Aquila Heywood improves its Delta ADS software development by moving to Eclipse and Update to Delta ADS 6.
Aquila Heywood develops and maintains its “Altair” pensions administration package with Delta ADS for COBOL for decades. During these years the development has been performed using the SCOUT² development environment provided by Delta Software Technology.
As most of the other software development at Aquila Heywood is done in an Eclipse environment already, the decision was made to migrate the Delta ADS development to Eclipse too. Delta Software Technology provided the Plug-in to support the Delta ADS generation process and the resulting object types. With this change to one single development platform Aquila Heywood want to improve the productivity of its development. The extra functionality that is provided with the Eclipse Plug-in contributes to that.
ADS on Eclipse
Delta’s Eclipse Environment, ADS on Eclipse, facilitates the development with Delta ADS by integrating Editor, Generator and the Post-Generation debugger under Eclipse. The modern environment enables better understanding of the application as the generator provides more information about the use of the components that contribute to the application. It also provides all modern handling like chroma coding, code folding and coding assistance as well as extensive documentation possibilities. In addition, it allows a seamless integration of the development with ADS in the overall development process.
“After installation of the Plug-in we tested the generated output and it was 100% identical. Therefore we will go productive with the Delta ADS development on Eclipse in the beginning of 2019. As developers we can now work in one environment without having to switch between SCOUT² and Eclipse.”
Graham Dohren - Senior Developer at Aquila Heywood
Aquila Heywood is the largest provider of life, pensions, and investment policy administration platforms in the UK and Ireland, and the fifth largest across the EU. More than 200 commercial and public sector organisations use its highly scalable administration platform to manage the lifetime financial security of over ten million working pensions members, and make over 20 million payments a year to retirees.