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What is Progress OpenEdge?

OpenEdge 12 provides the performance, availability, agility and security you need to facilitate your application evolution effort. Read about the exceptional enhancements and new features in OpenEdge 12 that will help you easily pivot to meet market demands, scale the application as your business requires, and dramatically improve performance, allowing the organization to accelerate time to market, increase efficiencies, save expenses, increase availability and continue to compete effectively.

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Product Description

Progress OpenEdge 12.1 continues the drive for high availability, boosts in performance and increase in developer productivity.


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Progress
Ownership
NASDAQ:PRGS
Company Website
Phone
1-888-365-2779
Year Founded
1981
HQ Location
Bedford, MA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$413
Twitter
@ProgressSW
53,041 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
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3,082 employees on LinkedIn®

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Software Development Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
VP Technology
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I have utilized the Progress OpenEdge platform within many large and medium size corporations over the past three decades and it has been, by far, the most robust, cost effective and enduring environments I have experienced. While other platforms require frequent (costly) migrations to stay abreast of their technologies, Progress Software has continued to deliver a consistent progressive software platform that retains backward compatibility while being able to take advantage of new innovations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While the Progress OpenEdge environment is used worldwide, the size of the company compared to the Microsofts of the world sometimes makes it difficult for companies to "justify" its adoption. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When our consultancy delivers a Progress OpenEdge solution to our clients, we have the confidence in knowing that it will endure for years without any major rewrites required by the deprecation experienced in many other platforms. The robustness and productivity of the OpenEdge Advanced Business Logic (ABL) enables our developers to really focus on the the encapsulation of the required business rules as opposed to being caught up in coding lower level syntax. Additionally, the OpenEdge applications run under Windows, Unix and Linux environments with minimal development concerns. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OpenEdge has the good tools to be productive for developing business software. Its ascendant compatibility makes it good for durable software. It has also all the tools to develop modern software, a performant application server (Pacific) and integration with the latest technologies.

The RDBMS has nothing to envy to more known ones; furthermore it does not need a DBA constantly monitoring it. You can often forget the database for years without the need of one.

Also the ABL language (like stored procedures in SQL or the old SQL*Forms, but updated to more modern standards) is quite easy to learn for newcomers in the team, provided they are a bit curious. On the other side it allows for complex things, has (almost) all the modern object oriented support you need. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Being quite a little "niche", there is not the same amount of documentation, tutorials or feedback to be found on internet as some concurrent technologies have.

Nor are there many libraries you can choose from (apart some open source, and a few commercial solutions like pdfInclude - equivalent to iText for Java - to generate pdf files), not many pure ALB solutions are available, making the integration of 3rd party libraries sometimes cumbersome.

This makes the discovery of new functionality a bit difficult sometimes. But this is covered by a good technical support. Also the OpenEdge ABL virtual machine lacks the performance of some competitors, which only shows in algorithm intensive processes (the database having a very good performance).

Finally I find it a pity they have moved their GUI stuff to maintenance mode, which pushes us to the web or .Net frontends, thus making necessary to have more skills in the same team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are maintaining some applications deployed worldwide, having a long history, and still on the edge to this day. We are also developing new ones, with the latest technologies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Its an all in one package where you can use Openedge database with 4gl programming to create/build your application. The Openedge RDBMS provides excellent performance and is easier to manage.

The RDBMS is as comparable to Oracle database as I worked on both.

The Progerss 4gl programming language is easier to learn and can be used to develop real world financial and manufacturing application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Openedge RDBMS although comparable to Oracle didn't get its desired market share and still is a niche technology.

In terms of technology Progress took time to make OpenEdge database product to be at par with Oracle RDBMS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for financial applications and manufacturing ERP to provide customer a robust ERP solution.

We used Openedge replication tool to create a real time Disaster recovery and found this product very useful setting up stand-by server for disaster recovery.

Progress Webspeed is used to enable 4gl and Openedge database for web based applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Openedge in itself is a complete package. You can build a fully functional application with JUST the openedge. It works well with the other technologies, In one of the scenarios, we wanted to imtegrate the google calender in out application itself, So that the drivers are able to view/update/delete their appointments easily from the application itself. They do not have to log in to there google account to do so. Initially we thought this is going to be a complicated task, but after some research it came out to be a farily simple task. And the drivers appriciated this solution as it turned out to be a time saver and effecient solution for them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The integration with other technologies should be a bit smooth. That beging said, it does not mean that you can not integrate it with other technologies. Its just that it requires more efforts as compared to its counterparts, e.g Oracle SQL etc.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I fully recommend openedge, It is fully scalable, robust and interoperable. It can help business acheive heights. With the help of openedge, My client generated greater revenue. Since the nature of business is trucking, It helped country in the pandemic as well. The support received from Openedge in these difficult time is exceptional. They helped their client in every possible way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently we are working on a trucking solution, which involves right from order entry to order dispatch, transit and delivery modules.

