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11.08.2022

Digital transformation in healthcare

Digital transformation has been a buzzword that’s bandied about in boardrooms for some time now. It’s a process that, for many, has held the key to improving efficiency and meeting changing customer and market expectations. But today, digital transformation represents more than just a buzzword or an ideal; it’s no longer considered a ‘nice-to-have’...

Technology

04.08.2022

Focusing a product team on outcomes

If you want your team to have a greater impact on your business, its overall mission, and the customers you serve, you need to value the ‘why’ over the ‘what’; you need to focus on the outcomes of your work, the reason behind what you do, and not the outputs, the actions you take to get there...

Technology

28.07.2022

Why you should choose React Native for mobile app development

The mobile app market is constantly changing, and it grows larger by the day. As more users demonstrate a preference for using apps over desktop, their expectations rise and so do the demands placed on the shoulders of developers...

Technology

21.07.2022

How is digital transformation driven by customer experience?

Increased efficiency, lower operational costs, and better customer insights - these are just a few of the advantages organisations will benefit from when embracing technology. Digital transformation is all about embedding technology to drive fundamental change...

Technology

14.07.2022

Why WordPress is the best CMS for SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is critical to your website’s success. While it’s advisable to strike a healthy balance between pay-per-click (PPC) and SEO, organic traffic accounts for 53% of internet traffic and has a higher conversion rate...

Technology

07.07.2022

What is NHS IM1 – Interface Mechanism?

Interoperability has been something high on the agenda of the NHS for a while now. With digital technology playing a more prominent role in patient treatment and new models of care emerging, there’s an obvious need for the better sharing of information across different systems...

Technology

30.06.2022

Common project challenges with working agile and how to overcome them

Since we’ve adopted an agile way of working, we’ve noticed a tangible difference in the quality of work we produce and the speed at which we’re able to produce it. Agile project management is inherently flexible; it encourages experimentation, embraces change of direction, and champions the ability to adapt to an ever changing scenario...

Technology

23.06.2022

Mobile app development for SMEs

If you’re an SME, you might be forgiven for thinking mobile app development is something solely for the big boys – the Facebooks and Spotifys of the world. Your content and the slick website you paid an agency to design a couple of years ago give your customers everything they need, right? You let them know more about your business’ origins, what products or services you sell, and list the multiple ways they can get in contact with you.

Technology

16.06.2022

What is NHS GP Connect?

In business, time is money. But in healthcare, time means something far more valuable: human life. To deliver improvements in patient care and outcomes, clinicians need real-time access to data that gives them an accurate view of a patient’s medical history.

Technology

09.06.2022

WordPress: a developer’s dream

Since its launch back in 2003, WordPress has enjoyed a universal appeal. It empowered individuals and small businesses with no previous coding experience to develop their own websites using a number of built-in themes that could be easily customised.

Technology

01.06.2022

How to drive agile adoption… with your team (part two)

Since the creation of the Agile Manifesto more than two decades ago, businesses across the globe have bought into the ethos of working agile. For software development teams like ours, these methodologies allow us to be more productive when working on projects and reduce the time between product launches.

Technology

26.05.2022

Google Analytics 4: everything you need to know

Since its launch back in 2005, Google Analytics has cemented itself as the gold standard for tracking website and marketing performance. Tweaks, improvements and iterations to the service have been the proverbial hoops for marketers to jump through over the years – but in April, Google announced that it would be making a removal.

Technology

19.05.2022

Do you have designs on a better looking website? Think WordPress

A whopping 43% of all websites use WordPress – including this one. The platform has long been regarded as a firm favourite among the developer community; it’s versatile, highly customisable, easy-to-use, and boasts countless plugins to meet a variety of needs.

Technology

12.05.2022

How to drive agile adoption… with your client base (part one)

We see the benefits of working agile every day. This way of working has transformed our operations, and established a path for sustainable growth. We’ve become more responsive to change and less susceptible to the volatility of sudden shifts in the market – like the pandemic.

