Orbis Software introduces Applications Platform and rebrands as Codeless Platforms


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Orbis Software has introduced Applications Platform, a flexible, easy-to-use rapid application development (RAD) platform for quickly and easily building database applications, developing application extensions, creating web portals or deploying ready-made library applications.

This new platform provides channel partners with the ability to offer customers the benefits of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering in their portfolio, as well as the opportunity to generate additional revenue and increase profits.

"For the last two decades, our sole aim has been to provide our partners with software and solutions that help them deliver projects that firmly meet exact customer requirements. Applications Platform is the next evolution in our commitment to this philosophy," said Matthew Lidster, Managing Director, Codeless Platforms. "We believe that Applications Platform gives our partners a new way to generate revenue and will enable them to profit from reoccurring software subscription revenue, as well as consultancy and development services in relation to producing customer applications."

The release of Applications Platform, along with the scheduled release of a BPMN Platform at the end of the year, has been a mitigating factor in the decision to rebrand the company. Orbis Software will now be trading as Codeless Platforms, and TaskCentre, the company's business process automation software, will be renamed BPA Platform.

"The launch of Applications Platform prompted us to consider our branding and company name," said Matthew Lidster. "We needed something that reflected the transition from a single software application company to one that supplies three next generation platforms. Therefore, after 18 years of trading, the company will be rebranded as Codeless Platforms and TaskCentre will become BPA Platform."

Applications Platform has been developed to work in complete synchronisation with BPA Platform enabling businesses to automate processes, integrate systems and add notifications. The combination of application development with automation and integration capabilities provides partners and consultants with all the tools required to deliver a complete end-to-end solution.

"A low-code or 'codeless' experience is the fundamental driver for our platforms. Removing the code and empowering users through a point and click, drag and drop environment makes our technology extremely accessible," said Matthew Lidster. "We believe that Applications Platform will place partners and consultancies in a very strong position.

Applications Platform provides partners and consultants with the ability to cost-effectively build or deploy applications, accessible from anywhere and on any device, faster than ever before. Organisations can easily build their own application in minutes not hours by simply importing any database file, such as a spreadsheet or Access DB, and using the Quick Create Wizard.

This immediately expands the company's product portfolio and helps reduce development time, simplify deployment and accelerate time-to-market. Organisations that build and develop their own specific applications will also be able to generate further revenue by selling them via the Codeless Platforms product library.

Alternatively, organisations can exploit pre-built extensions and web portals contained in the Applications Platform library, as well as benefit from ready-to-use applications, such as a CRM system, CRM plug-in for Microsoft Outlook, courier web portal or PO authoring system.

The Application Extensions capability allows organisations to seamlessly extend existing business systems by creating new modules for specific roles or business functions, to fill the gaps that are missing from many VAPs.

The Web Portals capability enables the wizard-driven creation of authenticated or non-authenticated web portals. Organisations can therefore deliver secure customer or supplier portals to present application data in a secure and controlled method, enabling customers to share information easily, empower remote users and eradicate back office administration.

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