Conversion of AWWU's VSAM COBOL to Oracle C# Using eavRPM™


May 12, 2009 – Modern Systems, a leading provider of 100% automated solutions for legacy migration and modernization, announced today the completion of a COBOL VSAM conversion to C# Oracle for Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU) using a reengineering tool called eavRPM™ (Rapid Program Modernization). The eavRPM tool set is intuitive, easy to use and produces “native” C# or JAVA solutions.

Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility is dedicated to serving the community’s public health needs by providing reliable, quality water and wastewater services in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. The Utility’sawwu_eps_logo Special Assessments Office handles the billing, collection and reporting for all levied assessments for the Utility, as well as Public Works, and other municipal departments.

eavRPM modernizes all of the existing VSAM-based CICS COBOL programs and BMS maps so that these application software components execute against the new Oracle databases using Native SQL. The application software is reengineered using eavRPM and is delivered as new C# .NET Oracle applications that perform the same business processes as their CICS predecessors but with an updated look-and-feel.

“The Modern Systems solution gave us a cost effective means to move from a legacy mainframe system to a modern infrastructure without loss in core business functionality” said Howard Marsh, CIO Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility.

The business benefits to AWWU are that the applications are no longer running on the mainframe and the resulting application is fully relational, running on Oracle with native C#. The end result is a fully modernized application with an updated look and feel with no loss in core business functionality. Now that the application is fully relational, it will be easier to find and keep the support team. New processing introduces pull-downs, checkboxes, buttons, and radio buttons to the end user experience. This solution eliminates the mainframe practices from the resulting modernized application. Additionally, the system will allow the organization to become more cost effective, have quicker access to information, and allow AWWU to provide a high level of customer service to both its external and internal customers.

“eavRPM is a powerful tool that provides an easy method for modernization. eavRPM was designed to simplify the reengineering process leveraging a direct connection to SQL Server, Oracle, or DB2. Using the existing mainframe application, modern applications can be created via an easy-to-use painter; a user can drag and drop logos, objects, and database queries, modernizing the application while maintaining code functionality. Because eavRPM generates native C# or Java solutions and true .NET objects, it is able to deliver the C# applications to Visual Studio. The Java applications are delivered to your Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of choice. No additional tools are required” said Matt Bell, CEO of Modern Systems.

About Modern Systems (ModSys International Ltd.)

ModSys International Ltd. (formerly known as BluePhoenix Solutions Ltd.) (“Modern Systems”) (NASDAQ: MDSY) provides legacy language and database translation.  The Modern Systems portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services for automated database and application migration. Leveraging over 20 years of best-practice domain expertise, Modern Systems works closely with its customers to minimize risk and provide a clear path from legacy platforms like COBOL, Natural/Adabas and others to modern solutions like SQL, DB2, Java and more.  Modern Systems customers come from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail.  Modern Systems has six offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Romania, and Israel. All references in this release to “we,” “our,” “us,” the “Company” “Modern Systems” refer to ModSys International Ltd. and its subsidiaries unless otherwise indicated.
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About Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU)

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is a Public Corporate Authority of the Municipality of Anchorage and serves the water and wastewater needs of Alaska’s most populous city. Achieving Excellence Through Innovation, AWWU is “Supporting the public health, safety, and economic interests of the community by providing quality water and wastewater services in a responsible, efficient, and sustainable manner.”

Contact: Chris Kosinski, Public Affairs

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