NEURON DATA IN THE ISV/VAR MARKET
American Banker Bond Buyer
Cincinnati Bell Info. Systems
Data Select Systems
Deloitte & Touche
Dialog Information Services
DST Clarke & Tilley
Engineering Automation Sys.
Factory Mutual Research
GE Fanuc Automation
International Private Bank
Japan Radio Co., Ltd.
Landmark Systems Corp.
Marketing Intelligence Co.
Mercantile & General
MUST Software International
Oil Technology Services
Sony Computer Systems
Swiss Electronic Stock Exchange
Universal Systems, Inc.
Western Data System
White Cross Systems
Absyss, a systems integrator headquartered in France, developed Visual TOM using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and the Diagrammer. Visual TOM is used for graphic modeling of networking configurations and for graphically representing statistical analyses.
Manufacturing/Time & Attendance
ADI is one of the premier time and attendance application developers. Located in Rhode Island, ADI is an integrated systems vendor that designs systems for thousands of sites in the U.S. ADI is developing two applications with OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS.
The first is an add-on package designed for multiple chain stores in the warehouse retail industry. This DOS-based, character modeapplication is a time-and-attendance accrual and employee pointing system that identifies pluses and minuses of employee performance at a variety of levels. It will help to entirely reengineer the management of employee scheduling and history reporting.
The second application will be a more sophisticated system incorporating 300,000 lines of Turbo Pascal legacy code. It will run under DOS, Windows and a variety of UNIX platforms. Both applications are scheduled to be released the first quarter of this year.
AMERICAN MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Headquartered in Virginia, American Management Systems (AMS) is an independent systems vendor with 1994 revenues exceeding $350 million. It provides systems integration and consulting services worldwide to Fortune 1000 companies and the public sector. Faced with a demand for GUI-based applications capable of performing in complex and heterogeneous computing environments, AMS needed a development environment that was both graphically robust and highly portable for rapid deployment. AMS selected OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop applications for different clients, including Windows and Windows NT, OS/2, UNIX and Macintosh.
OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS has allowed AMS to reengineer all user interfaces to its existing applications and to migrate easily into heterogeneous computing environments. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS enables early prototyping of new applications and allows AMS to deliver the same application simultaneously in a variety of windowing environments. Most importantly, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is giving AMS the flexibility to adapt to the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry.
Andersen Consulting, employing 26,000 professionals in 151 offices around the world, is a leading provider of management and information technology consulting services.
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, Andersen consultants created a solution construction toolset for software development to help programmers rapidly build customer applications which run on Open Look, Motif, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows and Presentation Manager. While creating applications for any environment, the OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS construction toolset still provides the functionality and power of a native windowing system. It allows programmers to concentrate on making the application fit customer requirements, rather than on programming details.
BECHTEL SOFTWARE, Inc.
Bechtel Software, Inc. (BSI) is a subsidiary of California-based Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's foremost engineering construction and project management organizations. BSI's Advanced Software Group develops and implements engineering and artificial intelligence software technologies, and provides training and consulting services. BSI needed to develop a commercially viable document generation tool that could be used across a variety of platforms. Especially important was the ability to program a single set of code for multiple user interfaces.
BSI used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop Expert Document Generation Environment (EDGE). EDGE enables users to quickly and accurately generate complex business documents, such as contracts, proposals and licenses. EDGE is currently available for UNIX, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh.
EDGE was developed and implemented in four months. The reduced start-up time accelerated EDGE's introduction into the marketplace and saved Bechtel one man-year of development time and $100,000 in development-related costs. The company also anticipates substantial savings in ongoing maintenance and enhancement costs.
Using Neuron Data's OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, BioImage develops customized gel scanners for analyzing films, photos, blots and other electrophoreses samples.
BioImage systems are used by hundreds of research institutions, private companies and government agencies around the world. The systems provide tools to manage entire projects. They accept TIFF image files and image files from virtually any imaging device. The systems are built on UNIX-based workstations, so they can be linked together, or linked to existing networks.
Tools Cabletron, a leading supplier of network management equipment and software, uses OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS for use across its line of network software products: Spectrum and Remote LANView. These products are comprehensive network management systems for UNIX and Windows platforms. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS ensures the ability to port network management products easily and rapidly to a range of client/server platforms, including Windows NT, to meet market opportunities.
