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LinuxWorld.com: Virtual case study: Saving a small software developer with Linux

Dec 05, 2001, 20:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

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"Editor's Note : The "I" in this scenario is that of a consultant asked to make strategic systems recommendations for a small software development house. The company, its staff and products, are fabrications but the situation presented, and the remedies offered, reflect the author's recent experience with real-world clients facing similar decisions. Impress Recruiting is imaginary, but the conditions, decisions, and outcomes described are broadly based on real events.

Impress Recruiting was founded in the late 1970s as a software commercialization spin-off from the highly successful management and outplacement-consulting firm of Kutting, Cash, and Dole. The product, marketed under the Impress name, was originally built in COBOL-74 on Burroughs A-Series gear. It started as a resume summarization and retrieval tool for recruiters. It became, over time, a full-featured recruiter time-management system aimed at small- to mid-size temporary services agencies.

By late 1986, Ayer McReady, the original designer and a co-founder of the firm, had supervised porting to SCO Unix with VT220-style terminals. Version 3.0 supported up to 32 users communicating via a serial line multiport board with an i80286 based machine. It was written largely in RM-COBOL with a Unify 3.0 database backend. Networked Windows clients were added in 1990. By late 1992, the company claimed more than 300 client installations supporting more than 4,000 active recruiters in three countries."

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