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Micro Focus heals HBA with migration

  • 17 November, 2005 09:30

<p>MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, November 17, 2005 ­- HBA Health Insurance has made annual savings of $2 million by migrating its business applications from an expensive mainframe system to a lower-cost UNIX platform using tools from leading legacy application development and deployment software provider, Micro Focus. By migrating its legacy assets, HBA is now ready to take advantage of a modernised Web services infrastructure to improve customer service levels and further reduce IT costs.</p>
<p>With more than a million members, HBA is one of Australia’s major health insurers and part of worldwide health and care company, BUPA. When BUPA acquired HBA in 2003, it separated all key systems from its previous owner (AXA) to establish its own computer functions and IT services in Melbourne. The final transfer was the migration of BOSS – the core administration and service system of the business – from a mainframe located in New York to a UNIX Sun Solaris system in Australia.</p>
<p>“Many options were considered, including creating a like-for-like system in Australia, or using the BUPA parent system as a base for the new system,” said Peter Powell, CIO, HBA Australia. “However, none of these options really matched our requirements or fitted into the time available.”</p>
<p>After considering a number of different options, HBA chose Micro Focus and its Lift &amp; Shift solution. This meant HBA could leverage its existing investment in its COBOL-based applications, while providing a path for moving to a SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) using Web services that will simplify functions for customer service consultants to improve average call handling times. The migration had minimal impact to existing business processes and IS development staff.</p>
<p>“The savings we’re making by migrating our applications to UNIX are being re-invested to improve services to our members,” said Powell. “It also gives us a modern platform and the means to establish further Web services down the track.”</p>
<p>The software and hardware migration to Micro Focus COBOL, Oracle and UNIX was completed in 14 months and went live in January 2005. Powell estimates an ROI (Return on Investment) of just under three years for the migration which saw the conversion of 5000 programs, six million lines of code, four programming languages and tens of thousands of files.</p>
<p>Keith Mante, Country Manager, Micro Focus Australia, said HBA has found the new UNIX-based system just as reliable as the old mainframe platform.</p>
<p>“Customers often express concern over reliability before they go through the migration process, but projects such as HBA’s prove these fears are groundless,” Mante said. “Not only are reliability levels maintained, but productivity levels are often improved following such migrations - freeing developers to take on more innovative projects.”</p>
<p>The second phase of the HBA project – which takes advantage of the migrated application and its integration with new technologies such as .NET, J2EE and Web services – is now underway with a new Enterprise Architecture in place.</p>
<p>Micro Focus has recently provided the tools for a number of successful migration projects across Australia including the Australian Jockey Club and Adelaide Bank.</p>
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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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