The Local Government Division of SunGard Public Sector recognized that an opportunity existed in offering a solution that would provide single cohesive entities for people, properties, and/or organizations across the separate but interrelated market sectors served by the division.
“The idea was for ONESolution to present a unified front focusing on those three supporting pillars of local government,” explains Don Bates, Director of Product Management at SunGard, “that is, the people served by each jurisdiction, the land it governs, and the organizations that are often paying taxes and allowing it to run.”
ONESolution was envisioned as the flagship product for the Public Sector, capable of supplanting a variety of other software portfolios in the various markets served by the different Public Sector divisions. It would consist of a .NET technology stack on a Microsoft platform, employing Microsoft’s Data Access Application Block (DAAB) pattern, which is the right approach for using different database vendors for the same business solution.
“A critical goal for us was for our solution to be database agnostic,” Bates says. “SunGard sought to protect the investment our customers had previously made in us in terms of hardware platforms.”
While the .NET stack typically employs SQL Server as its database platform, SunGard’s largest existing customer base was running SunGard software solutions on IBM iSeries with a DB2 database platform. The company planned to maintain its existing product profile while giving customers using those products the option of adopting ONESolution.
“We wanted to position ourselves to best mitigate risks in terms of database connectivity, extraction and connections.”