The application provides all Cabletron software the same "look and feel" across platforms, thereby reducing training costs for customers. It provides rapid portability of GUI code with no need for separate windowing environment specialists. It also delivers a superset of native windowing environment toolsets for flexibility in GUI design. The object-oriented structure of the system enables the easy creation of custom widgets through sub-classing.
Based in the United Kingdom, Cambridge Animation Systems is now in the process of developing two systems using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS. These systems will fill in incremental drawings of cartoons after artists have drawn the beginning and ending sequences. The result will be smooth running cartoons.
Cambridge Animation Systems is also developing synchronizing software that will have the capability of adding a human voice to the corresponding lip movements of cartoon characters.
Located in Belgium, Carleton developed a GUI application with OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, called Passport Workbench, which is attached to the company's OpenHouse Data Warehousing system. OpenHouse simplifies the use of information available in Carleton's production databases.
The OpenHouse architecture uses a pragmatic development, implementation and maintenance approach. It is designed to meet the objectives of information users, as well as the company's development, implementation and maintenance guidelines. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS allows OpenHouse to provide the ability to reformat data into any of several PC file formats. Supported data structures include DIF, SYLK, PRN, CSV and SAS. OpenHouse is now also available on multiple hardware platforms supporting a wide range of operating systems, user interfaces and databases, as both source and target.
COMMISSION OF EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Diagnosis Aurion, a Neuron Data partner in Italy, uses SMART ELEMENTS for the AREA R&D project promoted by the Commission of European Communities. AREA is a multi-media application for agriculture which provides advanced technologies in the field of phyto-pathologies (plant diseases). The multi-media expert system supplies descriptions of pathologies caused by viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites together with information on chemicals used to fight these diseases. A worldwide network provides on-line, real-time communication with remote experts. It helps the user refine diagnoses and pest management procedures.
COMPUTER & MICROIMAGE
Computer & Microimage, a VAR for the government and telecommunications industries, selected SMART ELEMENTS and C/S ELEMENTS to develop a fraud detection application for use with cellular phones. The system runs under Windows and accesses Sybase. Their reasons for choosing Neuron Data were product quality and data access.
ComputerVision is using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and the Diagrammer to build workflow and docflow applications for engineers. The applications will be used by ComputerVision internally and resold by ComputerVision as Optegra to engineering companies worldwide.
SI/Finance/Workflow, Doc. Mgmt., Imaging
Computron develops large-scale financial systems, including imaging and workflow systems. Its customers represent an installed base of about 1,700 customers including major banks, insurance companies, Big 6 accounting firms and Fortune 500 manufacturers. Computron customers typically use Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Macintosh, UNIX, VAX/VMS, IBM AS/400, HP MPE and DOS platforms. Computron needed a GUI development tool that would be able to service all its customers' hardware and software platforms needs.
The first application to reach production was a Computer Output to Laser Disk (COLD) application. COLD is integrated with the company's imaging and workflow solutions. The 50+ screen package renders obsolete microfiche storage systems by enabling customers to store documents on an optical drive and access them on-line.
DIE START GRUPPE
Die Start Gruppe is a travel industry joint venture owned by Lufthansa Airlines, Deutsche Bundesbahn (the German railway) and the Touristik Union of Germany (Germany's largest charter flight organization).
Die Start Gruppe used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to rewrite large booking applications for all German charter and Lufthansa flights and railway tickets. These systems will be sold to travel agencies throughout Germany and appear on the screens of 15,000 travel agencies countrywide. Platforms are SCO, SCO character mode, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows.
Finance/Asset Mgmt., Information Access
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, DST Belvedere developed Global Portfolio System. This asset management system provides real-time, enterprise-wide information that meets the demands of today's dynamic asset management world.
