Applix bolsters its user community with a cache of new applications, development tools, and tips; one analyst says Applix On-Demand could become a SaaS offering of its own.
Posted Oct 4, 2007
Business performance management (BPM) and analytics software solutions provider Applix on Monday announced the launch of Applix On-Demand (AOD), an online repository of customizable solutions for the Applix user community. Applix On-Demand provides customers and partners immediate access to tools, interfaces, and applications specifically designed to support integrated BPM and expand the flexibility of the Applix platform, according to the company.
The announcement comes approximately one month after business intelligence player Cognos announced plans to buy Applix for $339 million. The introduction of Applix On-Demand could fortify the already-strong Applix user community (some 3,000 customers) and possibly influence Cognos' choice of whether to fully absorb Applix or maintain it as its own brand within the Cognos family.
Applix says its service offers customers greater flexibility and scalability, enabling its platform to reach more users within an organization. The company also claims that the templates and solutions available on AOD require fewer resources and provide a real-time, reconfigurable view into an organization's financial and operational reporting and analytics.
"Applix On-Demand puts the business user in charge, reducing the cost and need for IT involvement while providing a 'lens' that allows for a deeper view into an individual department or the entire business," said Ben Plummer, senior vice president of marketing and strategic alliances at Applix, in a statement. "Responding to the increased demand of our customers and partners for these modules, this new service will facilitate greater business agility and continue to address the increasing complexity of organizations with a streamlined corporate asset."
AOD comprises three sections:
Following this initial rollout, Applix will continue to offer customers and partners updated solutions and modules to further build out the repository.
- Resources: includes a trio of centers for administrators, subscribers, and customers;
- Community: includes on-demand blogs for keeping up with news and developments, forums for discussion, feedback, and, in the future, the Applix Wiki; and
- Live Demos: includes walkthroughs of various Applix capabilities.
The Resources section's three centers are:
"Applix On-Demand provides Applix's user community with the convenience of leveraging general best practices templates and the capability to tailor them to meet their organizations' specific needs," said Dan Vesset, program vice president of IDC's business analytics research, in a statement. "Not only does AOD help Applix users to jump-start their business analytics projects, but it has also the potential to evolve over time into a software-as-a-service offering."
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- Developer Center: Provides administrators with tools to solve common development and maintenance needs, and to contribute their own tips and techniques for optimizing the capabilities of the Applix platform;
- Solution Center: Provides subscribers with sample solutions across a variety of industries and functional areas; and
- Application Center: Provides Applix customers with a venue for exploring Applix and third-party products built on the Applix Platform, including add-in technology components and specialized functional applications.