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US Army migrates off the mainframe with Micro Focus and IAI

  • 14 November, 2005 12:07

<p>Micro Focus® (LSE: MCRO), a leading provider of legacy application development and deployment software for enterprise platforms, and Information Analysis Incorporated (OTCBB: IAIC), today announced that the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) National Simulation Center used Micro Focus Studio and Server to migrate and deploy its COBOL-based “LOGFED” training and simulation application from the mainframe to a Microsoft® Windows® Server environment. In addition, PEO STRI utilized Micro Focus’ legacy extension software within Server to provide a modernized Web interface. The migration and extension of these legacy assets enables US Army personnel around the world to access the simulation anywhere at any time.</p>
<p>PEO STRI evaluated several options to increase LOGFED’s deployment agility, including replacing the mainframe with a deployable “zFrame” machine running Linux with an OS390 overlay. Ultimately, PEO STRI chose to work with IAI and Micro Focus to migrate the application to Windows using Micro Focus’ Lift and Shift™ and Leverage and Extend solutions, after determining that the project costs were two-thirds less than any other option while retaining the same functionality. To accomplish its objectives, PEO STRI chose to utilize Micro Focus Studio for application development while Micro Focus Server was used for deployment to the Windows platform and for extension to the Web.</p>
<p>The LOGFED system is designed to support the US Army’s active and reserve components with logistics training. This includes simulations for ordering and movement of all supplies, scheduling and repairing damaged equipment and processing personnel. To meet evolving US Army requirements, PEO STRI needed to modernize LOGFED in order to provide a cost-effective simulation that could run both standalone and linked to other simulations. They needed the capacity to run multiple simulations and support up to 400 users in the field and at bases around the world via a Web interface. PEO STRI also needed a solution that could be shipped to run on a remote site and on a common hardware platform. It was essential to achieve this without compromising the functionality of the existing mainframe-based simulation while also reducing IT costs.</p>
<p>“Speed of information flow and software performance are critical requirements of the technology that the US Army relies upon for preparing our soldiers for any situation they may encounter, whether on or off the battlefield,” said Major Mark Morano, APM, LOGFED, PEO STRI. “We were able to quickly adapt the LOGFED application to support growing requirements for a simulation that is accessible to our soldiers worldwide as they train to hone critical skills. Most importantly, we have received the benefits of increased flexibility with significantly reduced hardware and software maintenance costs.”</p>
<p>Micro Focus and IAI successfully migrated more than 2500 components of the CICS/COBOL-based application to the Windows platform in less than six months, with minimal changes to the more than one million lines of COBOL source code.</p>
<p>“PEO STRI has reaped the benefits of a Lift and Shift approach, to enhance deployment agility for their simulation application,” said Charlie Bunce, senior vice president at IAI. “We are pleased to work with technology leaders like Micro Focus to provide organizations with the tools they need to successfully migrate mainframe legacy applications to more cost effective yet robust platforms.”</p>
<p>“In today’s environment, organizations like the US Army must provide the most agile application possible, but the cost and risk of replacing legacy applications are often prohibitive,” said Mike Gilbert, vice president of marketing for Micro Focus. “Through Studio and Server, Micro Focus is committed to providing these organizations with a highly cost-effective, low-risk solution for deploying critical legacy applications without compromising performance.”</p>
<p>About Information Analysis Incorporated</p>
<p>Information Analysis Incorporated (, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is an information technology services company. The Company is a web solution provider and software conversion specialist, modernizing legacy systems and extending their reach to the Internet world.</p>
<p>Micro Focus - Unlocking the Value of Legacy™</p>
<p>Micro Focus is a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. Micro Focus enables organizations to reduce costs and increase agility with minimal risk by reusing their legacy applications with contemporary architectures and Web services. Founded in 1976, Micro Focus is a global company with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. For more information, visit</p>
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<p>Micro Focus is a registered trademark and Unlocking the Value of Legacy and Lift and Shift are trademarks of Micro Focus. All other products mentioned in this announcement are trademarks of their respective owners.</p>

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