"Using Iron Speed Designer saved approximately six person-weeks of development time and at least $14,000 in development costs."

- Jaime Jegonia, Owner of JimiTron Software I.M.S
Casper, WY USA

The I.M.S is a financial workflow application. It was developed specifically for Bigwig Office, Inc of Casper, WY USA. has revolutionized the small business outsource model by reducing the overhead of individual departments to bring you all the resources you need in a solution that's not only collaborative, but cost-effective as well. provides these resources within a packaged pricing module to make even small budgets solve big problems.

The application is used both internally and externally by these groups: lenders, clients, business partners, application administrators, client service representatives, underwriters, accountants, and developers. Each user group has a dynamic login, restricted by role-based security.

Secure workflow menu screen for client service representatives and application administrators.

Similar to a portal, I.M.S. is a financial application that caters to partners, lenders and clients alike. The application processes and monitors the progress (or stage) of the loan package in the form of workflow. The loan package starts with a client application and progresses through various stages, first handled by a client service representative, then loan assignment by an underwriter, and finally terminating when all the loans in the package are paid or cancelled by the accountant.

Clients may apply for a loan online through a client service representative or through a partner. When a client applies online, BigwigOffice is set as the default partner. If a client applies through a third-party partner, then the client will be associated with this company instead.

As soon as the application is submitted, four emails are automatically sent through the workflow system. Once the application's stage is marked received, it will be reviewed by a client service representative. The application moves through each stage upon completing the previous stage's requirements. At every stage, automated email notifications are sent. Email alerts may ask for specific information, notify that requirements have been met or received, or notify the applicant of the application's status. The application is complete when all initial requirements are satisfied.

Once this occurs, the workflow moves to the loan assignment and amount appropriation processes passing through another set of stages until the loans are paid or cancelled.

Application size and scope

One Microsoft SQL Server database comprises over 52 tables and 13 database views. The Loans table is the largest currently holding 1,000 records. The application has 2,000 visitors processing approximately 300 transactions each month across 40 different web pages.

The project

The project took me and one application user (tester) two weeks to complete. The Iron Speed Designer portion of the project took ten hours.

Code extensions and customizations

This application contains about 350 lines of custom code, including:

Automatic email sending with StringBuilder() formatting including file attachments.
Hiding document link when empty.
Preloading lenders' names according to the loan applicant's location (US state).
Enabling partial saving in order to preview newly uploaded documents without leaving the page.
Implementing WHERE clause filtering in tandem with component-level security to implement role-based menus.

Application users can quickly navigate the custom workflow page above.

I did not implement any third-party components in this application. The code customization portion of this project, including database enhancement, took 50 hours for me to complete.

Layout customizations

Several page layout customizations were implemented in the Bigwigs I.M.S application. We used the standard Iron Speed Designer Alps design theme.

Iron Speed Designer impact

Using Iron Speed Designer saved approximately six person-weeks of development time and at least $14,000 in development costs. Creating this application by hand would have taken me eight person weeks of development time. As a result, this project would not have been possible without Iron Speed Designer as the original deadline for the completed application was one week!


About the developer

Jaime Jegonia
IT Consultant and Owner
JimiTron Software

Jaime is a Chemical Engineer by training and a .NET web developer by avocation. His passion for development has transformed him into an Information Technology Consultant and owner of JimiTron Software.

Jaime holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of San Agustin of Iloilo City, Philippines.

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