powersoft

Appeon PowerBuilder Consultants                            

Development, Migrations and Support

Powersoft has a long history with PowerBuilder dating back to the very early days. We have gained the reputation of "The PowerBuilder Experts" with our consultants and knowledge of the language. We are an independent software house who specialises in helping support their customer's PowerBuilder applications. We have been trading for over 30 years and are proud of our success.                        

We have been working closely with Appeon helping with the transition of the PowerBuilder to them and the development of Appeon PowerBuilder. Powersoft is positioned as the European center for Appeon Powerbuilder support.

If you have systems written in PowerBuilder then you do not need to redevelop them with all the risk and cost that involves. We can help you migrate to a later version and then enhance your application to bring it forward and up-to-date, saving you time and money. Powersoft provides experienced consultants from Project Managers to Developers and for short and long-term assignments/projects and can tailor our services to meet our customers needs.

Powersoft offer a fully customised support for your application, this can range from full 1st level support to 3rd level support as and when it is needed. We see support as the most important service we offer and our customers will testify to the quality of support we give.

Western University

western university
The Brief

Western University, London, Ontario needed a consultant to extract the business knowledge from their PowerBuilder application. They commissioned Powersoft to document the key business functions based on the PowerBuilder code in their application.

Although this was a simple brief the challenge of accurately extracting the business logic from a PowerBuilder application was complex. Nonetheless the Powersoft consultants working on the project delivered the solution within quoted budget and on time.

Teachers Assurance

teachers assurance
The Brief

 Teachers Assurance has a substantial CRM/policy administration system, developed in PowerBuilder (PB) and deployed with EAServer. This application was developed in 2002 and has been maintained until now by another software house. The application is critical to Teachers' business. 

Some of the issues were: 

  1. The underlying database was running at Oracle 8 and needed to be migrated to Oracle 11.
  2. The client & server applications were running on Windows 2000 and needed to move to Windows 2008 server and Windows 7 clients.
  3. The application was integrated with Office 2000 and needed to be integrated with Office 2010.

Powersoft were initially employed by Teachers Assurance to resolve a previous migration issue, which was quickly and successfully resolved for a small, fixed price (no fix no fee basis). This gave Teachers Assurance confidence to move forward without any commercial risk.

Powersoft's Solution

 The second phase was to take the PowerBuilder source and migrate that to PowerBuilder 12.5 and EAServer 6.3.1. The migration work was very involved due to the size of the application and we had to rewrite some legacy Java code in PowerBuilder, because the Java code did not work in EAS5.5 or EAS6.3. The upgraded system was delivered back to Teachers on time and to plan, who then commenced an extensive testing programme. 

Powersoft were on hand to provide support during the testing phase and resolved the few issues raised, both extremely quickly and efficiently. The project was successfully implemented.

Cowi DK

cowi dk
The Brief

COWI have an application called Caretaker which is developed in Powerbuilder (PB). This application was being developed and maintained using version 7 and had not been successfully migrated to a later version of PB. 

There had been a number of issues that prevented the migration to newer version of Powerbuilder and stopped COWI making the most of the newer technologies available in these later versions of PB. 

Some of these issues were:

  1. Access to MS SQL server causes errors on some of the data retrieval.
  2. Access to MS SQL Server has to be via ODBC and not a native driver.
  3. The existing translation software does not work.

In addition to the need to migrate to the latest version of PB the application needed to be brought up-to-date and COWI wanted to have the user interface updated to look more like a modern windows application and to also support the modern Windows platforms.

Powersoft's Project

We proposed a multi phased approach to this project, with clearly defined deliverables and direct business benefits to COWI. This approach reduced the time that Powersoft had to hold the Caretaker source and therefore allowed COWI to continue to develop the application with minimal interruption. 

The first phase was a migration to Powerbuilder 11.5 as the latest version of PB available. 

The second phase was a bespoke development of a piece of software that would translate the application dynamically into any language. 

The third and final phase was to enhance the GUI and user experience and to bring the application right up to date with a modern look and feel.

OCS Consulting

OCS

OCS and Powersoft have a mutual agreement to support each other. This is an important development as it enables Powersoft to offer a wider range of services that it would not otherwise be able to provide. In addition Powersoft are able to help OCS meet the demands of their customers by providing expertise when needed. 

The Opportunity

OCS had a new customer that needed some PowerBuilder resources. This customer was a large insurance company based in London. We proposed to go into their customer acting on their behalf and to carry out the PowerBuilder system changes they required. We provided one of our top consultants so that we could present the best image for OCS.

We were tasked with setting up the development environment and ensure that the source version was correct and matched the system the users had in production.

Once this was achieved then we analysed the business requirements and started making the system changes required. We worked within the customer own agile development programme and delivered a quick prototype of the changes.

After a couple of iterations the business users were happy and we completed the development. This was quickly system tested and passed UAT and went into production.

Powersoft delivered all the changes within the timescale and budget specified. The OCS customer was delighted with the service and the objective for OCS was met also.