Leading Healthcare Information Provider Licenses Good Data for On Demand Business Intelligence

We made the following announcement earlier today and it is obviously a very important milestones for us. And I absolutely believe in what I said in the press release: “Intelimedix’s expertise, combined with Good Data’s on demand collaborative analytics, form an unbeatable combination for healthcare organizations,” said Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of Good Data Corp. “This is a great opportunity to show how solution providers benefit from incorporating Good Data into their offerings.”

Leading Healthcare Information Provider Licenses Good Data for On Demand Business Intelligence

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – December 2, 2008 – Good Data Corporation, an emerging provider of on-demand (SaaS) collaborative business intelligence solutions, today announced its first customer agreement – with Intelimedix LLC, a leading supplier of business intelligence solutions for health insurers.

Good Data, which recently completed a $2 million initial round of funding from private investors, delivers a cloud-based platform for business intelligence projects. The company is launching a public beta of its hosted service in December 2008 that will offer data analysts in any company immediate and inexpensive access to the power of collaborative business intelligence.

Good Data helps Intelimedix enhance its core analytic service offerings. Intelimedix plans to integrate Good Data capabilities into core applications that run reporting and analysis tools for functions including payment integrity, fraud detection, benchmarking, and measuring operational efficiency.

“In the healthcare environment, users need to be able to access information quickly, efficiently and reliably to make strategic decisions that impact their business,” said David Robinson, Chief Technology Officer of Intelimedix. “Good Data’s technology will help us improve our analytical tools immeasurably. We see Good Data as an important strategic partner that will help us deliver more flexible, effective solutions to our customers.”

“Intelimedix’s expertise, combined with Good Data’s on demand collaborative analytics, form an unbeatable combination for healthcare organizations,” said Roman Stanek, founder and CEO of Good Data Corp. “This is a great opportunity to show how solution providers benefit from incorporating Good Data into their offerings.”

About Good Data
Good Data Corporation was founded with the mission to provide a platform for collaborative analytics. The company believes sharing and teamwork allows users to move past isolated reports and arrive at the true meaning of “business intelligence.” Development of the underlying technology began in 2002 and is currently in use in large insurance and retail corporations. Good Data is a privately held company with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., and engineering operations in the Czech Republic.

Taking Advantage of the Failure Framework

For a long time I planned to write a case study on NetBeans and the innovations we brought to the tools market back in 1997 and I finally manage to finish it yesterday. Here it is and it is probably very timely as Steve Gillmore speculates on TechCrunch that:

“Sun Microsystems has been under particular pressure to realign; analysts and even Sun employees such as Tim Bray have been outspoken in their pleas for Sun’s executive team to jettison unprofitable ventures in favor of some kind of cloud strategy. JavaFX could be one of the casualties if Sun decides to pare technologies along with the 18% of its employees it’s trimming. Other cuts might include the NetBeans development environment, which has kept pace with or even bettered Eclipse in quality but not in uptake”

BI meets BIS

I am in Miami today and I am speaking at the Innovation World conference organized by Software AG. The title of my speech is Business Intelligence meets Business Infrastructure Soſtware and here are my slides.

Ten Years Ago: NetBeans Announces Final Release of Java Based IDE, NetBeans Developer 2.0

October 26, 1998 – NetBeans, Inc. today announced the release of NetBeans Developer 2.0, one of the first full-featured Java IDEs based on Java Foundation Classes (JFC). The culmination of more than three months of beta testing, the release marks an important new entrant into the Java technology tool arena.

NetBeans Developer 2.0 is a programming tool for software developers who want to design and build powerful, cross-platform applications – on any platform. NetBeans was designed for the Java platform and is one of the first comprehensive IDEs with sophisticated support for visual development of JFC applications. It is an industrial-strength development tool that is easy to learn and intuitive to operate.

