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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:19

Top Reasons to Migrate Away From PowerBuilder

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Success in today’s market requires keeping your software up to date. You need to make sure that your systems are able to take advantage of all the latest developments in Web-enabled technology, so your business runs as efficiently as possible.

But if you’re still using PowerBuilder, you may be stifling your potential. Java is a more flexible, extensible programming environment, enjoys active support and underlies some of the most popular businesses on the Internet. So when you’re ready to make the switch, SoftSol – which also uses Java – is ready to help.

Here are the top three reasons to use SoftSol to upgrade PowerBuilder Applications to Java.

  • PowerBuilder is becoming obsolete: Not only versions 8 and below are no longer supported, but version 9 and above are simply stop-gap measures, with Web-enabled features patched-in to try to keep up with the times and business logic will continue in PowerBuilder. You need software that not only meets current standards, but actually leads modern development by constantly iterating on its design because there are no modern features up to date.
  • PowerBuilder is losing popularity: Recent metrics show that PowerBuilder isn’t well-supported; there are a limited number of experts that are familiar enough with its features to provide help, and that number is shrinking steadily over time. Without support, the chances of being unable to get help with PowerBuilder when you really need it are slim.
  • Java is more powerful: Designed specifically to run on any platform without needing to be rewritten, Java allows for rapid prototyping and easy customization, making it the best choice for upgrading from legacy applications to an all-new environment. What’s more, learning to use Java will be simple for people who are already familiar with C-based code, which means an easier learning curve and fully support Object Oriented Programming System (OOPs).
  • SoftSol’s experienced professionals make migration easy: SoftSol guarantees a specific approach to migration for your particular needs. Each step of the process is carefully planned to ensure your comfort. Our engineers are not only well-trained, but proven veterans of the industry who have accomplished many successful environment transitions for a wide range of clients across a number of vertical industries. And one more advantage is no need to install/support for PowerBuilder and no need to maintain business logic at client side.

Don’t get left behind! Visit http://www.softsol.com/modernizenow-pb-migration-tools to learn how SoftSol can propel your company into the future.

SoftSol successfully completed the Implementation of Document Management System (DMS) Solution in Andhra Pradesh Technology Services(APTS). The scope of the project is -- Supply, Installation and Commissioning of NewGen DMS including workflow management tools. SoftSol is a partner of NewGen and maintains long term relationship.

SoftSol provides the Supply, Installation and Commissioning of "NewGen-Omni Docs (Latest Version) Document Management System (DMS) Enterprise Edition, document/image viewer tool & OCR search engine, workflow management tools, records management tools to implement in the state of Andhra Pradesh under eDistrict MMP Project.


SoftSol has been selected by Government of Andhra Pradesh as one of the key suppliers for implementation of eDistrict Project. Districts are the front-en of government where most Government-to-Consumer or G2C interaction takes place. The eDistrict project was conceptualized to improve this experience and enhance the efficiencies of the various Departments at the district-level to enable seamless service delivery to the citizen.

SoftSol completed the implementation of Delivery & Installation of DMS Server as per schedule by the APTs. SoftSol has completed the server Installation process with high availability solutions in cluster mode. Softsol is co-ordinating with system integrators for NewGen DMS integration for other services and customization of CSV utility as per the department requirements for digitization for bulk uploads.

SoftSol provided training with the help of NewGen for Digitization Vendors, Department Users and Application Developers. As a part of this project, SofSol implemented OmiScan, OmniDocs, and OmniFlow as a comprehensive Enterprise Content Management solution to address the needs of APTS.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:35

A Little Data Cleansing Goes a Long Way

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We can easily recognize the effort, resources, and technology that went into building both the Concorde and Space Shuttle Columbia.  However, not everyone can understand and appreciate the little things that are essential for the success of the mission.

Those of us who are in software and information technology understand how projects are done, what makes them succeed, and the resources (time, effort, and money) that goes into them.   Project components are frequently complex and can consume major resources, so we tend to focus on these larger aspects when we review what is critical for the success of the project.  However, focusing too much on the big tasks makes it easy to overlook tasks or components that appear simple, inexpensive, or less glamorous.

