The Museum

The GenevaERS Musuem

A collection of historical documents about GenevaERS

GenevaERS grew out of consulting projects beginning in the 1980, mostly for state governments which had new federal mandates for state wide reporting processes, and drove some of the first enterprise wide systems. A number of these projects were similar, and the code base, started with the State of Alaska, was leveraged for subsequent projects.

In 1993 Price Waterhouse commercialized the asset, making it available to customers beginning in late 1993 and early 1994. The following slides gives a sense of the types of customers and projects which have used the tool, in various ways, from production systems that have run for multiple decades to short-term project based work, such as supporting anti-trust lawsuit litigation.

Below you’ll find (in reverse chronological order) documents beginning in 1994 through 2012 including:

This history is useful in understanding the nature of the problems GenevaERS has attempted to solve, as well as documenting the broader trends in enterprise software over three decades. “Study history:” If we don’t know where we’ve been, we can’t be sure of where we are going.

Global Universal Bank Case Study: 2010

The following presentation was Rick Roth’s last major presentation before retiring, one of the founders of Geneva. More about this time can be found in Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights, Chapter 57. The General Ledger…

Financial Management Solution (FMS): 2009

The following presentation was built after a major successful project using Geneva/SAFR at a large, international bank, moving from tooling to a fully formed business configuration system. Additional details about this time period are located in Balancing Act: A Practical Approach…

Offer for Sale: 2004

In 2004 IBM considered divestiture of GenevaERS to protect customer applications. This was the resulting memo summarizing operations and the business. More information about this time can be found in Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights, Chapter…

GenevaERS Introduction to IBM: 2003

On October 1st, 2002, IBM closed the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting division, and with it gained access to GenevaERS. This deck was built to introduce the product to IBM, wondering if it would stay a consulting asset or if it…

Digineer Solution Blueprint: 2002

The following are two solution blueprints by an additional attempted start-up to license Geneva. In this instance, the platform was to be ported to the Intel Itanium processor, putting a very powerful data analysis tool right under the desk of…

nGravity Initial Spin-off: 2000

The following presentation is composed of materials created for a launch of nGravity, and start-up around the commercialization of Geneva from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ultimately the restrictions on investors because of the nature of the audit business More about this time can…

Performance Statistics: 1998

The following workbook contained various performance statistics gathered from benchmark efforts at a number of customers, from 1996 to 1998. More about this time can be read from Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights, Chapter 17.…

IBM Briefing Center Demo System: 1995

In December 1995 Price Waterhouse arranged for the system to be installed in the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The performance of the system was impressive to IBM engineers, driving full utilization of the hardware like few…

Mainframe to Client-Server Proposal: 1995

The technical team proposed an update to the system in 1995, suggesting ways to move it from mainframe only to a possible client server architecture. The reference file processing changes suggested in this document were implemented in GenevaERS Version 4.…

Technical Team Resources: 1994

In the development of the system, the team learned certain documents were handy to have around (before the Internet, these types of documents were the Internet). The following were used to debug the system during development, testing, implementation projects, and…

Consolidated Report Printing: 1994

GenevaERS was commercialized as a product in 1993 – 1994, and most of the fundamental features were in place in this version (with the exception of Common Key Buffering, Tokens, and Piping). One of the oldest vestiges of the system…

Original GenevaERS Flyer: 1994

The following was the first GenevaERS brochure, produced perhaps near the end of 1994. More about this time can be read in Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights, Chapter 23. Development.


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