Chaparral specializes in the following:
- We build custom database solutions.
- We create ground-breaking products for the FileMaker Pro market.
- We provide advanced technology training and consulting services.
Established in 1986, Chaparral has provided a wide range of customers with custom
database-oriented solutions using a wide range of tools to deliver
managed data to the desktop, over the web, and between systems.
Our custom database projects have literally included solutions from Auctioneers to Zoologists.
One of the more interesting projects we worked on was for the US Olympic Wrestling Team
in 1992, where we developed the database portion of a large project that indexed hundreds
of hours of wrestling video, providing the coaches and athletes with one of the first interactive
video training solutions.
Medical and clinical projects we've worked on have included clinical trials systems for a major university, a revolutionary system to link medical review offices and drug testing labs,
and a solution to assist a startup obtain FDA approval for new biomedical devices by reducing the time it took to analyze results from days to seconds.
Operational databases for service businesses have included dozens of work-flow oriented projects that help groups of people track and manage jobs from client aquisition through service and product
fulfillment, and into invoicing, inventory management, and finance.
Some of our project clients include:
- AAMCO Transmissions
- A. N. Abell Auction Company
- American Recordings
- Arthur D. Little, Inc.
- Amgen, Inc.
- Aggressive Skaters Association
- Anohana Production Management
- Belkin Corporation
- Blue Cross of California
- California State University, Fullerton
- Cohen Brown Management Group, Inc.
- The Coca Cola Company
- Dawsons Book Shop
- House Ear Institute
- FantaSea Yachts
- Filemaker, Inc.
- Fractal Medical Solutions
- Imaginary Forces
- Kal Kan Pet Care
- LA/NY Music
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Los Angeles Opera
- MCA Music Entertainment Group
- National Medical Review Office
- Opportunities & Services for Seniors
- Paul Vitello Productions, Inc.
- Performing Tree
- SD Media
- Smart Corporation
- Target Therapeutics - a division of Boston Scientific Corporation
- The WB Television Network
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of Southern California
- US Olympic Wrestling Team
- Walt Disney Studios
- William Morris Agency
A bit of History
Through our focus on custom database development, we have over time discovered
additional client needs that fit our expertise. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, customers
wanted a single point of contact for hardware and software procurement, network installation, backup services, and
database development. So, we became an authorized VAR (Value Added Reseller) for Apple, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM.
When the internet began picking up steam in the mid-1990's we invested in a full T1 circuit, set up a secure hosting facility
and provided managed hosting and web-based development services.
In the late 1990's we decided to stop offering hardware and software resale services, as margins had disappeared, and customers had become increasing sophisticated. Similarly,
while we had some good ideas about the Internet, in retrospect we misjudged the hype factor and let the bubble pass. At the very least, we
avoided getting caught up in the dot-bomb implosion too seriously, though we did lose several lucrative web startup company clients.
When the recent economic downturn began in 1999-2000, we decided to invest our available capacity into discovering what the next Big Thing would be on the technical front, and to
develop products that fill immediate needs. Like the ocean, new technology arrives in waves, and like a surfer, a technical consulting firm needs to try to pick the right wave. We feel XML
is an enabling technology that has a huge future potential and that fits very well with our prior experience. Our EZxslt product, XML Consulting Services, and Practical XML for FileMaker Pro training class are the first fruits of this new focus.
Throughout, data management software solutions have been at the core of what we do. The proper exploitation of this evolving technology should enable better, more accurate, and less expensive communications between people.
In meeting the real strategic motivations behind system investment, it is our obligation to design for the big picture.
About Our Company Name
In 1986, when founding the company, owner Russell Kohn used to hike a great deal
in the local Santa Monica mountains. The native plant community is Chaparral, the smallest biome on earth, and usually found in hot, dry climates. The chaparral
is home to many drought and fire resistant plants, many of which have leathery leaves, gnarled bark, and large thorns. At the time, these
qualities seemed excellent for a young startup company: Make wise use of the rain (for it comes infrequently), resist the inevitable fires
that must come to thin the ranks; and, discourage foraging animals. After nearly seventeen years, these qualities remain admirable.
We serve our customers by helping them identify, create
and realize the most appropriate computer-based technical
solutions which empower people to be their best.
Our Guiding Principles:
- We are a People Business.
- Every action we take should enhance our relationship with
our customers, who are our most important assets.
- We are a professional business dedicated to personal development,
technical excellence and integrity within a team environment.
- To the extent possible, all work tasks shall
be intellectually challenging and fun.