fecher has successfully completed hundreds of software projects over the past 30 years. These are only a few of the many happy clients:
Provider of Software and Hardware Solutions for the Corrugated Manufacturing Industry - www.amtechsoftware.com
Amtech is the leading worldwide provider of software solutions for the corrugated and folding carton manufacturing industries. Since its establishment in 1981, Amtech has been at the forefront of the industry, assisting manufacturers in achieving operational excellence in key business areas including plant management, production and planning, and sales and customer service.
Amtech's Imaginera ERP System consisted of more than 110 individual applications. The fecher project, lasting just under one year, began with an automated conversion of these applications from Gupta to .NET. In subsequent project stages, fecher web-enabled and redesigned the user interface.
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fecher has proven itself to be a highly professional partner that has readily taken on all of our special requirements and implemented them to our utmost satisfaction. Even without a risky redevelopment that would have been many times more expensive, we now have a brand new product that offers everything our current and future clients want.
Provider of Industry Specific Field Service Management Software - www.asolvi.com
Asolvi is now the go-to provider of Field Service Management (FSM) software for forward thinking service companies throughout Europe and brings together nine long-standing and globally renowned Field Service Management companies: Evatic, Tesseract, WS Software, Purpose Software, Vantage Computing, PC Data, Tivapp, perform IT and, most recently, Momote. Asolvi has more than 30 years of experience boosting operational efficiency and effectiveness across the Managed Print, Fire and Security, Foodservice Equipment and Field Service Industries.
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Asphalt Business, Highway Construction (Part of the Heritage Group) - www.asphalt-materials.com
Asphalt Materials, Inc. (AMI) was formed in 1956 and has been continually focused on innovation and leadership in the asphalt business. The core strength of the business is the formulation, manufacturing, and research & development of asphalt binders and emulsions. AMI continually supplies high quality products and services that enable the business to excel in pavement preservation techniques and construction services. AMI plays a critical role in assisting federal, state, local and private authorities in building economical and reliable pavements, while maintaining safety and environmental stewardship to the highest standards. The company operates sixteen asphalt plants in the Midwest Region of the US.
Software Vendor, Logistic Software - www.axians.at
Strong local ties, reliable cooperation, solid partnerships and being part of an international high-tech group are the key to of Axians ICT Austria's success. The company was founded more than two decades ago in the field of infrastructure, SAP and logistics software. Axians ICT Austria has been gradually expanding its portfolio to include related fields. Today, as an end-to-end provider, Axians ICT Austria implements solutions across all of enterprise IT. They currently operate a network of six branch offices in Austria, two branch offices in Germany and France and more than 400 employees. With the automated switch from the Gupta Team Developer development environment to Microsoft .NET, the Austrian IT specialist laid the technical foundation for the future availability of its logistics software LBASE a few years ago.
Federal Association of German Management Consultants - www.bdu.de
fecher developed and successfully implemented new software for the Federal Association of German Consultants (BDU). The modern cloud solution is based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM online and replaces the legacy desktop solution that was used previously. The 6-month implementation project began with the importing of around 90,000 mailing addresses and BDU member contacts. The final milestone was successfully concluded with the implementation of a module for event management and implementation of the software.
By using fecher's expanded Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we had - from the very start - a framework of necessary functions that could be continuously improved using our staff's practical know how.
Provider of Business Management Solutions - www.bpi-solutions.de
The Bielefeld-based software company bpi solutions focuses on the creation of business management solutions. The development team was beset by difficult challenges with regard to the redevelopment of the application "bpi Publisher". bpi Publisher is a publication system for the creation of print publications and electronic catalogs that is often used by furniture manufacturers. Most of the modules in the new version were developed on the basis of the "bpi Sales Performer" application, which the consulting and software company fecher had already ported from Gupta to .NET in a separate project. Publisher however was still missing a customized text editor that would enable the management of product names, descriptions and prices in various languages. bpi solutions decided to have this model created externally as it would accelerate the project's momentum. They selected fecher to handle this task. fecher's team in Romania developed this model in around 25 project days. The project was coordinated from Germany. To prevent double entries and inconsistent translations, the newly created editor made it possible to check text modules for duplicates. It also enables the importing and exporting of texts to easily and seamlessly transfer translated text to the application.
