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- jBASE software helps council toward 100% online strategy

The Isle of Wight Council has become the latest Local Authority to install a jBASE server to help meet the demands of eGovernment. The Council has decided to switch off an ageing Northgate Information Systems Reality-based system in favour of jBASE to allow it to web enable its highest profile applications.

The £100,000 project, which is due to go live in August, will see the Council move its cash receipting, debtors and homecare applications to jBASE, running on IBM Series X servers. The systems are central to the Council's income tracking, accounting for almost £½ billion income each year. After web-enablement, remote Council offices will be able to log cash receipts instantly and householders will be able to track their invoices and payments online.

Commenting on the move, Richard Williams, Software Development Manager at the Isle of Wight Council, explains, "We have spent some twelve months evaluating a new generation of systems to support our core applications. The jBASE solution was eventually selected as it will provide us with a future-proof environment, allowing us to integrate with other DBMS systems, web-enable our applications, and to migrate to other environments, such as SQL Server, as and when required."

At the same time, jBASE Transaction Journaling is to be installed on a parallel server in County Hall to provide improved resilience and availability. The system provides instant replication of database activity to the second machine for hot standby or to disk for speedy recovery of transactions for fast, cost effective system restoration. Database back up and restoration has reached new levels of importance says jBASE as businesses recognise the financial risk of being unable to access data for even short periods of time.

jBASE is providing the Council with installation and migration services, staff training and the jBASE database and Transaction Journaling software. After installation, Council staff will perform detailed testing followed by user acceptance before the scheduled go-live date of August 27, 2002.

About jBASE

jBASE Software is a member of the TEMENOS Group AG, and is a leading supplier of client server and web-based database management software for developing, deploying, and maintaining business applications solutions. Founded in 1989, with the vision of designing, from the ground up, an open database and application development product that would bring the strengths of Multi-dimensional technology into the mainstream computing market, jBASE Software offers technologies that allow businesses to thrive into the future.

For further information please contact:

Jan Williamson
jBASE Software
01442 411 800
JanW@jBASE.co.uk

Ray Jones
Glassmill PR
01442 877 293
ray@glassmill.co.uk

Richard Williams
Isle of Wight Council
01983 823520
richard.Williams@iow.gov.uk

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