Sydney-based finance group Scottish Pacific developed a specialised invoice management application for customer use in less than eight weeks by leveraging the core of an existing application and Progress V8 object-oriented development environment.
The company adapted its in-house invoice management system modules for outside use. The resultant software, Satellite System, enables Scottish Pacific customers to track payments made on invoices and identify organisations that delay payment. According to Ian Rees, Scottish's IT manager, "the core code . . . was recycled from our Unix-based system. We needed new programming only to give the PC-based application a Windows-style user interface."
The speed advantage inherent in the object-oriented model is exactly what Scottish required. According to Rees, "developing new services is essential in the finance industry. Its customers tend to be fickle. Customer loyalty now depends on a finance group's ability to move with the times by offering new, more flexible services. Progress V8's key benefit to Scottish Pacific is reducing the time required to develop new applications and services."
Coding the project took eight months from commencement to beta, less time than the evaluation and design phases. Coding is usually the most time-consuming phase of development. The programmer who did the coding had only one year's experience using Progress.
In the future Scottish plans to develop Satellite System to support imaging, so that customers can keep an electronic copy of their invoices online. That way, if an end-customer loses their invoice a copy identical to the original can be sent out without having to search through paper files.by Matthew JC. PowellProgress Software Tel 1800 634 472 Fax (02) 9498 7498 INFO: www.progress.com