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SOS + Progress – comment

In the light of some of the comments appearing on the blog about the whole Progress/.NET/SQL debate, we asked SOS for a statement. This is what SOS managing director David McNamara had to say about the SOS technical platform…

“SOS Connect is fully developed and feature rich .NET application attached to a Progress database.  This combination delivers an extremely effective solution for our clients; a thoroughly powerful and flexible application coupled to an extremely reliable and scaleable database.
“For our more technically-minded or larger clients such as those in the top 100, we offer a .NET Web Services Toolkit. This effectively gives the law firm full access to all the business logic in SOS Connect via Web Services, enabling them to easily integrate SOS Connect with third party products or their own internally-developed systems. The toolkit also enables firms to develop their own .NET plug-ins which can then seamlessly form part of the SOS Connect application also.
“The above approach is why SOS is being so well received in the marketplace; it delivers a single, .NET firm-wide legal application requiring minimal maintenance to those firms with limited IT resources, yet provides the larger firms with a very powerful environment with which to integrate SOS Connect with their many separate applications.”

Comment: being on Progress doesn't seem to be causing Eclipse Legal Systems any problems either.

One reply on “SOS + Progress – comment”

I have no doubt that the Connect product is a capable application and technically very adept. Progress have made great strides in trying to make sure that they are not left behind in the platform race and have made lots of “tools” available to ensure that user, like SOS, Eclipse and Visualfiles can co-exist. However, and there is always a “however”, what it’s doing is adding in extra layers, adding in extra technology stacks, things that allow progress apps to be “wrapped” up in .NET shells. Rather than simplifying the software it makes things more complex.
The question to put to these suppliers is the magic wand question. If you could wave your wand and replicate your product as a native .NET application (e.g C# and not Openedge, MSSQL and not Progress) would you, or would you leave it in Progress and have all the “benefits” you have today. I think we all know the answer. They would leap at the chance.
The reason that all of these very good products push on in Progress is that they can’t go back. Too many man years of development have committed them down the line and no matter what comes along they have no choice but carry on and say how wonderful it is out on their limb. The investment requirements to renew and modernise are just too great. They are stuck with Progress and despite the rhetoric, if they were entirely honest, given the choice, it’s not where they want to be.
Just my opinion of course…but hey, this is a blog, and it is Friday.

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