Software Producer - www.buero70.ch
The Swiss company Büro 70 offers software for pension funds and hospitals. In order to compete with the constant changing basic conditions in these industries, Büro 70 hired fecher to convert its application from Gupta Team Developer to .NET. Besides the new application, it also surprised its customers with a modernized user surface.
Our developers experienced a huge motivation thrust and the associated community notion through the conversion.
IT Service Provider; Software and Hardware Manufacturer - www.datagroup.de/en
Located in Pliezhausen (Germany), Datagroup, a software manufacturer focusing on public administration, developed customized Gupta software for an ecumenical social service in 1999. In a sub-area of the "Diakonisches Werk" (a service arm of German Lutheran Church) in Stuttgart, the organization handles projects in the areas of training, health, climate protection and human rights around the world. Without the business-critical specialized software for ecumenical social services, projects cannot be approved and disbursements cannot be made. Over time, the Gupta software became increasingly unable to meet the Diakonie organization's changed requirements, not to mention that it was nearly impossible to find programmers who could work with the old tools. For cost reasons, it was impossible for the organization to either consider reprogramming the specialized software consisting of thousands of projects or the time-consuming assembly of a standard application. Consequently, Datagroup brought the software and consulting company fecher on board as a specialist for software modernization. fecher transferred the software from Gupta to the .NET platform.
World’s Leading Provider of Manual and Automated Security Provisioning and Device Programming Systems for Flash, Microcontroller and Logic Devices - www.dataio.com
Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) is the leading global provider of advanced data and security programming solutions for flash, flash-memory based intelligent devices and microcontrollers for automotive, Internet-of-Things, medical, wireless, consumer electronics, industrial controls and other markets. Customers use Data I/O’s programming solutions to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively bring innovative new products to life. With headquarters in Redmond, Washington and offices located in Shanghai, China and Munich Germany, Data I/O is the only true global programming solutions provider offering local service and engineering support 24/7. While the company's business was primarily focused on hardware, its software has increasingly become an important part of their product offerings. An application modernization project by fecher has recently helped to generate added value for Data I/O and their clients by migrating the core handler software from VB6 to C# / .NET.
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There are three aspects of working with fecher which we really enjoyed: They were committed on delivering what we needed and do what they said they would do, they did it in the timeframe they said they would do it in, and they did it to budget. Those are three huge factors when you are dealing with an outside partner.
Software Solutions, Services and Consulting in the Field of Professional Food Services for the Catering and Healthcare Industry - www.delegate-group.com
Delegate Group is a medium-size company with more than 50 employees and one of the worldwide market leaders for software solutions, services and consulting in the field of professional food services for the catering and healthcare industry. The modular Delegate solution supports the entire process chain – from purchasing to recipe management, menu/production planning and operational reporting to recording meal orders of patients and guests in hospitals and nursing homes.
Software Company for Business Solutions - www.eevolution.de
Switching to the .NET framework enabled us to carry out a technological change in the direction of SOA, which provides users with completely new possibilities such as the integration with other applications such as Microsoft Office products and web platforms.
Electricity Transmission System Operator - www.elia.be
Elia is Belgium’s high-voltage transmission system operator (30 kV to 380 kV), operating over 8,600 km of lines and underground cables throughout Belgium. The company plays a crucial role in the community by transmitting electricity from generators to distribution systems, which in turn deliver it to the consumer. Elia also plays an essential part in the economy, as it‘s system supplies power directly to major companies connected to the grid. Boasting a pivotal location in Europe, Elia is also a key player in the energy market and the interconnected electricity system. It has set up multiple initiatives promoting the development of an efficient, transparent and fair electricity market for the benefit of consumers.
Our VB6 to VB.NET migration project with fecher was successful. Not only the result convinced us, but also fecher’s professional project management, from the detailed analysis to the final result and in respect of the required timeline.
