CRA and AWS engaged with TSRI to complete the modernization of their COBOL-based system to Java on AWS. To Achieve CRA's goals, TSRI tuned JANUS Studio® to parse, transform, document, and refactor the IBM z/OS COBOL application. In just 1.5 months, TSRI modernized the application from an IBM Mainframe COBOL and CICS monolith to a modern multi-tier architecture in Java on the AWS cloud. Just as important, TSRI also converted the DB2 database and VSAM sequential files to a relational PostgreSQL database on AWS Aurora.
Customer: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and AWS
Source & Target Language: IBM COBOL to Java on AWS
TSRI, contracted withHawaii Research Group (HRG), supported the task of finding the subset of code within CHCS and use its innovative JANUS Studio® toolset to automatically transform the legacy code to modern code.
The Defense User Registration System (DURS) of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) consisted of a UNISYS 2200 COBOL application running within the DPS form-based presentation system (DPS 1100). DURS required conversion into a Java/J2SE multi-tiered application to support DTIC modernization requirements.
Customer & Integrator: Telos Corporation
Source & Target Language: COBOL to Java/J2SE
Lines of Code: 80,000
Duration: 13 months
Services: Developed Web-Enabled User Interface, Code Transformation, Automated Refactoring, Automated Re-Architecting, Database Transformation, Transformation Blueprint®
A highly classified application, consisting of Fortran 77 and Fortran 95, required modernization to JAVA. SANDIA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, contracted with TSRI for the use of its JANUS Studio® to complete the code transformation in a secure facility.
Customer & Integrator: Sandia Labs
Source & Target Language: Classified and Un-Classified Fortran to Java
Lines of Code: 156,200
Duration: 5 months
Services: Automated Modernization, Knowledge Transfer, Engineering Support
TSRI, in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, rapidly adapted its automated JANUS Studio® transformation engine to be ALC-compatible so they could conduct an ALC-to-Java prototype modernization effort for the US IRS. The high levels of automation enabled quick transformation and refactoring iteration, which rapidly and systematically discovered and isolated defects. Allowing TSRI engineers to quickly adjust the automated conversion rules, and quickly regenerate the system at higher output quatlity.
Customer: Hewlett-Packard and The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Raytheon Corporation awarded a sole-source contract to TSRI for modernization of the US Air Force’s Weather Data Architecture Capability (WDAC). This project was completed very quickly and successfully, using TSRI's fully automated toolset, including the automated production of documentation and refactoring to remove dead and redundant code.
Deutsche Bank's relatively reliable mainframe infrastructure utilized COBOL and JCL languages running DB2 and VSAM flat-file databases for a variety of their key financial applications. The company’s leadership knew they would need to be cloud-enabled with a modern architecture to stay relevant for its customers and ongoing market needs. Following a successful proof of concept against other well-known industry soluitons, TSRI emerged as the best solution (highest quality output and most advanced architecture) for the full modernization effort of Deutsche Bank’s internal KreditManager application. An application which gives the company’s employees all of the tools they need to handle all of the company’s loan, credit and mortgage applications.
The U.S. Air Force uses the Integrated Logistics System – Supply (ILS-S), of which the Standard Base Supply System (SBSS) is a major part, as a mainstay of their supply chain. The SBSS program includes over 1.5 million lines of COBOL, as well as smaller numbers of C and Assembly, all of which are to be transformed into Java.
No change in business logic.
Reduction in overhead costs.
Continuous development during and after migration.
These are a few modernization concepts that Scott Pickett, TSRI’s Vice President of Product Operations and Service Delivery, discussed on his recent appearance on Amazon Web Services’ APN TV channel.
“TSRI allows for an ability to do automated transformation of not only your language, but your application to the cloud environment, allowing you to bring in skilled, modern technology to your legacy implementations, being able to drive down the cost point associated with ongoing operational costs, and being able to deliver new applications, new functionality, new screens, and new capabilities in that modern language,” he said in his talk.
So what does that mean, exactly?
In TSRI’s modernization of a major European bank to the cloud, that meant they modernized approximately 80,000 lines of code at 99.7% automation. In other words, only 384 of those lines of code were hand-written. That's big for a project of this size—but it's huge when you're talking about applications with hundreds of thousands or even millions of lines of code!
For any organization, whether in commercial enterprise organizations like the banking client mentioned above, or in government agencies, modernization reduces risk.
“You're able to bring a new skill set, new experts that know Java and know CI and CD tools and apply them to your legacy application that's been modernized,” Scott said. “It literally also allows for the ability to drop tens of thousands, and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, off your monthly costs.”
As Scott also noted in his presentation, “we can not only transform code quickly…because there are very, very few manual changes, but it also means that you can migrate to the cloud and then be able to not have any business logic change associated with that migration.”
Maintaining business logic is a big deal when it comes to systems that measure their age in decades rather than years and the original programmers have long since moved on.
One other interesting point Scott brought up is how TSRI’s tools have enabled customers to maintain agility and competitive advantage by providing its clients with the modern, cloud-based applications they need—all while reaching back to its legacy DB2 database that supports the applications that have yet to be modernized.
Throughout the talk, Scott also pointed to how TSRI has adopted a step-wise model, which modernizes small applications or pieces of an application, tests for validity, then pushes into production before the next applications are transformed. Such a methodology allows the client to continue to develop in the legacy language, maintain a common data set, and minimizes business disruption to almost zero.
“There’s no big delay. You can continue developing the legacy and we can migrate those legacy applications while the transformations are happening and migrate them into your modern environment,” he said.
Scott also explains the steps of an automated migration in layman’s terms and how a TSRI transformation integrates cleanly into cloud services like AWS using containerization and microservices.
We of course don’t want to spoil the presentation by giving everything away, so head over to APN TV and watch for yourself to learn about how automated modernization to the cloud will save your organization time, money, and the headaches from continuing to maintain legacy systems.
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