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iAdapt invited to discuss exclusion of South African ERP software vendors in the IFMS tender award process

The program was shown on channel 405 on Sunday 18th June and included an esteemed panel of analysts to discuss the flouting of the tender process's in favour of Oracle.. Our readers can go to the following links noted below in order to gain better insight into this major controversial issue.

PURCHASE OF INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SOFTWARE LICENCES CONCLUDED

There will be further follow ups and expose's relating to this as this is not the first time this has happened.

In 2007 SAP was awarded the HR and Payroll component of the IFMS (iteration #2) and the erstwhile SITA Executive that awarded the tender to Gijima - just happened to join Gijima shortly after the awarding of the contract. That component was R800m for licenses and a further R400m for services.

Prior to that award the IFMS Supply Chain component (iteration #1) was awarded to ICT-Works for a "bespoke solution: which ended up being a customized version of Oracle ERP SCM modules. Again all of these projects are now for nought as it will all be replaced by another version of Oracle!

So essentially the moment any Executive finds a need for a new position in Software and the two ERP conglomerates, SAP and ORacle, need to reach new numbers then suddenly IFMS/ERP tenders appear out of the blue and Billions of Rands are squandered with absolutely nothing to show for it. But SITA and Treasury continues slogging ahead with these tenders.

And for all the technological research and development done in SA, it is a really sad state of affairs when South African companies are SPECIFICALLY excluded from these tender process's.

And there is not specific reason for this delinquent view about our solutions.

View more about these revelations on the following link

http://www.ann7.com/lid-off-oracles-rigged-imfs-win/

BREAKING NEWS: Informix and HCL

It seems as if many Genero customers have made the jump and caught the bus just in time with Genero as IBM looks set to dump Informix onto the Indian based consultancy firm HCL. This is a development, networking and consultancy company that started in India and has offices world wide.

Problem is there is now going to be "joint R&D" for Informix which means that there is going to be either no R&D, and confusion as who does what and who profits from the results. I believe that this is going to confuse the Informix even more as customers will question - Why did IBM drop Informix after acquiring it only 16 years ago.

Basically it is a cost cutting exercise by IBM. Informix intellectual property is being transitioned to HCL. Again there is not going to be any R&D into the language nor will there be training courses in either the language nor the RDBMS - so it is less of the same as before.

Apparently HCL also quietly purchased several Rational and Tivoli products in the last year from IBM. The deal is a 15 year IP licensing deal, and the entire Informix development and support organization is moving to HCL, effective 1 May.

IBM will continue to market and sell Informix, but HCL can also develop, market, and sell Informix branded products as well. Over the past few years IBM have been following a strategy of cost cutting and withdrawing from less profitable markets. Thus they dropped laptop manufacture, then pulled out of manufacturing all Intel based machines. They have also sold quite a few software products.

Once again IBM have planted fear, uncertainty and doubt in the Informix market so we expect more of our customers to want to move to other databases. It certainly would be wise for those people who still use the old Informix 4GL to get onto Genero just in case HCL make a mess of the Informix products.

http://www.iiug.org/en/2017/04/17/ibm-and-hcl-strategic-partnership-to-jointly-develop-and-market-ibm-informix/

Interesting times ahead for Informix based users which is not good news.

iAdapt successfully delivers Genero project ahead of time

Windhoek, Namibia -6 th March 2017- iAdapt implements FourJ's Genero, an application development environment that helps customers create innovative database applications and modernize existing legacy code, has successfully been implemented for all 300 users within SSC during a 6 month major upgrade and overhaul of their Benefit Fund Management system

To better manage their current legacy environment Social Security Commission decided to entrust its entire Fund Management upgrade and conversion to the South African based Software Development company iAdapt.

Social Security Commission is the only organization within Namibia that currently manages and disburses payments socially based on business rules to all its citizens for maternity, disabilit, pension and Workman's Compensation. This project was deemed to be a very high profile project with Senior Government Ministers and the SSC Board of Directors taking a keen interest in the project delivery - as it affected every single citizen of Namibia.

