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What is BILDR?

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BILDR gives entrepreneurs and developers the ability to create full-stack web applications with or without code. Publish instantly. No setup. No provisioning. No nonsense. Skip the clickable prototype stage for rapid interactive access to your MVP with real data. Coders can repurpose their existing libraries in the BILDR environment for use by non-coders. BILDR APIs enable easy interoperability with IT systems. Sign-up today at bildr.com to be in our BILDR private preview.

 

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Keeping up on news BILDR

As we near the early preview release of our public version of BILDR.com we have begun posting updates on a newly minted Twitter account @BILDRapps.  Please follow for the up to the minute news. In particular to sign up here to receive news updates on BILDR via email.

Here is a summary of recent news:

BILDR is hosting a Happy hour at Capital Factory February 24th. We’re are looking forward to meeting so many like-minded developers and entrepreneurs.

We are going to be at SXSW 2017. Mark Magnuson CTO and Tom Parish at SXSW 2017 panel with Julie Shannan with Girlstart.org. The title of our panel is: Should Citizens be allowed to Code“.

Be sure to put us on your list of panels to see us Saturday, March 11 at the JW Marriott Room 303-304.

We are going to dive into the topic of no-code programming:

There will be winners and losers in the near future as programming tools remove the drudgery of writing lines of code to create web applications. Already we have a plethora of tools to create websites without writing HTML, CSS, and Javascript. New advances in low-code/no-code development environments are simplifying the difficult, error-prone, time-consuming, and expensive process of coding. We will explore the impact of these monumental improvements in “full stack” software-development environments and the necessary change in thinking when solving problems from a higher-level perspective for both experienced and less-experienced programmers.

New advances in low-code/no-code development environments are simplifying the difficult, error-prone, time-consuming, and expensive process of coding. We will explore the impact of these monumental improvements in “full stack” software-development environments and the necessary change in thinking when solving problems from a higher-level perspective for both experienced and less-experienced programmers.

We will explore the impact of these monumental improvements in “full stack” software-development environments and the necessary change in thinking when solving problems from a higher-level perspective for both experienced and less-experienced programmers.

Here are the three primary questions to answer though we’re leaving a room for many questions:

  1. What are the opinions and truths about the no-code application development trend?
  2. Who benefits from building applications with tools that do not require writing lines of code, and how does this impact business growth?
  3. If no-code programming continues to grow and evolve, what might be possible for a wider range of social, economic, and gender perspectives?

Have a question about BILDR, looking for an opportunity to get an interview, let me know – Tom Parish – 512-782-4814.  We’re here to help.

 

Congratulations to Concepture’s Mark Magnuson awarded Innotech CTO of the year for 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas November 30, 2016 – With thousands of IT professionals now working and living in Austin, those making a positive economic impact received public recognition.  InnoTech, the region’s largest IT & innovation technology conference, recognized and awarded the best and the brightest in the field of Information Technology on Thursday, November 17, and our very own Mark Magnuson, CTO, was awarded the top honor – CTO of the Year for Austin.

“I believe this award embodies the spirit of Austin’s growing technology community and those people and organizations making a difference,” says InnoTech Executive Director Sean Lowery of the IT Executive of the Year Award.

As co-founder of Austin-based Concepture, Inc., Mark serves the company as its CTO and is a member of the Board of Directors.  Mark has led the company’s software development team through 10 years of continuous enhancement of Concepture’s no-code software development environment.  This environment, named “BILDR”, has been used to deliver web-based, enterprise-scale solutions in many markets, including retail, manufacturing, and healthcare, among others.  Mark has worked on more than 150 customer projects, including serving as the lead architect of enterprise systems for large clients, such as a leading (130-plus store) retailer in Australia, and a top-five worldwide (4000-plus store) retailer in the USA.

“The BILDR framework, which is scheduled to be released to beta in the coming months, can be used by designers, developers, and agencies to rapidly build any web-based software, including business applications, social networks, marketplaces, full end-to-end CRM and ERP suites, as well as HIPAA-compliant healthcare applications such as EHR and EMR suites, and more – all with responsive mobile access,” said Tim Magnuson, CEO of Concepture.

