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  • Robert R.VP Technology & CIO
    Review
    5.0

    It would not be an overstatement to say I have been waiting for a product like mPower since the 1970s when I first started programming computers. It is a development environment that makes working with databases streamlined, consistent across applications, easily maintainable, and available to both business owners and programmers. It allows simple, low-cost, and secure delivery of applications whether it is to the public or a private community. Security is so important today and mPower makes it so straightforward, flexible and integrated. We chose to build a customer-facing mobile app using mPower over any other platform because of the flexibility and control it offered. Additionally, it was developed in days and not months. We have novice business owners who build mPower apps to access and maintain their data as well as distribute reports. At the same time, we have HTML/Java programmers that build complex, powerful systems incredibly fast. Each of our 2-week sprints accomplishes with one programmer what many development shops would take months to develop. Our developers customize the HTML and/or Java creating very specific and unique user features which make the app so much more valuable and productive for the end-user. And what is truly amazing is that this ability to customize is baked into the mPower environment. The mPower environment allows you to easily build and integrate new templates where you have specific requirements for the behavior/look and feel of your application. And finally, any product is only as good as the vendor's support and vision. MRC provides phenomenal training, support, and professional services when you don't have the internal resources. Their rates are incredibly reasonable. Their goal is always to have you pick up long-term maintenance for anything they develop. They are not in the business of trying to milk you on professional services and support. And their product enhancement is driven by what their customers are asking for and need. When looking to develop any application, mPower should be considered as an option. It checks all the boxes. It is difficult to identify anything I don't like. Certainly, there are additional features and capabilities that I would like to see in mPower, but to date, there is nothing that we haven't been able to accomplish with mPower. As we develop boilerplate customizations, we pass those on to MRC as options for inclusion as part of the standard environment. We originally found mPower when we were looking for an easy-to-use, secure way to deliver forms and database maintenance to our remote users. Our data is stored in an on-premise SQL Server database. We needed a way to give remote users secure and robust access to the data through browser-based applications without opening access to our network. The solution needed to be cost-effective and easy for business owners to build/deliver an application in a day or less. mPower was perfect. Then we realized the true strength of mPower and in the first 6 months of using mPower, we built and delivered: Targeted CRM package for our fleet management group; Lease management system; Licenses and permits management system; Maintenance system for accounting reference tables; Environmental health and safety monthly compliant checklist for 240 service centers; Loyalty customer app for mobile devices; Uniform ordering, tracking, and management system; Application to identify mismatches between vendor invoices and receipt of material information; and several utility applications for our employees in the field. We have realized significant improvement in employee productivity using these systems as well as access to new data points to improve analytics and business decisions.

  • Nolan R.Programmer Analyst
    Review
    4.5

    1) With just a few clicks, you have a fully functional and interactive web interface, but you can also go further and implement custom HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Business Rules, and External Object calls to Java/RPG/SQL... At first you may feel a little restricted by the m-Power development environment, but you will soon realize that the sky is the limit in terms of custom design and development. 2) The built in user-role and application security features make it very easy to deploy your applications to end-users while limiting access to only designated users or groups. 3) MRC does a great job at supporting their product. Their documentation and FAQ pages are very helpful and they are very quick to respond to service requests. They also release updates to their software on a regular basis - constantly improving the developer and end-user experience. 1) I sometimes feel hindered by the table-selection process in the app development flow. I wish there was a better/more maintainable way to start with a SQL statement rather than going through the GUI to select tables, fields, key fields, sort order... It IS possible to override the default SQL statement that m-Power generates in the end, but I wouldn't recommend doing that on a regular basis. 2) m-Power does have a built in documentation feature that can be used to document your own apps & projects, but it isn't very well integrated with the application build process. You have to jump out of the development screens to view/update documentation, and then find you back to the app you were working on after you are done with the documentation - making it a bit out-of-sight-out-of-mind. 3) Multi-tasking can be a little frustrating in the m-Power IDE. Working on multiple apps at the same time, or just referring to app A while configuring app B requires you to log in again using a different browser or separate incognito window. It can't be done via multiple tabs in the same browser window. Before going all-in with m-Power for our application modernization, we evaluated some other "Rapid Application Development" competitors. The fact that m-Power was the only one that also provided user-role and application security features built in made it a no-brainier. Other options would have required way more time and probably additional staff to "stand-up" a fully functioning and secure intranet/internet homepage. Any "dislikes" I have with m-Power are a minor price to pay considering how quickly we are able to develop and deploy fully functional web based applications. We are using m-Power to modernize a 20+ year old RPG/Green-Screen ERP system. m-Power allows us to quickly rethink and truly rebuild existing applications (with a small team of developers) vs other solutions that promote screen scraping and re-use of existing legacy code. In my opinion, the biggest benefit of m-Power is that it gives us the ability to build and maintain thousands of applications along with an intranet site to serve them all up with a team of 2 - 3 developers.

