! The folks at Altec Design have been instrumental in building a secure system to house our schedule and monitor our patient care. They always have our best interest in mind and we continue to call on them for advice whenever we can!
Dr. Shawn Bradley: St Louis Mens Clinic
Altec did a great job on our site. We were not 100% sure initially what all we needed to do to get our business online. Altec Design sat down with us a went over each step we needed to accomplish to get our website completed. Between our thorough understanding of our business and their technical know-how we ended up with a site that is the envy of our competition. Thanks a lot guys!
Dr. Candice Coffey: STL Back Care Clinic
As a fledgling startup trying comprised of two guys with zero technical/web skills, Sam helped hand hold us through the early stages of securing a website and developing an effective and simple site to communicate our businesses value proposition. He helped set up company emails, and pointed us to some great tools for other business assets (newsletter, analytics). They made everything in the process simple and easy.
Mike Sale: Brew Bracket
My experience with Altec Design has been awesome. They worked to accommodate my needs above my means at the time, and they built a website I was very happy with. It helped take my business to the next level!
Mike Oldroyd: Mike Oldroyd Comedy
The guys at Altec really know how to communicate their knowledge and expertise on a human level. I've worked with other web design companies in the past and they may as well have been speaking Latin. Altec worked with me on our project with the care and patience you'd expect from a friend or family member. The projects we have partnered on are successful mainly because I understand all the steps and trust in Altec's experience.
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