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16.06.2014 - Обучение на dWare OS v. 3

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15.05.2014 г. - dOS – research activity in University of National and World Economy

Today, 15 May 2014, employees of three departments of the University of National and World Economy attended a training how to work with a research activity application.

The application was created with the functions of dWare OS and covers all stages of the research process of the university – planned subsidies, competition projects and their assessments and revisions, agreed projects, the implementation of the projects …. And all of this in real time!

 

This is the second application accomplished with dOS to be used in the university.

 

The first dOS application in the University of National and World Economy was for the public procurements with five months of operation so far.

 

And a third one will follow…

 

 

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14.05.2014 г. - dWare OS in St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia..

On 14 May 2014 Damian Ivanov and Diana Dimitrova presented the philosophy and tools of dWare OS for the development of information systems to lecturers and students of the Master’s degree programme in E-business and E-management of the Faulty of Mathematics and Informatics of the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia.

The lecture sparked significant interest and continued until late in the evening.

This was the fist of a series of lectures to be held by dWare specialists.

Photographs – Assoc. Prof. Kamen Spasov, PhD, Master’s degree programme director, Asst. Prof. Galya Novakova, PhD and Damian Ivanov, Assoc. Prof. Kamen Spasov and Damian Ivanov, Damian Ivanov and Diana Dimitrova:

 

 

 

 

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17.04.2014 г. - Successive installation of dOS…

Today Saint Gobain Construction Products Bulgaria started the operation of dWare OS.

The Preparation of Payments application was installed.  This application prepares the payment orders under the entered invoices for supplies from the Business Processor.  The prepared payment orders are automatically sent to a bank in Poland, where the payments to the suppliers are made.

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04.04.2014 г. - dOS – Master’s class…

On 04 April 2014 the Academy of Economics in Svishtov hosted a master class that attended the lecture titled: ‘Event-based approach to the creation of dWare OS business web applications”.

Lecturers and students attended this seminar.  Assoc. Prof. Popov, Business Informatics Department Director, personally made the introductory speech and Damian Ivanov held the lecture.

The topic of the event was the new dWare OS environment – a convenient tooling that allows fast and easy modelling, compilation and construction of business applications, and many other things…

 

 

 

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02.04.2014 г. - dOS during the seminar “Business Management Software”

Today 02 April 2014 was held the seminar organised by bsoftware magazine and Saga Technology Publishing House titled: “Business Management Software”.

During the seminar Damian Ivanov and Diana Dimitrova presented the response to the requirements set by the present day to the creation of information systems.

The response is a new philosophy and new tooling, which were demonstrated to the invited specialists.

There is more good news – the forum was the venue of many interesting contacts and many meetings were scheduled.

 

 

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28.03.2014 г. - Second installation of dWare OS abroad….

From 20 March to 23 March 2014 Alexandra Andreeva and Victor Mitkov of the dWare team accomplished the second dOS installation abroad in Prague.

The application implements financial control.

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04.03.2014 г. - dWare OS outside Bulgaria…

The first installation of an application created with dWare OS outside Bulgaria is a fact. The application is Alerte and the country is Macedonia.

The application allows collection of information about various accidents at petrol stations.  The collected information is processed by persons on duty in the headquarters of the service company and sent to the management of Lukoil and the relevant management authorities.  The system monitors the troubleshooting process and any delay automatically leads to notification of the relevant control authorities.  The information thus collected can be used for generation of various analyses of the character and causes for the accidents.

The Alerte application covers all sites of Lukoil Macedonia, having been previously installed at all Lukoil Bulgaria sites.

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20.02.2014 г. - dWare OS third version

A working meeting with lecturers from the University of National and World Economy and from the Academy in Svishtov was held from 18 to 20 February 2014 in the town of Hissaria.

During the meeting the dWare representatives demonstrated part of the new functionality of the third version of dWare OS.

 

 

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14.01.2014 г. - dOS system in University of National and World Economy

The dOS-PUBLIC PROCUREMENT system was implemented and launched in the University of National and World Economy on 10 January 2014.

It covers the whole document turnover of the public procurement process.  In total, 45 stages of a public procurement, from the filing of the application to the execution of the contract, were realized.

This system will be used by representatives of all departments in the University of National and World Economy and by the rector.

The system monitors the deadlines of each stage, sends automatic reminders and notification letters to the relevant people in charge, provides opportunities for classification of the offerers, determination of people in charge for the next stages…and many other things!

