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Tom Nies

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MMA

Goals:

To develop two business-critical systems that would:
  • Cover pre-sales, sales and invoicing processes
  • Handle insurance claims
  • Include both client/server workstations for back-office as well as a web client for sales and agencies
  • Run both on employee PCs (client/server) and as batch applications on the server
  • Integrate smoothly with other technologies (COBOL, Java, .Net, GraphTalk, etc.)

Challenge:

  • To introduce system parameterisation and easy-to-use GUI into MMA’s contract handling and claims systems.

Solution:

  • Cincom® VisualWorks®

Key Results:

  • The accessible development environment in VisualWorks was easy for programmers to comprehend, enabling them to quickly become productive while enjoying the system.
  • Object-oriented architecture allowed the reuse of program elements, making development go faster and more efficiently.
  • Impressive performance satisfies 11,300 simultaneous users globally, covering 690 products and serving over 3 million customers.
  • Heavy workloads of processing new contracts, invoices, etc. at the end of the year are handled without problems.