What is our primary use case?
We started out doing prototyping and moved that to a demonstration application. Now, we are moving into a trial version that we hope will convert over into our running application.
It works well online and on my mobile. It is storing data in our Cloud Datastore, as well as theirs.
We are on the most current VINYL release.
How has it helped my organization?
We are a startup, and this product will not be for internal consumption. This is going to be a product for sale that we're building. It solves an industry problem today where there is no management of data, and it's just spreadsheets emailed around. So far, people in the industry who have seen what we are doing like what they see.
What is most valuable?
The team is its most valuable feature. The people I work with are great. They can get the stuff done that I want done usually faster than I expect.
The product is super fast at getting things done.
I had expected a portal that can be secure and handle data ingestion and visualization. It hits all those points and that is what it's doing.
What needs improvement?
There are some acknowledged technical limitations. I was looking to do some metadata manipulation, which is very atypical. Zudy said that they will work on building me a workaround. If there is a weakness, that would be it. However, they seem to acknowledge it and are finding a workaround for me. While it may not be in VINYL, they are doing an external program to shore up the weakness.
For how long have I used the solution?
We started using it the week before Thanksgiving 2019. So, we have been using it for about four months.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
I have been given concrete examples of how the solution scales, but I'm not really worried about it right now.
We don't have any users at the moment. We have people preparing to become trial users.
How are customer service and technical support?
I have never had to grab technical support outside of the developers
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I did not previously use another solution.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was very straightforward. They keep me aware of anything complex, but I do not have to expend any energy to deal with it.
They got a good demonstration application done for me in two months. This allowed me to get funding so I could survive as a business. The application was good enough to get customers interested. I like to say, "I would be working at Walmart if they hadn't been successful."
Today, everything is in the Zudy space. We will then migrate it over into our cloud space, which they are capable of doing. We will keep them as our prototype vendor; whenever we are working on new things, they will do that for us. Some of the actual running systems, we will probably keep it on VINYL until we run into something that we can't do.
What about the implementation team?
I'm not doing the programming (or no-coding), but I'm managing the features with their architects. All the development is being done by the Zudy team. I am working on getting some developers who can augment that team, but we haven't added that yet.
What was our ROI?
I have seen ROI. The biggest benefits are:
- The speed
- The team's ability to budget
- The team's ability to stay within budget and get things done.
- We are able to experiment, and usually you can't afford to experiment much.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Compared to if I used traditional methods, such as hiring developers and setting up systems, VINYL is costing me less than half of what it would normally cost.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
I did look at all of the rapid development options, like Zoho. I liked my interface with the business team at Zudy well enough that I didn't look at anybody else because they seem to know what they are doing.
What other advice do I have?
This is a platform which should be considered seriously for rapid prototyping. If you want to build it yourself, at least use them to do the early testing. I would also recommend to consider them for your long-term production platform use. For data management and data visualization, this product is hard to beat. Feature-wise, I haven't run into anything that we just can't do. It accesses our external systems and processes, using them very well.
For what they have given me, the product is a 10 (out of 10).
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