Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Single Sign On (SSO)

Too many systems, too many logins ? 

In the current technology rich workplace, most people will interact with a huge number of different systems; intranet, email, accounts, crm etc. Each system requires the user to authenticate with different credentials, this:
  • Takes time
  • Creates IT help desk requests
  • Forces password changes when they can't be remembered

The solution; Single Sign on or SSO

SSO is an authentication mechanism, allowing a user to enter one name and password in order to gain access to multiple independent software systems.


Using SSO means your organisation will;

  • Reduce wasted time spent re-entering passwords for the same identity
  • Reduce IT costs due to IT help desk calls & tickets
  • Reduce password fatigue from multiple user/password combinations

Most of all, it will create a happy and effective workforce who can perform their roles in the most efficient manner.

Sabre Online integration

As described above, Sabre Online is a cloud based solution which Travel Management Companies use in addition to various day-to-day tools. Utilising Sabre Online's SSO capabilities, other internal/external systems are accessed through a single login, creating huge efficiencies.

Corporate Interactive

We have extensive experience with many SSO related technologies such as SAML, OAuth, OpenID, etc. If you are interested in discussing how single sign on technologies can help your business then please get in touch on 1 300 662 553 or at [email protected].

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Faceboat contest

Faceboat contest 

Corporate Interactive are continuing to support the fantastic work by Sailors With a Disability (SWD). They have a new initiative which we would like to help promote as follows:

Our faceboat community celebrates optimism and our Community Contest is your opportunity to celebrate with us.

Are you or is someone you know an unsung hero who deserves an amazing reward for their achievements?

Can you offer useful insights or an inspirational story and make others feel optimistic about their future?

For more information please follow the link:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CI create new Fireplace App

Light My Fire

CI helps Jetmaster with Hot New Fireplace App for Architects and Home Owners

Choosing the ultimate fireplace has never been easier with Jetmaster's innovative mobile app, thanks to Corporate Interactive (CI). For architects, renovators and homeowners wanting to build or configure a fireplace, the Jetmaster App offers thousands of combinations and choices right on a tablet or other mobile device.

Over the years, CI has built web and mobile applications that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for our clients—clients who trust CI to bring the best technology and talent to the table every time.

Fireplace builder – at your finger tips

Whether you’re looking for a fireplace for its cosy decorative appeal or wanting to work out the right heating option for a certain size room, the Jetmaster App allows you to source the right product for your needs.

Once you’ve browsed the choices on the app, you can then select your short list and submit a request for a quote to Jetmaster. The app can be used in store or from the comfort of your office or home.

Customer Interface 

CI started with a tablet interface in mind.  Because we knew it would be accessed by both professionals and the public, we worked hard to match format with functionality to produce software that would work seamlessly on tablet platforms across the board.  Great design was important in bolstering the design solutions offered by Jetmaster. The app is designed to save time, effort and money.

Keeping it up to date

Another great feature of the Jetmaster App is that it can be continuously updated. This is achievable through a custom module for making sure it is keep it uploaded with the latest information—it can help a user define any number of fireplaces and any number of components. The software then has the smarts to allow the platform to learn which components work together with seamless ease. It’s that easy.

Fire for the future

Jetmaster is seen Australia’s market leader in gas and wood fireplaces. It is always looking for ways to give their customers the best experience. In this forward-thinking app, it has underscored its commitment to quality, function and reliability.

Whether you are looking to start a business or extend your brand online, Corporate Interactive offers smart software, web and mobile options that suit your business objectives and your budget. Contact us today for the right tech partner for tomorrow.

CI helps 1700 increase employee engagement

CI helps SeventeenHundreds increase employee engagement

Most companies know what's going on in an employee's life, at work and outside the office, when they start at the organisation. While regular performance reviews and an exit interview help Human Resources (HR) practitioners take the work and emotional temperature of a workforce, there is still a gap between HR, direct line managers and the actual employee.

How to bridge that chasm?

Corporate Interactive (CI) has been behind highly-engineered software solutions since 2001 and has helped blue-chip organisations with the integration of technology into tangible business solutions. Recently CI built an online hub for SeventeenHundred's innovative new wellness and HR programme.

