Bring Me Sunshine: A Positive Impact on Zero Carbon Farms

AgTech is not just a thing, it is the future of sustainable farming. Our client, Zero Carbon Farms, created a technologically driven underground farm beneath the streets of London. Complete, real-time control over the subterranean environment ensures the perfect summers day, every day. And with that, the demand for data grew, too… Could this be […]

The ABC of AI

Whether we like it or not – and as software developers, we can’t help but be excited by innovation – AI is here and likely to stay. Not everyone is thrilled at the prospect. Some fret about existential threats and Skynet, the terrifying digital enemy in the Terminator franchise, others focus purely on what this […]

Software Creation: Building the Perfect Analogy

We are Purple Crane, software developers who create bespoke software products for SMEs. These products and applications improve what our customers do and how they do it. With decades of experience – and happy customers – behind, and a future of constant innovation ahead, there’s just one problem. How to describe what we do… No […]

SMBs? Meet Software Development 2 Go!

We make creating sell-on software simple. Often the stumbling block between marketing success isn’t so much the inspiration as the knowledge or expertise to deliver the product you have in mind. But both of those qualities are out there if you just know where to look. Budgets are getting ever tighter as, conversely, business rates […]

Five to Thrive: Planning IT for Q1 and beyond?

Spring has sprung (as it always does) alongside a new budget year’s (similarly inevitable) arrival. So, as SMEs set budgets for the next Q and beyond, where should they focus technology spend? There is no one size fits all solution, but our ideas – and next steps – could inform your discussions. 1/ Cut costs […]

Independence Day?

The development process is an iterative process riddled with more snakes than ladders. But maintaining your standards matters more when you’re a stakeholder in the solution’s success. You care because it’s yours. So, why do so many independent software vendors (ISV) outsource to external providers? This month’s blog considers a few reasons – and adds […]

In sum trouble? Your spreadsheet package may be concentrating risk

Excel and Google Sheets are great, aren’t they? As popular with receptionists as researchers, and students as statisticians. Supported by MS or Google, what could possibly go wrong? Funny you should ask. Excel is not just a passive list builder, it’s the go-to for anyone looking to glean insights from, organise, or just create a […]

IT – Where Net Zero Means Everything

Technology has been at the sharp end of much of mankind’s progress. While most have benefited us as a race, too many have been to the detriment of our shared home – the Earth. So, it is logical that tech should help redress the balance. In an industry that is only just becoming reconciled with […]

SMEs, Assemble! Connect with Tech for Future Success

The UK economy is heading south, and taking the British Pound with it, just as energy costs travel in the opposite direction. This is all happening as a perfect storm of Kwasi Kwarteng trying his luck and global pressures around conflict and Covid rages above smaller business owners looking for a steer on future directions. […]

Taking the Temperature for Tech: London Climate Technology Show 2022

Regular readers of our blog will know that a visit to Olympia, London, and the London Climate Technology Show 2022 was a must. Here’s what we found. As a company, we take our responsibility to preserve the Earth as seriously as our obligations towards customer service. But we are just one, small-ish company and must be viewed in the context […]