“It Starts with an Idea“: The story of a start-up company in Silicon Valley.
|Our Story is about a little company that could. Leveraging managers with years of software management expertise together with very talented practical software architects, the Azerity product demonstrated that software can be done right. Azerity competed with the big gorillas (SAP, Siebel, Oracle) and won every time. And it didn’t cost the clients millions to install and millions more to upgrade. High quality, intuitive. Some said it was nearly perfect software.
What did we learn?
- One. How to build a practical architecture. One that delivers what clients want – intuitive, useful, useable. How to avoid the pitfalls which often occur when engineers aim for software elegance, but end up with an architecture that is overly complex, bulky, and slow.
- Two. How to develop a software plan that includes all aspects including deployment and upgrades. We think software companies should charge for value-added services, but not for avoidable deployment and upgrade costs.
How to use the right processes and tools to make sure the software meets spec, is high quality (no bugs, that’s right, none), and completed on-time. The right software development tool to improve the process and software quality is Software 2020.
The Practical Software Methodology was a combined effort by Jan McCleery and Anita Wotiz. Both had worked together in the Aerospace world, both had learned the value and limitations of government waterfall processes. They teamed up at Azerity, where Jan was Co-Founder and CTO, Anita VP of Engineering. They developed a practical software methodology that was proven, release after release, to develop bug-free, on-time, scalable, reliable, and maintainable enterprise software.
Jan and Anita
It takes a practical process, practical architecture, and a great team!
|Intelic 1999 (name changed to Azerity in 2001)
Front Row: Stephen, his son, wife Mary, Frank, Ketan, Chaiya, Arun. Back Row: Freeman, Starr’s son, Starr, Julie (Jan’s daughter), Jan, Julie, Starr’s other son.
Front Row: Hang, Kevin, Arun, Susan, Ashish, Gery. Back Row: Linda, Ken, Stephen, Michael, Ketan, Dale, Jenn, Rich, John, Jan