Ron VanDerMaarel
VDM was founded by Ron in 1990. Prior to this, Ron has spent numerous years in software development as both an in house programmer and employed with a software company developing job cost accounting software for the construction industry. During the early years, he took additional courses at the local college to upgrade his accounting skills, and began the development of the VDM Suite using the Thoroughbred Business Basic language.

While developing the new system, Ron additionally provided custom work to companies that were looking for software designed to meet their specific needs. Over the years, the custom work has grown and proven to be a large part of the business.

Today Ron is still involved heavily with the VDM Suite on the Human Resources/Payroll module to ensure that all government changes are incorporated into the software.

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With over 20 years of experience in software configuration, design, development and support, following is a list of the more specific highlights:
  • 10 years experience using SAP ABAP version 4.0B, 4.6C, ECC6
  • Lead ABAP consultant on upgrade from version 4.0B to 4.6C and 4.6C to ECC6
  • Excellent knowledge of SAP ABAP Object Oriented Programming, Classes, ALV Reporting and Enhancement concepts
  • Designing SAPSCRIPT forms (invoice, purchase order, check, shop floor papers)
  • Strong development skills connecting external systems using BAPIs, JCO (Java Connectivity Objects) and RFCs
  • Extensive configuration in HR modules, including benefits, personnel adminstration and time management
  • Configured both payroll and time sheet schemas to meet client processes
  • Configuration of benefits for multiple benefit areas, including health, insurance and savings benefit types
  • Automated data entry using BDC proramming - projects included external time sheet data posted to SAP time sheet
  • OLE2 programming to import and export Microsoft Excel data spreadsheets
  • Provided consulting for conversion from Business Basic to SAP R/3 4.0B during implementation of SAP ERP system
  • Developed time and attendance module as part of CDI System using BBx
  • Implemented time clock collection system
  • Maintained and implemented Canadian payroll tax updates in CDI payroll module

Terry VanDerMaarel
Terry joined VDM in 1994 when there was a need to expand and update the existing VDM Suite. Having an educational background in electronics which required the knowledge of more powerful high level computer languages has been a great asset to the company.

Terry took on the role of developer and support for the VDM Suite and continued to bring the Business Basic version up to date. In 1999, with network computing well on the rise, Terry investigated new technologies for distributing software. This led to a redesign of the VDM suite to be rewritten in Java, linking to a back end database, allowing VDM to run on all major operating systems and a large number of databases.

Terry's ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies is now taking us again to the next version of VDM; with a rich web based application running all within the browser.

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Following are highlights of projects and technologies he has been involved with:
  • Integration of Hylafax software with the VDM Suite tendering option on a Linux operating system
  • Custom programming using C and Intermec terminals for time clock data collection
  • Developed purchase order module as part of CDI System using BBx
  • Small office shared contact application between Outlook clients
  • Development of a dynamic website for SJMA Architecture Inc. consisting of CSS, Javascript (jQuery), PHP and MySQL to provide a site that can be maintained by the client in allowing content (text and images) to be added over time as their business changes and grows. Includes an 'administration console' which allows the client to manage projects and upload and sort images which are programmatically added to existing slideshows.
  • Java Programming: J2SE, JSP, Servlets
  • Javascript programming via ExtJS & jQuery
  • Business Basic Programming (Thoroughbred, BBx)
  • Database design and development (Relational, ISAM)
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