Cloud based Web and Supply Chain Solutions
Humanitarian Software Foundation (HSF) is a non-profit in the business of providing warehouse, logistics, ecommerce, and custom software solutions. The flexible array of offerings we have today are based on our 30 years of EXPERIENCE as a software development company. Our focus is on providing solutions for humanitarian aid organizations and non-profits in order to help benefit humanity.
We operate as a NON-PROFIT for a number of reasons. In the simplest of terms, it allows us to operate on a low overhead basis and utilize corporate and other support to better serve our non-profit clients. We share some resources with our for-profit sister company, BarControl Systems to help keep development costs lower and to share a professional knowledge base with the 30 year history of BarControl.
Years ago, when software was installed from CD's, it was easy to classify us as a software development company. But now, with our flexible application and development frameworks and CLOUD COMPUTING solutions, it’s harder to put a label (or limit) on what we have to offer. Probably the best fit is to say we are a solution provider.
The solutions we offer have grown and evolved over the years from a core set of software solutions centered on INVENTORY CONTROL. Around that core, a set of accompanying modules for barcoding, labeling, RFID, requisition, purchasing, order processing, picking and shipping. This defined some of the very early software products we had to offer.
As features were added, and the solution became more of a flexible suite of modules with increased focus on warehouse management operations, the solutions had evolved into a full WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (WMS). The solutions became more robust with functionality of pick and pack, just in time processing, cross docking, assemblies, kits, directed picking and put-away, pick face replenishment, serialization, production management, and more.
By this point, with experience in facilities from tiny to huge, and simple to complex, our focus was on how to make the solution as FLEXIBLE and SCALABLE as possible. Adding fields, features, and functions is great - if you want those fields, features, and functions. Otherwise they are just cumbersome, confusing, and in the way. A better approach is to allow fields, features, and functions to be enabled, disabled, renamed, or reconfigured to match the client’s specific needs. For over 20 years now our solutions have been based on the principal that much of the functionality can be configured to tailor the solution and scale it up or down through the administrator’s design tools.
With the release of the first all browser-based enterprise solution in 2003, the suite had grown to have over 30 modules to choose from. The functionality and features of the BarControl Enterprise Manager (iBEM) software package has now grown beyond warehouse management to also provide a solid SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (SCM) solution.
With this solution, our growth was not within a certain market sector, but rather with clients that often had unique needs to address. We often found that our clients had a difficult multi-system integration issue, or had to track expensive, serialized HIGH-TECH electronic products like computer components. Other clients may have had to address problems with highly regulated products or processes, like in the nuclear industry.
Our clients were from a range of industries, but with common themes - unique issues, high value items, highly regulated items, or complex tracking or even reverse logistics needs. PHARMACEUTICAL products tracking also seemed to be an area that was a common element of a number of our clients. We have built not only solutions, but a knowledgebase for pharmaceutical material handling. We have solutions to address today's issues with pharma product - from NDC codes to processing according to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the related components of EDI and document tracking.
Within the warehouse walls it seems we had things pretty well covered. From LOGISTICS to reverse logistics, from manufacturing to 3PL, from bulk cotton and paper to medical supplies and pharmaceutical paperwork.
The fact that we could provide solid, tailored solutions to a variety of industries brought us a number of clients with, again, unique needs. These were HUMANITARIAN AID organizations. From small foundations working in a local community to large NGO’s providing disaster relief world-wide, they all had a common thread – their business models did not fit well within traditional systems. Many aspects of non-profits are different. Receiving, valuing, and tracking donated goods, for example, is something that few traditional supply chain systems could address.
Eventually the growth in the number of non-profit and humanitarian aid organizations, combined with the common, core business models they shared, led to the beginning of Humanitarian Software Foundation. Our knowledge and ability to address the unique needs of this very worthy group of clients combined with experience with pharmaceuticals, MEDICAL SUPPLIES, disaster operations, international shipping, third world countries, etc. was the foundation that our solutions are based on today.
The next, natural step in this evolution was to go beyond the functionality within the warehouse walls. Utilizing the internet to connect users with data 24/7, world-wide makes this possible. Developing web solutions for compliance and ECOMMERCE allows our clients to work beyond their warehouse walls. Connecting facilities and organizations for a variety of applications and purposes is the way of the future, and where the majority of our development is now focused.
