LONDON--(Microgen PLC (LSE:MCGN), whose software is used by leading global banks and digital media providers, today announced that RM plc (LSE : RM.) used Microgen Aptitude in the development of the back-office processing solution for RM Books, the first ebooks system designed specifically for schools. In this project, RM used its detailed domain knowledge of the education market to address the obstacles to ebook adoption in schools and leveraged the Microgen Aptitude application development platform to quickly and cost-efficiently develop the new solution.)--
“In launching RM Books it was important that we were able to develop it quickly and efficiently. The Aptitude product provides an enterprise development platform that allows effective collaboration between the business and the development team enabling significant efficiencies to be gained during the development process”
Microgen Aptitude provided a development platform on which the back-office functions of the new system could be rapidly developed. Microgen Aptitude is used to process data from a multitude of publishers’ book catalogues, calculate pricing, manage customer data such as purchasing history and sales credits, and track the royalties payable on the content licensed as part of an ebook rental or purchase. Microgen Aptitude is used by some of the world’s leading digital media companies to manage the complexities of such applications and process the large transaction volumes often associated with these solutions.
“In launching RM Books it was important that we were able to develop it quickly and efficiently. The Aptitude product provides an enterprise development platform that allows effective collaboration between the business and the development team enabling significant efficiencies to be gained during the development process,” stated Dave Pearson, Director of Product Marketing, RM; “We are also confident that the high transaction processing capability of the product will allow us to scale the service in the future.”
“Many existing media providers struggle to deliver new innovative digital services because traditional application development approaches require enterprises to install expensive software and associated development teams. This approach is cost restrictive and as a result such projects are often viewed as being the exclusive domain of the large tech titans,” explains David Sherriff, Microgen CEO. “We are thrilled that RM selected Microgen Aptitude to be a key component of the RM Books system and that they delivered an innovative digital media platform in such a short period of time.”
About RM plc
RM has been helping teachers to teach and learners to learn for nearly 40 years. The company develops, manufactures, installs and manages hardware, software, IT networks and services and classroom resources all specially designed for schools to help deliver inspiring engaging learning.
Schools and local authorities outsource their IT to RM. The company also provides systems that help mark exam papers, deliver school performance data and enable access to learning platforms from home or school. RM’s customers include schools, colleges and universities, local government, central government education departments & agencies.
Microgen provides innovative, enterprise class software platforms that help its customers to differentiate their capabilities and rapidly exploit new business opportunities. Microgen software solves problems including the creation of new software systems, the automation of complex business processes, the management of a high-volume or complexity of transactions, and the integration of existing legacy systems and data across the enterprise.
Founded in 1974 and listed on the London Stock Exchange (MCGN) from 1983 Microgen is headquartered in London with offices worldwide.
The Microgen Aptitude platform was designed to enable CIOs, Enterprise Architects and Business Heads to efficiently create new services and to automate business processes while reducing the cost and complexity of software development and maintenance.
Microgen Aptitude addresses the typical inefficiencies associated with software development processes, providing an intuitive method to graphically define and control a complete software application. With this approach, business and IT teams can to build applications quickly and collaboratively and can easily change business logic as new requirements surface.
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