New Zealand software developer shows off product at CA World

Whangaparoa-based software developer Allan Wissing was invited to show off his Industrial Safety Management product - created for Carter Holt Harvey Forests - at the annual conference of Computer Associates, CA World, in New Orleans last week.

Whangaparoa-based software developer Allan Wissing showed off his product at the annual conference of Computer Associates, CA World, in New Orleans last week.

Wissing’s product is an accident management system built using CA’s development tool Visual Objects. As managing director of a one-man-band called Computer Craft Wissing used CA’s object oriented development language to create the system — Industrial Safety Management (ISM) — for Carter Holt Harvey Forests 18 months ago. CHH uses the system to track and manage accidents and safety measures.

Wissing was asked to present his application for other VO developers at the CA World conference, which incorporates 14 user group meetings.

He demonstrated ISM, which uses Microsoft’s ActiveX component technology, by running the application off a CHH server in Albany, north of Auckland.

“The beauty of ActiveX is you can split your business logic, which sits on the server, from the client front end. Only simple instructions to the client are travelling over the network,” he said.

Wissing used to programme using the Clipper language, which was acquired by Computer Associates several years ago.

Forty-five New Zealanders, including staff from both WestpacTrust and Fisher & Paykel, attended CA World this year — an increase of 43.

Several of the Kiwi clients were customers of Platinum Technology, which CA acquired earlier this year. One customer, who did not want to be named, said the acquisition didn’t really bother him, although, the Platinum Technology sales person his company had built a relationship with, had been laid off in the merger.

Earlier that day CA CEO Charles Wang said the acquisition, which is now complete, resulted in administration and marketing staff being made redundant, with technical staff being retained.

Wang touted the “synergy” between PT and CA products — PT does information management, data warehousing and data mining while CA does databases and systems management.

“People need both [products],” he said. “We give PT a way to integrate and manage what they have through Unicenter TNG Framework and Unicenter TNG. Before [PT] didn’t have a common infrastructure. We also give them visualisation tools and through our neural networking agents, or neugents, we will give PT products the ability to use information from the datawarehouse to predict what will happen in the business.”

CA Australia/New Zealand managing director John Ruthven says a number of New Zealand companies are piloting neugent technology, but he would not reveal their identities.

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