The m-Power Development Platform

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m-Power is an enterprise web application development platform that automates web (and mobile web) application development. Used across all industries and company sizes, m-Power lets anyone create web apps without coding.

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m-Power review by Nolan R.
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"m-Power allows our SMALL team of developers to deliver BIG results."

What do you like best?

1) With just a few clicks, you have a fully functional and interactive web interface, but you can also go further and implement custom HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Business Rules, and External Object calls to Java/RPG/SQL... At first you may feel a little restricted by the m-Power development environment, but you will soon realize that the sky is the limit in terms of custom design and development.

2) The built in user-role and application security features make it very easy to deploy your applications to end-users while limiting access to only designated users or groups.

3) MRC does a great job at supporting their product. Their documentation and FAQ pages are very helpful and they are very quick to respond to service requests. They also release updates to their software on a regular basis - constantly improving the developer and end-user experience.

What do you dislike?

1) I sometimes feel hindered by the table-selection process in the app development flow. I wish there was a better/more maintainable way to start with a SQL statement rather than going through the GUI to select tables, fields, key fields, sort order... It IS possible to override the default SQL statement that m-Power generates in the end, but I wouldn't recommend doing that on a regular basis.

2) m-Power does have a built in documentation feature that can be used to document your own apps & projects, but it isn't very well integrated with the application build process. You have to jump out of the development screens to view/update documentation, and then find you back to the app you were working on after you are done with the documentation - making it a bit out-of-sight-out-of-mind.

3) Multi-tasking can be a little frustrating in the m-Power IDE. Working on multiple apps at the same time, or just referring to app A while configuring app B requires you to log in again using a different browser or separate incognito window. It can't be done via multiple tabs in the same browser window.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before going all-in with m-Power for our application modernization, we evaluated some other "Rapid Application Development" competitors. The fact that m-Power was the only one that also provided user-role and application security features built in made it a no-brainier. Other options would have required way more time and probably additional staff to "stand-up" a fully functioning and secure intranet/internet homepage. Any "dislikes" I have with m-Power are a minor price to pay considering how quickly we are able to develop and deploy fully functional web based applications.

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

We are using m-Power to modernize a 20+ year old RPG/Green-Screen ERP system. m-Power allows us to quickly rethink and truly rebuild existing applications (with a small team of developers) vs other solutions that promote screen scraping and re-use of existing legacy code. In my opinion, the biggest benefit of m-Power is that it gives us the ability to build and maintain thousands of applications along with an intranet site to serve them all up with a team of 2 - 3 developers.

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m-Power review by Jon  L.
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"Mpower has been a very helpful tool for my position, team, and company. Would recommend to others. "

What do you like best?

The ease ability to create, link, and manage reporting applications to pull back-end data. Allows you to make better business decisions quickly as able to have the power to transform data into information which is power in the business realm. The ability to make new tables to house data not stored in system is very powerful tool that has been the basis of my entire teams reporting applications.

What do you dislike?

The Mpainter portion can be annoying with rebuilds and losing all past updates that were there. Finding a way to rebuild HTML and keep the last MPainter record would be very helpful. We make many changes to our reporting with new fields, calculations, etc......when we have add them we lose the HTML output from previous reporting which can take hours to replicate depending how in depth it is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Improve the Mpainter functionality and ease ability. Create option to build forms from applications that could be added to current business processes which would help the business as well as implement MRC into a better stronghold with customers.

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

Determining what to expedite of our FG product that is ready to ship to protect our customer service. This has greatly been enhanced by the use of Mpower applications. Ad-hoc reporting determination for management to make crucial business decisions.

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m-Power review by Samantha B.
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"m-Power Use in Medical Device Industry"

What do you like best?

The m-Power Development Platform is user friendly while also maintaining all the functionality of the original mrc AS400 reporting software. Maneuvering around the development site is easily and intuitive. The option of viewing table data in a sortable & searchable format is extremely useful in my day - to - day responsibilities for data analysis.

What do you dislike?

When creating applications, I try to limit my use of m-Painter as much as possible because within my organization there are many developers that might make changes to current applications and if they are unaware of the m-Painter code changes on that particular application, it could be wiped out and not function properly for the end user. Some features such as populating only the last row of data, etc. can only be done in m-Painter and is easily rebuilt over. I would like the capability of doing that without utilizing m-Painter.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This will be a great tool for your analyst/reporting teams in the organization. All users will be able to easily navigate the interface as well as troubleshoot application creation on their own. mrc also keeps a great FAQs site where I've found many solutions to issues I've had while creating applications.

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

Most of the business problems we are solving are creating tools for end users in order to pull data quicker and pull accurate data in order to do their day to day jobs. Data analysis is another big use of m-Power in my organization. We use it to gauge how we are doing by developing KPI's with reporting behind it to analyze trends.

m-Power review by Richard S.
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"MRC M-Power System and Pearl Buck Center"

What do you like best?

The system is very functional in a real world application sense and it is easy to create code that interfaces with our database. The automatic code creation and java class creation is phenomenal.

What do you dislike?

I have not had formal training for the system/s, MRC M-power, so there are a lot of features that I miss or that I am just learning about.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great product and a great team of IT experts whom will help you to be successful in your application endeavors. Its a powerful tool when you can connect to your database, and within a few minutes and a few clicks, have applications created to see and interact with your data. Its the most powerful, easy to use platform that I have experienced in the database IT field.

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

Creating applications that can record client interactions with our staff on a daily basis. These interractions are then automatically billed to a state billing system, saving 10's if not 100's of hours of staff work per month. M-power has enabled us to create the most versatile, robust, easy to use for our staff and departments.

m-Power review by Paul M.
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"M-Power BI in Food Service Distribution Environment"

What do you like best?

