Keeping it lean: helping SMMEs take their first step


Did you know? Small, Micro, and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) account for almost 90% of businesses, 60 to 70% of employment, and 50% of GDP worldwide!? With the financial situation South Africa is finding itself in, SMMEs, especially those in the tech industry, could be the answer to South African citizens’ financial ventures. Cheers to start-ups! 

World SMME Day

Each year on 27 June, the UN acknowledges and celebrates the impact that SMMEs have had across the globe. This impact is not only restricted to wealth generation but also the employment and empowerment in local communities.

With the worldwide support of SMMEs and localisation, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has thrown his hat in the ring, showing great support for small business owners and the local economy. “Localisation is pivotal in stimulating growth and transformation. It is about creating an enabling environment for inclusive growth, deepening the country’s industrialisation base and creating targeted transformation measures.” It is with this in mind that we here at Blue Bean Software offer solutions specifically aimed at start-ups and SMMEs. 

Why a mobile/ web presence is important for Start-Ups and SMMEs

Mobile business applications have become a necessary marketing tool for all businesses, regardless of the size of their industries. Being able to be a click or tab away from potential clients is of dire importance, not only for SMMEs but for businesses of all kinds. 

As smartphones have become accessible and are often the only internet-connected device a person might have, having an app is becoming increasingly common. Nearly 50% of small businesses have an app in 2022, and it is set to increase as more SA citizens are getting connected. 

How Blue Bean Software can help

When choosing a partner to develop your idea it is important to find a partner that understands your needs and shares your passion. At Blue Bean Software, we adopt a lean start-up process opting for a solution to get you on the ground and running as soon as possible, without neglecting the core needs of your development. 

Typically, our process will revolve around a few steps, all created to get your product out the door and to get you selling ASAP. No wasting time troubling over the what ifs

Minimal Viable Product (MVP) Services Offering

  • Prototype Design / POC Demo Development

When showcasing your idea to potential investors or customers, it is important to present with confidence. Having a solution that is not only functional but also fleshed out helps show your audience you mean business. We’re with your every step of the way helping you have all the tools to knock their socks off and their wallets open. 

  • Single Feature MVP

Discovering and developing your business’s unique selling point is the main focus of this solution. Having a fully fleshed out, functional concept or solution helps your product stand on its own legs in the early days. Without an impressive showcase of your app’s core feature, additional features will be a moot and only offer to delay and deviate the development process.

  • Pilot MVP Development

You’ve done your homework and your proof of concept has shown promise in your test market, what’s next? Following the initial hype created by your single feature MVP, it’s time to show your clients what’s to come. 

Often seen as a version 1.0, your pilot MVP showcases what you’re all about. Bringing a stable and usable solution to market requires not only speed but also efficacy and accuracy. Delivering the best possible solution in the shortest possible time allows you to leverage off your single feature MVP straight into your pilot. 

So, in a world where time is money and great ideas must quickly take shape, consider how a lean product development can help you take your first step toward your start-up success without risking it all at once. Smart, sophisticated and safe. Learn about our MVP development services here.

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