The Work & Life Hub provides work-life integration and diversity solutions to support any organisation's employee engagement programmes. The software is further supported by HR Hub, which provides powerful metrics to help implement key strategic HR initiatives.

Diversity simplified

With an organisation made up of people of different genders, ages, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation, it can be a daunting task to keep everyone happy. Engagement strategies can be a challenge.

Part of CI's brief was to make SeventeenHundred's new online portal as accessible as possible. In fitting with the client's vision of the employee HR platform, the Work&Life Hub had to be holistic and inclusive.

With a fresh design and many interactive elements, the Hub caters to all groups and offers satisfying content and relevant resources—from dealing with the challenges of being a single parent to coping with dementia, from healthy recipes to dealing with stress. All of which is designed to make employees happier, bolster productivity and reduce absenteeism. It also makes each employee feel valued.

Support, Engage

The CI team was excited to be working with such a positive programme, in which technology was used to engage people and deliver results that would make the professional and personal lives of employees better. CI instantly recognised that the platform went beyond ordinary Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), but delivered a solution that helps employees balance external and work commitments in a holistic way.

Revving up HR power

The HR Hub can feed into the information provided by employees, giving the company itself live data and powerful metrics, which can be used to make sound decisions and not overburden HR resources. The truth is that the Work&Life Hub makes employees feel valued, making them feel more engaged and resulting in increased productivity.

Happier Employees, Healthier Bottom Line

Research shows that effective wellness programmes and engagement strategies positively influence the financial performance and stock price. What's more, a central and inclusive programme helps companies meet the legislative and policy requirements set by government.

CI is always keen to work on software solutions that offer clients deep value and the end users a simplified and engaging experience. Part of its success lies in delivering creative, smart and tailored software development and integration that works right from the start.

To create an online strategy that is smooth, smart and fully supported by our team's talent, experience and market insight, make Corporate Interactive your first choice. Contact us today!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CI delivers B2B portal

Corporate Interactive delivers for martial arts products B2B

Corporate Interactive showed its superb software development capabilities recently, with a fully responsive website for Sports Masters Athletics International. SMAI is a supplier of over 2000 top martial arts and other fitness products, that are shipped to businesses and clubs across the globe.

At Corporate Interactive, we've never backed down from a challenge. The massive SMAI project wasn't without a lot of effort, its proved to be our biggest commercial success with a business-to-business site.

Starting out, we knew that SMAI was never going to be your standard e-commerce site. Firstly, it can only be accessed by registered account users. Moreover, it runs a fairly complex checkout system for the account users, which determines how a product can be delivered to fitness organizations in Australia, Asia and the rest of the world.

At Corporate Interactive, we make it our aim to turn the complex into the seamless. Since 2001, we've been delivering software solutions and strategies, creating real and measurable results, for our clients. Our first call of action was to gain insights into SMAI's needs:

  • Fully responsive design across all pages—from desktop, to tablets and mobile.
  • Strategies to counteract a high bounce rate, as over 50% of browsers were navigating away from the site after a single hit.
  • Cost-effective solution to make e-commerce available (and viable) across tablet and mobile platforms.

At Corporate Interactive, we find the right tools—or we create it from the ground up. Because the SMAI site was so complex with multiple components to make responsive—especially on a tablet—we used a modified version of Bootstrap, the powerful and agile front-end framework.

A large part of SMAI's success lies in the development of new products and partnerships with fitness organisations across the world. Corporate Interactive understood that their online performance had to match the pace of this growth—or it would be left behind in the business-to-business space.

At Corporate Interactive, we have the creativity and skill to tailor the right software infrastructure. We understood that SMAI needed an advanced e-commerce solution, with integrated platforms to make interacting with sites as seamless and painless as possible. When logging on, we had to make it a pleasure for account holders and profitable for the highly respected SMAI brand.

Can we help you with your brand? We provide bespoke software development that punches above its weight—so you come out winning.

Contact Us or call 1-300-662-553 today.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Taking a Complex Product Set from B2B to the end user

Taking a Complex Product Set from B2B to the end user

What makes a great business-to-business website?

