“There was no question that we would once again choose Progress OpenEdge as the platform for MEDIK OnLine, due to our familiarity with the product, our experience and our satisfaction,” explains Dwight Comer, co-owner of Logik Solutions. “OpenEdge is an incredibly scalable, reliable, high-performance platform that has delivered continuous benefits to our customers over the years.”
Logik also selected the Telerik UI for ASP.net Ajax framework for developing an intuitive and powerful user interface. “We did look at other UI vendors, including DevExpress, but Telerik grid controls are more robust and impressive,” said Fritz Culver, co-owner of Logik Solutions. “We really appreciated how the controls can be customized, which also differentiates Telerik from the other solutions. Finally, we found Telerik controls to be far more intuitive and user-friendly, presenting both development efficiencies and an attractive, intuitive user experience.”
Logik added significant functionality to the Telerik RadGrid for a powerful and customized user experience through what it calls the MEDIK OnLine Smart Grid. Each user can develop and store column layouts, data filters and multilevel sorts for interacting with data the way they prefer. Built-in cross-tabulations allow customers to make sense of large amounts of information. And the Smart Grid feature enables customers to associate any number of notes and attachments to a record. Once the user filters, sorts and lays out the data the way they want, they can export it to PDF, Excel or Word with a few mouse clicks.
MEDIK OnLine leverages the Telerik UI ToolTip control extensively to improve navigation and enable users to mouse-over an object to see a brief description. There are numerous other navigation tools within the Telerik solution, allowing users to move from any point in the system to related information. For example, if a user is working follow-up/collections, he or she can instantly access all transactions, paper and electronic claims, and accounts receivable history for a given account.
According to Lee Nessling, .NET developer for Logik, another significant benefit of the Telerik UI framework is the cross-linking feature. “The ability to cross-link information throughout the system so the user doesn’t need to constantly navigate away to a different point significantly improves the user experience and efficiency levels.”
Nessling said the Telerik discussion boards and Telerik Support have been invaluable. “We have a small development team, but these resources enable us to leverage the experience, expertise and advice of hundreds of developers. I can look at code samples, learn about best practices and hear about the newest controls. And any time I have a question or issue, Progress Telerik Support is highly responsive.”
Logik considers MEDIK OnLine an ongoing project because Telerik delivers new features every couple of months. “There is always something new to discover; something we want to integrate into MEDIK OnLine to make it even better,” said Comer. “We are excited to see what comes next.”