All original documents are attached in the system and the whole information regarding the public procurements is accessible for statements and analysis!

And in real time!

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06.12.2013 г. - Ware OS opens Third International Conference in University of National and World Economy...

Damian Ivanov opened the Third International Conference on applications for ICT and statistics in economics and education with presentation of applications working in real-time with dWare OS.

The presented applications illustrated the universal nature of dWare OS with its various fields of application.

The event model, being the foundations of dWare OS, allows unlimited reflection of the economic reality, as well as of other realities.

 

 

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02.12.2013 г. - Seminar with Bulgarian National Radio...

A seminar with the Bulgarian National Radio was held from 29 November to 02 December 2013.

The focus of the seminar was on the new Business Processor functionality and the new requirements and challenges to the accounting process in the radio.

Besides, a solution of the requirements of article 71 based on dWare OS was also presented.

The implementation of the presented subsystems will start as early as this week.

 

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28.01.2013 г. - Today, 28 January 2013: was the launching day of…

The trial operation of the first system implemented with dWare OS took place today.

The system allows payment (utility bills, electricity, district heating, etc.) at the cash desks of Bulgarian Posts EAD.

Currently the system covers the post offices in Plovdiv district.

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10.10.2012 г. - 10 October 2012: Official presentation of new dWare product

On 10 October 2012 dWare officially presented its new product dWare OS (Business operating system) to journalists from the leading IT media.

 

The presentation took place in two parts.  The first part contained a description of the dWare OS philosophy, while in the second the guests were made familiar with the creation of a real application and its launching.

The event ended in an amicable mood, champagne and fruits…

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01.10.2012 г. - dWare develops new software – dWare OS (Business operating system)

The new dWare environment is a convenient tooling that allows fast and easy modelling, compilation and creation of business applications.

The client applications are web-based.

 

The database management system is Oracle with options for MS SQL and DB IL.

The official presentation is scheduled for 10 October 2012.

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Event-based business processes modeling

                                 

What is the idea? 

You look at the world and describe it with a set of tools.

 

Is there any philosophy?

Yes, there is.

Everything is an event.

That’s all.

(unbelievable, J but true!)

 

What is the result?

A web-based information system.

You mean

the business realityàme àand the virtual reality

without programmers, testing, …?

     

Yes, exactly!

Is it possible?

Yes.

In reality we talk about modeling.

Modeling business processes based on the idea that everything that happens in business can be described like an event.

 

You already speak about tools. What kind of tools?

The simplest are some very simple and largely employed pictures like:

          

And what else?

You have a piece of software in which you have to put down your observations of the reality that you want to incorporate in an information system.

Does it take a lot of time?

Depends on your expertise in what you are starting to do. Yours and that of your client.

Can I see something of my work?

Yes. This is a so-called business process of …

       

But where is the web-based system ?

Please …

            

            

Are there any reports?

Reports are our favourite thing to do.

 

 

     

Users, roles …

               

Absolutely

Organizational structures?

             

Of course.

What is the name of this software?

dWare OS

I understand that we have a software with a philosophy and tools to transform the business reality into a virtual reality called Information system without programming, testing.

Yes, and not only the business reality…

Can I modify my first idea or expand it?

Yes.

What will happen with the data?

The data follows the changes.

Who created dWare OS?

dWare OS is created by dWare Ltd.

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

EVENT-DRIVEN APPROACH TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 

Damian Ivanov

dWare Ltd., dware@dware.bg

 

SUMMARY

Various statistical data shows that about 60% of the developed information systems end without achieving their set goals.  Our analysis shows that the problems lies neither in the stages of development of the information systems, nor in the methodology.

The problems lies in the vision /absence of a suitable abstraction/ and adequate tooling to materialize the examined processes into an information system.   The approach and tooling developed by us allow modelling of the business reality by means of ‘dEvents’. As a result, we obtain simple and understandable notations, convenient to maintain and develop, and the relevant operating web-based information systems, based on a relational Database Management System.

 

KEY WORDS

Event, Object, Space, Attribute, Event-driven model, Methodology for Information System development, Physical layer, Logical layer, Presentation layer, Notation

 

  1. I.                   INTRODUCTION

Our attention is focused on the construction /examination, design, elaboration, implementation, maintenance and development/ of information systems /IS/.

We will analyse the data about the software projects, showing that approximately 60% of them are not successful.  

By tracing the life cycle of a project, we will try to outline the major issues underlying the failures.

