We operate a cherry orchard of around 2400 trees in South Australia. We are wanting a piece of software developed that will enable us to manage the picking, packing, sales and HR elements of our harvest. We have developed what we hope is a comprehensive brief (see attached) that will give prospective coders all the infromation they need to both quote and develop the software (we are, of course, willing to answer questions). As I am not a tecchie, I dont know what language this software is best written in or whether it is better to write it as a database (access or mysql?) or spreadsheet with macros (or whatever). We will take your advice on that. What we need is a user friendly system that will enable us to store, analyse and extract a range of data over the course of our harvest (as well as retrespectively for orchard management purposes).
Based on the info that coders have provided us to date, I want to advise the following:
- at this stage, we do not need to have multiple accounts and we do not need to restrict access to various parts of the package.
- all picking and packing data entry will be done, this season at least on a single computer. The HR data entry will be done at night, when the picking/packing has finished.
- at some stage though, we are looking at using PDAs to enter and access data. It would be great if this softare could acomodate the expansion to PDA's without too much additional modification.
- we do not have internet access in the packing shed. This means that any application must be able to run solely on the desktop PC.
- similarly, we do not have Access and, given the cost of it, we do not wish to buy it. Accordingly, the solution will need to be standalone or require a "back-end" that is freely available.
- I think, at this stage, it seems like we should drop the idea of this being a cross-platform solution - that is just complicating things too much and is not essential. Better to stick just with the core business of a windows-only solution.
Please accept my apologies for the delay in clarifying these issues - I didn't realise the importance of these at the time I wrote the brief. I hope I haven't unduly inconvenienced anyone.
1) Complete and fully-functional working program, that meets the specifications of the brief, in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows (depending on the nature of the deliverables):
A software installation package that will install the software in ready-to-run condition on the platform(s) specified in this bid request.
3) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).
To be discussed (as per above).