Environmental Systems Giant gains Powerful System i Web Development Capabilities & Recycles RPG code with BCD's WebSmart
Veolia Environmental Services Recycles and Reuses valuable RPG base code with BCD's award winning modernization tools.
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO, August 11, 2008 -- Business Computer Design Int’l. Inc. (BCD) announced that a division of the world’s largest environmental systems company has recently implemented a number of applications developed with WebSmart. These important applications deliver existing and new RPG/ILE based functionality through a modern web user interface. BCD is a leading application modernization software provider in the IBM System i marketplace.
Veolia’s very specialized ERP applications systems were expensive to maintain due to extensive modifications performed over the course of 17 years. Programs were developed or changed by consultants who had moved on to other engagements, and Synon was used to accelerate the development process at one point, but was later abandoned. In Veolia’s case, the use of webfacing technologies on existing RPG applications was not a viable alternative due to the limitations posed by screen scraper-type systems.
Last year, Veolia Environmental Services Technical Solutions moved to incorporate new features based on departmental requests and regulatory changes, and contracted with evolveIT, Inc. (www.evolveit.com), a leading System i professional services firm, to manage, design, and construct multiple projects.
“After spending a year trying to work another competitive System i modernization product into our consulting practice, I shifted my focus to Business Computer Design’s (www.bcdsoftware.com) WebSmart tool,” says Dan Hogan, evolveIT’s vice president of client technical resources. “Other products weren’t flexible enough, and I couldn’t make the value proposition work. The price point for other toolset’s was two and a half to three times the cost of WebSmart, and the learning curve was twice as much.”
Over screen scraper types of application modernization tools, WebSmart generates true web applications. WebSmart incorporates Ajax web development techniques that retrieve data from the server asynchronously in the background without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page. The use of tabs for navigation, merging screen capabilities and other advanced features give WebSmart developers lots of latitude.
Over the course of one year, evolveIT:
- Completed several projects for diversified clients in various industry types using BCD’s integrated suite of tools including WebSmart ILE, Nexus Portal and Clover Query.
- Modeled several new System i web applications with WebSmart
- Created dozens of programs in WebSmart that service RPG backend apps
- Developed new applications written in ILE/RPG
- Accomplished all of these tasks with RPG skill sets.
Veolia’s existing applications received new web-based user interfaces produced with WebSmart, and entirely new applications were created in ILE/RPG/ILE to accommodate backend business requirements.
According to Hogan, “We have a large group of experienced RPG programmers at evolveIT. WebSmart offers us great value, which we took advantage of immediately. My developers, some of whom have no HTML experience, can effectively create programs for the web and drastically cut the programming time needed to see the results we want. Moreover, developing with WebSmart made web application development extremely easy to understand. It offered us a very quick payback and we produced a very fluid and modern looking application with this approach.”
Aside from the advantages gained through new functionality and a web accessible user interface, the new application environment allows Veolia to more easily bring new sites onto their ERP systems. In addition, they have been able to move certain specialized locations onto the new applications, removing them from older systems running on an older underutilized System i server.
So far, 54 new WebSmart programs and 22 ILE modules have been developed for Veolia. This is just the beginning of their modernization plan utilizing WebSmart.
Veolia has delivered exceptional service to its clients over the years, allowing them to claim the world’s top position in environmental services. “Accountability is very important to Veolia’s customers and EPA regulations require Veolia to track a customers waste from cradle to grave.” says Hogan.
For more information on WebSmart, visit www.bcdsoftware.com, call a BCD representative at (630) 986-0800, or evolveIT at (714) 918-7800.
About Veolia Environmental Services
Veolia Environmental Services Technical Solutions business provides a complete range of services for industrial and municipal customers needing to dispose of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. With more than 45 sales, services, treatment and disposal facilities, it has locations near most industrial facilities throughout the United States. It’s parent, Veolia Environment, and its affiliates provide industrial cleaning services, solid waste services, waste to energy services, hazardous waste management and water treatment worldwide.
evolveIT is a technology company that focuses on modernizing and adding RF mobility to applications on the System i Platform and others. Their application modernization business unit offers services and software to keep companies up to date. EvolveIT has experience in planning, designing, programming, and successfully implementing traditional System i applications, Web application interfaces, systems processing extensions and integration with Windows application server platforms. Today, evolveIT is a premier BCD Business Partner.
BCD specializes in System i and multi-platform application modernization and has received 35+ industry awards, including 13 for WebSmart, for software excellence. They have 30 years of experience in the IBM midrange marketplace. Over 30,000 copies of its software products have been licensed worldwide by over 10,000 organizations. BCD is a long-term member of IBM’s System i ISV Advisory Council and is an IBM Advanced Business Partner. All of BCDs key solutions are included on IBM’s System i Developer Roadmap and are IBM Server Proven. BCD solutions are sold globally by BCD and through a network of over 100 Business Partners.