Technology

05.05.2022

Using technology to streamline and scale your business

Business is a lot like life. It’s about moving forward. If you aren’t moving forward you’re doing one of two things: you’re either at a standstill or you’re regressing. If you’re at a standstill it means you’ve become stagnant, and regression means you’re in danger of being left behind.

Technology

28.04.2022

6B: it’s always been a great place to work

Last November, we were thrilled to announce that we’d earned Great Place to Work Certification. Since then, we’ve also made it onto their 2022 UK’s Best Workplace™ for Wellbeing list, and as of today, their 2022 UK’s Best Workplace™ (Small).

Technology

27.04.2022

System integration: what to do when your digital products don’t talk to one another

We’ve all been there... You’ve got one application open on the left side of your screen and another on the right, copying content from one app to another. But is this the best you can hope for?

Technology

21.04.2022

Why data analysis is key to enhancing digital customer journeys

As a business owner, you can’t predict the future or read the mind of your customers; there’s no crystal ball that will forewarn you of what future consumer demands look like. The good news is, data analytics is the next best thing to a crystal ball.

Technology

14.04.2022

VUX: better voice user experience design

Less than a decade ago, the idea of asking an inanimate object to turn the radio on, find a recipe or set a reminder would have seemed dystopian. Fast forward to today, and it’s very much the norm.

Technology

07.04.2022

Common myths that prevent businesses from replacing their legacy systems

Which approach works best for your event-driven app? Containers or serverless? Let's delve into the pros and cons of each with our latest blog.

Technology

31.03.2022

Out with the old, in with the new: a deep dive into our Drivespeed project

Drivespeed Group is an automotive service provider, who offer bespoke vehicle supply solutions and services. Over the last ten years, the Group has grown significantly, but the systems they’re using haven't grown with them.

Technology

29.03.2022

5 WordPress plugins you actually need

We’re well-versed on the many benefits of using WordPress. What started out primarily as a blogging platform, has evolved into a powerful website builder and a robust CMS.

Agile

24.03.2022

Is it cheaper or more expensive to work agile?

6B is proud to apply agile thinking to everything we do. But there is a train of thought that says agile is a more expensive way of working than the traditional waterfall method. That’s why we’ve explored the financial aspects of agile working for you, and explored why, actually, it can save you money in the long run.

Technology

22.03.2022

React Native V Flutter – which is best?

Engaging with customers, gathering rich consumer data and reaching new audiences – there are lots of reasons why you should invest in mobile app technology. But to build a mobile app, where do you start with so many different frameworks to choose from? React Native and Flutter are two of the biggest players in this game, so we’ve analysed both platforms to find out which one is the right option for your mobile app.

Design, Technology

17.03.2022

Design and delivery at speed

How do you balance speed and quality? It can be a fine line to tread. That's why we've spoke with our team to let you know how we deliver quality products that don't take forever to build...

Technology

15.03.2022

Finding another gear: digital transformation in the automotive industry

For the automotive industry, the road ahead looks vastly different today than it did even a few years ago. Vehicles and the driver experience have shifted from physical to digital.

Healthcare

10.03.2022

Why the digital patient experience is critical to healthcare

Things have changed. In the past, healthcare was led by physicians. But with healthcare information more readily available than ever, patients are taking a more active role in their own treatment journey. In our latest blog, 6B assesses why this digital journey in healthcare is so important, and what we can do to help organisations give patients the best possible outcomes.

Technology

08.03.2022

How your legacy system is holding you back (and what to do about it)

We’re living in an era defined by innovation. The speed at which technology moves means that software that was cutting-edge a few years ago may now be obsolete.

Technology

03.03.2022

Why invest in Kentico?

A recent study by Microsoft found that the human attention span has fallen to just eight seconds – shrinking nearly 25% in the space of a few years. Are we damaging our brains beyond repair, or do we simply demand more from the content we interact with now because there’s more choice?

