Command Alkon has millions of dollars invested in its proprietary software application: COMMANDbatch. Thousands of concrete producers around the globe rely on it to manage, control, and facilitate the production of concrete—a highly perishable product. It is a real-time application developed to control a dedicated, custom-built hardware platform. Command Alkon customers have been using a standard desktop for the management side of the application, with a dedicated second "box" to perform the real-time functions. The two are linked by a network connection and are in constant communication with one another.