DYNAMIC DATA ACCESS for
Hughes, one of the major U.S. defense contractors, is engaged in building the Tactical Expert Asset Manager, a prototype system and simulation environment for the U.S. Army's Intelligence and Electronic-Warfare Directorate. The Tactical Expert Asset Manager assists field operators through the process of jamming enemy transmissions. Hughes used Neuron Data's business rule system, NEXPERT OBJECT , and its GUI development environment, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, to design the entire system, including the prototype. Developers began the project on a Sun workstation and delivered it on a Macintosh. Hughes chose Neuron Data for three key reasons. First, Neuron Data has exceptional porting capabilities. Second, Hughes was impressed by the tools' universal database access. Hughes developers needed to build applications that could access multiple databases, including relational databases and flat-file systems. Since these data sources can change rapidly, Hughes developers needed to leverage the ability to customize data access. Finally, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS' scripting language enabled developers to embed the GUI right into the expert system. Hughes credits the link with substantial savings in development time.
Neuron Data tools have earned a reputation for providing Hughes with monumental increases in productivity and reliability and covering the company's most important development needs.
EDS for General Motors
SI/Automotive/Dealer Ordering System
EDS also used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to build an innovative communications system for General Motors dealers on a Pan-European level. General Motors Europe strategically chose DCS2 as a software platform for its dealer network.
The OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS system is the most powerful and integrated dealer communications system in the market and allows dealers' day-to-day business, ordering, repairs and administration processes to run more smoothly. DCS2 has a great impact on the overall business performance of GM dealers by maximizing the power of existing systems and providing a better return on computer and software investments. DCS2 now lets several users simultaneously access data including vehicle, price and warranty information, a powerful parts management tool, GM's new vehicle ordering system and a single electronic messaging system through Lotus Notes (operational in eleven languages). DCS2 offers dealers a single, future-compatible system for placing and monitoring orders, checking availability of spare parts and even providing detailed technical back-up.
EDS for the U.S. Army
EDS built a personnel tracking and reporting system for the U.S. Army using NEXPERT OBJECT. It was originally deployed on an IBM mainframe and later downsized to a network of IBM RS/6000.
Consumer Electronics/Animation, Game
After evaluating several products for building graphical user interfaces, Electronic Arts (EA) programmers selected OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS as the first commercial tool for widespread use by its graphics tools group. They preferred Neuron Data's approach because all widgets for windowing environments are supported - not just the least common denominator ones. This gives EA developers the ability to create GUIs that employ any appropriate widget for any environment.
In addition, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS enables EA developers to write game tools on any platform they choose and port the tools intact to any other platform with only one compiling operation. The tool can then have the same look and feel across all platforms, which simplifies internal maintenance and support. These benefits have saved the work of at least one person-year of engineering time. By automating the creation of GUIs, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS has freed programmers to focus on larger and more complex projects.
Aurion sold SMART ELEMENTS to Italy's ENEL-CRA, which developed an expert system as part of a maintenance program for power plants to handle alarms. This real-time system runs on Sun Workstations. ENEL-CRA also evaluated G2 and Sun DevGuide, but selected Neuron Data products due to the performance and embeddability of NEXPERT OBJECT, the OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS browser and the ability to integrate Neuron Data with other software, such as real-time databases.
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), located in California, is the worldwide market leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software. To increase its share among commercial markets, ESRI needed an application with a GUI capable of running on UNIX and PCs. Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, ESRI designed an easy-to-use application, called ArcView. ArcView runs on various UNIX systems, such as Open Look and Motif, on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, DOS and OS/2-PM.
OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS reduced ArcView development time from three years to one, accelerating its introduction into commercial markets. With the rich set of widgets that OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS offers, ESRI built a sophisticated interface aimed at the specific querying and viewing needs of the GIS marketplace. In addition, it provides ESRI customers with enhanced flexibility to design custom widgets without sacrificing portability.
FORMTEK, A Lockheed Company
Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Formtek is a leading developer and integrator of custom-made information, product data management and workflow solutions for Fortune 1000 companies and major public agencies worldwide. Its customers span the industries of manufacturing, aerospace, government agencies and utilities.
OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS helps Formtek to seamlessly integrate its manufacturing and engineering solutions with legacy systems and third-party products through its wide cross-platform support capability and extensibility.
