Thirty years of corporate life have allowed DPE to accumulate extensive knowledge in the most varied fields of IT and process applications.
In the early years of the DPE’s life When information technology was, all over the world, an activity reserved for a few specialists, DPE dealt with multiple applications for companies in various product sectors, in addition to the dissemination of local and national press.
The first working project of the DPE concerns the distribution of the local press; but soon new fronts open up in various product sectors; in the newborn world of information technology, specialists are still few and the areas to be explored are many. DPE develops applications for accountants, insurance companies, and for warehouse management of manufacturing companies and major retail stores.
The need for specialization imposed by the increase in the complexity of problems and applications, pushes the DPE to meet the needs of a particular type of company; this also allows it to diversify the range of its software products and intensify its business. At the end of the 1980s, it now turned exclusively to local and national press distribution companies and publishers, and in this sector it acquired a unique and undisputed competence.
Another innovative step Occurs with the advent of Digital’s MicroVax computers, with virtual memory, which allows the remaking of all management and accounting applications, enriching them with new functions, highly integrated functions, to make the use of “friendly” programs.
It was in this period that the adventure of GERIV began, a program for the management of newsstands which, by connecting them directly to their distributors, determines a real revolution in the sector. The 1993 agreement between Olivetti and DPE also contributes to the success of GERIV: Olivetti supplies newsagents in various Italian cities with a series of its products, peripherals and pocket modems on trial. The advantages for newsstands of being able to establish multiple connections with distributors (a newsstand could also be connected with 5 distributors at the same time) are now evident to everyone. The affirmation of GERIV on the market is further consolidated with the speeding up of data transmission times, resulting from the functional improvement of the software protocol created by DPE, and with the use of new high-speed modems.
On the plant engineering front, the first yield control systems based on graphic and touch tables were created, which are still in operation today. The first RETIC system for the treatment of returns with labels and bar codes dates back to this period, which allows the resolution of the problem both in medium-sized Italian distribution agencies and in the largest.
Through a skilful study of the systems architecture and with the adoption of tools developed ad hoc, traditional IT systems migrate safely to new software technologies.
The first client-server applications are born, which join the traditional ones and coexist with them. Soon, however, the development team’s attention was focused on new object-oriented technologies.
Dal 2000 ad Oggi
Thus a new phase began in 2000 which, through the introduction of new technologies, will bring DPE applications to an unmatched level of aesthetic and functional refinement.
The passage of the Millenium bug was painless as thanks to the structure of the DPE data the customers did not feel the problem in the least.
Today the main software packages are made in object-oriented technologies and in client-server and web architecture, and coexist with the traditional parts, which still perform their function very well.
However, it is with the creation of iGERIV (2001) that web-based information technology begins for all newsstands in Italy.
Also in 2001 the new single currency Euro begins and for the newsstands served by iGERIV it was a global and instant transition for all users.
Born as an evolution of the Geriv system, built in 1991 in client-server architecture, iGERIV immediately established itself for its simplicity of use and for its ease of management: everything takes place via the Web, while all IT processes are centralized in a few servers, easily managed by centralized structures.
DPE intensifies the systems and automation sector thanks also to the new challenges of the publishing world.
Automation brought to the highest levels with robotic systems for the collective distribution of meals is the new frontier for modern distribution companies that want to compete to offer increasingly exclusive services.