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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.
 

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After initial testing was phased in over the first three months of the year, CSS released the revamped version of CONTROL for general availability in May 2009, and most users have since adopted it.

Jostes says new employees don’t have to go through the rigorous training they had to in the past. The graphical interface is what everyone expects and they use it without hesitation. “We don’t have to double train people, first on what the application is and then how to use it,” he says. “Now, we just tell people how it works and away they go. Not only that, but we have all of this new functionality that’s grouped together in a very logical manner.”

Additionally, when members ask for new application enhancements, they can be easily implemented using RAMP.

“It’s incredible,” Jostes says. “When there’s an update, CSS simply pushes out that update to our server. Users simply log on and the update to their PC is automatic. This is very important for all of us, because many of the members don’t have their own IT departments. We, for example, have only one IT person. Throughout this process CSS takes care of everything by automatically updating the software.”

 

 

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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