Based in Austin, Texas, Concepture is the creator of BILDR, an advanced software technology framework that allows designers, developers, and agencies to rapidly create full-stack web applications using an easy-to-use drag & drop interface, without writing a single line of code. In addition, coders can easily wrap their custom code in BILDR APIs for use by non-coders within the BILDR framework.  Concepture has been developing and using the BILDR framework as an internal toolset and is gearing up to release it to be used by the public.  Stay in touch for exciting news about its release by signing up at www.bildr.com.

Tom Parish, Concepture VP Marketing
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Concepture selected as a finalist for Austin Inno’s 50 on Fire

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Concepture was recently selected as a finalist for Austin Inno’s “50 on Fire” technology companies.  “50 on Fire” celebrates visionary teams across Austin’s top industries and recognizes inventors, disruptors, luminaries and newsmakers.  The winners will be announced at an event in Austin on December 7th.   We’re excited and honored to have been nominated!
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Concepture Chosen by Bridge Purchasing System to Build Revolutionary B2B Purchasing System

Austin, TX – Monday, October 21, 2016.  Concepture, Inc., an Austin, Texas based software technology leader was chosen by Bridge Purchasing System, LLC to rapidly deliver a business to business platform that is designed to be the future model for all B2B and employee purchasing programs.

On-boarding of new clients began immediately, only three weeks after Concepture began work on the custom web-based system.  To meet the demanding time-line, Bridge Purchasing System leveraged Concepture’s hyper-agile development framework called BILDR to provide the targeted market solution.

“We went from Zero to Transaction in a matter of weeks and our time-frame would have been impossible to meet without using Concepture’s amazing BILDR no-code application development framework,” said Bridge Purchasing System CEO, Ken Erickson.

Bridge’s new business-to-business purchasing system, with online sign up at www.bridgemart.com, makes it easy for businesses and government agencies to save money by allowing their employees to directly purchase products using company-issued electronic (or plastic) gift cards, including products such as:

  • Safety products
  • Eyewear and safety eyewear
  • Vision plans for all insurance providers
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)

Signing up with Bridge Purchasing System enables a company to benefit from very competitive low pricing, and allows the company to eliminate all of the cost and hassle of reimbursement, OSHA and other compliance reporting.

“Concepture was honored to be selected by Bridge Purchasing System to deliver this new technology solution.  Our BILDR framework, which is scheduled to be released to beta in the coming months, can be used by designers, developers and agencies to rapidly build any web-based software, including business applications, social networks, marketplaces, full end-to-end CRM and ERP suites, as well as HIPAA-compliant healthcare applications such as EHR and EMR suites and more – all with responsive mobile access,” said Tim Magnuson, CEO of Concepture.

About Concepture’s BILDR framework

Based in Austin, TX, Concepture is the creator of BILDR, an advanced software technology framework that allows designers, developers and agencies to rapidly create full-stack web applications using an easy-to-use drag & drop interface, without writing a single line of code. In addition, coders can easily wrap their custom code in BILDR APIs for use within the BILDR framework. Over the last decade, Concepture has used the BILDR framework to build and deploy complex web-based applications in many markets including retail, manufacturing, service and healthcare, among others.  Concepture has been developing and using the BILDR framework as an internal toolset and is gearing up to release it to be used by the public.  Stay in touch for exciting news about its release by signing up at www.bildr.com.

Web Applications at the Speed of Need

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UPDATE: It’s official! Concepture will see you at SXSW 2017 participating in the session “Should Citizens be Allowed to Code?”  For more info visit: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP60745

 

The new trend emerging in software development is called “no-code” or “low-code” software development, making it possible to create full-stack, web-based applications with no or minimal coding. Instead, applications are “configured” by selecting options on standard objects, rather than writing code. In fact, no-code development environments can empower a single configurator – versus an entire team of front-end, middleware, and backend developers – to create cloud-based, database-driven applications with both web and mobile interfaces. Startups needing to rapidly and economically create an MVP are using no-code application development platforms today, as are large enterprises which want to create a new competitive edge for their businesses through digital transformation of their internal processes.