Provider of Payroll and HR Solutions - www.execupay.com
Execupay, a leading provider of software and technology to payroll service companies throughout the United States, worked with fecher to migrate the Execupay Payroll Suite (EPS) from Gupta SqlWindows to C#. fecher needed only a short 6 month porting cycle to return a new version of the comprehensive software solution based on the latest Microsoft .NET framework to Execupay in June 2011. After concluding the test phase and implementing some additional software refinement by their in house development team, Execupay expects the new EPS to arrive at the first client sites in fall 2011. Execupay Payroll Suite (EPS) was originally implemented in Gupta SqlWindows with the first version released in 1997. Over time, the program's set of modules grew to support all primary tasks associated with providing payroll services, from tracking time, printing checks, human resource management, reporting, tax and FICA compliance, to sales and service, as well as an online component. In the end, the code summed up to more than a million SAL code items and almost 200 different reports that needed to be converted to the new technology platform.
fecher gave us a fixed price and delivery date for our Porting Project that we could rely on; saving us a lot of time, money and risk.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Company - www.fujitsu.com
In its Augsburg facility, Fujitsu Technology Solutions manufactures customized PCs, laptops and servers in strict accordance with its clients' respective company standards. This requires a production control system that is just as customized to ensure that the operation runs smoothly, ranging from the manufacture of a single-item to large batch production. In migrating this user software, which had grown significantly over the years, from Gupta Team Developer to .NET, fecher's porting specialists had to take into account one important specification: To avoid production interruptions.
GE Healthcare IT
Software Manufacturer, Medical Technology - www.gehealthcare.com
In Europe and Asia, 260 clinics with cardiology departments rely on Centricity Carddas Xi², a Centricity Cardiology IT solution offered by GE Healthcare. Using one shared infrastructure for cardiology and radiology, the database system provides data management and PACS functions for a total of around 5,000 users. Following the internal decision to globally focus the IT strategy on .NET, the porting performed by fecher from Gupta ensured that the application would be able to keep up technologically.
As a result of the porting, we are now part of a large community and can utilize synergy effects instead of being on our own.
Project Management Consultancy - www.gibgreiner.net
gibGREINER is an experienced consulting firm specialized in managing complex projects. With its interdisciplinary expertise and its specially developed GRANID project controlling system, gibGREINER is in a position to offer holistic project management solutions. gibGREINER's core competencies include extensive consulting services and the targeted use of management systems for project management and controlling. The focus of the company's work lies in strategic issues concerning location decisions, profitability analyses and the evaluation of planning alternatives. In a one-year web-enabling project, fecher has provided the project controlling software GRANID with an additional browser interface. The classic Windows desktop solution from gibGREINER included more than 1.3 million lines of code written in C# on Microsoft .NET. The web front-end became necessary because gibGREINER wanted to offer its software as a real cloud solution in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.
fecher behaved absolutely fair and really took the whole risk. With the fixed price and fixed date the situation could hardly be more pleasant for us.
Goodhart Sons Inc.
Steel Fabrication Company - www.goodhartsons.com
Goodhart Sons Inc. is a nationally capable steel fabrication, rigging and installation company based out of Lancaster (Pennsylvania, USA) that specializes in the fabrication of tanks, vessels, hoppers, bins, stacks and ducts spanning across industries like power generation, cement, chemical, graphics / converting and food handling along with plant repairs, new equipment, OEM installations. Goodhart Sons’ 120 employees work on projects in all parts of the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. After a combined VB6 porting and Web Enabling project by fecher, their business-critical custom ERP software, travels with them – as a modern browser app.
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Back in the 90s, the decision for VB6 seemed appropriate. However, with every new version of Windows, Microsoft put more emphasis on their .NET strategy and dropped the next bit of support for VB6. Rewriting our software from scratch was just too much of an effort – fecher has a well-established migration process that just worked for us!
Harris Local Gov.
Software Solution Provider (Public Sector Software Solutions) - www.harrislocalgov.com
For over 30 years Harris Local Government has empowered public sector leaders by providing specialized, mission-critical software designed specifically to meet their fund accounting, human resources, regulatory, and billing needs. Harris’ portfolio of innovative solutions combined with its staff’s extensive experience allows Harris to help its clients revolutionize their internal processes so they can serve their communities better. Harris proudly serves over 5,500 small and mid-sized municipalities, counties, utility districts, and park districts throughout the United States reducing financial risk and driving efficiencies. Harris Local Government is a division of Harris Computer Corporation and its parent company, Constellation Software, which serves over 125,000 customers in over 100 countries relying on its innovative public and private sector software solutions.
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Our project felt much more like a partnership than just a customer-vendor type relationship. We ended up on budget and brought a code base of way over 2 million lines-of-code over to .NET and the web in just 24 months with great results.
