ProStar Software Joins Progress Technology Alliance Partner Program

(September 22, 2015 – Arcata, CA) ProStar Software (ProStar), an enterprise technology innovator focused on integrating the sales process with business systems, today announced its acceptance into the Progress Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program. ProStar’s products and solutions increase efficiency and competitiveness for companies running Progress OpenEdge, the leading platform for simplifying and streamlining the development, integration and management of global enterprise business applications for faster time-to-market.

ProStar joins an elite group of technology vendors that provide best-in-class products integrated with Progress technologies. The TAP Program is restricted in size and scope to partners that exhibit thought leadership and bring value to the Progress community.

The partnership is focused on combining the power of Progress OpenEdge with ProStar’s TailorPro and Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI) solutions. TailorPro enables greater customer productivity with non-invasive customizing for business applications running on Progress OpenEdge to achieve a better fit between business requirements and business systems. This adds both competitive advantage for companies selling Progress OpenEdge applications and value for customers using those applications. Demonstrating an ease of integration with Progress solutions, TailorPro is able to add new and revised functionality without any changes to source code or schema of the underlying Progress application, allowing application providers to easily meet prospects’ requirements. MEI is a data unification platform for multiple business systems to interact together on one common user interface.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Progress TAP Program,” said Bruce LeBel, CEO of ProStar Software. “ProStar focuses on adding value for customers through leading edge solutions that deliver exceptional and tangible value to our customers and enhance their teams’ performance. Our partnership with Progress is focused on a shared goal of customer success through how our technologies efficiently and seamlessly work together.”

To join the TAP Program at the Technology Partnership level, ProStar underwent a rigorous application process and certification. The end result is that customers will realize the benefits of a robust and proven solution to meet their unique business requirements, including data unification and mobile deployment of enterprise functionality.

“ProStar has been a long-standing partner of Progress, so we are pleased to recognize them as part of the TAP Program,” said Kimberly King, Vice President, Channels, Progress. “They are a proven, trusted partner and we look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with many more successes in the years to come.”

The Progress Partner+ Program is a multi-tiered model designed for independent software vendors, system integrators, service providers, OEMs, distributors and resellers. The program is designed to support members’ evolving application development, consulting, services and OEM offerings.

About ProStar Software
ProStar Software (ProStar) is an enterprise integration company providing a customizable suite of applications to tailor business systems, enabling customers to simplify existing processes and maximize their efficiencies. Building on proven expertise serving global corporations and deep understanding of technology environments across organizations of all sizes, ProStar also offers affordable, cutting-edge solutions for small and mid-sized companies that are underserved by the market. Located in Northern California, ProStar has more than 20 years of industry experience helping customers reach their business goals.

 About Progress
Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global software company that simplifies the development, deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the cloud, on any platform or device, to any data source, with enhanced performance, minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership. Progress can be reached at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000.

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Interview with Jeff Leinwand, CTO

We are very pleased to welcome Jeff Leinwand to the blog this week, in an interview as ProStar Software's new CTO. We've asked a few questions and had a great conversation that is definitely worth sharing, so, here's introducing Jeff in his own words:

ProStar: We'll get to work in a bit, but let's start with how you like to relax. I'm curious, for example after a long week, what's your favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon?

Jeff: Saturday is for outdoor activities. In my younger days it was team sports changing to golf and tennis as I got older. Once kids came along it moved on to their soccer and little league baseball with an occasional basketball league thrown in. Now that kids are grown it is back to outdoor activities, with the grandkids when possible.

ProStar: That sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. With your many years in the enterprise software business I imagine you've done a fair share of traveling. Is there anything you absolutely don't leave home without?

Jeff: Yes, just a few things. I never leave home on a long trip without smart phone and computer. Everything else can be replaced (except my wife, so if not on business I never leave without her but computer and phone are also brought along).

ProStar: That seems very reasonable! I wonder, on a more philosophical note, if you can describe for our readers a lesson or insight that informs your work?

Jeff: Consider the end user when building software. Too often brilliant technical solutions are wasted because the target audience doesn't understand how to use the solution. Not only don't we know what we don't know, we don't know what the end user doesn't know. Success for a system, no matter how complex it is, lies in the simplicity of its use. As software engineers we need to learn from auto manufacturers. Cars are very complex machines but the general user interface to drive a car is very simple even though the user doesn't understand the systems that make up the car. If you look at the biggest complaint of car owners it seems to be with the new technology for entertainment, navigation and syncing up phones, none of which has anything to do with the driving the car. The software guys still haven't learned from the hardware guys.

ProStar: That reminds me of KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid! Our users are definitely lucky to have your down to earth perspective on that. I imagine that's something you've learned alongside a host of other useful knowledge, but maybe you can you give us just a brief list of some professional skills you've found most useful in your career?

