Italian IT consulting company XData has been providing solutions for warehouse logistics management and production since 1998. Their flagship product PiperWMS is in use by some of the the most important companies in Italy (ENEL, FastWeb, Postal Service). XData’s customers ship over 2 million packages every year that are handled by PiperWMS.
Several studies and pilot projects with different technologies were conducted that did not lead to a usable result. When the team started looking into Wisej.NET, they immediately saw the benefits of the Wisej.NET framework and it’s toolset.
The use of Wisej.NET made it possible to simplify the rewriting of the desktop application but, above all, to also rewrite the Microsoft Compact Framework application as a web app now operating on Android mobile devices. This led to a consistent single-code approach, providing hybrid and cross-platform features across different operating systems.
The mobile part on Windows CE/Windows Mobile, named PiperMobile, was rewritten by hand. This part of the application suite wasn’t as complex as the desktop version, and automated migration tools for the deprecated Windows mobile platforms weren’t available anymore.
The team at XData worked step by step, initially building the new web platform with Wisej.NET (user interface and supporting features) and then, once this was consolidated, the application logic was rewritten as well, now serving Android devices on the shopfloor.
Initially, the team evaluated different approaches and prepared for the actual project. Once that was complete, the actual migration of the Windows Desktop application and the rewriting of PiperMobile took only nine months for an application that is over 20 years old.
Roberto Fenoglio, CEO at XData says: “It’s great to be able to write web applications using only Visual Studio C# / VB.NET and Wisej.NET, without having to revert to additional frameworks or technologies.”
XData Sas is an IT consulting company based in Milan, Italy. Since 1998 XData has been providing solutions for warehouse logistics management and production. The team has worked with some most important logistics companies in Italy. With their PiperWMS application, customers ship over 2 million packages every year.
XData used to specialize in traditional logistics but has enhanced their solution for native integration with both the main international players of electronic commerce platforms and with the main national and international logistics carriers.