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Protestant Church Wins International ICT Architecture Award with Mendix

Protestant Church wins iCMG Architecture Excellence Award for member registration system powered by Mendix

Boston, USA – August 9, 2011 – The Dutch Protestant Church has been awarded the iCMG Architecture Excellence Award in the ‘IS Security Architecture’ category for a member registration system developed by Mendix.

The prize was awarded due to the high security standards and user authorization structures built into the system. Some of the highlighted system requirements included confidential data and a strict separation of the financial administration and member administration. The prestigious, international prize was awarded during the ‘Architecture World 2011’ conference held recently in Bangalore, India.

The solution enables the Protestant Church to manage activities related to its member registration and administration more effectively, including an integrated contribution administration system. Intended to support church and pastoral visit work, the project has resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of member registration for the Protestant Church. To protect members’ privacy, information in the new system is extensively safeguarded by, among other things, role-based data availability.

Agile Development Approach
Mendix, the leading agile application platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider, began the implementation of the member registration system back in 2009. According to Roald Kruit, Project Leader at Mendix, the agile approach applied to the project enabled the team to build a system that will continuously be able to meet the Protestant Church’s needs.

“Thanks to the agile nature of the platform, we were able to easily cope with changing circumstances and requirements throughout the development process,” said Kruit. “This enabled us to benefit from progressive insights.”

Henry Kieskamp, ICT Manager of the Protestant Church’s service organization, sees the prize as a confirmation of the high-quality system that is currently at his organization’s disposal: “We are hugely satisfied with the system as it is now. The security aspect is very important for us, with a view to ensuring the privacy of our members and preventing abuse. Among other things, we implemented this via internal partitioning or the mutual shielding of data. It is great to win a prize specifically for an aspect that is so important for us. The positive evaluation by this independent jury is a type of quality mark for the security of this member registration system.”

About the Protestant Church
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands has approximately 2.1 million members who are members of one of the over 1,800 local districts. For more information: www.protestantsekerk.nl.

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