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Zudy: Meet the visionary software company with the world’s only ‘No-Code’ AppDev platform

Businesses need to be agile in order to compete and win in a digital world. To gain competitive advantage, companies must deliver their products and services better, faster and at a lower cost than their peers. The need to constantly reinvent your business is now a full time requirement. Status Quo means you’re out! Without a BIG change with vastly increased speed in application development using a completely iterative approach, most businesses will find themselves outsourced and out of business in the next 10 years. The good news is that low-code and now no-code application development platforms can empower organizations to innovate and digitally transform in a quick, powerful and affordable way.

Digital transformation enabled with the use of a ‘No-Code’ platform can improve many key drivers of business performance and provide new business models and revenue streams.

Zudy is a visionary digital transformation company with a breakthrough no-code declarative platform known as Vinyl. Vinyl’s patented technology-agnostic development environment turns mobile and web into one with automatic dynamic responsive design, enabling enterprises to build highly configurable applications in just days rather than months and years. Vinyl is quickly replacing traditional expensive IT projects with fast, nimble solutions that enable Large Enterprises to incorporate modern mobile and web solutions completely integrated with their current legacy systems. New business models and new revenue streams are virtually a click away! Using Vinyl, large and midsize Enterprises can dramatically increase the number of new mobile/web applications they can build from an average of 2 per year to more than 50.

Zudy’s Success Milestones

2013: Tom and Trish Kennedy founded Zudy. The tech powerhouse duo have successfully built and sold two other technology companies, Tredegar Industries acquired Virginia-based Kennedy & Associates and Massachusetts-based BackOffice Associates was sold to Goldman Sachs in 2012.

2015: Vinyl private-release, a one-year trial period with select enterprise clients who agreed to test the platform and build heavy-duty enterprise- grade applications.

2016: Vinyl public release. First year of revenue resulted in over $5 million in sales.

Today: Currently 65+ employees (adding over 100 by end of 2018), 35+ customers (customers avg 50+ apps built per year), first gathering of ZU, Zudy User Group along with awards for best new app dev platform and one of fastest growing tech companies in southeast.

Digital Transformation Delivered!

The Vinyl Platform: This platform is an end to end fully Integrated Development Environment allowing for every element required for Enterprise grade application development deployment, ongoing updates, maintenance and upgrades for mobile and web apps. Develop once deploy everywhere, no code

Vinyl Experts: The company’s services division provides onsite premier Solution Architects and App Developers who will change the way you approach digital transformation training your teams to become AppDev heroes!

The Zudy App Factory: This is an augmentation to the firm’s onsite consulting services that dramatically increase productivity and decreases costs.

Vinyl End-To-End Development Platform Delivers

  • Your design aesthetic is easy to duplicate in VINYL. Its presentation layer allows complete control over your page design, panels, and controls using an intelligent dynamically responsive environment with no code.
  • VINYL’s business engine allows you to freely automate any business processes in minutes. From simple to complex business logic, including user-defined workflows that support notifications via email and texts.
  • VINYL’s patented universal translator allows all development to occur in a single environment across all data sources. VINYL can securely read and modify your data without moving data from your enterprise system.

Motivation and Vision Behind the Company

Tom Kennedy has been building rapid application development platforms for Fortune 500 companies since 1979. While at Back Office, he patented the CranSoft development platform which enabled extensive advancement for Data Migration and Data Governance technologies in large legacy ERP environments.

Tom realized application development was becoming increasingly complex with the myriad of programming languages, disparate backend legacy systems, and the demand for apps to run on all devices and be accessible in the cloud. Businesses were struggling to effectively innovate due to the communication difficulties with their IT departments. Budgets were exploding. Producing even 1 or 2 apps a year meant millions of dollars and large numbers of expert coders. He saw the unsustainable strategies of large Enterprises as futile, outsourcing, code generators and creating multiple development divisions some for mobile some for web. Companies constantly struggled to meet budgets and deadlines while their application backlogs grew to several hundred applications. Tom wanted to create a new way of thinking about appdev. A methodology and platform that meant the business could easily partner with IT and take control of application development.

Zudy Success Stories

iHeart Media, Brooks Brothers, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Kraft Group, Stericyle are some of our biggest clients. And we would like to share some success stories:

Customer Success- Purdue Pharma

Purdue Pharma wanted to digitally transform but they struggled under the weight of maintaining several large Enterprise systems. They needed to integrate systems, digitally transform business processes and enable complete visibility across their Enterprise. Zudy reset expectations and boosted productivity with their powerful no-code rapid application development platform- Vinyl. Purdue Pharma was able to completely transform their Human Capital Management by building a real-time Enterprise Ready application with dynamically responsive design. This resulted in increased automation of Human Resource processes and procedures, as well as delivering fast, long lasting value for their enterprise.

zudy groupCustomer Success-Brooks Brothers: Brooks Brothers is the oldest retailer in the United States, Founded in 1818 as a family business. The privately owned company offers clothing for men, women and children.

The firm wanted to digitally transform business processes and selected a Rapid Application Development (RAD) Platform Vinyl, built by Zudy, to build a custom ‘Store Excellence’ solution. The results are higher store associate productivity, elimination of manual, paper-based processes and overall higher customer satisfaction. Zudy’s No-Code platform, Vinyl, has become the solution of choice for all store processes. In choosing Zudy, Brooks Brothers has departed from outdated “best practices,” conventional software selections and waterfall implementation, and shown that applications built on the right platform are superior and game changing for their company.

Customer Success- iHeartmedia: This Global Media and Entertainment Company needed an application to enable users to efficiently search, book and manage qualified DJ talent for paid on-air Endorsement opportunities. Historically, each individual market segment had their own process for documenting Endorsements for radio DJ Talent in each market, using Excel spreadsheets or Word documents. For large multi-market Campaigns there was no way to determine which Talent was available for their business needs, often leading to missed revenue opportunities. Projects under tight deadlines were not set up for success as it often took weeks to lock in an Endorsement, resulting in missed revenue. In addition, there was no process to track or report on Endorsement revenue or forecast its value to executive management.

How Zudy helped iHeart

In 38 hours, Zudy built an application, connecting to 4 of iHeart’s cloud-based data sources and 1 on-premise server without a single line of code. Every market now enters all Talent data and availability into the new Endorsement application. The Vinyl Endorsement app enables teams to provide Advertisers and Campaign Managers options for Talent Endorsements within seconds, eliminating their prior issue that led to missed revenue. Workflow emails are sent automatically to notify users of requests, schedule details, bookings, category conflict of interests and contract confirmations. Notes and a detailed history of every campaign are now archived in the app, providing the business with a record of all past Endorsements and overall trends. The new application also tracks and reports Endorsement revenue stream to aid management in future revenue projections and forecasting.

Meet the executive team

Tom Kennedy co-founder and CTO

35+ years of building enterprise platforms. Passion for simplifying application development. Proven record of removing the barriers between Business and IT.

Trish Kennedy co-founder and COO

30+ years creating and building technology companies who focus on extreme customer success!  

Charles Nardi, CEO

30+ years of selling hundreds of millions in software licenses and services. Passion for growing relationships and sales/revenue.

Vinyl enables enterprises to build highly configurable "Enterprise Ready"​apps in weeks—not months—integrating seamlessly with all existing and future data sources and systems

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