Dexter builds custom tracking, workflow, and reporting systems. However, we never
start a custom solution from scratch. Over the years we've built a foundation of
industrial strength software components, giving us the flexibility to quickly assemble
complex solutions without reinventing the wheel.
Datastorm - Dexter's Data Collection Framework
Datastorm is an architecture comprised of software agents that can
interoperate with just about any external system. Web Services, CORBA, terminal
emulation, HTTP emulation, MQ, LDAP, proprietary middleware - we've done it all.
An agent manager securely oversees millions of transactions per day
- with automated scheduling, exception handling, and performance monitoring.
The Application Core
The Application Core
is our framework for developing web applications
based on Microsoft's ASP.NET. This technology enables custom workflow systems to
be configured and brought online with minimal coding. It means that every application
has enterprise features right out of the box: an AJAX user interface, report library,
user administration module, and logging of all user activity.
Many of our customers are now demanding superior user interfaces
something better than the traditional HTML based web applications. The software
industry calls it RIA (Rich Internet Applications). We're very excited about this
and have invested a great deal of resources in building a foundational library based
on Adobe FLEX. Applications built on FLEX have the look, feel, and responsiveness
of a desktop application. Our clients tell us this translates into higher productivity
and reduced training costs.
Workflow systems are all about moving the work to the person/team that is best suited
to complete a task. In some cases that person is on the move, not just sitting at
a desk waiting for work to flow in. So to increase your capability to reach out and
connect to people, we've build a set of C# and java messaging modules that, when
tied that business rules engine, enable Dexter to 'bolt on' email and text messaging
In software, architecture
is a term used to describe how components
fit together in totality. It specifies how data is stored, how data flows between
components, and how the components are constructed. The right architecture leads
to scalable performance, robustness, and supports change. A good architecture
is the result of good technical and business judgment. Dexter has been developing
workflow applications for almost twenty years. We know a thing or two about good
A relational database is the foundation on which all of Dexter's workflow solutions
are built. Our team includes SQL Server and Oracle experts that ensure data is normalized,
searches are fast, and bottlenecks are avoided.
Some of our clients have geographically dispersed customer bases and work forces.
They wanted a map based interface to have a true line of sight to their operations.
To overcome the limitations of WWW geocoding (which requires standard address formatting),
Dexter built its own street address database based on USPS and TIGER data. This
enables us to provide a higher level of flexibility and performance than many public
or commercial packages. For the UI, we can provide Google Maps and Open Street
Map solutions in an RIA package that enables users to drag work and drop it on the
We've also developed a series of algorithms to determine optimal routing and scheduling.
This means when you have 50 technicians and 100 jobs, it can figure out the best
to minimize the total number of miles traveled. And
it can do it in three seconds!