Keeneight Uses Servoy to Develop, Deploy and Manage Custom Software ApplicationsIndustry: Business Process Development and Management
Keeneight specializes in the creation of software engineering that supports the entire life-cycle of the product, from concept design to after-sales assistance -- producing mission-critical time-to-market custom software applications such as Virtual Car for the automotive, aerospace, and appliance markets.
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We wanted to be able to manage the entire product development process starting from conceptualization to production -- by assigning personalized, yet common information to each party involved in the development (engineering, purchasing, upper management dashboard,
Servoy immediately proved to us to be the perfect development and deployment tool because it met our three basic requirements of integration, flexibility and durability.
- Integration: With heterogeneous hardware and software platforms (PLM/PDM/CAD/ERP/MS Office) and existing business processes by providing more information in context as needed.
- Flexibility: Keeneight's philosophy is that it is the software that adapts to business practices, not vice versa; and both need to evolve over time.
- Durability: Scalability; ease of deployment; continuity of service; and continuous connectivity with any datasource.
Unless we are working with a new company (and this is quite unusual), we start by integrating, rationalizing and structuring the information present in the existing IT systems composed by a mixture of platforms -- and finally include that information in our open modular structure. Usually the "mother of all information" is the Bill of Materials (BOM) created by the PLM/PDM and the related CAD system. The rest of the information needed for product development is generally stored in hundreds of Excel sheets; or in very specific vertical applications -- all of which are non-integrated, redundant and non-homogeneous. At the end of the product development process, information is stored in a central ERP system (SAP or BAAN) that usually handles only the purchase and financial cycle.
What we have developed is an application that can act as the "master source" of information (generates and handles the full cycle), as well as the repository of information produced by other sources-- without any redundancy, and without the need to own that additional information. We approach information in two different ways that do not overlap -- first as integrators of existing PLM or ERP information systems, and then as the master source of that information.
The result of switching to the Servoy development and deployment platform is modular software that is able to integrate and expose data, with all the features needed to manage a product structure during its life cycle. Thanks to the great graphical interface framework of Servoy, we can leverage the user experience with a high level of collaboration features and an easy customization, to always offer what is really needed.
- Single source for master information and integration.
- Modular approach to software development.
- Development of integrated, flexible, durable, homogeneous applications.
- Exceptional third-party integration.
- Experimental Plan.
"The result of switching to the Servoy development and deployment platform is modular software that is able to integrate and expose data, with all the features needed to manage a product structure during its life cycle."
-- Stefano Morandotti, CEO Keeneight