“Because NetBeans Developer 2.0 is based on JavaBeans technology, tremendous power is put into the hands of the developer to customize the environment or add components as needed,” commented Dr. Lew Tucker, Director of Developer Relations at Sun Microsystems’ Java Software. “NetBeans is breaking new ground.”

“In addition to breaking new ground in Java technology,” added NetBeans’ Founder/CEO Roman Stanek, “we’re also providing a springboard for software developers to reach that new ground with us. NetBeans is the perfect entry tool for programming in the Java language, and developers who use it will always be at the forefront of the Java technology curve. NetBeans Developer 2.0 is also an entry point to Enterprise computing. Our next product, a team programming platform, will build on this edition and will incorporate numerous additional advanced Java technology features.”

Product overview
NetBeans Developer 2.0 is a full-featured, cross-platform Java technology IDE. NetBeans combines support for all stages of application development including visual design, coding, compiling, and debugging in a comprehensive visual programming package. It runs on all platforms that support JDK(TM) 1.1.x, including Windows 95/98/NT, Linux, Solaris(TM), HP-UX, OS/2, AIX, SGI Irix, Mac and others. Professional developers will appreciate its full complement of features, its wide range of controls, and its flexibility. The IDE is based on JFC and JavaBeans Components, and all parts of the IDE are actually themselves JavaBeans. The result is an IDE where the user can fully customize the interface, modify component behavior and easily add new components. NetBeans is built to be extended and will offer APIs for users to create their own modules.

Christian Gamrat, a development engineer with a French government research agency, praised NetBeans’ stability and ease of use. “I tried it on a Sun UltraSparc and it’s by far the best IDE for Java I’ve seen on this platform. NetBeans Form builder is really great, and the generated code is simple and clean! I also liked the connection wizard, which makes using all sorts of beans very easy. I was able to execute all my small test applications without any problems (the 1st time since I’m in Java land!) I also liked the way you deal with layouts – it’s very intuitive and clean.”

Features
This release of NetBeans Developer 2.0 includes the NetBeans development environment, full documentation in several formats, four tutorials for new NetBeans users, and a bundled JavaBeans component from KL Group, JClass Chart Lite. Users will find complete support for the latest Java technology standards, including JDK(TM) 1.1, JavaBeans, JFC, Serialization, Customizers, Layout Managers, JARs and more.

User Interface:

  • Completely customizable menu, toolbar and shortcuts
  • Pluggable Look & Feel
  • Multiple virtual workspaces

Form Editor:

  • JavaBeans-based form editor with support for both AWT and JFC components
  • Integrated JFC components
  • Full JavaBean support
  • Full support for layout managers
  • Connection Wizard
  • JavaBeans Wizard
  • Applet generation support
  • Integration of third-party JavaBeans components

Explorer:

  • Browse JAR, ZIP FileSystems
  • Compile All / Build All – recursively compile all sources in a package
  • Java source parsing
  • Support for introspection on classes without sources
  • Methods and properties from parsing or introspection visually exposed
  • User templates

Debugger:

  • Integrated visual debugger with multi-thread debugging support
  • Support for breakpoints, watches, locales and threads

Editor:

  • Text editor with syntax coloring
  • Advanced support features – Abbreviations and Dynamic Word Completion

Other:

  • Built-in HTML browser
  • Support for third-party beans
  • International application supported – Unicode enabled
  • Built-in HTTP lightweight server
  • Y2K compliant

Availability and Pricing
NetBeans Developer 2.0 is available at the company’s web site http://www.netbeans.com/. The introductory price is $145, and users can download a free evaluation copy. NetBeans supports university programs and other educational initiatives by offering Developer 2.0 at no cost for educational and non-commercial use.

Other NetBeans Products
Late in Q4 of 1998, NetBeans, Inc. will release the first beta version of NetBeans Enterprise, a multi-user, multiple-platform edition for team-centric programming efforts that will have support for RMI, JDBC(TM), source control systems, and Enterprise JavaBeans.

