30% of the worldwide market
of shipping containers is controlled by Smalltalk systems.

Stéphane Ducasse, Director of Research INRIA Lille

Cherniak Software

Cherniak Software Builds Its Business on Cincom VisualWorks

When Cherniak Software Development Corporation of Toronto, Ontario began business in 1978, the plan was to provide powerful business systems that directly addressed the needs of its clients. In those early days, the development tools used by the Cherniak team were Business BASIC and later, C with the relational DBMS, Informix. Later he sought a graphical user interface language to develop high-quality applications faster and cheaper. A project with a telecommunications company introduced him to the advantages of object-oriented software development and the potential for “huge productivity gains.” Cherniak had found Cincom’s Smalltalk. Cherniak Software uses VisualWorks to give its clients uncommon flexibility such as accounts-receivables aging suited to their industry or business model, rather than fixed, 30-day increments.
Those simple things are just among literally hundreds of parameters where the clients’ system managers can tailor the system to work for them. …They don’t work at a programming level, they configure at a user level.
Bob Cherniak, Founder, Cherniak Software
The VisualWorks platform has allowed Cherniak Software to develop systems that look far better and are even more powerful and flexible than their predecessors in its traditional markets — wholesale distribution, manufacturing, and project management.
Our portfolio is diverse. …I think most software houses like us typically have a single product and focus on it. People we’ve dealt with before go into different businesses and say ‘hey, this company did good things for me at that other business — that’s the outfit I need here.’ Word of mouth more than anything else has fueled our growth.
Bob Cherniak

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