Emerging Technology R&D
We scan industry continually for emerging technology trends, and
we perform R&D in those few emerging technologies that have i)
the greatest probability of adoption by our clients, and ii) the
potential to significantly impact them. Typically, BankNet's applied
R&D consists of performing 'real-world' evaluations of new technology
in order to assess its readiness for deployment at large companies.
Two recent examples are wireless technology and IBM's WebSphere
product for the S/390.
We constantly enhance our products based on comments from clients
and feedback from our own internal users. There are two gating
factors for a potential enhancement. First, will it increase the
productivity of our internal users? Second, is there sufficient
market demand to warrant a product's further development?
BankNet will proceed
with an enhancement that passes through either of these two gates.
Most of BankNet's new products are direct responses to our own
internal development needs, and are thus the by-product of our
development of solutions for clients. When we uncover the need
for a new utility to increase our own productivity, we develop
it for our internal use. If we then determine that a market demand
exists, we "productize" the utility. For example, we developed
our XTRACE product in order to speed up and improve our own unit
testing of COBOL and Assembler programs.