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Bob Gilmore
User
IT Director at Cal-Maine Foods
Video Review

What is most valuable?

The product has reduced the time that it takes us to produce apps. Being an agriculture company, we are pretty mean and lean when it comes to spend. It really helps to produce applications in a faster period of time.

How has it helped my organization?

The greatest benefit that this product has had for Cal-Maine has been to empower our developers to very quickly be able to produce applications. This is very important in today's time frame.

What needs improvement?

One of the cool things about Vinyl is they are constantly improving it. They have a new version that they are showing, which we have not seen yet, at the meeting that I am attending. They are constantly adding new features. That is really… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We deployed Vinyl about nine months ago. Previously, we were using a small application that wrote code for our personnel in a manner very unlike the way that Vinyl does. It was something that we worked with because it was all we could find… more»

What other advice do I have?

Some people are really reluctant to rate anything a 10 out of 10. However, when you have a good product which does a good job, and it is affordable, why not give it a 10?
Jon Pederson
Real User
CFO of the Markets Group at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The Lite Integration is really the key thing. You're able to attach the VINYL software to a variety of different systems very easily and pull data together in a way that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of events. With our Jingle Ball events we have 12 concerts all over the country over the Christmas season. There is a lot of advertising across those and… more»

What needs improvement?

When we started with them the platform was brand new. There were - I don't want to say deficiencies - just things they didn't have yet. We worked a lot with them on… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing was actually one of the things that drew us to the product initially. At the time there was another platform called OutSystems that we looked at. At the time… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

For this particular type of requirement, we mostly built apps in .NET with our application development team. This is a departure from that, as a way to build apps. But we… more»

What other advice do I have?

You need to have buy-in from both the business team and the IT team. Anytime you implement a new platform like this, if you don't have people internally who are going to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at OutSystems. There were a couple of other tools out there that we looked at. As a Finance person, all I can say is anecdotally what I've heard from the IT… more»
David Hendrickson
Real User
Senior Director of IT at NXC Imaging
May 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Zudy VINYL are the abilities for us to rapidly develop applications, deploy them easily, and then make adjustments as we realize the things… more»

How has it helped my organization?

VINYL has improved the way that our company functions. Primarily, the first impact was user satisfaction. The majority of our employees at NXC imaging are not in the… more»

What needs improvement?

The features that I'd like to see in VINYL next would be the ability to have more control over or have a rule-based control over column headings and column labels… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The value for us with VINYL is that we've got one fee that we're paying per year and we can deploy and build as many apps and bring in as many users as we need. It's a big… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I knew that we had to make a change in our ERP platform. I was brought in to NXC Imaging to evaluate what was going on with their ERP solution. They were having all kinds… more»

What other advice do I have?

If I knew of anybody that was out considering an investment in a low-code or a no-code development platform, I would encourage them to call me and let's have a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our decision criteria were really based on opportunity and timelines, so I didn't have a lot of other people on our shortlist. OutSystems was one that I had had experience… more»
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Jaquelyn Freeman
Real User
Finance Manager at a import and exporter with 51-200 employees
Oct 04 2018

What is most valuable?

It's customizable to whatever you might use it for, so I don't know about specific features. It's specific to our needs. But I've gone in and I've learned it myself a little bit, with their help. I've gone to some of the Zudy training for… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has been very beneficial. We have quite a few people using it who would always rely on the finance team to merge Excel spreadsheets, merge data from multiple sources, and then provide a final report to them for whatever turnaround period… more»

What needs improvement?

I would love to have the home screen a little more customizable because, as we're building more and more reports, it would be nice to have more options in how they're organized on the screen. I'm not sure if this is something they could do… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before VINYL, it was very manual for us. Zudy is the first tool where we really tried to bring together these two data sources. We went to Zudy VINYL to merge Accpac and our distributor data. It was the first tool we really found. We needed… more»

What other advice do I have?

Discuss your needs with them, make sure they understand the end goal. Then they can customize it to your needs. With us, we kept changing what we wanted, how to use it, so we had to keep going back to the drawing board. But they're… more»
Real User
General IT Clerk with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

All the features are pretty valuable. One that stands out is the cross-platform integration, which helps us access the data we need to see. It's pretty easy to learn. Sometimes the terminology can be a little tricky to get around, but it's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes things more modular. We're able to get information from our data that we were not able to before. We can get the data faster and aggregate more easily ways and in more visible ways.

What needs improvement?

They have business objects which are essentially queries or tables. To learn the structure of their software is a little tricky at first. You have tables and sitting on top of them you have data objects which are required in order to use… more»

What other advice do I have?

Initially, make sure you have a good structure for your database. It's not necessary, but it makes the integration a little easier. Once you have that, the best way to learn is just to play with it. Build a simple app. Work on building your… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options for the purposes we intend to use VINYL for.
Robbie Woodsum
Real User
Business Systems Analyst with 201-500 employees
Nov 22 2018

How has it helped my organization?

