Educational publishers can add a third option to their usual decision-making about technology: "Build, Buy or xLi?"
Orem, UT (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
Agilix Labs, Inc., has announced the immediate availability of Extensible Learning Infrastructure (abbreviated xLi), a learning infrastructure platform aimed at educational publishers, software developers and educational technology integrators who develop learning applications for schools and universities.
The new product provides instructional technology developers with approximately 80% of the core functionality required by typical educational applications. At the same time, it allows the developers complete control over extending and customizing the user experience.
“We decided to nearly fully implement the core technology behind 99% of all educational tools,” explained Dr. Mark Luetzelschwab, SVP Product at Agilix. The xLi architecture consists of more than 250 Web Services interfaces and 50 User Interface components that can be combined in various ways to produce a broad range of compelling interactive educational applications.
Until the introduction of xLi, companies interested in producing educational applications faced a “build or buy” decision that frequently meant less-than-adequate compromises in design. With Agilix’s introduction of this new infrastructure, a third choice is readily available: “build, buy, or xLi?”
ADVANTAGES OVER BUILDING FROM SCRATCH
Beginning a project from scratch will always be slower and more time-consuming than starting with a modular learning infrastructure like xLi. In addition, testing all of the modules and function calls in every conceivable situation always proves to be more difficult than anticipated. Developers end up spending far more time and energy writing test routines and following up on quality assurance reports then they do coding the solution.
Finally, many educational products run over budget and are released late because of scalability and performance issues that are only discovered once the application has been coded. Because all of the xLi modules are architected and tested to be scalable and performant, Agilix partners don’t need to worry about the scalability and reliability of their learning infrastructure and can focus instead on what sets them apart in the marketplace.
“Ultimately, you have to decide whether you are in the software business or some other business like assessment, publishing, or learning,” Dr. Luetzelschwab points out. “By choosing xLi, publishers and other educational solution providers get the best of both worlds: they can allow programmers to implement user interface designs that set the product apart from the competition while at the same time being able to spend more time and energy focusing on product differentiation and value-added services.”
ADVANTAGES OVER BUYING OFF-THE-SHELF
Buying off-the-shelf applications has a number of downsides, all of which are addressed by xLi.
First, such solutions put you at the mercy of development schedules and priorities set by the developer, often in the interests of its broader customer base rather than in a single customer's specific needs and desires.
Second, content from many educational publishers gets commoditized, because it ends up looking the same as other content offerings due to the constraints of the off-the-shelf application through which it is delivered.
Finally, most learning platforms are monolithic. Unless the vendor provides open Web Services APIs to its technology, it is difficult to develop a highly-customized learning solution that meets specific requirements and to achieve interoperability with existing educational technology solutions customers may already have adopted.
HOW AGILIX OUTSHINES TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS
By contrast, Agilix provides its partners with a solid, time-tested core of Web Services APIs and components including: gradebook, assessment, standards alignment and syllabus tools. These components provide rich functionality that can be modified as needed to meet specific partner requirements. Leveraging these services enables Agilix Partners to deliver high-quality learning solutions in a fraction of the time and cost that would otherwise be required.
In addition, Agilix provides a high level of support for xLi, primarily through its recently announced professional services division, Agilix IdeaWorks. This experienced team can design and create entire applications or provide Agilix partners with design, coding and hosting support at any point in the development process.
xLi IN THE MARKETPLACE
xLi is tried and proven. Agilix and its partners have already delivered dozens of innovative teaching and learning applications built on xLi. These applications include: BrainHoney®, an easy-to-use Learning Management System; Buzz, a Personalized Learning application developed for the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan; and Pearson’s Gradpoint™ blended, virtual and online credit recovery program.
In addition, Agilix' recently announced professional services group, IdeaWorks, can provide xLi users with a broad range of support from design assistance to complete development of a product.
To learn more more about xLi, contact Agilix at sales(at)agilix(dot)com.
Agilix was founded in 2001 to enable innovative cloud-based solutions for tablets and other mobile devices -- now one of the largest and most rapidly growing educational market opportunities worldwide. Agilix provides xLi, an extensible Learning Infrastructure for Partners; BrainHoney®, a CODiE award-winning Learning Management System for schools and universities; and Agilix Buzz, a Personalized Learning System for student-centered, competency based learning programs. Innovative learning solutions built upon the Agilix Learning Infrastructure have been used by millions of learners in more than 60 countries. Agilix is a rapidly-growing company with significant expansion plans for the future. The founding management team of Agilix also founded Folio Corporation and built the Ancestry.com platform. For more information, visit http://www.agilix.com. Prospective Strategic Partners and Private Equity Investors should contact Agilix at partner(at)agilix(dot)com.