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Encompass Eliminates Downtime with jBASE from Zumasys

Encompass quickly ruled out moving to SAP or Oracle. According to Blair, switching database platforms would have been too costly, risky and time consuming. Worse, the company would have had to sacrifice the ability to custom tailor its ERP application.

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Release Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Zumasys and Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., announced the successful migration of Encompass' custom ERP system to jBASE. The company also migrated its infrastructure from a co-location facility to the Zumasys cloud, now owned and operated by NexusTek.

The move has helped Encompass eliminate costly downtime and streamline development for the company's primary business applications. With its ERP application running on jBASE, Encompass can now take advantage of dramatically improved reliability and performance for batch processing and web apps.

"As Encompass continues to grow our business and service offerings, it is critical to have the right systems in place to run our operations and enable us to scale with confidence," said Encompass President and CEO Robert Coolidge. "We are very pleased with Zumasys' ability to develop a strong, dependable platform to provide exceptional uptime and support for our customers."

Brent Blair, Encompass Vice President of IT, added "We don't have to worry about equipment failures like we had to before because everything is virtual now. "The jBASE application and the interface to our website is much more reliable than our previous solution. We haven't had any downtime as far as our website is concerned since we cut over."

Encompass' business success depends on the company's custom-developed ERP application, which feeds off its PICK MultiValue database platform. As the company's legacy PICK database approached its end of life, it was no longer being actively supported or updated. Over time, the database became slow and unreliable, resulting in downtime for the company's ERP system and eCommerce applications.

Encompass quickly ruled out moving to SAP or Oracle. According to Blair, switching database platforms would have been too costly, risky and time consuming. Worse, the company would have had to sacrifice the ability to custom tailor its ERP application. "One of the things that makes us competitive in our market is the ability to develop our business application around the specialized needs of our customers," says Blair. "Moving to out-of-the-box software would have been a big loss for us."

The company considered several PICK MultiValue database solutions before deciding on jBASE from Zumasys. With jBASE, Encompass could retain its custom features with a clear path for the future. Zumasys was also the only company that could offer a truly cloud-ready database solution. "By moving to the cloud, we can now focus our resources on development instead of running hardware," adds Blair.

In March 2017, Encompass migrated from its co-location environment to the Zumasys cloud. One year later, the company migrated from its legacy MultiValue system to jBASE in just under four hours. The jBASE migration tool seamlessly migrated 90% of the company's custom code, leaving just 10% of code to transition manually.
"It could not have gone more smoothly," adds Blair. "Aside from having to change passwords, most users didn't even realize we had switched systems."

Today, the difference between the systems is clear. With jBASE, processing large transactions takes a fraction of the time that it once did. Processing time for end-of-day and end-of-month transactions has dropped from 3 1/2 hours to less than 1 hour, and performance for the company's website has doubled.

In addition, the system is now more reliable than ever. Adding memory or storage is as simple as an online click or a short 5-minute phone call. Software updates are automatic, so the company never has to worry about downtime for maintenance. Because all data is stored in the Switch Las Vegas, one of the largest and most secure datacenters in the world, compliance and security audits are painless. Customers are thrilled to know their data is protected from security breaches and unwanted intrusion.

"Our customers rely on us to get them the parts they need to be successful," explains Blair. "We are actively investing in solutions to increase reliability and speed for our customers. jBASE gives us a solid foundation for innovation."

 

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About Zumasys, Inc

Zumasys helps companies of every size transition their infrastructure and applications to the cloud. With Zumasys cloud services, customers can easily access the latest software and hardware technologies over the Web, allowing them to focus on growing their core business instead of managing their IT infrastructures. Zumasys delivers personalized service, integrated disaster recovery and the confidence companies need to outsource the hosting of all their databases including SQL, Oracle and Pick MultiValue systems.