German State Agency for Forestry - www.hessen-forst.de
From managing the State Forest to selling venison, the services of the "Landesbetrieb Hessen-Forst" (German State of Hessen, Agency for Forestry), with its 41 forestry offices and around 440 forest management areas, generates annual income of approx. EUR 200 million. To process its business operations, in addition to its own self-developed special applications for forestry, "Hessen-Forst" has utilized the State of Hesse's centralized SAP software for many years. Whereas they now only have to access a single centrally-managed Oracle database, this information was previously spread out across 94 local Gupta SQLBase databases. The databases were smoothly consolidated during a fecher migration project by using Oracle's Virtual Private Database function.
The simple fact that we can now operate around the clock without a maintenance window is a significant advantage for our business processes. The support that was needed over the years required considerable effort. That is no longer necessary, yet all of the data is still available in real time for the forestry offices and for evaluation purposes.
Provider of Financial Software Solutions - www.finanz-software.com
Based in Freistadt, Upper Austria, Lang Software’s core competencies have, for more than a quarter century, been in financial management and controlling, cash management, liquidity planning as well as securities and trading software. Its clients, primarily housing cooperatives, real estate companies and banks as well as private-sector companies throughout the entire German-speaking area, rely on CASH MANAGER and KREDIT MANAGER, two of the successful applications into which this expertise has been poured. Even though the software had been continuously improved over the last 25 years, it was based on Gupta Team Developer, an aging technology platform. Thanks to a cooperative in-house porting project by fecher, the company was able to convert its application to .NET and thus make it fit for the decades to come.
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The cooperation with fecher has definitively proven its worth. From the very start, it was a close collaboration among equals. If we still had another Gupta application, we'd have fecher port it, as well.
Software Solutions, E-Commerce - www.maginus.com
For retailers – big and small – for whom success depends on growing online, Maginus provides what it takes to sell better online. The Maginus team does this by delivering class-leading eCommerce websites that drive online growth and sales fulfilment solutions that facilitate next day delivery and customer service excellence. With over 40 years’ experience, Maginus has worked on eCommerce projects of all shapes and sizes. Examples of their customers include: Farrow & Ball, The Royal Mint and Era Home Security.
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Other vendors wanted to sell us tools for the migration - fecher offered to take the risk for us and actually do it.
Data Hub for Banks in Austria - www.oews.co.at
The Österreichische Wertpapierdaten Service GmbH (ÖWS, Austrian Securities Data Service) is the data hub with respect to securities for nearly every bank in Austria. ÖWS employees process around 300 inquiries from participant banks every day. These activities consist of the investment and changes in domestic and foreign securities as well as processing events relating to these financial instruments. Decisive weak points had been identified in the system whereby requirements had previously been transmitted by the banks via email to ÖWS: It was not possible to realize a comprehensive workflow between the participants via email alone. The work could only be divided amongst the various employees manually. As a result, it was difficult to implement a prioritization of the inquiries received. Queries could not be assigned to the relevant incidents and archiving could only be performed within the employee's personal email client. It was impossible to perform a variety of evaluations and consequently was utterly impossible to obtain an objective quality measurement. In a joint project with fecher, a solution involving an interbank workflow based on internet technology was designed. The application "FACE" (Financial-Instruments Administration Communication Environment) implements this workflow between the ÖWS and its clients. Incoming requests are sent to one of two teams, depending on the type of request. All requests that have not yet been assigned can be found in the respective team's inbox (Team Inbox Pool). From there, they are distributed. Every ÖWS employee always has an overview of the status of the requests to be personally processed (Personal Inbox Pool) and of the Team Inbox Pool. A bank can at all times call up the processing status of inquiries it has submitted. Banks can automatically obtain an email when a request has been completed. The software was realized as a multi-layer application based on Microsoft technologies such as ASP.NET. The requisite business logic resides on a central server, yet the software interface is available through a browser such as Internet Explorer. Using this method, it is not necessary for the user to install any software and new versions are simply made available. The application is run on an additional application server located in the computer center run by Raiffeisen Informatik (Austria's largest private computer center operator). Microsoft SQL server is used as the database server. Since the introduction of FACE, fecher is now also handling the ongoing maintenance and further development of the software. At a later date, using the same platform, fecher also developed the application eTOPIC for the ÖWS, which helps with the planning and documentation of meetings.
Due to the excellent cooperation and the efficiency of the tools used, our application FACE was realized - at an optimal cost-benefit ratio - to our utmost satisfaction.
