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Housing Societies Re-Engeenering Case Study

About the Client

Client is an independent and committed UK based organization that provides best practice framework for governance, strategy and performance planning, exclusively for the social housing niche. The framework consists of a Software, Consultation for excellence and complete focus on the housing sector. The framework is recognized as an example of positive practice in strategic planning and performance management by the Audit Commission.

The Challenge

The legacy module sets were developed on Microsoft Access and Microsoft Visual Basic. There was a need to re-develop and reconstruct these sets to achieve higher efficiencies through modern Technologies.

The new web based version of the software product is to help the Housing Societies in managing their longterm corporate plans which will contain SMART goals that are validated against an internal and external analysis of the organization. These goals would then be prioritized, allocated and risk analyzed before being pitched into the annual plan for the organization, held within the Project Module.

Projects and action plans would then be developed and broken down into various tasks

Enterprise Strategy Planning Framework for Housing Societies

Key challenges included :

  • Required to be performed using .Net Framework 3.5 utilizing SQL Server 2005 as a backend
  • To contain SMART goals which are to be validated against an internal and external analysis of the organization
  • To enable the Housing Societies to identify resources required to deliver the tasks
  • Identify linkages to key lines of enquiry, quality standards, evidence and cross-cutting themes.

Technologies Used :

  • Net Framework 3.5
  • Silver Light
  • C# as language
  • Component Art Controls
  • SQL server 2005
  • AJAX
  • VS 2008 Team Suite
  • ADO.Net and Linq
  • TFS

The Solution

The demo of legacy application (developed in MS Access and VB) was done by the client as a step towards the knowledge transfer and to gain better understanding of the business requirement by iBoss.

  • Deployed resources having expertise in .Net and SQL Server development.
  • Working on the onsite-offshore model, the offshore team at iBoss Tech Solutions is given the functional requirements for the modules to be redeveloped by the Project Manger based at the client end.
  • Based on the functional specifications, the Team Lead at iBoss’s offshore development center creates a technical specification and divides the specifications into different tasks for assigning the same to the developers. The development is coordinated using TFS for configuration management and SharePoint Portal for reporting.

The Value

  • Faster development and turnaround
  • Reduction in development cost
  • On time delivery of modules
  • Reduced time for product launch

We involved them from the start, defining the process and advising as to how it can be improved. Their willingness to succeed and enthusiasm to “do things right” have been a contributing factor to the success of the project. I would recommend them to any software house looking to expand their development capability.

– Managing Director UK