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, the company built its central information and work process management, named TDM. TDM is an open Total Information Management System for the management, storage and retrieval of information in a heterogeneous, client/server environment. The system enables an enterprise to improve efficiency and achieve maximum benefit from streamlined business processes. TDM differs from traditional information management systems in that it manages information as real world objects like documents, sheets and folders. This approach allows users to focus on their task and the data that supports the task instead of focusing on the computer. The system supports multiple representations of data while hiding the complexity of file and data type management from the users. TDM is built in a modular fashion with core functionality that addresses the common information repository needs and optional modules for specialized needs. The system supports servers and clients for Sun SPARC, HP 900/700, IBM RISC/6000 and Silicon Graphics workstations, and clients only on the Macintosh and PCs.
SI/Telecom./Wireless Connections Software
General Magic used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to build its TeleScript Development Environment. This development tool, which will be targeted toward software application development for the wireless industry (software connecting PDAs, FAX, cell phone, corporate "home base," etc.), will make heavy use of OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS as the graphical front-end. Third-party developers who use TeleScript from General Magic will also be motivated to use OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS for their own GUIs.
The TeleScript Development Environment runs on the client, the server or on both.
Multiple/Finance, Customer Service
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS with DB2, Global Software developed Global Open Financials Software. This suite of intelligent accounting systems was designed for complex, multicurrency environments. The systems run on S/390, RS/6000, Hewlett Packard, Sun and Sequent servers that access DB2, Oracle and Sybase databases.
GMIS is a leading developer and marketer of strategic medical management systems for the health insurance industry. GMIS develops quality medical management systems aligned with national health care reform. Its clients include more than 200 installations in indemnity, managed care and third-party administrator organizations. GMIS and its Boston-based subsidiary, Medical Intelligence, Inc., together develop products that combine expert technology with clinical expertise and protocols to help clients contain costs, enhance the quality of patient care and strengthen their health care provider networks. GMIS' medical knowledge-based products focus on critical issues, such as appropriateness of care, provider monitoring and evaluation and claims processing. GMIS uses Neuron Data technology in two products, MAPS and Provider Insight. The company leverages the portability of OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and NEXPERT OBJECT to deliver appropriateness of care, performance review and retrospective analysis of care episodes.
MAPS is available on Windows standalone PCs and as a Windows client/server application over a variety of networks to both PC and UNIX-based servers. The system is also available as a terminal-to-host application on IBM AIX, HP-UX and DEC RISC Ultrix. Provider Insight runs on most popular operating environments and accesses relational databases as a client/server application over a variety of networks.
Marketing /Customer Service, Database Reporting & Analysis
Harte-Hanks Data Technologies delivers customized databases and data access technologies to banks, insurance companies, retail organizations and other marketing-intensive businesses. As a vendor to more than 130 businesses worldwide, Harte-Hanks must be able to deliver technologies that handle huge volumes of customer records with point-and-click operation. To rapidly develop consistent versions of its products' multiple platforms, the company selected OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS and developed Personal/Customer Information System (P/CIS). P/CIS is a sophisticated database reporting and analysis tool for customer service representatives and business-to-business marketing professionals.
OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS' API provided a robust set of calls that enabled Harte-Hanks to construct complex data querying and reporting functions and give its customers point-and-click access to large volumes of customer records. OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS widgets also gave developers a wide range of options for constructing graphical, pull-down menus and other interface objects. By eliminating the limitations of working with a variety of windowing environments, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS has enabled Harte-Hanks to take a "concurrent engineering" approach, developing P/CIS on multiple platforms simultaneously and dramatically shortening product development time for multiple platforms.
P/CIS is available on Sun Workstations and IBM AIX workstations with the Motif windowing system, OS/2 with Presentation Manager, Windows and Windows NT.
IBM in Belgium used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop XCIS, an integrated clinical information system for the efficient functioning of the total hospital, as well as administrative and medical/paramedical functions. The application, already deployed to several large hospitals, runs under AIX and accesses Sybase. It will be deployed worldwide and resold by IBM in the near future.
Infinity in California developed Montage, which offers a full suite of financial dealer support and risk management applications for managing a derivatives trading operation of swaps, caps, floors, FRAs, bonds, futures options, swaptions, money markets and foreign exchange.
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, Montage applications combine an intuitive graphical user interface with a powerful financial engineering approach to deliver flexible and easy-to-use tools to traders, marketers, risk managers and operations professionals.
INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Inc.