Culture, Technology

01.03.2022

5 considerations for your digital transformation project

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to digital transformation - it looks different for every organisation. But what do you need to consider before embarking on a project like this? 6B sat down with our team to learn more.

Technology

24.02.2022

How boosting website UX can drive greater tenant engagement

For any housing organisation, boosting tenant engagement is a top priority. When tenants have a reliable platform to make their voices heard, your business is better placed to understand what improvements you need to make to enhance housing conditions and services.

Technology

22.02.2022

The benefits of working agile

You may have heard of agile working before, but what does it mean? What benefits does it bring for your product? 6B uses the principles of agile working with every project we do. That’s why we’ve explained what the benefits are to our customers in our latest blog:

Web

17.02.2022

5 reasons why you should use WordPress for your website build

There are a lot of website builders out there, but how do you know which the best one is for you? 6B has used WordPress for years to deliver highly bespoke, superb-looking and high-quality websites. Here are 5 reasons why WordPress is the website builder we choose over others.

Technology

15.02.2022

Membership management software: the all-in-one solution

Running a membership organisation is a challenge at the best of times. As the size of your membership base grows, so too does the complexity of managing members and maximising engagement.

Technology

10.02.2022

Native vs hybrid mobile app – which is better?

As the influence of mobile apps continues to grow, it isn’t only big businesses who are splashing the cash on app development. But why are more and more businesses choosing to invest in apps?

Technology

08.02.2022

5 common causes of project complexity and how to fix it

How do we stop projects from spiralling out of control and becoming too complicated? In our latest blog, we’ll show you 5 common causes of project complexity that can happen – and show you how to get around them.

Design, Technology, Web

03.02.2022

How to raise investment for your digital startup

Despite what people may tell you, blood, sweat and tears alone is not enough to successfully take a business to market. You need money – often, a lot of it.

Design, Technology, Web

01.02.2022

The SME guide to digital transformation

The digitalisation of businesses has continued at great pace in recent years, and the pandemic has only served to accelerate this trend even further. But as larger companies adapted to changes and invested in digital transformation early on, smaller companies have lagged behind.

Design, Technology, Web

28.01.2022

How to design an accessible and inclusive digital service

Why is it so important to ensure that your digital services are accessible and inclusive? Our latest blog delves into how a service is designed for everybody

Technology

24.01.2022

Serverless vs. Containers: which is better for event-driven apps?

Which approach works best for your event-driven app? Containers or serverless? Let's delve into the pros and cons of each with our latest blog.

Healthcare, Technology

21.01.2022

How information is secured with HL7 FHIR

Keeping information secure is of paramount importance to any industry – but none more so than in healthcare.

Technology

19.01.2022

How personalisation can boost member satisfaction

Think of your local pub. When you walk in, they greet you by name. They ask if you’d like a pint of your usual tipple. You’re well taken care of here, and you don’t receive the same service in any other pub.

Technology

13.01.2022

3 ways tech could accelerate business growth

Tech plays an integral role in almost every aspect of our lives. From transport and banking to healthcare and shopping, it’s hard to think of a single area where the impact of tech cannot be felt.

Technology

12.01.2022

How prototyping will help test your market fit

Having a great idea is one thing – but whether or not it’s valuable for your users is another.

Technology

04.01.2022

Moving from discovery to development

To get a product market-ready your business needs to undergo a comprehensive discovery and development process. There needs to be a balance between the two which is rarely a priority for businesses.

Technology

10.12.2021

Our approach to design systems

Design systems enable businesses to scale at pace. They empower teams by giving them a set structure to follow when building, helping them to overcome their product problems.

Technology

09.12.2021

AI adoption in the automotive sector

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become synonymous with self-driving cars in the automotive sector. This is in part due to Elon Musk’s tireless crusade to make driverless cars the norm on our roads. But AI is driving so much more change than autonomous vehicles in the sector.