This is the thought-provoking question we responded to for major client Novis and its high-value site.

This was one of our most intricate and multi-faceted projects to date.

Here at Corporate Interactive we've been working with MediDirect, to engineer a way to integrate their B2B offering across all platforms. This is the part we enjoy - merging technical and creative design, to make a client's vision come to life online.

Where do the challenges lie?

The MediDirect site offers a wide range of clinical and health products, aimed mostly at meeting the needs of the elderly in residential care and for hospitals, two of its major markets.

These products include aids for daily living, mobility and support services. Other categories include bathroom and hygiene products, home improvement products, bedding and other accessories.

With such a complex product set, our first order of business was to streamline this e-commerce enterprise. We needed to simplify the buying process by analyzing the process of choosing a product and aligning the system accordingly.

We also knew that we had to think strategically. So, Corporate Interactive imported MediDirect's product-set directly into WebDirector. WebDirector offers a quick and smooth implementation at a low cost. This eased the hassle of manually importing a highly complex product set with multiple variations.

Lock in the ultimate goal for clients

While we designed an interface specifically for tablet users, MediDirect’s plan is to have the site installed in kiosks, hospitals and other care facilities. This would allow the site to evolve from a B2B portal into a B2C, reaching the end user in a more direct way.

So our next step was to produce a simple process for the aged community to use. We had to make the system unintimidating and an easy-to-use experience, even though the products are often complex.

Wiping the sweat from our brow, we're proud to say we've achieved this. The next step is to integrate the MediDirect data into SAP - so Watch This Space!

Corporate Interactive has built a reputation for total customer satisfaction. Why not Contact Us or call 1-300-662-553 for a solution to help your business grow?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Software, consistently more reliable than spreadsheets

Software, consistently more reliable than spreadsheets

Too often business owners, researchers and authors rely on spreadsheets for collecting and analyzing data, when software applications are proven to be a better option in ensuring the consistency of the process.

While spreadsheets are useful for basic calculations and other quick numerical analysis, as a primary business or research tool it is prone to error. At Corporate Interactive, we believe that these spreadsheets must be converted to software apps to reap the benefits of collected data. By not using a software solution, you will affect the accuracy of your analysis.

Business essential

A spreadsheet can incur transcription errors from its original sources or deliver an incorrect formula. In short, it is an unstable option in analytical work.

Three reasons software trumps spreadsheets

Software applications allow for testing, while spreadsheets do not have this option.
Software applications facilitate code review, while spreadsheets make this process difficult.
Software applications allow a framework for inputting data, while spreadsheets allow for a copy-and-paste approach.
When you have invested enormous effort into compiling a dataset, it is important to spend equal effort into reviewing, testing and documenting your analysis. A well-written and tested software program or application will allow you to do this.

The best technique

Over the years, we’ve developed software solutions for our many clients, with the right tools and best techniques for collecting, analyzing and reporting credible data.

Of course, a spreadsheet has its place in the business world. However, when you’re dealing with complex, or large amounts of data, a software solution makes the process more accurate, consistent and reliable.

This means that you can make better decisions based on results you can trust.

To find a software solution that can help you in your company analysis or economic research, Contact Us or call 1-300-662-553 for professional advice.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Google eCommerce insights help retailers understand consumers better

New Google eCommerce insights help retailers understand consumers better

Which landing pages entice an online shopper? Why do some browsers add a product to a cart and never complete a purchase? What impact does an internal promotion have on e-sales?

With the latest release of functionality from Google Analytics, all these questions can now be answered. Online retailers can better track an online user's behavior and important conversion metrics. It provides powerful insights into how consumers shop online and why they abandon a purchase in the shopping process.

Google analytics, user behavior, tracking

Boost your shopping analytics

At Corporate Interactive, we're excited about this new Google feature. We've always prided ourselves on being agile and quick to respond to progressive technologies. From an ecommerce perspective, Enhanced Ecommerce has much to offer online retailers, advertisers and other brands emerging in this rapidly growing market.

Powerful data means our software integration solutions can drill deeper into pre-purchase shopping behavior and unpack product performance.

