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Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 2006/07/25 - Allgaier uses I2C from m2o to transfer from Mainframe system to modern Windows Platform and experiences application performance improvements as well as significant cost reductions.
MOVE2OPEN (m2o), a leading provider of data migration and application conversion solutions, announced the successful transfer of Allgaier away from the Mainframe and onto the Windows Platform. Allgaier is a systems supplier in the metal forming sector of the automotive industry, producing pressed parts and ready-for-installation components. In 2004 Allgaier migrated its Mainframe IT into a standard ERP Solution. Some applications were not covered by the standard ERP solution, so Allgaier decided to use I2C from m2o and NetExpress from Micro Focus to transfer them to the Windows platform and away from the mainframe.
Automated conversion speeds up migration away from the Mainframe environment.
The existing mainframe system at Allgaier lacked flexibility. “The move from traditional Mainframe Systems to Server based solutions is becoming a popular way to achieve cost savings and increase application performance and availability,” comments Huw Price, Managing Director of m2o. The new ERP solution helped Allgaier to reduce costs dramatically. Expenditure on hardware in particular is now much lower. The migration from an IBM Multiprise 3000 to Windows Servers took 13 months in total.
In order to make a clean start on the new ERP solution, Allgaier decided to keep some old material and project data on the mainframe for up to two years. This proved to be very expensive, because it was necessary to keep an IBM-T3-Server going and all the software licences running. As a consequence, Allgaier decided to migrate this project data to Oracle as well. With the help of Saxonia Systems AG and the I2C tool from m2o the data was migrated from CA-Datacom to Oracle and the programs were translated from CA-IDEAL to Micro Focus COBOL in one month.
Application behaves exactly the same as it did on the Mainframe
Ensuring the application behaved the same as it did on the Mainframe was a priority. At the same time the environment had to still be familiar to end users to minimise disruption. The 'historic' project programs are now running on Windows 2003 servers and the application behaves exactly as it did on the mainframe. The changes have not affected end users at all, and application performance has even improved after the migration. “The cost savings of not having to renew a Datacom licence or maintain an IBM-T3-server have been significant,” concludes Huw Price. Because there has been no disruptive change for end-users Allgaier has not incurred any additional costs or delays relating to re-training.
Allgaier is a systems supplier in the metal forming sector of the automotive industry, producing pressed parts and ready-for-installation components and forming tools for car bodywork parts. Due to its extremely high performance potential, the Allgaier Group plays a leading role worldwide in the area of sheet-metal forming.
The Allgaier Group is the largest European manufacturer of industrial screening machines, with customers throughout the world. The Allgaier Group employs 1.758 persons, of which 1.371 are located at the group headquarters in Uhingen, near Göppingen in south-west Germany. The group also has production and sales companies in Germany and abroad and maintains sales offices in all important industrial countries.
m2o (move2open.com) is a leading provider of data migration and application conversion solutions that unlock the value of relational databases and legacy systems. m2o specializes in transforming legacy applications, including automated conversions from CA-IDEAL to open languages such as COBOL and Java and migrations from CA-Datacom to open databases such as CA-Ingres, Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server. m2o provides automated conversion tools and migration services that offer wide platform coverage, exceptional accuracy and clear Return on Investment that are unmatched by any other vendor or solution. m2o has over ten years experience with a worldwide customer base of blue-chip organizations that benefit from its unique expertise and automated tools.