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Procuro Modernizes Its Systems From Back to Front

Wire cars, like the one pictured below, helped inspire Procuro Systems’ recent modernization effort, according to Managing Director Heinrich Smit — Photo by Albie Bredenhann

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The results speak for themselves. According to Smit, this move has allowed the company to extend the life of its existing solutions by at least seven years. Given the investment it already had in its systems, this was a significant achievement. The company wouldn’t have to rewrite its applications—and thus the application hooks into the database—to move forward or extensively retrain new programmers on its existing systems. Additionally, this modernization effort, including the lookserver application makeover and the AO Foundation database conversion, has resulted in increased hiring agreements and premiums.

“We were able to increase our percentage of monthly premiums by 6.5 percent,” Smit says. “This included not only increased fees for the graphical version of our solutions, but also the addition of new clients. Without this massive undertaking, we wouldn’t have accomplished this—and we’d be looking backward instead of forward. Now we can offer traditional green-screen application access, graphical access, mobile access and cloud access. Our overall modernization effort—including Project Draadkar—has created a bounty of new opportunities for us.”

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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