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    • Advantages of a Common Platform Organizations that have already moved to a well-integrated application platform readily see benefits. According to a 2006 Keystone Strategy Inc. study, IT Drives Growth, firms using dynamic software gain a quantifiable, positive difference on business performance--including faster growth and higher worker productivity.1 Selecting software to increase product profitability and quality ICD Bjørnar Huse Common Platform, Side 1
    • 31. May 2010Focus on adding value Tools which enables developers to focus on algorithms and logic are becoming more important. Capable and extensive tools are as important for systems design as spellcheckers for writers. The right tools will improve your productivity, quality and work conditions. This will enable your company to bring products to market faster and with better quality, using your own or third party components. Developing for reuse of components is more expensive than writing one-off code, but with the correct tools and development plans the added effort is neglible and the rewards can be tremendous. A common software development platform in large corporations has numerous times shown large payoffs. This has been the norm for business software development the last few years and with CDP this is also possible in control system development. ...Organizations need to converge what were once disparate, stand-alone applications and systems into an integrated, unified, application platform. In fact, according to Forrester Consulting, 75 percent of IT leaders across 412 companies in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America anticipate a shift towards application platforms, with 41 percent of respondents saying their application platform strategy is currently underway.1 ... Application platforms deliver integrated software capabilities for building, customizing, running and managing applications. These integrated software capabilities provides organizations with the benefit of focusing limited IT resources on innovation that delivers strategic advantage rather than on commodity services. 1 “Many Organizations Embrace Converged Application Platforms, But Adoption Barriers Remain”, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft, October 2007; http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/3/5/b3561c68-e641-4137-abdd- df09ac51742c/Forrester Consulting - Application Platform Optimization Study 10-2007 - 2.pdf * Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure, 2Q07" by Simon Hayward et al, June 1, 2007. Siting from Microsoft whitepaper: Bjørnar Huse Common Platform, Side 2
    • Selecting a software platform which includes the right tools, IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and pre-made software components increases productivity and quality. A study also shows that companies with a common and advanced platform has higher employee satisfaction and overall profitability.1 Fidelity investments offer insights into other advantages: One of the key advantages of the enterprise-wide adoption of IBM Rational tools at FNF is the ability to streamline and accelerate training. Gellerstedt explains, “With a common toolset, we can leverage training throughout the organization. For example, we can ask IBM to conduct on-site training, and invite users from a number of groups to attend. IBM has worked with us to customize the training to meet our needs and it has been very productive and cost- effective.” ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/rational/web/success/fidelity.pdf The advantages have also been quantified during several studies, as the HP two- reuse study: Division A B Productivity 51% defect reduction 24% defect reduction Quality 57% increase 40% increase Time-to-market Data not available 42% reduction Table 1. Productivity, Quality and Time-to-market benefits from reuse based on HP’s two reuse program[8]. User reference Longtime ICD customer Rolls-Royce Marine AS in Norway depends on the middleware CDP to supply them with much-needed standard software components. Rolls-Royce Marine AS develop their highly advanced control systems. With departments in 4 autonomous offices on the north-west coast of Norway, plus Oslo, Bergen and Porthsmouth, a common codebase and library of standard software components is important. According to control systems department leader Rune Volden, they would not be able to develop, much less deliver, the intricate and multifaceted control systems without a common development platform. 1 http://www.microsoft.com/business/enterprise/itdrivesgrowth.mspx Bjørnar Huse Common Platform, Side 3
    • The same selected components for making redundant systems, alarm and event handling, communication and so on are being used in every department. This gives Rolls-Royce Marine AS peace of mind, they know that the components are thoroughly tested and have been used in hundreds of control systems. Also, with a common codebase and accompanying toolchest, training of new employees for the development departments is straightforward and standardised. Service personnel also has a shorter path of training and learning before they are proficient in using the service tools. Price advantage The CDP product is very affordable. The available additions are also free or attractively priced. Making a redundant control system and running advanced mathematical simulation models can be done at a fraction of the price compared to other available tools. The finished application can be run on computer-on-chip systems costing less than a restaurant dinner, or on desktop computers with a multitude of operating systems. Productivity advantage Selecting a common platform for numerous disjoint development departments in a corporation will ensure that the systems are being developed with a known, secure base. The CDP tool will be updated and expanded to offer new functionality continually, freely available through a support contract. Having access to intra-company resources in case of development problems is of great value, and should further support be needed ICD is guaranteeing a less-than-24 hour support hotline, included with a support contract. To make sure your development process is as effective as possible, contact me at bh@icd.no or check our website www.icd.no Bjørnar Huse Common Platform, Side 4