AbleTerm, a product that has long since reached its end-of-life for software updates and support, is still being used by
So when the server supporting AbleTerm broke on
Precinct 3 Commissioner
"The main thing is that we can actually look people up now and that helps a whole lot," Donaldson said. "Makes it easier in the booking process."
Donaldson said he was notified at about
Commissioners previously didn't spend money to make sure such a collapse would hurt the county because Odyssey is on the way, Childers said.
"We probably should have already had a redundant server on this thing, but it's kind of hard to spend money on something this old," Childers said. "It's kind of like buying insurance; is it worthwhile? Well, it is if you need it."
The repairs on the old server and purchase of the new server, combined with overtime for county employees, could cost the county between
All three groups were working throughout the week, Childers said, and it gave them a chance to find a problem in the contract
Childers said officials at Tyler thought updating the server was between the county and
But it will be a moot point when the county switches to Odyssey, in what Childers said could be 12 to 14 months before that happens.
"It's always better to be very well prepared, but it's taxpayer dollars," Childers said.
Despite the week without AbleTerm, Childers said the outage may have saved the county some money because they were looking at upgrades anyway, and found some other problems with the server aside from the outage.
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