Google Analytics has neatly closed the information loop, covering the entire shopping lifecycle.

What can it do?

  • Show you how far shoppers get in the shopping funnel—and where they drop out.
  • Most viewed products, as well as your highest conversion rates.
  • Explain how and why shoppers interact with certain products and services.
  • Optimize a website by creating an engagement-rich consumer environment.
  • Show how internal promotions influence sales.

Bottom line

With better reporting, data integration and this type of analytics enhancement, Corporate Interactive can deliver better software solutions for our online retail clients. With retailers reporting an average conversion rate of about 2.7%, even small improvements can have significant results.

As Google stated in its media reports, Enhanced Ecommerce was launched to stay abreast of the phenomenal rise of online retail—in fact, according to the same report, ecommerce grew 30% year-on-year in 2013.

To find out how we can help you improve your sales and marketing strategies with insightful analytics and seamless software integration, Contact Us or call 1-300-662-553 today.

Google analytics, user behavior, tracking

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Delivering the Gift of Strategic Design for Online Retailer

Delivering the Gift of Strategic Design for Online Retailer

The greatest gifts are those that surprise. This month Corporate Interactive has been working towards delivering the 'Wow' factor for

Corporate Interactive has provided seamless integration of this client's retail website, as it goes live to market. In this strategic partnership a customized graphic design and a streamlined ordering process has been delivered. In addition the service has been deployed into a private cloud within a highly secure data center.

Seamless and secure

Most shoppers are going online for convenience. Australia is no different. offers consumers quality gifts and hampers from its vibrant website. It has proved to be an ideal solution for browsers looking for quality items for any occasion across the country.

Corporate Interactive makes sure shopping with is as seamless and secure as possible.

Customized solutions

With over 13 years’ experience in web development and software development, Corporate Interactive continues to build on its successful work in business apps, mobile apps, websites and ecommerce.

Corporate Interactive’s innovative web applications have allowed its clients to build millions of dollars in revenue.

With this project, the talented team created multiple benefits and features for the site, including hosting in a state-of-the-art high availability private cloud, with infrastructure owned and operated by Corporate Interactive. What’s more, the virtual resources on these servers can be configured on the fly.

Rise of Ecommerce

In Australia, ecommerce has shown a steady increase in sales over the last few years. Research shows that 94% of Australians have internet access; every day 80% use the net for online shopping and social media activities. Pundits believe this trend will continue, with people spending as much as AUD $ 30 billion by 2016.

Global business-to-consumer eCommerce sales are predicted to reach the USD $ 1.5 trillion mark in 2014.

With a growing online market, Corporate Interactive believes more online brands will need strategic web development and software integration.

Private cloud is the latest in a string of satisfied clients. Our team is always working towards providing adaptive technologies and cloud-based solutions to new and existing clients. Whether a company is just starting out, or needs a fresh strategy for its future sales growth, Corporate Interactive can develop tailored, quality and highly creative user experiences.

Corporate Interactive created its own private cloud, which is proving to be best-in-class in cloud technology. It improves stability and speed in all aspects of infrastructure related needs.

The site goes live this week—it is an exciting example of the work we’re doing for our clients. To find out about software and web development solutions that can create an impact on the web and increase your sales, Contact Us or call 1-300-662-553 right now.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Corporate Interactive sponsors Sailors with disABILITIES

Software development company Corporate Interactive has become a proud sponsor of Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD), a not-for-profit dedicated to changing society's perception of the disabled. SWD also encourages people with disabilities to see their situation in a new light.

SWD creates the opportunity for thousands of people with disabilities to enter one of the most gruelling sailing races in the world from Sydney to Hobart. SWD began racing in February 1994 with the 50th Sydney to Hobart Race - the first time a fully disabled crew ever sailed in a race on the ocean. Although it started out as a one-time event, it became an annual event and SWD was formed.

