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.
I have worked with the same developer, Doug West, annually since December 2010. He is ah-mazing. He "gets it" the first time I explain it.
So refreshing to find a developer who speaks the same language as those who are just users of the program. Doug has always been friendly, professional and patient with me. I look forward to continuing to work with Doug each year.
Always a great experience - meet or exceeds my goals every time!
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.
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!
The 'translation' process has gone very smoothly - from my explaining what it is I want to their being able to recommend and explain what I should use.
They are helping my nonprofit refurbish our website. We are changing from an outdated version of Joomla to using Wordpress, for various reasons. This is a complex project based on the different groups of people whom we need to be accessing the website - from the public, to donors, to the members of our various chapters, to the international office. The 'backend' will be very interesting.
Eastern Division TCA
I'm coming after your jobs. With Andy teaching me his wiz-bang developing skills, you're in trouble!
I have really enjoyed working with Andy Persons. His professionalism, knowledge and skill level with Filemaker Pro has been phenomenal.
He has offered suggestions, laid out a database that is efficient, easy on the eyes and with a simplistic approach that data entry staff with no experience will be able to use with ease and minimal training.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience with Excelisys. You have an excellent company with skilled developers and a watchful, attentive management team.
I've appreciated Christo's emails thanking me for choosing Excelisys.
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.
eXcelisys has a talented group of software consultants. We used them for a custom database program that was efficiently completed by a single developer.
The level of communication regarding timelines, deadlines and action items with our assigned consultant was outstanding. As with any large software project, we ran into some issues early on – our developer was the consummate professional who calmly dissected the problems and produced some innovative solutions to keep things moving along.
Their pricing model is also reasonable and fair. We will have no qualms about using them in the future – I do highly recommend them.
Bloomfield Hills School District
Excelisys helped us achieve a solution that was far better than anything we could even imagine.”
As a school district that was struggling with paper records of students and credits, we approached Excelisys with the idea of using Filemaker to setup a database for our counselors to access on their desktops and iPads.
Our counselors had binders upon binders of student records and classes. They spent weeks after the start of each semester calculating by hand what credits remained for every student.
We were in desperate need of a more streamlined solution! Within a week after starting the project Excelisys had taken our idea and turned into a fully functional solution.
We went back in forth with revisions and tweaks to get it just right. Our developer Michael was absolutely amazing. Very prompt and professional in all of his responses and knew exactly what we needed to get to our end goal.
What was really impressive was at the end of the project he sent us an entire 40 page document that outlined all the work that had been done and instructions on how to use our new solution!
Every single person who has seen this database is absolutely blown away by it.
I look forward to the day when I need to create another project like this so I can work with Excelisys again!
Gillman & Gillman, LLC
Happy with Ken and the Excelisys team for the work we have done over the years on our database upgrades and modifications.
Ken Moorhead has been great in Gillman & Gillman's FileMaker and other database development projects.
While it is always difficult to work with an existing system in a long-standing business, Ken has ably adapted to merge his knowledge of the "latest and best" available options work with our existing system.
We have formed a strong professional relationship that I believe will continue for years to come.
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!