Computerworld. August 26, 1985, Vol. 19 Issue 34, pSR 29. chart
Applications Backlog, Backlog, COBOL, Data Processing, Insurance Industry, Prototype, and Rexcom
The installation of Rexcom, a fourth-generation language and relational data base management system (DBMS), reduced Capitol Bankers Life Insurance Co.'s application development backlog. Capitol Bankers, prior to the installation of the software, was facing a backlog of six to eight months because of rapid growth and programmers' inability to maintain pace using a third-generation language, COBOL. Since installing Rexcom, the backlog has been reduced to three months. Capitol Bankers uses two 6M-byte Prime Computer, Inc. 9950s, linked to a ring network, to run the software. A chart showing the development process at Capitol is included.
Insurance Industry, Software Packages, Prototype, Software, Applications Backlog, Integrated Software, Applications, Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, and Umbrella
Equitable Life Assurance has implemented Hogan Systems' Umbrella integrated applications system to help reduce its programming backlog. Umbrella is an on-line, transaction-driven process and data dictionary for batch as well as on-line processing. System development is a matter of choosing the proper components, supplying parameters tailored to the specifics of an application, then integrating into the system any programming that is unique to that application. It has three major components: the Processing Environment Manager (PEM), Production Support (PS), and Application Support (AS). PEM isolates the application so it is independent of the operating environment. PS controls the processing of exceptions, centralized applications, and cylical transactions. AS eliminates redundant programming, simplifies maintenance, creates application systems, and enables nontechnical personnel to create their own tables and their own error messages.