Samuel Lundmark is the owner of CROSS Systems, Inc. and its main developer.
He has extensive development and operations experience in systems ranging all the way from handheld computers, PC systems and up through IBM Mainframe 3090 systems running MVS/TSO as well as IBM 370-class systems running DOS/VSE, IBM Midrange systems (AS/400 / iSeries systems) using COBOL in CICS environments for interactive processing, batch COBOL, and CL on the AS/400. Samuel’s experience during this time was in inventory-control software, barcoding printing/scanning systems, sales reports systems, piecework payroll systems, bill-of-materials and standard-costing systems, shop-floor (work-in-process) systems, materials-requirements projection systems (to support Just-In-Time inventory).
His experience in IBM systems started in 1987 and continued through the 1990s up through 2000 where he was involved in a large Y2K conversion project with Day-Timers, Inc.
During that time, Samuel and Daniel Lundmark started Church Related Online Software Systems in order to provide economical, easy-to-use Windows Library and Inventory software for libraries, churches, individuals, organizations, etc. This company came out of an effort to do a total rewrite of a Church Management System into Windows. The bulk of that system was not converted to Windows, but Library and Inventory became the core of our business, and we committed to supporting our customers and have made that our main goal and focus. Samuel and Daniel both invested countless hours and effort to make CROSS Systems, Inc. into what it is today.
In the late 1990s, Samuel developed a PC-based bar-coding system for a local garment manufacturing industry using Visual Basic 5 during this time in order to gain more bar-coding experience using PC-based technology. He also assisted in Y2K conversions of mainframe COBOL and C/C++ programs at Day-Timers, Inc.
In 2001, Samuel also worked on a 6-month project with hand-held computer software for Day-Timers, Inc. based on the Palm Pilot, Handspring, and Sharp organizers as well as working with a group of developers on PC software projects for Day-Timers, Inc. When the PC software project was terminated due to executive decisions, Samuel turned down an offer to stay on with other projects in favor of returning his focus on the needs at CROSS.
It was at this time in 2001 that Church Related Online Software Systems incorporated as ‘Church Related Online Software Systems, Inc.’ This signified a commitment to the long process ahead of developing this software into a world-class system bundled with services that they felt they could provide at a better cost-point than many of their competitors. Samuel and Daniel continued to do as many of the suggestions they received from their customers as possible as they enhanced Library 1.7 and Inventory 1.3. They had a growing sense that many critical decisions needed to be made about the future development of these two software packages, and the obstacles seemed daunting. The software industry was going through very difficult times after the .NET bust in 2000, yet, Samuel and Daniel both were committed to seeing the products move forward. As time went on, the Java language clearly became the main focus for new development efforts in CROSS. During these years Samuel continued to develop his skills adding Java development experience as well as enhancing his networking and systems-management skills.
During 2003 through 2005, Samuel continued to support Library 1.7 and Inventory 1.3 products while developing the core of a new software system to replace Library 1.7. These efforts were time-consuming and difficult as all of core product had to be re-analyzed and rewritten. Many of the benefits of the work done during these years have not yet been seen in the CROSS products.
In late 2005, Samuel moved to Texas and married Ileata! Due to the marvels of internet technology, Samuel continued his work in CROSS and began to shape the company to become even more agile. About two years later, Daniel retired from CROSS. A few months later, after quite a lot of consideration, Samuel closed ‘Church Related Online Software Systems, Inc.’ and re-incorporated in the state of Texas as ‘CROSS Systems, Inc.’ in order to properly operate in the state of Texas with minimum overhead. Samuel continued to work on cost-cutting in the business in order to keep prices as low as possible. As all new development turned to Java, we changed all software distributions to be delivered through the internet. This helped to reduce costs for both CROSS and their customers. This transition required much effort as they worked to smooth out the bumps in the road.
Samuel continues to develop and support Library 1.7 on Windows XP Pro through Windows 10. Vista required a huge number of changes to be made to the software. This change required months of effort and re-work in the software delaying our planned feature upgrades. This led CROSS to mark Inventory 1.3 to be at end-of-life. We hope to produce another inventory system at a future date.
Samuel continues to enhance and focus his efforts on CROSS Library, and CROSS Library Mint, and web-based portals. CROSS is continuing to release portions of the new software which has been developed over the past several years.
We have a great release schedule planned for 2020 and 2021, and believe these new developments will drastically improve the features in our products giving a very significant cost advantage to the Library software over other offerings in our market.
These releases will be announced on our News and Software Updates pages with updates posted to our Facebook page for existing customers to become aware of and to install.
CROSS Systems, Inc. Support Team