We founded Ebase back in 1999 with the idea of building a high quality Systems Integration company. We followed through on this and by 2001 had become an IBM Premier Partner in the UK focused on the WebSphere software suite.
During the same period we did a project with AXA in the Netherlands, the aim of which was to create a tool that could speed up the creation of transactional browser apps. You have to remember that back in those days the Internet was a very different place and the idea that you could do something more than just render static pages was new and exciting. Anyway, we worked with Axa for about a year and delivered a pretty neat system called Redwood. Not perfect but definitely able to abstract away some of the technical and low level repetition that web app developers found themselves busy with.
The Redwood project gave us the idea that there could be a market for a commercial product that delivered the same sort of developer productivity that Axa had been after. So, after much discussion we took a deep breath, threw away our IBM partner stuff, and plunged into building a web app development platform from the ground up.
Fifteen months later, September 2002, we released the first version of our UFS product. The timing coincided with the UK government waking up to the possibilities that the web offered for lowering the cost of citizen service delivery, and making money available to local government to go after this. We took this on and pitched UFS as a kind of high-end future-proofed electronic forms system with deep integration and a very fast, if limited, UI build capability. We got our first customer in October 2002, Canterbury Council, and then went on to compete in any number of tenders looking for the same sort of solution.
In 2005 we began our partner program, initially teaming up with companies like Northgate, Capita and IDOX working in UK public sector. We also began the process of expanding into the private sector and acquired corporate customers such as Vodafone, Prudential and BGZ bank.
As it stands today we have something like 30% of UK local government using what has now become the Ebase Xi platform, and a whole range of partners and customers located around the world.
Our aim from day one has been to build a platform that supports best of breed Low Code development. The trick has always been to find the right balance. On one hand we couldn’t see the value of creating a cookie-cutter, code-free environment that developers would need to “hack” to get exactly what they wanted. But on the other, we could see massive value in abstracting away repetitive technical details that just wasted people’s time and money.
We also wanted our platform to deliver immediate ROI, as well as providing customers with a uniquely powerful upside for harnessing future opportunities.
This philosophy has resulted in a system that combines Low Code development with integration, enterprise grade workflow and a flexible UI/UX layer. Each layer has built-in abstraction to optimise the development process but still gives developers the flexibility to write their own code or plug-in their preferred frameworks and components.
Around a year ago we decided that the next logical move was to get Xi cloud-ready and to map the full power of the Xi platform onto the rapidly emerging digital economy.
The result has been the creation of Verj.io as an application PaaS with market focus on Low Code, Integration as a Service and Back-end as a Service solutions. Verj.io is fully containerised, with unlimited scalability and designed to address exploding technology trends like IoT and Digital Transformation. It supports everything from hybrid deployment scenarios to polyglot datastore configurations and will allow our partners to create robust “white-label” solutions for any level of customer.
We now have the best platform and tools to rapidly address the largest technology mega-trends that exist. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll join us to create an even brighter future together!