Industry: Marketing, Online Service
AgPRO Marketing chose Zilko Web Solutions to develop an online booking service to let their clients create and manage reservations for field trips and special events at their farms.
After conceiving the initial product idea, AgPRO Marketing engaged Zilko Web Solutions to analyze the proposed service and assess the best technical approach. We refined and prioritized the functional requirements and made suggestions for additional product capabilities.
Several existing scheduling products were evaluated for use as a booking service, but none included enough essential features to be a satisfactory solution. Instead, we recommended building a custom application that reused an existing open-source calendar package - an approach that would save time and help control expenses.
Zilko Web Solutions managed the entire development of the Book-IT online service. Work included the creation of a product installer, development of secure administration pages and activity reports, integration with Authorize.net for credit card processing, and configuration and testing of the web server that hosts the Book-IT service.
Results: After making an on-time and on-budget delivery of the Book-IT product, Zilko Web Solutions continues to assist AgPRO by handling new customer installations, monitoring web server performance, and making additional product customizations.
During its first fall season, AgPRO's customers used the Book-IT service to register over $700,000 of reservations for events held at their farms.