The Challenge for SSC: The Legacy Environment

SSC invested in the legacy Unix environment in the mid 1990's and using the iAdapt Business Development Framework Tools (iBDF), developed a complex and business process driven Social Fund Management system. It went live in 1998 on the Hewlett Packard platforms. As was typically the case in the 90's the User Interface was Text based and the User Experience was extremely limited. Further issues compounding the environment was the lack of Unix and RBMS based skills. A final compounding factor was that the current HP Servers had outlived their useful life and were literally running on empty - there were no drivers for printers, no backup facilities and the hard drives had started to fail over. HP no longer kept the 1997 version of the Hard drives in stock - which posed a massive risk at SSC.

Lastly the version of their Accounting system was also no longer supported and they were compelled to upgrade to the new SAGE L1000 web based version. Therefore the upgrade and conversion had to include the SAGE product and the current table level integration had to be carried over to the new environment. Integration testing was of paramount importance.

And it was this Risk that the Board of SSC had to mitigate against by accepting the Project.

The Solution: iAdapt and FourJ's

In June 2016, the Board of Directors at SSC awarded the multi-million N$ Conversion and Upgrade project to iAdapt to undertake this mammoth task. The Project commenced officially on the 1 st September 2016 and the Project Plan Go Live date of 14 th February was considered to be cast in stone, as the entire upgrade had to be signed off and delivered before the 28 th February 2017 - which coincided with their fiscal Year End. The solution entailed a number of steps in the process and these were

  • To take their current fourth generation language developed Funds system and recompile it using the Genero Compilers. This allowed the now newly compiled source code to be ported over and "connected" to the Microsoft Windows Operating System and the MS SQL Server database
  • Upgrade the entire infrastructure, environment and platforms
  • All the Programs in the system were now presented in a GUI format - without any lines of business logic or source code being written or changed (ie all business logic and process's were retained making User Acceptance easy)
  • Undertake a full DBExport of the data from old RDBMS, convert, migrate and import the data into MS SQL Server
  • Convert all the database schema's, triggers and stored procedures
  • Test the entire process
  • Complete the Change Management process in a Geographical spread of 16 branches throughout the country and with 300 Functional users
  • Deploy and Process Live

The result of this collaboration and project, is that iAdapt delivered on its mandate to sign off and "Went" Live 6 days earlier than the initial project date. This was a monumental feat in that a previous attempt at an upgrade resulted in more than a year being spent just on Testing Phase which unfortunately failed. All 300 users in the 16 Branches and Satellite offices have successfully been using the system since the 8 th February 2017 - which was the date the system was switched from Test to Live. Social Security committed its entire Technical and IT team to this project who all ensured that the project was delivered on time and on budget. Their immense efforts were well rewarded when the system went live.



Genero Product Day 2017

iAdapt in association with FourJ's UK are busy planning the next Genero Product Day for Thursday 30th March 2017. This 1-day event will be held in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, London. This is a formal invite, along with details of the Agenda etc.


Contents of the Day: With the up-coming Early Access Program for Genero v3.10 due soon, we'll be covering the new features, new Genero Browser Client, Latest Genero Report Writer and updates to Genero Mobile and Genero Cloud. We do realize that committing a whole day is often difficult so of course you are welcome to attend only those sessions of specific interest. I'm sure that you'll benefit not only from the presentations but also meeting with three of our Development Managers from Strasbourg. It helps us a great deal when our product developers hear the needs of application creators directly from those people developing applications.

Please find a link to the full agenda below, in the meantime please put the 30th March 2017 in your diary.You can also e-mail us at info@iadapt.co.za

Agenda British Library 30 March 2017

Genero Enterprise version 3.00 is here!