As a benefit, The openedge is able to query the huge amount of data in less time. It is pretty much robust. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Academic Project Supervisor
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

4GL and aeasy to code and can develop products easily. It was the very first languag that I enterned the carrier as a software engineer and it has helped me to master the basics and to learn more advanced coding techniques with Openedge. OpenEdge is a powerful framework for building CRUD application. The core ABL (OpenEdge language) is different enough a language from the mainstream to be interesting for an inquisitive programmer and for your bosses arguments for everyone to understand where the others are coming from to make sense. It is never a bad idea to learn new (and different!) languages. It keeps the mind working and teaches you concepts that might not be available in your language. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Licensing is a bit pricy for small business to make useful especially for the asian countries so if we can get it for a reduced price it has a very higher chnge of getting more famous Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Banking and Finance(Loan,Savings,Higher purchase )

CRM Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Development Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Openedge is a very friendly language, easy to follow and understand yet powerful with a fast and efficient 4GL database. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Since the release of classroom editions it has opened it's doors to a wider audience, it's a shame it took so long for this to happen but is a welcome addition to those wishing to learn the language. A more diverse training regime including more YouTube or social media outlets for learning would be a welcome addition. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the classroom edition and speak with existing user in the OpenEdge community, always best to ask those that use the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Within the retail sector, we use OpenEdge to solve a wide and diverse range of problems, from simple reporting to more complex solutions to automate the business in the face of the Covid19 pandemic. OpenEdge has proved invaluable in facilitating this transition without too many hurdles, allowing us to react fast to resolve issues surrounding working from home and reporting by email. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineeer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

It handles the transactions, locks, concurrent user, large-volume of data without bothering the developer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- The outdated Interface it had provided.

- Compiling everything even after a small DB change

- not being able to do DB hot fixes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have heavily used its amazing capabilities of handling large amount of data and concurrent users in a large ERP system. When I do my coding I have to consider only the customer requirement and the program solution for it. OpenEdge manages the rest of the things behind the seen.

If you have properly set up and managed your DB server environment it can handle any amount of data volume and retrieve them in milliseconds.

The OpenEdge ABL gives you freedom to write your business logic in simple ways. Therefore you can focus on the solution without researching how to write it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Not much competition, you might get the package you ask Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not many opportunities are there, many are working on outdated versions.

People don't make use of Progress the way it should be. After a while you might feel you're doing a monotonous job as there are many companies who are not using WebSpeed though you might get WebServices to be used in few companies Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For those who got offers to work on Progress, you can take that if you are staying in South India but might to grasp some other technology also if you want to explore IT more Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have normally worked on code that needs queries like for each or find first only, but sometimes got chance to get used to WebServices but it was like most of code is already present and I need to make use of that same approach, nothing new Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Progress OpenEdge is a fourth generation programming language which can be used to access database queries with your business logic. Plus the Object Orient functionality enables the smooth and well structured programming. It has every functionality needed for software development built in. Plus with additional products of progress, we can build fully fledged software systems when needed.

The query language is quite simple and more close to the human language therefore making it easy for users to build even complex queries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Less community and support. Unlike the other programming languages, Progress OpenEdge has very small community and it

is rather difficult to find solutions without calling Progress Support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Progress OpenEdge is a high level programming language with latest technical capabilities like Object Oriented development, proDatasets, Database Administration, REST servers in built and so on. This is a highly reliable development platform for critical and high volume data processing. I have been using Progress products since 2012 and I started working on it with Progress 4GL 10.2b. I developed number of applications in large scale (i.e. finance, logistics, production processing and Enterprice resource management) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Accessing database queries within the business logic makes it rather easy for back end development.

2. Well structured Object Oriented concepts are highly efficient

3. Pro datasets, temp tables, design structures, inbuilt REST servers are very useful for architectural design

4. Transactions, rollback functions, error handling is very successful in development

5. Data recovery, replication, disaster management, real time data replication

6. Low code programming

7. in built REST API Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The OpenEdge team tries it's damned hardest to stay relevant despite the product being both proprietary and relative nobodies. You have to love that kind of Moxie.

That said, they are very good at keeping up to date with the needs of the modern business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing I dislike, per se. In fact, Progress OpenEdge has made it easy to use a very modern tech-stack, but the price definitely makes it a hard product to argue for with the management. Since ABL is proprietary, regardless of it's own strengths, you're naturally going to have programmers with zero experience, let alone awareness of the language. That's a LOT of barrier to entry. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Progress had previously been chosen partly because it was the tech-stack that built the accounting software our company chose. Aside from staying in the eco-system, the best benefit of ABL is simply having a language so close to the DB. And, though we're shifting our tech-stack now, we can't deny that it was also easier to share with Project Managers and have them understand it in it's "business logic turned programming language" way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's architecture - very simple to understand and implement. English like query language for database.

