Société Générale Bank & Trust Moves Core Banking Systems to Private Cloud
ANTWERP, Belgium -- May 23, 2013
Anubex, leader in automated application modernization, is pleased to announce
that the Luxembourg private bank Société Générale Bank & Trust (SGBT),
subsidiary of Société Générale Group, has completed the migration of its
mission-critical banking systems to a cloud computing architecture.
The migration took just over two years of preparation and testing, and
required close collaboration between Anubex experts and system specialists
from SGBT. The migrated systems went live in March 2013.
Eric Mely, CTO at SGBT, comments: “The migration of our mainframe system gave
us the opportunity to move these mission-critical applications to the bank’s
private cloud. Our private cloud has facilitated the delivery of different
environments, and was able to allocate resources to virtual machines where
needed, thanks to its flexibility.”
The applications were good for 10 million lines of code in total, spread over
17000 programs and 6000 screens developed in Natural 4GL. These applications
used a significant amount of data that was managed on the mainframe in ADABAS
databases and ISAM indexed files. The programs made extensive use of the
transaction processing and batch environments of the mainframe with 12000 jobs
and many proprietary utilities. The tools provided by Anubex offered an
automation rate of 99.99% for the migration phase.
According to Luc Dosquet, Deputy CIO at SGBT, who initiated and managed the
project, “The mainframe applications fully addressed the needs of business for
many years. The migration let us preserve the investment in the existing
system, while adding value by moving it to a scalable, open environment.”
The target system runs on a modern environment with Oracle RAC as database,
and COBOL application servers on a fully virtualized Linux platform provided
by VCE. Globally, the new infrastructure is based on 6 virtual machines for
the application part, and 4 virtual machines for the Oracle RAC database. The
developers are now using “drag and drop” gestures to maintain the migrated
code in a standard Eclipse IDE which the bank also hosts on a virtual desktop
With 10 million lines of code, the active management of testing was critical
to keep the project on track. Business users were needed to ultimately accept
the new systems. Guaranteeing functional validation of the programs prior to
burdening the business with testing was an important prerequisite for the
resource planning of the bank.
To address this issue, Société Générale deployed the Automated Testing
Framework (ATF), an Anubex product for automating testing. ATF automated the
capture of test scenarios from production traces and the real-time
multi-channel replay and compare of the original and replayed streams.
Louis Heymans, CEO of Anubex comments: “ATF offers automated recording and
replay of complete scenarios or individual sessions and it can be used for
both functional testing and stress testing. The product goes as far as
providing detailed analysis of response times and throughput, and also
contains helpful utilities to detect performance problems. It produces test
scenario coverage statistics and the pass rate of replayed scenarios.”
Luc Dosquet, adds: “We used ATF heavily to automatically compare the
functioning and performance of the converted applications with our previous
systems. Practicing this way, we not only saved several hundred man-days in
testing but we also improved the quality of the test himself.”
About Société Générale Bank & Trust
Société Générale Bank & Trust (SGBT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
Société Générale Group, one of the leading financial service groups in the
euro zone. Founded in Luxembourg in 1893, it is the oldest foreign bank in the
Grand Duchy. As a commercial bank from the very outset, SGBT has accompanied
Luxembourg’s business and industrial community throughout its growth, thereby
contributing to the emergence of the Luxembourg financial marketplace. In
strengthening its international focus, it has acquired a full complement of
multi-business banking solutions, and also offers products and services
designed especially for institutional investors (Securities Services) and high
net worth individuals (Private Banking), backed by an active trading room.
At the end of 2011, SGBT was No.2 in the overall ranking of Luxembourg Banks
(Source: KPMG /Luxemburger Wort).
Anubex provides solutions for the modernization of large and complex legacy
applications for business and government organizations alike. Anubex
exclusively applies a proven methodology and specialized software to optimally
re-use the value in existing applications while automatically transforming
them to use the most leading-edge technologies. Anubex has completed over 70
migrations, all successful!
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