October 30th 1998...On October 16th, 1998, Nat Systems (which has
offices in the UK, continental Europe and North America) was awarded
Winner of the RAD Race '98, organised by CM Corporate. The RAD Race is
the only European contest for software development tools. The jury was
unanimous - Nat Systems offered by far the best solution.
About the RAD Race:
An initiative of CM Corporate, one of the leading IT magazines in the
Benelux, the RAD Race is an annual contest for software development
tools. This year was the fourth edition of the Race.
The concept remains the same: Participating teams from software vendors
are given an exercise, in two parts.
The first part consists of the development of an application. Like
previous years, this exercise was not an easy one. Those who think that
this contest is just about Rapid Application Development are ill
perceived - the specifications for the application include extensive and
complex business logic. This year the application was conceived as a
logistics system to support the sales, stock management, order
processing and invoicing of car tyres. The application had to run on a
given environment including Unix and NT platforms and include specific
functionality such as e-mail integration and the integration of external
The second part of the exercise was to be executed on October 16th, the
actual day of the RAD Race. All contestants were locked inside one room
without any communication with the outside world for a five hour time
span. They were given the second part of the exercise, consisting of
maintenance and extension of the application already developed. Amongst
other things, a new product, car suspension, was to be added to the
Only eight of the initial 17 contestants managed to deliver the 1st part
of the exercise, and participated in the 2nd part.
Nat Systems' solution:
Nat Systems' team - represented by Noel Beckers and Pascal Meyers, of
Nat Systems (Belgium) - developed an application using NatStar for
server processing and NatWeb for the presentation of the application
through the Internet. Thus, they proved with obvious success, that Nat
Systems has an excellent solution for the extension of client-server
applications to the Web. NatStar and NatWeb offer one common development
language, based on which a choice of C, Cobol or Java can be generated.
Nat Systems Wins:
The jury commented that the choice for the winner was an easy one. It
was clear that Nat Systems' application offered by far the best
solution. The jury was excited by the ease and elegance with which the
application could be extended and maintained. "Other contestants would
have a large gap to bridge in order to match the quality put down by Nat
Systems", Rick van der Lans, president of the jury, commented.
The fact that during last year’s RAD Race Nat Systems ended a very close
second in the overall competition and also took home the award of "best
Multi-Tier application", makes this accomplishment exceedingly
impressive. Even more so, considering that this year the Multi-Tier
prize was not awarded since no application came close to the winning
implementation of last year.
The RAD race is a contest where development tools are compared in their
strengths to create quickly an application, and more importantly, on how
they can easily change this application without too much maintenance. A
first part of the application is delivered 10 days before the contest
The teams must create an application that must be up and running at the
start of the day of contest.
On the day itself, the contestants receive part two of the contest : a
description to change the application in many aspects. he developers
have four hours time to do this. After that, each team has to
demonstrate the application separately to the jury. The jury had five
members, all well-known guest speakers in the Benelux on Client/Server
and Internet technology.
Background on Nat Systems (UK): Nat Systems, the RAD environment tool
and business solution vendor, has its UK headquarters in Richmond,
Surrey. UK general manager is Jeff Grimes.
Nat Systems products focus on Web enablement; real time information
management; cross platform portability; legacy migration & integration
of systems; platform independency; Euro compliance; Y2K.
The products include NatStar - the integration and migration focused
RAD environment; and NatWeb - the innovative web-enabling tool for
legacy systems, which provides increased flexibility and features, both
for developers and end users.
Nat Systems also offers an innovative development environment, Syrdon,
the component based tool which allows for even faster development of
applications. Syrdon joins NatStar and NatWeb as part of Nat Systems'
established solutions for aligning IT to business strategies.
Note: further details of the 'race' application can be emailed or posted
to you. Phone Paul Whitehead/Sarah Feneck on 01428-641413 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you want these details.
For more information on Nat Systems please contact Louisa Geiger,
Marketing Manger for Nat Systems UK on: 0181 948 9673 (direct line) or
Or Paul Whitehead/Sarah Feneck, Western Associates PR, tel
01428-641413. Em: email@example.com
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