ChildFund Ireland – Migration and Development of Business Critical Bespoke Software and Database

Introduction:

ChildFund Ireland is a child development and protection organisation dedicated to helping deprived, excluded and vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities. Operational since 1996, it is an independent Irish not-for-profit organisation. ChildFund Ireland is a member of the international ChildFund Alliance, which provides assistance to more than 15 million children and families in 61 countries.

Challenge:

The changeover of the support and maintenance of bespoke software development. The software, coded in C++ with a SQL database, maintained by a German software company, was not being supported in an effective manner. This led Childfund Ireland to a decision to find a software development partner who could support, maintain and modify any changes in a timely and effective manner with no loss of business continuity. The challenge for Hybrid Technology Partners was to demonstrate our competence to the client learned through our years of experience in dealing with these types projects.

Objectives:

This project involved business critical software so a carefully managed solution was needed so the impact on business continuity was kept to a minimum. Working with Childfund Ireland to identify any requirements in the passing over of the code and database. To ensure that support and changes could now be directed locally and in a timely and effective manner.

Solution:

Gathering needs and convincing Childfund that we can migrate, run and modify their mission critical system software.
Sitting down with users to see how it interacted with. Imports, exports, and formats
Liaison with German developers regarding handover. Update copy of Code, Design Documents, Architectural Structure, Database Structure
Modifications to software requested by ChildFund after handover implemented.
Testing and on-site customer testing.
Results:

Results are ongoing, but the client now has direct access to us, Hybrid TP, as a local developer and can now request support or changes to be made in a timely and effective manner.

“The day to day running of our charity relied completely on custom developed software. In changing something so critical to our business, we needed to trust that the company asked would be able to complete the hard task at hand. Paul and his team at Hybrid convinced us to use them in this difficult project and we haven’t looked back since. I’d highly recommended them to anyone concerned with a custom software problem.”

Michael Kiely
Chief Executive Officer
ChildFund Ireland

April 13th, 2015 Stephen Hughes
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