There may be many reasons for considering a web site for your business - your competitors already
have one, or it seems like everyone else already has one, or you think it's neat to be able to give
out your "www.heyihaveawebsite.com" web address, or maybe you read in some trade magazine that
it's the easy way to "increase sales" or "lower costs."
But don't you think that, if a web site is the solution, shouldn't you be able to identify the
problem first? At PCV Software, we use our
26 years of experience in solving business problems with information technology to examine
the nature of your business, the demands of your market, and the goals of your business plan to
formulate a web solution specific to your business.
Need some back-end programs to process all that new business you're going to create with your
web site? How about some help in designing your complete business solution, including local or wide-area
networks? We can provide additional programming and network solutions on virtually any hardware or software
platform. Our successful projects demonstrate the wide range of technology
and market situations that have helped form our core competencies.
Finally, if you are new to the Internet, this site incorporates a number of web
technologies and techniques that could be used for your web site. After all, wouldn't you want your
web site developer to be able to do "whatever is required" to make your site successful?
Enhancing Your Site With Web Services
Web services are applications that interact with each other using web standards. You can think of a web
service as a mini-application that does one relatively simple thing in response to input from either a user
or another application. For example, a web service might translate a single word or sentence from one language
to another, or, supplied with an interest rate and loan amount, calculate a mortgage repayment schedule.
The PCV Software Tip of the Week RSS feed is a specialized version
of a web service, in that it uses the web standards for XML and RSS to deliver our weekly tip archive to another site.
With hundreds of web services available, there may be something already out there that would be a benefit to your
customers as they use your site. In other tips, we've discussed the availability of shipping calculators from both
UPS and the U. S. Postal Service.
Depending on the function and goals of your web site, there may be one or more web services already available to make
your web site even more valuable to your customers, bringing them back more often and increasing the importance of your
web site in achieving your business goals. One place to look is the Xmethods
web site, which lists publicly-available web services, and allows you to try the service by entering whatever input
information is required by the application. Need to validate a US Bank routing number? Retrieve location information for
a particular zip code? Validate an email address? Get a stock quote? These services and more are readily available (some
do require a fee, though).
Finally, perhaps you have an idea for a web service yourself, something you can provide for either your customers or your
community that would not only benefit them, but bring potential customers to your web site. PCV Software can help you
develop such a service as part of our "More than just web pages" philosophy.
Are you a charitable or religious organization? PCV Software enjoys doing pro bono work for these
organizations as a way to give back to the community, and to help those who help others. Use our
"Contact Us" page to let us know how we can help.