Company Overview
NetBeans, Inc. is an emerging growth company that has quickly risen to the forefront of Java technology development. The company is shaping the future of Java applications by taking a completely innovative approach to Java technology.

NetBeans was founded in July 1997, by a team of Java technology developers led by Roman Stanek, formerly the Regional Director of Central and Eastern Europe for Sybase. NetBeans is a privately held company whose investors include Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings (see http://www.edventure.com/bios/esther.html).

Note to Editors: Sun, Java, and JavaBeans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. JClass Chart Lite is a trademark of KL Group, Inc.. All other brand names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

Productivity Boost @ Good Data

A few days ago I wrote about the rising cost of software development in the Czech Republic (and I am sure similar situation exists in many parts of the world). The only action we can take to compensate for the increase is to double the productivity of our developers.

John Sviokla suggests here: that a firm add an additional screen for all its customer service workers and you can see below that in a month’s time, the time per call decreased from about three minutes and fifty seconds down to three minutes and twenty seconds – a 12% improvement — with no additional training or change in the work load or work design.

And this is why we are giving today an additional 24 inch monitor to every employee at Good Data

Hypertransparency of information

The May issue of Harvard Business Review contains an interesting article on future of leadership: Leadership’s Online
Labs. The main assumption here is that decision making in global teams — partly composed of people from outside the institution, over whom a leader has no formal authority — is analogous to the leadership seen today in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (Eve Online, EverQuest, and World of Warcraft). And one of the main requirements for success of these geographically diverse groups is the “hypertransparency of information”:

Unlike a corporate dashboard that is located on a handful of computers at headquarters, with access limited to the senior executive team, these personal, view-as-you-go game cockpits give people in the field access to information as soon as it is available. That, in turn, allows game players to act on it without waiting for instructions from a guild leader. What’s more, the information allows players to assume impromptu leadership roles as needed.

I like the idea of calling our BI client the “impromptu leader’s dashboard”!

Five Cambridge Center

Systinet moved to Five Cambridge Center (Kendall Square/MIT) back in 2002 and it was a great place for a hi-tech startup. No surprise, then, that Google moved to the same location six years later:

Google Cambridge
5 Cambridge Center, Floors 3-6
Cambridge, MA 02142

A2LL

A2LL is the abbreviation of the German social services and unemployment software system, “Arbeitslosengeld II – Leistungen zum Lebensunterhalt“ (Unemployment money II – subsistence payments). It may be a strange name for a computer system but what really freaked me out is the architecture used for this huge German e-goverment project:

The system is based on 16 servers with 4 processors each, all running Linux. A Tomcat servlet container defines the graphical user interface. A web services framework from the company Systinet uses a server farm of approx. 200 Windows 2003 servers which run the application server developed by ProSoz. The application server was developed using Microsoft’s (D)COM technology and uses an Informix 9.4x database running on a Solaris machine containing 80 CPUs and a 300 GB Cache-RAM.

More about this explosive technology mix here. I don’t think we ever envisioned anything like this when we started Systinet…

LinkedIn saved me $75k!

I use LinkedIn as the primary hiring tool and I found many of great Good Data employees on LinkedIn. I did some math last night to understand how much the recruitment agencies would charge me for the same people. It is $75k and that actually translates into one month of Good Data development. Go LinkedIn! Go!

Cape Clear gone

Workday announced yesterday the acquisition of Cape Clear Software. I believe that this is an important deal for several reasons:

– any successful SaaS company will have to solve the problem of data/process integration. Existing applications inside the firewall need to be integrated with an external On Demand processes outside of the firewall. An acquisition of integration company can potentially solve this problem.

– Cape Clear was one of the last independent SOA companies. This is another proof that SOA is no longer an independent activity. It is part of enterprise software (IBM, HP), BPM software (Software AG) and now Saas (Workday).

– we used to compete against Cape Clear at Systinet and it was a great source of inspiration for us. Acquisition of Cape Clear closes one chapter of my career…