We create innovative digital products that humans love to use.

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What we do.

We create innovative digital products that humans love to use.

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Designing, planning, building and maintaining elegantly innovative cloud applications and online systems.

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Creating sophisticated yet easy to use apps that radically improve business processes and / or client engagement.

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Taking the myriad of complex requirements behind custom websites and refining to a highly usable and maintainable result.

People focused.

We’ve always been the tech company that’s focused on people.

While we love our craft we also understand that we’re not here to serve technology or to impress other developers with our coolness, but rather to get to know the very real needs and aspirations of our clients and, in the spirit of that, genuinely do everything we can to help them go further. While our strap-line, ‘Elegant Simplicity’, describes Applicable’s approach to user experience, the phrase that best sums up the ethos at the heart of everything we do is ‘people focused’. This is not some piece of marketing spin, it’s a reflection on our history and what we’ve realised is our essence – our core driver behind team dynamics, supplier relationships, partnerships and client interactions. Like many we are fascinated by the opportunities opened up by the exploding growth of tech, yet we also maintain a strong grasp of what it means to be human and why that is worth retaining.

Example Projects.

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  • Online Applications
  • Device Apps
  • Custom Websites

Key2 are a unique fast-growing real estate agency that brings land, design and build together into a fully project managed delivery for new homes. Their new industry leading site is a customised Drupal CMS implementation featuring outstanding mobile / responsive custom HTML5 front end and easy to use form based content uploading in the back end.

LJ Hooker (Custom multi-sites)

A collaborative project by Zeald and Applicable; Zeald led consulting, design and project management whilst we built ...and built and built the many custom templates, functions and data integrations across this multi-site system.

XPO (Smartphone app)

XPO owns and runs more than a dozen of New Zealand’s largest business-to-business trade shows. They contracted us to create an app that would allow the sales people on stands to quickly capture visitor details (by scanning the QR code on visitor’s lanyards), along with responses, notes and even optional on the spot purchases. The end result has been a highly intuitive app that stand holders have been rapt with; a big win for XPO and their clients in both efficiency and experience.

Wendy's (Online system)

One of the not too uncommon kinds of project we get called into is taking over the ongoing development and maintenance of custom systems where the original vendor is either no longer available or not meeting the needs of the client. In Wendy's case this meant getting our head into their custom build CMS/CRM system, moving it to a new server, making the front-end mobile responsive and then just being able to handle ongoing development needs from there.

Gleeson & Cox

We’re excited to be part of the Gleeson & Cox technology journey as they continue to pioneer industry leading approaches to truck, job and compliance management in the bulk haulage sector.

Amtech reorder app (iOS, Android, Windows & Blackberry)

A medical industry product reordering app tailored to client's process and integrated with their Zeald eCommerce website, this app enables Amtech's clients to quickly and easily reorder supplies straight from their smartphone. Built as a cross-platform app and released to the Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry platforms.

Amnesty International NZ

Although seemingly straight forward from a user’s perspective this is one of the most heavily customised Drupal CMS based website’s we've ever built, both due to its unique approach to dynamically structuring content and also due to full integration with their CRM and a couple of other online systems. One of the most satisfying aspects of building this site is how effectively it streamlines Amnesty’s back office operation; acting as a high value tool in the daily work of this globally important NGO.

Fire Report (Android tablet app)

As this project is only in beta release phase all we're saying about it publicly for now is that it's a leading-edge native Android app featuring smooth on-screen graphics manipulation, a local database (that syncs with a custom online SaaS system) and printing to a Bluetooth label printer. It's functionality will radically improve worker efficiency, access to up to date information and the quality of reporting in its industry.

Tutorly (Start-up)

A privately funded start-up venture aimed at becoming something like the Airbnb of students finding tutors. Clean responsive design and ultra-simple user process; some of the more interesting parts of this project included implementing geo based search and a chained payments process to enable a cut to be made on payments between third parties.

Enterprise IT

Enterprise IT are one of those kiwi companies that are amazingly good at what they do but haven't always had the marketing to really tell that story. Working with their marketing consultant, Libby Wilson, and a great photographer, we developed their new website (a few years back now) to reflect the personable expertise that really makes them unique.

PasifikaTV (Website / App)

PasifikaTV is a New Zealand government initiative, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Pacific Cooperation Foundation, with the overall aim to build stronger relationships in the Pacific region by supporting their media sector. Supporting the satellite feed is a comprehensive custom website plus an app to give viewers quick and convenient access to the schedule.

Customer Monitor (SaaS)

Perceptive's Customer Monitor is a successful SaaS offering providing both SME and enterprise clients with a constantly up to date "finger on the pulse" to do with how their customers are feeling, thinking and responding to business units, branches and even individual sales people. Over 10 months Applicable took a conceptually good product that had a number of issues through to being an excellent piece of SaaS software, both technically and in terms of user experience and wide device support. (Due to success of product this product it has since made sense for client to set up an in-house dev team to handle further ongoing maintenance and development.)

Sport NZ (SaaS)

As the crown entity responsible for funding NZ sports Sport NZ have an ongoing need to monitor the governance of recipient sports boards. Addressing this need we designed and built a SAAS application that facilitates monitoring, reporting and also asynchronous collaborations around board development. (Governance IP for this project was provided by The Executive Coaching Centre Ltd.) This fully managed online application has greatly improved these processes for both the boards involved and Sport NZ.


John Jones and his team have been absolutely fantastic in helping us achieve our objectives and we are extremely pleased with their high standard work and the assistance they provided. We thoroughly recommend Applicable to other NZSA members.

Jossete Haggren - EAP Executive

Your assistance has been greatly appreciated by myself and our National Commission. Your report was detailed, well researched and also easy for us laypeople to understand.

Christine Robertson - New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

We had some ambitious projects with tight budgets and tighter time frames. Applicable came through for us in their planning, design, implementation and support. Skilled and professional, John and his team are a pleasure to work with. I recommend them without hesitation.

Dempsey Woodley - NZEI Te Riu Roa

John and the team did a great job with whole range of my projects. They were both very creative and highly responsive.

Iain McCormick PhD - Executive Coaching Centre Ltd

Just a note to let you know we really appreciate the prompt service and attention to detail we are getting from your company. Our Google ratings have improved out of sight too. Keep up the good work!

Lloyd Darroch - Aakron Boats

Just wanted to say that it was so quick and easy to update the website with new content this morning; such a change from the usual process which took a long time, involved a small amount of swearing and usually ended in a phone call to ask for help.

Joanne Hall - Senior Brand Manager - Wendy's Hamburgers

I've gotta say; working thru v2.3 on Truck 47's tablet I'm impressed. Looks good, flows smoothly and issues from v1 addressed. Thank you, your team has done a great job; I can’t say how much I appreciate your approach to software development.

Paul Holdom - Gleeson & Cox

John and Applicable went the extra mile to deliver the solution required. The online platform is up and running and robust. Good user feedback. Changes and updates are effected quickly and on budget.

John Page - Senior Advisor - Business Improvement - Sport New Zealand

Working with John and the team at Applicable is a real pleasure. He listens to what you want, takes time to digest the brief, comes back with his own ideas and then scopes the work. He is great at sticking to timelines and budget and nothing ever seems like too much trouble. I highly recommend him.

Libby May - Marketing Consultant


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