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Nevada Public Employees Restirement System

The Company

The Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada (PERS) is a tax-qualified defined benefit plan created by the Legislature as an independent public agency to provide a reasonable base income to qualified employees who have been employed by a public employer and whose earning capacity has been removed or has been substantially reduced by age or disability. Apex Computing 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. PERS is Apex’s largest Client.

The Challenge

The PERS organization was running a complex and heavily integrated previous COTS software package to run all of their Pension business. The software was originally written in the Forte TOOL language, a proprietary language unique to Forte. Forte having been acquired by SUN and retired was now defunct and unsupported. The systems consisted of 1.7 million lines of Forte code and ran with a rich client and a Web front end. The software needed to be converted to a modern computing platform while at the same time:

  • Replacing all interfaces
  • Replacing various third party add-ons and VB code and scripts
  • Ensuring integrations with Imaging and Workflow systems still worked
  • Ensuring all Batch Scheduling functionality continued to work

The Solution

Apex engaged Caro, on behalf of PERS, Caro having a wealth of expertise in Forte and having also very successfully performed a large scale conversion previously on behalf of SunGard Energy Systems. Working with Apex, Caro converted the entire application from Forte to over 4 million lines of Java running in a standard modern computing environment. The primary job was completed in eight months and some secondary cycles followed with the system being back in production in approximately a year from start. The new system:

  • Comprised of over 4 million lines of Java/J2EE
  • Runs on a modern computing platform using Tomcat, Spring and Oracle
  • Contains over 325 GUI windows and 70 Web pages.
  • Is fully integrated with the Imaging and Workflow and Batch Scheduling systems as it was before

The Technology

Caro utilized conversion software from a partner company Iterative Consulting PTY, of Australia o perform the initial conversion and then a team of eight developers and testers to complete the conversion using normal Java development tools.