Monday, January 10, 2011

The Chicago Programming Community Welcomes the uniPaaS Jet RAWcross America Tour

The uniPaaS Jet RAWcross America tour rolls into Chicago today. Chicago’s people reflect both the pioneer spirit and the prudent decision making that caused this region to thrive and Chicago to emerge in the 19th Century as the business capital of America’s heartland. Despite the region’s image for pork bellies and soybeans, the enterprise software development community in Chicago and across the Midwest is comprised of developers from some of America’s largest businesses.

In 1990, a function point analyst at the Allstate Life Insurance Company of Chicago, Illinois performed a function point analysis of a Magic application known as the LANmark system. They validated more than 60,000 function points in the application. At $1,000 per function point according to the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group, that makes the application worth in excess of $60,000,000. In other words, that’s how much it should have cost to build this massive life insurance administration system. But because the programs were created with the application platform known today as uniPaaS, it took six developers only 18 months at a cost of less than $2,000,000. That’s a $58,000,000 savings over traditional methods. And as reported in the book PROFIT, Cybertek, EDS, and Tracor Computing had all failed in previous attempts to create the same system. Each one spent more than $30,000,000 and then simply stopped trying. Perhaps this story will bring some perspective to the idea that uniPaaS Jet is “just” a single developer version. Just think of the kind of complex applications that a single developer can create with such a productive platform. As discussed elsewhere, metadata-driven development methodologies are the key to this productivity. What does that mean? Simply that theuniPaaS application platform eliminates “low level” programmingand achieves the ideal balance between simplicity and capability. Art Pennington’s well documented story about the success of Magic Software’s application platform in the annuities and life insurance industry had its birth in the State of Illinois. Three years after Allstate performed this analysis they became a publicly traded company. Today, Allstate is a Fortune 100 Company with assets of more than $133 billion. Allstate, you’re in good hands.

Across the state another mega Magic Software customer, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the $63 billion agribusiness giant with 29,000 employees, created its own logistics management system for its seed division. ADM has a fleet of 7 ocean going vessels, 700 trucks, 1600 trailers, 1700 barges and 24,700 railroad cars. That’s a lot of mobile assets to track and manage.

Well those who are following the RAWcross America tour may have heard that our favorite videographer, Vinnie Martinez, didn’t make it to Chicago. The RAW team had to leave him behind in Fort Collins, Colorado where he had gall bladder surgery. But don’t worry, within hours he got bored and started uploading videos from the hospital! You can see this one from Portlnd featuring Vinnie in front of the famed Paul Bunyan statue of Portland giving his vintage Vinnie shout out for uniPaaS. We’ll miss seeing him on the road but know you all join me in saying “Get Well Vinnie!” Here is Vinnie's Shout Out to uniPaaS recorded in Portland in front of the Paul Bunyan statue.

And here he is just a couple of days later after emergency gall bladder surgery. Yikes! He is doing fine, blogging, uploading video and FaceBooking from the hospital. In addition to posing for photos. Watch this guy. He's gonna get an Emmy or something someday soon.

And for the rest of the RAWcross America crew after they finish their meetup in Chicago they will be on to the Big Apple: New York City.

Saturday, January 8th @ 7 - 9 pm
Vertigo Sky Lounge @ Dana Hotel (2 West Erie | Chicago)
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Monday, January 10th @ 6 - 8 pm
Snap (248 W 14th St | New York)
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*PROFIT (Arlington Heights, Illinois: Profit Research Institute, 2007, p. 7-8).

Glenn Johnson is a Senior Vice President at Magic Software Enterprises, Inc. Active in the software industry since 1984, he frequently speaks at industry conferences and writes for numerous publications.