We will propose a new philosophy and tooling pretending to eliminate the established reasons underlying the failure.  Finally, we will present the benefits of the application of the new philosophy.  

  1. II.               LIFE CYCLE OF THE SOFTWARE PROJECT, METHODOLOGIES AND PROBLEM ANALYSIS

Are there any problems that require analysing the construction of an information system?

It turns out that the processes concerning the construction of an information system constitute a complex, long-term and expensive undertaking, yet without a guaranteed result.

Some facts:

  1. ROGER SESSIONS [1] assesses that the costs of unsuccessful projects on a WORLDWIDE SCALE for 2009 are USD 6.2 trillion.
  2. Dr John McManus and Dr Trevor Wood-Harper [2] estimate that the costs of the unsuccessful projects in EU for 2004 are EUR 142 billion and only one of every eight projects has been accepted as fully successful according to a study performed in the period 1998-2005 and covering 214 projects in 10 areas /defence, healthcare, education, agriculture, trade, production, finance, construction, transport and logistics/.
  3. The Standish Group [3] analyzed the successfulness of the projects for 2009 and published the following figures:

-                 Successful projects (achieved goals, kept deadlines);  38%

-                 Unsuccessful projects (goals not achieved):                   33%

-                 Suspended projects:                                                                29%

Similar findings are valid for France, Switzerland, USA and the whole world.  The figures and percentages will for sure be different in the various studies and for the different countries, but this is no important.  

What matters is the ratio between successful and unsuccessful projects and the constancy of this ratio over the years.

Those figures demonstrate that the stake is great and it makes sense to seek for the reasons for the failure and most of all to find a solution.

Can we outline the problem more clearly?

The project life cycle analysis demonstrates that irrespective of the viewpoints, a life cycle incorporates the following stages:

-                 definition of goals,

-                 study,  

-                 design,  

-                 elaboration,  

-                 implementation,  

-                 maintenance and

-                 development.

The above-mentioned study by Dr John McManus and Dr Trevor Wood-Harper analyses the stage at which the studied 214 projects are suspended or delayed.

№1

SUSPENDED AND DELAYED PROJECTS

lifecycle stage

Number of projects   cancelled

Number of projects   completed

Number of projects   overrun
  (schedule and/or cost)

Feasibility

None

214

None

Requirements analysis

3

211

None

Design

28

183

32

Code

15

168

57

Testing

4

164

57

Implementation

1

163

69

Handover

None

163

69

 

Out of the studied 214 projects, 28 were cancelled and 32 were delayed at the design stage! We can already note the fact that 15 projects were suspended and 57 were delayed or made more expensive at the programming stage.

What is important for the design stage?

New and new design methodologies have been developed since the 1950s.  There are tens of methodologies.

‘Agile’ methodologies have also been appearing and 55 of them have been described.

What does this say, without even analysing any of them?

It says only one thing.  There is a problem.  None of them complies with the requirements regarding the construction of various information systems.

Why do agile methodologies appear?

It is well-known [4] that 17 people of the practice define the following conclusions:

-                 People and communication are superior to processes and instruments.

-                 Operating software is superior to detailed documentation.

-                 The cooperation with the customer is superior to negotiations during contract execution.

-                 Addressing changes is superior to following the plan.

In fact, the right elements underlie the various methodologies until now, which leads to:

-                 Failure to achieve the goals

-                 Time delay

-                 Increased costs

Is this true?

If we examine more carefully any of the methodologies, we will find several simple truths:

-                 All methodologies /new and old/ solve the same problem

-                 However each one of them gives priority to one or another aspect of the study, design, implementation in order to solve various problems.

Thus, the main problem is the time necessary to accomplish the project, since the increased costs and failure to achieve the goals are a function of time.

Taking into account that the scope of activities related to study, elaboration and implementation of a project, irrespective of the selected methodology, is the same, if the projects had been accomplished within the expected deadlines, most of the methodologies would have been obsolete.

Let’s have a look at the above study, where we can see the number of projects cancelled or delayed at the programming stage – 15 and 57 respectively.  

In other words, all those methodologies have problems as early as this stage – the programming.  

This is an indication that:

-                 We will obligatorily have problems with the developed system due to the specific aspects of the programming itself /definition, elaboration, testing, integration, documenting…/

-                 Absence of vision, adequate abstraction of the essence of an information system as a reality model, which always requires additional development of new and new programmes.

 

Let’s have a look from another viewpoint.

