Case Study

Infragistics

Infragistics relies on InstallAnywhere to install and configure its JSuite, PowerChart Server Edition and LeadServer products to customers worldwide.

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Infragistics is an established leader in providing components and professional services for the accomplished developer.

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Challenge

  • Infragistics needed a better way to install their products reliably on Windows and UNIX platforms.

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Solution

  • InstallAnywhere is used to install and configure JSuite, PowerChart Server Edition and LeadServer products to customers globally.
  • Infragistics customers receive troublefree installs with a look and feel that represents the company’s brand.

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Benefits

  • InstallAnywhere enables Infragistics to use one standardized solution for all Java platforms.

Infragistics, an established leader in providing components and professional services for the accomplished developer, relies on InstallAnywhere to install and configure its JSuite, PowerChart Server Edition and LeadServer products to customers worldwide. Infragistics enables professional developers to build superior applications while reducing the costs and time associated with development.

Formed by the merger of Sheridan Software and ProtoView™ Development, Infragisitics has been providing component software since the early 1990s. The two companies combined have been awarded nearly 200 industry awards.

JAVA-BASED SOLUTION PROVIDES BROAD PLATFORM SUPPORT

Infagistics has a diverse customer base and its Java products run on a multitude of platforms. “InstallAnywhere’s multi-platform installer technology is a natural fit with our Java-based products, JSuite, PowerChart SE, and LeadServer,” said Tim Hitchings, Infragistics Senior Product Manager. “Our customers work on a variety of the most popular Java platforms, and InstallAnywhere’s multi-platform deployment and updating solutions are a natural choice for us. InstallAnywhere enables us to use one standardized solution for all Java platforms.”

CREATES ONE SINGLE POWERFUL INSTALLER

InstallAnywhere creates a single project file for all platforms, significantly reducing developer time and effort creating separate platform-specific project files. Its intuitive design environment reduces the engineering required by taking care of much of the work needed to construct a fully functional installer. All installer functionality is logically organized and intuitively presented, taking the guesswork out installer design. “InstallAnywhere’s intuitive interface makes it easy to see what happens in what order. With InstallAnywhere, we can program on a development machine, then transfer the installer to a build environment, without any file translation hassles or incompatibilities,” added Hitchings

BUILT-IN FUNCTIONALITY MEANS MORE POWER FOR THE DEVELOPER

Built-in functionality such as the ability to modify text files, modify registry entries, manage services, execute custom code, and to create branded panels and billboards were also important to Hitchings. “I’ve used other multi-platform deployment tools in the past, they didn’t have the feature set or the out-of-the-box functionality of InstallAnywhere.”

AWARD-WINNING EASE OF USE FOR FASTER TIME-TO-MARKET

InstallAnywhere’s Six-step Project Wizard enables developers to build a simple installer in less than five minutes. This intuitive design tool also sets the classpath and finds the main class for your Java application automatically. Its Advanced Designer delivers the power and flexibility to control every aspect of installer functionality. “InstallAnywhere has thought through all of the details of building an installer in today’s complex computing environments, allowing me to compile once and install anywhere. I don’t have to sweat the small stuff because InstallAnywhere has already done it for me.” Hitchings also appreciates InstallAnywhere’s unmatched capability to customize background images, billboards, installation labels, and panel images. “InstallAnywhere lets me create installers that reflect Infragistics’ messaging and artwork, ensuring that our customer’s experience begins the moment that they click “install.”

The benefit for our customers is simple: trouble-free installations that leverage the power of Java to provide the consistent look and feel that Infragistics’ customers have come to expect across all platforms

TIM HITCHINGS SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, INFRAGISTICS

AUTOMATICALLY HANDLES ALL INSTALLATION DETAILS

“The benefit for our customers is simple: trouble-free installations that leverage the power of Java to provide the consistent look and feel that Infragistics’ customers have come to expect across all platforms,” said Hitchings. “InstallAnywhere functions like a native installer on every platform. Our end-users don’t need to know Java, as InstallAnywhere exclusive LaunchAnywhere technology launches the installer transparently from a Windows executable or simple UNIX binary.”

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