Since we're still primarily on an AS/400-based system, any client-facing output has some limitations using output from that system. What has been a great process-improvement and improvement in business communications - giving us really good client-facing communication - is having our Zudy applications take information from our AS/400, consume that information, and make it look nice. It turns it… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the troubles we have sometimes is the amount of data we're processing within the applications. That can really add a lot of "laggy-ness." That's an ongoing struggle we're going to have while we use it. It doesn't happen for all our applications, only some of them that are heavy on the reporting. And where we can get a more contemporary client-facing output and PDF version, it's still… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely make sure that internal staff learn how applications are built. Zudy does provide free training and I highly recommend it so that you can bring all development back in-house, be a little bit more self-sufficient with it and not reliant on Zudy. From the very beginning, learn the platform as much as possible and learn from Zudy developers that you work with. The entire time we've had… more»
Scott Grabowski
Real User
Manager of Retail Technology at Brooks Brothers
May 07 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of VINYL is its flexibility. We've been able to change direction if needed, once we've learned lessons when we finally started using parts of the product. That… more»

How has it helped my organization?

VINYL has improved the way our company does business by streamlining and standardizing the processes that are critical for producing garments and altering them, getting all of our stores on the same… more»

What needs improvement?

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing costs are approximately 100K annually, and from my perspective, that really is quite the value with the flexibility and what we're getting from the product.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We knew that we needed to invest in a different solution that was more flexible and scalable. We've used VINYL to replace several Legacy systems. Previously we had individual Legacy systems for Made… more»

What other advice do I have?

From my perspective at Brooks Brothers, VINYL has had pretty much every function or feature that we've needed. I'm interested to see what they do manage to incorporate on top of that because I'm sure… more»
Edwin Patterson
Real User
Director, Technology Management at PGT Trucking
May 07 2019

What is most valuable?

There are two most valuable features: one is the ability to pull data from a bunch of different places and put them together. The second is the speed at which you can get a new app developed. Instead… more»

How has it helped my organization?

An excellent example of the way Zudy VINYL has improved our business is that we can now report on the actual cost of moving a load. We didn't have all that data because it was in too many different… more»

What needs improvement?

Some new features I'd like to see is visibility into running jobs so that we can see what the status is, or that it's not stuck in its process and doing its thing, or how much longer it's going to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing costs we pay are, around $5,000 a month. That's every quarter. We've been doing it for about a year now, and the prices have remained steady. We feel it's a reasonable cost for what… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Before VINYL, we didn't have a solution to do these kinds of things, so we were just doing everything manually on paper and Excel. The primary symptom that made us realize we needed something was that… more»

What other advice do I have?

VINYL has increased user satisfaction. We're bringing the users and getting them involved in the development process. We're making fewer mistakes in the process, and we're also getting them excited… more»
Sahal Laher
Real User
Head of Global Digital/Marketing Technology at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that it's no-code is one of the most important features because it allows us to deliver very quickly. We can get the value to the business delivered much more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has removed many manual processes and allowed us to automate. It has reduced paper connected with things we do in our stores, such as alterations and made-to-measure… more»

What needs improvement?

This is just a pie in the sky wish list, but if they could add a machine-learning type of platform to go with it, or some artificial intelligence capabilities, so that as… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I feel the product’s pricing is a good value. The licensing model is very straightforward. You license the platform and you can build however many solutions you want with… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to have five to seven different custom applications that we got rid of because they were becoming very difficult to support. We wanted to get rid of the multiple… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product itself is very solid. The places where we've had issues are internal, with regards to a cultural mindset shift, because the business was not used to getting… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at numerous other applications from some of the larger software providers. Because we have 6,000 users, all of the other applications and tools got very… more»
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What is Zudy VINYL?

Zudy is a visionary enterprise application development company with a breakthrough no-code platform known as VINYL. VINYL’s patented technology-agnostic development environment turns mobile and web into one, enabling enterprises to build highly configurable applications in just days rather than months. Using VINYL, enterprises can dramatically increase the number of new applications they can build from an average of three per year to more than 50.

Zudy VINYL customers

Brooks Brothers, Stericycle, DXL, Aetna, JCrew, Barstool Sports, iHeart Media, Cal-Maine Foods Inc, Collette Travel, Kraft Sports Group, Fresh Direct

Highlights
The product has reduced the time that it takes us to produce apps.
This is an extremely scalable solution because it enables us to interface with all types of disparate information.
It is a platform which can grow with us and get us out of spreadsheets.
You do not need to be a programmer to use it or build something in it.
You can unite data which lives in different sources without moving that data.
It gives us an accurate idea of where we stand as a business, on many different levels. It also gives our sales department more of an idea of how they are doing for the month, every month. And it gives us more capabilities within our systems, to pull information out.
Valuable features include the ability to connect to disparate data sources, the workflow engine, and the speed and agility in building apps.
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