Cowen Software Ltd
Tandem Projects (UK, Switzerland, Germany, and teleworking)
Malcolm has worked in English and German in the areas of Banking, Policing and Tourist Agencies.
In Malcolm's most recent Tandem project at Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Birmingham he worked on the ATOC project, developing server modules in Cobol and SQL and provided technical support during system testing. He also assisted during the design and analysi phase of one especially complex module. The environment was built around the use of Rational tools including Clear Case and Clear Quest.
In 2002/3 Malcolm implemented a demonstration of Cornerstone's RSOM software, demonstrating the conversion of a Pathway system into a Webpage based system whilst preserving the existing Cobol Pathway Servers.
At Greater Manchester Police he worked on three main enhancements. On each of these he proposed new and simpler designs for the enhancement, which enabled them to be carried out with less disruption and shorter timescales. He also researched ways of connecting Tandem Enscribe and SQL files to other systems using Cornerstones's DynaAccess software and Omnis Studio. As a result DynaAccess was implemented for a major police project.
At Woolworths in Rochdale he worked on a datawarehouse. In addition to normal support, carried out from home using his own equipement, he created documentation for the system (there had been effectively none), cleaned up the source code applying source control to it. and redesigned a complete section of the software which was sub-standard.
At ACI in Watford he worked in TAL and COBOL on a BASE24 plastic card reader module which was to be proved and released. Malcolm showed the software to seriously deficient and lacking in documentation. He rewrote and enhanded the software and provided proper documentation. The module was later successfully released.
At Lufttransportunternehmung (LTU) in Düsseldorf he designed and carried out tests for the conversion of an IBM system to Tandem, running the resulting tests on both systems. He later designed and enhanced a test environment for the project, and finally designed a MAKE system in TACL and C to recompile the system.
At Software Partnership, he worked on a new system for Rabobank in Utrecht. This involved working in Utrecht to agree the specification, designing the database and then leading one of the implementation teams working in Cobol and Scobol. He later maintained and supported the system.
At Girobank (now Alliance and Leicester) he worked on the initial CALM system, designing and implementing system tests. He also developen test utilities using Enform and Enable and developed sucessfulyl redeveloped requester / server pair which had gicen serious trouble during development.
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