March 18th, 2014
The best technologies help businesses grow. But sometimes great technology doesn't age well, and years later what was once a great solution feels more like a burden.
If you are looking for faster results and lowered risk in your software projects or have been searching for a new platform to build or expand your business, Oracle APEX may be worth considering.
LSG Solutions implements Oracle Application Express (APEX) for several of our clients and we like educating people about its capabilities because it's such a great platform.
For businesses who've been frustrated with long development cycles, APEX is often a refreshing option since we can quickly develop solutions that allow business owners to see the results of their investments early on in the project.
It also provides a good balance of flexibility and structure that lets us build software solutions that fit closer to business needs than most off-the-shelf products would. And since everything is web-based, the software we develop can be used wherever the business needs it-in the office and remotely on laptops or smart devices.
As much as we like the current version of APEX, things just got better.
APEX gets an update
Last month, Oracle released the Early Adopter version of APEX 5, the newest update to the APEX product line. We've been testing the new version and are very excited about all the new features and functionality that we're going to be able to bring to our clients.
Development time is even quicker than previous versions of APEX-time savings we'll be able to take advantage of in client projects-delivering your application sooner.
The technology itself has been improved to be faster and more reliable. With each version of APEX, Oracle has not only squashed bugs, but made the underlying code more efficient.
Front-end templates have been updated with the latest web technology, meaning they look much nicer and are more customizable to fit the branding of your business. This is especially important if your application is public-facing.
If you're interested in learning more about how Oracle APEX could be used to help your business, or have specific questions about version 5, let us know. APEX isn't the right solution for every business problem, but through our conversation we'll find out if it's a good fit for your business.
March 4th, 2014
It's not uncommon for business owners to feel trapped by the software they rely on. Maybe it's a system they've had in place for years and no longer meets their needs or maybe they're stuck because they haven't been able to find a better option.
Whatever the case, it's stressful and frustrating. Software should enable your business, not pin it in. Last year we were able to help our client, TBS Factoring, break free of the limits of their legacy software and start feeling more hopeful about the future.
Microsoft Access is a good database product for small projects, but it was never meant to be used for line-of-business applications, regardless of how Microsoft sometimes pitches it. Unfortunately, many businesses rely on Access because it was often the only "easy" solution available to them at the time.
Years later, they find themselves fighting with the limitations of Access: sluggish performance as their data grows, limits to multi-user access, and poor reporting being some of the biggest complaints.
TBS Factoring was one these businesses. As their business grew, Access failed to keep up with their needs. They stuck with Access as long as they could because they knew how important data was to their business, but it was no longer a good fit.
So they called us looking for a better path forward.
Aside from performance issues, TBS Factoring needed a better view of their data. Custom exports to Excel just weren't cutting it. In order to give them the reporting and visibility they needed to make business decisions, we presented them with an Oracle APEX-based solution.
Although Oracle is well known within the enterprise sector, it's a less familiar name to small-to-medium business owners. But after looking at example applications and some case studies, TBS Factoring was on-board-"This is the solution for us."
We used APEX to create an easy-to-use, web-based front end that provided quick access to their data and gave TBS access to powerful reporting dashboards. The new dashboards gave them new insight into their collections process, enabling better, more-informed decisions to improve their business.
The new application is much faster than Access and can scale with the business as it grows, because an Oracle database is being used on the back end-the same technology used by Fortune 500-sized companies, scaled down to fit TBS Factoring's needs and budget.
Are you tired of fighting with Access?
If your business has outgrown Access or you're still fighting with a legacy database like Fox Pro, we may be able to help. Gives us a call or e-mail and we can talk through the challenges your business is facing to determine if Oracle and LSG would be a good fit for your business.