Consulting Services

Database publishing systems are an integral part of any organizations knowledge infrastructure. In some cases it represents the mass printing of invoices or notices, the generation of reports, directory publishing, and countless other content instances. PatternStream is a software tool that simplifies the prototyping and implementation of automated data-driven publishing projects.

FML provides database publishing consulting services to its customers for any type project and at any level of service. In addition to providing superior PatternStream services, FML can provide:

• Database design, development, and consulting services
• Database interface design and implementation
• Automated batch process methods
• Intranet server publishing dynamic PDF systems
• Mission critical application development
• XML applications and transformation implementations

PatternStream is designed to publish information from databases. To support PatternStream’s implementation, FML has also developed databases, database front-end applications, and completed data conversion tasks for customers.

As an example, FML developed an application to parse information from FrameMaker files and load it into an FML designed MySQL database for Meister Media Worldwide. FML also developed web front-ends in PHP, set up PatternStream, and provided a web browser-based CD application.

Another recent example is the implementation for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta for Sarbanes-Oxley reporting. FML designed a web and desktop publishing system to integrate with databases and Business Objects to make it easy for bank personnel to accurately and efficiently complete regulatory required reports.

FML has experience with all major database engines, database front-end development tools, and data conversion techniques. Additional examples can be provided or discussed upon request.

FML defines mission critical application development as the development of software to satisfy a specific need. Since FML’s inception in 1991, we have provided mission critical software solutions to customers worldwide.

FML has developed sophisticated, technical, and scientific computer codes, including user interface, documentation, and training. FML personnel are thoroughly knowledgeable in Windows, UNIX, Macintosh, and all major programming environments and languages. FML personnel have developed software for major oil companies, Columbia Books, Inc., Nicor Gas, Standard and Poors, University of San Francisco, GE, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Hubbell Lighting, Inc., Virginia Power, Simon & Schuster, and FHI, a large health research organization based in North Carolina. Through participation in a wide variety of projects including database publishing system design and setup, full-scale procedures upgrade programs, environmental protection manual development, and on-line nuclear power plant technical specifications, UFSAR, and procedures projects, FML is extremely knowledgeable about the relationship of various types of documents that are required by utilities and other businesses. This includes an understanding of the challenges that must be addressed to implement a document system that is intrinsically sound. As examples, FML has implemented or is developing:

• Directory database publishing system for Columbia Books, Inc.
• A field manual database publishing system for Nicor Gas
• An on-line, nuclear document system for Virginia Power
• A CD-ROM viewing system for Hubbell Lighting, Inc. to enable personnel and customers to view, print, and search documents in an enterprise-wide and stand alone manner

As part of our database publishing focus, FML has provided applications for parsing text and desktop publishing information into databases, web-based authoring systems, and a cadre of other applications to support automated publishing. FML has experienced programmers that are capable of programming in most all environments and languages.

FML has more than a decade of database publishing experience and is prepared to not only satisfy but exceed your automated publishing needs.