Company services, ToyBuilders -- Services, Prototypes, Engineering -- Services, Online services -- Services, and Toy industry -- Services
ToyBuilders.com (www.toybuilders.com) offers an online prototyping and/or replicating service that lets customers create anything from personalized action figures to custom chess pieces. For example, a model of a car costs from about $200 to $2,400, depending on materials and level of detail.
Computerworld. Nov 13, 1995, Vol. 29 Issue 46, p87, 1 p.
Computer systems integrator, Company analysis, Company services, Cambridge Technology Partners -- Management -- 00271689, and Computer systems integrators -- Management
Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a four-year-old company based in Cambridge, MA, is growing rapidly, making a success of itself by transforming customers' departmental implementations into unified, interoperable enterprise systems. Ideally, CTP helps customers build new systems that coordinate existing legacy arrangements. An important part of CTP's strategy involves rapid prototyping. Using its own customizable development tools, CTP is able to create new enterprise applications in six to 12 months, which compares to 12 to 24 months using alternative methods. CTP expects revenue of $130 million in 1995, compared with $60 million in 1994. The company now has 1,100 employees, up from 500 at the end of 1994.
Computerworld. April 17, 1995, Vol. 29 Issue 16, p84, 1 p. table
Company services, Open system, International Business Machines Corp. -- Services -- 00304653, Open systems (Computers) -- Design and construction, and Computer industry -- Services
IBM has opened 42 Open Systems Centers in 34 countries around the world. Users are able to utilize the centers' prototyping laboratories and work directly with IBM software engineers to learn how to develop client/server systems. They are also able to access the company's Advisor database, which provides a wide variety of client/server migration scenarios. Programmers are able to use IBM's facilities while developing their systems. They do most of the work, but IBM consultants are close at hand to offer solutions to problems. IBM itself learned how difficult it is to support multiple hardware architectures, but in the process of servicing its customers the company learned what works and how to redesign legacy systems. The centers provide a venue for passing on this information. Some companies continue to contract with IBM for consulting services after they leave the center. Others contract with IBM to have the company install their distributed systems.