Largest Provider of Commercial Smalltalk
Cincom is one of the largest commercial providers of Smalltalk, with twice as many partners and customers than other commercial providers.

Tom Nies

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Penn State

Goals:

  • Give Penn State University students, faculty, and staff access to its information storehouse.
  • Ensure scalability to match the growth of web-based applications.
  • Leverage investments in existing mainframe storage.

Challenges:

Provide a development environment that:
  • Accommodated periods of extremely heavy usage without system crashes.
  • Ensured security of administrative and instructional data.
  • Allowed for expansion as needed without downtimes.

Solution:

Results:

  • Cincom Smalltalk enabled Penn State to put client-server applications on the web with very little effort.
  • Cincom Smalltalk streamlined the creation of the user interface and the web-to-database access mechanisms.
  • The end product significantly eased processing requirements for the university’s legacy system, while preserving the substantial investment in mainframe technology.