Asymmetry Blog — recent developments; and the world we work in
Have a look at Spanish Local Deals September 19th
New Web Property August 15th
We’re working to build a web property of our own again, we’re proud to announce the pre-launch page for Cofacio, our new conversation web site. Sign up on the site to be notified when it is ready, and let me know what you think of the sock puppets!
Japanese Web Site July 15th
We’ve just made Mewburn’s Content Managed Website live with Japanese pages too. Take a look at www.mewburn.com
o2 Store Locator Live March 19th
As part of O2’s new look web-site ‘Blue Dawn’ we were up all night - switchover was scheduled for 11pm with availability required until 3am in case of a roll-back situation. Fortunately O2 managed to synchronise the up-dates of 100’s of 3rd party websites and everyone managed to go live. Asymmetry manage the Multimap based Store Locator at http://o2.asymmetry.co.uk, which uses a clever bit of technology to pull in the top menu and footer from the O2 servers - this means the O2 content team can make changes to the navigation and menus on their web site and we will pick them up from their server automatically. This also allows us to Host and Manage the store locator.
We also went live last week with a Multimap based Store-Locator for Evolution Chips - an international car performance company, who switched from Google Maps to Multimap Mapping: you can see this implementation here
Our Wordle March 2nd
What Asymmetry is, according to Wordle, Thanks to Iain at the Encounter Business
Multimap Store Locators December 18th
Recently we’ve completed Store Locator enhancements and improvements for the following organisations:
Next - Now shows International Stores around the world (and is a lot brighter in look and feel too).
Coop - We’ve helped alter the colours, integrate different aspects of their data-feeds and stream-line some functionality.
O2 - We’re now hosting the O2 store locator at http://o2.asymmetry.co.uk which gives us the flexibility to make changes for them a lot quicker and more effectively.
Happy Christmas everyone, I hope 2009 is an exciting and proposperous one for you all too!
Google releases a web browser September 3rd
is this the most significant development of the internet since Google maps?
Download it here and have a look.
A few smaller projects live August 16th
We’ve just launched toughquestions.org for Bob Eckhard, and london language learning for Stefan Anstis - two smaller sized projects to keep our eye in - it was quite a joy to build some static simple web sites (laced with Google Analytics and some basic Search Engine Optimisation) for a change - Stefan’s design was provided by up-and-coming musician and designer Bobby Cole at catch22media. There’s been a lot more going on than meets the eye but most of the other projects are in-house or not ready for publishing yet.
Multimap API implemented December 18th
- You can pick up the phone and get support from a human being in this country!
- You get a guaranteed service, no possible future changes to the terms and conditions for the duration of your contract
- A really powerful suite of geocoding management and distance calculation tools.
- The service is fully documented, which on the whole is pretty comprehensive.
You pay for this privilege, but you are paying for access to Multimap’s 12 years of online mapping experience. Our latest implementation can be seen on the Aspire Property web site where we have integrated the Multimap API with Aspire’s current web site and web design.
- automatically zooming ’slippy’ maps to fit your search criteria
- a full location search by property price, property type
- location branch details highlighted with branch icons and info
- custom property detail pop up windows
- integrated local information, including schools, train stations and tube stations
There are loads more improvements and features the Multimap API will let us do and we’re hoping to be let loose on more clients to implement them in the future.
We’ve previously used Google Maps to create a similar ’store-locator’ product however now Multimap have introduced this new API we can now utilise their advanced spatial (and non spatial) filtering and searching systems rather than having to build them bespoke for each implementation and then integrate with the Google Maps API.
Get Bike Online Booking October 26th
We’ve been working with the Get Bike team for almost 2 years now and after drastically reducing their Google Adwords spend and increasing their ranking in the main Google results we are making good progress (have a look at CBT London in Google: that’s number one of about 1 million and that’s just one term.)
Internally they now have an intranet based Booking Calendar to book in the thousands of people they help through their Compulsory Basic Motorbike Training each year. As part of our gradual roll out we have just released the Online Booking Element which checks their intranet for booking availability and allows pupils to reserve a space on the web site.
Rather than re-invent the calendar system, we have used Yahoo’s excellent calendar plug-in too - part of the set of user interface tools Yahoo have kindly released to the developer community. We also use Ajax technologies so that the office based system automatically updates itself whenever a new online or office based booking is made. As you can see from the booking system we are going for a gradual release - it’s not fully automated yet, because the pupil must be able to provide their licence to take the course, although we are hoping to move that way soon.
Once a booking is made online and confirmed or in the office then Get Bike’s internal 3rd party accounting system is automatically updated with the pupils details and their payment information.
It looks that we will seriously save admin time, decrease the mistakes in the paper based system and allow people to book out of hours: this truly fits with our vision for Online Business.
Next up it’s time to make the Get Bike site look as nice as it performs.