Irving, Texas – December 17, 2015 — Four Js Development Tools announced the release of Genero version 3.00 today and with it reorganized the brand around 3 lead products: Genero Enterprise, Genero Mobile and Genero Report Writer. For the rapid development of server-centric, cross-platform, transaction-oriented business applications that run on Desktops, Webtops and mobile devices on-site or in the Cloud. Genero Enterprise includes Genero Business Development Language V3.00, Genero Studio V3.00, Genero Mobile V1.20 and Genero Report Writer V3.00 for use with the Genero Business Development Language.

New features in this release:
  • Genero Studio
  • Genero Web Client
  • Genero Ghost Client
  • Dynamic User Interfaces

Genero Mobile V1.20

Available now in Genero Enterprise V3.00
Available January 29, 2015 standalone

For the rapid development of native, cross-platform mobile applications that run off-line or on-line with enterprise servers via XML, RESTful and JSON Web services.
  • Push notifications
  • RunOnServer
  • Debug on device

Genero Report Writer

Available now in Genero Enterprise V3.00 for BDL
Available June 30, 2015 standalone for Java, C#, PHP

For the rapid design and production of complex, high-volume, multi-sourced business content that streams output in a matter of seconds to printers, browsers, desktops and mobile devices. Genero Report Writer for Java, C# and PHP is a standalone product that embeds reports directly into applications for seamless user interfaces and controlled workflow within core business applications.

New features in this release:
  • Browser based viewer
  • Template creation and management

NOTE ON LICENSING!!

Genero V2.X development licence customers with valid maintenance may upgrade to Genero Enterprise V3.00 development licences free of charge. This licence also includes a free development licence for Genero Mobile and Genero Report Writer while maintenance is valid. Should the Genero Enterprise maintenance lapse, Genero Mobile and Genero Report Writer may no longer be used. Separate development licences must be purchased for Genero Mobile and Genero Report Writer in that case. Development licences do not include runtime licences, which must be purchased separately.

Contact sales@iadapt.co.za for more details and pricing

Christmas & New Year wishes and Closure

Kindly note that we will be closing for the festive season on the 18th of December and will be back on Monday the 11th of January. Should you need any urgent Support or Services undertaken please contact us on 011 079 4251, you can also e-mail us at support@iadapt.co.za .

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, may 2016 hold great things to come!



IBM hands over reins back to 4js

Irving, Texas – June 23, 2015 — IBM Informix Genero, an application development environment that helps customers create innovative database applications and modernize existing 4GL code, is a product IBM used to offer through an OEM relationship with Four Js. To better serve clients and deliver the latest Genero enhancements to them in the most timely manner, IBM is entering a new delivery phase of this product. Effective September 1, 2015, IBM will transfer the sale of Genero licenses to its OEM partner Four Js. Support for current Africa customers will be handed over to 4js certified partner iAdapt in an orderly manner but should be completed by September 30, 2016. 20 Year Four J’s Africa veteran Reseller iAdapt, will again be available to assist IBM Licensed sites with Support and Maintenance including renewals of Contracts.
Read more here

Genero Mobile & Product Update Seminar

iAdapt in association with FourJs are announcing the Genero Mobile Seminar & Genero Product Update Day 2014. We are bringing the best Genero technical sessions together in a one-day seminar and would be delighted for you to be part of it.
The event will feautore Genero 2.50, Genero Studio, Genero Mobile, Genero Cloud as well as various key speakers.

