Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Your geographic location (country): USA
Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? No (lawyers!)
Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? Redeploy a .Net application to blackberry mobile devices
Are you piloting or deploying the products? The pilot is nearing completion (limited deployment to technology staff). Before deploying to the business, we would like to consider an upgrade to WCF/windows 2008 server.
Products used in the project (all that apply): .net 2.0, windows 2003 server, sql server, oracle
Project description: We've developed a web-service in .net designed for a rapid response to the changing data requirements for our business. The pilot delivers various system-health metrics across multiple database platforms, while the production rollout will also include business data for the business users. The various data elements being rendered can be changed and added to at the drop of an xml file.
The UI is a Blackberry client written in Java. The .net web service integration has been seamless, while the only technical difficulties involve poor web-service support in older version of the Blackberry OS and latency over the cell networks.
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? YES
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? Yes, the pilot project alone has drastically cut down system support costs as support staff have instant access to computer system metrics and debugging information.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? The Momentum program has provided me an opportunity to evaluate upgrading the core technology being used by the system. While the pilot has proven "good enough", Momentum has provided me an opportunity to be on the leading edge.