SI/Real-Time Monitoring & Debugging
Integrated Systems built a real-time monitoring and debugging tool for embedded systems using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS as the front-end. The system runs on Sun, IBM AIX and Windows.
Located in Alabama, Intergraph provides solutions for the technical desktop to Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. The company specializes in delivering high-performance, high-capacity solutions of unparalleled value to the ASIC/FPGA electronic design community.
Intergraph used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS at the core of its new state of the art application, VeriBest Design System, because it allows platform independent development as well as high-performance development capabilities. With OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, three out of four key portions of the system were developed:
NEXPERT OBJECT was used by Ansaldo Transporti in an application they developed for the Italian railway. The system supervises all activities in the Italian railway stations. NEXPERT OBJECT was chosen for its ease of porting to other platforms and because of the short learning curve associated with its usage.
The application runs on DEC Alpha Open VMS.
KOLLER PARTNERS for FUJI PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMICALS
Cons. Prod./Process Control
Koller + Partner AG in Switzerland used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop the OASIS family of applications used by Fuji Hunt's photographic labs all over the world. Fuji calls it a "revolutionary system for total chemical and process control management." OASIS Pro is 100% user-definable: it allows the user to define his own checks on chemical parameters as required. This information is then used by OASIS Pro for chemical or water additions, to correct bath density for regeneration of chemical overflows or even for advanced diagnostics of process control problems. By maintaining the proper chemical balances, Fuji labs are able to optimize their chemical mixes and keep photographic quality levels as high as possible. The application is a full-featured Windows system that runs on IBM compatibles.
LINGO COMPUTER DESIGN, Inc.
Finance/Reporting, Information Access
Lingo Computer Design, Inc. is a Canadian company with a successful record providing productivity solutions. Lingo has developed solutions for companies in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Bermuda, Spain and Singapore. Lingo selected OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop its next generation of enterprise-wide information systems.
The company started with FISCAL, a financial decision support system that includes corporate modeling technology, a general ledger and financial, sales, marketing and trading systems, all in one package. FISCAL is revolutionary in the sense that it helps users achieve their budget targets within cost constraints, allows users to access sales performance data and provides business reporting with minimum training needed, in record time.
The system supports thousands of users and runs on Windows, OS/2, UNIX and Macintosh platforms. FISCAL provides access to any level of detail by simple point-and-click commands through a variety of flexible options including charts, ad-hoc reporting, drill downs, triggers and alarms, what-ifs, variance analysis and multiple business views.
Transportation/Info. Access & Mgmt., Regulations
Lloyd's Register has been involved in a major European research initiative aimed at developing new methods of electronic information management and retrieval for the shipping industry. Through this involvement, Lloyd's Register used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop Rulefinder, a Windows-based interactive computer database system designed to provide quick and easy access to current maritime regulations.
Rulefinder runs on Windows or UNIX operating systems. It may be customized to meet clients' needs so that they can easily access their own information simultaneously.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Lucas Engineering used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop TeamSET, an integrated suite of software tools that increases the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary product teams through the entire software introduction process – from concept to customer.
The Lucas TeamSET suite helps teams to focus on key issues and optimize product design at the early concept stage, where nearly 80 percent of the final product cost is fixed. By helping teams select the best design options early on, TeamSET helps them to actually achieve goals faster, at a lower cost.
The suite's common database enables users to save precious time moving back and forth between the modules as a concept is refined, so more options can be explored in less time. Its graphical user interface makes the system easy to learn and use. And the suite's architecture provides ample room for expansion through the creation of new TeamSET modules and data links.
The Lucas TeamSET suite is compatible with a variety of application environments and can adapt to evolving market needs. Initial implementations run on Microsoft Windows and Sun Workstations.
MC2/INTEGRATED AUTOMATION CORP. for EUROCOPTER
Headquartered in France, Eurocopter designs and manufactures military and nonmilitary helicopters. In the past, Eurocopter stored important development information, such as technical descriptions, test reports, design parameters, and simulation models on paper with access through a master index. Searching for critical documents took up to 30 percent of valuable engineering time. The company needed an electronic archiving system that could be easily accessed from a variety of platforms, including Macintosh, PCs running Microsoft Windows, and SUN Open Look UNIX workstations.