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The heart of the SWD community is the people who continue to volunteer and to engage with and mentor young sailors. By volunteering their time, these individuals become Creators of Change within the community. Volunteers are not required to know how to sail in order to make a difference. Volunteering efforts include:
  • Recruiting members
  • Looking after boats
  • Taking photographs
  • Writing Blogs
SWD runs several programs for disabled and disadvantaged kids and adults. Try Sail is an introductory program that gives individuals the opportunity to steer the boat while learning basic sailing skills. The Winds of Change program engages learners in new ways through sailing. During July and August, the Northern Campaign provides coastal training, ocean racing and harbor sailing to schools in Northern NSW.

In addition to all of the programs for individuals with disabilities, SWD makes it clear how much volunteering matters to their organization with Carers Days. Volunteers who give their lives to caring for those who are disabled or disadvantaged are able to go out on the water and receive recognition for their service.

Win a Brand New Yacht While Supporting SWD

SWD participates in many fundraising activities to finance their programs. The current fundraiser is also the largest activity to date: Team Windcraft’s Raffle. They are raffling a brand new 34’ Hanse yacht worth over $250,000, and covered by 12 months of Marine Insurance.

The raffle is an amazing opportunity to win a brand new yacht that’s ready to sail, and give money to a worthy cause at the same time. Each ticket is $100, and there are only 5,000 total tickets available. Raffle tickets will be sold until August 31, 2014.

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Sponsorships are an essential part of funding the SWD organization. Corporate Interactive is excited to be able to play a role in SWD and to support the amazing acts they perform every day. At Corporate Interactive, showing support for local vendors and organizations is central to our belief that working together is a key ingredient to success.

As a leading application software development company, Corporate Interactive always strives to provide the very best in mobile solutions and custom software development. We handle all aspects of software development, from concept creation to strategic consulting.

For more information about Corporate Interactive sponsorships, or to find out about our many quality services, please visit our website or contact us at 1-300-622-553.

Monday, April 14, 2014

CI Launches New Intranet Management Software

CI Launches New Intranet Management Software

Anyone who's ever struggled with an office file-sharing system knows how frustrating a traditional 'intranet' can be. Despite advances in software development, there's no one-size-fits-all intranet system. Existing solutions tend to be over-engineered, very costly to implement with a huge learning curve which avoids mass adoption.

These issues motivated us to develop the 'nothing to learn' intranet interface, and it's just as easy to use as it sounds. Our new portal is highly adaptable to any business structure. Although simple it contains enterprise level benefits:

  • Unlimited navigation structure
  • Unlimited pages
  • Simple inline editing
  • Layered security
  • N-documents associated with each page
  • Single sign-on (SSO) integration with Active Directory, LDAP and other security mechanisms
  • Social discussion
  • Shared Calendar function
  • Enterprise level natural language search

With these options, our system is easily customisable to suit the needs of progressive companies. No matter how large or small your business, and no matter what your industry, this system is incredibly versatile.

Keep Your Files Secure

Identity and information theft is a growing problem. This is especially true for businesses that produce or hold sensitive content, such as passwords and financial information.

That’s why when we designed our software, we wanted users to feel comfortable that their files are safe from hackers. With encryption and key storage, our system ensures that the only people with access to content are those with permission. Or for additional security we can ensure the intranet is only available to specific networks.

The Future of Project Management

Other intranet solutions exist, but few integrate the level of digital interaction that our new system offers. With the ‘social discussion’ option, workers can provide feedback and hold short meetings. You can even schedule discussions on the ‘calendar of events’, and by doing so, this software provides the functionality that’s only available by combining several different programs.

With ‘natural language searching’, the system can automatically filter through intranet file names and document contents.

If you’ve ever had experience with new system adoption you will be well aware of small or big issues creating major problems with staff engagement. All systems are useless unless their users are engaged. Our system is so simple to use that employees will have no problem picking it up, they will even find it fun and intuitive making them want to use it. From appearance to functionality, we were meticulous about every design detail.

If you want to learn how to integrate this intuitive software into your business, or if you’d like to learn more about Corporate Interactive’s other products, contact us at 1 300 662 553.

Friday, March 28, 2014

HR Company Implements Corporate Interactive Portal Solution

HR Company Implements Corporate Interactive Portal Solution

Human resources departments have become a staple in corporate infrastructure, but in the last few years, the cost of developing and maintaining these departments has gone up. It requires a ton of time and coordination to manage the affairs of a company and its employees.

