"Innovation drives technology and it's innovation that allows IBM's Enterprise Application Modernization solutions to shine one step above the others. These technologies are delivered by IBM and its Business Partners. Synchrony Systems, a long standing IBM Business Partner, provides critical tooling for IBM's Enterprise Application Modernization initiatives. Their Rich User Interface transformation technology allows long established, business-critical, 3270 applications to take full advantage of the Web, Web 2.0 and emerging Internet technologies all without rewriting code. This approach provides tremendous value and efficiency. It has a low TCA by leverages existing assets and investments and incredible TCO via the IBM Rational and IBM WebSphere software development platforms. Synchrony's technical leadership in this field is unmatched and their proven customer track record exemplify what a successful partnership is all about. Plus they're fun guys to work with - what else could you ask for in a business partner?"
IBM Senior IT Certified Specialist
WW Application Modernization Solutions Architect
"I have been working with Synchrony now for a number of years both direct and via IBM in the world of application migration. I have found them receptive and responsive even in the face of some substantial challenges and timescales. More importantly they have always responded in a professional manner, always in the timescales permitted by the opportunity, and with something that works.
Good on 'em."
CTO Nextel AM
"When customer satisfaction with our migrated application user interface is a preeminent requirement we turn to Synchrony Systems! Over the years we have found Slavik and his team will always turn in an outstanding performance whether the issue be technical, schedule or cost. They are great to work with and focus like a laser on customer satisfaction. They have provided creative UI solutions in support of our legacy migration projects and recently supported FBDA with a critical world class RUI interface solution against a demanding project schedule. I could not be happier with their performance and would recommend them to any of my customers without reservation."
President and CEO
FBD Associates Inc.
"I consider Synchrony Systems a professional company. They put down a challenging planning and stuck to it. Their knowledge of the subject matter is impressive. To them, a deal is a deal.
What I can say, is that the size of the Smalltalk system you converted to java was once estimated at 4.5K functions points (fp). Assuming it would take 10 man-hours to develop 1 fp, development of the system would take 45K man hours. Using an all in price of $100 per hour, the system would cost $4.5M to develop. The alternative for us would have been a development from scratch, and would have meant a cost of about $4.5M. This also does not include additional cost, effort and time for user acceptance testing and time to put a system into production."
Division Manager, IS/CFC of Fortis Bank
Role: Smalltalk to Java Modernization Project Sponsor
"It was in a word refreshing to work with Synchrony Systems. They make good on their initial planning and yet show flexibility in accommodating changes in their work process to match ours. In terms of quality delivered I doubt any other firm would have been able to migrate our system with this result: live within a year and no issues left to speak of. All in all a great atmosphere during the project with good support, and even better results. Well commended!"
Evert Jan de Groot
Role: QA and Acceptance
Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW)
"In the spring of 2004 Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW), one of the largest banks in Germany, embarked on a project to migrate their ObjectStudio (formerly Enfin) application to VisualAge for Smalltalk. The application in question was ProFIS; an LBBW strategic application comprised of 1,700 views and 5,000 classes. A key condition of the project was that the ROI should be attained within two years therefore a manual migration was ruled out.
Tricept Informationssysteme AG, a strategic partner of LBBW for application development, was entrusted with a feasibility study. After intense research Tricept engaged with Synchrony in an evaluation of Synchrony's migration processes and technology (SMT) and the decision was made to perform the LBBW migration project using Synchrony's methodology and tools.
The migration project began in June 2004. During the project the strengths of SMT, particularly in the definition of complex changeover rules and in the adaptability of the system, were surfaced. A large challenge of the project was addressing the continual evolution of the original application. This requirement was superbly supported by both Synchrony's methodology and SMT which enable an iterative process of merging migrated code with ongoing newly developed code. The entire migration project was successfully executed in less than one year within the allotted budget.
We are absolutely confident about Synchrony and SMT as a migration solution. The strength of the migration capabilities - along with support for complete refactoring and a change of the application design - was instrumental in us founding a strong partnership with Synchrony for the German speaking region."
CTO, Tricept Informationssysteme AG
"In May 0f 2000 Columbia University contracted Synchrony Systems to upgrade our AP/CAR (Accounts Receivable) application to VisualWorks version 5.i. AP/CAR is a Columbia University internal accounts receivable application. We quickly encountered a major setup when we were informed that Cincom had reinstated runtime license fees for VisualWorks version 5.i. With over 2,000 internal users of AP/CAR it was obvious that incurring annual runtime licenses would have made the use of VisualWorks 5.i cost prohibitive.
Synchrony proposed migrating the application to VisualAge for Smalltalk (VAST). The cost of the migration would quickly pay for itself as VAST had no runtime license fees. Within six months Synchrony successfully completed the migration and it was released to production four months later. Synchrony's consul was instrumental in helping us find a cost effective solution that satisfied the needs of the business unit and their migration expertise helped us reach our goal in a well-managed predictable manner.
If there is something you can call a panacea, it would be the migration tools that Synchrony brought to the table. It was a pleasure to work with the Synchrony team and their specialized migration tool that employed artificial intelligence that actually learned our translation rules during the migration of our application to the new platform. We deployed to VAST on time and within budget, largely because of the efforts of the Synchrony Consultants. "
CUIT Technical Consultant
CUIT Manager "I have always found Synchrony Systems to be a reliable, high-quality source of technical consulting in Smalltalk and Java. Whether it's been Smalltalk or Java development, object-oriented analysis and design, frameworks development, or various flavors of platform migration, Synchrony has demonstrated a depth of knowledge and experience that has matched or exceeded the capabilities of much larger organizations. It has been a comfort to know that no problem, however thorny, large or small, has been beyond the ability of Synchrony's experts to solve.
We have found Synchrony to be flexible and creative in providing solutions to us. We have used them to provide customized OOAD training adapted to our staff's needs, application architecture and development for an authorization rule framework , and Smalltalk language migration. In all these cases, our expectations were met or exceeded. We wouldn't hesitate to use Synchrony's services again and we're happy to recommend them to others."
Jonathan Markow, Manager
Administrative Information Services