QuinSoft, The Company

QuinSoft Corporation is a small company that has been pursuing a means to develop complicated, data-intensive application systems through high-level logical or business level definitions.
It was founded by Don Christensen, the creator of the Telon Application Development system, which was introduced in the 1980’s for developing applications on large IBM mainframe computers. (See the Wikipedia article for more information.)
The result has been an open-source product named Zeidon, which generates data-intensive MS Windows and Web applications from business definitions. The architecture behind Zeidon is called Open Architecture, because a key criterion for the product is opening the architectural structure of an application so that it can be understood and enhanced by an open-source community. (See Beyond Open Source site at zeidonbeyondopensource.com)


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“The result is surely what appears to be an outlandish, maybe arrogant, claim: OpenCUAS will be the single SIS of the future. The era of proprietary SIS will be ended. There will be one open source, open architecture solution, supported and extended by multiple vendors.”
Zeidon has been an evolving solution, with recent emphasis on public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, and is being continually tested on several applications, most importantly, a large Student Information System (SIS) named OpenCUAS (Open Community University Administrative System; see opencuas.com site). The size, complexity and varied physical environment requirements of an SIS system make it the ideal test case for determining the feasibility of the Open Architecture vision. The result is surely what appears to be an outlandish, maybe arrogant, claim: OpenCUAS will be the single SIS of the future. The era of proprietary SIS will be ended. There will be one open source, open architecture solution, supported and extended by multiple vendors.

The Quest for Partners in an Exciting New Vision
The Only SIS of the Future:
One Architecture, Multiple Vendors

QuinSoft is looking to identify schools and businesses that would like to become a part of the OpenCUAS community and play a role in making OpenCUAS (Open Community University Administrative System, pronounced “open cause”) the last and only SIS (Student Information System) of the future,

QuinSoft claims that this bold proposal will become a reality because the Open Architecture innovation behind OpenCUAS has produced an SIS product that is superior to any SIS currently in the market, even though it has been built with a tiny fraction of the resources used by those other products. When supported, enhanced and extended by a larger OpenCUAS community, it will deliver value far above anything imaginable in the world of proprietary products.

OpenCUAS, The Justification

The superiority of OpenCUAS has been established in several areas.

Initial installations have demonstrated that OpenCUAS, in its current form, has greater breadth and depth than other SIS products in the market. Adding the resources of an Open Architecture community will only make this functionality richer.

The evolutionary process enabled by the Open Architecture innovation has led to an SIS solution that is much more intuitive and easy to use than other SIS options. Increased experience will continue that evolution, including the ability to take advantage of technology changes.

OpenCUAS is a fully integrated ERP, with all components working seamlessly together to create an effective whole. This is not only true of the current product, but will continue to be true as the product is continually enhanced by the OpenCUAS community.

Experience at early OpenCUAS installations has demonstrated time and again the ease with which the system can be modified and adapted to support special requirements at a local site. Such capability marks the end of the rigidity of proprietary systems.

The Open Architecture characteristics of OpenCUAS allow the system to run on a variety of databases, such as SQL Server and MySQL. In addition, local department functions can run in an MS Windows client/server environment or on an all-web solution. Web users will be able to select from a range of private, public and hybrid cloud options. Users can start with one type of environment and migrate easily to another as technology and local requirements change.

As noted above, OpenCUAS will provide a range of private, public and hybrid options. In addition, all Open Architecture objects can be exposed as Web Services in Cloud Solutions. However, OpenCUAS goes beyond Web Services to opening the architecture behind them, allowing data maintenance options and extendibility for both data and functions.

Some initial cost savings will be gained as license fees are replaced by lower product maintenance fees. However, the major savings will be realized from the much lower local support costs necessary to make sure the SIS can be used effectively at a local installation.

The support of OpenCUAS by an open community will provide schools with a variety of vendors and option extensions to choose from, as well as the local and cloud options identified above.

With OpenCUAS having been developed, installed and tested to the degree where its bold claims have been validated, QuinSoft is now pursuing the establishment of an open communiity to carry OpenCUAS to the next stage in the vision for a last and only SIS for the future. We are looking for several schools and businesses who believe this vision represents a superior future and would like to play a role in making it a reality.

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