That’s why so many businesses are looking for ways to improve the lives of their employees with automated HR tools.

Corporate Interactive recently worked with human resources provider SeventeenHundred to improve its internal processes and services. There were multiple aims of the project, including:

  • Developing document management software
  • Implementing mobile-friendly data properties
  • Adding ‘easy integration’ features
  • Finishing the software with a brand-centric look

With our platform, SeventeenHundred can deliver more information to employees, making it easier for them to access important documents at any time. With mobile-adaptable properties, workers have easy access to all information in the HR portal, anytime-anywhere.

As well, we incorporated advanced search technology by allowing meta-data tagging. This lets people search through copious amounts of content quickly and find exactly what they’re after.

About SeventeenHundred’s New Portal

Corporate Interactive has worked with plenty of high-profile enterprises, many of which must manage thousands of employees completing millions of tasks. SeventeenHundred was no different.

With more than 150,000 users, the company offers services in both New Zealand and Australia. Its list of clients features several blue chip and SME corporations that require intuitive systems.

With this new software, SeventeenHundred will be able to provide better support for its clients. For example, it allows the organisation to meet the guidelines of the Workplace Gender Equality Act of 2012 (WGEA).

The Benefits of Using the Right System

Almost all business owners come to a point when they need to be less ‘hands-on’ to expand their services. This transition is easier for some companies than for others, but most can benefit from an organised, easy-to-integrate system.

Besides being versatile enough to complement almost any business, this software can:

  • Improve security by allowing multi-layer user permissions
  • Organise tasks with easy calendar coordination
  • Create mobile-friendly content
  • Locate files
  • Coordinate with social feedback options

Thanks to this software, SeventeenHundred can now provide exceptional employee services. Every worker who interacts with the portal will save time, and with mobile capabilities, they can access information virtually from any part of the world with any device.

If you have a Document/Workflow project in mind, we’d love to help. Our team excels at analysing the needs of each individual client and then tailoring project development to meet or surpass those needs. To find out how our software could make your business processes run more efficiently and effectively, contact us at 1 300 662 553.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement

ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement

As an approved ICANN/TPP top level domain reseller we are obliged to publish updates and changes to the Registrants Benefits and Responsibilities.

One such update has recently been published. You can find the full details here.

Further information:

Please note that the obligations stated in this notice are not exhaustive.

We're here to help

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Sales department.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Slyvania Lighting Contracts Corporate Interactive

Slyvania Lighting Contracts Corporate Interactive

Corporate Interactive is pleased to announce it is providing software-development services to Sylvania Lighting Australia, one of the country’s top lighting suppliers. We will revamp Sylvania Lighting Australia’s website and digital platform, overhauling work originally contracted to an offshore web developer.

The website’s original developer, inexperienced in the technologies it was attempting to implement, mishandled the project. Consequently, Sylvania Lighting Australia ended up with unstable Web application software that suffered from unworkable functionality, as well as large amounts of downtime and glitches.

Benefits of Corporate Interactive’s Overhaul for Sylvania Lighting Australia :
  • Improved intra site search that will auto-suggest products
  • Streamlined, intuitive website navigation
  • Easier user-end product-catalog browsing
  • On-the-fly product brochures
Specifically, our overhaul will include the implementation of an Apache Lucene based enterprise smart-search software solution. This search application will use an intelligent predictive algorithm to make product suggestions.

Additionally, we will implement smart-filtering features to simplify navigation of Sylvania Lighting Australia’s website and to allow the lighting supplier’s prospective customers to more easily search its immense product catalog. Plus, our team will create a PDF binder for Sylvania Lighting Australia that will let prospective customers create and print "on-the-fly" product brochures.

Of primary concern to both Corporate Interactive and Sylvania Lighting Australia was Sylvania Lighting Australia’s huge product catalog. Providing easy visitor access to the catalog, which comprises more than 4 million products and additional product variants, stymied the website’s original developer, and consequently, visitors to Sylvania Lighting Australia’s website were previously denied exposure to the myriad design and functionality possibilities Sylvania Lighting Australia offers.

