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Al Soucy

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I am currently the administrator of AllFusion Harvest. I manage 100 applications housed in AllFusion Harvest and support the 180 developers using it. The development tools we currently use are PowerBuilder PBV8 and PBV11, Visual Studio 2005, Java and Visual Basic. As software configuration manager, I provide the administration of the source code management tools. This includes the entire infrastructure of the environment for development – from developing the life cycles, to providing the best practices, procedures, processes, and training of all the developers on proper source code management with the development tools in our environment. In 1999, Computer Associates acquired Platinum Products and Phil Wallingford from E. Crane Computing was introduced to the state of New Hampshire. Phil has been an integral part of the state’s development team for many years now.... (more)

Manage Your Source Data Assets . . .

Presently, I am the administrator of SCM AllFusion Harvest. SCM AllFusion Harvest is a process-based Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool for managing application source code. I manage 146 applications housed in SCM AllFusion Harvest and support 226 users using the product. The development tools we currently use in our development environment are PowerBuilder PBV8, PBV11; Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008; IBM RAD V7.5.5 and Eclipse Europa. As the Software Configuration Manager (SCM), I provide the administration of the source code management tool. This includes creating the ... (more)

Cloud Development Using SCM 12.5

Recently, I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) to take a look at cloud development concepts and see if there was any benefit for our development teams across the enterprise. After some investigation I could see that if all users/developers were on one server that contained all the licenses for the tool and the assets were centralized, and the SCM tool was standardized, the state could save money in various ways on activities related to software development and transform state government with more status accounting and visibility into software development not o... (more)

An End-to-End Solution

I was asked by Mr. Peter Hastings (NH DoIT Commissioner) about my understanding and knowledge of "End to End Solutions". I have witnessed these solutions before but I wanted to find a good definition. So, I began my research and found this definition: One supplier or one company that can provide all of your hardware and software needs in a suite of tools that meets all of the customers requirements and no other suppliers need to be involved. I think this is a good one and makes sense to me. I'm sure there are many other definitions that exist and this is simplistic in nature but... (more)

PowerBuilder Product Review: PowerGen by E. Crane Computing

We discovered PowerGen when we were looking for a command line utility for importing objects into PowerBuilder. At the time (PowerBuilder V5.0) we were struggling with a source control system whose SCC-API interface was having all kinds of trouble with PowerBuilder (as most source control systems did at the time). As a result we cobbled together our own check-in/check-out utility using PowerGen's command line operations. In the course of that exercise we invited the vendor, E. Crane Computing, to come to our offices and make a PowerGen presentation. What we found out, of course,... (more)