Continuous improvements in technology by introducing new features with upgrades to support stand alone, web and cloud applications.

OpenEdge Explore - Powerful tool to manage all the application, data and web servers from UI.

Supports online schema changes to database. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Limited documentation and community to find the solutions like other languages. One can get support and knowledge about features but has to write solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working on Progress applications of Healthcare and Insurance domain to manage their complex database and business transaction. We solve the client's business problems related to enhancements to their application for integration, development and deployment. Tools available for development i.e. Development Studio, OpenEdge explorer makes it easy to develop and deploy the applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I liked a lot that the Database and the language coexist on the same IDE, you don't need to open third party IDE for Database and programming, also, as how it has evolved, it doesn't have anything to envy to the most used languages as java since it has been adding new features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The graphic interface for the Database features, if I need to choose, I prefer using code than the graphic interface Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a try, is something you need to try before you can make your mind to use it or not Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I was working with it, it was like any other language, I consumes web services, and created enterprise software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Junior Analyst/ Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Progress is very user friendly and easy to use alot of code is automatic and there’s multiple key words to help accomplish what you’re trying to achieve in a more efficient manner Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Although most cases it’s easy to spot a mistake sometimes when coming across a syntax errror progress will tell you the mistake is somewhere in the program instead of telling you the specific line Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great substitute for oracle Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It’s easy to maintain a database from a busi Point of view and easy to add new changes to the databe without it completely falling over Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

4GL query is the best part and other simple functions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is different from other programming languages so it's less likely helpful when you write a query in other languages. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm writing SOAP services and I needed an asynchronous method that returns a response immediately after receiving a request. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Programming language in itself is easy to learn and is actually quite nice. It is backward compatible and pretty stable most of the time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are a couple of things that can be better:

1. Web based Db management console instead of old GUI data dictionary tool

2. Progress tools are not easily available to developers. So there are hardly any new people learning progress.

3. License costs for development should be free (or atleast reasonable). We (developers) can promote the progress product to our clients if we can use them easily. We recently had a situation where we needed corticon license for development and it is way too costly for us as a developer.

4. Very limited documents and tutorials. This makes it harder to try out new tools available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is actually nice tool for general application development. These days it is also possible to develop modern web application using progress and popular web frontend like ReactJS, Angular etc Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Easy to learn and very standardised. Not a lot of low-level coding required. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike, more about limitations. Multiple layers in the libraries can impact of processing speeds.

Not a lot of people know about Progress/OpenEdge, hence its strength is not well known. Hence becomes a niche skill.

Not easily enable transferring skills to a non-Progress platform, as the market lack understanding of one's Progress skillset Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great product to work with. Organisations considering OpenEdge will need to consider, how well the OpenEdge product will need to integrate with non-OpenEdge products.

Also, being aware of the lack of widely available resources with the skillset Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not currently working with Progress OpenEdge, due to lack of work available for this skill set Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Core Systems Team Leader
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The Database is super reliable and just keeps on going with little in the way of tweaking and maintenance once setup correctly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Because it is fairly niche there is not as much information out there in terms of support and guides. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Openedge is a reliable self contained application development environment that can be scaled for enterprise level system with rapid application development at its heart. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have all our key business applications powered by the Openedge database and appllication server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

ABL. Query language. Database Performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The product is bit costly. Documentation of it was not straight forward. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's good tool to right ERP applications. I have been mostly using old features of Openedge which uses the procedural programs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

A complete manufacturing segment enterprise business friendly RDBMS for a successful completion of the business cycle of a product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Required 100% correct implementation of an operating environment to achieve the business targets. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Performance enhancement by study and took the appropriate action in the business environment & Operating Systems and database parameters values. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Support Cloud, web services, SSO, Web and desktop all type of applcations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Less knowledge available online......... Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go with latest version of openedge and use react JS is frontend.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are modernizing our application with the help of progress and it is such a nice learning experience. While working on everyday, we are exploring nice progress features Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Database structure, brokers and performance Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

License model, pricing clustering and technical tips Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It os good in replication mode, clustering on linux may the issue . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To achieve quick response and higher data writing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy for all programmers, Capability to create solutions for business problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Less popular compared to other languages with same capabilities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With openedge ,I was able to find a way to solve their day to day problems with the help of business consultant Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Associate Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Easy queries programming language, with highest security.. easy for programming.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Working opportunity is less. Need educate clients . And need to advertise more technology. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have worked on insurence domain and manufacturing domain with progress technology with ERP softwares.. performance need to improve.. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I liked the support interface it had for support consultants users. Also for developers it had various tools to help in the developments. More importantly the database was encrypted and secure from unauthorised end users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Too many interfaces too chose from, Clutters the screen. This is specially for the developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Double entry Health Care investigation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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