  • Holly L.Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
    Review
    5.0

    Allows i-series newbies to get the data they need in more accessible user friendly reports. We started using M-Power as a CRM tool for our Sales Team because our 3rd party was costing us too much to update every time we changed something in our database and taking a long time to update. Once other departments started seeing the success of sales team and these user friendly reports, they also wanted their reporting done in M-Power. It allows users easier search features, ability to access info from wherever they are on multiple devices. From a newbie developer point of view, the FAQs, documentation and support team have been very helpful. We have also benefited from multiple custom consulting projects with MRC. I wish they would have more how-to video examples. They do have some, but I think more real -world examples and show the whole build process of different projects would be helpful. More videos on using freemarker would be helpful. I wish they would have a few more built-in sql functions added to their custom calculations features. When you first start, I highly recommend doing a mentor build with them and build one or 2 projects together, that really helped us get started off on the right foot. Then you learn some tips and tricks and best practice methods. We have tons of data that we weren't using because it was inaccessible or our small team was unable to get to before or we were waiting on 3rd companies to update our crm when we made database changes. Now we can keep that all in-house and get those changes quickly updated for our end users. Has allowed us to more quickly create reports without having to know rpg for i-series. When they added the period-analysis feature that really helped speed up development. Now we are working on implementing more users in other departments for ease of access and so they can self-service the data they need.

Negative Comments
  • Robert R.VP Technology & CIO
    Review
    5.0

    It would not be an overstatement to say I have been waiting for a product like mPower since the 1970s when I first started programming computers. It is a development environment that makes working with databases streamlined, consistent across applications, easily maintainable, and available to both business owners and programmers. It allows simple, low-cost, and secure delivery of applications whether it is to the public or a private community. Security is so important today and mPower makes it so straightforward, flexible and integrated. We chose to build a customer-facing mobile app using mPower over any other platform because of the flexibility and control it offered. Additionally, it was developed in days and not months. We have novice business owners who build mPower apps to access and maintain their data as well as distribute reports. At the same time, we have HTML/Java programmers that build complex, powerful systems incredibly fast. Each of our 2-week sprints accomplishes with one programmer what many development shops would take months to develop. Our developers customize the HTML and/or Java creating very specific and unique user features which make the app so much more valuable and productive for the end-user. And what is truly amazing is that this ability to customize is baked into the mPower environment. The mPower environment allows you to easily build and integrate new templates where you have specific requirements for the behavior/look and feel of your application. And finally, any product is only as good as the vendor's support and vision. MRC provides phenomenal training, support, and professional services when you don't have the internal resources. Their rates are incredibly reasonable. Their goal is always to have you pick up long-term maintenance for anything they develop. They are not in the business of trying to milk you on professional services and support. And their product enhancement is driven by what their customers are asking for and need. When looking to develop any application, mPower should be considered as an option. It checks all the boxes. It is difficult to identify anything I don't like. Certainly, there are additional features and capabilities that I would like to see in mPower, but to date, there is nothing that we haven't been able to accomplish with mPower. As we develop boilerplate customizations, we pass those on to MRC as options for inclusion as part of the standard environment. We originally found mPower when we were looking for an easy-to-use, secure way to deliver forms and database maintenance to our remote users. Our data is stored in an on-premise SQL Server database. We needed a way to give remote users secure and robust access to the data through browser-based applications without opening access to our network. The solution needed to be cost-effective and easy for business owners to build/deliver an application in a day or less. mPower was perfect. Then we realized the true strength of mPower and in the first 6 months of using mPower, we built and delivered: Targeted CRM package for our fleet management group; Lease management system; Licenses and permits management system; Maintenance system for accounting reference tables; Environmental health and safety monthly compliant checklist for 240 service centers; Loyalty customer app for mobile devices; Uniform ordering, tracking, and management system; Application to identify mismatches between vendor invoices and receipt of material information; and several utility applications for our employees in the field. We have realized significant improvement in employee productivity using these systems as well as access to new data points to improve analytics and business decisions.

