Revelation Software Helps Software and Services Company Stay Agile

California-based BleuPelikan provides software products and services that revolve around Revelation Software to business and consumers. Launched in 2004, the company has focused on software for business transformation strategies that revitalize and invigorate companies since 2010.

Since the early 1980s, Greg Helland, president and CEO of BleuPelikan, has been working with Revelation, which offers a suite of development tools, a database, and companion services that leverage leading computing architectures and operating environments. Revelation’s OpenInsight is a database development suite for NoSQL MultiValue (as well as industry-leading SQL databases) that provides Windows, Web 2.0, and .NET tools used to develop and deploy mission-critical applications.

“The company has a long history and I stay with it because it’s bulletproof, it works, and it makes development easy,” Helland said.

The Challenge

Recently, BleuPelikan was engaged to help turn around a failing food manufacturing and distribution company.  A key challenge was the calculation of commissions, which was taking two full-time employees an excessive amount of time using spreadsheets.

By providing its flagship product, PeliKalc, BleuPelikan enabled the customer to capture all the allowable deductions and sift through data with speed. This helped to reduce the time spent on the calculation of commissions to 2 hours per month, resulting in significant savings in both time and money, Helland explained.

The Solution

PeliKalc was created as a commission and reporting system to solve the age-old problem of accurately calculating and reporting broker commissions. Done manually, the process can be both time-consuming and error-prone.

PeliKalc, built on Revelation’s OpenInsight, provides food manufacturers and sales organizations with actionable review of informational reports to keep margins and sales on target and in budget. The application includes food broker calculation and reporting to ensure that companies are accurately paying brokers on time as well as taking all allowable deductions. It also provides complete unit-based sales forecasting and production planning tools, sales history and gross margin analysis.

Flexibility for the Future

“OpenInsight is so flexible for changing business rules,” Helland said. “We are able to address the changes a customer wants or needs very quickly. It’s also much less expensive to do custom work for customers using OpenInsight versus Oracle or SQL Server.”

Helland can create a prototype, show a customer what a piece of software will enable, and make it all happen rapidly so that companies and employees can spend their time on more valuable initiatives rather than mundane calculation work. “We are giving organizations actionable reports and Excel spreadsheets that are the basis for great sales and marketing decisions,” Helland said.

BleuPelikan can do this quickly and inexpensively because of the OpenInsight Development Suite. “It is strong and robust,” Helland said.

Beyond the attributes of the OpenInsight suite of tools, BleuPelikan has also been impressed with the Revelation team members.  “They are very responsive to our needs,” Helland said. “It’s a complex world and being able to keep up with it is difficult. The Revelation team has been excellent at being forward-looking and meeting those needs.”

BleuPelikan is currently looking into implementing Revelation’s OpenInsight for Web (O4W) and investing in the cloud as well, Helland noted.

Looking Ahead

Over the years, BleuPelikan has considered using other systems, said Helland. However, the company has remained committed to Revelation because of the unmatched independence that the NoSQL MultiValue database platform enables.

“We would not have achieved this level of success over the years if we had switched,” Helland said, noting that it is the core upon which his company has been based.

If there is ever an issue that needs to be addressed, he said, Revelation developers always respond swiftly. “We’ve never had anything unsolvable. The company is very helpful.”