Case Studies

Career Athletes, LLC.

Company:

Career Athletes is the web’s dominant force in social network for collegiate athletes. Founded in 2005 by former collegiate Football athlete Chris Smith, the company draws upon the unique bond held by athletes as a method for encouraging connections, communication and networking. By leveraging his Sales and Mergers and Acquisitions background Chris has grown the company from its humble roots to over 100,000 members.

Challenge:

Develop the technology and services to enable Career Athletes to handle over 100,000 active members, their networking, communications and career search.

Results:

Career Athletes began its life as Athletes4Hire.com. In the beginning, the focus was on being a job board for collegiate athletes. Utilizing existing job board source code as a spring board, thousands of man hours have been invested in the care and development of the current product. Programming has been in PHP, HTML, Javascript and AJAX, along with a MySQL relational database. In 2010, a second server was added to the network to handle the newly developed Live Search technology. Live Search, similar to searching for potential contacts in Facebook or LinkedIn, mines the underlying data of over 100,000+ members, recruiters and job postings to provide accurate and up-to-date search results practically instantaneously.

Our staff provide full time programming services, network server management , technical consultation, project management and e-mail deliverability services.

Rent Source, Inc.

Company:

Rent Source services the Kansas City and St. Louis metro housing-search markets. In the past, individuals and families looking to rent homes often opted to search endlessly through dozens of online listing services. Often times, the properties they found online were either rented, or didn’t contain the information they needed to make an informed decision. Rent Source capitalizes on this by building relationships with landlords across the region and aggregating their property listing into one master database which can be accessed by renters for a nominal fee.

Challenge:

Compiling, maintaining and accessing a database of tens of thousands of properties requires a web application system.

Results:

Johnson Technical Group built a custom web system from the ground up using PHP, MySQL, HTML, Javascript and AJAX. For several years we’ve documented and analyzed the work flow at Rent Source, replicating it into the web application. The result is that landlords can submit and edit properties and property photos online, customers can generate lists of properties matching their criteria online and backoffice staff have a multitude of tools they need to be successful. Through the use of technology, Rent Source revenue has grown significantly in the last three years.

Black and Veatch

Company:

EMS is the consulting division of Black & Veatch. They deliver value through the application of first-hand industry expertise, exceptional project execution, thought leadership, proven methodologies and processes, and ethical business practices. Their proven capability to deliver is local, national and international.

Challenge:

The performance of each consultant is evaluated annually through a series of reviews by superiors and client contacts. In addition, each consultant is asked to evaluate their progress and standing in a number of areas including leadership skills and technical skills. With hundreds of employees, tracking the documentation and statistics to make an accurate assessment of progress and subsequently determine new ranking (i.e. salary base) annually is a challenge.

Results:

Johnson Technical Group worked directly with human resources and executive level employees at EMS to create a system whereby all information could be filled out online and administration could subsequently report on that information. A front end system was built for consultants and a backend system for administration. The dynamic, AJAX-based frontend system allowed consultants to perform many tasks including sending out requests for evaluation to peers, superiors and client contacts and also fill out self-evaluation forms and rate themselves on the rating matrix system. In addition, the front end allowed supervisors to monitor employees under their supervision and their progress during the evaluation process. The administrative interface allowed the creation of normal, supervisor and admin accounts. In addition, an extensive reporting section provided a wealth of information on current status of the evaluation process. As a result of the implementation of this system, the HR division of EMS was able to track progress from year to year on a large scale. The pure time savings from the development of this application were enormous.

24 Hour Petmeds Network

Company:

The 24hourPetmeds network of pet medication websites was founded by industry veteran Simon Elliott. Similar to the well-known 1800petmeds, they sold products such as Frontline and K9 Advantix. A multi-million dollar operation, it was merged with another company in 2009 at the height of the recession.

Challenge:

Each of the websites in the network sold essentially the same products but had a different marketing twist. 24hourpet.com offered free shipping, while vetmeddeals had lower prices but charged for shipping. Besides building and maintaining four e-commerce websites that did in excess of several million dollars of revenue, we had to come up with a centralized set of tools for managing the website catalogs as one, instead of having to update and manage them separately.

Results:

Johnson Technical Group created a centralized control panel capable of updating all website at the same time saving time and money. In addition, the control panel could copy products between websites, set shipping prices and manage inventory. Combining the efficiency of a centralized control panel as well as fine tuned product fulfillment, the company watched revenues soar.

Sher Distribution

Company:

Sher Distribution provided merchandising and distribution services for product manufacturers. By leveraging their clerical force of 1000+ merchandise service personnel across the nation, they could effectively stock, take stock of and maintenance products for 3rd party companys in big box retailers. If you had a display of “balloons” you wanted set up and maintained at K-Mart, Sher Distribution had the feet-on-the-street in cities across the nation to do this for you.

Challenge:

Managing billable time for over 1000 service representatives across the nation is a challenging task. Sher Distribution was using paper timesheets still. Each representative mailed in his time sheets on a weekly basis and was paid the following week based on time. Although this worked, it was not efficient, the data was not indexed and the options for querying the representative about various things (such as the quality of the products they were arranging) was limited. Sher Distribution contracted with Johnson Technical Group to create an automated system to receive time sheets and manage information. Coupled with a phone touch-tone data entry system, service reps phoned in, or logged in each day to enter their information.

Results:

As a result of the online system, Sher was able to re-allocate several employees who were dedicated to receiving and process timesheets and associated data. This amounted to a net six figure savings each year from inception. In addition, due to the timeliness of the data entry, Sher was able to bill its clients quicker and receive payment in a more timely manner.