To find out more and register click here

Debswana Diamond Inventory System updated

Jwaneng based public partnership company Debswana, recently commissioned iAdapt to assist in some major functional updates to their DIIS system (Diamond Inventory Information System). This system manages and tracks the gem stones once they are sorted into the various categories and manages the process just prior to final shipment.
The project was managed both here and in Botswana by iAdapt's new Country Manager Doctor Matenge assisted by Andy Parsons - the iAdapt CFO. As Doc puts it "This was no small task as the business requirements have grown within Debswana over a long period time and the system was not kept abreast of these requirements. Not only did we have to change the source code to cater for these new requirements we also had to undertake a whole new BPR process as this was entirely new - especially to the CAC team."
The total duration of the project was 3 months which included the change management process as well as the final audit and cutover process. Debswana are considering a total upgrade to their environment which will include the Genero middleware layer as well as the operating system and databases.


iAdapt appoints new Country Manager in Botswana

Local ERP software company iAdapt has recently appointed Doctor Matenge to head up its new business operations for Botswana. His appointment was effective 1st March 2014. Doc Matenge spent a considerable amount of his working life in Jwaneng as a Systems Analyst and Programmer at Debswana Diamond mine. Doc is hoping to grow the footprint for iAdapt and push the products and services into both Government and Private enterprises. The intention is to build on our solid reputation with Botswana for high quality products and services.
A particular focus for iAdapt is the move into providing mobile solutions as well as assisting with Consulting services for business readiness and ERP projects.
Doctor Matenge has a Bachelors of Sciences degree with majors in Information Technology and Systems.


iAdapt releases ERP V6.0

South African based ERP software development company iAdapt today formally released its new and major upgraded version of its ERP software to Version 6.0.
This product has been in Quality Assurance for some time and after a major success at one of our Blue Chip sites the product has now gone into Commercial Release. In todays age of Web 2.0, Collaboration and Integration have become vital Tools for any company wishing to streamline its Business Process's and Workflow process's into one wholistic organisation wide objectives.
While ERP is accepted as a core element to running any successful business, many companies do not fully understand or relaise the benefits of integrating their core ERP systems into CRM and other Enterprise Management systems used to drive business. iAdapt will be releasing additional product updates relating to the BDF Tools as well as some of the more technical details coming down the line. All of which has been fully tested and Q&A'd.
It is with these fundamentals that iAdapt has spent many man hours in ensuring and delivering a World Class suite of tightly integrated modules to the market. The attached broshure covers in detail a lot more of the basic functionality that encompasses the latest versions howver if there is any specific component or question that yo would like to ask which may be beneficial to your business then please do not hesitate to contact us at info@iadapt.co.za or alternatively sales@iadapt.co.za

iAdapt ERP Version 6.0 Release Notes 11.pdf

iAdapt's philosophy for our software is Software for Life!

Innovation Group Case Study Released

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iAdapt release e-Recruitment module

South African owned software development company iAdapt has released its eagerly awaited fully integrated web based e-Recruitment module. This new module manages the process from the time a candidate's info is entered onto the system right up until a person is accepted and transferred onto the Personnel module and in turn the Payroll module - all automatically and online real time. This module compliments the other iAdapt developed and fully integrated web based component modules called iAdapt Web HR Portals which encompasses Employee Self Service, Manager Self Service and finally e-Recruitment (the rest of our ERP system such as e-Procurement is still under development).

To make matters a lot more simple, iAdapt has developed the e-Recruitment module using a modern language called Genero so that there are no intermediary databases allowing for the full integration of the Self Service module into the base corporate functional HR modules and in turn the relational database.

If a candidate goes to the company's web page there will be a description (in text form) of what positions are available within the company and then there will be a link next to the job. All the candidate has to do is then proceed through the menus and this is automatically logged and entered directly onto the Recruitment module where after the data is further managed by the module (i.e. resource management, interviews , preferred location, preferred language etc). A further benefit of this tight integration is that there are a proliferation of different formats for CV's that are usually emailed to a company. At present each CV must be manually re-entered into the Recruitment module. This eliminates the need for recapturing as the candidate does all the static information inputs real time and online.

The vacancy that is available is automatically created if an employee is terminated or resigns and completes the exit interview stage within the Personnel module (all the modules are kept in sync via the relational database). The Job itself is always there, so it now becomes a process of managing this vacancy. Jobs can be "frozen" in the Personnel module which again will automatically "freeze" the post in e-Recruitment.