To solve this problem, we’ve had to create a client-specific software system for Sylvania Lighting Australia that caters to the size and technical nature of the catalog. This is in line with Sylvania Lighting Australia’s original motivation for approaching Corporate Interactive, which was a desire to rethink their entire Internet strategy, to move away from print-based marketing materials and to leverage the company’s existing digital assets and increase automation.

We were extremely excited about initiating a relationship and building a partnership with Sylvania Lighting Australia, while helping Sylvania Lighting Australia improve its customer-facing online offerings. With its work on Sylvania Lighting Australia’s project, we not only enhance Sylvania Lighting Australia’s customer experience; but highlight the ability to effectively manage immense amounts of data.

For more information on this project, or to discuss how Corporate Interactive can provide your business with similar solutions, please contact us at 1-300-662-553 or visit our contact us page.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Corporate Interactive Announces Strategic Partnership With Xero

Corporate Interactive Announces Strategic Partnership With Xero

Thursday, we were pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with New Zealand accounting-software provider Xero. The deal will see full integration of our WebDirector data management platform into Xero’s cloud-based accounting software.

Xero, a relative newcomer to the tax accounting-software market, has attracted a great deal of attention globally, and currently serves 250,000 businesses worldwide, according to a February article. Its innovative accounting software has been a game changer in the market by allowing businesses to share accounts seamlessly with their accountants and with tax offices via the cloud.

Xero Accounting software now integrated with Corporate Interactive

Counting super-investor Peter Thiel among its backers, Xero’s innovations have made it a major competitor of longtime market players like MYOB in Australia, and Intuit in the United States – the latter of which has begun integrating cloud-based sharing systems more fully in reaction to Xero’s success, rather than continuing to rely on its legacy products.

As proof of Xero’s success in Australia alone, it announced in February that it had signed up its 100,000th Australian customer. What’s more, nine of Australia’s top 10 accounting firms have switched to using Xero’s software. Weeks later, Xero’s stock price soared to $44.49 per share when British stock-market indices and data provider FTSE included Xero in its FTSE Global Equity index.

‘We have seen a real shift in accountants, bookkeepers and small-business owners wanting to use a pure cloud-based accounting solution to manage their finances’, said Chris Ridd, Xero’s Australia managing director, explaining his company’s success. ‘Our customers are tired of managing software installs and paying for the required hardware upgrades that typically follow new releases’.

We chose Xero as a partner over more traditional tax accounting-software vendors because Xero built its cloud-based solution from the ground up. We preferred this to the work of Xero competitors who ‘tacked on cloud or Web access’ but did not specifically design their products with cloud-based solutions in mind. Xero’s software is a true best-of-breed, cloud-accounting solution.

Furthermore, we preferred Xero because it offers application programming interface (API) integration, as a standard part of their software; all other existing vendors charge for such API middleware.

Notably, ‘(Xero) understands the world should be integrated in the cloud and all systems should talk to each other’.

The partnership will allow for full integration of the Corporate Interactive’s customer-details CRM features and invoice-transactions ERP features with Xero’s cloud-based tax-accounting software. Consequently, Xero customers will be able to send one-off and recurring invoices and synchronize all their customer data for no additional cost.

To learn more about Corporate Interactive’s CRM and ERP integration features, or to learn about how Corporate Interactive can tailor make software solutions for your business, visit the company’s contact us page or call 1-300-662-553.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Castlereagh Club Website Goes Live!

New Castlereagh Club Website Goes Live!

There's no doubt that technology influences our daily lives in ways that we no longer even fathom, and when you actually step back and take a look at it, the mass connectivity of the world is incredibly impressive. According to mobile statistics compiled by, more than half of adult Americans are smartphone owners, and 75 percent of those bring their phones with them to the bathroom. Of course, just having a website doesn’t ensure that you’ll get traffic, and even the greatest idea or product is going to fail abysmally if it doesn’t present potential customers with any kind of visual appeal.

Marketing executives at the Castlereagh Club in Sydney understand the importance of visual appeal in the consumer experience and called up the experts at Corporate Interactive to ramp up their website and attract more customers. Corporate Interactive specialises in e-commerce, software integration, web development and even app development. We are a leading application software development company, and we provide our customers with mobile solutions for their own customers, as well as custom software application development.