In 2014, Zumasys acquired a string of MultiValue software technologies including:

  • AccuTerm - The leading Windows/Mobile connectivity solution for the Pick Market with more than 16,000 customers worldwide. Pete Schellenbach is now Zumasys' Director of Product Development.
  • MultiValue Dashboard - Originally developed by The Nerdery and re-launched in 2014, MultiValue Dashboard allows you to quickly and easily build web-based dashboards using traditional Pick programming methods.
  • OpenQM - Zumasys announced an Exclusive Worldwide Distribution and domestic support/maintenance arrangement for OpenQM, a cost-effective, efficient, high-performance database to run Pick applications.
  • jBASE - Zumasys acquired jBASE database from Temenos, based in Geneva Switzerland. Its contemporary architecture allows Pick-based applications to natively interact with the underlying Windows or Unix operating system, and store data in SQL Server, Oracle and the cloud.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.zumasys.com

About jBASE / Zumasys, Inc

In January 2015, Zumasys, a leading provider of cloud computing solutions for business-critical software applications and ERP systems, announced that it had completed the acquisition of the jBASE database from Temenos, based in Geneva Switzerland.

jBASE is a world class Database Management System comprising development tools, middleware and a multi-dimensional database. jBASE takes the best points of the relational database model and adds to it several significant benefits including ease of use, superb performance, small footprint and all the rich MultiValue features, making it ideally suited to all business uses from the Internet to OLAP to transactional applications. The architecture is uniquely designed to allow all and any application development tools and backend databases to form part of a jBASE solution.

jBASE has an impressive installed base spread across 70+ countries worldwide in almost every facet of daily life including Banks, Retailers, Healthcare, Government and General Commerce. Over 300,000 users and 8000 businesses around the world rely on jBASE for mission critical information management.

Zumasys helps companies of every size transition their infrastructure and applications to the cloud. With Zumasys cloud services, customers can easily access the latest software and hardware technologies over the Web, allowing them to focus on growing their core business instead of managing their IT infrastructures. Zumasys delivers personalized service, integrated disaster recovery and the confidence companies need to outsource the hosting of all their databases including SQL, Oracle and Pick MultiValue systems.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.jbase.com

About jBASE

What is jBASE?

jBASE is a database and a set of programs and libraries that allows normal MultiValue (MV) applications to become native Windows, Unix or Linux programs. All of the traditional MV features are supported, including BASIC, Proc, Paragraph, Query and Dictionaries (Pick and Prime style).

What are the benefits of jBASE?

Because existing MV apps are converted to native executables and shared objects, they run fast and take advantage of the latest compiler optimizations available for Windows, Unix and Linux platforms.

Flexible licensing models support cost-effective application deployment for traditional character-based applications and include models suited for efficient deployment of web and graphical-based applications.

A key differentiator is that jBASE architecture tends to make sense to technical hires who may not have prior MV experience. jBASE organizes itself much like other mainstream applications, with full support for pathing and threading. Because it is native, business objects created in jBASE, even those based on legacy code, can be wrapped with other languages. jBASE is a platform that respects the investments made in custom-built legacy apps while allowing non-MV programmers to build next-generation applications using the latest design tools and methods.

jBASE also has one of the lowest support and maintenance costs among enterprise-level MV databases.

Who actually controls jBASE?

In 2015, Zumasys purchased the jBASE intellectual property and development from Temenos, as well as jBASE sales and support from MPower1. Zumasys now controls and markets jBASE internationally with full time developers located in England and North America. jBASE interested us not just because of its worldwide install-base of loyal customers but also because it is a technology that will utilize the Zumasys Cloud to help those customers move to a SaaS business model. We can serve up MV applications running on a multi-tenanted database architecture with unrivaled price and performance and include unique features such as browser-based access.

What does the future hold for jBASE?

Being a native architecture, the future for jBASE is bright. Advancements in technology outside of jBASE tend to benefit jBASE simply because it has a native architecture. This leaves our engineers with time to focus on internal feature and functions and leave other work such as performance tuning and connectivity to vendors of operating systems.

Developers can continue to develop using traditional MV languages and data or choose to develop in new languages. They can choose whether data should be stored in traditional high-performance MV files or in virtually any other database, such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 or modern object data stores and noSQL databases.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.jbase.com/​

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