- Introduction to WorkXpress
- Building Your Application
- Examples and Best Practices
- Technical Manual
WorkXpress is the world's only 5GL (fifth generation software language) PaaS (Platform as a Service). It is a one-stop-shop for everything necessary to build and deploy custom software solutions.
Using WorkXpress, professional developers and non-programmers alike regularly build sophisticated business applications while saving almost 90% development time and cost. They achieve these amazing results by leveraging an intuitively visual, drag and drop, point-and-click, secure, web-based environment.
WorkXpress eliminates the traditional concepts of coding, data modeling and database querying, while automating common systems administration tasks such as maintenance or disaster recovery. These time and cost savings are all possible without purchase of additional hardware or software.
Additionally, WorkXpress offers mobile capabilities and full integrations with 3rd party applications and the latest web-based technologies. Some examples include SMS, Email, FedEx, DocuSign, Google Maps, currency conversions, IVR, Google language translation, FTP services, and many more.
At the heart of everything we do is WorkXpress' fundamental value proposition;
Traditional software has been fraught with issues, from failing altogether, to under-delivering, to costing far more than projected. In fact, the Standish Group reports that approximately:
The traditional software approach fails so commonly due to growing businesses need for flexibility in order to modify and adapt their processes as new ideas emerge.
For many companies, their software has unknowingly become an enemy of success. Because it is so ingrained in their culture and business practices, companies often do not realize how they are being held back by their own software's limitations. Employees and developers spend inordinate amounts of time performing activities that are only necessary because it is what their software tool requires.
The new software method, cloud computing, is growing at 26% per year and is projected to reach $150 Billion in revenue. It is proving time and again that it is the most efficient way to deliver software and related services. Cloud computing has three components, one of which is called Platform as a Service.
Platform as a Service is growing at between 70% and 100% per year and is projected to reach $15 Billion by 2015. Gartner has said that by 2015, most enterprises and every major vendor will have PaaS as a component of their architecture or offering. Forrester has stated that PaaS has crossed into the mainstream, and that by 2015 developers will no longer assemble their own stacks, but rather will rely on PaaS tools to do that. WorkXpress has been doing this from the beginning, and remains the only 5GL PaaS.
With WorkXpress, you are in control. You can choose:
In short, you are not held hostage to your software.
Are you a “customer” or a “partner”? If you plan to resell products or services based on WorkXpress, you are a partner.
Do you want to “DIY - Do it yourself” or are you looking to “Hire a Certified Developer” to do it for you? If you are interested in DIY, then you will need to purchase a developer's license; otherwise, you will need to purchase Professional Services.
In order to establish whether Workxpress is a good fit, it may be helpful to review the following;
At this point, you will likely have many questions ranging from the stability and security of the technology to the strength of WorkXpress as a company and even to what the next steps in this process are. The resources below should answer most of your questions.
It is common to want to perform a hands-on technical evaluation, especially if you are a DIY customer or partner. In order to perform such an evaluation, it is necessary to plan to spend 30-60 minutes reviewing each of the articles below, before getting started;
If you are working with a WorkXpress Certified Partner, they may ask you to confirm your understanding of several key things before investing significant time in gathering detailed requirements and preparing a contract;
At this point, it is time to get into project specifics. Depending on the type of customer you are, the next steps may vary slightly;
“WorkXpress is disruptive” - Stefan Ried, PhD, Senior Analyst with Forrester Research wrote in a Twitter Post - IDC Analyst Briefing on PaaS
“Comparing MS Access to WorkXpress is like comparing an old rotary phone to the iPhone” - Tom Lertola, D-I-Y customer
“I have been watching the PaaS space for some time now and have witnessed WorkXpress gain worldwide attention from major analyst firms and clients. WorkXpress is a leader in this space.” - George Fischer, EVP Worldwide Sales and Operations, CA (NYSE: CA). WorkXpress Board Member.
Read the full Case Study in pdf: http://www.workxpress.com/case-study/EPS-case-study.pdf
“With WorkXpress, we’ve gotten everything we asked for at a fraction of the cost of traditional software solutions and in less than two months. We expect a full return on our investment in under 60 days.” - Eric Kaufman, EPS
EventPro Strategies (EPS), headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the premiere full service event staffing and execution agency in the industry offering clients in-the-field strategy, expertise, innovation, and measurement, at an unsurpassed value.
For more than a year, EPS searched for a customized software solution to consolidate their hundreds of event detailing spreadsheets and thousands of talent and client e-mails. After a few months, it became evident to the company’s chief operating officer, Eric Kaufman, that to consolidate all of their desired workflow processes into a new custom software solution using the traditional development method would be impossible due to the expense.