Technology

30.11.2021

Making membership more accessible with tech

Inclusivity is a huge part of modern UX design – and it’s especially important to membership organisations, who need to cater to a diverse set of users. Web accessibility is what makes this possible – the use of inclusive web practices.

Technology

25.11.2021

Three key strategies for legacy system transformation

Legacy software can be dangerous for your business - that's why we've broken down the three key strategies for transforming your legacy applications.

Design, Web

23.11.2021

Progressive web app vs native app – which is better?

Smartphones have fundamentally changed the way businesses interact with customers. It’s no longer possible to ignore the opportunity mobile represents if you want to see your business grow.

Design, Web

18.11.2021

Ensuring the full team have a voice in an agile environment

At the heart of agile methodology is the priority of people over processes. It’s a way of managing a project that evolves to changing demands and solutions through self-organising and cross-departmental collaboration.

Design, Web

17.11.2021

6B’s approach to atomic web design

The typical way of viewing a website in the past has often been to create a linear, step by step checklist of pages. But what if there were a better way?

Technology

16.11.2021

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) enables computer systems to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, learning from experience and adjusting to new inputs to mimic human cognitive functions.

Technology

12.11.2021

Release strategies for your mobile app

Once your app has been released to your users, there’s no way of recalling it. This is why it’s so important to have a defined strategy in place.

Technology

12.11.2021

Why startups should consider outsourcing software development

Software development is notoriously difficult to get right. It involves a range of complex services such as building applications, software integration and data analysis, and not every business will have the capacity or capabilities to do things in-house - least of all a startup.

Technology
A laptop showcasing the Book Your GP app.

11.11.2021

3 ways web development can tackle inefficiencies in your business

We’ve all been there before – you’re trying to find a piece of information or data among your many spreadsheets and systems, and you just can’t place it.

Mobile

10.11.2021

How mobile can boost business performance

Nearly everyone has a smartphone in their pocket these days – 6.37 billion of us to be exact. That equates to just over 80% of the world’s population. It’s estimated that the average person spends more than three hours a day scrolling, swiping, clicking and liking.

Technology

08.11.2021

How your outdated systems are holding you back

Non-value added time has always been a problem. What do we mean by it? Any action that doesn’t add benefit to a product or service – with said benefit or value being defined by the customer.

Technology

04.11.2021

How tech can eradicate non-value added time from your business

Non-value added time has always been a problem. What do we mean by it? Any action that doesn’t add benefit to a product or service – with said benefit or value being defined by the customer.

6B News

04.11.2021

It’s official: we’re a certified Great Place to Work

When 6B started out, our goal was to build a new type of agency – as our Founder & CEO Paul Brown put it, “a place with purpose, where building people and products to unlock positive change is the priority.”

Technology

27.10.2021

Driving tech adoption in the housing sector

The housing sector is in the midst of a national crisis. A growing population coupled with rising house prices is driving demand for affordable housing, there’s a shortage of suitable land to build on, and these challenges must be met whilst balancing the safety and security of residents.

Technology
Multiple devices showcasing 6B's websites and apps

27.10.2021

5 ways tech can drive greater member engagement

A product roadmap is a definitive plan of action for how a product or service will evolve over a set period of time. It outlines future functionality and when new features will be released.

Agile

26.10.2021

6B’s guide to developing an agile product roadmap

A product roadmap is a definitive plan of action for how a product or service will evolve over a set period of time. It outlines future functionality and when new features will be released.

Healthcare

21.10.2021

The transformative impact of digital in healthcare

Technology
Digital Transformation

19.08.2021

What is Digital Transformation?

Agile

12.05.2021

Identifying and mitigating project risk

Risk is an inherent part of any project - the key is how to mitigate those risks so that your project does not go off the rails.

Design

26.04.2021

User research for user-centred design

What is user research design and why does user research play such an important role?

Design
6B team members

26.03.2021

Creating, Testing and Scaling the Design of Digital Services

When it comes to establishing, or defining, a business or organisation, the obvious place to start is to think about what it wants to deliver, how it fills a gap in the market, and what its purpose is.