Generally, an information system is a reflection /model/ of some aspects of the business reality in an organization.  /Now we are disregarding the technical and communication aspects, human resources, software, which ‘bear’ and achieve the goals of the information system./

In order to reflect a reality, we need the appropriate tools.  An artist uses paints and paintbrushes, a photograph – a camera, a writer – a pen, etc.

Is the reflection complete and accurate? Of course, the reflection is incomplete, however it achieves the set goals to some extent and does the expected work.

Let’s have a closer look at the business reality.   

From information point of view we have contracts, invoices and other documents, nomenclatures…

We could also have a look at the business reality from the point of view of:

-                 organisational structure,  

-                 ‘actors’ /roles/ in business

-                  etc.

We have seen that the programming stage is reached as a result of the study and design.

The consumer software is most often presented as an aggregation of algorithms and programmes implementing them in order to achieve the goals of the information system.

The result of the design of an information system consists mainly of describing the business processes according to certain methodology or without a methodology /information flows, information carriers, algorithms for the processing of information, organizational structure, ‘actors’…/ and necessitates the creation of the relevant programmes.  

Sometimes the programmes turn into software implementing certain functionality, supplemented with options to determine the parameters for the purpose of more flexible compliance with the requirements of the specific business.

Determination of the parameters, but within the framework of the specific functionality! The new functionality requires new programmes or new software.

WHAT IS THE RESULT?

Usually the result is an information system that achieves the set goals to a different extent, however always with restrictions in terms of development towards inclusion of a new functionality from the whole business reality /as stated above/ and system support.

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE?

An alternative to what?

The business space is a whole.  Examining it from various viewpoints, subsystems, tasks … is made for greater convenience.  Mainly for convenience of management.  But most of all, due to the absence of philosophy, abstraction, covering and reflecting adequately the set goals, in a simple and understandable language, and the whole business reality.

In other words, what we have seen in the previous paragraphs is the alternative to the impossibility to reflect the business reality in any other way.

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE EXISTING PRACTICE?

Yes, there is, and it comprises the creation of new philosophy, new abstraction of an information system, and may be a more general way to model the business reality, while trying to awaken a new and unknown sensibility to perception as a whole.

And apart from philosophy, we would also need tooling to do this.

  1. III.           PHILOSOPHY AND TOOLING OF dWareOS

Our solution is dWare OS. dWare OS /dOS/ is:

-                 philosophy, abstraction, trying to present in a simple and accurate way the business reality /within the framework of your needs, according to the degree of your knowledge/, and

-                 tooling, aimed to fix such description and enliven the described models.

 

The main idea is the finding that everything in the business reality can be presented as dEvents.

 

The elements of dWare OS and dEvent, dObject, dSpace.

A dEvent is described by:

-                 name

-                 attributes

dEvents are materialised in dObjects.  All dEvents are at the ENTRANCE of all dObjects.

Every dObject generates a dEvent as an EXIT.  The aggregate of dObjects, dEvents and their movement form dSpace.   

We can differentiate between several layers within a single dEvent.  

-                 logical/functional,

-                 presentation,

-                 physical.

 

Examples of dEvents include contracts, invoices, letters of acceptance and delivery, commodity receipts, inventories, petty cash credit orders, petty cash payment orders, advance reports. Examples of dObjects include accounting warehouse, marketing, but also register of invoices, register of contracts. An example of movement is the invoice, which will be located in the dRegister of invoices, in dAccounting, but also in dWarehouse, and dMarketing.  It will also go to the entry point of dContracts, where it could be rejected depending on the specific business practice. A single dSpace may be the space of accounting, cash register, but all objects could also be in the same space, depending on the organization of work in the specific business practice.

Graphic presentation /Notation/

Business spaces are described by a set of graphic symbols, such as beginning, object, condition, entrance:  on-screen, object, e-mail, file, service, exit to:  file, e-mail, print… according to the methodology for construction of an information system, developed by us.

Managers

Managers are the programmes that ‘enliven’ the dSpaces.

What is the result of the implementation of an information system by this philosophy and tooling?

  1. IV.           CONCLUSION

The results are most of all in the overcoming of the main problems of the existing methodologies for the construction of information systems.

-                 Accurate and timely reflection of the customer’s needs

-                 Quick result

-                 Achievement of the goals

-                 Low price

It is worth noting that our abstraction does not reject or oppose none of the methodologies, approaches or practices for the construction of an information system, but only allows the opportunity to achieve the goals set for the information system.

The opportunities in a dSpace are a consequence of our abstraction:

-         time ‘rewinding’

-         changing the ‘rules of the game’ /functions/

-         ‘expanding/shrinking’ the space itself with new objects/functionality.