Eurocopter contracted MC2/Integrated Automation Corporation, a leading vendor of electronic archival systems, to develop an application called ERUDIT. A complete electronic documentation system, ERUDIT uses the Ingres relational database manager and Batelle Labs' BASIS+ database to store scanned documents, with their native format when available, as well as various indexes. The application runs on two VAX servers. Client workstations, connected to the servers via an Ungermann-Bass Ethernet network, run the OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS front-end. ERUDIT uses OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS browser widgets extensively to navigate the topics and indexes in both the document database and the list boxes.
This intensive use of power widgets cut development time to only five months. ERUDIT is considered a strategic application within Eurocopter's Aerospatiale group and is deployed on 150 of the company's client workstations.
Metaphase is a privately held software company headquartered in Minnesota, selling commercial off-the-shelf software products called Metaphase. Metaphase is an OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS-based suite of data management systems that serves as the core to a wide range of enterprise-wide manufacturing solutions. Available in a modular fashion, Metaphase addresses the specific needs of manufacturing organizations throughout their product development cycle, such as Product Data Management, CALS/CITIS compliance, configuration management, OSHA 1910 compliance, ISO 9000 compliance, application data control, workflow, business process reengineering and concurrent engineering.
At the core of Metaphase, OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is used to provide users with an object management GUI framework in which to complete their mission-critical work assignments. With OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, Metaphase implemented an advanced architecture that is truly state of the art. Metaphase helps manufacturing companies prepare to enter the next century, as their success will depend on their ability to continually improve their quality, cost and time-to-market.
The tool's architecture employs peer-to-peer networking and object oriented techniques, as well as the extensive use of standards, which provides for a solution with extremely high performance, flexibility, scalability and ease of use. Its layered architecture provides complete platform, operating systems, network, database and application independence. Metaphase components are available on a wide variety of platforms including HP UX, DEC AXP OSF1, SGI IRIX, IBM AIX, DEC AXP OpenVMS, Sun Solaris, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows and Windows NT.
Headquartered in California, MICROCADAM is a subsidiary of Japan's CADAM Systems Company, Inc. With 1994 combined revenues of more than $130 million, both companies design mechanical CAD systems for Fortune 1000 design customers around the world.
The companies jointly develop mechanical design tools for 3D and 2D drafting for a wide variety of platforms. In search for a user interface tool with a single input method of programming and the flexibility to support a wide variety of character for markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas, MICROCADAM investigated several potential GUI tools. They chose OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS because it best addressed internationalization and multi-platform needs. MICROCADAM and CADAM Systems Company are successfully leveraging their international development using the Elements Environment tools. In the next two years, 50 percent of their programmers will be using the Elements Environment for their development.
These applications will run on RS/6000, HP, SGI, Sun, Windows and OS/2, and they integrate easily into existing CAD products. Most applications are linked via Novell or UNIX networks.
Municipals Group used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop Munifacts for Windows, a complete municipal information service with built-in alerts and automatic printing features that provides complete and continuous market coverage and commentary, regional news, economic news and more.
Munifacts gives users a choice of windows on their screens, in any combination, such as news, negotiated sales and offerings. It also allows users to easily customize and save screen layouts in a variety of ways. Users can use multiple windows and monitor activity on several fronts at once – and then, when ready, go back to the standard setup.
Stock Exchange/Real-Time Trading
The second-largest securities market after the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to completely reengineer the way its traders perform their daily tasks. The new system, called Workstation II Software, gives traders added capacity, speed and flexibility. This client/server application distributes trading information to more than 4,000 stockbrokers at 1,200 sites. The system combines applications that support trading and analysis with access to Nasdaq's database. It runs on clients including OS/2, Windows, Sun and SCO UNIX-based PCs and Macintosh, and servers including Unisys and Tandem host systems.
Telecom./Media, Advertising Scheduling
Located in New Jersey, Nesbit customers include broadcast and cable networks, cable stations and large corporations with video departments, such as JC Penny and Merrill Lynch. Nesbit recently provided software for all the broadcast networks in support of the Olympic games and served as general contractor for CBS during the 1992 and 1994 winter games, for NBC in Seoul, Korea in 1988 and in the Barcelona 1992 summer games.
