Switch Tracs over to Microsoft SQL back end server. The front end would remain the same, the users would barely know there had been a change to the system, except that it would be faster.
So, Laser Byte converted all of their existing data over to SQL and changed them over.
The process resulted in less than 2 hours downtime, with all of their old data fully available to them. The whole process was almost completely transparent to the users.
Now, Laser Byte Ltd are able to complete modifications and enhancements without taking them out of the system, the system is faster and since update about 6 years ago, they have not had a single database problem!
Now, EasiRent know that they can grow their business without worrying about limitations in their database. If they need more power the get a bigger server. If that wasn't enough then they can combine servers together into clusters, they can even use VMWare.
Tracs now offers the total growth path and it even has Web enabled components so that third parties can intelligently add bookings to Tracs via their web browsers.
Shortly we will be moving onto Clarion 10 which will offer more capabilities to Tracs.