Prophecy Lifts Legacy Software into 21C
Released 14 February 2003
Prophecy clients have responded strongly to an initiative that
allows them to Internet-enable their legacy software without high
costs or business disruption.
Prophecy has launched 'e-Foundation over Legacy', a powerful development
solution that enables clients to bring their legacy business systems
into the 21st century. This includes customising and web-enabling
legacy information systems, without making major changes to the
This breakthrough creates significant new business opportunities
for Prophecy by substantially extending the life of legacy software
while simultaneously improving its ease of use and ability to share
information. The'e-Foundation over Legacy' solution works with most
legacy systems that use an Ingres or Oracle database, providing
hundreds of organisations with the opportunity to extend the life
of their legacy IT systems without high costs or business disruption.
In the UK, where Prophecy has a strong presence in the local government
and education marketplaces, these traditionally conservative technology
purchasers can clearly see the benefit from web deployment of information
especially given the e-Government initiative in place in the region.
Prophecy CEO Alan Greig said the value proposition was about delivering
a high Return on Existing Investment. "One of the biggest challenges
in today's market is getting businesses to invest in new systems,"
he said. "Our customers are happy to retain our legacy products
because they do the job well. Where we can help is in the presentation
of the information, web enablement of business processes and improved
accessibility of data.
"Our 'e-Foundation over Legacy' initiative enables organisations
to modernise the look, feel and performance of legacy software installations
without the cost or disruption of replacing the entire system. They
keep what is still working, but it looks and operates like a brand
The 'e-Foundation over Legacy' initiative is providing Prophecy
customers with an innovative solution to the challenges presented
by operating legacy business information systems, some of which
are a decade old.
Prophecy has achieved this breakthrough with the 'e-Foundation
over Legacy' solution, which delivers increased Return on Existing
" Greater ease of use through a customised Graphic User Interface
" Creating brand new queries and better tailored existing queries
" Web-enabling the current system for e-business applications.
Mr. Greig said the 'e-Foundation over Legacy' initiative went well
beyond a simple face-lift for legacy applications. "For example,
when it is used on a 1990s product such as Prophecy Classic, it
takes that rich functionality from the finance department to the
entire enterprise," he said.
The e-Foundation initiative has already delivered success for UK-based
transport company, First Group. First Group, which has bus and rail
operations in the UK, USA and Canada. Its five Prophecy Classic
sites have more than 200 users.
Prophecy UK has demonstrated to First Group how 'e-Foundation over
Legacy' simplified current processes such as matching purchase orders,
cheque reconciliation, integrating with Excel, report writing, browser
layouts and web deployment. 'e-Foundation over Legacy' extends the
expected lifetime of First Group's Prophecy Classic implementation
by at least three years. The increased functionality promises significant
savings to deliver a payback in less than 12 months.