Mission organizations have the same need for enterprise business systems as corporate employers. Both field- and home-based staff need business software to help them manage their work, their people, and their finances, and maximize the resources God has entrusted them with. The reasons? To be effective and to increase the availability of God’s Word.
Since development resources are limited, implementing commercial solutions rather than developing them is one of the values of the development team. Installing software usually takes less developer time than building software from the ground up. If someone else has already created it and the price is right, we buy it instead of building it.
One of those purchased systems is the commercial accounting system built on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Either staff or the vendor can use it out of the box or customize it to business needs.
The technology base includes enterprise software solutions such as Oracle’s database, application server, and development tools, a .NET base of applications and development, and a variety of open-source products.
The intranet system uses Oracle technology and some sections also use Confluence, Plone, and Python. Just a few of the many other programs in use are SQL Server, JIRA, CommuniGate, Subversion, Exchange, DSpace, Cocoon, Django, Oracle GlassFish, and Sharepoint.
At the JAARS Center, logistics services needed a way to track their vehicle inventory and ensure that all machinery was properly maintained, inspected, and registered. So developers provided an asset maintenance web app with a database that was later enhanced for all center assets. SIL Uganda-Tanzania was the first user of this app as a multitenant product.
Aviation Scheduling System
On the field some translators, support staff, local workers, and even government officials need to travel to remote locations accessible only by small airplanes or helicopters.
Software programs were developed to create a reservation system for scheduling flights and a maintenance-logging system to meet the airworthiness maintenance standards required by government regulations.