Influential: Putting Value in PHP Development

Influential’s dedicated PHP team delivers a full range of PHP development services for a broad range of sectors, including finance, insurance, energy, retail, publishing, aviation, and the public sector.

With a vast array of experience and key knowledge of all the latest PHP capabilities, Influential is well situated to cater to all business requirements, from web to mobile and desktop applications.

Across the decades, Influential has proven its PHP development credentials with thousands of clients. The development team invites you to examine a brief selection of their work:


Empowering Publishers with Global Management Systems

Challenge: A world leading publishing group – in business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge, and events – was struggling to extrapolate data for reporting. With more than 6,500 employees globally and numerous sites around the world, the publisher experienced a huge volume of data daily. However, our client had no holistic viewpoint for company-wide sales and inventory information, while data had to be manually extrapolated and translated into digestible formats. Collating accurate business-critical data for reporting was near-impossible and provided very little opportunity for return on BI investments.

Solution: Influential proposed a solution to integrate the data feeds from the multiple systems worldwide into a single location, providing an aggregated view of data for products, sales, and customers. Influential designed, built, and implemented an enterprise data warehouse called the Books Management Information System (BMIS).

Result: The BMIS now handles data for 150 inbound feeds, half a million titles, and millions of sales records on a daily basis. A browser-based PHP system was conceived to provide search and enquiry functions to over 1,000 users globally via 200 screens and send outbound data feeds to other internal applications via APIs. A higher SAP Business Objects Universe was created to produce reports for business intelligence. Influential’s timely intervention resulted in reduced costs, a streamlined system, and improved ROI with the scope to grow further.


Securing Debt and Recovery with File Upload and Storage Application

Challenge: A leading global provider of services in debt collection, confidential credit control, and tracing was looking for improvements to their system for UK client file uploads. With no dedicated applications in place, clients were required to send spreadsheets, documents, or images regarding outstanding debt as emails or third-party file transfer platforms. This created a problem of low security for sensitive information and made collaboration or transfer of files between departments and teams difficult and disorganised. All of this had the effect of hampering productivity and performance.

Solution: Influential’s team designed and built a bespoke web-based application which allowed clients to upload files directly to the company’s storage, accessible online to any internal teams. Influential ensured security through rigorous penetration testing and a role-based system that only permits client users to view their own files.

Result: With the web-based application designed by Influential, accessibility for both clients and internal teams has become easy and flexible. The company was extremely happy with the final solution, as well as its seamless build and deployment. Currently, the company is discussing a further extension of the Influential system to include greater administrative features.