The EPS project was created within five weeks and featured their five portals; talent, client, staff, accounting, and management with all related functionality. Only three additional weeks were needed to fine-tune the software and train staff before implementation. The project was completed on time and on budget. A relatively unusual reality in the world of customized software.
Kaufman said, “I’m sure other business owners can understand, we needed better organization, cleaner processes and a faster way to ensure our clients were successful without any issues. The new EPS Tracker System® 2.0 centralizes pre-event and post-event information while assisting both the client and EPS staff with event execution. Our mission is simple, ‘Provide our clients with the data that they want and need at their fingertips.’ With WorkXpress, we now have the peace of mind to take our business to the next level of world class service.”
Read the full Case Study in pdf:http://www.workxpress.com/case-study/Servolift_case_study.pdf
“WorkXpress is 10x faster than Access, and has 20x the capability” - Tom Lertola - ServoLift
Servolift is a New Jersey based machinery designer, manufacturer, and reseller. To date, the company has successfully installed their premium manufacturing blenders and lifters in more than 5000 locations worldwide.
The features and functionality, built entirely by Lertola, include: accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), human resources management, employee tasks and time off, reminders, international currency conversion, expense reports, internal commissions, sales representative commissions, quoting, purchasing, shipping and receiving, machine tracking by serial number, RMA’s, work orders, service schedule, parts inventory, shop tool tracking, project management, bill of materials, allocation, scheduling, standard assemblies, and model number generation.
Lertola said, “Since we implemented WorkXpress 5 years ago, we’ve been very happy with the level of service we’ve received. If I ever had questions, I knew exactly who to call and was able to secure solutions in a very timely manner.”
Read the full Case Study in pdf:http://www.workxpress.com/case-study/RT_grim_case_study_final.pdf
“WorkXpress delivered on time, and saved us over 50%” - Mike Wentz – R.T. Grim Operations Manager
R.T. Grim (RTG) is a regional electronics company based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Historically, the company focused on providing service for car audio and video, computers, televisions, camcorders, VCR’s, home stereos, DVD players, and professional audio/visual equipment. As an extension of these electronics capabilities, RTG had bid on and subsequently earned a contract to refurbish Ford Motor Services instrument clusters.
Wentz and his team members searched for an easily customizable platform as a service (PaaS) solution to meet their unique needs. It was essential for the company to be up and running quickly, utilizing a system that could grow and change with their changing needs, and be able to perform specific automated tasks not currently available in any off-the-shelf software.
A number of powerful features were implemented for R.T. Grim including a bar code scan to simplify order processing, automation of ticket creation with personalized headers and footers, integration of shipping with FedEx, and a clear system for accountability and tracking with dashboard instrumentation throughout their service pipeline.
Wentz said, “No other customized software solution or platform as a service we researched could have provided us everything we needed and still been on schedule. I have been very impressed with WorkXpress’s ability to provide such complex customization and reporting capability without any programming. Add the excellent customer service we’ve enjoyed and I can honestly say that if I had to make the decision to create more software, WorkXpress would be my first and likely only call.”
Read the full Case Study in pdf:http://www.workxpress.com/case-study/Tex-Visions_case_study.pdf
“We have been very happy with our WorkXpress CRM. It’s increased our productivity by at least 30% and everyone on the system finds it very easy to use and learn.” - Marcel Ruhland, Tex Visions President
Tex Visions is one of the world’s leading custom printing facilities. Located in Pennsylvania, the company has quickly moved from an early phase start-up to an industry leader in custom flags, banners, displays and hardware.
With more than 1000 customers around the world and 20+ employees using an off-the-shelf customer relationship management (CRM) tool, the company decided to seek out a more powerful cloud based software solution to handle and consolidate their fast growing business interests.
Tex Visions now enjoys features including: lead tracking, automated alerts for lead follow-ups, scheduling capability, e-mail integration, voice over internet (VoIP) call integration, outgoing VoIP call integration, fax integration, custom quote generation, and complex sales and marketing reporting.
Engaging WorkXpress is easy. First, determine whether you are using this software internally or for commercial purposes. Then, determine whether you wish to do it yourself (DIY) or hire us to do it for you (SaaS).
If your company is simply seeking software to use, then you qualify as an “Internal Use” customer.
If your company is seeking to resell WorkXpress software or services based on WorkXpress software then you are a “Commercial Use” customer.
See Commercial Use and Resale for additional info.