XMS is a small software development company based in the Philadelphia suburbs. XMS grew out of the consulting business started by President & CEO Tom Marchione in the late 1980’s. This was the beginning of the personal computer boom, and Tom was transitioning from a career in aerospace engineering to software development.
In the intervening decades, Tom and XMS have matured together, navigating the changing software development landscape, identifying technologies with lasting influence and value, and avoiding the many dead ends that come and go. During this time, XMS has developed important technologies as stand-alone products for large and small businesses, as components of other products, and as custom solutions for specific customers. XMS has developed management systems for the Department of Defense, auditing systems for both Fortune 500 and Government users, investment modeling tools, systems for complex insurance applications, specialty law office applications, tools for database professionals, among others.
Our most significant achievement to date is our KBXpert decision support system. We began development of this system in the late 1990’s in response to the needs of a customer, which had unsuccessfully tried to integrate an expensive, commercial expert system into a product. In a true “David and Goliath” scenario, we built a solution at risk, using our own resources, to compete with the expert system. And we won. The successor to the customer’s system, now known as 4commandTM, delivers value to various users in the power restoration, water/sewer and emergency management sectors, and is a growing presence in those markets.
XMS has built a reputation for delivering high-end value without the overhead of larger organizations. We demand multi-disciplinary excellence, which simply means that we wear a lot of different hats, and we wear them well. XMS is concerned with overall project/product success, not simply ensuring that some compartmentalized piece of a project is completed according to specification. This is why we consider ourselves “your partner in software success”, not just another consulting organization. If you share this vision of what an effective software vendor should be, we would look forward to working with you.
Our KBXpert decision support system can be a valuable asset to organizations that embrace Six Sigma. KBXpert incorporates your business rules, and brings real-time quality and accountability to large, multi-role organizations. Under the 4commandTM brand, KBXpert currently delivers vital organizational knowledge to users in the power restoration, water/sewer and chemical businesses. Whether deployed by itself, within 4commandTM, or part of a custom solution, KBXpert is a valuable asset to organizations that take quality seriously.
Beginning in 2012, we are excited to offer cross-platform solutions for Windows, Macintosh, and iOS devices, as well as new 3D user interface concepts.
As the state of the art in software development advances, XMS will continue to grow with it. Left to inexperienced hands, software technology can be a dizzying maze full of dead ends. It is important to choose a vendor with the experience and judgment to distinguish fads from true advances, and we are proud of our record in doing just that for over two decades.
XMS specializes in sophisticated, custom multi-tier architectures that help balance the workload between your database system, application server(s) and client workstations. The specific design depends on the needs of your application and the type of infrastructure. We do not believe in "one size fits all" approach, which attempts to shoehorn the technology du jour into your requirements. We are committed to implementing what works for your situation, technologically and financially.
We have worked with databases from the early days of dBASE through today's modern SQL-based systems. We understand the issues and challenges in transitioning to more modern database systems, and take nothing for granted. If you have systems that operate on legacy database architectures, we have the expertise and lessons learned to ensure a smooth transition.
Effective communication and documentation can make or break a project. Unlike some software organizations, we demand excellence in these areas. If you need a presentation to make the case, we can create one and deliver it effectively. When the project is underway, we expect to be in continuous contact with you from the earliest stages, so that any issues can be resolved before they morph into more costly problems.
XMS does not use "offshore" labor. Our extended network of professionals is 100% American-based. Your business rules will never be exposed to poorly defined and poorly controlled organizations half a world away.
Many software developers choose development tools based on what they would like to see on their resumes, rather than what is appropriate for the job at hand. This will never happen at XMS. We will recommend what we think is in your best interest, and why. If you have specific needs or preferences, we would look forward to that dialog so that we can meet your needs most effectively.