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cost-savings, it is rewarding for us to have a development tool that is both appropriate and productive.

Lennart Stenberg, Swedish National Tax Authority

SUISA

SUISA uses Cincom® ObjectStudio® to harmonize music and money with web-enabled mainframe applications

SUISA uses Cincom® ObjectStudio® to harmonize music and money with web-enabled mainframe applications

Founded in 1923, SUISA (from Suisse Auteurs) is the society for over 20,000 composers, writers and music publishers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Thanks to reciprocity agreements concluded with more than 100 sister societies abroad, SUISA represents the worldwide music repertoire of 1.7 million rights-holders, composers, writers and publishers.

SUISA realizes an annual turnover of some CHF 140 million (approximately $123 million) and employs about 200 people in its offices in Zurich, Lausanne and Lugano.

The development environment that SUISA chose to build its interface-driven, transaction-oriented services on the mainframe was Cincom Smalltalk™.

SUISA manages “small rights” which include non-dramatic musical works, concert versions of dramatic works and musical works for feature and television films. They then issue licences authorizing its clients (concert organisers, record producers, broadcasting companies and other users) to perform, broadcast and reproduce music.

With legacy systems on CICS and the interface limited to 3270 screens, SUISA needed a better way to represent their 2 million copyright holders across 100 constituent groups to some 90,000 customers in the music business. According to Nick Theofanidis, the Manager of Databases and System Administration Group, SUISA built its GUI-driven, transaction-oriented services on the mainframe with Cincom Smalltalk because it integrated applications with the desktop, independent of platform, and with interfaces to customers worldwide.

Our expectations have been satisfied. …Cincom Smalltalk can be considered as the gateway to our mainframe business applications.
Nick Theofanidis