Jeff: Sure thing. Computer languages I've used the most include C#, Progress, JavaScript, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN (yup, those age me). There are a few others that I am going to choose not to mention because knowledge of their existence really makes me ancient. I have built systems using HTML5 and .NET, beginning with the beta version of .NET in 2000. And, database experience includes SQL Server, Progress, MongoDB and other open source databases.

ProStar: And how did you aquire all those skills? Which of your career moves have been most important setting you up for the CTO role here with us?

Jeff: As an accounting major (MBA) with a computer science technical option I started my career developing a commercial General Ledger system for Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys). Went to work for a major accounting firm doing consulting and EDP audits. Spent several years at a manufacturing company, first as a Systems and Programming Manger, then as IT Manager, finally moving into manufacturing where I ran the new product line (purchasing, manufacturing engineering, production and quality). Moving on to QAD, my role in charge of the Strategic Consultants, Custom Programming Group and Technical Support Group was very informative. As VP of Product Development with Strategic Information Group I did LEAN Manufacturing as well as QAD consulting. And then, I founded Sabino Creek with another former QAD/SIG person, and that really paved the way, we did custom software and international ERP partnerships.

ProStar: So, Jeff, to the heart of the matter. What are you most looking forward to in your work here?

Jeff: There is nothing more rewarding than creating product. Having spent a great deal of time on the production floor I know first hand how many employees take pride in their work and become frustrated when they have ideas to improve the product but management won't listen. I have also seen workers who were detached from their product and observed the resulting lack of quality. I have seen too many managers operating without the proper information and/or training to create the efficiencies required to compete in today's world. Finally, I have been both a provider of systems and information and a consumer of those systems and information. so I am well positioned to understand the technology required to deliver information and understand the needs of the person receiving and using the information.

I want to enable organizations, that is, ProStar as well as our customers, to use tools that will help achieve goals, improve products, improve work environment, quality, and bottom line.

ProStar: Jeff, this was wonderful. Thank you very much, and welcome on board!

Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI) Introduced to Progress Software Community

Boston, MA. Oct 7-8, 2013. Exchange 2013 Worldwide Annual Conference

As a Progress Application Partner, ProStar Software is very pleased to be presenting this year on benefits and uses of our Mobile Enterprise Integration (MEI). MEI is an Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS); MEI automates coordination of your essential business systems and functions, from any browser and any mobile device.

What does MEI mean?

MEI means, seamless connection of all the steps from all the people in the right order at the right time. For example, in a purchasing scenario, from quote to request to approval to order, no more emails are needed.

MEI means, no more awkward transfer between your sales lead pipeline in Salesforce.com to orders in QAD to your customer service interface, you can take care of it all on your phone and information is automatically sent to the people who need it.

MEI means, your ERP specific rules are easily applied and integrated with your current systems and functions.

MEI means, simply, improved productivity.

What does MEI include?

  • Integration Platform:

MEI is currently integrated with: Progress/OpenEdge applications, Salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, SQL Server, Sharepoint, QAD, .NET and we are happy to do customized integrations specific to your business and on additional systems.

  • Workflow:

Connect all participants in your business processes, from customers to employees to suppliers. Our workflow functions meet the industry standard: BPMN v2.0.

  • Complex Event Processors:

Our context-sensitive rules use your existing business logic to define notification, timing, and relevance as appropriate for your company.

  • Mobile:

Your current applications and business systems can now be accessed on any mobile device, and on any browser.

For any company that wasn't at Exchange 2013, or if you didn't get your free demo in Boston, contact us to find out how MEI can mobilize your business.

And for anyone at any business looking to improve essential business functions: Read more about MEI here.

ProStar Software is a proud Progress App Partner
ProStar Software is a proud Progress App Partner

A brief summary of Business Process Management (BPM)

What is Business Process Management?
by Bruce LeBel, CEO, ProStar Software, on 2012.12.17

Business Process Management, or BPM, begins with the definition of business processes. A business process encompasses a set of distinct tasks or activities performed by individuals in different roles. In the end, the business process achieves a defined business objective, which required each of the various participants’ completion of their steps. One simple example would be: Add a New Customer, requiring inputs from Customer Service, from Sales Management, from the Credit Manager, and from Accounts Receivable.

Every organization has essential business processes that require interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activities, often including individuals who use different computer applications, such as engineers, and sometimes including individuals outside of the organization, such as vendors.

BPM is an organizational paradigm, as well as a technology, that values the defined business processes of an organization as the model for operational success. With BPM, the business processes can be automatically coordinated, tracked, measured, analyzed and improved.

BPM draws guidance from other Total Quality Management or Continuous Improvement Process methodologies. BPM goes further by providing technology to enable the automated systems. In fact, BPM generates a new category of data, business event data, that supports both the operational tools for control of active processes, as well as the analysis of completed processes for visibility of opportunities for continuous improvement.

Contact ProStar Software for more information on ProStar’s cloud or server based BPM applications, WorkFlowGPS for companies running applications on any platform, and Business Process Control for companies running Progress OpenEdge applications.