Responsive Design and Cutting-Edge Functionality Can Help Any Business Succeed

The design experts at Corporate Interactive specialise in web development for high profile clients, including HTC, Bosch and American Express. Don’t let that intimidate you, though, because we’re excited to work with you and your company, no matter the size, and establish and implement the virtual experience your customers want. The Castlereagh Club, one of our more recent clients, wanted a more appealing responsive design that was both functional and beautiful.

The Club’s main goal in revamping their website was to implement a more interactive online form that encouraged membership renewal. Corporate Interactive incorporated a pixel perfect design, which is responsive to users accessing the site on any mobile device, and streamlined the company’s entire virtual system by making online payment management easier than ever, as well as including an events calendar that’s invaluable to customers.

The connectivity of today’s modern world has led consumers to expect instant access to their favorite businesses and products, and Corporate Interactive ensures your company lives up to those expectations; members are singing up for The Castlereagh Club on a daily basis now, thanks to the new website interface.

With the Ever-Increasing Use of Devices, Compatibility Is Crucial

According to Digby, there were more mobile devices on Earth at the end of 2013 than there were people, which indicates just how crucial mobile connectivity and compatibility across all devices are. A beautifully designed website is utterly pointless if it doesn’t translate well to a handheld screen. Corporate Interactive tackles the logistics of web design, e-commerce and even viral marketing for you, so your business can focus on what it does best.

To give your business a virtual boost—which will translate to a fiscal one! — contact Corporate Interactive today by calling 1 300 662 553 or emailing [email protected].

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Corporate Interactive and Telstra

Corporate Interactive and Telstra

The Corporate Interactive team excitedly announce the Proposal Builder for Telstra, Australia's largest communications company, has been given the go-ahead.

The objective of the project is to provide a Software Application that will assist and support Channel Sales team members by providing a standard method of creating, maintaining and tracking high quality proposals for customers across both Telstra branded and non-branded partners.

The Benefits of the Proposal Builder App:
  • Allows business proposals to be created following a consistent layout
  • Intuitive and easy to use reducing errors and increasing efficiency
  • Accuracy - all pricing and details are up-to-date and centrally managed
  • Tracking - each proposal that is sent, opened, approved, expired is tracked and team members are updated via PUSH notifications in the app
  • Speeds up proposal production
  • Provides consistency across all sales channels for Telstra branded and non-branded partners
  • The content pool is controlled by the Telstra business team.
The Proposal Builder application will operate across the popular mobile operating systems - iOS, Android, Windows - and is accessible via both fixed and remote devices to allow full access regardless of time or location. As part of the requirement of 'on the move' access, the proposal builder app will be usable on tablets, PCs and laptops with a cut down version specifically designed for smart-phone devices.

In line with the strict adherence of Telstra's protection of their customers information, the application offers 100% security of customer details and a comprehensive archive facility.

The application will provide, but not be limited to:

  • Proposal template creation, maintenance and sharing
  • Proposal preparation
  • Attachment of files to proposals
  • Email delivery of proposal to customers
  • Proposal tracking and alerts
  • E-signature on proposals
  • Content library
  • Complex custom pricing models
  • Dashboard view of proposals sent, accepted, declined
  • Proposal sharing, versioning, audit trail
  • Multiple levels of access
  • Reporting

Corporate Interactive welcomed this opportunity to build a great partnership and working relationship with Telstra and help them to fulfil their aim of 'helping our customers work more productively in the present, as well as preparing them for a smarter business future'. By providing an intuitive and easy to use application, the proposal process will become more efficient and effective for Telstra and their customers across the Asia Pacific region.

The solution Telstra desired was a perfect match for Corporate Interactive's technologies, skills and project methodology, using Agile to benefit the client in producing weekly sprint releases. It has also been a great opportunity for the team to once again, showcase our ability to tackle and deliver highly-engineered technical solutions.

If you would like to know more about this project or you require a similar application or project solution, please contact Andrew Davidson on 1300 662 553 or see our contact page.