Two more significant results are achieved alongside:

-                 Easy support

-                 Predictability and controllability.

And /almost/ no programming!

 

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Как да пристигнете първи, когато заедно с останалите пътници  пътувате  в един и същ самолет? Независимо от това в коя класа сте: SAP, Oracle, Microsoft …

 

Не вярвам, че някой взима категорично решение каква система за управление на бизнеса си взима на един или друг  форум, Мисията е по-скоро разузнавателна с цел  да види, ако има очи за това, кой какво предлага било то от презентациите, било  и от споделения опит. Това обаче не е лесна задача, защото информацията, която се поднася малко или повече е украсена, да не кажем и деформирана, защото се прави от разработчика или внедрителя на дадена система, на даден продукт. Преценката на потребителите, вече внедрили една или друга система, също не винаги е напълно обективна, защото малко или повече оправдава вече взетото решение.

 Ето защо умението е не само да се слуша, а да се чува същественото, не само да се гледа, а да се вижда в дълбочина и в същината на това което всяка фирма разработчик представя пред публиката от потенциални клиенти.

Ако се заслушате в презентациите ще видите, че никой нищо конкретно не каза. Вие постепенно бивате омайвани от:

  • Една мъгла.
  • При това представена примамливо.
  • Въпросът е - Има ли нещо зад мъглата?
  • Естествено, че има. Но то е малко по-различно      от това, за което съзнателно или не се говори доста мъгляво.

 

Каква е истината ?

Истината е, че нещата са пределно ясни на вендорите и не до там ясни на клиентите.

Вендорите прекрасно знаят какво може тяхното решение (модел, идея, философия), както и пътищата, по които могат да го развиват /естествено срещу съответната цена) и са го предвидили в своята методология за инсталиране.

Клиентите по-скоро се сблъскват с проблемите, които ежедневно трябва да решават в своя бизнес. Всичко останало им се струва като един тих ужас, една спотаена лудница,  хаос, създаден от разни бюрократи и неблагодарни служители ....

Решението на вендорите прилича на  джудото – да те преборя като използвам не моята сила, а твоята. От теб искам да ми кажеш как искаш това, как да става онова. Да, де ама ето, че попадаме в парагаф 22 –хем не познаваш продукта, хем да казваш как го искаш.

Освен това бавно, но сигурно те влудява целият този набор от неразбираеми справки и отчети. И тук изведнъж се появяват спасяващите магическите кубове и т.н. Не че са безсмислени. Просто показват неспособността на съответната система да доведе нещата до край със собствените си средства.

 

А нещата стоят съвсем конкретно.

 

От едната страна стои отчетността, а от друга страна се намира оперативното управление.

 

Отчетността пък е още по-ясна. Тя обикновено се припокрива със счетоводството и за целите на това представяне може да приемем, че е така. Да, ама в счетоводството има един точно определен набор от отчети, които трябва да се представят на определени дати. Всеки един от тези отчети се прави по точно определен начин и има съответната форма и съдържание. Следователно половината от нещата са пределно ясно дефинирани, до толкова ясни че може да се изкаже и едно еретично твърдение – а именно, че няма нужда от счетоводство. Не че няма наистина нужда, но няма нужда от обичайните счетоводства, а има нужда от такова счетоводство, което да умее да анализира и да дефинира счетоводната отчетност в полза на фирмата, стъпвайки на конкретната икономическа действителност, даденост – закони, практики.

 

Оперативното управление е по-интересното. То е в някаква степен по-различно при различните клиенти. И какво става?  Имаме добрите практики. Но те какво са ? Едни реализирани модели на това как да си получиш отчетната информация. Но наистина ли са модела на успеха ? Едва ли има някой, който да даде гаранция. /Връщам се към началото при сравнението с за пътниците в самолета.

 

Къде е решението ?

Решението е в инструмент, който да отразява и съчетава разнообразието на бизнеса и креативността на хората.

И за да не се преоткриват вече откритите неща, защото тук нe става дума за първите любовни трепети от откриването на любовта или унеса на танца, тръпката на ловеца, рибаря, бънджи скока, опиянението от скоростта, ... а за борба на живот и смърт, за капитализъм, то оптималният инструмент трябва да гарантира тази отчетност от една страна и да е свободен да отразява бизнеса, при това по начин, който да се променя всеки ден ако трябва.

 

Този инструмент се казва dWare OS.

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