How Every8.Cloud Speaks Your Language: Domain-Driven Design

It’s a crisp morning, and as the proud manager of Great Windows and Doors Inc. (GWD), you’re driving to meet with a new software company in town. You can’t wait to arrive and learn about how they will help automate half your work!

Finally, you arrive – only to be introduced to Ian Timothy Guru (I.T. Guru). Within minutes of starting your meeting, you realize you don’t understand a word that I.T. Guru is saying.

“Software Stack… API… Cloud Native…”

You know that I.T. Guru is a top-notch software developer. But as you listen to him excitedly and earnestly sharing what sounds like gibberish, you get a sinking feeling: does he understand my world?

Will he understand information about different types of windows and doors, and about the installation process? What about GWD Inc.’s marketing process, or its sales process?

Unfortunately for some business owners, this scenario sounds painfully familiar. The reality is that the IT world has its own language, and talented software developers might not be versed in other fields. But is there a way to bridge this gap?

After all, you have work to automate, and competitors to crush!


Every8.Cloud’s Approach: Domain-Driven Design


When you begin your working relationship with Every8.Cloud, the process is two-fold: we show you the Every8.Cloud software and explain its capability. But we also learn everything we can about YOUR work, so that we can begin mapping the best way for us to serve you.

For example, in sitting down with Great Windows and Doors Inc., we might start by jotting down a rough draft of how we understand your business to work:

  • a) Client reaches out to GWD, or
  • b) Client responds to a marketing campaign.
  • An appointment is set up.
  • The appointment happens. GWD gets a better understanding of the windows/doors the client wants to get replaced, the measurements involved, and other details. Notes are made.
  • The client receives a quote.
  • The client decides whether or not to finalize the sale.
  • If yes, the client pays.

  • Of course, there would also be steps involved where you order, deliver, and install the new windows and doors.

    But the point of this (tentative) list is two-fold. One, it is important that we actually understand your work, and that we aren’t just working with a conceptual model of how we think it might look like. And secondly – a draft like this could serve as the skeleton for a developer’s starting work.

    Now, suppose that we show you these notes, to make sure we understand your workflow correctly. If we’ve captured everything correctly, we can move on to future steps (see below). If not, we might have to make some adjustments. For example:

    Perhaps your company tracks leads in a particular way, and you ask to have two separate versions of this list – each based on whether the client contacted you first, or if they responded to a marketing campaign.

    Or perhaps you use a third-party payment service to process payments, and you want us to add an extra step (or three) in our notation to fully capture how this works.

    In either case, we would quickly re-do this draft and check in with you again, until we have a proper sketch of your work.

    But we start by learning your language.


    From Sketch to Masterpiece


    With a draft like this, we now have raw data that we can use to build the right software for you.

    Possible examples include:

  • We can automate parts of the process involved in a client reaching out to you via the "Contact Us" form on your website.
  • In creating your unique Every8.Cloud interface, we can create several different interactive calendars, e.g. an Appointment Calendar, an Availability Calendar (for your employees who visit client houses), etc.
  • When something is changed in any calendar, we can automate a next step, e.g., a notification being sent off to an employee who should know about this update.
  • Interactive lists of your leads, customers, contracts, and more (with an easy search function to comb through each list by criteria of your choice),
  • Relevant KPIs,
  • Enabling webhooks so that payments processed through a third-party payment company can be done automatically. You can also get an automatic notification when each transaction is complete, and each customer can get an automated receipt.
  • Accounting and other vital business information integrated into the same platform,
  • Organizing your interface in such a way so that the most important pieces are the easiest to see and find. No more clutter!

  • Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Your imagination is the only limit to what we can do for you; but this kind of broad, conceptual approach to understanding your work helps us find a common ground between businesses and IT staff.

    From that point on, our developers take care of the code and other IT details.


    Summary

    Every8.Cloud is like a room: it has walls, but how you use the space is up to you.

    With conceptual sketches, we learn how to organize data in a way that’s relevant for you – finding and creating the best possible use for the space in between those walls.

    If you aren’t working with Every8.Cloud, you aren’t getting what you could be from your tech. We can get rid of the busywork for you – and do it in your language.

    So what are you waiting for? Start the relationship that will launch you light years ahead of your competition.

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