Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vadim, Magic Software & uniPaaS

Vadim Software develops innovative, integrated financial, municipal, asset and utility management software for Municipalities, Local Governments and Utility Companies. Founded in 1975, Vadim has been dedicated to this market for over 34 years.

All municipal and financial products by Vadim use the latest proven technologies by Magic Software Enterprises and are designed to be expandable as their customers grow. In this way, Vadim protects the long term investment of its customers.

Magic Software is a leading provider of application platform, and business and process integration solutions. uniPaaS is Magic Software’s comprehensive application platform and the next generation of the company’s award-winning eDeveloper series, which Vadim Software's powerful iCity application has been built upon.

At the start of the project for the upcoming major release of iCity, Vadim conducted a thorough review of the technology platform to ensure that their customers are able to grow with today’s and tomorrow’s technology advances. “Software solution providers face a daunting challenge in keeping pace with infrastructure technology changes and user demand for new services, while maximizing productivity of their development teams. With uniPaaS, we have an application platform that lets us focus on the features needed by our customers, while protecting our existing investment already in our iCity product offering,” says Wendy Jarvis, Vadim Software’s General Manager.

uniPaaS business benefits

uniPaaS provides many benefits that allow software solution providers to go to market faster when delivering solutions to their customers. These benefits include:

  • Business-oriented application development
  • Significantly faster time-to-market for new development efforts
  • Better performance & responsiveness
  • Considerably lower cost of operation & ownership
  • Much lower development risks
  • Superior application productivity
  • Investment and skills preservation

    During Vadim’s upgrade project, many benefits of moving to uniPaaS were recognized immediately. “The migration process itself was seamless and did not jeopardize the existing business logic already built into the iCity software,” states Andrew Corcoran, Director of Development & Support. “Often, when taking on projects of this magnitude, there is an inherent risk that existing code has to be reworked or tweaked to perform correctly in a new environment. This usually requires an extensive amount of time being invested in reworking functionality that already exists, when the preference would be to invest that time in enhancing the product further. This, however, was not the case with our migration to uniPaaS; the platform allowed us to focus our efforts in bringing further improvements to our software, instead of worrying about protecting existing business logic.”

    The uniPaaS pedigree - backed by experience that counts

    uniPaaS leverages Magic Software’s 20 year pedigree in delivering business application development and deployment software to market.

    Magic Software’s core technology has been successfully deployed in thousands of applications in more than 60 countries worldwide. As a result, uniPaaS has been highly-tested in real world mission-critical settings. uniPaaS is also backed by an experienced global support and professional services team and a network of more than 2,500 independent software vendors and business partners capable of delivering a full range of services to enterprise customers.

    Vadim and Magic working closely together

    The strong, ongoing relationship between Vadim Software and Magic Software Enterprises, as well as the advances in technology that uniPaaS brings, ensures the successful advancement of the iCity solution. Magic Software continues to offer appropriate technologies that Vadim will be able to leverage to deliver appropriate software solutions to financial, municipal, asset and utility management customers.

  • For additional information, please contact Vadim Software at (250) 763-7654 or send an email inquiry to

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    Save A Bundle With Real-Time Shop Floor Automation Software

    The uniPaaS application platform is ideally suited to needs related to shop floor manufacturing. I had the opportunity to witness apparel manufacturing software with my own eyes on the floor of an apparel manufacturing facility in the vicinity of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I saw the eFactory real-time manufacturing system by Informaplus automate bundle tracking processes that are integral to the way apparel manufacturers route work-in-process.

    eFactory™ is a real-time apparel manufacturing data collection system that collects and reacts to shop floor information during production. The system constantly keeps track of who is doing what, where, when and for how long. And... how long it should be taking. This data is captured using factory terminals, located near each operator on the factory floor. Even while the data is being captured and reacted to, the system produces up-to-the-minute, meaningful reports about production that you can react to, to increase your revenue and productivity. The system covers all shop floor activities from work in process issuance to finished goods registration including gross payroll, employee efficiency and work in process.

    The eFactory system is based on more than two decades of domain expertise and research and development in the Garment Industry. eFactory’s comprehensive capabilities exceed requirements, and yet Informaplus also has the ability to customize the system to meet specific interface or functional requirements in particular manufacturing processes.

    The eFactory system offers several modules, including a Master Tables Module, Cutting Module, Bar-coded Cards Module , Real-time Module, Change of Standards Module , Gross Payroll Module , Inquiries & Reports Module , Productivity Module, Work in process tracking Module, and Shop Floor Module. Each of these modules controls specific functions that enable customers to boost productivity in the areas that are most important to their manufacturing process.

    It was easy-to-see the benefits of what was happening on two levels: from the end user perspective and from the vantage point of the software developer. For the end user, bundle ticket printing is automated, employee time tracking is automated, and costs are reduced by having real-time visibility of inventory and work-in-process. At the same time employees are happy because of the accuracy and immediacy of productivity related feedback and management is thrilled to be able to see the bottlenecks and problems in the manufacturing process.

    Software developers prefer uniPaaS as an application platform and development tool for shop floor manufacturing applications because of its strength in data-centric business application development, easy ability to connect multiple data entry and tracking stations and robust reliability. In fact, the eFactory system has been implemented with as many as 1500 real-time data input points and no latency problems.

    Developers have told me that prior to uniPaaS, the development and implementation of new business applications became increasingly complex and required increasingly varied skills and extended testing, driving costs up. At the same time, reduced software budgets constrained innovation. With uniPaaS, capabilities are provided for application integration and composite application capabilities. uniPaaS reduces development challenges by encoding business functionality as metadata. Existing developers can quickly become familiar with such platforms thanks to the abstraction of technology inherent to uniPaaS.

    So if you’re looking to save a bundle on apparel manufacturing software, consider InformaPlus – and if you’re just looking for a better way to build shop floor applications, consider uniPaaS. For more information on the entire suite of applications and solutions available from InformaPlus, please contact Sylvain Raymond at (514) 956-5566. Or email or visit

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    K&K Management Solutions On The Go With the uniPaaS Application Platform

    Using the uniPaaS application platform for mobile applications that connect delivery vehicles to the home office makes sense – and dollars too. K&K Management Solutions use Magic Software’s uniPaaS to make a suite of software for the refined fuels and propane industry. K&K has been creating leading-edge energy business and law enforcement software since 1986. Energy-Force and Energy-Track are twin applications for home office and mobile units that optimize the business of energy delivery. And Energy-Image automates the management of documents to streamline paperwork and ensure compliance.

    Energy-Track puts mobile truck automation “at your fingertips — anytime, anywhere.” When K&K makes software modifications in Energy-Force, they immediately deploy the same changes in Energy-Track so they're always in sync with each other. Energy-Track puts the solution to energy delivery inefficiencies in the palm of a drivers hand. Literally. Running on a handheld Panasonic ToughBook with standard Windows, Energy-Track allows the capabilities of Energy-Force to be delivered on the go.

    More than a ticket printer in a truck, Energy-Track empowers drivers so that office calls are reduced. It puts critical info at drivers' fingertips, including contract/pre-buy info, pricing, call-ins/minimum drops and delivery "holds" on a tank, and more.

    It also balances daily trip/manifest reports for every driver and prints a professional invoice for customers. Best of all, when the mobile unit syncs with Energy-Force, Energy-Force attaches a copy of the original ticket to its history line item and the original trip/manifest report to the sales journal. Customers never have to look for lost tickets or receipts.

    For more information on the entire suite of applicationscontact K&K Management Solutions at 800-783-6560. Or email or visit