Archive for the ‘systems development’ Category

Our Mission : Systems that last forever

Tue, Aug 22nd, 2017

At a recent workshop, our MD was challenged with a question - "Why do you do what you do?" After some introspection a common theme from all our staff was that what makes us different is that we aim to build systems that will last FOREVER. Forever is a long time, ...

Travelyst goes mobile!

Tue, Apr 5th, 2016

ViaData has invited a group of Honours students in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town to invest in a project to "mobilise" Travelyst, ViaData's Tour Operator Software. The idea is to improve communication and accessibility with Travelyst end clients (the Traveller) through the use of a Travelyst Mobile ...

Travelyst Mobile Update

Thu, Mar 31st, 2016

There are currently no platforms available in which travellers and travel consultants communicate directly with each other to manage a traveller’s documentation, itinerary and other information. Therefore, ViaData came up with the idea of making a mobile application for the front end of their Travelyst Tour Operator Software to achieve ...

UCT Information Systems Expo

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015

Every year, the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town holds a Systems Project Expo to showcase their third year and fourth year Systems Development group projects. This varied selection of advanced systems is designed to industry conditions and tackle actual business issues. ViaData’s Involvement: The 3rd year shield ...

Improvement – Security

Wed, Oct 14th, 2015

At ViaData, we use a generic template structure for security in our Catalyst Business Systems Engine for all our systems. For large systems, security access for users can be complex to implement, however for smaller systems with fewer users, or where all users play essentially the same role, it can ...

Improvement – Gridlock

Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Grid display Users asked us to create an export functionality for grids to be exported to Excel. We felt this was an important part of our continuous improvement program for both our Web clients and our Windows clients and so we put our heads together to solve the problem. Our grids of ...

Improvement – Travelyst

Mon, May 25th, 2015

This story is about our Travel Industry CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, Travelyst and how we improved the system and delighted the client in the process… The system provides a mechanism for travel consultants to build a detailed travel itinerary for customers. It supports a fairly generic processing of lines on ...

Are we creating a generation of dumbed-down developers?

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013

Object Relational Mappers (ORM) are creating dumbed-down developers! The aim of most ORM approaches is to hide the SQL from the developer - making it possible to develop for SQL databases without ever writing any SQL.  I believe this is resulting in a generation of dumbed-down developers who have no real ...

Free <> Better

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013

Just because software is Free, doesn't mean it is necessarily more desirable or better – as proponents of Free and Open Source Software would have us believe! A debate is raging in the Cape Town IT community and business press about the decision by the Department of Basic Education to standardise ...

Catalyst over HTTP

Mon, May 9th, 2011

Catalyst over HTTP. Catalyst, the powerful business systems engine from ViaData, has been enabled for HTTP connectivity.  Until recently, Catalyst provided a client server solution to its users.  However, the latest version of Catalyst (version 3) now includes support for connectivity across a standard HTTP connection. This new functionality has ...