For over 17 years, SoftSol has established a reputation for excellence in project execution. Our company culture could be summarized in three phrases: on time, on budget, on quality.  It may not sound exciting, but excitement isn’t what most CIOs put at the top of their Christmas wishlists.

The SoftSol Blog will look under the hood of SoftSol’s exceptional record for project delivery.  The people directly responsible for this success – project managers, team leads, developers, and DBAs – will share their perspectives on technology trends, project best practices, and IT tools that make businesses run better.

Thursday, 01 December 2011 00:00

PowerBuilder – Automated Migration vs Manual Rewrite

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As PowerBuilder applications approach end-of-life, CIOs must decide among multiple modernization strategies for their critical enterprise applications. For PowerBuilder applications, strategies at the two ends of the spectrum are automated migration or manual rewrite.

In our experience, initial momentum within the IT department usually coalesces around manual rewrite for one major reason: enhanced application features. Most business users have a personal wish list of functionality tucked in their desks, and the modernization presents the perfect excuse to get done what has never managed to climb to the top of the software enhancement queue.

Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

Selecting a Court Case Management System

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The recent challenges faced by the California’s Court Case Management System project highlight the complexities inherent to court processes–and the difficulty of standardizing courts of various sizes and geography under a single generalized platform.  While economies of scale would imply overall cost savings produced by such standardization, those advantages are difficult to realize in light of diverse local ordinances, interfaces, and long-established processes.

Due to the divergent functional requirements of various courts, any single case management platform must be extremely configurable across nearly every parameter of the system.  In fact, to achieve this level of configurabillity, the system must offer what is akin to a high-level development platform so that courts can accommodate their unique complexities with the software.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 00:00

The Case for Test Automation

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Software test automation tools have been available for decades, but they have generally only been only been leveraged by most technically advanced organizations.  With constant increases in application complexity coupled with budgetary demands for improved efficiency, implementing an effective test automation solution has become a priority for mainstream organizations in both the public and private sector.

The potential ROI of offshore software development is well-established by the fact that a large majority of Fortune 500 companies use offshore teams – either directly or through an outsourcing vendor. Additionally, 80% of small and medium-sized software companies carry out at least some part of their software development offshore.

But any company that has engaged an offshore team for a major software project recognizes that the offshore model is far from fool-proof. While discounted labor rates are assured, several factors if not managed correctly can cause projects to get off track, in terms of cost, timeline, or quality:

Collaboration, information management, and version control are critical elements of effective university research, whether for doctoral dissertations or key scholarly studies. While universities frequently commit large investments to laboratory equipment, they often sacrifice efficiency at the most critical juncture of a research initiative: the processing, sharing, and organization of data.  This deficiency is often a result of either the absence of effective collaboration software or processes that do not fully leverage assets already implemented.

SharePoint and SharePoint Online versions provide an excellent platform for facilitating quality research in colleges and universities. Research students who are conducting dissertation research or writing up the results of dissertation research can use SharePoint effectively for organization and collaboration.

Monday, 21 November 2011 00:00

Task Automation on top of Test Automation

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Test engineering today is changing rapidly to provide whole new levels of efficiency and accuracy.  One area that has garnered a great deal of focus recently is Task Automation.

According to Wiki, Task Automation is “Coding conventions that allow having simple scripts or programs whose job is to process source code for some purpose other than compiling it into an executable.” In less technical terms, any approach (piece of code, scripts, test automation frameworks, etc.) that reduces redundant effort is Task Automation. Then how does Task Automation relate to Test Automation? Conventional test automation involves applying software test automation frameworks to develop reusable assets (Generic functions, Business functions, Test Scripts, etc). In this traditional approach, a team of automation engineers would develop scripts one at a time on top of an established QA Automation Framework.  These  automated scripts (or automate scenarios) are developed according to the standards imposed by the framework (key word driven testing, data driven testing, etc).

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