Broadstone-based Chapman IT taking on the software giants with 1BizApp

SMART: Mark Males and Mike Chapman, of Chapman IT demonstrate their new 1BizApp

SMART: Mark Males and Mike Chapman, of Chapman IT demonstrate their new 1BizApp

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A TINY company is taking on the software giants with an application designed to do everything a small business needs.

Mike Chapman, managing director of Chapman IT in Broadstone, has spent six years developing 1BizApp.

The software offers a host of services including calendars, inventories, task management, invoicing, email, word processing and spreadsheets – with everything potentially accessible by everyone in a company.

Businesses with staff on the road can see where each employee is and what jobs they are working on, while a reporting function makes it easy to tell which projects have yielded the most profit.

Up to three users in any organisation can download the app for free to a desktop, iPad or Android device, with a 1GB storage limit, while further users pay £10 a month per user.

Mr Chapman, 45, grew up in Broadstone and worked at Plessey, taking an MBA at Dorset Business School while he was there.

He went on to spend 20 years working in IT for investment banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Barclays, and harboured an ambition to create a rival to the software of the likes of Microsoft and Sage.

“Six years ago, I decided I was going to go for it,” he said.

“I had found a set of tools that would be perfect to do the job. I didn’t think at that point it was going to take five years of development to do it.”

A key feature of the product is that users can still work when there is no internet connection. “It stores data locally that you need and syncs it in the background with our cloud server,” said Mr Chapman.

A Poole marketing company, BeSpoke 4 Business, was a beta tester for the product, generating some revenue for Chapman IT while the software was developed.

Mr Chapman has been friends since pre-school with Steven Tapper of Tapper Funeral Service.

The funeral directors contributed to the development costs of 1BizApp in return for the exclusive local use of a funeral-specific version.

Mr Chapman and colleague Mark Males, who handles the customer support, are aiming to get a lot of people to try the product and recommend it.

Mr Males said: “We didn’t want to charge a lot of money. What we’re aiming to do is have a large user base.”

They have also come up with a commercial incentive for satisfied customers to share their experience.

Anyone who refers a new customer will get a 10 per cent commission from that customer’s spending on the app – and if the new customer recommends someone else, the original referrer will get another five per cent.

Mr Males believes small businesses will be impressed by its features.

“Small companies haven’t got the resources to spend a lot of money on hardware or software but they’re interested in making their businesses work and that’s what we want to do,” he said.

Despite the contributions of his beta-testers, Mr Chapman supported most of its development with his and his wife’s life savings.

“My two children were so small when I started – if I knew they would nearly be teenagers by the time it was ready to launch, I’m not sure I would have sacrificed so much,” he said.

“The trouble is I’m a bit of a perfectionist and there is always another feature I want to add.

“If someone asks ‘Can it…?’, then I have to make sure it does.”

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12:46pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

The article said 'A key feature of the product is that users can still work when there is no internet connection. “It stores data locally that you need and syncs it in the background with our cloud server,” said Mr Chapman.
Perhaps they should have added that the 'syncing' only takes place when there is an internet connection!
The article said 'A key feature of the product is that users can still work when there is no internet connection. “It stores data locally that you need and syncs it in the background with our cloud server,” said Mr Chapman. Perhaps they should have added that the 'syncing' only takes place when there is an internet connection! Isosceles
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

KKen96 says...

I've got a new bit of software I've been developing. How much does it cost to advertise in this way in the echo?

Of course it may help the developer in question if the Echo spells it correctly. Single 'z' in BizApp! http://www.1bizapp.c
o.uk/

Oh and I'll just leave this here: http://office.micros
oft.com/en-gb/busine
ss/what-is-office-36
5-for-business-FX102
997580.aspx
I've got a new bit of software I've been developing. How much does it cost to advertise in this way in the echo? Of course it may help the developer in question if the Echo spells it correctly. Single 'z' in BizApp! http://www.1bizapp.c o.uk/ Oh and I'll just leave this here: http://office.micros oft.com/en-gb/busine ss/what-is-office-36 5-for-business-FX102 997580.aspx KKen96
  • Score: -1

1:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

UbelievableJeff says...

Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs.
Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs. UbelievableJeff
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Tue 24 Jun 14

BoscVegas says...

google docs is FREE that's a £10 per month saving
google docs is FREE that's a £10 per month saving BoscVegas
  • Score: 0

2:13pm Tue 24 Jun 14

KKen96 says...

KKen96 wrote:
I've got a new bit of software I've been developing. How much does it cost to advertise in this way in the echo?

Of course it may help the developer in question if the Echo spells it correctly. Single 'z' in BizApp! http://www.1bizapp.c

o.uk/

Oh and I'll just leave this here: http://office.micros

oft.com/en-gb/busine

ss/what-is-office-36

5-for-business-FX102

997580.aspx
That sounds harsh on re-reading. Good luck to the developer, I hope he has genuinely found a common set of features that small businesses need.

However, a word of warning from a fellow developer: Don't pander to every user's wild requirements! The answer to "Can it...?" is "Should it?"
[quote][p][bold]KKen96[/bold] wrote: I've got a new bit of software I've been developing. How much does it cost to advertise in this way in the echo? Of course it may help the developer in question if the Echo spells it correctly. Single 'z' in BizApp! http://www.1bizapp.c o.uk/ Oh and I'll just leave this here: http://office.micros oft.com/en-gb/busine ss/what-is-office-36 5-for-business-FX102 997580.aspx[/p][/quote]That sounds harsh on re-reading. Good luck to the developer, I hope he has genuinely found a common set of features that small businesses need. However, a word of warning from a fellow developer: Don't pander to every user's wild requirements! The answer to "Can it...?" is "Should it?" KKen96
  • Score: 5

3:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bluethinking says...

UbelievableJeff wrote:
Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs.
Wrong all the tax breaks and benefits are designed to push up house prices. Do pay attention 007!!!
[quote][p][bold]UbelievableJeff[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs.[/p][/quote]Wrong all the tax breaks and benefits are designed to push up house prices. Do pay attention 007!!! bluethinking
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Adrian XX says...

bluethinking wrote:
UbelievableJeff wrote:
Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs.
Wrong all the tax breaks and benefits are designed to push up house prices. Do pay attention 007!!!
Are you saying we DON'T need entrepreneurial spirit?!
[quote][p][bold]bluethinking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UbelievableJeff[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them, technology is the new frontier. Entrepreneurial spirit is what the UK business sector needs.[/p][/quote]Wrong all the tax breaks and benefits are designed to push up house prices. Do pay attention 007!!![/p][/quote]Are you saying we DON'T need entrepreneurial spirit?! Adrian XX
  • Score: 3

8:56am Thu 26 Jun 14

wildws says...

1BizApp is great, I have tested and use it myself - it does everything I need it to and more and is regularly being updated with new features and improvements. I highly recommend it for small businesses and have even got some of my clients using it too. It's FREE to use for 3 users and then only £10 a month for additional users - I think it's great value.

Awesome work guys and a nice article
1BizApp is great, I have tested and use it myself - it does everything I need it to and more and is regularly being updated with new features and improvements. I highly recommend it for small businesses and have even got some of my clients using it too. It's FREE to use for 3 users and then only £10 a month for additional users - I think it's great value. Awesome work guys and a nice article wildws
  • Score: 1

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