See all those logos below? Pretty, aren’t they? They represent most of the industry’s current favorite database and website technologies that could help your business run smoother if you know how to use them, and if you don’t, no worries you have us.
Database Driven Software Solutions for the Desktop, Web, and Mobile Platforms.
Deciphering software design services lingo – and the hard work of actually developing your software solution – is what we do day-in and day-out. We’ve mastered “the best of” database and web technologies that enable us to build some of the most efficient and robust software applications.
And we take a very human approach to business software application development.
Unlike the programmer stereotype ~ introverted, oblivious to budget, and hell-bent on using all the latest gadgets ~ Excelisys is fully plugged in to the human dynamics behind creating successful long-term partnerships and phenomenal solutions for our customers. We strive to listen carefully, anticipate issues and avoid pitfalls.
As with any project, it’s important to start with the right foundation. The strengths, weaknesses, history and culture of each of these software technologies should be taken into consideration before developing your custom software application. Determining the right foundation for best results involves addressing these fundamentals:
Are you solving a unique technical problem? Most projects can be implemented with a variety of technology combinations. Some projects require very specific approaches to succeed.
Use technologies that fit your company’s core values. Is your company young, energetic, and cool? Maybe you’re experienced, stable, and trustworthy? What kind of culture do you want your development team to have? Are you of a startup mindset, or more like a Fortune 500?
Don’t blindly copy others’ technology decisions. “Software technology “X” worked for so-and-so, so it should work for us!” is not a good argument. eBay was built with PHP & MySQL, and it “worked for them”. That doesn’t mean you should use the same.
Be aware of industry trends…but don’t be overly influenced. Websites like hotframeworks.com, trends.builtwith.com, and trends.google.com can help you to understand where various technologies stand, in terms of popularity over time. Trends can come and go quickly. Today’s fad could leave you hanging trying to find developers for it in a couple of years.
Keep your options open. Realize that the solution you ultimately build might not be the solution you set out to build. Avoid technologies that limit you when your company changes direction months down the road.
Consider the quality of developers you want to attract. Great experienced programmers tend to use great technologies. But no matter how great a tech-tool might be, you still need a craftsmen to use it.
How important are performance and scalability? Are you testing the internet waters to sell your new widget, or creating the next Facebook?
What’s your marketing plan?
On what platforms do you intend to use your software? Some platforms will make development easier than others.
Know the long-term costs of your technology decision. Be aware of ongoing licensing fees, specialized hosting, developer maintenance contracts, etc.
Discuss your technology needs with a developer who has experience with a wide range of technologies. If you discuss your project with an MS Access expert, guess what they’ll recommend? When you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
With constant changes in the ebb and flow of data in and out FileMaker Pro and its connections to the Web, ODBC, and other external connections, it is good to have a team who are up on the latest developments and who know how to clearly layout expectations.
I can't wait to work with them in FileMaker Pro 12 when it comes out!
Patricia Rush, MD MBA
Associate Professor-University of Chicago (retired)
Excelisys was an excellent choice – far exceeding our expectations.
Our organization chose Excelisys to expand our FileMaker Pro database to our off-site team members using WebDirect. Our experience with Excelisys is one of partnership: the Project Manager was focused, attentive to our specific needs, made straightforward technical recommendations, and was available to ensure technical problems were actually solved. The pricing was straightforward and fair.
My experience: as part of a network of non-profit agencies, FileMaker Pro was selected as a database to compile and analyze a directory of national and local programs doing innovative work on child development. A large amount of work went into the design of the project, specification of data elements, etc, but the actual programming of the database was left to the last moment.
I volunteered to put the project into action through FileMaker Pro. I found FileMaker Pro straightforward in terms of database design – but implementing it on a Server with WebDirect access for multiple participants was beyond my scope. And of course, a funding deadline loomed. We researched options on the Internet, found several services claiming FileMaker Pro expertise, quickly interviewed them by phone and selected Excelisys. Excelisys was an excellent choice – far exceeding our expectations.
My first contact at Excelisys was with our Account Manager. The initial discussion was quick and to the point, noting the urgent nature of my problem. Pricing was straightforward and fair. The Account Manager promptly assigned me to a FileMaker Pro Project Manager who was outstanding. I would rate the skill of the Project Manager at a mastery level – in terms of database knowledge in general, FileMaker software knowledge in particular and interpersonal skills.
Our Project Manager quickly identified our particular technical problem and was able recommend the specific steps needed to provide WebDirect access. Within a short time, our FileMaker Pro project was back on track, our deadline was met and we received rave reviews.
I was so impressed with the FileMaker Project Manager that I have continued to use Excelisys to enhance the FileMaker database, especially the report functionality. Even though my knowledge of databases is only at an intermediate level, the Project Manager treated me consistently with respect and promoted my learning and problem solving. I have had the experience before of having tech experts talk in jargon, solve problems without explaining how, which then left me dependent on paying for more consultant time when the next technical problem arose. My experience with Excelisys is one of partnership: the Project Manager was focused, attentive to my specific needs, made straightforward technical recommendations, and was available to ensure the problem was actually solved. I also like Excelisys' use of BaseCamp as a way to keep all the conversations in one place – it is easy to track the process of problem identification and resolution. I give Excelisys my highest recommendation and plan to continue to consult them for other projects including upgrading our web site. I was charged very fairly for the time spent on the project.
