information systems for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta was designed
to provide a live database of events and activities for easy access
by the world media during the games. The main system consisted of
about 2000 kiosk touch-sensitive screens scattered throughout the
Olympic venues. Each screen provided a full color graphic view of
the Olympic program and was constantly updated from a network of
80 IBM AS400 mid range computers and 2 IBM ES9000 main frame machines.
The system was developed using IBM's VisualAge for Smalltalk product,
and represented the largest single application using this new technology.
The development environment comprised of OS/2 Warp clients each
running VisualAge for Smalltalk version 3.0. More than 1000 unique
graphic screens were constructed using some innovative GUI caching
techniques, and the application provided connectivity to over 40
other systems and access to more than 60 Gigabytes of Olympic data.
Mission Software has played a major role in the development of
this system since February 1995 and involvement continued through
August 1996. Mission personnel headed up the design and architecture
team and provided a major portion of the technical development skills
in VisualAge, Smalltalk, Envy Developer and OS 400.
Mission Software is a leading edge software company which specializes
in providing technology solutions for a wide range of business problems.
In addition to developing its own software products, Mission Software
provides consulting, education and contracting services to Fortune
500 companies. The company specializes in Object Oriented Technology
with particular emphasis on Smalltalk based solutions. Areas of
expertise include the following:-
IBM VisualAge, Digitalk Visual Smalltalk, ParcPlace VisualWorks,
IBM VisualGen, Bridgewater Wizard, IBM OS/2 Warp, Warp Server, DB2/2,
OS/400 and Envy Developer.