Microsoft is the new Apple

What a very interesting week it has been in the world of multi-billion dollar technology companies with both Microsoft and Apple making HARDWARE product announcements.

We expect Apple to tweak and upgrade their numerous laptop, iMac, iPad and iPhone lines, but for Microsoft to announce two very expensive devices, and peripherals, and software, on the same day, is a very clear statement that they are attacking Apple's graphics & media oriented customers directly.

Microsoft has historically done keyboards and mice, but with upgrades to its surface line and a brand new top-end integrated desktop PC, they are drawing new battle lines. Their reasons to head in this direction is I suspect because they have failed in their phone efforts, with the acquisition of Nokia now seen as a waste of billions of dollars, and the planned new Google devices such as the Pixel phone and the rumoured Google PC/Tablet which will run their new (Chromium+Android) Andromeda operating system.

Microsoft is now backing the Windows 10 + Azure + Office combination plus the latest efforts to clean up the Windows Store, as a firm software foundation for the new devices.

Gartner this week has also estimated that Microsoft will return to profit in 2018, after the re-structuring brought about by Satya Nadella who replaced Steve Ballmer as CEO.

Yesterday Apple announced its own MacBook Pro upgrade with the new Touch Bar, but market response has been luke-warm, as it was with the iWatch, and subsequently analysts are worried that Tim Cook is unable to provide the innovation leadership of Steve Jobs and Microsoft is capitalising on this opportunity.

Interesting times indeed, as Microsoft fans delight in being proud once again, but remember to treat the imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

RSS Job Feeds

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an industry standard mechanism allowing recruitment agencies to view and expose all their active requirements to job seekers via the world wide web. RSS feeds can be indexed by the major search engines and candidates can subscribe to content updates allowing them to get access to your very latest jobs.

TriSys customers can view their jobs by specifiying the hyphenated-space company name in the following URL. For example our test agency is Opus Laboris Recruitment, so the RSS feed is:



The hyperlinks in the RSS feed point to the web jobs page which pulls the live job from the customer database:

Candidates can view the job, send it to a friend, or apply to the job via registration.

TriSys Web Jobs is an easy way to provide a high quality candidate engagement platform, which can be easily integrated into your existing web site.

Your web site designers have three choices to put your live vacancies on your web site:

1. Use the RSS feed to pull data into a simple display widget

2. Embed TriSys Web Jobs in an iFrame

3. Program content delivery using our fully featured Web API:


E-Mail us at to get your live jobs filled quickly.

Development Studio

We have introduced the development studio to TriSys Apex to allow web designers and developers to extend the functionality of TriSys to build their own business functionality which can be delivered to recruiters, clients and candidates.

Developers can create Javascript code to write business logic and HTML markup to design the graphical user interface for data capture and presentation.

Custom markup and business logic can be designed, tested and published to any device:

Existing functionality and data entry forms can be inherited and overriden allowing web developers to have their custom forms loaded at run-time. The custom forms run inside the Apex framework and can take full advantage of the entire cloud architecture to deliver global software as a service to both recruiters using the Apex application, as well as clients and candidates utilising TriSys Web Jobs:

The toolbox provides pre-built custom markup and code to quickly build and extend the existing application:

In summary:

  • TriSys Apex is a cross-platform cloud-based business computing platform encompassing a core CRM.
  • Apex runs on any operating system on any device and is available in all popular app stores.
  • The AWS back-end has unlimited scalability and can store both SQL data and any type of file.
  • Apex has been built from the ground up to be a cloud based IDE facilitating unlimited customisability and integration with any third party web service. 
  • It has been customised specifically for recruitment agencies who can extend their specific CRM using the cloud IDE.
  • Launched in June 2015, the Apex apps are stable and are used by thousands of recruiters, clients and candidates.
  • We are opening up Apex to developers who wish to build interesting line of business applications using the TriSys platform.

Apex Post-MVP

Our web browser recruitment CRM application Apex, has now exceeded the minimum viable product (MVP) phase of its development.

Timesheets have now been added to Apex, further extending its reach into the mid-office of recruitment agencies.

The timesheet framework has existed in desktop TriSys for many years, but increasing demand for Apex has driven the inclusion of this functionality into our web browser, tablet and mobile phone application.

Existing customers who have contract or temporary placements can maintain timesheets for multiple pay and charge rates from both the Apex application for recruitment consultants, and also allow self-service access to timesheets for both clients and candidates using TriSys Web Jobs.

We have thus joined up the timesheet capabilities for recruiters and their clients and candidates to provide a truly end to end mid-office system.

One year after the launch of, we are launching yet another revolutionary technology platform to the global recruitment industry.

TriSys Television, hosted at will officially launch on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 16:00 BST (UTC+1).

The channel will introduce a host of recruitment technologies which add real and tangible business benefit to recruitment companies.

