Data Downlink Corporation
Founded in 1996, Data Downlink Corporation is a rapidly-growing provider
of on-line business information services, licensing data for resale from
content originators and adding value by providing searching, sorting and
cross-indexing capabilities. Content is resold through our web-based products,
and Portal B. Our specialty is quantitative business information
such as company performance statistics, country economics and demographics,
market share information, etc. Our customers are professional business
users who need this information to do their jobs - Investment Bankers,
Consultants, and Corporate Strategists.
Proposal: The Spreadsheet Designer
Data Downlink has approximately 70 third-party databases under license,
around 30 of which contain information on specific companies. The company
is planning a new product named The Spreadsheet Designer which will
allow end users to build their own spreadsheets of company information
using any of these 30 databases. Key challenges are the design of a user
interface which allows non technical users to navigate through 30 databases
and the design of an architecture to map the databases into the interface.
This project will study, design, plan and prototype this project. Deliverables
The development environment is primarily Visual-C++. Databases are housed
in Microsoft SQL-Server. Heavy use is made XML as a databus between applications.
An analysis of customer needs. Visits/Interviews of existing clients will
A design of the user interface for the product.
A design of the architecture to be used to map data from the databases
into the resulting spreadsheet.
A prototype of a subset of the design.
Students will need to sign a Non-Disclosure/Proprietary Rights agreement
to participate in this project.
Resources for Students
Data Downlink will provide office space and computer workstations. Both
a project manager and a product manager will be assigned to assist the
students. Other domain experts will be available at the project managers
88 Pine Street (on water street between Pine St. and Maiden Lane) New York,
Company Web Sites
Michael Angle, Chief Operating Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-363-9620
Albert Tamayev, Development Manager, email@example.com, 212-363-9620