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Welcome
Welcome to our web portal. We apologise for the relatively condensed english language part of the site. As we serve an increasing number of customers from abroad we wil expand this part. Since 1999 B3Partners is specialised in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of CMS (Content management Systems) and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). We service clients in the private (profit and non-for-profit) and public sectors alike. Usually we conduct projects in knowledge intensive organisations, in which people, work processes and information flows are key performace indicators for success. Our visitors are invited to browse through these webpages. For more detailed information, please, use the 'Info' button. Our business partners have access via the 'login' button above.    
Who we are
For the past 9 years B3Partners operates as a full service buro with a profesional range of internet applications. Besides our Content Management System we develop and implement Geographical Information Systems for our customers. We encourage the principle of fixed cost regarding our projects. This avoids unpleasant surprises for our customers! Depending on the specific project at hand our approach can involve: intake, to survey the organisational requirements proposal, including fixed price, based on the survey information analysis, resulting in functional and technical designs database design, whether existing databases or new ones application development, Rapid Prototyping for quick feed back testing, functional quality control hand over, to users including training and help desk We develop applications based on Open Source and according widely used Open Standards. Therefore customers have acces to the codes for future reference. This enables them to be supplier independent as well as to operate more cost effective. Our customers include semi-governmental bodies, provinces and municipalities throughout The Netherlands. We are co-initiator of the unique collaboration of all the pure players in the field of Open GIS in the Netherlands; The Open Geo Groep (Group). The group's activities involve: joint product development joint marketing and sales joint project execution joint user training joint customer support
Services
Our services and approach in more detail: Before any application can be developed a thorough understanding of the organisational needs is required. We have extensive experience regarding Organisational strategy and ICT Business Process (re-)Design Change management Information and Knowledge Management Functional design and GUI's The succes of any development project is largely dependent on the quality of project approach and management. We work according the Dynamic System development Methodology (DSDM). This method allows for changes in requirements during the time of the project without increasing the costs. Compared to the traditional waterfall method DSDM ensures the much needed flexibility. In todays fast changing enviroment a necessity to finsh projects in time and within budget. Our project managers perform according well established principles (e.g. Prince 2) and typically focus on: Budget control Planning and deliverables Buy-in from stakeholders The actual development of applications is the responsibility of our team of developers. They work according well known principles and methods, which enable them to maintain a high standard of quality: UML schemes to capture customer demands Open Source tools, which are well tried and tested Rapid Prototyping for early feed back and control Increasingly customers focus on their core business and competences. As a result the ICT-function is often outsourced. B3Partners acts as oursourcing partner for a number of large and medium-sized organisations with regard to: customer support and helpdesk Hosting, upgrades and service management ITIL procedures Softwareas a Service (SaaS) also known as Application Service Provision (ASP)
Innovative Techniques
In today's world ICT is subject to rapid innovations. That is the reason why custormers increasingle outsource ICT. Especially when they want to move their applications from a stand alone to an internet environment. B3Partners employs the latest techniques in internet applications only after they have been rigourously tried and tested. Our developers are experts regarding UML Model-View-Controller (MVC) Apache Struts Java XML & XSL SOAP AJAX  
References
B3Partners has developed web-based GIS applications for many large and medium-sized organisations in profit, non-for-profit and governmental sectors. Some of our customers: The Provinces Noord-Brabant, Limbur, Friesland, Utrecht, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, gelderland Communilaties such as Edam-Voldendam, Barneveld, Hoogeveen Public and semi-public entities such as RIVM, SIKB, IPO Private sector companies such as Landmark We like to feature some high lights: Geographical Information System for the Province of Limburg; www.limburg.nl/milieukaart Online pre-paid payment system; www.wallie-card.nl Governmental who-is-who?; www.limburg.nl/psonline/ Development agency Simavi; Project Management System Building Company Portal; www.princecladding.nl International industry sector organisation; Eucetsa For further reference, please, contact us.
Products
Based on Open Source Standards we develop GIS and CMS applications on our own platforms. The technical architecture enables us to integrate customer specific demands with out of the box functionalities. We apply the Model-View-Controller principle, thereby separating business logic from presentation. Thus creating flexible and scalable applications. The combination of Open Standards and our own development platforms enable us to deliver cost efficient solutions for a fixed price. Customers who intend to focus on their core business are offered our unique proposition: Application Service Provision (ASP). Effectively they rent the application, instead of buying, hosting and servicing the application themselves.  The B3P GIS Suite consists of: two alternative mapviewers Flamingo mapviewer for easy access and non-specialist users e.a. civilians OpenLayers for for more functionality and more professional users two alternative mapservers Minnesota Mapserver for fast performace Deegree for professional users a spatial database: PostGIS as professional alternative for proprietary databases Kaartenbalie-module for authorisation, authentication and payments ETL-module (eXtract Transform Load) for dataextraction and conversion in datawarehouse environments
Contact
Our offices are centrally located in the Netherlands, close to the major high ways and Schiphol Airport. B3Partners BV Postal address:      Offices:      Tel + 31(0)30 214 20 80 Zonnebaan 12-C      Zonnebaan 12-C      Fax + 31(0)30 241 12 97 3542 EC Utrecht      3542 EC Utrecht      Email info@b3partners.nl The Netherlands   The Netherlands    
Environmental GIS
The environmental map for the Dutch Province of Limburg is online. This GIS application is developed by B3Partners in cooperation with the Province of Limburg. Combining webservices, Open GIS-standards and Open Source tools, this 100% webbased application provides internal and external stakeholders with relevant environmental information. For further technical details, please contact us. For the live version please us this link: http://www.limburg.nl/milieukaart
AJAX: dynamic user interfaces
AJAX is a unique method that simulates the richness en speed of a desktop application, while dealing with a web application.  An AJAX-application eliminates the start-stop-start-stop way of interaction on the Web by introducing an intermediair between user and server. The AJAX-engine enables asynchronous user interaction with the application, independent of the communication with the server. As a result the user does not need to stare at a blank screen while the clock ticks, awaiting server activity. AJAX is not so much a single technology, but rather a series of techniques that work closely together. AJAX uses XHTML and CSS for standard presentations, Document Object Model for dynamic screens and interactions, XML and XSLT for information exchange and updates, XMLHttpRequest for asynchronous data retrieval and JavaScript to glue it all together. 
B3Partners in FOSS4G2010 Bid Committee
B3Partners co-developed bid book for the FOSS4G 2010 Conference to be held in The Netherlands in conjunction with Technical University Delft, ITC, Media Plaza, Ministry of Transport, Public Works & Water Management and GeoCat.

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AJAX: dynamic user interfaces
AJAX is a unique method that simulates the richness en speed of a desktop application, while dealing with a web application.  An AJAX-application eliminates the start-stop-start-stop way of interaction on the Web by introducing an intermediair between user and server. The AJAX-engine enables ...