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Relic Entertainment   Based on 0 reviews
Game Studio’s Use of Parallel Programming Yields Eightfold Reduction in Processing Time
4-page Case Study posted: 08/11/2011 Views: 360

Video game studio Relic Entertainment needed to parallelize its code to speed up the package-creation process—the last step in converting the output of content creators into a playable format for test. Early work to parallelize package-creation tools was complex and time-consuming, resulting in thousands of lines of code. By taking advantage of new parallel programming tools in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 development system and the .NET Framework 4, Relic was able to quickly and easily reduce that number to just 12 lines of code. The package-creation process now takes 30 minutes instead of four hours, enabling the company to more quickly begin testing new changes. Relic was able to begin using the parallel processing libraries provided in the .NET Framework 4 quickly and easily, with a negligible learning curve.

  • Publication Date:
  • 08/11/2011
  • Industries:
  • Amusement/Gambling/Recreation/ Perf Arts/ Spectator Sports
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • Parallel Computing
SGS   Based on 7 reviews
Mining Services Company Implements Parallel Processing with Only Six Lines of Code
4-page Case Study posted: 04/27/2011 Views: 476

SGS Geometallurgy, a division of SGS Canada, Inc., helps mining companies optimize plant design, forecast production, and minimize risk. FLEET™, the group’s old solution for simulating the flow of ore through a processing plant, required seven seconds per mine block regardless of how powerful the system running the application was. SGS used the new parallel processing tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 to build its Integrated Geometallurgical Simulator, or IGS™, which simulates 20 blocks per second per processor core—more than a million blocks per hour on a modern four-processor server. SGS adopted the new parallel processing tools in just a few days and can now easily parallelize its applications. Ease of parallelization has also enabled the company to simplify its code and deliver compelling new features, giving SGS a greater edge in winning new business.

  • Publication Date:
  • 04/27/2011
  • Industries:
  • Life Sciences, Chemicals; Oil & Gas, Mining
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
Fujitsu Canada   Based on 1 reviews
Consulting Firm Improves Productivity with Expanded Reporting, Version Control Tools
4-page Case Study posted: 04/11/2010 Views: 340

Fujitsu Canada is a consulting firm offering business and IT services. The company had deployed Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 but wanted expanded reporting, version control, and task management tools. To gain those capabilities, it adopted Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. The company expects to improve productivity and application quality with integrated features such as graphical representations of branched code, hierarchical work items with user-defined links, and a historical debugging tool. In addition, Fujitsu Canada can organize team projects into collections, making it easier to share not only code but also work and version history with customers. Reporting tools offer rich project metrics, and developers spend less of their time on repetitive tasks so they can concentrate on more creative, productive work.

  • Publication Date:
  • 04/11/2010
  • Industries:
  • IT Services
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010
  • Intellitrace
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Lab Management 2010
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • Personal Productivity
Imaginet   Based on 1 reviews
Developers Easily Connect Disparate Medical Platforms with Web-Based System
2 page Case Study posted: 03/24/2010 Views: 434

Imaginet Resources was given just 10 weeks to develop a platform-agnostic, Web-based physician referral system that would improve communication between general physicians and specialists. The goal was to ensure that referral appointments could take place with better speed and accuracy. The team of developers used familiar Microsoft technologies and the new, yet intuitive Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in to create Bridging General and Specialist Care, an information systems solution. Developers collaborated efficiently without “crunch time” stress, and Imaginet delivered on time an application that was easy to deploy on disparate Web browsers and operating systems.

  • Publication Date:
  • 03/24/2010
  • Industries:
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft ADO.NET
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server
  • Microsoft Silverlight 2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
  • Microsoft Silverlight 3
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • Personal Productivity
ValMark Securities   Based on 2 reviews
Financial Services Firm Boosts Productivity and Customer Satisfaction with New System
4-page Case Study posted: 09/21/2009 Views: 900

ValMark Securities' insurance business was handicapped by an inflexible third-party Agency Management System (AMS). Managers were forced to use a report database populated with day-old data to run the business. When customers contacted the company expecting the reps to have the most up-to-date information, the data lag sometimes frustrated customers. Also, the system was tedious to use, requiring employees to copy and paste data between systems. Managers used the Microsoft Dynamics® CRM platform to develop their own AMS operational business system to run their insurance business. As a result, they quickly and economically fielded an application built upon the same platform as their existing CRM system. IT managers simplified their data architecture to deliver real-time data to users. Moreover, they achieved a productivity increase through automated workflows.

  • Publication Date:
  • 09/21/2009
  • Partner(s):
  • Customer Effective
  • Industries:
  • Insurance
  • Business Need:
  • Business Productivity
  • Country/Region:
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Software and Services:
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
  • IT Issue:
  • Development
  • Personal Productivity
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