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NVPERS Conversion

Caro Completes Second Major Forté/UDS to Java Conversion

TORONTO, Ontario, November 28th, 2008 – Caro is pleased to announce that, less than a year after their first major conversion, they have completed their second major Forté/UDS to Java/J2EE conversion, for the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System (NVPERS), working in conjunction with Apex Computing Inc. (Apex) of Nevada, US and ITerative Consulting PTY (ITC) of Brisbane, Australia and utilizing ITC’s automated conversion tool jcTOOL.

Caro completed the conversion of this 1.7 million line Forté/UDS application in less than nine months. The application is complex, originally being a mature off the shelf system for sale for public employees’ pension systems. The 1.7 million Forté/UDS lines encompassed 324 GUI windows, 70 WebEnterprise Templates multiple servers, and several major interfaces to third party Imaging, Workflow and Scheduling software.

The initial conversion via jcTOOL converted all of the code, both GUI, WebEnterprise and Server side, to Java with a 99.98% conversion rate, enabling a clean compile of the Java/J2EE code to be attained in less than one week from the start date of the project. Then, using a test driven methodology, and working in conjunction with subject matter experts from Apex, Caro systematically tested and worked through the code to ensure that it was functionally equivalent to the original Forté/UDS code and thoroughly tested to production standard.

“We have rapidly established a great working relationship with Apex and their team in Carson City even though we are thousands of miles away, and together we are very pleased with the project’s result, a fantastic success story. With the system already converted and tested we see no reason we cannot be in production by December of this year, on schedule and under budget, and much less than a calendar year from the start of the project. This is our second major successful conversion within two years utilizing jcTOOL” said Keith Matthews, of Caro Systems who is leading Caro’s effort.

The conversion essentially converted the Forté/UDS code “like-for-like” producing exactly the same software in a standard Java/J2EE environment. With no business changes this easily gives the lowest cost option for a conversion as the business is largely unaffected and does not need to complete any re-training. Technically only the code changes, the database schema is totally unchanged, meaning no data conversion and a massive reduction in risk! The new Java/J2EE system can effectively co-exist with the replaced Forté/UDS system.

About Caro Systems Inc.

Founded in 1997, Caro Systems ( provides application development consulting for financial institutions, major retailers, media companies and others. CaroWorks SOA framework is integrated with IBM’s RUP (Rational Unified Process) methodology. Flouting the truism that 70% of application development projects fail, Caro has a 100% success rate in projects it has controlled. Caro’s client list has included CBS, Purolator, Enbridge, WSIB, CIBC, CanWest Global, Sun Microsystems, Warren Shepell, and Recruiters Networking Group.

For further information: Keith Matthews, Principal Consultant,

About ITerative Consulting PTY.

ITerative Consulting PTY., ( based in Sydney, Australia are a general computer consulting company and more particularly the authors of the massively successful jcTOOL, a tool built specifically for large scale conversions of Forté to Java code and the only automated conversion tool for Forté to Java that converts not only the server side code but also the user interface “like-for-like” with the original code. Over 20 projects have now been successfully completed using jcTOOL with many more underway.

For further information: John Glennon, Managing Director,

About Apex Computing Inc.

Apex Computing Inc. ( is a locally owned, private technology company based out of Reno, Nevada whose primary clients include small to medium sized businesses and government offices in the Northern Nevada region. Apex’s primary goal is to develop long relationships with their clients to help them maximize efficiency in business logistics using technology.

For further information: Paula Darragh, COO,