Moretrench Develops Employee Portal

Moretrench American Corporation, a leader in construction geotechnical contracting, required a cheaper, quicker alternative to printing and mailing out weekly paycheck stubs (most of which were automatically deposited) to hundreds of employees, as well as statements for their employee stock ownership plan.

Moretrench engaged the IND software development team to design and implement a secure portal that would integrate with their employee Intranet Web site and back-end payroll system.

“IND’s developers swiftly guided us through their process – and we’ve had excellent feedback about the new application from employees across the organization,” noted Moretrench’s Craig Berry.

IND utilized its phased development methodology to first analyze the requirements and develop the technical specifications. During the analysis, IND held joint design sessions with the key stakeholders at Moretrench, and created a wireframe.

With the primary architectural pieces in place, IND was able to swiftly develop the application using an object-oriented approach. The application makes extensive use of AJAX technology in order to provide a streamlined experience for the application’s users and administrators.

First Financial Reverse Mortgages Launches New Web Site

First Financial Reverse Mortgages, one of the first lenders in the country to exclusively provide reverse mortgages, has launched their new Web site at www.firstloans.net .

The new Web site was developed by IND, New Jersey’s premier provider of software and Web site development and enterprise network services.

The site contains educational material and tools to educate home owners and help them determine if a reverse mortgage is right for them.

“IND guided us through the entire development process,” said Mike Gruley, President of First Financial. “Their web-savvy insights and customer service enabled us to complete our Web-site on-time and within our budget. I am very happy with our new website, and highly recommend the IND team.”

IND Nurtures Entrepreneurship through IFEL Sponsorship

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) held its second annual business plan competition awards luncheon on Thursday, April 30, 2009.

IND provided support for the innovative program through the donation of IND’s Strategic Performance Analysis to IFEL award recipients.

IFEL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports inner city economic development through entrepreneurship. The 2nd Annual Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Business Plan Competition is one of several programs IFEL offers to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.

IND’s Strategic Performance Analysis maximizes technology performance through a comprehensive review of how technology is currently being used to manage and run a business. The analysis provides a visual network diagram and specifications of all components, along with a security analysis and recommendations to remediate immediately evident areas of concern. The analysis also includes a review of business processes to identify opportunities to eliminate duplication of labor and integrate silos of information.

“Entrepreneurs need advice as they face increased competition for limited capital,” said Jill Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of IFEL. “Through group coaching and one-on-one consulting, IFEL provides its clients with access to business expertise and makes introductions to both traditional and non-traditional capital sources – all at a price affordable to the average small business owner.”

IFEL helps ambitious entrepreneurs obtain and leverage the resources necessary to create sustainable and profitable business enterprises.  In so doing, IFEL seeks to create jobs and wealth in the communities that it serves.  IFEL conducts special outreach efforts aimed at businesses owned by women and minorities. For more information, please visit www.ifelnj.org .

The Record highlights IND’s data security services

The Record, the newspaper of Northern New Jersey, recently tapped IND for insight into computer network and data security. The news article, appearing in its September 2, 2008 edition, discusses the impact that security has on small and medium-sized businesses.

The article also highlighted the security measures that IND implemented for one of its long-time clients, NAPL, located in Paramus, NJ.

While the theft of personal data from credit card merchants and banks makes headlines, the threats that face all businesses may go unnoticed. The article notes “Such high-profile data breaches grab headlines, noted Eric Speidel, vice president of the IND Corp., which provided IT services to the Paramus-based trade association. “But what you don’t hear about is all of the small companies that have their IP (intellectual property) or other data stolen by either internal or external people,” he said. A recent analysts by credit-card company Visa Inc. found that 80 percent of data breaches involved small merchants.”

IND Receives Inc. Designation For Second Time

For the second year in a row, Inc. ranked IND as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The 2008 Inc. 5000 list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.