Aldon, a configuration management software company for System i users, has announced awards in two categories: one for a developer that averted a potential catastrophe, and another for best project turn-around.
The winner in the first category, for most frightening development nightmare, went to Brad Abernathy, a senior developer for Sunbelt Rentals. In a previous position, Abernathy was a developer for a major manufacturer of bedding and towels and a colleague was working on a shipping application project. The developer started a bug when he created a logical file right on top of the production machine. The bug turned product orders for two or three towel bundles into two or three million orders. Due to a lack of quality check, the systems nearly broke down and the company had to pay a lot of workers a lot of overtime to get it fixed.
The next category was for most remarkable project turnaround. That award went to Manoj Dhamu, a senior programming analyst with DST Health Solutions. He was working on business application that handled member enrollment, claim processing and claim billing for managed care organizations. But they realized a glitch that would require them to manually run other custom programs every time they rebuilt a file. Using the Aldon software, the company was able to incorporate a bunch of important external code into the development cycle.