May 12, 2009 - Advanced, a leading provider of 100% automated solutions for legacy migration and modernisation, announced today the completion of a COBOL VSAM conversion to C# Oracle for Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU).
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's 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.
Our solution modernised all of the existing VSAM-based CICS COBOL programs and BMS maps so that the system’s application software components executed against the new Oracle databases using Native SQL. The application software was reengineered and 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 Advanced 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 modernised 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 modernised application. Additionally, the system will allow the organisation 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.