I.T.GRAPES (Tunisia) becomes partner of Eranea (Switzerland) to modernize large mission-critical IT systems in Africa and Middle East.

Tunis and Lausanne (January, 9th 2013) At hotel Novotel Tunis, in the Tunisian capital, took place the event for the signature of the partnership between I.T.GRAPES and Eranea. It deals with the distribution of Eranea’s technology by I.T.GRAPES and collaboration for projects around it. This event was honored by the presence of Mrs Siri Walt, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland, Tunis, as well as the presence of many leaders of public organizations and private companies.

This partnership, exclusive for some parts of Africa and Middle East, will allow both companies to combine their efforts to modernize the largest IT systems and the mission-critical applications that they host (based on Cobol and other legacy languages) for clients in those countries. It will leverage the well-proven solution for smooth and 100% automated migrations toward Java, without any risk in the transition and without any stop of service and evolution for the related corporations and institutions.

Today, in the world, more than 220 billions lines of Cobol source code are still active. They are maintained by over 1.9 millions developers. According to public figures, 90% of financial transactions in the world are processed in Cobol and each of us, as a consumer, has, without even knowing it, more than 10 “interactions” per day with an application (phone call billing, credit card purchase, e-commerce, etc.) written in Cobol, programming language older than 50 years and clearly on the path to technological obsolescence.

“The unique migration solution delivered by Eranea offers to corporations the opportunity for a new start in the development / evolution of their IT Systems. It will take place in full continuity, without any radical and abrupt changes for the system in place and as well as without any shaking in procedures and methods for system and development teams in place. Our approach, also, will be collaborative : it will open the way to other partners and specialized providers to provide more technological alternatives to our customers.”said Taher Mestiri, general manager of I.T.GRAPES.

“Collaborating with a dynamic and well renown partner like I.T.Grapes is a real opportunity for Eranea to spread the use of its proven technology to the most prestigious organizations of Africa and Middle East. The alliance of the competences and key strengths of our two organizations will allow us to answer most efficiently to the very many expectations already expressed by companies on this market, deeply interested in the huge savings and massive modernization provided by our technology” said Didier Durand, president of Eranea.

Effects of this partnership are immediate: both partners already started the analysis of projects submitted by organizations interested in the very short term by a rapid transition toward x86 architecture, Linux and Java.

About I.T.GRAPES :
Tunisian company specialized in IT engineering, with partners in France, Germany and now Switzerland, specialized in development of rich internet applications, offshoring (Java, C++/Qt) as well as in mobile and embedded development.
For more information : Taher Mestiri, +216 25 66 83 86,  http://www.itgrapes.com/

About Eranea :
Swiss company active in technology development, specialized in Java eco-system and automated migration of mission-critical business applications running on large systems toward Java and web technologies. Its riskless migration technology has already been successfully applied to multiple projects in various industries : media, finance, retail, administration, software publishing, etc.
For more information : Didier Durand, +41 79 944 37 10,  http://www.eranea.com/

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Eranea: new brochure for solution to convert legacy Cobol applications to Java and Linux

Eranea just made its last presentation brochure available in a brand new design. It presents our technology to migrate large mission-critical legacy (Cobol) application to Linux and Java.

In this updated version, we want to emphasize the user and business standpoint of our migration projects:

  • no disturbance for business: new system is smoothly built in parallel with the running one.
  • users can be migrated from old system to new one at the rythm fully chosen by the customer: people can switch from their old 3270 screen to the new UI on a browser whenever they are ready and one by one.
  • No training is needed as the screens are fully identical: field positions, keystrokes and inter-screen chaining
  • functional level identical on both old and new systems thanks to Eranea’s exact iso-functionality and 100% automation. The Java version is generated each night using the very version of Cobol source code to obtain 2 systems at exact same functional level.

Of course, the main driver is detailed and explained: huge savings (up to 90% in some favorable cases !).

Finally, we show how the development team adhere to the project: the Cobol to Java conversion is done in such a way that developers understand the structure of the new Java code very quickly is it looks as much as possible like the old Cobol code. The level of effort to adapt is minimized in order to keep productivity stable if not improve it !

On this last point, get in touch with us to obtain samples of converted code: contact@eranea.com

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Eranea (Lausanne, Switzerland) provides a turn-key solution to its customers to migrate 100% automatically their legacy but mission-critical applications to Java & Linux. By doing so, they leverage further the huge investments (sometimes many 100s of mean-year) made in their business processes via those very reliable applications. By moving its original very robust (i.e. tested over decades) original code to Java, the application is provided with a very large palette of new technological / functional capabilities as well as the opportunity for a brand new state-of-the art user interface (HTML, Ajax through Google Web Toolkit) via the technology of Eranea.

Our strategy is based on iso-functional and iso-structural transcoding: the original source (Cobol, 4GL, RPG) is fully replaced by equivalent Java source code aimed at easy transition for maintenance teams in place. The methodology is based on “reversible small-step migration” where absence of risk and no big-bang are the rule: users can be moved from legacy system to new system smoothly (i.e. rhythm defined by customers) without any interruption of functional maintenance because both systems share same database  and new Java version is generated 100% automatically each night via Eranea’s tools.

Eranea provides also the set of tools needed to run the project smoothly and efficiently: a continuous integration system via Jenkins (new name for Hudson) to transcode the application on a permanent basis with no effort, management of source code (legacy source and transcoded java) via Subversion and a powerful GWT application based a on highly structured and detailed database to drive and store results of all migration steps and code analysis run throughout the project.

Last but not least, moving from legacy systems to open systems (Java, Linux) provides at same time huge savings (up to 90%) on initial cash-outs to legacy suppliers, usually millions of euros per year on a recurrent basis for mainframes.  Those savings can finance the migration project before being returned to end-users financing the IT.

Current references are in the Swiss media and banking industries.

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