Students create CRM app in a day

Auckland students Sarah Henderson and Stephen Witherden are each $2500 better off after a day's code cutting this week.

Auckland students Sarah Henderson and Stephen Witherden are each $2500 better off after a day’s code cutting this week.

The University of Auckland BCom students were winners of a competition to build a CRM application in a day for the Surf Life Saving Association on Wednesday. They were up against another team from the same institution – but from the computer science department – and teams from Unitec, AUT and Massey.

Their efforts were judged on the basis of business fit, state of completion, soundness of design, look and feel and whether they successfully handled input data.

“The winning application delivered 80% to 85% of what we were looking for,” says Surf Life Saving business manager John O’Connell.

Teams had a day to familiarise themselves with development tools Active Elk and Visual Elk 9, from competition organiser StayinFront, before launching into the application.

Henderson and Witherden say they spent some time the night before modelling their application.

Compaq and Unisys were co-sponsors of the competition.

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