The Business Challenge
Founded in 2005 by Lisa Campbell, Citrus Soup, Inc. is a company dedicated to enhancing collaboration between members of families of divorce through the use of integrated technological tools. Drawing from personal experience, Lisa believes there is a great need for useful integrated technology tools to assist families of divorce and family [law] professionals with scheduling and collaboration. It is Lisa's philosophy to take a light-hearted approach to eliminate the communication barriers and common problems that can often happen when schedules and systems within families of divorce are not aligned. Citrus Soup's goal is to create a centralized means to improve those communication and collaboration channels by providing tools that interact with every-day technology, "turning lemons into LemonAide™."
Citrus Soup sought out Amadeus Consulting after having had two previously unsuccessful custom software development experiences. Both development teams failed to produce a marketable product on time and within budget. Citrus Soup came to Amadeus Consulting to help take its first product offering, LemonAide™ Family Manager, to market by assessing and fixing code problems, as well as adding functionality through further feature and user interface enhancements.
Specifically, Amadeus Consulting's custom application developers were charged with taking an over-developed code base, and reorganizing the structure to create a light-weight Outlook Plug-in. Additionally, Citrus Soup wanted further functionality and improved user interface for the custom application.
Immediately, Lisa Campbell and Citrus Soup were impressed with Amadeus Consulting's custom software development team's quick grasp of the initial code and its requirements, their ability to communicate and translate technical issues into meaningful business solutions, and their deft attention to detail.
Using the team's extensive knowledge of VB.NET development, as well as 3rd party Outlook integration experience, Amadeus Consulting created a small-scale database backend. LemonAide™ Family Manager is Citrus Soup's flagship product. As a Microsoft® Outlook plug-in, LemonAide™ Family Manager is designed to support families of divorce looking to integrate their schedules through a 3rd Party tool; allowing them ease of collaboration and mitigating the problems that can arise through the difficult divorce process and beyond. LemonAide™ Family Manager establishes specific party roles, incorporates visitation plans, keeps track of school and non-school events, and provides functions for financial, medical, and personal journals and reporting.
Amadeus Consulting's team took a software development application that was in jeopardy, and stabilized and completed the project, adding significantly improved user-interface solutions, while remaining ahead of schedule and under budget. LemonAide™ Family Manager is projected for deployment in early January 2011.