Tech Showcase – Vision Point Systems

From Jim Schweitzer, Operations Manager at Vision Point Systems:

At Vision Point Systems, we consider ourselves "language or platform agnostic."  We're software engineers who use the right tool for the job. We are not, for example, a Microsoft Partner Network company, but we hold a Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Professional Subscription.  This allows us to set up a lab in our office to test out the various pieces of software we write in a wide sample of target environments.

The best example of our lab in practice was for a piece of software we wrote back in 2003. Our requirements were that the desktop application run on every version of Windows from 3.11 to XP and Mac from 8.6 to 10.3. Oh, and it had to be self-contained on a floppy disk. We got it done, but it wouldn't have been without our lab of various environments in which to test. One lesson learned: Not everything that runs on a clean Windows XP install will run on a clean Windows 98 install.

Times have changed since then. We've had the opportunity, because of MSDN, to get out in front on Windows 7 a bit, having beta and release candidate versions available to us on the day they were released without any hassle. We also employ virtualization in our lab these days. We can keep pristine virtual copies of all our lab machines to load up any time we need to have a clean environment.

Here's more about what we do at Vision Point Systems:


Vision Point Systems is an engineering and technology consulting firm with offices in Fairfax, Virginia and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Vision Point Systems serves clients ranging from local high-tech and non-profits, to the DOD and multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Vision Point Systems helps transform clients' tough projects into reality through thoughtful and inventive software and systems engineering.


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