Cincom Smalltalk Lets Penn State Roll Out Web-Based Access Without Losing Legacy System Investments
Penn State University, with 24 campuses and 80,000 students, wanted to make its huge storehouse of information readily available to students, faculty, and staff. First-generation web applications were mainly designed as stand-alone systems, and simply combining legacy mainframe systems with client-server functions quickly crashed key business applications during heavy usage.
- Accommodated periods of extremely heavy usage without system crashes.
- Ensured security of administrative and instructional data.
- Allowed for expansion as needed without down times.
Cincom Smalltalk enabled Penn State to put client-server applications on the web with very little effort, while streamlining the creation of the user interface and the web-to-database access mechanisms.
The end product significantly eased processing requirements for the university’s legacy system, while preserving the substantial investment in mainframe technology.
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