This module is not a very complicated module but is very tightly integrated into the base Human Resources systems. Part of the process contained in this module is that a candidate entering data directly onto the system via e-Recruitment enters only relevant data for that job which may include his qualifications are job preference. The system then automatically filters this information to ensure the correct fit via internal algorithms. Once the candidate has accepted and verified that his data is correct then he is loaded onto the system. Due to the clever use of the Genero language, the drawback of the HTML language such as before and after field validation is eliminated due to the way the Web based applications are integrated into the primary HR systems and this allows a user to fill in fields that are required to be filled in line by line (and not reentered after going through the whole process to the end only to find they did not enter a contact number).

The primary benefit of this is that there is no duplication for data entry and a candidate can also see what other vacancies exist in the company and the press of a button on the web site. This further implies that corporate reports can be managed and obtained out of a centralized database rather that Excel spreadsheets and Access databases - resulting in a mismatch of accurate and online data. The module can also be customized to a company's exact requirements.

Web Services

A future release will ensure that once the candidate has verified and accepted his CV on the system then the system will automatically generate a web service to a service provider whereby all the candidates biological and academic background is verified including criminal and credit checking. This process will be seamless to the company which automatically eliminates the need for reference checking of standard information.
The module is available for immediate release and forms part of the iAdapt Web based HR Portals.

Please contact us at sales@iadapt.co.za for more information.


Four J’s Genero South African User conference a great success

The Four J’s Genero User conference recently held here in South Africa, which by all accounts was a great success. The conference was held at the Airport Grand Hotel, near OR Tambo International airport and was fully assisted by the team at iAdapt. iAdapt is one of Four J’s (UK)’s primary value added resellers as well as a user of this technology in its own ERP solution.

The conference focused on a number of new initiatives coming from Four J’s but the main focus was on the new version of the language that is to be released – that being v2.20.





VP Four J’s Emea Neil O’Meara presenting his paper on Genero v2.20

The primary components of version 2.20 is the integration of the JAVA classes as well as bringing the 4GL language and JAVA closer together. As there are many companies that have major business applications developed in pure 4GL, they have not readily had an avenue to incorporate the benefits of JAVA into their environment. This new version addresses those shortcomings.
  • A stronger focus on the new Genero Database with enhanced features and functionality
  • Released in last quarter of 2008, the new Genero Web based Report Writer which has a lot of security and web based functionality built in
  • New and enhanced Web Services as part of the Genero Compiler
  • A strong focus on the Application Server as well their new
  • Application Generator and Genero Studio Development Tools
  • A new and enhanced Web Client which forms part of the Genero run time components


Conference delegates debating the Genero Report Writer



Further to this was the presentation by iAdapt of the customer success story of Debswana. The focus of this study was conversion of the unstable Unix/Informix and Serial cable based peripherals into a fully converted TCP/IP based Microsoft SQL Server and Windows environment.

Four J’s continues its 10 year history in South Africa with a renewed effort and focus on growing its market share and ensuring continuity and support for the current customer base.

Work is already beginning on the next conference for 2009.



Diamonds Are Forever – iAdapt utilizes Genero and immortalizes inventory system for world's largest diamond company

Jwaneng, Botswana - August 8, 2008 -- The Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd.

The world's largest diamond provider by value and powerhouse to Botswana's high growth economy - went live July 21 with a brand new diamond inventory management system developed in Genero by leading South African software house iAdapt.

The new system, considered mission critical due to its 'end of process' weighing and sorting prior to release to the Diamond Trading Company, Botswana, underlines Debswana’s commitment to corporate governance and superior risk analysis by replacing an old unstable system that had become a liability to the group.

 "This new application supports future platform decisions and can evolve with the organization," said Mr. Doc Matenge, Project Leader of the Debswana, Jwaneng Mine. "That means we can take advantage of new business opportunities without having to reinvest in new skills or tools.”

“It was by far the most beneficial solution," said Matenge. "We didn’t have to migrate away from our current business processes nor did we have to generate any new code.”

