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Sustainability for better workplace performance through Custom PHP applications

By Donovanseo07 Subscribe to RSS | December 14th 2011 | Views:
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What is sustainability?

Sustainability, particularly environmental sustainability, has now risen to the top of business agenda and we expect it to remain there for many years to come. This got us to think how sustainability in business can improve workplace performance by using Opensource technologies like PHP/MySQL.

Sustainability as understood by us is operating so that our business can thrive using Opensource tools which reduce cost today without impairing other business opportunities to operate and thrive in the future. This involves improving our regard for the environment (use of resources, generation of wastes, etc.) which can reduce our operating costs, and improving our bottom line by reducing costs and enhancing revenues through recycling or re-sale of obsolete resources once considered wastes.

Adopt Opensource PHP/MySql web based tools to get started

Focus on developing a web management system using PHP Programming that aimed at promoting sustainability in the workplace by increasing awareness of the issues and providing easy, cost effective resources for improvement.

The PHP Development based Calculator measures the ecological impact of the workplace and makes easy, cost-effective suggestions for improvement. This in turn triggers the innovation of greener products, narrows the price gap between green and conventional products, and furthers adoption by mainstream consumers.

Verify Industry specific content for the tool through rigorous testing

The QA department had to make sure that the formula pertaining to each question was relevant. They had to study them in detail as all the questions were interlinked. Therefore, these questions had to be sifted and sorted carefully so as to make sure that the related question was not left out. If not sifted properly, the formulas would be affected. The based formula for 'Input Averages' were different to the formulas relating to the questions. All values put in were required to be automatically saved in database till the application was closed. Eclipse was used as a development environment for rapid PHP Programming.

Error handling in PHP Programming helped checking of validation faster. Validation was a must as all fields were compulsory. All the calculations were first worked using pseudo code PHP out in the excel sheet and then cross checked for accuracy online; thus calling for parallel testing. Both the positive and negative scenarios were kept in mind for QA testing. Prior to this, unit tests were conducted by the PHP Programmers at their end.

Finally, regression testing was done which involved re-running previously run tests and checking whether previously fixed faults had reemerged.

Enhance system adoption by removing usability issues

Usability issues were monitored strictly. The questionnaire was divided into four steps/categories. It was necessary to make it easy for the user to go through the various steps neatly designed in the PHP app Programmers without making it cumbersome. This was done by making sure that the Calculator took just minutes to complete and required no specialized information or expertise on the part o f the user. Hints and averages were provided on each page against each question. The user could also request to enter U.S. averages data for all questions at one go. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) had to be designed in keeping with the objective of the company. Various shades of green color were used keeping the ecological objective of the company in mind. Visual answers were provided in the form of a globe showing the various percentages.

Developing this app using PHP has made us take a step further towards contributing to preserving our environment through innovation and purchasing of greener products thereby promoting sustainability in the workplace.

Donovanseo07 - About Author:
My name is Don Ovan and I’m an internet marketing expert. I have been sharing articles on web development and PHP Programmers time to time.

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