Monday, March 8, 2010

Court Software Described As "Ancient"

"Ancient technology." That's how the software being used in the Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk's office was described Monday night. Randy Porter, who serves as director of the Technology Department, says the software being used by that office is seventeen years old and has become unreliable. And he says the database of records kept by the software is proprietary and could be difficult to convert to a more up to date system. Still, the county has gotten three responses to request for proposals to update that software and the software used by the juvenile court. Porter says the proposals are so complicated that officials are still working out the details, but told the county's fiscal review committee that he hopes to have a recommendation on an upgrade by next month. That upgrade, he says, could cost in the neighborhood of $400,000.