About Us

About Us

A fiercely independent Progress OpenEdge database consulting firm

Since we started over 30 years ago, our goal has been simple: to make sure your Progress OpenEdge applications are always running at their best. From high availability and disaster recovery to performance tuning and problem solving, our experts have very likely seen it and fixed it numerous times.

Working with us is easy

We love what we do and it shows in the quality of our work and the ease of doing business with us. Ask any of our clients: working with White Star is just easy.

We are committed to Progress OpenEdge

Working with the OpenEdge database is all we do.

Our entire business is centered around OpenEdge. Our DBAs travel the world teaching, speaking, and generally doing what they can to grow the global OpenEdge community. You’ll always find us speaking at all the major Progress and PUG (Progress User Group) conferences around the world, including North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia, and also at many of the regional events.

Our team

Adam Backman

Adam Backman is the Managing Partner of White Star Software, LLC. He is responsible for database and system planning, tuning and administration. This includes providing training and consulting services for a worldwide client base.

Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each of his client’s business issues and uses a logical, business-centric approach in his work.

Tom Bascom

Tom has been working with Progress since 1987 and is well-known to the Progress community for his frequent postings in online forums. When he is not providing the online community with helpful information on getting the most out of OpenEdge or taking them to task for running dangerously obsolete releases (or complaining about paperwork), Tom is either working on developing ProTop, the Best OpenEdge Performance, Monitoring and Alerting Tool in the Galaxy, or consulting with customers throughout the world, helping improve their OpenEdge system’s performance and scalability.

Paul Koufalis

Paul began his OpenEdge DBA career more than 25 years ago after completing a Computer Engineering Degree at McGill University. Today, he’s known for his pragmatic and ROI-centric approach when working with White Star’s global client base. When he’s not staring at his multiple immense computer screens (how much is too much?), you can probably find him speaking at a Progress event somewhere in the world or being roughed-up by his twin boys back home in Montreal.

Dan Foreman

Dan Foreman, instructor and consultant, has used Progress since 1984 and is recognized worldwide as an expert in Progress Performance Tuning and Database Administration. Dan has been a frequent guest speaker at USA & European Progress Users Conferences for the last 30 years as well as many other Progress conferences and User Group meetings around the world. He is the author of several publications that are available via our Publications page.

When not hunched over his laptop he can usually be found playing basketball, riding his recumbent tricycle, or backcountry XC skiing.

Jean-Charles Bellemare

JC first joined Paul Koufalis and Hugues Aubuchon as a Technical Support Specialist in 1996, marking his debut in the Progress world. Known for his quick and efficient problem-solving skills, he is the go-to-guy to solve any and every Progress database related problem you might have. In addition to working in his mancave (where you’ll find him most of the time), JC enjoys travelling and trying to keep up with his daughters when they’re out cycling.

Hugues Aubuchon

Hugues has been involved with Progress since 1987, first as a programmer and soon after as an instructor, helping people across Quebec learn the technology. His interests vary a lot, from programming, integration with other systems, solving problems and taking impossible challenges. He is also one of the co-founders of the Quebec Progress User Group (GUPQ).

At night, when not performing emergency maintenance on systems, you can find him at corporate events and bars hosting Karaoke nights and playing music, or at his computer, spending too much time learning unrelated cool stuff.

Mark Bonneville

Mark has been working with Progress since 1989 when he was presented with his first “Progress Test Drive” while working for the US Coast Guard in Washington DC.  He knew a good thing when he saw it and joined Progress Technical Support in 1990 where he worked with Adam Backman and other long term proponents of Progress. Since then Mark has swapped back and forth between 4GL development and DBA roles. He has a “penchant for making things work the way they should” and, before joining White Star, enjoyed database and application tuning using ProTop as the Progress DBA Lead at JPMorgan Chase.

John Campbell – President Emeritus

John Campbell, now retired, is the co-founder of both White Star Software and Proforum, the first Progress users’ group in the USA. He is the author of six books on Progress OpenEdge, including the seminal Making Good Progress, and was the publisher of Progressions Magazine. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting or working with John, you’ll likely agree that he is one of the nicest and smartest people to ever have graced the Progress world.

Our team

Adam Backman

Adam Backman is the Managing Partner of White Star Software, LLC. He is responsible for database and system planning, tuning and administration. This includes providing training and consulting services for a worldwide client base.

Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each of his client’s business issues and uses a logical, business-centric approach in his work.

Tom Bascom

Tom has been working with Progress since 1987 and is well-known to the Progress community for his frequent postings in online forums. When he is not providing the online community with helpful information on getting the most out of OpenEdge or taking them to task for running dangerously obsolete releases (or complaining about paperwork), Tom is either working on developing ProTop, the Best OpenEdge Performance, Monitoring and Alerting Tool in the Galaxy, or consulting with customers throughout the world, helping improve their OpenEdge system’s performance and scalability.

Paul Koufalis

Paul began his OpenEdge DBA career more than 25 years ago after completing a Computer Engineering Degree at McGill University. Today, he’s known for his pragmatic and ROI-centric approach when working with White Star’s global client base. When he’s not staring at his multiple immense computer screens (how much is too much?), you can probably find him speaking at a Progress event somewhere in the world or being roughed-up by his twin boys back home in Montreal.

Dan Foreman

Dan Foreman, instructor and consultant, has used Progress since 1984 and is recognized worldwide as an expert in Progress Performance Tuning and Database Administration. Dan has been a frequent guest speaker at USA & European Progress Users Conferences for the last 30 years as well as many other Progress conferences and User Group meetings around the world. He is the author of several publications that are available via our Publications page.

When not hunched over his laptop he can usually be found playing basketball, riding his recumbent tricycle, or backcountry XC skiing.

Jean-Charles Bellemare

JC first joined Paul Koufalis and Hugues Aubuchon as a Technical Support Specialist in 1996, marking his debut in the Progress world. Known for his quick and efficient problem-solving skills, he is the go-to-guy to solve any and every Progress database related problem you might have. In addition to working in his mancave (where you’ll find him most of the time), JC enjoys travelling and trying to keep up with his daughters when they’re out cycling.

Hugues Aubuchon

Hugues has been involved with Progress since 1987, first as a programmer and soon after as an instructor, helping people across Quebec learn the technology. His interests vary a lot, from programming, integration with other systems, solving problems and taking impossible challenges. He is also one of the co-founders of the Quebec Progress User Group (GUPQ).

At night, when not performing emergency maintenance on systems, you can find him at corporate events and bars hosting Karaoke nights and playing music, or at his computer, spending too much time learning unrelated cool stuff.

Mark Bonneville

Mark has been working with Progress since 1989 when he was presented with his first “Progress Test Drive” while working for the US Coast Guard in Washington DC.  He knew a good thing when he saw it and joined Progress Technical Support in 1990 where he worked with Adam Backman and other long term proponents of Progress. Since then Mark has swapped back and forth between 4GL development and DBA roles. He has a “penchant for making things work the way they should” and, before joining White Star, enjoyed database and application tuning using ProTop as the Progress DBA Lead at JPMorgan Chase.

John Campbell – President Emeritus

John Campbell, now retired, is the co-founder of both White Star Software and Proforum, the first Progress users’ group in the USA. He is the author of six books on Progress OpenEdge, including the seminal Making Good Progress, and was the publisher of Progressions Magazine. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting or working with John, you’ll likely agree that he is one of the nicest and smartest people to ever have graced the Progress world.