“This was literally the smoothest conversion I’ve ever done. jBASE on the cloud is the bomb!”
When South Dade Electric faced an upgrade of its ERP solution running on Universe, they decided to look at alternatives. Realizing they had a solid set of business rules trapped in their aging environment, they decided to look at options that would not only refresh their technology and save money, but to also improve their user’s experience and productivity.
Compatibility, performance and ease of migration were all factors. After much research, the company chose jBASE to seamlessly lift all of South Dade’s existing code and data out of Universe and directly to the cloud. High compatibility with Universe meant that very little change was required for South Dade’s apps, but, more importantly, the platform upgrade could be done without South Dade’s staff noticing any difference in behavior.
However, after going live, two things immediately caught the attention of South Dade:
- “It’s a lot faster” said Rich Llavona, a 43-year veteran of South Dade Electric and head of IT. “Even on the cloud, over a wide area network, this solution is far outperforming our big iron AIX box.” The performance increase is owed to jBASE’s amazing native architecture in which existing apps written for platforms like Universe, Unidata, D3, and Reality become native applications, squeezing every bit of performance out of the hardware, with no interpreted layer to slow things down.
- “My users are thrilled that port lock-ups and re-keying of transactions have vanished.” On Universe, South Dade suffered from frequent lockups and lost sessions. This was not only frustrating for the users but also inconvenient for the administrators that were forced to help them. As part of the solution, the company deployed Accuterm’s “ReZume” technology. With ReZume, connections are managed on the server. ReZume is architected in a way that, if a network glitch causes loss of connection, ReZume steps in to save the day allowing the user to reconnect, exactly where they were.
During the migration, the Zumasys services team found ways to automate several manual processes, using jBASE’s advanced, open design, to deliver information to management and end-users more quickly and efficiently. Couple this with a much lower annual support and maintenance cost and the decision to move to jBASE was an undeniable winner.