Related: Colorado county user
- By Peter Bochner
The system presents an integration nightmare to Lindauer's staff. Not only
is it tied into the county's financial package and document management system,
it also accepts information from 11 county departments.
Last year the county decided to move to a J2EE enterprise platform. Lindauer
considered a number of alternatives. "We wanted a proven enterprise solution
that was J2EE-licensed, scalable and very affordable," he said.
The path to selecting BEA wound through various options. Lindauer said one major
application server manufacturer was not flexible on price. One application server
was not a proven enterprise solution. Another vendor was not mature enough to
have adequate documentation and support. "We didn't want to invest in risky
outfits that are here today, gone tomorrow," he said.
In the end, the county decided on BEA Systems for its WebLogic Enterprise Platform,
and in September deployed two components of that platform, WebLogic Server and
With its move to WebLogic, the county has gone to a hub-and-spoke architecture
that did away with point-to-point connections between applications, thereby
reducing integration problems and decreasing system administration costs. By
using WebLogic Integration to offload business logic from the applications'
presentation tier, the county reduced software maintenance overhead. Previously,
20% of the development staff was devoted to software maintenance. Since deploying
WebLogic Integration, Lindauer said the same number of developers completed
2.5 more projects than they did in the previous 12-month period.
The county is now migrating mission-critical applications off its AS/400 system
to its seven development and four production HP Unix/Linux servers. The county
started writing basic Java applications in 2000, and, according to Lindauer,
a half dozen or so now run off WebLogic Server 6.1.
The county will soon upgrade to WebLogic Server 7.0 to "lower the cost
of software ownership," said Lindauer. At that time they also expect to
move to the WebLogic Workshop development platform. "Using Workshop will
allow us to create Web services in a more timely manner," he added.