In June 2019, Figma announced that support for third party plugins was around the corner. Anomaly has been collaborating with the team at Dip on a number of efforts, with Figma being our design platform of choice.
Ideas for plugins emerge all the time as we collaborate using Figma. So far we have been jotting them down as something we want to visit as we get time. We recently decided to actively put time aside and pursue a number of these concepts as side projects.
As a result we are proud to introduce our first plugin for the Figma universe. Based on Dip’s workflow habits of creating an Archive page to keep copies of old frames and content, we built Archiver - a plugin that does just that.
Select whatever you want to archive and Archiver will:
Make a copy of the Frame, layer, etc
Modify the title and time stamp it
Provide thoughtful prompts on the Figma interface to inform you of the archival status
Ability to keep a copy toggle between clone or move frames
Integration with the user API to mark who Archived the Frame
Auto arrange the Archive page so things look neater
Archiver is the first of the many ambitious plugins we have planned. We intend to keep the momentum going and publish various workflow enriching plugins and products this year.
Business development is a major function of any company and when it comes to smaller businesses it can be a daunting task. Anomaly is no different in this respect and this responsibility falls primarily on my shoulders with support from our operations team. One of our challenges is constructing lengthy bespoke responses as each projects has it’s specific set requirements.
Like many services industries business development is a combination of:
Responding to tenders and publicly available opportunities
Seeking opportunities through professional circles and providing them quotes
Responding to opportunities on marketplaces such as the DTA
Unlike traditional sales each opportunity requires us to either fill in great detail a template provided by the customer or a request for proposal which entails detailing a solution.
At Anomaly I am supported by our operations manager in identifying opportunities and prioritising them. This ensures we spend our limited time in responding to the ones with the greatest chance of success. Last few months have been rather involved in the business development side and we have been managing opportunities using spreadsheets, calendars, cloud file storage and the rare use of Kanban boards.
The primary challenges identified are:
Organising prospects so we know where to focus
Identifying the workloads as many responses are due in the same time window
Collating responses and supporting documentation is a tedious process
Archival of submissions for later reference
Timely reminders so we can keep our eye on the prize
To help us with these challenges we decided to go ahead and build a platform that helps streamline the workflow, a digital assistant for our business development efforts.
Over a period of time we’ve refined the idea, sought feedback from business development professionals in a variety of industries and have decided to package up what we’ve been using as an internal tool as a product offering.
Ruck provides a workflow that will help thousands of businesses out there streamline their business development efforts.
We are releasing details of features, pricing over the next few weeks and will hit beta in the coming months. We would love to have you on board for early access so we can learn about your pain points and have Ruck can address them.
Stripe is an industry leader in payments. From simple payments, through to managed subscriptions Stripe boasts a developer centric approach towards a payments platform that you can virtually build any eCommerce business on.
Last year we released Wattle, a cloud platform for the public sector focused on bringing customer service online. The platform was built upon Stripe Connect allowing providing a seamless payment experience to our customers. Wattle went on to becoming a Stripe verified partner giving the customers the confidence they needed when it came to accepting payments online.
The team at Anomaly has worked with Stripe’s products for a number of years and recommends them to all their customers.
Today we are proud to announce that Anomaly has officially become a Stripe services partner and is one of handful of software development agencies to join forces with Stripe while the program is still in beta.
While the Web is a staple part of what we do, Anomaly prides itself in being a software engineering company. Our team deeply understands the technologies and platforms we work with and build the best possible products for our customers. We believe that this unique edge will allow us to leverage our partnership with Stripe to build and support platforms that our customers can grow their businesses on.