Recruiters are invited to attend live in order to be the first to witness this unique event, from a technology supplier who has always been at the forefront of the recruitment technology industry, to the great benefit of its customer and partners.

Please view the promotional video for the event on YouTube or at

We would be delighted if you could join us for this very special event.

Enterprise/Established vs Apex/Starter

'TriSys Everwhere' is a strategy which we embarked upon a couple of years ago to allow our customers to access and manipulate their recruitment business data wherever they were in the world.

Our original recruitment software was conceived in the early 1990's to run on departmental windows computers including PC's and more recently servers. As the internet, broadband communications, cloud computing and mobile evolved over time, and more and more non-windows devices and operating systems became popular, it was therefore imperative that TriSys too evolved to ensure that our customers were able to procure their phone or tablet or web browser of choice, and still get access to their recruitment database, from anywhere.

Making TriSys work everywhere however, whilst ensuring our existing customers were not inconvenienced in any way, guided us in the direction of designing and building a completely new cross-platform client-side software application called 'Apex' which was released in 2015. The Apex application was designed to work with our existing cloud infrastructure using our new Web API which gives our customers full CRUD (create, read, update, delete) functionality using any of our TriSys products.

As Apex has matured, both new and existing customers have been attracted to its simplicity and convenience of access from any computer, tablet, phone or web browser.

As a result, this blog post is intended to summarise the important differences between our legacy enterprise windows desktop application ideally suited to established or sophisticated recruitment agencies, and our newer Apex cross-platform application ideally suited to startup recruitment agencies.

Apex on Android and iOS

TriSys Apex Recruitment CRM is available for all mobile devices running both Android and iOS. As well as the iPhone and iPad, Apex can now be installed on over 10,000 Android phones, ensuring that TriSys customers can get full functionality recruitment database access from anywhere in the world.

These apps are available in both iTunes, the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store:

If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, then please click here.

If you have an Android phone or tablet, then please click here.

To watch an overview of Apex, and the problems it solves, please watch this YouTube video.

Windows Store App

TriSys Apex Recruitment CRM is now available in the Microsoft Windows Store.

Apex is designed for startup recruitment agencies, but can also be used by established agencies to access all of your recruitment information from any device.

You can view the Windows Store listing by clicking here.

We have also published a simple 'how-to' video on YouTube to explain how to install this on your windows device:

To watch an overview of Apex, and the problems it solves, please watch this YouTube video.

Chrome Desktop App

The 'TriSys Everywhere' initiative is gathering pace with the latest addition to the Google Chrome Store of "TriSys Apex Recruitment CRM".

This application can be installed into the Chrome browser and made available in the apps page: 

Right click on TriSys to create a desktop shortcut, and copy this into your startup folder to automatically start TriSys when you start your computer.

TriSys starts as a completely separate application on your operating system which can be repositioned, resized and maximised to provide a fast and responsive native application experience:


Existing on-demand/cloud customers may use their existing TriSys credentials to login.

Existing on-premise customers will require the provision of their own specific TriSys Web API key.

New customers may register for the free trial and subsequently subscribe to a provisioned service.

If you require access, or would like to learn more, please contact our sales department.


Just as we tested our new Web Based Recruitment Software – Apex, on the Raspberry Pi, we thought we would give it a go on Microsoft’s Xbox platform also.


If you haven’t seen Apex yet, mosey on over to to find out more. (You Can Get A Free Trial Too)

TriSys Apex is a cost-effective on-line and on-premise recruitment CRM solution built for your success as a professional recruitment agency.

TriSys Apex is based on industry standard technology, enabling your recruitment agency to benefit from a secure, robust, fully customisable and highly automated recruitment software platform offering immediate benefits.

TriSys Apex is guaranteed to save you a tremendous amount of time and allows you to win more and better business with less overheads, streamlining your recruitment processes with immediate effect and enabling you to grow your business further.

Full recruitment automation built-in

With TriSys Apex you can run Actions which trigger specific recruitment workflows with a single click, allowing you to run processes end-to-end, such as
Run mass mailing campaigns
Parse candidate CV files
Send SMS messages
Send and read emails from within TriSys Apex
Run highly personalised email merges
Send automatically formatted candidate CV files to clients
Add notes and tasks to contacts, all showing in your calendars
Synchronise emails with GMail and Exchange server
Schedule meetings
Automatically arrange interviews and send confirmation emails
Send vacancy specifications to candidates
Publish vacancies to job boards and social media
Move candidates forward in the recruitment process
Automatically generate placements
Automatically send documentation
And much more.. all fully automated and based on ready to use templates
Actions are the key reason why TriSys Apex is the best solution for your agency. If you have been using Microsoft Excel or just a very basic and user-unfriendly recruitment software, you will know exactly how it feels having to constantly fire-fight whilst also being conscious that some software tools will simply never give you the extra capability your business requires.