Engine goes to work on migration costs

Fujitsu Australia claims it can halve legacy system migration costs by automating more than 95 per cent of the software conversion process for organisations seeking new options for core business applications.

Whether an organisation needs to add e-commerce capabilities to a single application or completely migrate away from an obsolete environment, Fujitsu has a new, single-point legacy transformation offering.

It is the result of a partnership with Quipox Pty Ltd and Fujitsu's executive general manager Dan O'Hara said the aim is to halve IT maintenance costs by transforming corporate legacy systems into independent applications without the added cost of complex middleware.

O'Hara said the Quipox Transformation Engine (Q-TE) enables more than 95 per cent of the transformation process to be automated, a dramatic time and cost reduction in modernising legacy systems.

The first Australian customer to use the Quipox process is QBE Insurance for its Asia-Pacific operations.

QBE operational risk group manager Ian Hannam said Quipoz was used to fully document the business rules used in its AS/400-based core business applications that is being developed for rollout across the Asia-Pacific region.

Q-TE delivers platform-independent source code in a customer-specified language for a range of environments and is ready for enhancement through relational database and object-oriented technologies.

"Legacy systems can be difficult to maintain, costly to operate and restricted in their ability to adapt to new business requirements. At the same time, there are many reasons why large organisations may not want to convert functioning legacy applications, including the high risk and cost involved in the migration process," O'Hara said.

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