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The Client

With over two decades of experience, Great Forest is one of the leading sustainability consultancies in the U.S. Their expertise lies in developing, implementing, and maintaining strategies and programs to minimize environmental impact and costs for
corporations and institutions. They also operate at the global level by providing services to companies based in the
U.K, Australia, Hong Kong and France.

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Great Forest caters to several Fortune 500 companies from diverse industries such as real estate and property management, financial services, insurance, retail and hospitality. They work with their clients to address and improve their environmental sustainability
and advocate optimal solutions.

The company’s old portal/application, which predominantly carried data related to environmental sustainability, was meant for being used in-house and by clients. But soon, Great Forest found themselves looking to revamp their back end portal/application completely. The changes would include robust reporting, reduced clutter, enhanced user experience, and an intuitive UI.

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Project Description

Imaginovation worked closely with Great Forest to understand how their existing application was built, their current database representation, and the results they expected.

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  • The primary task staring everyone in the face was making the website’s UI user-friendly.
  • The client wanted the main page of the frontend website’s UI to have all the information intact, and yet be clutter-free.
  • There was a desperate need for new features in the existing application, and also to modify quite a few of the current features.
  • The client wanted a dashboard with more comprehensive data for their users. The dashboard would include all the information without compromising performance.

Challenges

  • The biggest challenge faced by the development team was to make the UI user-friendly and informational.
  • The current application was built using an older version of PHP (5.3.8), which needed to be upgraded to the latest PHP version (5.5.x) in order to incorporate some of the new features the client wanted. The team had to rewrite much of the backend code to be compatible with the new version.
  • The previous application had a number of overlaps in many areas. Therefore, users had to frequently switch from one screen to another to get the required information.
  • There was a lot of discussion around which Key Performance Indicators should be displayed on the dashboard.
  • The client did not have any documentation available for working on the existing web application. Also, their previous web application had a complicated navigation system that needed drastic improvement.
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The Solution

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  • Our technical team understood the old code of the client’s existing application thoroughly, and incorporated it in major parts of the new web development. This was done without compromising the UI and the performance at any level.
  • Then we studied the impact of changing the source code in depth and came up with a wireframe. This helped them communicate their requirements and expectations to the client easily.
  • Our technical team understood the old code of the client’s existing application thoroughly, and incorporated it in major parts of the new web development. This was done without compromising the UI and the performance at any level.
  • Then we studied the impact of changing the source code in depth and came up with a wireframe. This helped them communicate their requirements and expectations to the client easily.
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  • Our team spent a considerable amount of time researching and developing new features, which could be merged seamlessly with the ones in the existing application.
  • Our design and development teams worked hard to ensure that our deliverables went beyond the client’s expectations. The charts and data were improved and presented without compromising the performance of the application.
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Technologies Used

  • PHP
  • CakePHP
    PHP Framework
  • css3
  • html5
  • HTML 5 Charts
  • WordPress
  • Bootstrap
  • Java Script
  • jQuery
  • Fusion Chart
  • Ajax

Results

  • Our design and development teams worked hard to ensure that our deliverables went beyond the client’s expectations. The charts and data were improved and presented without compromising the performance of the application.
  • Our design and development teams worked hard to ensure that our deliverables went beyond the client’s expectations. The charts and data were improved and presented without compromising the performance of the application.
  • The client experienced a great decrease in redundancy of tasks due to elimination of overlapping functionality across modules. Coupled with the improved, intuitive navigation, users were clearer on what to do and how exactly to do it.
  • We added more data to the application and converted them into graphs. This means the client could get more data and updates. Due to the visual presentation of important data, they could make decisions faster.
  • The Dashboard was perhaps the biggest boon to the client. Every user could log in and have the exact status of metrics most important to their business right in front of their eyes. This proved instrumental for Great Forest in identifying non-compliant projects for their clients as well as correcting direction and investing more (at the right time) in profitable projects.
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