6B News
A developer at 6B during the development stage

18.01.2021

6B Supports Growth with Two New Senior Appointments

As we continue to expand our team here at 6B, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome Caroline Johnson as Senior Project Manager and Robert Clarke as Senior .NET Developer.

6B News
A 6B team member during the research stage

10.12.2020

6B Sets Its Sights On Success With £11,000 From The LEP’S #Grow Grant

We are very pleased to announce that we have secured £11,000 from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the LEP’s Digital Investment Fund, #Grow, which will be used to support our ongoing expansion.

6B News
Two developers from the 6B development team

07.12.2020

Welcoming Three New Recruits to our Growing Team

Despite what’s going on in the world, we are very pleased to announce that we have appointed three new recruits to our growing team.

Web
Graphs displaying boosting website performance at 6B

02.12.2020

Boosting Website Performance

Your website should be the face of your business. In an age of online shopping, strategic marketing, and increasingly intricate SEO, your website needs to perform above the rest to reach to your target audience - but how?

Design

11.11.2020

Designing Intelligently with A/B Testing

Effective digital solutions observe development as multifaceted and flexible. Both your designing and manual building phases will take a few forms before the final product deployment, and much of this change comes off the back of feedback and testing.

Design
Services main image

27.10.2020

How to Create a Web Design Brief

So, you need a new website. Perhaps you are launching a new business, or perhaps your existing business has outgrown your old website.

Agile
A team gathered around a desk

23.10.2020

Building Valuable Digital Teams

Talent in the digital industry is in high demand. From developers, penetration testers, and security experts to infrastructure engineers, designers, and IT diagnostics, their skills are varied and required to some degree in most modern businesses.

Design
The local offer website

10.10.2020

Designing Accessibility for the Public Sector

Research and discovery will always form the foundation of our project development. No matter the size or complexity scale, conducting user, competitor and internal analysis allows 6B to gain first-hand insight into what makes your company different, your offering better, and your audience unique.

Agile
A board covered in sticky notes

09.10.2020

Managing Risks in Digital Development

During the development period of any digital product, change and compromise are always inevitable. Though these variables can offer opportunities to better refine your work, or an instance for your teams to come together in collaborative problem solving, they can also present challenges, risks and potential issues to the overall continuity of the project.

Web

02.10.2020

Inspiring Creative SEO

Truly successful SEO content is strategic. Well placed keywords, LSI phrases, and intelligently constructed metadata is the key to creating optimised web pages and articles - but how much are we sacrificing well-written work to achieve Google’s best ranked search?

6B News

24.09.2020

Retainers and Other 6B Support

Effective digital solutions should have the ability to grow and change alongside your business, which is why we pay serious attention to implementing forward-thinking technology and future-proofed design into our work.

Web

18.09.2020

AI: The New Face of Web Design

As the world of digital development becomes evermore competitive and saturated with talented developers and innovative thinkers, the room for repetitive design is non-existent.

Technology

03.09.2020

Practical Engineering

A few weeks ago, we explored our unique approach to development, Agile Dependability, and how this purpose-developed design methodology has propelled 6B from a small website development agency to the leading complex website, CRM, and integration agency in the North.

Mobile
Devices showcasing the Career Street mobile app

28.08.2020

React: Changing Mobile App & Web Development

Released and maintained by Facebook, React.js is a JavaScript library used for building intuitive and user-friendly UIs.

Web

21.08.2020

Local Government: A Project in Bradford

Completing a successful year, 6B was awarded a bid to work with Bradford Metropolitan Council on the design and development of a new, dynamically designed, bold, and highly engaging website to deliver their SEND Local Offer.

Other
A woman uses a laptop

17.08.2020

Zoho vs MS Dynamics

Off-the-shelf development has become an increasingly competitive market, with suppliers working to outshine their competitors with innovative technologies and cost effective out of the box products, services, and tools.

