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Sahal Laher
Real User
Head of Global Digital/Marketing Technology at a consumer goods company 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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 »
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Larry Egan
Real User
Sr. Director Global Commercial Systems at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 14 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ability to connect to disparate data sources * The workflow engine * Speed and agility in building apps

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to build apps quickly by connecting to almost any data source, while having workflow and routing, really give you the ability to enhance more static systems and drive value to the… more »

What needs improvement?

Perhaps the UI could be improved.

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

Pricing is less than the cost of a consultant and the value you receive is much greater.

What other advice do I have?

Try it. Sometimes, the use cases are not evident. Start slow and pilot it and the value becomes evident.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other middleware products but liked the unique capabilities of this one.
Melinda Marks
Real User
Chief of Staff at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Easily accessible

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

We've been on a hold with one of the products that we started with, which was one of our processes. It just wasn't capable of doing it. It could extract it but it couldn't… more »

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

You always look for the underlying cost, there's always underlying costs but the value is fine. I don't think it should cost any more. You pay for the software but you're… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using a manual system that we created ourselves, and that's why we switched.

What other advice do I have?

They give you a free trial of what it can do. Go in with something that's easier, not harder, because that is going to give you an idea of what it can do, and you can… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other options but they don't have the flexibility that this does. This has a lot of flexibility.
Real User
Scheduling Manager at a leisure / travel company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact it connects to all of our systems outside of Zudy. It connects with our internal systems and it makes things more productive and not manual.

How has it helped my organization?

The tour managers are able to view their results - versus having to wait two times a year to get their results - they can review them in real time. They're also able to instantly receive their schedules versus having to manually send them… more »

What needs improvement?

The calendar has room for improvement, but that's what they're going to be working on next: making a Gantt chart.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access, but the system just kept on crashing and it wasn't sustained by our IT department, so it was a lot of having to do it ourselves. It was manual and there was a lot of room for error. We moved… more »

What other advice do I have?

The sky is the limit. It is able to pretty much do anything and everything that you thought a computer couldn't do. You should just really embrace it. It took me a while to embrace it but they're a really great company to work with. I would… more »
User
Vice President Technology at Collette
May 24 2018

What is most valuable?

* You do not need to be a programmer to use it or build something in it. This is pretty important in our business. * You can unite data which lives in different sources without moving that data. This have been a real game changer for us. *… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Often times, the expression "spreadsheet hell" is thrown around our walls, and people get too entrenched in sharing, emailing, creating, and saving spreadsheets just to share information. The Zudy product, Vinyl, has really allowed us to… more »

What needs improvement?

The most meaningful improvement might be done in some of the aesthetics of the reporting and dashboarding. We unify and unite data in ways which are flexible and usable, but do not always have the aesthetics of some of the other reporting… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was very new in my role at Collette when I started talking with Zudy. What I walked into was the scenario where there were a lot of people depending on spreadsheets, a nightmare of version control and sharing of data, and I was looking to… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the product a nine out of 10, because I always leave room for improvement. I do not have any gripes. When you discuss the triumvirate of people, process, and technology, it has worked out for us in those regards. I have… more »
User
IT Director at Cal-Maine Foods
May 24 2018

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 »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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?

What is Zudy VINYL?

Zudy is a visionary enterprise application development company with a breakthrough low-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 or years. 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

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