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Q1 2018

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2018 has started strongly, with many exciting developments for our clients.

We have been working on a Podio CRM system to match young people with childcare and training services. As part of this, we built a custom integration with Xero (cloud account system) and WooCommerce on a WordPress platform. Whilst these integrations took longer than expected to complete, we now have a firm base to build upon and will allow the client to build their own integrations on top.

Another major project was a one-of-a-kind mass purchasing and licence allocation function for an e-commerce platform, and linking that to a Podio database and integrated company invoicing function. We are not aware of any product on the market that can achieve what we built, and are very pleased with the early results: full public release follows in April.

The company continues to grow month after month, and is about to start work on several new builds in Q2.

If you would like to discuss how we could help your organisation to grow and develop, please do get in touch.

Project Updates

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We are fortunate enough at Future Solutions to work alongside some fantastic organisations and help them achieve more in a fraction of the time and effort.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the projects we are working on at the moment:

  • A stock management and communications platform for a furniture upcycling organisation
  • A communications and project management platform for a youth organisation
  • A CRM, e-commerce and customer portal for a childcare organisation
  • A membership platform upgrade for a higher education organisation
  • A client onboarding and contracting process for a social enterprise organisation

Sounds interesting?  It is!  Feel free to get in touch with us to see how Future Solutions could help your organisation achieve more.  We offer a variety of services including business process consulting, implemention, support, development and web hosting.

2018 has been a great year so far: let’s make it even better…!

Get ready for launch!

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Today we are excited to announce the official launch of The Future Group

The Future Group is a collection of organisations seeking to achieve positive change.  Our vision is a society where all organisations are led by socially conscious people.  Our mission is to create a more sustainable and brighter future, by inspiring individuals and supporting organisations to achieve their full potential.

We have four founding members: Future Foundations, Future Foundations Society CIC, Future Solutions, and our pioneering leadership movement Global Social Leaders.  Bringing them together under one banner helps to communicate that they are all part of a bigger idea, that they all work together to achieve positive change, and they are all united.

We also have four key partners: Devas Club, Lovvol, Oxbridge Guardians, and our latest partner Role Models.  All our partners work alongside us in our office hub in the Devas Club building (in Battersea, London), and share our vision and mission.

Find out more at our website: www.ourfuturegroup.com

We will be holding our launch day on Saturday 2nd December at the Devas Club in a jam-packed day of workshops, sessions, experiences, sport, and socials running throughout the building.  Save the date!  We are looking for members of our network to volunteer to lead a session that they are passionate about that is aligned with our vision and mission: sound like you?  Please register your interest here.

Watch this space for further announcements and follow #ourfuturegroup on social media.

Big Data: Past, Present and Future

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Big data. 

It’s a phrase you’ve almost certainly heard of, but few understand it’s real potential. More specifically, few understand its real potential to do harm. 

Big data is the “macro-economic” view. It’s the collective interpretation of all the individual items/records into a summary/distilled soundbite. As a basic hypothetical example, 80% of people who eat an apple a day have better than average health. 

On the face of it, big data has huge potential. If the statistic above is true, then all we need to do is eat more apples and we all have better health. But there lies its simultaneous weakness. If absolutely everyone ate an apple a day, the average health of the population overall increases; and therefore the marginal benefit of eating an apple a day disappears. 

Most disturbingly of all, the inverse position now becomes true: now, if you DON’T eat an apple a day, there’s an 80% chance that you will have below average health. 

So when using big data for decision making, trend analysis, or any other purpose, you must remember the three golden rules:

  1. Past: your data is collected from things that have happened already. It is not perfect. It is not future proof. It is already old. 
  2. Present: make the right decisions and choices based on what you know and can deduce today. 
  3. Future: embrace change, encourage new thinking, accept you don’t know what will be true. Innovate. Then do it again. 

At Future Solutions, when we build advanced automated processing routines for our clients, we always seek to understand before being understood: we want to learn the past. That helps us understand the present: what are the pain points, the frustrations, the peaks and the troughs. Then we provoke dreams of the future: if X were no object, what would be true?

We know however that as soon as we start building the dream future state – in the present – it will soon become the past. As soon as our clients see what their system can now do for them in a fraction of the time it took previously, they start to dream even bigger and what could be possible given their new present state. 

And that’s why we do what we do. 

And we love it. 

Big (data) time. 

The Gift Of Time

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Here at Future Solutions, we have built thousands of automations and integrations.  The best thing about automations and integrations is when they’re there, they’re there.  You don’t need to think about them any more.  To quote the late great Steve Jobs, “It just works“.

One of our favourite automation platforms is Globiflow.  Globiflow turbocharges Podio and in our opinion, Podio would be a shadow of the infrastructure that it is without it.

But words can only say so much…  What  you need is proof, right?  Well let’s look at some evidence…

 


 

One of our clients is a speakers agency and is a one-person band.  They use Podio with Globiflow for everything from contract offer, negotiation and acceptance to billing.

That’s 1 person doing the work of a full time team of 4.


Another client is a training company with 7 full time employees.  They use Podio with Globiflow for all their project management, reporting and HR,

They save 145 hours of work every single day, 365 days a year.


One of our clients runs an specialist education website with 6 full time employees.  They use Podio with Globiflow.  A lot.

If one person worked from 1st January to 31st December for 24 hours a day, our client would complete the same amount of work automatically on the 27th of January.


Interested?  Get in touch to see how Future Solutions could help you optimise and leverage your resources, and help your organisation get more output for much less work.

Is Efficiency Important?

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It seems efficiency is increasingly high on the list when people are buying things these days.

From fridges to dishwashers, from cookers to TVs — even entire houses — it feels like everything these days has an energy rating slapped all over it.

People up and down the land are feeling the smugness of having a A+++-rated lightbulb, and the overwhelming guilt of a G-rated portable radiator stuffed in their attic (hidden away from judging eyes of course).

Podio wins PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award

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PC Magazine has awarded Podio with a prestigious Editors’ Choice Award for “The Best Online Collaboration Software of 2016”.

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Here at Future Solutions, we’ve known the power and possibilities of Podio for years and we specialise in designing, implementing, supporting and training others on how to transform their businesses through the power of a Podio platform.

If you’d like to know more about how we could help you, contact us to arrange a free consultation.