Seattle, WA June 5,2014- Modern Systems (modernsystems.com) (NASDAQ: MDSY), the legacy language and database translation company, announced completion of a major application modernization project with Arvato Services, a 63,000 employee subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG.
Doing business in over 40 countries, Arvato provides outsourcing services for customer outreach and loyalty programs, IT management, financial transactions and logistics. “Arvato chose Modern Systems’ automated application modernization solution to save time and get fully maintainable Java output,” explains Reinhard Wetzel, CEO of Antavent Solutions, a Modern Systems partner in Germany.
Modernizing with Modern Systems enabled Arvato to:
- Keep the proven business logic and functionality of their legacy application intact
- Get to market faster with new software features and versions
- Reduce cost of maintaining legacy software and related platforms
- Increase the addressable market for software by making it easier to integrate into modern IT environments
“Our partnership with Antavent has accelerated our success in the German market”, adds Rick Oppedisano, vice president of Global R&D and Marketing at Modern Systems. “Their team excels at finding ways to make IT more efficient. With Arvato, that meant eliminating dual maintenance scenarios in core applications. Application conversion from COBOL to Java will enable integration, cost savings, and better efficiency for managing the software lifecycle.”
Application Modernization Best Practices and Lessons Learned
When evaluating applications for migration, size is one of the factors to be considered, but not always the most important one. Larger volumes of homogeneous, single-language lines of code are less problematic than smaller volumes of heterogeneous, multi-language systems. A single application that may have many lines of code but supports few transactions or batch jobs is easier to migrate than the alternative. Understanding the size, as defined by these various components, provides some insight not only into the size of infrastructure necessary to support this workload, but also into the migration options that are the easiest to perform.
Arvato leveraged Modern Systems’ Assessment service to document these factors, as well as remediate risk factors in the legacy application code itself. This service leverages automated technology to document the complex relationships within the legacy application and identify dead code, syntax that is no longer functional or necessary. “In an automated conversion, minimizing the amount of bugs is critical to keeping project timelines and costs on plan”, says Oppedisano. “Removing dead code can dramatically reduce the number of bugs found in the source application, enabling a faster conversion and cleaner code in the converted application.”
“Mainframe migrations have a cultural aspect that can’t be ignored”, says Oppedisano. “While there’s an obvious technical impact, the impact on people and the processes they use to deliver and operate applications is also significant.”
“We offer companies the option to modernize incrementally, in what we call bite-size chunks. For example, we can start with integrating their legacy database with the target modern environment. This avoids the time and risk of migration, gives the business what it wants and takes some of the pressure off the application teams. If the objective is to maximize cost savings in a non-disruptive way, we have technology that can run batch processing off the mainframe. Then of course, we have the automated conversion technology when it’s time for a migration. The goal is to provide value at each step of the application modernization process, so even if the customer has to stop or change, positive gains have been made.”
Modernization Activity Increasing Worldwide
Modern Systems enjoyed a busy second quarter, highlighted by project completion, new business and positive customer feedback. Recently, Modern Systems:
- Agreed to terms with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to modernize a payroll management application from COBOL to Java; read more about this project here.
- Completed a project in Spain for global banking giant BBVA; project detail can be read here.
- Agreed to terms with Xerox to modernize a complex COBOL application to Java
- Received positive affirmation of converted PL/I application success with Canada’s Loto Quebec; more information on this project available here.
Rick Oppedisano, VP of Global R&D and Marketing
About Modern Systems
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 offices in the USA, UK, Italy, Romania, and Israel.
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