mrc celebrates 30 years of software development
April 2013 Lombard, IL
In 1983, software developer michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) released their first software product, the mrc-Query Series. This year, mrc proudly celebrates 30 years of software development.
Built for the IBM System/38 (the IBMi predecessor), the mrc-Query Series was originally designed to help end users create business applications without programming. However, it developed a following with developers and programmers as it automated much of the tedious syntax work they faced on a daily basis.
From that point forward, mrc focused their software development on two underlying principles: Create software that both improves developer productivity and puts development capabilities in the hands of end users. Following those guidelines, mrc released two subsequent software products in the following years:
mrc's Software Evolution
mrc attributes their success over the past 30 years to constant evolution. "Our software is always evolving, always adapting to changes," says Tyler Wassell, mrc Software Development Manager. "We constantly enhance m-Power with the latest features, so it never becomes outdated."
mrc's unique, "version-less" approach to software development is the driving force behind this evolution. Rather than releasing software versions, mrc constantly enhances their software, averaging over 1 major enhancement per month. In this way, mrc's software has evolved with the changing tech trends through the years.
A culmination of 30 years of enhancements, mrc's current software (m-Power) now occupies a unique niche. Since 1983, mrc's software has evolved from a System/38 application development tool, to a web application development platform that performs multiple tasks and builds nearly any type of business application (as illustrated below).
Illustration of m-Power's capabilities
"I'm always amazed at the different ways our customers use m-Power," says Wassell. "Some use it for reporting, others use it to enhance their ERP systems, and others still use it to solve multiple problems across their business. Very few customers buy m-Power for the exact same purpose…which really illustrates m-Power's flexibility."###
mrc's development platform, m-Power, is used to create business applications and can run on any platform that supports Java (e.g. OS/400, Linux, Unix, and Windows). Applications access DB2/400, Oracle, MySQL and MSSQL, or any combination thereof. m-Power is used to create an endless variety of Java-based business applications such as: Mobile apps, Web reports, dashboards, eCommerce apps, business intelligence, and more. It is also the only development platform to automate translation and offer full multi-lingual support.
mrc was a recipient of the Apex Award for application development, is a long-time IBM Business Partner, and has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.
"m-Power has given me and the company the ability to do things that we have never been able to do. Reports that would take months to get from programming requests can now be run in minutes!"Alex Hodschayan — MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc.
"I am amazed at how easy it is to perform application development. m-Power has automated many of the difficult tasks of application development."Guy Ulmer — Transparent Container Company
"[m-Power] consistantly delivers when I need to do serious application development in very short order."Stan Brewer — Boise Paper Holdings, LLC
"[m-Power] has streamlined our operations and given us the ability to make decisions in seconds or minutes instead of hours or days."Josh Wolfe — Medline Industries, Inc.
"Quick and easy reports, and the ability to delve deeper if necessary in the same tool is unusual to see. [m-Power] seems to deliver both options."Jay Lee — Showplace Wood Products
"Our return on investment is way beyond what was originally conceived because there are whole new areas to which it can be applied."Alan Briggs — General Binding Corporation
"It blows me away how easy [m-Power] is to use."Jose Morales — GL Veneer Company, Inc.
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