Television stations and networks, in their efforts to sell time, set up a 24-hour program schedule that is interspersed throughout with advertisements. In order to determine which advertisement slots are on-hand, they navigate through a complex system to understand what is available, see what they can sell, slot-in spots as they are reserved and keep a copy in house.
Nesbit selected Elements Environment because it provided the best toolset, an advanced GUI and inference engine and more complete functionality. Using Neuron Data tools, Nesbit developed a modern, integrated broadcast sales and traffic system for the television industry. NEXPERT OBJECT 's inference engine is used for intelligent placements of commercials, or slotting. The application is scheduled to be released soon. One of the first users will be USA networks, sponsoring more than 120 users once installed. The system runs on Sun Solaris and PC workstations with Microsoft Windows as the client.
OBJECTIVE SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS
Using OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, Objective Systems Integrators (OSI) developed NetExpert, a powerful suite of network management products that integrates, controls and automates both standards-compliant and proprietary-based network components. OSI's customers represent some of the largest telecommunications companies worldwide.
OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS is used as the front-end to NetExpert which performs a wide variety of related tasks, such as the management of configuration, customer network, fault, performance, service and traffic; data collection; and system administration. A completely open, "standards-based software framework" supporting SNMP, TMJN and OmniPoint, NetExpert has earned a reputation of "cutting-edge" technology. It is a "programmerless" product that affords its users a high degree of independence from actual network devices. Also, its flexible, completely open architecture allows access to all common databases. The future of NetExpert will expand to include Telephony and Broadband Area Service capability. OSI will depend on Neuron Data development technology to provide the very best portable GUIs available.
NetExpert is targeted for UNIX and is currently available on Sun, Tandem, SGI, IBM, ATT and HP platforms.
Database Tools/Fault Tolerance
Platinum Technology used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop TSreorg – a complete tablespace reorganization tool – for Oracle. TSreorg completely reorganizes database analyst (DBA) tablespaces, including defragmentation and data partitioning.
In addition to its reorganization functions, TSreorg enables DBAs to browse database structures using a sophisticated object browser and proportional space map. The product also enables users to browse all databases in the network without having to constantly change sessions.
TSreorg is a true client/server implementation. Its smart reorganization agent resides on the same host as the database so that network traffic is not necessary during reorganization. The agent also uses failure prediction and recovery to make the reorganization process reliable and safe.
QUALITY SOFTWARE PRODUCTS
Quality Software Products (QSP) is the United Kingdom's largest developer of IBM mainframe-based accounting and management information software packages. The company's Universal On-Line Accounting Software (OLAS) package is a multi-platform relational version of its IBM mainframe accounting system. To increase the competitiveness of Universal OLAS, QSP needed a graphical user interface that could service various environments.
QSP designed Personal SOFTSCREEN, the user interface to Universal OLAS. The company used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to ensure that Personal SOFTSCREEN also addressed different windowing environments.
QSP only had to write the application once for availability under every windowing environment, saving eight man-years of development effort. The company also has minimized its ongoing maintenance and enhancement costs for Universal OLAS GUI. SOFTSCREEN provides compatibility with 3,270 terminal screens and can run on any workstation with the Universal OLAS application on a host machine. It is accessible to the user via Microsoft Windows V.3, Presentation Manager, Open Look or Motif.
Based in Connecticut, Quant Trading develops software for the financial market, including large securities dealers such as Drexel Burnham and other institutional accounts. One of Quant's prime applications is Sector Trading System (Sector) version 2.0 - a multi-windowed, real-time application that provides security pricing, risk management, analysis, trade capture and profit and loss reports. It has earned a reputation as one of the more successful U.S. Treasury bond trading systems. Initially designed for Novell networks, Sector version 1.0 ran exclusively on DOS. As Quant's customer base grew away from the DOS environment, Quant needed a new object-oriented tool that supported Sector on Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris and other platforms.
Quant chose OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to redevelop Sector because of its true superset, its ability to change the look-and-feel "on the fly," and because of the strong support services that Neuron Data offers. The application meets changing customer demands, offers several operating platform options and supports real-time feeds through a powerful multi-windowed environment.
