Atlanta GA

Atlanta, Georgia

The City

Atlanta is known as the Capital of the South(east). City center has a population of 420.000. There are a total of 4.1 million people in the metropolitan area. Hartsfield International Airport handles the most passenger traffic in the world, in 2003 this was 79 million. Hartsfield is home to Delta Airlines, and it carried 61 million passengers through Atlanta.

The elevated subway known as MARTA, The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, leads from the airport through downtown and all the way north to the business district known as Perimeter Center. Many software companies and other business are located here. The Perimeter Center Mall is a very large and popular upscale shopping center.

Our client was based in a northern suburb of the city, and we did not spend very much time downtown. We did visit the Buckhead, Midtown, and Virginia Highlands area quite frequently. Buckhead is an affluent younger area with sports bars, upscale restaurants, and is familiar to many who visit Atlanta. The heart of Midtown is Piedmont Park occupying 764.855 square meters. It borders Virginia Highlands, a primarily residential area next to Emory University. Right off of Virginia Highlands is a very vibrant community known as Little Five Points. Here you can find new bands, bars, and good fun in abundance.

The Assignment

A Hospital Purchasing Organization wanted to expand its customer base by providing market-differentiating services. We customized Oracle's iProcurement to provide Application Service Provider (ASP) services. The company's core business is contract management. We developed on a J2EE platform and Oracle DB/UNIX backend. We installed Catalog, Contract Management, Internet Procurement, and Oracle Financials. My primary role was as a business and data architectecture services to the internet procurement customization effort and to develop the contract management system.

My birthday Client Site Nimmy and Caroline Maya
Sara's Baby Ernie, Abby, and Astrid Leif's Room Nikki's Room

The Team

This engagement could also be known as the baby engagement. Team members and clients alike were expecting or soon to be expecting.


Before we leased corporate apartments, we sampled a variety of hotels. One day, I suggested to our team that we stay at the Residence Inn Midtown. The room size and types were very uneven as shown in the photos.

One of our team members was flying in from Los Angeles, and so he would get in on Sunday night. The rest of us would arrive Monday mornings. Leif was not very lucky, and the hotel staff gave him a studio. I am standing his 0,5m square kitchen, taking a photo of his room. On the other hand, the rest of us received very large apartments. The next photo shows Nikki's apartment. Her room had three balconies, full kitchen, separate bedroom and dining rooms. We all paid the same price.


City of Atlanta
Midtown Neighbor's Association
Virginia Highlands Association
Piedmont Park

  • 2004-2005, Stephan Lau-- Chicago Illinois USA