LILLY Software has announced that it has incorporated the Microsoft .NET framework into its technology strategy. Lilly has been developing with the beta version of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET for more than a year and finds the ease-of-use enhances rapid application development.
With faster access to new functionality and a shorter implementation time than ever before, Lilly customers gain a strategic market advantage.
Since its inception ten years ago, Lilly Software has been developing leading supply chain solutions using tools founded on a Microsoft infrastructure.
In 1992, the company released its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, VISUAL Manufacturing, which was the first client/server Windows-based software solution for manufacturers.
In 1997, in conjunction with the emergence of Microsoft's COM (Component Object Model) technology and the DNA-M (Distributed interNet Applications for Manufacturing) development strategy, Lilly Software began retooling its technology strategy.
Using COM technology, Lilly created several new applications, including VISUAL eBusiness, a fast-implementing online system that supports Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) transactions, and VISUAL Jobshop, a comprehensive solution for small manufacturers.
Today, Lilly Software's VISUAL Enterprise supply chain product suite appeals to a broader customer base than ever before.
To support larger companies, including those with distributed environments, Lilly decided to incorporate the Microsoft .NET Framework into its technology strategy.
The advantage to using the .NET Framework is in its shear depth and vision. Using this single framework, developers can create practically every kind of application software imaginable.
In addition to writing products using the C# programming language, Lilly also uses XML Web services in its enhanced strategy. This allows companies to access data easier and integrate their systems with other applications.
"Staying current with technology is important for ensuring that our customers remain competitive," explains Richard Lilly, president of Lilly Software Associates.
"The Microsoft .NET Framework will revolutionise the way software developers create applications and enable us to deliver a superior product with increased performance benefits."