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A Cooperative Effort

Control Systems Software and LANSA team up to modernize a core application

Control Systems Software and LANSA team up to modernize a core application
Terry Osburn, development manager (left), and Carol Stewart, CEO, say CSS’s new software solution adds drill-down capabilities and a much-needed GUI.
 

A Magnificent Job

While attending a May 2007 session at COMMON, CSS representatives talked with several vendors they thought were more closely aligned with their vision of improving the user interface and adding functionality along the way. After winnowing the list to three solution providers, they tasked each with developing proofs of concept.

But that wasn’t the clincher. Rather, it was the personal connection LANSA brought to the table by sending employees to the CSS site to truly understand what CSS wanted to do with the CONTROL application—and then showing the organization what both CSS and LANSA could accomplish using RAMP.

“They were very interested in what we were doing, and they created a roadmap of sorts describing how we could get there,” Stewart says. “Once we decided to work with LANSA, they were fantastic in following through and sticking with us throughout the entire process. In fact, they assigned a mentor, or project manager, to us and they did a magnificent job.”

Working as a team, CSS and LANSA began modernizing both the interface and some underlying logic of CONTROL, a task dubbed MOCA (Modernization Of Control Applications). One of the benefits to this approach, particularly pertaining to CSS’s existing code, was that the code could be reused and new code plugged in to augment the entire CONTROL architecture. This helped the organization save a great deal of money compared with rebuilding the application from scratch.

“We get the best of both worlds,” says Terry Osburn, CSS development manager. “With RAMP, we can still use the underlying business logic or code in our current database files, yet, within the LANSA framework, we can also run the new code. So, we now have an application that’s running new LANSA code and legacy code within the same interface.”

 

 

Jim Utsler, IBM Systems Magazine senior writer, has been covering the technology field for more than a decade. Jim can be reached at jjutsler@provide.net.


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