CGEY rolls with student software store

CAP Gemini Ernst & Young is readying a worldwide rollout of software developed by three University of Auckland students.

Gemini Ernst & Young is readying a worldwide rollout of software developed by three University of Auckland students.

Third-year Bachelor of Commerce students Pam Skadiang, John Downie and Jamie West, all majoring in information technology, have developed a knowledge management repository for the consultancy’s advanced development centre (ADC) in Auckland. The students built the repository as part of a work experience scheme between March and September.

The ADC, which was set up in May, develops component-based business applications using accelerated methods. The repository holds various components for code components, design elements and processes. The repository is accessible via the web so ADC developers can access components from anywhere, says CGEY senior manager for advanced development and integration Mike Pearson.

Pearson says the repository went live for Auckland at the end of September and is being rolled out in Australia where it will go live early next year. The plan is to eventually deploy it to development centres in the US and the Netherlands and to integrate it with CGEY’s worldwide knowledge portal.

Pearson says this is the first time CGEY has taken part in the university work experience scheme. “We were overwhelmed with what they’ve done.”

The students used the Rational Unified Process development methodology employed by CGEY worldwide.

CGEY is part of the Microsoft.Net early adopter programme and decided to use the project as an opportunity to explore some of the .Net technology currently available. In building the repository the students had to use Microsoft’s new document management server Share Point Server, which is .Net-enabled and allows users to search knowledge repositories such as IBM Lotus Notes, Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Exchange Server.

“We’re looking to move from Lotus Notes to a more web-based platform,” says Pearson. “So we thought we’d try .Net because it provided a fit with that aim.”

They also used ASP.Net to build some of the functionality within the repository.

Pam Skadiang, the student who led the project, says the biggest issue of working with .Net technology was the lack of available resources. Most knowledge was gleaned from the internet and user groups.

Next year all three students will take up full-time jobs with CGEY.

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