We have over 20 years experience creating and maintaining production GE Smallworld applications for utility and telecom companies, including GE product development.
We have extensive experience with all project phases:
The Specification Workshop collects information your team needs to develop applications and train personnel. For over 20 years we have used the workshop to define requirements, continually improving our processes. The workshop stimulates feedback by walking through prototypes, ensuring developers and stakeholders are on the same page.
Deliverables include specification of the product and a map of development, showing milestones and milestone tests. When deliverables are translated into development contract terms, the contract drives accountability and success.
Workshops can be performed on-site or conducted remotely. To take the uncertainty out of commissioning or writing software, start with a Continuum Specification Workshop.
Regression testing is one of the most effective ways to speed up development and increase the quality of software. It is the heart of an agile development process. Automatic test scripts are run against the software, and the results are compared to standards, producing a log file. Developers are kept on track, and managers are able to see progress without backtracking. The script and log file grow with the software.
We use regression testing as part of our development process. For some applications, in addition to log files, diagrams are output from tests. If you are planning to upgrade existing software or develop new software, we can help you set up a regression testing system.
Subpar software documentation risks unreliable behavior and serious maintenance problems, which can suddenly become a crisis when key personnel leave.
Many organizations lack a simple functional guide to their software applications, preventing operators from understanding effects of customization and menu settings. Operation becomes time-consuming and uncertain.
Logical documentation is the most important factor for effective maintenance and support. Our approach is to write documentation in a standard format that ensures it is complete and well-organized, and that it includes structures that make each software feature hard to overlook and easy to understand. Some features are data flow diagrams and examples of menu settings, customizations, and screen appearence.
Our solutions are tailored to each customer's needs, they are designed to adapt to change, and they are delivered quickly. We can do all this at reasonable cost because we leverage our products, which have been developed over years to a high level of functionality, and our services, with processes that speed up progress, to deliver solutions. We bring an especially high level of efficiency to solutions of certain problems with which we have significant expertise from recent projects.
Talk to us about simplifying the process of submitting reports to regulatory agencies, and improving your handle on report output. We have tools for collecting and formatting data from your GIS databases, that produce reports in virtually any medium, including •Excel spreadsheets, •text versions of spreadsheets or CSV files, •custom diagrams, and •filling in government forms.
Projects recently completed include overhaul of systems that report to US Department of Transportation Transmission and Distribution pipeline equipment for an American utility; and fiber optic maps and schematics submitted to a British Commonwealth agency underwriting construction. With our solutions, reporting becomes a routine matter, completed quickly, and at low cost. A paper trail documents report logic, so you can quickly answer regulators' questions.
Some of the advantages of a Continuum report writing system:
Your technicians are faced with many challenges in the field. Support them with the best possible diagrams and design prints, so your organization responds to customer concerns quickly and correctly. Manual drafting is slow and expensive. The output frequently contains errors and exhibits haphazard adherence to drafting standards. As a result, technicians frequently use prints that are out of date and inaccurate. Machine drafting dramatically reduces turn around time and significantly lowers drafting costs. Continuum machine drafting is usually cleaner and always more accurate than manual drafting.
Continuum machine drafting solutions provide
Legacy GIS software represents a huge investment, but one that is increasingly in danger. We specialize in determining how existing applications are working and bringing them up to date. If you are dealing with software that contains some black boxes you would like to remove, call us for a free evaluation.
A software upgrade makes sure
Contact Continuum to request a no-cost review of your applications that may be in need of upgrade. We can provide a road map of the most cost-effective strategy, or address specific needs that your team may have already identified.
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