  • Nolan R.Programmer Analyst
    Review
    4.5

    1) With just a few clicks, you have a fully functional and interactive web interface, but you can also go further and implement custom HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Business Rules, and External Object calls to Java/RPG/SQL... At first you may feel a little restricted by the m-Power development environment, but you will soon realize that the sky is the limit in terms of custom design and development. 2) The built in user-role and application security features make it very easy to deploy your applications to end-users while limiting access to only designated users or groups. 3) MRC does a great job at supporting their product. Their documentation and FAQ pages are very helpful and they are very quick to respond to service requests. They also release updates to their software on a regular basis - constantly improving the developer and end-user experience. 1) I sometimes feel hindered by the table-selection process in the app development flow. I wish there was a better/more maintainable way to start with a SQL statement rather than going through the GUI to select tables, fields, key fields, sort order... It IS possible to override the default SQL statement that m-Power generates in the end, but I wouldn't recommend doing that on a regular basis. 2) m-Power does have a built in documentation feature that can be used to document your own apps & projects, but it isn't very well integrated with the application build process. You have to jump out of the development screens to view/update documentation, and then find you back to the app you were working on after you are done with the documentation - making it a bit out-of-sight-out-of-mind. 3) Multi-tasking can be a little frustrating in the m-Power IDE. Working on multiple apps at the same time, or just referring to app A while configuring app B requires you to log in again using a different browser or separate incognito window. It can't be done via multiple tabs in the same browser window. Before going all-in with m-Power for our application modernization, we evaluated some other "Rapid Application Development" competitors. The fact that m-Power was the only one that also provided user-role and application security features built in made it a no-brainier. Other options would have required way more time and probably additional staff to "stand-up" a fully functioning and secure intranet/internet homepage. Any "dislikes" I have with m-Power are a minor price to pay considering how quickly we are able to develop and deploy fully functional web based applications. We are using m-Power to modernize a 20+ year old RPG/Green-Screen ERP system. m-Power allows us to quickly rethink and truly rebuild existing applications (with a small team of developers) vs other solutions that promote screen scraping and re-use of existing legacy code. In my opinion, the biggest benefit of m-Power is that it gives us the ability to build and maintain thousands of applications along with an intranet site to serve them all up with a team of 2 - 3 developers.

  • Holly L.Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
    Review
    5.0

    Allows i-series newbies to get the data they need in more accessible user friendly reports. We started using M-Power as a CRM tool for our Sales Team because our 3rd party was costing us too much to update every time we changed something in our database and taking a long time to update. Once other departments started seeing the success of sales team and these user friendly reports, they also wanted their reporting done in M-Power. It allows users easier search features, ability to access info from wherever they are on multiple devices. From a newbie developer point of view, the FAQs, documentation and support team have been very helpful. We have also benefited from multiple custom consulting projects with MRC. I wish they would have more how-to video examples. They do have some, but I think more real -world examples and show the whole build process of different projects would be helpful. More videos on using freemarker would be helpful. I wish they would have a few more built-in sql functions added to their custom calculations features. When you first start, I highly recommend doing a mentor build with them and build one or 2 projects together, that really helped us get started off on the right foot. Then you learn some tips and tricks and best practice methods. We have tons of data that we weren't using because it was inaccessible or our small team was unable to get to before or we were waiting on 3rd companies to update our crm when we made database changes. Now we can keep that all in-house and get those changes quickly updated for our end users. Has allowed us to more quickly create reports without having to know rpg for i-series. When they added the period-analysis feature that really helped speed up development. Now we are working on implementing more users in other departments for ease of access and so they can self-service the data they need.

GetApp
5.0
Top Comments by GetApp
Positive Comments
  • Jake C.Internet
    Review
    5.0

    Time-saver, excellent organization tool, and the web access interface is phenomenal. I highly recommend you give it a try if it suites your needs.
    Easy, headache-free way to manage your projects. Implementation and onboarding/training for users is a breeze. The web-browser interface is phenomenal.
    It might not be the world's most intuitive software, but the type of users we on-boarded aren't exactly tech geniuses either, I can't really think of any major cons so I had to mention something.

Negative Comments
  • Jake C.Internet
    Review
    5.0

    Time-saver, excellent organization tool, and the web access interface is phenomenal. I highly recommend you give it a try if it suites your needs.
    Easy, headache-free way to manage your projects. Implementation and onboarding/training for users is a breeze. The web-browser interface is phenomenal.
    It might not be the world's most intuitive software, but the type of users we on-boarded aren't exactly tech geniuses either, I can't really think of any major cons so I had to mention something.