Technology
A laptop with a code editor open

23.07.2020

Off-the-Shelf vs. Bespoke Development

Choosing the most appropriate digital solution for your business isn’t always as intuitive as ‘this one or that one?’. Digital development can be a mind field and without the consultation of expert developers and digital agencies, picking wrong can be extremely harmful to your online business.

Other
A woman uses the Living Well government website

08.07.2020

What Government Contracts Have Taught Us

Large-scale digital development has become second nature to 6B. We’re delighted at our catalogue of experience working in collaboration with local and national government.

Agile
A pile of post it notes

23.06.2020

Agile Dependability

During our time designing and developing digital solutions, brand identities and marketing schematics, we’ve certainly grown alongside our work. As such, it’s become clear that the road to our ultimate success lies most heavily in how we choose to approach our work.

Web
A developer at 6B during the development stage

29.05.2020

Kentico Website Development

6B is proud to work with Kentico to deliver enterprise-level digital solutions to an exceptional standard. With vast experience in building .NET websites, CRMs and other digital platforms, trust our in-house team of multidisciplinary experts to design, develop and deploy your digital solution, built entirely with Kentico.

Technology
A laptop with a code editor open

29.05.2020

.NET Core – What’s the Word?

In an industry quickly becoming oversaturated with zealous newcomers, businesses that strive to top the web and software development ladder need to adapt now more than ever. Bog standard is out of the window as clients hunt for the most intuitive developers to further their business operations with innovative technology and bold designs.

Design
The brand exploration process

18.05.2020

Creating a Brand Identity

Creating a brand is so much more than a nice logo, it’s more than a colour palette, a memorable slogan, or how everything looks on your packaging. Brand identity is the essence of your offer, whether that’s a product, or a service, it should entirely encapsulate your core values and the promises you make to customers.

Web

23.04.2020

Kentico Partner Programme

6B is proud to announce our official partnership with Kentico, as part of the Partner Programme. Kentico is a leading web content management and building platform, with intuitive functions, vast interoperability and integrations, and a modern .NET foundation.

6B News
A 6B designer at work

23.03.2020

COVID 19 – Update from 6B

After events of the last week, we wanted to let all our clients and friends know that we are still active and working. It's an odd time for the economy and with uncertainty around every corner, we are fortunate enough to be able to take our work home with us and do our day-to-day jobs from there.

Other
Development of a website/app/crm

16.03.2020

Security Notice

We take the protection of personal information very seriously, which is why we are advising you of an event that resulted in the disclosure of personal data by a third party

Agile
A web designer sat at his laptop

20.02.2020

Kicking off the Right Way

An agency can’t dictate the structure and needs of a brand - it’s as simple as that. To establish a strong foundation, a collaborative approach must be taken.

6B News
Setúbal in Portugal

16.12.2019

6B Opens New Office in Portugal

6B is excited to announce that due to recent expansion we have now opened an office in the city of Setúbal, Portugal. This is a major step in the 6 year history of 6B...

6B News
Digital Entrepreneur Awards

13.09.2019

6B Shortlisted for National Digital Awards

6B has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Digital Business of the Year - Small, at the 2019 Digital Entrepreneur Awards (DEAs).

6B News
Buffalo Web Design logo

12.08.2019

6B Acquires Buffalo Web Design

6B is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Buffalo Web Design. The merger took place in July 2019, and includes 6B taking over the support and maintenance of Buffalo’s extensive client-base.

Other
A CRM displayed on a laptop

15.04.2019

5 CRM trends for 2019

2018 represented an exciting year for the development of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

6B News
A 6B celebration

18.03.2019

6B in the Top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the North

6B is delighted to announce that it has been recognised by the Northern Tech Awards as one of the top 100 fastest growing tech companies in the North.

6B News
6B gains ISO 27001:2013 accreditation

14.03.2019

6B Gains ISO 27001:2013 Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that 6B has gained accreditation in ISO 27001:2013, the internationally-acclaimed framework for information security management.

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