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08/30/2001 - Maplewood Mavens Are Programmer’s Programmers

The people at Maplewood Software are “heads-down”, hardcore programmers, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. They design and develop cutting edge enterprise class data solutions every day. Maplewood employees learn and use new technology-they were writing code in .NET before Microsoft released it. They are so adept at writing code, some of their work is programming for other programmers.

Maplewood Software is a wholesale software vendor with two areas of focus. They do hourly consulting--doing specific work for clients--and they do wholesale Internet services. They build the backend-the infrastructure that you can’t see-that allows applications to do their job. Maplewood creates databases; programs active server pages (ASP) and Java server pages (JSP). They use a lot of XML and embedded systems. All their in-house software runs on a server, not the client browser. They prefer doing server-side work, but will do client-side work if needed.

As wholesale Internet service purveyors, Maplewood provides hosting, technical web development, and technical web design. They are a sub-contractor for other businesses that develop the graphics, logos, and text. As a wholesaler, they build on their technical strength, and allow their retailers to build on theirs. “It’s a good strategic move,” says John Janzen, owner, “a win-win situation.”

One of the tools they provide is a “shopping cart”. Maplewood will customize the shopping cart to fit the specific needs of the client. The client can use the shopping cart and pay for it based on a monthly fee just like hosting. Other Internet applications they provide include calendars, polling, and newsletters.

Maplewood Software, now located in the Holley Mason building, has been a Spokane Company since 1996. John Janzen, grew up here, left, and returned and started Maplewood Software. “The Terabyte Triangle is important to Maplewood because the connectivity has made it possible to do business globally,” stated Janzen.

Microsoft is a major client for Maplewood. They built systems for Microsoft to test their own software-doing programming for the programmers. Through the Microsoft connection, programmers at Maplewood have access to the very latest in programming tools. The connectivity available in the Holley Mason building enabled Maplewood to be a Microsoft vendor with daily “virtual” access.

Maplewood’s motto is “Traditional craftsmanship for the digital future.” “Maple wood is used in some of the world’s most finely crafted furniture and crafts,” said Janzen, “we want that same fine quality craftsmanship in our work.”

For more information, visit Maplewood Software’s web site at: www.maplewoodsoftware.com.

Billie Moreland
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