Accelerator is a comprehensive end-to-end software development solution that drives faster development with better quality & more functionality to deliver Software that people love!
Surround is home to some extraordinary developers. Customers have been known to suggest they are superheroes when it comes to delivering software they need. Unfortunately, we do not actually possess super powers. But we did create the tool that may have people looking for a cape in your closet.
Very early on, Surround's founders knew that to achieve their vision we needed to innovate. We needed to create tools to accelerate software development, and we mean much more than just doing it faster. We needed to deliver better results and more functionality. Ultimately, we wanted it all, so we had to create the strategies and the tools to help us work smarter!
The result is our Accelerating Software Development strategy and our supporting toolset, Accelerator.
In a world where results are what matter most, Accelerator is your answer. You will build powerful applications fast and then change them even faster. The capabilities and high quality of the software you will deliver, the speed in which you deliver it, and the ability for you to adapt it to business changes all with no limitations and no lock-in is what makes Accelerator so distinctly different from all other solutions.
Accelerator was built to enable and support Surround's Accelerating Software Development strategy and consists of four major solution areas:
Accelerator provides the most important and critical part of an application, the Core Architecture and Software. This is the essential part of your software that defines how it will operate and perform, how it can be adapted to support the rapidly changing needs of your business, and how well it can be maintained to stand the test of time
For many software projects, developers just sit down and start coding. Very little planning is put into how the software will be architected and built. And, when it is, ask any Architect worth their salt, seldom is it done right the first or even second time. To Architect software well it takes the most advance and experienced developers – people that have done this before and know the pitfalls; that know how the decisions made now affect development throughout the project and throughout the life of the project.
When done right, the core architecture and software will typically consume 15% to 35% of the overall development and all of it by senior level developers. It is the most costly part of software development by a significant margin, carries a very high level of risk, and, the killer part, it provides very little business related functionality. Most of it the users can’t even see, don’t know it exists and could care less about it, except when the software doesn’t work well and takes a long time to fix because of it.
You need software that can quickly adapt to today's rapidly changing technologies and robust enough to stand the test of time. So as the company grows and changes and the requirements expand, the software can grow change and expand with it. At Surround technologies we know that the only way to achieve that is through a solid foundational architecture. An agile architecture that can be quickly adapted to new solutions and that significantly reduces or eliminates maintenance drag.
Accelerator provides ALL of the Architecture and Core Software for you, meaning the hardest, most important, and most expensive part of your software development is done! 15% to 35% of your project done! And done right!
Accelerator Developed solutions garner power and agility from the Visionary Core Architecture the Surround Team has created within Accelerator. It acts as a technology abstraction layer, enabling developers to do more by allowing them to focus on business functionality rather than the complexity of the underlying technology, with systems that behave in a homogeneous, unified, consistent and robust manner.
Some frameworks provide the primary “plumbing” for a system, some provide the communication, some the facade. Accelerator has many frameworks to provide it all. To relate to the building metaphor, the Accelerator core is the footing, foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical and communications. It will save you development time and related costs now and for many years to come. It will also minimize future maintenance costs and delivery time by providing robust software and eliminating technical debt incurred from rushed unplanned development.
Accelerator's Software Generation Wizards are used to generate complete Systems or individual Applications, Modules and other various parts through easy to use wizards. It generates the custom code that is specific to your database, provides 100% of your Create, Read, Update, Delete and more (CRUD+) functionality, for developers to expand and enrich it further for more specific business related tasks.
With Accelerator, the entire comprehensive base software that sits on top of the Accelerator Core is created for you, This is fully functional, near production ready, software generated out of the box without any coding.
Accelerator Wizards walk the developers through the process of data storage selection, module relationships and presentation definition. The Wizards then use various frameworks and code generators to produce fully functioning, high quality, state-of-the-art software with open, well-formed and documented code.
Surround’s acceleration tools are open as well using our powerful Open Generation Technology. This allows the development team to configure their own development standards, define their own source in the generation templates and specify generation rules and logic based on their database and software needs. With it, you can continually make your software generation smarter, more powerful and more specific to your business needs.
Accelerator's loosely-coupled modular architecture provides plug-and-play capabilities for other Accelerator-based or wrapped software and comes with a set of common cross-industry software already built and ready to be plugged into your systems.
As with all of Accelerator, all Code Starts can be customized or further enhanced to meet your specific needs.
Accelerator provides best-of breed Rapid Application Development, RAD, through advance automation techniques used within an agile process.
The Typical Development process consists of:
The Accelerator business value from productivity gains throughout the entire software development life cycle, SDLC, is significant.
The Accelerator Server is what ties everything all together for the end solution.
While this is a runtime portion of the Accelerator solution, it is packaged together and deployed with your own systems. And, as with all of Accelerator, it is 100% .NET and you get 100% of the source code.
Some of what you can do with Accelerator:
If this sounds good to you and you're ready to develop faster and better than you ever thought possible below are two ways to get started.
Choosing a product to guide the growth of your companies’ software and IT infrastructure is a big task with many variables to consider. So we’ve decided to find out why our clients chose us above the rest.
There are an endless array of reasons companies select and continue to use Accelerator for their software development. The biggest question we see from our prospective clients is “Why choose you?” Instead of using in-house generated marketing text to talk about our product, we decided to let our clients do that talking for us.
These are the top 10 we identified through customer surveys and interviews with CIOs and technology leaders.