Advanceware Solutions was the first company that Gary and Hayley started in 1999. Gary conceptualized the need for this software after having worked at WorkGroup Distribution, a South African distributor of computer related goods.Many hours were spent on tedious paperwork, long phone calls to place simple orders, repetitive filing, verifying outstanding shipments, and the list goes on.Having worked in all spheres of the customer-vendor relationship I knew what was lacking and the opportunities that existed for improvement. The question that plagued me daily was “what can I do to fix this?”
The answer came with the explosion of the Internet.Being involved in technology, the necessary tools to create an efficient environment were at our disposal and we decided to create a complete inventory order management tool for SMB’s.
AdvancePro was built using .net at its core with many add on features including a custom lead and management system. Many core functionalities were built into that system including:
- inventory processing
- automated purchase orders
- online lead management
- ticket support system
- automatic website integration
- custom e-commerce platform
After successfully running the company for 3 years and increasing sales over 100% per year, the company was sold and we began looking for other opportunities where we could utilize the experience gained.