Flexibase
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BUSINESS & SOCIAL APPLICATION FRAMEWORK

Why Flexibase ?

You're looking for an application that has at least these features

  • Rapid deployment of integrated web based portals and CMS
  • Regularly security penetration tested
  • External system integration through modern API
  • Re-usable open source components
  • Contemporary Responsive user interface
  • Extensible and modular framework
  • Built-in Markdown processor
  • Training and development services included

You need at least some of the following benefits:

  • Robust and predictable development and implementation
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  • No vendor lock-in or license fees
  • Security checked out-of-the-box
  • Provides joined-up view of organisational data across systems
  • Accessible to users of all levels
  • Designed to fit the exact customer need
  • Professional implementation services
  • In-house or external development and support options
  • Flexible hosting options – on-site, cloud, 3rd party

What is Flexibase ?

Flexibase is the name given to the OpusVL application framework originally created by Stuart Mackintosh. This framework has traversed different underlying technologies throughout its history from its initial inception in 1999. Each time the technology layer or implementation undergo a major change, the major version is updated. Throughout is evolution, Flexibase has always been based on Perl technology.

Flexibase encompasses real world experience and customer need with best methods to deliver. Recent changes have enabled a greater modularity to be achieved providing more commonality for the core modules and greater flexibility in the client specific modules. This has also enabled a rapid deployment of the base system and fast customer specific module creation.

The underlying broad capability of the Perl language provides pre-built interfaces and routines for most requirements which focuses bespoke development work where it adds most value to the client need.

What modules make Flexibase ?

At it's core, the application is made up of the following modules:

  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Document Management System
  • SMS module
  • Capability Matrix
  • OpenERP OOM

These modules can be extended, new one can be added so new functionality can be created.

How to play with Flexibase ?

Start with the demo application on GitHub at https://github.com/OpusVL/FB11-Demo.

What Industries and Activities has Flexibase it been implemented?

  • Central business functions
  • Estate Agents
  • ISP Management
  • Vouchers, tokens, gift cards
  • Motor vehicle trade
  • Retail / ecommerce
  • Financials
  • Direct debit / billing
  • Stock management
  • Virtual offices
  • “White label” interfaces
  • Call centre / virtual office
  • Business process engineering
  • Workflow management
  • 3rd party SaaS / API integration
  • Network management
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Order management

Historical timeline of the Flexibase ecosystem

  • v1

  • 1999

    February

    The first iteration of Flexibase was created including:

    • Base technology: Minivend 3
    • Online ecommerce
    • Real estate agency demo website and application
  • v4

  • 2002

    March

    The fourth iteration of Flexibase was released including important changes to its core and new functionality:

    • Base technology: Interchange 4
    • Large news applications
    • Story telling dashboards
  • v5

  • 2005

    April

    The fifth iteration of Flexibase was released with more features and benefits:

    • Base technology: Interchange 4
    • Domain hosting / e-commerce application
    • Accounting and Invoincing
    • Training and Education
  • v6

  • 2005

    April

    The sixth iteration of Flexibase was released with core changes maintaining the same functionality:

    • Base technology: Mason
    • Domain hosting / e-commerce application
    • Basic accounting
    • Training and Education
  • v10

  • 2010

    March

    The 10th iteration of Flexibase begins development:

    • Base technology: Catalyst
  • 2010

    August

    The 10th iteration of Flexibase is released:

    • First project is an intranet integration
  • 2012

    June - September

    • Integration and certification with SVS
    • Gift cards integration
    • Platform security audited by NGS Secure (Now NCC)
    • Token Processor development
    • Loyalty system development
  • 2013

    January - April

    • Token Processor integration
    • E-commerce imrpovements
    • Loyalty system integration
  • 2014

    January - July

    • Platform security audited
    • Upgrade and update existing projects to the new verion of Flexibase
  • v11

  • 2015

    January - July

    • Development of version 11 started
  • 2016

    April

    • Flexibase.io website launched
    • Flexibase officialy becomes Open Source
    • Development of version 11 continues with new chalanges ahead
  • 2017

    July - October

    • Version 11 released
    • New deployments of Flexibase CMS platform in multi-site environments
    • Launch of Flexibase-powered Timed Auction system
  • present

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