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    Re: Week to view diary

    Hi All,

    Whilst I agree with the tenet that you shouldn't develop more than the client has asked for (Ted's post) .... it appears Ray is pretty much on the money in terms of the direction of the product in question - Frontline (Motor Industry Edition).

    The mini-app I posted for everyone to take a look at earlier in this trail was only a snippet of my full app. - enough to show how the diary concept works.

    The full version (which is still in development) features thus far .....

    Customer details and vehicles

    Diary and Job Sheets - which can then be used to seed an invoice

    Estimates - which can then be copied forward into ....

    Invoices / Pro-Formas - with basic payment and balance tracking

    Invoice Drafts (pre-saved definitions of common service jobs such as a 10K service, which can be called up to rapidly fill out an invoice)

    Item Categories and Sale Items (this is basically a stock control system -- but without stock control as this client doesn't want it !)
    --- It is therefore used as a lookup for individual product and service lines which go to make up an invoice

    Invoice / Job History

    I'm just in the process of putting together a range of useful reports for my customer, but as Ray suggested it will drive lots of further functionality - job reminder emails, service reminders, proactive marketing etc.

    ... and the next big step is to write the essentials of an accounts receivable package to handle customer payments, statements etc.

    Whew ! I hadn't realised how much was ini there until I just typed it out. It's only taken about 20 hours so far, so I'm quite pleased with it.

    If any of you fancies being an informal mentor, I'd greatly appreciate some feedback on the fuller app.

    If so, please pop an email to me direct at .... [email protected]

    Thanks to all,

    Cheers Jem


      Re: Week to view diary

      Couple more points Jem
      Forget what I said as it was meant to infer that we need "second sight".

      The customer doesn't want stock control now, but just wait and see what happens when he sees what you've developed.

      In the M/c app, when a job was booked, I ran a comparison against stock and created an e-mail order to the relevant supplier for parts required which once confirmed, got sent out.
      This meant that initially, the user added the filters, oils, tyres etc for a model, and this became the norm. It built into a pretty comprehensive table, and reflected the type of bike and model most likely to be worked on.
      As for Accounts Receivable, you will have fun when you do an Aging Analysis, VAT calculations - loads of options here I'm afraid.
      And another thing!
      The M/c business runs on "bench hours" - that is how much a "bench" earns a day. You might want to consider profitability statements.
      Invoicing will be fun when you introduce discounts etc. LOL!

      I'll contact you about testing it if you will allow me.
      See our Hybrid Option here;

      Apologies to anyone I haven't managed to upset yet.
      You are held in a queue and I will get to you soon.