The Salt Lake City-based sign maker relied on multiple off-the-shelf software packages to run operations like ERP and finance. Specialty applications—like shop floor processes, data collection and cost estimating—were always developed in-house, using conventional coding languages like Visual Basic or Delphi. However, the language YESCO had chosen as its standard, Adobe Flex, was being retired.
YESCO also faced a challenge with productivity. Developers were building back-end and front-end components of new apps in different languages. Strong said this created extra steps in the process, leading to missed deadlines and more work repairing flawed code.
“We were trying to keep to a two-week release schedule, but with all the chaos we were finding it hard,” he said. “It was difficult to release new features, and when we did release them, we had more problems than we wanted.”