“What impressed us the most though was Genero's flexibility, especially when it comes to databases and the operating systems. Now we can manage our software assets across various applications and platforms without huge capital outlay. Furthermore this project was so successful, we came in under budget and with days to spare for implementation and change management" said Matenge.

Debswana's 1990s home grown Diamond Inventory Management System used Informix 4GL and Informix Online. This system, unaltered since its inception, required use of serial cable server connections – which were no longer available nor supported in the market.

Project 'DIS Stabilization' was given top priority at Debswsana and the iAdapt site evaluations of February 5 and April 7 2008 highlighted the sensitive support and hardware issues. From the date of Debswana's order to the 'Go Live' on July 21, less than one month had taken place.

“Our 7 year business partnership with Four J’s allowed us to move very quickly," said Gilbert Parsons, Managing Director of iAdapt. "Debswana had felt locked in for a very, very long time and were almost in disbelief that we could solve their problem so quickly."

In order to upgrade the current system from Informix Online Server, iAdapt provided a business benefit analysis, proving Genero as the most cost effective solution. Debswana wanted to leave the past that it had clung on to for so long and give users a fresh Web 2.0 graphical representation. Data entry speed and TCP/IP based scales were critical to the new system. The risc based IBM RS 6000 system using Informix relational databases was migrated to an Intel and Microsoft platform and envrionment. The RDBMS was also converted to MS SQL Server.

The brief included moving source code from Informix 4GL to Genero, converting Informix to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Unix to Microsoft Windows. The Unix based scales and printing scripts were also converted to Windows.

About Debswana

The Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd. is owned in equal shares by the government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers Centenary AG. Debswana is the world's leading diamond producer by value and has played a significant role in the transformation of the Botswana economy.

It is the largest non-government employer and the largest earner of foreign exchange in Botswana. Debswana's mining operations have been largely responsible for transforming Botswana from an agricultural based economy in the 1960s to a country that has consistently displayed one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. In keeping in line as the leading corporate company in Botswana, Debswana has invested in having the best software and systems in order to keep the company ahead of the competition.

Learn more about the largest Diamond mine here at http://www.debswana.com/Debswana.Web/




iAdapt announces major human resource upgrade

iAdapt are pleased to announce the general release of iAdapt's Enterprise Software version 5.2, effective 1st September 2007. All 23 Integrated modules in the suite will be upgraded to ensure the long term sustainability of the products. This upgrade includes the Genero Desktop Client (GDC) being upgraded to v2.

Performance Management Module

This module will be able to run stand alone or seamlessly integrated to Recruitment, Training, Personnel, Employee Self Service and Manager Self Service modules. The module conforms to all the SAQA unit standards, outcomes and criteria. These standards can be imported into the module from SAQA taking into account those standards that have been manually captured by the user and that are in use by the module at the time of import.
The module will be used to capture the Job descriptions against the Job Records per department or generically for the Job. They will then be attached to an employee. The user will also be able to add additional descriptions to suite each individual. This will facilitate a more practical option when there is more than one employee performing a Job. When generating a Job Description for an employee, the system will generate from the generic Job descriptions as well as the departmental ones.
The module will also cater for performance reviews, training requirements and ratings. It makes provision for information such as USID (SAQA Unit Standard Identity) numbers, US Titles (Unit Standard Job Titles). The existing National Qualification Framework, NQF, level results will also be incorporated.

About iAdapt

iAdapt develops, markets and supports its own ERP clusters such as, HRM, CRM and FMS software solutions, deployment and integration technology that enables enterprises to accelerate the process of building and deploying applications that can be rapidly customized and integrated with existing systems. iAdapt.s technology, ERP applications and professional services are available through a global network of distributors and solutions partners in approximately 10 countries.

For more detailed information on this new set of Business Applications please email us at

Released by: iAdapt Marketing Department sales@iadapt.co.za



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