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Datamatters Today

Datamatters Today

Since 1995 and becoming an associated company with Coversure Insurance Services, Datamatters’ main business has been transformed into a facilities management company providing IT services of all kinds to the Coversure franchise network.

The technology used to service the needs of the users has been extended and is now exclusively based on the integration of various technologies running under Microsoft Windows.

Communications links are provided by franchiseholders connecting over a virtual private network and ADSL.

Database software used is the D3 product from Raining Data. This is used as the core of the applications and linked for word processing to Microsoft Word.

Various external databases are linked together using Visual BASIC applications to access the insurance industry quotation system, Polaris, and XML is used for Imarket (commercial insurance quotations), text messaging and communications with finance companies.

EDI is at the heart of insurance broking operations these days and we utilise the Brokernet 5 standards for transmitting data to insurance companies.

Internet applications are developed using Adobe Flash/Flex, linked back to the database software with client document delivery via Adobe Acrobat and a secure method of email communications.

History

The history of DataMatters is inextricably linked with that of the computer and internet technologies developed during the past 30 years with the D3 Database (which was developed out of the Pick Operating System) at it's heart.

Since 1995 and becoming an associated company with Coversure Insurance Services, Datamatters' main business has been transformed into a facilities management company providing IT services of all kinds to the Coversure franchise network. The technology used to service the needs of the users has been extended and is now exclusively based on the integration of various technologies running under Microsoft Windows.

Communications links are provided by franchiseholders connecting over a virtual private network and ADSL. Database software used is the D3 product from Rocket. This is used as the core of the applications and linked for word processing to Microsoft Word.

Various external databases are linked together using Visual BASIC applications to access the insurance industry quotation system, Polaris, and XML is used for Imarket (commercial insurance quotations), text messaging and communications with finance companies. EDI is at the heart of insurance broking operations these days and we utilise the Brokernet 5 standards for transmitting data to insurance companies.

Internet applications are developed using Adobe Flex, linked back to the database software with client document delivery via Adobe Acrobat and a secure method of email communications. A browser based graphical user interface has been developed in C# to provide a modern user-friendly data entry system for the database applications.

PICK

The PICK Operating System

PICK itself began life as a computer programme developed for the US Army as long ago as 1965. Much of the early development work on the project, which was originally known by the acronym GIRLS, was completed by a programmer called Richard Pick.

Being a US Government sponsored project the ownership rights to the system were in the public domain and it was Richard Pick himself who developed the product further, naming it after himself. The product itself was fast, flexible and reliable. It was developed earlier and, in the opinion of many, it was more powerful and more stable than other, better known operating systems.

Despite a relative lack of marketing expertise on the part of Richard Pick, by the late 1980's Pick operating systems were achieving close to $2 billion in worldwide sales and, as we enter the early years of the 21st century Pick software is still used in a wide variety of business applications. According to learned sources there are now more than 2 million Pick computers and 20 million Pick users worldwide.

Pick for Users

Martin Taylor

One such early user of the system was Martin Taylor who, in the early years of his career, worked as UK Technical Support Manager for Unison Technology, distributors of the PICK enabled Altos super micro-computer.

Martin became expert in the system to the extent that he authored the well known reference volume “Pick for Users” before founding DataMatters in 1985 as a computer consultancy specialising in the production of applications software utilising the Pick system.