Hardware Tools Design/Finite Element Analysis
Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), located in Ohio, is a preeminent supplier of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software that employs more than 1,100 people around the world. Its major customers include cross-industry Fortune 1000 corporations worldwide.
SDRC used NEXPERT OBJECT to develop I-DEAS Simulation Advisor, an FEA front-end that guides users through the process of creating, solving and interpreting results from an FEA model. FEA is a highly specialized simulation technology that allows engineers to test the structural integrity of their designs while side-stepping costly physical prototypes.
Simulation Advisor uses NEXPERT OBJECT 's rule-based technology to make suggestions and automatically check each step of the process, insuring that the model conforms to standard FEA practices. Simulation Advisor is an extremely intelligent, reliable, highly integrated user interface that allows an engineer with no training in FEA to conduct a thorough analysis of a prototype design. The use of NEXPERT OBJECT also ensures that the design will work right the first time. Since the analysis gets accomplished much earlier in the development process, the system ultimately saves thousands of dollars in development costs.
The system, which was written in one man-year, draws upon 25 years of expert experience. It supports Microsoft Windows and Motif and is available on a wide range of workstations from PCs to VAX systems to UNIX workstations, including Silicon Graphics, HP, IBM, Sony, Sun and DEC.
Retail/Employee Fraud Detection
Sensormatic is a United Kingdom-based VAR in the retail market. They have developed an application with OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS that takes information from a closed-circuit television in supermarket check-out monitors, puts the information into the OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS application which runs on Windows and OS/2 platforms and processes the information to identify employees who cheat the company (open the cash register and take out money without selling anything or making change). The application compiles a report and plays an edited tape for the manager. Sensormatic calls this "behavioral modification software," and hopes that it acts as a deterrent to employee theft. Other software products that run with the application are Microsoft Video and Soundblaster.
STATE OF KENTUCKY TECHNOLOGY GROUP
SMART ELEMENTS is used for a bank examination (auditing) application deployed to bank examiners in areas of asset quality, liquidity, management and capital earnings. The primary target customer base is state governments. This is an award-winning system.
In the race to bring quality pharmaceuticals to market, Sterling Winthrop, a leading U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturer, needed a way for its researchers to quickly access and review voluminous study documents and easily submit these documents to government agencies for approval.
Sterling Winthrop's developers created three applications with OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS: Document Review, Spreadsheet Review and Composer. All three applications were developed on Macintosh and run on PCs.
Sungard used OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS to develop Devon Derivatives System for Windows, a system that can be combined with users' own macros, spreadsheets and real-time data feeds for dynamic and unique perspectives on risk and reward.
As a result of Devon Derivatives System, users are no longer restricted to viewing and using data in the fixed formats of traditional systems. With a drag of a mouse or a keystroke, they can create and manipulate screens to help them work in the way they work best.
The Devon Derivatives System for Windows runs as a client application with SQL access to industry standard relational databases operating on Windows NT or UNIX platforms. Corporate data and audit controls remain intact, leaving users free to access all the information needed to optimize performance and profitability.
Synergy, a United Kingdom based VAR, is using SMART ELEMENTS to develop Locator Expert, an application capable of controlling material handling systems, conveyors and other warehouse systems. Synergy is also utilizing Neuron Data's distributed messaging which will allow them to distribute the application's components among various servers. Locator Expert will be capable of running entire warehouses, not just recording warehouse information. The application will be completely object-oriented and object-based.
VISTEC for SONY COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Consumer Electronics/Quality Control
DAIS is a CD-I (interactive video compact disk) authorizing tool developed by Vistec in Tokyo for Sony. Sony expects this to be a growth market that enables viewers to interact with the player. DAIS runs on Sony NEWS workstations and is distributed by Sony. The product uses OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS. The main functionalities of the software are the:
Using Neuron Data's OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS, Wessex developed First St., an integrated desktop mapping package for business. First St. integrates business data with geography. It enables users to spot trends and patterns not apparent in tables or charts.
Yokogawa group in Tokyo created micro VIEW-G with OPEN INTERFACE ELEMENTS. Micro VIEW-G is a multi-window debugger supported in GUI environments. It is used by software developers as a C source-level, real-time debugger. Micro VIEW-G runs on PCs, Sun OS, Sun Solaris and HP9000.