Ramsauer & Stürmer Software
Business Software Solutions Provider - www.rs-soft.com
Ramsauer & Stürmer, one of Europe's leading ERP providers, has been developing complex business software for small and medium-sized companies in all industry sectors since 1992. To ensure the ERP application rs2 always remains competitive, it undergoes continuous improvement and is adapted to the clients' needs. There are around 350 installations of rs2 in Austria alone. The 4gl platform on which it was based, Gupta Team Developer, was however increasingly less able to fulfill the Salzburg-based company's requirements. The company decided to port the application to the modern .NET platform as this would preserve the expertise gained from 150 people-years of development and simultaneously ensure the application's long-term further development. In a multi-year project, fecher used the tool-supported service "The Porting Project" to transfer the nearly two million lines of code comprising the Gupta application. It was not necessary to put a halt to the application's further development during this time. rs2 is comprised of software modules for the areas of accounting, materials management, production and customer relationship management as well as solutions for document and data management, business intelligence and individual workplaces and workflows. The new .NET version of rs2 is characterized, for example, by improved performance, an optimized GUI, and document management and workflow components that access the software directly.
Instead of scrapping everything and starting over, with porting, we were able to keep what was good and then use the new functions offered by .NET to simply supplement what was missing. We’d make exactly the same decision again, at any time.
Project Development and Construction Group - www.skanska.com
One of the world's largest construction companies, Skanska, migrated - in record time - a complex and customized project management and evaluation program to Microsoft .NET. The new application is fully written in C# using Visual Studio.
The new architecture is a good compromise between having native C# code and preserving all our business logic and complex GUI that was built over many years. Our SAL developers found their way around the new code easily and embraced the new .NET architecture at the same time.
VLeading Provider of eGovernment Solutions in Western Canada
The Tempest Development Group is a leading supplier of Windows-based property and revenue systems in Western Canada and Washington State for the local government sector. Founded in 1993, Tempest develops innovative solutions to address their clients' complex, changing, and increasingly demanding requirements. About Aptean Inc.: In August of 2016, Aptean Inc. acquired Tempest, facilitating a more rapid strategic plan for growth and a focus on operations with the knowledge that financing and capital was secured. With over US$250 million of revenue, Aptean is a leading provider of industry-focused mission critical enterprise software solutions. Aptean helps nearly 7,000 organizations stay at the forefront of their industries by satisfying their customers and continuing to operate more efficiently. Tempest had 20 plus municipal administration application packages which were gradually developed since 1993 using the 4GL Gupta Team Developer environment. fecher's application modernization project enabled Tempest to migrate away from this outdated platform and simultaneously transfer its application solutions to a standardized, consistent architecture.
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Throughout the project, the fecher porting team proved to us many times that fecher can ably master our special challenges.
UAP Heavy Vehicles
Distribution and merchandising of parts and accessories for cars, trucks and heavy vehicles - www.uapinc.com
UAP is the Canadian leader in the distribution and merchandising of parts and accessories for cars, trucks and heavy vehicles. We employ close to 4,000 individuals who work hard every day to build a recognized and reputable company. UAP is a member of the Genuine Parts Company (GPC) family, an international service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials. The Company serves numerous customers from more than 1,800 operations and has approximately 32,000 employees.
Vienna Insurance Group
Composite Insurer - www.wienerstaedtische.at/en
The insurance company Vienna Insurance Group (Wiener Städtische) needed more modern software in both offline and online versions for its Slovenian and Italian sales teams. The software for example needed to master perfectly the complexity of rates and rate exclusions, so that printed out premium calculations and applications could be guaranteed error-free. In configuring the newly developed .NET application, fecher focused on multilingual support and parameterability from the start, ensuring that the software could be easily used in different countries.
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fecher has proven itself to be a highly professional partner that has readily taken on all of our special requirements and implemented them to our utmost satisfaction. Even without a risky redevelopment that would have been many times more expensive, we now have a brand new product that offers everything our current and future clients want.Mark Handzlik Amtech Software
Other vendors wanted to sell us tools for the migration - fecher offered to take the risk for us and actually do it.Simon Weeks Maginus
Our project felt much more like a partnership than just a customer-vendor type relationship. We ended up on budget and brought a code base of way over 2 million lines-of-code over to .NET and the web in just 24 months with great results.Joe LaBuda Harris Local Gov.