Encompass Migrates to jBASE as Business ScalesKristin Hurst
SAN CLEMENTE, California, October 2, 2018 – Zumasys, a leading provider of NoSQL database software for business-critical PICK applications, and Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., announced today the successful migration of Encompass’ custom ERP system to jBASE. The company also migrated its infrastructure from a co-location facility to the Zumasys cloud, now owned and operated by NexusTek.
The move has helped Encompass eliminate costly downtime and streamline development for the company’s primary business applications. With its ERP application running on jBASE, Encompass can now take advantage of dramatically improved reliability and performance for batch processing and web apps.
“As Encompass continues to grow our business and service offerings, it is critical to have the right systems in place to run our operations and enable us to scale with confidence,” said Encompass President and CEO Robert Coolidge. “We are very pleased with Zumasys’ ability to develop a strong, dependable platform to provide exceptional uptime and support for our customers.”
Brent Blair, Encompass Vice President of IT, added “We don’t have to worry about equipment failures like we had to before because everything is virtual now. “The jBASE application and the interface to our website is much more reliable than our previous solution. We haven’t had any downtime as far as our website is concerned since we cut over.”
Encompass’ business success depends on the company’s custom-developed ERP application, which feeds off its PICK MultiValue database platform. As the company’s legacy PICK database approached its end of life, it was no longer being actively supported or updated. Over time, the database became slow and unreliable, resulting in downtime for the company’s ERP system and eCommerce applications.
Encompass quickly ruled out moving to SAP or Oracle. According to Blair, switching database platforms would have been too costly, risky and time consuming. Worse, the company would have had to sacrifice the ability to custom tailor its ERP application. “One of the things that makes us competitive in our market is the ability to develop our business application around the specialized needs of our customers,” says Blair. “Moving to out-of-the-box software would have been a big loss for us.”
The company considered several PICK MultiValue database solutions before deciding on jBASE from Zumasys. With jBASE, Encompass could retain its custom features with a clear path for the future. Zumasys was also the only company that could offer a truly cloud-ready database solution. “By moving to the cloud, we can now focus our resources on development instead of running hardware,” adds Blair.
In March 2017, Encompass migrated from its co-location environment to the Zumasys cloud. One year later, the company migrated from its legacy MultiValue system to jBASE in just under four hours. The jBASE migration tool seamlessly migrated 90% of the company’s custom code, leaving just 10% of code to transition manually.
“It could not have gone more smoothly,” adds Blair. “Aside from having to change passwords, most users didn’t even realize we had switched systems.”
Today, the difference between the systems is clear. With jBASE, processing large transactions takes a fraction of the time that it once did. Processing time for end-of-day and end-of-month transactions has dropped from 3 1/2 hours to less than 1 hour, and performance for the company’s website has doubled.
In addition, the system is now more reliable than ever. Adding memory or storage is as simple as an online click or a short 5-minute phone call. Software updates are automatic, so the company never has to worry about downtime for maintenance. Because all data is stored in the Switch SuperNAP, one of the largest and most secure datacenters in the world, compliance and security audits are painless. Customers are thrilled to know their data is protected from security breaches and unwanted intrusion.
“Our customers rely on us to get them the parts they need to be successful,” explains Blair. “We are actively investing in solutions to increase reliability and speed for our customers. jBASE gives us a solid foundation for innovation.”
Zumasys’ flagship product is jBASE, a proven NoSQL database developed nearly 30 years ago and used by the largest international banks in the world. jBASE is the most proven, scalable and performant document-oriented database on the market and it is ideal for PICK MultiValue applications that need to be modernize and virtualized, onsite or in the Cloud. Zumasys also provides several innovative software products including AccuTerm for remote browser-based access to PICK applications; MultiValue Dashboard for presenting business data within a Web-based graphical interface; MVConnect for RESTful Web Services; DesignBais; and the OpenQM database. The Company was founded in 2000 and is based in San Clemente, California. Learn more at www.zumasys.com or www.jbase.com.
About Encompass Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.
Celebrating 65 years of operations, Encompass is a market leader in forward and reverse supply chain management and high-tech repair services for a diverse and expanding range of consumer electronics, computer, major appliances and imaging products. Encompass provides end-to-end solutions for OEMs, retailers, independent dealers, third-party administrators and consumers. Encompass manages all stages of the product lifecycle, including finished goods and replacement parts logistics, board repair and product refurbishment services, returns management, asset value recovery and eco-friendly disposal. For more information, please visit solutions.encompass.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.