Hot! Equestrian Horse Apps for iPhone – Online Tools for Business Management

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Equinox-Apps is a UK business that operates in niche market, producing iPhone apps for the equestrian market.  Launched in December,equinoxapps 2011 with its first app, British Eventing Dressage Tests, Equinox-apps quickly turned to Basecamp and its sister products to help manage and control its day-to-day business.

In fact, Equinox-Apps, being a ‘technology’ company, opted to go for the simplest technological solutions to help run their business – with project and document management falling to Basecamp, their small business accounting covered by Quickbooks Online and their contact management with Highrise.

“Although we produce iPhone apps, we don’t have a huge technical budget and neither do we have the time or the inclination to worry about installing and looking after business management software.  Software as a service applications, like Basecamp and Quickbooks mean we can buy services ready to use and pay for them as we go,” said Barbara Gibbs, one of the managing partners.

The company’s approach, generally, is to work closely with specialists to develop apps,  so keeping a tight control on information is essential BE Dressage Testsfor this small business.  Version control is important and the document upload and management features of Basecamp hit the mark for Equinox-Apps.  Their latest release, Horse Stretching Exercises, which is aimed at the worldwide equestrian market, was produced with the input of a leading equine back specialist. The app helps horse owners to develop a solid stretching routine to help improve overall performance and includes a variety of images, text and spoken instructions.

“Safety is paramount when working with horses,” Barbara Gibbs, from Equinox-Apps, told us, “ so it was vital the information we used for the Horse Stretching Exercises app was accurate and put together in the right sequence and the right format.  Controlling our documents, images and other files was important for us and Basecamp’s document facility really helped out with that,” Barbara said. “For the British Eventing Dressage Tests, we have around 20 different tests, each with very specific markers and movements and mistakes are just not acceptable.”

Basecamp has allowed this company to share information collaboratively amongst its growing team of developers, ensuring project plans are seen by all and the right information is available to the right developer at the right time.

Although targeted essentially to the UK market, the British Eventing Dressage Tests app is proving a success worldwide and can be downloaded from the App Sore from:  http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/be-dressage-tests/id482744007?mt=8

The Horse Stretching Exercises app can be downloaded from the App Store at $6.99 / £4.99 from: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/horse-stretching-exercises/id513091763?mt=8

Equinox-Apps has more apps in development and planned for future release.  For more information, please visit: www.equinox-apps.com.

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Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

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