2/12/2003 - AWB Limited (formerly the Australian Wheat Board) has utilized Rational Suite® and the Rational Unified Process® methodology to build an electronic Grain Centre System and pilot On-Farm Storage System built on Microsoft .NET. These new business applications will provide AWB with improved organizational efficiencies in the handling and storage of grain.
By combining the power of Rational Suite with the Rational Services Organization's extensive knowledge of Microsoft .NET, AWB saved 40 percent to 50 percent on general application costs and completed the entire project on time and under budget.
Rational Suite empowered AWB's project team to streamline its development activities with Rational Unified Process and effectively gather and manage requirements, build a scalable and reusable system architecture, track defects and changes, and test its applications. AWB's project team consisted of a staff project manager and business analyst, as well as an outsourced development team that included up to 20 developers.
"By leveraging Rational's solutions and expertise, we created an innovative and scalable Web-based system with improved workflow management and significant communications efficiencies," said Tony Clement, general manager, e-business, AWB Limited. "Rational enabled AWB to achieve our goals on time and under budget. We will never embark on another e-business project without Rational."
By using Rational's solutions to create the software architecture for the Grain Centre System, AWB was able to achieve approximately 80 percent reusability for its pilot On-Farm Storage System application. The On-Farm Storage System was completed under budget and delivered in six weeks – an extremely short timeframe for an application of its complexity.
"AWB migrated its systems to Microsoft .NET to help create new efficiencies in the handling of grain," said Tom Button, corporate vice president for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corp. "The use of Microsoft .NET has helped make AWB more agile and competitive in the international marketplace, and has enabled AWB to save significantly on hardware and operational costs."
"AWB is a clear example of a business that is using technology to create competitive differentiation and achieve real business benefits," said Eric Schurr, chief marketing officer, Rational Software. "Rational's solutions have allowed AWB to shorten its time to value."
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About AWB Limited
AWB Limited is Australia's largest grain marketing organization and is one of the world's largest wheat management and marketing companies. AWB has the responsibility for the management and marketing of all Australian export bulk wheat.
About Rational Software Corporation
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