Australian Law Enforcement Agency Selects Modern Systems for Mainframe Assessment

One of the largest law enforcement agencies in Australia has selected Modern Systems to assess their Natural/ADABAS environment to help provide clarity for a future legacy modernization project. This mainframe assessment will provide information on the composition of the Natural applications, how they interact with ADABAS, and highlight areas of the legacy environment in need of concentration during modernization project planning.

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Agricultural Company Gains Visibility into Mainframe System with eav Licenses

A well-known agricultural company wanted to improve visibility into their existing applications and underlying infrastructure to ease the maintenance of their Windows XP, 7, 8, and mainframe environment. The company had no plans to migrate, modernize, or replatform anytime soon but needed a tool that would help debug, maintain, and enhance multiple, complex applications within their Natural programming environment. The customer required better visibility into their application dependencies, and a way to eliminate objects not being utilized. The Enterprise Application Viewer (eav®) solution equips their application and business teams with the ability to quickly understand and follow the logic within and across the applications and programs.

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Super Market Chain Converts Adabas/COBOL to DB2/COBOL

An innovative super market chain wanted to remove their Software AG licenses and move to a more modern relational database platform. The original environment of Adabas/COBOL used ADA SQL to access the data from the applications. The target platform was IBM’s DB2 database with COBOL. Modern Systems began the project in April of 2013, re-assessing the existing environment to determine the actual scope of the project. An assessment had been completed in 2012 to help the company understand the actual nature of their application. The assessment revealed that of the 82,000 objects existing on the mainframe, only 19,000 objects were actually in use and only 500 of those components were related to the conversion project. This reduced the scope of the project significantly and saved the super market chain hundreds of thousands of dollars while helping management make informed decisions. Automated conversion technology was used to convert the ADABAS data structures to DB2, provide extraction programs to extract, transform and load the data from ADABAS into DB2, and convert the COBOL ADABAS direct call code to COBOL SQL code. The project went live in March of 2014 and is currently in the post production warranty phase.

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Poultry Producer Replatforms Adabas/Natural to SQL Server on ATP

A large poultry producer on the East Coast of the USA needed to quickly and cost effectively move two Adabas/Natural applications to a new platform to reduce licensing fees while application replacement could be coordinated. Modern Systems began the assessment phase in January of 2014, collecting data on the Natural programs, subprograms, maps, and help routines as well as the JCL/PROC streams that make up the two applications. The legacy system, an IBM 210 running z/OS will be replaced with a Microsoft Windows Server environment. The database conversion process began in April, 2014. This step includes converting the Adabas database to a relational SQL Server database using the automated DBShuttle tool. The conversion parameters are guided by the customer to include naming standards required in the future. The customer performs the extraction and load process in their own environment to retain security of sensitive data. The replatform of the Natural applications to the Modern Systems ATP platform running in Windows began at the same time and moves into a test phase soon. The projected go-live date for the replatformed system is June of 2014.

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Health Organization Chooses ATP to Replatform Adabas/Natural Application

An international health organization needed to move from their legacy IBM mainframe environment to a locally controlled Windows 2008 R2 server. The Adabas database and data is being converted to a relational database on Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008, using the automated Modern Systems DB-Shuttle technology. The online Natural applications will be imported into the Modern Systems ATP software for replatforming on Windows. End users will continue to interact with the online applications using familiar screens and keyboard shortcuts. The Natural programmers will continue to maintain the applications in the same syntax, while accessing an enhanced developer environment that interacts with the new relational database. The initial assessment for this project was completed in January. The application replatform began in February with testing commencing in March. The project is scheduled to go live in May, 2014.

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Pension System Chooses ATP to Replatform Retired Adabas/Natural Application

One of the nation’s largest pension systems has chosen to replatform its historical member data from a legacy mainframe Adabas database to a relational database structure while retaining the Natural-based applications look, feel and functionality on a Windows platform for use by pension members.

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ATP goes live at Savannah River Operations

ATP is in use at the Department of Energy Savannah River Operations office. Read the case study detailing the Adabas to SQL Server conversion with Natural Replatform in Windows solution.

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National Information Provider Selects Modern Systems to Convert Adabas/VSAM Platform to Oracle

Modern Systems is providing a conversion solution to a leading national information provider. The original Natural/COBOL ADABAS/VSAM platform is being converted to a COBOL Oracle implementation on LINUX. 71,228 components were initially identified for the conversion scope. A proof of concept was completed prior to going ahead with the full conversion.

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