A Progress Application Partner for more than 15 years, update texware delivers business software designed to meet the unique requirements of its textile customers. Thousands of users across 21 different countries rely on the Progress OpenEdge based solution, texware/CS, to support their entire textile production chain—from yarn fabrication, to the manufacturing of textile products, to the finishing process to the retail process—or, in other words, “from sheep to shop.”
As part of update texware’s strategy to increase customer satisfaction and boost its market share, the company chose to modernize its popular ERP application by migrating the solution from OpenEdge v7 to OpenEdge 10.2 B (with some users on 11.3) and developing a more sophisticated, easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) with Microsoft .NET.
Rather than developing an application from scratch using a brand-new platform, the long-time Progress partner chose to drive its modernization project with the help of Progress Software Professional Services, and by using the most up-to-date Progress tools.
“Our goal was to deliver a modern version of our existing ERP system as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” explains Martin Speidel, Chief Development Officer, update texware. Starting a project from scratch with a new platform did not make sense—it would take too long, cost too much and the end result would be a product that was untested in the market.
"Our existing system was very popular; the changes we were looking to make could easily be accomplished by moving to the most recent version of the Progress OpenEdge platform," said Speidel. "With increased flexibility and the ability to take advantage of the new enhancements, we could provide our customers and prospects with the additional functionality and user friendly GUI they were looking for.”
The reliability and low total cost of ownership (TCO) of the system were also significant factors in the decision to stay with Progress. Many of update texware’s customers run 24x7 operations, and most do not have onsite IT support. So, any unplanned downtime could have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line.