I predict that in less than 10 years the majority of applications will be designed, developed, deployed, and maintained using no-code environments.

The first response to hearing about no-code or low-code software is often, “Oh, yes, we’ve all heard of that in the past, but it never worked.” It’s true that earlier attempts created bloated code and the platforms were not very extendable. You could spend a lot of your time programming around the problems of the platform, losing any gain in overall productivity. But now, new solutions have emerged from a variety of vendors that provide a more comprehensive, cloud-enabled platform to rapidly build full-stack web applications for the majority of the application, without writing and debugging lines of code. These frameworks also provide full flexibility for you to extend upon the base, while ensuring any custom code you write is wrapped in APIs to sufficiently make the new code become part of the corps of re-usable, configurable objects. This includes the ability to easily extend the platform for specific uses by integrating and leveraging reusable code libraries from previous projects.

IT’s struggle to keep up with the demand for different types of applications is felt most profoundly by rapidly growing companies in periods of fast expansion with evolving business processes. Compounding this issue is that true digital transformation requires connecting disparate islands of applications with silos of data. This is critical to ensure that the application can enable stakeholders with actionable insights based on accurate, real-time data across different departments and geographies to drive better decision-making.

Companies are awash in ad hoc workflows and processes spread across departments that have evolved from diverse IT systems installed at different times, and these systems often exist in different data clouds that don’t talk with each other. Furthermore, valuable day-to-day information is resident in spreadsheets and, all too often, email accounts. Businesses are demanding a way to approach digital transformation to connect disparate islands of applications with silos of data – easily and quickly.

If one adopts the approach of “fail fast and iterate rapidly,” how does one quickly create a web application to test out an idea without hiring a team of full-stack software developers with an array of specialized talent – front end developers, middleware, and backend database gurus – each required to have highly specific coding experience? Additionally, creating web applications rapidly now means doing so in hours to days, not weeks that drag into months.

No-code development platform tools are run on industry-standard cloud infrastructure and provide self-service and instant provisioning, auto-scaling, plus security, compliance, and management features. No-code application development tools provide a way for you – someone who does not write code but is uniquely familiar with the intricacies of your internal business processes – to easily create an application without writing a detailed specification. Instead of spending weeks, if not months, carefully defining every aspect of an application in advance, you are now able to test out the general idea over a short period of time and determine the potential value of a new application – before spending too much of your IT budget.

One specific example of this kind of toolset is the BILDR framework which has been in use by Concepture.com on hundreds of web-based applications over the last 10 years. Using a drag-and-drop interface, the BILDR framework automatically builds the tables, columns, dependencies, schemas, web services, and all other foundational items for your custom web application. BILDR connects to any third-party data and legacy systems using the framework’s automatic API builder, further reducing the need for writing and debugging custom code solutions every time.

Concepture.com plans to make BILDR available in early 2017 so that any startup or large enterprise can benefit from using no-code application development processes in their IT departments or as a stand-alone development tool.

At this point in the conversation, the question often arises: “What happens to traditional programmers?” The answer is that they will be needed as much as ever. The need for programmers is increasing, not decreasing, as non-coders begin to create applications as well. Programmers with deep full-stack development expertise will be needed to code new reusable objects for no-code configurators to use. With no-code tools becoming more sophisticated and easier to use by removing the need to learn to code syntax, programmers can think about problem-solving from a higher level of abstraction. In addition, programmers will be able to share or sell their existing code libraries to non-coders, who will use those unique libraries as they configure in a no-code environment.

The more we explore the impact of this no-code trend, we see how programmers will benefit from increased opportunities to work with less-experienced configurators using no-code development platforms. We see this being the way of the future, and it means that everyone benefits.

Tom Parish, VP Marketing. Availability of BILDR is expected in early 2017, for companies from large enterprises to startups, offering them the most advanced, no-code application development framework in the industry.