A Newton Aycliffe tech firm is looking to expand into more international markets after building a reputation for saving businesses time and money.
Excelpoint held one of their regular Knowledge Transfer events for its clients at its HQ on Aycliffe Business Park.
The event was extremely well attended, with people from across the country representing SMEs and larger businesses engaging in valuable discussions.
Excelpoint already boasts a wide-ranging and satisfied client base.
It works with bigger organisations such as National Air Traffic Services, Kaefer, Anglian Water, NHS Trusts, local authorities, EDF, Minova and Copenhagen Infrastructure Services Corporation (CISC). As well as smaller companies such as Recruitrite, Reheat, Supportive and BA Joinery.
But there is no danger Excelpoint will be standing still after almost 20 years of producing software solutions.
CEO Ian Brown said: “What we are proud of is that those big business customers, we don’t lose them. They love what we do, they expand on what we do for them and that is testament to what we deliver.
“We already have international customers but we are now strategically planning for further growth because it was something we wanted to do a couple of years ago before the pandemic scuppered some of our activity.”
The ‘no-code’ software Excelpoint builds is already being used in parts of Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.
The recent Knowledge Transfer Forum, held at its base in The Work Place on Heighington Lane, has attracted interest from the Netherlands and expectations are high that numbers will grow.
Ian said: “We had one in October when people from Cumbria and Lincolnshire were among those there, as well as a broad range of sectors. They all came to understand where we are taking our technology.
“We also heard what customers have done with tech, they talked amongst themselves and we talked too.
“It is an interactive, cross fertilisation of ideas to discuss the challenges everyone faces.”
Ian was one of the founders of Excelpoint when it became a no-code platform in early 2003.
In a world of constant change, it has developed its offering to help businesses become more efficient and secure regardless of the size.
Ian said: “We build a piece of software that, out-of-the-box, is designed to suit all kinds of systems and needs.
“Very commonly some use CRM, project management and ERP packages and we provide those. Other less common examples include methods of operation for air traffic control, the prevention of suicide or assisting the rehabilitation of prison offenders.
“Our no-code software delivers a solution to your problem roughly ten times faster than conventional methods and with far less people involved internally. That is very attractive because time to market, time to implement, or ability to pivot the organisation can be massively important.”
For those who don’t know what no-code is, Ian said: “I have likened it to the NHS. The NHS is free at the point of use. Clearly the NHS costs billions, but is free to the end user.
“Our software platform has millions of lines of code in it, developed by a team and adapted constantly. At the point our users use the platform they don’t need to write a single line of code, don’t need to be able to program, and don’t need to understand a technical environment. They can operate it like a layman, just by using drag and drop and point and click techniques..
“It can clearly benefit your company. Time to objective is much shorter. We have many examples of it being ten times faster, but we have examples where it is hundreds of times faster – and time costs.”