M-Power is a relatively straight forward platform that provides BI tools and development in an easy to use modern interface approach for end users as well as developers.

What do you dislike?

initial branding, i.e. css layout, is somewhat tedious. Customization of application, mobile and PC, still requires developer level skills. Platform menuing look and feel options are somewhat limited without in-house customization and expertise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We have achieved overwhelmingly positive user feedback as well as from other distributors that we benchmark against and have demo'd our environment.

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

We have developed and all encompassing BI intelligence intranet data warehouse. Providing easy access to large volume of internal reporting, KPIs and other metrics. We also use the M-power platform to extend ERP database and allow for applications out side of standard functionality available. Very positive feedback from our internal user community.

m-Power review by Barry A.
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"Web Enablement framework"

What do you like best?

Sound technology choices that makes up the development/deployment platform.

What do you dislike?

I would like the dashboard and DX tools to support more of a dynamic look and feel to support different sized objects and have a more modern bootstrap motif.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you know how to use the framework to call your external procedures and develop your look and feel into the templates.

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

We have a couple of very large enterprise applications with a combination of character and GUI screens. We are separating the business logic from the user interface and using the mrc framework to be able to provide a modern web applications to our customers. With this, there is a lowered cost of support and deployment as well as future-proofing the applications.

m-Power review by Julia L.
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"Rapid Application Development tool"

What do you like best?

Adding m-Power to our environment has improved development speed, bridged the skills gap, and has allowed us to deliver more solutions to our customers in a timely manner.

What do you dislike?

For some users, Initially, change was hard but in the end it was worth it because they love all the new features.

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

Not only have we added hundreds of thousands of dollars of value to our software portfolio, we have also saved so much time developing solutions. m-Power can be used to tackle various problems and it's ideal for a department with a small development staff who could easily take it on and get a lot out of it.

m-Power review by Nicole H.
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"Expanding our self-service reporting needs at every turn"

What do you like best?

Working with the MRC team is second to none.

What do you dislike?

We would love to see enhanced graphing capabilities in an upcoming release.

Recommendations to others considering the product

MBS has been using MRC’s product for a few years. Our range of reporting capabilities exploded upon adding mPower to our toolbox. By offering our colleagues self-service reports, we doubled our productivity in two years, while remaining staffed at the same level. We can now focus most of our development time on complex analytical builds — without sacrificing our ability to fulfill everyone's data needs in a timely fashion. MRC is fantastic to work with. They are highly responsive to bug fixes and requests for assistance, and they continually evolve their product to serve our business needs.

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

MBS has been using MRC’s product for a few years. Our range of reporting capabilities exploded upon adding mPower to our toolbox. By offering our colleagues self-service reports, we doubled our productivity in two years, while remaining staffed at the same level. We can now focus most of our development time on complex analytical builds — without sacrificing our ability to fulfill everyone's data needs in a timely fashion. MRC is fantastic to work with. They are highly responsive to bug fixes and requests for assistance, and they continually evolve their product to serve our business needs.

m-Power review by Alan B.
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"Great development tool "

What do you like best?

We are managing to support Customers, Suppliers and Employees all with a very small development team. We have an extensive library of applications all developed using m-power. Transport management, PO acknowledgement, Order tracking, BI tools. All these tools eliminating the need for duplicate data entry. I personally have been working with m-Power for many many years and watched the software grow into a fast and easy development tool. In the early days there was lots of tweaks and changes the the HTML output and xml files. Nowadays it simply builds great applications that need little to no changes.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about m-Power. Always very helpful and sometimes goes beyond what a normal help desk would do.

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

Provide solutions for customers and suppliers to interactive with our ERP system. Face lifted our old green screen systems that requires a lot less training for new employees. Simplified many transactional processes to mostly point and click, which is eliminating data entry errors. Standardize views of our back end data from system to system. Allows critical system tools to be accessed from any PC or mobile device.

m-Power review by Marion N.
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"Very Happy with m-Power"

What do you like best?

m-Power is easy to use and we are able to use it across multiple database.

What do you dislike?

Initially you needed to have a good understanding of the database structure which made the learning process longer however with the data explorer you can simplify the structure that users are writing their reports from

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product can be used for many different levels. You can have technical users developing report and have non technical users running queries and writing simple reports. Development is quick and the product is enhanced on a regular basis.

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

We have trained our staff to develop their own reports. This has taken the burden off IT to generate every report needed.

m-Power review by John P.
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"Smartest investment I've made in 20 years"

What do you like best?

The software is easy to use & uses the latest, widely used technologies. We've been a customer since 1994 and they have continued to invest and expand the capabilities every new release (typically more than once a year). Meanwhile, protecting the investment in everything developed along the way. Rarely does an offering live up to it's sales pitch, but M-Power has exceeded it's own marketing.

What do you dislike?

That I don't have more of my people using it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try it...it will do what it says it can do and more!

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

Everything from simple reporting, to complex analysis, websites, e-commerce, and more every day.

m-Power review by Administrator
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"Chief Programmer/Analysts"

What do you like best?

M-power is easy to use to develop applications in a short amount of time.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that you can't use a duplicate field name in a table, even if its in a different dictionary.

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

Creating reports and getting them out the user is fairly quick and easy.

m-Power review by Travis G.
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"The m-Power Development Platform"

What do you like best?

The creation and maintenance of reports, maintainers, and retrievals is easy and not time consuming.

What do you dislike?

The only thing i do not like would be the simplicity of the joins. For example, I cannot use a record selection in the join statement. It would be nice to be able to edit the join statements by hand also.

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

Getting all departments the information they need.

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