Hunter Douglas Saves Time and Money with Enlighten, Compuware OptimalJ

3/31/2004 - Enlighten, an award-winning interactive design, development and consulting firm, joined the growing list of companies that are reducing the complexity of J2EE and boosting development productivity with Compuware OptimalJ. Enlighten selected Compuware OptimalJ, the industry's most advanced model-driven pattern-based (MDPB) development environment, to help its developers reduce J2EE application development time by automatically generating much of the code for a Hunter Douglas web application project.

"We purchased Compuware OptimalJ because we needed a solution to help us quickly automate a large portion of the code generation," said Rod Smith, CTO of Enlighten. "The model-driven, pattern-based approach saved us time and money by speeding the enterprise Java development process without forcing us to hire a legion of Java programmers. Compuware OptimalJ is exponentially ahead of other tools in terms of generating the 'grunt code' through the use of patterns, models and best-practices."

Hunter Douglas, a leading global manufacturer of window coverings, wanted to drive more people to its Web site, and chose Enlighten because of its combined strategic, marketing and creative expertise. Recognizing the challenges of J2EE development, and considering the prevailing Java skills shortage, Enlighten selected Compuware OptimalJ's model-driven, pattern-based approach to ease its entrée into enterprise Java development. Compuware OptimalJ helped Enlighten use patterns to translate business models into working applications, automating the more complex coding aspects to more rapidly build Hunter Douglas' enterprise application. The result is a dramatic and new Hunter Douglas online presence with a cohesive presentation of product information enabling customers to easily compare a wide selection of window offerings.

"Enlighten wanted to reduce development time and expense, gain valuable J2EE experience and deliver the highest quality finished product," said Dan Schoenbaum, Vice President of Strategy for Compuware. "Compuware OptimalJ enabled Enlighten to focus on its core competency--maximizing the value of its customer's interactive initiatives--and direct its energies on what to build and not how to build it."

Compuware OptimalJ is an advanced development solution for enterprises building J2EE applications. Its model-driven, pattern-based approach dramatically reduces the time, cost, risk and complexity associated with delivering and maintaining Java applications. Customers continue to report significant savings in both the development and maintenance phases of an application's life when compared with traditional development solutions.

Enlighten ( is an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based interactive design, development and consulting firm. Known since 1983 for award winning work, Enlighten builds innovative online experiences for a diverse roster of clients such as Audi, Sony, Pulte Homes, Hunter Douglas and GMAC.

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