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Our blog now has a slightly different look and feel. That’s because we are writing about more topics! In addition to our product, HaystackCRM, Xtern Software has developed a content management system (CMS) called HarmonyB2B. It is powered by a database called CruxDB.

We are looking forward to writing more about Xtern Software, our products, our team, our culture, and life in Greensboro, North Carolina! Thanks for reading 🙂

[Meet the Team] CJ Woodberry

Xtern is delighted to host an intern this winter. CJ Woodberry is a junior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Computer Science. Because of Dartmouth’s unique quarter system, students are able to take a term off from classes during their sophomore or junior year. For his off term, he wanted to find an internship that would give him experience as a software developer. He wanted an internship where he would be able to write code. He also wanted to better understand what it is like to develop software in a professional environment.

CJ heard about Xtern Software from his aunt, Deb Zehner, who is the Director of Applied Research at Connected Commons, a client of Xtern’s. He had a few conversations over Zoom with the Xtern team. To CJ, Xtern seemed to have a friendly team, a great environment, and a diverse range of projects. Because of our company size and high level of collaboration, it also seemed like he would have more learning opportunities in his internship than elsewhere.

Projects for Xtern

CJ’s current project involves PHP. He is working on a PHP script that transfers data between databases. The scripts are already written, but he will be incorporating them into a Laravel framework. This will involve making some modifications to them, and creating commands to execute them. Then, he will eventually add some new functionality to the scripts. One example is making it so that every time the scripts are run, they will log whether or not any errors occurred.

Although CJ has enjoyed studying computer science in school and working on projects in classes, he had relatively limited experience coding outside of school. Through his internship with Xtern, he is working with a lot of technologies that are new to him, becoming more comfortable with them, and  enjoying learning these things.

We’re so glad that CJ has the chance to learn and grow with us this winter and we can’t wait to see where his education and training take him! 

[Xtern Software] We are live with Four Skis Design Source!

Xtern’s depth of experience in B2B manufacturing spans a variety of industries. Our proximity to High Point, the home furnishings capital of the world, means we work with many furniture companies. Atlanta-based Four Skis Design Source represents Uttermost for the states of Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. Uttermost manufactures accent furniture, wall decor, lighting and much more. 

Like Uttermost, Four Skis Design Source is a family-owned business. The first part of the name, “Four Skis”, is a play on the family’s last name of Milewski. It also signifies the importance that family plays in their business. There are Four “Skis” – Bob, Debbie, Katie, and Bobby. They created this sales program (B2B sales to designers) to better serve local designers. Hence, the second part of the name, “Design Source”. 

Bob and Debbie Milewski started with Uttermost in the early 1990s, and in recent years, their now-grown children have joined the team. They take pride in building strong relationships and enjoy meeting customers in their Atlanta showroom. 

However, as technology has enabled more and more sales to take place digitally, they knew they needed to augment their sales strategy. It became vital for customers to feel confident purchasing home furnishings online (in addition to being able to view it in person). Users needed a website that was easy to navigate and visually appealing. And lastly, they wanted to share their company history and values in a way that felt (almost) as good as meeting with them in person.  

Enter HarmonyB2B

Xtern architected HarmonyB2B, a Content Management System (CMS) to better serve B2B audiences. HarmonyB2B is supported by CruxDB, a cloud-based database. The two parts work together from the start. This eliminates the need for additional plug-ins or programs. The creative & technical sides of a business partner in HarmonyB2B. Harmony B2B creates solidly architected websites that work, all the time, while granting content owners sufficient creative control. 

The Four Skis Design Source website needed to have zipcode functionality to ensure that only regionally relevant buyers would use the site. And they wanted seamless account management for designers purchasing home furnishings. It was important for this family-owned business to have Xtern’s expertise in the creation of their B2B website. 

By using HarmonyB2B, the Milewski family could rest assured their site had the look and feel they wanted, while being solidly architected. According to Katie, “We needed a website that made it easy for our interior designers to order through us and easy for us to process a lot of orders quickly. Xtern delivered on that. Our site is beautiful and totally customized to everything we need. We’re thrilled and so are our customers.”

[Xtern Software] We are live with The Buhmann Group!

A Dallas-based manufacturer’s rep group representing the states of Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma takes pride in their personalized approach to sales and operate out of their Dallas showroom. They meet with customers there every day, no appointment necessary. 

However, they also wanted to update their digital presence. They felt it was important to be able to showcase their products in a way that is both easy to navigate and visually appealing. They needed to leverage the manufacturer’s catalogs by product type (e.g. furniture, lamps, wall art). And, they also wanted customers to access the 2021 digital catalog. Lastly, they wanted to share more about their team and the history of their company. 

Given the above, this image-heavy site needed to load quickly and in an appealing manner. The site also needed to have built-in SEO capabilities so that they would get served up in regionally relevant markets. It was important for this family-owned business to have Xtern’s expertise in the creation of their website. 

Enter HarmonyB2B

HarmonyB2B is a Content Management System (CMS). It is supported by CruxDB, a cloud-based database. The two parts work together from the start. This eliminates the need for additional plug-ins or programs. The creative & technical sides of a business partner in HarmonyB2B. Harmony B2B creates solidly architected websites that work, all the time, while granting content owners sufficient creative control. 

By using HarmonyB2B, the Rep Group could insure their site is aesthetically pleasing, yet solidly architected. The end result is a more nimble, user-friendly site for both end-use customers and Sales Reps alike.