Excelisys gets web projects done in a timely and cost effective manner.
When looking for a vendor to update our database that was assembled over many years of self taught developing there was much concern if it could be resurrected from the duct tape and chicken wire holding it together.
We chose Excelisys because they took time to understand not only our database but how it was used in the business and what we actually do. We spent a lot of time discussing daily operations and they genuinely wanted to make the database solution work for us, not create a cookie cutter solution.
Outside the difficulties of sifting through the unorganized database we presented, we also relied heavily on third party synchronization for the database. They studied the synchronization software, consulted with the programmers when necessary and were able to seamlessly incorporate and actually improve the efficiency of the synchronization process across all our mobile devices.
After completing a rebuild of our database there were only a couple minor bugs and they were fixed almost as fast as we could post them. The process went so smoothly we decided to proceed with making data available online for our clients.
The design of a website, adding a secure client side with multiple levels of login and incorporating the syncing process was very complicated but again they excelled and diligently worked out any bugs that popped up. The database is an absolute necessity for our day to day operations and it has been solidly improved by Excelisys. The rewards have been profound and have allowed us a new level of creative thinking and service to our clients is now fast and direct.
Collaborating primarily online and via phone was a new experience. A good experience. It allowed everyone to focus and keep track of complexities and progress. It also allowed a terrific group of specialists to be brought together from great distances to produce a very professional, structured, yet fun team. They really feel like an extension of our business. If we could think it up they could make it happen.
We are going on seven years with Excelisys and I can't wait to see what we come up with in the future.
Altech Machining, Inc.
I am “sold” on using these folks for all of my future FileMaker needs!
The folks at Excelisys are friendly and easy to work with. They provided excellent support and service for our FileMaker solutions.
We have a LOT of homegrown files which needed upgrades and everything these folks do for us just works. Their use of Basecamp works well as a sounding board to work through each project and gives a history of what was accomplished.
TRW Innovations, LLC
Processing these orders is so much easier thanks to Excelisys. I can’t sing your praises enough. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for your company and Doug!
I am extremely happy with my decision to go with Execlisys. I have been working with Doug West for the past few weeks and find him to be very knowledgeable and a wonderful communicator.
He is satisfying all my needs for this Database project.
We have built a very productive relationship when it comes to my BizTracker file. I work with his improved BizTracker file for a couple of days, then I create a series of questions or or ask him to explain why some procedure works or doesn't work. He replies, always within the same day, and sometimes within the same hour.
My questions are answered my confusion with an issue is clarified and I feel ready to move on with more improvements.
My BizTracker file is becoming so customized that I find myself excited to work with it.
When I look back at over 4 pages of correspondence on basecamp I am amazed at how far we have come on this project.
I am very satisfied with your firm and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get control of their company's data.
Ascend Performance Materials
Contacting a developer is a leap of faith. I can't say enough good things about Excelisys and especially about Doug West. He is smart, intuitive and very dedicated to providing thoughtful solutions to our project.
The entire process has been a pleasure and we look forward to further collaborations to take our product even further.
Doug has been great to work with and should be considered a great asset to the organization.
He is quick with fixes and reviews and was able to fix the issues within our system with little or no interruption to our staff.
Sitka Community Schools
Excelisys is a remarkable team who are as invested in the outcome of your project as you are. In the short term, you get the results you need. In the long term, you have a partner familiar with your business and your database and ready to jump in as your needs evolve. They inspire confidence.
I think the feeling that I was making the right choice going with y’all came from my first connection with you, Levi. From an initial web search for Filemaker Developers, all companies pretty much make the same promises, but that initial engagement, feeling like you were really investing the time to get to know me and what I was trying to do, really set Exelisys apart.
And Doug is wonderful. We worked through the project and he gave me something that I could work with very quickly. I had some high stakes goals for launching the system and Doug put himself on standby to make sure everything went smoothly. That’s exceptional service. And it is great to know that when I need to tweak something, or when something that normally works doesn’t in a certain situation, Doug will respond quickly with either the steps I need to take, or jump under the hood to get things working again.
I really like the system that we have for working on the database – Doug has Dropbox access to my database, so if needed he can go right in there and work on it. More often, though, he tests a solution, then gets online with me to show me how to implement it.
It has been a pleasure to work with Excelisys, because they are responsive, communicate well, and have the resources to get the job done.
We have a complicated FileMaker Pro application connected to an equally complicated PHP web application inherited from another custom development "firm".
Excelisys has been a wonderful partner helping us evolve the software as our needs have changed and grown. We’ve also worked with them to layout the specifications for developing a new system from scratch. They have been flexible to work with, including communication via email, their Basecamp application or GoToMeeting conference calls.
I would readily recommend Excelisys to another business, whether they want to build a custom system from the ground up, or update an existing application.
Your search is over for an affordable real-deal and a true partner for consulting, design, custom development, maintenance, and enhancement of your database solution or web application!
eXcelisys will bring out the best in your business. Just give us a call at 1•866•592•9235 or fill out our Services Request Form for a free initial consultation and estimate. We look forward to working with ~ and for ~ you!