Tersus Wins a Major Project in Ormat
The Israeli start-up will supply multi-functional software infrastructure with global deployment ● Will replace Ormat’s system for managing product trees, production, inventory, purchasing and shipments and add features for power plant operations management, project management and construction, engineering management and integration with the financial system ● The project’s scope – about 4.5 million NIS (~1 million USD)
Raphael Fogel - Editor, SMB+ Magazine, People & Computers, Israel
Tersus Software, an Israeli start-up founded by ex-SunGard leading developers, has won a major project in Ormat Systems. Ormat, traded both in Israel and in the United States, designs, engineers, manufactures, constructs, operates and owns geothermal power plants around the globe, mainly in the United States.
Tersus implements the new system using its visual development platform, which is distributed as open source and is available for free download from the Internet. The system will replace the current computing infrastructure, which includes the management of product trees, production, inventory, purchasing and shipments.
Ormat says that the company has now decided to perform a technological and functional upgrade to fit the requirements of the organization in beginning of the 21st century and to meet the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) according to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, following Ormat’s successful IPO in the United States. In addition, Tersus will develop new functionality for power plant operations management, project management and construction, engineering management and integration with the existing financial system. The new systems will be deployed globally and will enable multi-company management, reflecting the organizational structure of Ormat.
“From the very beginning we looked for a development platform that would enable us to define and create the systems ourselves,” said Meir Moshka, Ormat’s IT Director. “We are aware of course that there are standard MRP and ERP systems, and we have even devoted a significant amount of time to evaluate them, but the conclusion was that our organizational and operational processes were inherently different from the default processes supported by those system, and that the cost of the required changes and the amount of the required effort and time were big,” added Moshka.
“In addition, we had concerns about the ease and simplicity of the support of those systems – both regarding upgrades and regarding the ability to accept frequent functional changes. We have realized that with Tersus we would be able to get and develop what the company needed with significantly lower cost in respect to the other alternative, and within a relatively short time. In addition, the ease of maintenance, which is an outcome of using a visual platform, brings peace of mind, because frequent changes can be implemented relatively quickly and safely.”
“Tersus offers an innovative way to develop enterprise software,” said Ofer Brandes, Tersus CEO. “Instead of implementing the desired software using tens of thousands of lines of code, which are difficult to understand and maintain, Tersus introduces a visual language and enables the description of all the components of the application, including the GUI, business logic and database interaction, through simple and easy to understand business flow charts,” added Brandes.
“All of a sudden, business experts, who usually write the specifications and then wait patiently for weeks or months just to find out that the programmers have again misunderstood their intentions, can become active participants during the development and contribute emphases and remarks in real time. The result is a software system that precisely fits to the needs of the organization from the outset. The Tersus visual model simultaneously serves as the design “documents”, the specifications, the documentation and the implementation of the software. The direct outcome of this approach is the elimination of the immediate “aging” of any software – the gap that is created between what the product is supposed to do, what you think it does and what it actually does.”
The Tersus visual development platform is available for free download from the Tersus community site www.tersus.org
. The platform is compatible with most existing hardware platforms and with Windows, Unix and Linux.