Frequently Asked Questions

What have your clients said about your work?

Here's what a non-profit client said when I fixed up their data system designed by someone else : "I just wanted to extend a big thank you to you for all that you have done with our database. I was out of the office on Friday, but [a co-worker] and myself were just amazed at how quickly you resolved the issues we were having and the extensive knowledge you have with databases. It is clear now that perhaps we weren't working with someone as near as your caliber when the database was designed, but the items you have showed to us and have pointed out for future needs are things we were lacking and didn't even know it was possible to obtain." - a non-profit client.

We want you to build a data system using the Microsoft technology stack, will you?

We specialize in Open source technologies, specifically the LAMP stack. It will save you the cost of licensing, and open source software has more modest hardware requirements as well. Axiom's expertise is open source software, so data systems are developed rapidly.

Why don't you use Wordpress?

Wordpress is popular, and that can be a bad thing. It has a target on it's forehead from hackers. As you can imagine, the biggest target gets hit the most. Also, any time you modify a wordpress module, you have to then worry about keeping the module up to date when Wordpress updates. In my opinion, its more trouble than it's worth.

It costs too much for a custom system, doesn't it?

While custom systems can be pricey, you also get the most benefit out the them. If the online data system that Axiom creates doesn't save you more than it costs, you shouldn't do it. I've spent too much time trying to fit a square peg in a round hole when it comes to fitting an organization's process into a pre-packaged system. That time would be better spent creating a rapidly developed custom data system that meets yor needs precisely.

That sounds great, but is there really that much inefficiency in my organization?

Very likely there is. I'll give a couple of examples. One non-profit had 3 full time and one half time person just to manage all the data entry and paperwork. That system was streamlined down to the point where they needed only 2 people, and even then, those 2 were less busy than they were when they had help. Another example is a process where it took one full time person all of his time (plus some!) to get his work done. We streamlined the process to the point where he go the same amount of work done in a matter of hours. That allowed the organization to have him help out on other projects in the 4 plus days he wasn't wasting his time pushing papers. In that second case, the ROI for the organization was just a few of months.