University of California, Santa Barbara capitalizes on ATERAS® automated modernization solutions to successfully migrate

   University of California, Santa Barbara capitalizes on ATERAS® automated
  modernization solutions to successfully migrate Student Information System
             from mainframe ADABAS/Natural to SQL Server/C# .Net

PR Newswire

DALLAS, March 11, 2013

DALLAS, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ATERAS, a leading provider of legacy
application modernization solutions, announced today the successful completion
of a strategic modernization initiative for the University of California,
Santa Barbara (UCSB). UCSB's Student Information System, comprised of over 20
applications supporting over 85,000 users, was migrated from a mainframe
Software AG ADABAS database Natural application environment with Entire X
Broker middleware to a Microsoft .Net framework on SQL Server.Leveraging
over 28 years of legacy expertise and exploiting the power of its proprietary
suite of automated tools (eavRPM® for rapid program modernization and
DB-Shuttle® for data/code conversion), ATERAS along with UCSB's talented team
drove this strategic project to completion in two years.


The mainframe-based systems that were modernized (6,900 components, 1,460,000
lines of code and 1,350,000 ADABAS records), used primarily by the Office of
Admissions and the Registrar's Office, are the core back-end to many front
end, web-based applications (Microsoft .Net Framework) used by UCSB students,
staff, faculty, parents, community members, alumni, applicants, etc. UCSB
chose an approach that changed the green screen user interface of the core
applications to a web browser screen, while maintaining the existing logic and
functionality of the Natural programs. ATERAS' eavRPM® enabled the ability to
transform the applications with an enhanced web based user interface and
modern underlying language/database technology, while retaining the
functionality and performance. Natural screens were replaced with ASP.Net web
forms and Natural programs replaced with C# classes. DB-Shuttle® enabled the
automated conversion of ADABAS to SQL Server and batch Natural programs to
C#.The new .NET solution exploits the features of ASP.NET, ADO.NET, C#, and
object-oriented design.

"UCSB needed a solution that allowed them to retain the proven functionality
of their existing system while modernizing the look and feel," said Scott
Miller, CEO, President, ATERAS. "It was also important to enable UCSB to
leverage cost efficient new technologies, while eliminating the mainframe and
vendor license fees. I'm very proud of the collaborative effort between UCSB
and ATERAS that validated our partnership and facilitated this strategic

The project required no production code freeze during the modernization
process. As the project progressed, changes in the production code were
periodically imported into DB-Shuttle to be implemented in the converted
system. The inclusion of NeoBatch from ATERAS' strategic partner, GT Software,
provides an environment for managing and executing jobs under the Windows .NET

"This has been a fundamentally critical project for us. The code and data
conversion approach allowed us to preserve all business rules, exceptions,
jobs and interfaces that have been defined over three decades, while
transforming the core information systems to the latest technologies. This
will allow us to step on a solid modern platform for designing and developing
the next generation of applications, platforms, workflows and data & analysis
services," said Lubomir Bojilov, CTO & Executive Director, Student Information
Systems & Technologies, UCSB. "This was a mission-critical project that
involved more than 100 participants working with the ATERAS' team. Our
software developers, systems engineers, architects, managers and testers
worked productively as one team, which led to a successful completion of the

The delivered system is native to the Microsoft software stack. Programs are
maintained in Visual Studio and the database is accessed via existing SQL
Server tools. The visual interface (web pages) are cross-browser compatible.
There is no proprietary code or ongoing license fees due to ATERAS. The
performance of the converted system often exceeds the requirements set by
UCSB, with comparable security authorization mechanisms in place. The
consolidated Student Information System meets one of the main project goals:
easier maintainability of UCSB IT systems.

ATERAS has supported global enterprises for over 28 years, offering
state-of-the-art services that exploit automation for transforming legacy
applications and databases into modern technologies using patent-pending
automated conversion and modernization, Re-Hosting technologies (DB-Shuttle® &
eav® suite, ATP®). ATERAS' Application Portfolio Management (APM) solutions
and Application code understanding range from Assessments of existing IT
environments, enterprise field expansion, and COBOL/Natural workbenches to
automated documentation tools. Information at:

About University of California Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara is an internationally recognized leader in teaching and
research and is distinguished by its interdisciplinary programs and a
commitment to innovation. With an enrollment of 22,000 and a 1,166-member
faculty, UCSB is one of only 63 research-intensive institutions elected to
membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The
faculty includes five Nobel Laureates, winners of the Millennium Technology
Prize and Fields Medal, dozens of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and scores
of elected members or fellows of elite national and international academies
and associations. The campus is also home to 12 national centers and
institutes, eight of them sponsored by the National Science Foundation. U.S.
News and World Report's guide, "America's Best Colleges," ranks UCSB number 9
among all public universities in the nation.

Media Contacts:
ATERAS: Richard Chance, 214-615-4994 []
UCSB: George Foulsham, 805-893-3071 []

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