Our newest offerings have truly opened a much larger world of possible solutions to our deserving non-profits. With our new WEB DEVELOPMENT platform and cloud computing, creating secure, high quality, high capacity solutions is now available. For a budget conscious non-profit, the advantages of using a cloud environment are huge. Having virtually no IT infrastructure to purchase and maintain is now a reality. Just login from your favorite browser or smartphone.
Imagine the possibilities. Log in to your place in the cloud. Open the HELM© 2016 Web Development Framework. With just a few steps, you can create a new website instance that is instantly hosted in the cloud. Create a new database table on the fly. A few more clicks and you can create a web page view of your new data table and add it to your menu. Then go into your security settings and add users with rights to edit or just view your data. That's it, you are up and running. You now have a live, secure website in the cloud with your data stored in a world class DATABASE. Enter some data from your desktop, and instantly a user you added can access the data from the other side of the world with his or her smartphone. The possible applications are practically unlimited.
With the capabilities of our new cloud based solutions now being released, we have even more to offer. For small, deserving organizations we are now offering GRANTS to give complete solutions at little or no cost. For larger organizations, even without a grant, the cost savings and flexibility gains of moving to our new cloud based Humanitarian Enterprise Logistics Manager (HELM) are very real.
CONTACT US NOW to see how we can help you. From a small website or integration issue up to a full web or supply chain need, we have the tools and expertise to deliver a solid solution. Not only that, we have the desire and dedication to build and maintain long term, supporting relationships with our clients.
WDF version 2.0 Announced - November 30th
Fresh for 2017 the WDF version 2.0 (Web Development Framework) is being greatly enhanced and divided into two separate applications. WDF 2.0 will have key new features including multi-language profile generation, embedded HTML wysiwyg designer for all page elements, new lookup builder, and more. The former Site Builder component will now be it’s own application – Portal Designer. The new Portal Designer has been greatly improved and is now fully integrated with Wordpress.
Web Services Expand – May 1st
HSF continues to expand our web development team. We welcome Ramya Narayanan as RESTful web services development assistant. Ramya comes to us from Clemson University's Master of Science program in Computer Science. She also holds certifications in Java programming and Oracle development. She will be helping us expand our web service API and cloud hosting data security applications.
Heart to Heart joint development begins – April 27th
After a flurry of meetings and brainstorming, the high level design for several new or improved features in HELM are now officially underway. As a joint development and beta partner, Heart To Heart International is helping to guide and test designs for new releases of functions including donor offer tracking, high volume kit production, emergency warehouse sub systems, multi-language support, and field clinic partner and patient pharma and medical supply usage tracking and sub-inventory systems. This is part of a long term plan to help Heart To Heart continue to grow their outstanding global and domestic aid programs.
New SEO Additions – March 7th
HSF welcomes another new addition to our web development team. Welcome Clayton Young as Web SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and internet research assistant. Clayton comes to us from Clemson University's Bachelor of Science program in Marketing.
New Office Opens – February 8th
HSF is proud to announce the opening of its new R&D office facility in Clemson, SC. The office is located at 422 College Ave. A great location within walking distance of Clemson University. This facility will be used to continue the growth of programming and development of the new Web Development Framework and Humanitarian Enterprise Logistics Manager products.
The opening of the Clemson facility also marks the welcoming of new talent to the HSF web development team. Today we are proud to welcome Gauri Kulkarni as lead Web Applications Developer. Gauri is a recent graduate of Clemson University with a Masters of Computer Science degree and an impressive resume of work experience.
Online Support Now Available – February 1st
Existing clients, and registered users may now open support tickets online from our new Control Panel. Simply login and you will see your Control Panel. From here you can submit support tickets, review status of active tickets, or review your support history. The Control Panel also gives you direct access to all of your registered applications, such as HELM and WDF.
If you do not yet have an account, you can easily create one by clicking the Start Here link at the top of the home page.
WDF© 2016 Trial Begins – February 1st
Web Development Framework version 1 (trial version) is now available. Registered users on this site may login and start using a limited trial version of WDF© 2016 today! The Web Development Framework is a hybrid of three main components: website development tool and hosting platform, content management system (CMS), and a database designer.
You can easily register to begin the trial by clicking the Start Here link on the home page and creating your account