Low software development productivity is a major concern for corporations. This paper describes one approach to improve productivity by allowing end users to build their own business data processing systems. The approach uses Orion, a menu-driven software development tool. Orion generates source level COBOL programs that compile and run without modification. The tool does not require end users to know COBOL or high-level query languages. Orion was used for nearly two years to build real business systems. The approach resulted in a significant improvement in software development productivity.
Lightfoot, Jay M.
"Orion: A menu-driveri source code generator for end users,"
Journal of International Information Management: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jiim/vol2/iss2/7