DataStream Content Solutions: content management user interface and software engineering best practices

DSCS team

Business Description
DataStream Content Solutions is a leading provider of federal legislative and regulatory data and advanced content management systems to information businesses, publishers and governments. Datastream builds databases for sophisticated electronic print and search systems, including data conversion, editorial enhancements, XML mark-up, data storage, data retrieval, data delivery and complete data management. DSCS is the home of the revolutionary Legislative Impact® and Regulatory Impact® and is a leader in intelligent mark-up of data.

Challenge
DataStream was developing a suite of conversion tools designed for use by a person who understands the content of the data without having the detailed knowledge of the mark-up language or conversion software. The company sought to implement best practices in software development to acquire Capability Maturity Model (CMM) level 3 certification to garner new business contracts.

MIPS Role
DataStream worked with researchers to implement a formalized software development process within the company, enabling them to develop software in a more consistent and maintainable fashion.

Results
The company hired an additional 16 people, gained $2.5M in revenue due to the MIPS project, and attracted $2.0M in grants. DataStream was acquired by The Dolan Company (NYSE:DM) in November 2010.

Interesting Fact
DataStream is a graduate of Mtech’s Technology Advancement Program incubator. The company now resides in Mtech’s Tech Ventures Building in College Park, Md., and retains its ties to UMD.

MIPS-Related Quote
“We were a loose, unstructured startup. Through the MIPS process we were able to mature to a very well-organized and well-run mid-sized company, were able to secure large government contracts and contracts with major data publishers and aggregators, and position ourselves for a sale to a large media company.”
–Mark Anstey, Founder and President, DataStream

Project Manager:  Ed Schulke;  Principal InvestigatorMarvin Zelkowitz, UMD
Location:  College Park, Maryland – Prince George’s County;  Project Start Date:  8/2/2004

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, we will frequently profile one (or more) of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland.

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