For the development of their product family System IRD, logica E&U Solutions GmbH relies on the SCOUT² Development Platform provided by Delta Software Technology. SCOUT² optimises the development and maintenance of software for heterogeneous systems and integrates the various development environments.
The software house logica E&U Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Mannheim and a member of international Logica Group, is the producer of the product family System IRD, a standard software for energy supply industry and telecommunications. The product IRD Billing Factory for the account area is nowadays available for various mainframe platforms. In order to guarantee the required portability of the software, logica E&U Solutions GmbH employed the generator tools Delta/ADS of Delta Software Technology. Presently, the software is maintained and further developed on different system platforms.
The provision of the IRD Billing Factory for the UNIX systems as well, additionally requires a corresponding development environment on UNIX in order to process all necessary system-specific adaptations and porting.
logica E&U Solutions GmbH perfected the efficient and interlocked work with development environments on various operating platforms over years and created a tailor-made environment that is adapted to its individual requirements in an optimised manner.
logica E&U Solutions GmbH was looking for an option to replace its work-and generation environments that were distributed on various system platforms, by a uniform and PC supported environment running under Windows/NT.
The following requirements had to be met:
logica E&U Solutions GmbH decided for the usage the SCOUT² Development Platform, provided by Delta Software Technology.
logica E&U Solutions GmbH verified the functionality of SCOUT² in a test project in spring 2000. The specified goals were reached, in particular the requests, logica E&U Solutions GmbH pointed out for the cooperation between SCOUT² and the ADS target generations for BS2000/UTM and MVS/CICS. Since December 2000, the system group of logica E&U Solutions GmbH uses SCOUT². Hereby, the integrating abilities of SCOUT² are particularly relevant because until then the employees had to switch between different target platforms for their system related work with SCOUT², all sources that had to be processed on different platforms until the employment of SCOUT², are now available in one single environment.
logica E&U Solutions GmbH used the extensive configuration-abilities of SCOUT² in order to realise the project requirements in a successful manner:
After a short time of training, which was accompanied by Delta Software, logica E&U Solutions GmbH was able to manage extension in the SCOUT² configuration on its own.
logica E&U Solutions GmbH consistently transferred all sources (Delta, COBOL, C, Assembler etc.) to the NT network environment. There, all processes such as edit, generation or compile are initialised resp. executed by SCOUT². The remote access, mandatory for the host accesses, is being executed absolutely transparent for the users. Consequently, SCOUT² users don't have to change into the corresponding host environments in order to execute host-based processes. Results, deriving from host jobs such as compile lists, will be transferred into the SCOUT² environment automatically and, with it, will be available for all users to analyse them more intensively. A login on various platforms is only mandatory for runtime tests.
Presently, SCOUT² administrates and provides approximately 20.000 different source objects for most different processes. Complex workflows have been implemented in no time. The consistent usage of SCOUT² led to an increase in productivity and a higher motivation for the software developers, as well.
After an initial hesitancy, even "inveterate" mainframe supporters are now having confidence in the abilities and functions of SCOUT² and the tools, integrated in it.