European Insurance Company Stays with IBM but replaces IDMS with DB2

The goals of a large European insurance company were to eliminate their use of IDMS, expand their use of their chosen DB2 technology, and manage their applications on a centralized z/OS mainframe. Modern Systems performed the conversion of the IDMS databases and languages to DB2 and COBOL using the highly automated DB-Shuttle tool suite. The project was completed in 12 months including all levels of testing. The technology change included the replacement of the IDMS databases and data, the ADS/Online (ADSO) applications, all IDMS-DC and IDMS-DB COBOL, a set of IDMS Easytrieve modules, and the JCL that processed against the IDMS databases, programs and utilities. The resulting DB2 applications are functionally equivalent to the former IDMS applications. No re-training of the end-user community was required. All applications provide the same level of performance in DB2 as in IDMS. This customer met their goals and received the added benefits of lower costs and an increased ability to hire skilled team members!

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