Customer in FocusPamela Cunningham, Lynn Richardson & Brian EricksonNationwide
• Introductions• Project Overview• How We Got Started• Project Milestones/Key Components• Project Issues, Risks & Successe...
• Lynn Richardson – Consultant• Brian Erickson – Senior Developer• Pam Cunningham – Manager3Introductions
• ALS– Variable Life Insurance Administrative System– 500 end users– Lots of interfaces with other systems• LCS– Life Insu...
• Development Software Upgrade– Micro Focus Net Express 3.1 to Visual COBOL 2.0• Database Upgrade– Oracle 9i to Oracle 11g...
• 10+ years behind• Lapsed maintenance agreement with Micro Focus; running onunsupported development tools• Cannot deploy ...
• COBOL vs ‘modern’ languages• Visual Cobol 2.0 vs Net Express 5.1• Re-use of proven assets• Visual COBOL is an emerging s...
• Application Servers were due for replacement in 2012– Nationwide has a rolling 3-4 years server currency roadmap• UNIX i...
• Current version of Net Express could not support latestversion of Oracle• Current Oracle 9i databases– Were out of direc...
• Software Purchase (Oct 2011)• Training (Nov 2011)– Visual COBOL & Visual Studio• Project Kickoff Meeting (Mar 2012)– 1 w...
• Analysis (Dec 2011 – March 2012)– Current State documentation, PERL, Interfaces/Handoff’s• Conversion (March 2012 – June...
• COBOL Programs/LOC– 1269 programs/1,260,700 LOC– 638 copybooks & screen sets/82,600 LOC– 200 dialog systems files• PERL ...
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• Carriage Control– Ensure no changes to interfaces• ASCII vs EBCDIC– Special code set for high values• Oracle Issues– .NE...
• End users no longer timeout of online systems• Supported and stable platforms• Developers increased knowledge and unders...
• IT Value– Technical Knowledge– Users (Gen Y & Millennials)• Build Server using Team Foundation Server (TFS)• Users Love ...
17Future Strategic Direction – Current State Rate Screen- Character/Terminal Screen Look- Fixed Size Screen – No Scaling- ...
18Future Strategic Direction – Future State Rate Screen- Modern Look.- Stretchable Size Screen –Scales- Dynamic Field Layo...
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Developer Conference 1.4 - Customer In Focus- Nationwide (NY)

  1. 1. Customer in FocusPamela Cunningham, Lynn Richardson & Brian EricksonNationwide
  2. 2. • Introductions• Project Overview• How We Got Started• Project Milestones/Key Components• Project Issues, Risks & Successes• Future Strategic Direction• Q&A2Session Agenda
  3. 3. • Lynn Richardson – Consultant• Brian Erickson – Senior Developer• Pam Cunningham – Manager3Introductions
  4. 4. • ALS– Variable Life Insurance Administrative System– 500 end users– Lots of interfaces with other systems• LCS– Life Insurance Commission System– 100 end users• Project/break-fix team– 6 developers4Our Applications
  5. 5. • Development Software Upgrade– Micro Focus Net Express 3.1 to Visual COBOL 2.0• Database Upgrade– Oracle 9i to Oracle 11g• Platform Migration– Unix Solaris to Window 2008 R25Project Overview
  6. 6. • 10+ years behind• Lapsed maintenance agreement with Micro Focus; running onunsupported development tools• Cannot deploy modern UI due to older version of Net Express• Licensing server for Net Express had stopped functioning6Development Software Upgrade
  7. 7. • COBOL vs ‘modern’ languages• Visual Cobol 2.0 vs Net Express 5.1• Re-use of proven assets• Visual COBOL is an emerging standard and can allow otherlanguage developers to transition more easily• YES – we COBOL!7Development Software Upgrade
  8. 8. • Application Servers were due for replacement in 2012– Nationwide has a rolling 3-4 years server currency roadmap• UNIX infrastructure is more costly than Windows• Different deployment environments between batch & online• .NET tool support• Windows Active Directory Authentication8Platform Migration
  9. 9. • Current version of Net Express could not support latestversion of Oracle• Current Oracle 9i databases– Were out of direct Oracle support as of September 2011– Had known security vulnerability• Oracle database servers needed replaced and migrated toLinux OS9Database Upgrade
  10. 10. • Software Purchase (Oct 2011)• Training (Nov 2011)– Visual COBOL & Visual Studio• Project Kickoff Meeting (Mar 2012)– 1 week onsite visit from Micro Focus• Core Team• Skills Assessment10How We Got Started
  11. 11. • Analysis (Dec 2011 – March 2012)– Current State documentation, PERL, Interfaces/Handoff’s• Conversion (March 2012 – June 2012)– Revolve Utility to purge unused modules• Testing (July 2012 – Feb 2013)– Unit Testing– Integrated/Alpha Testing– Systems/Beta Testing– Parallel Testing (on the yet to be live PRODUCTION box!)• Implementation – February 22-23, 201311Project Milestones/Timeline
  12. 12. • COBOL Programs/LOC– 1269 programs/1,260,700 LOC– 638 copybooks & screen sets/82,600 LOC– 200 dialog systems files• PERL Scripts– 334 scripts• Databases– 2 databases– 63 tables• Files– 160 ISAM• Interface with 24 Application Teams12Project Key Components
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  14. 14. • Carriage Control– Ensure no changes to interfaces• ASCII vs EBCDIC– Special code set for high values• Oracle Issues– .NET environment does not support ProCOBOL pre-compiler– ProCOBOL vs Open ESQL• Fileshare• Visual COBOL Directives• Cicero Interface14Project Key Issues & Risks
  15. 15. • End users no longer timeout of online systems• Supported and stable platforms• Developers increased knowledge and understanding• Application Simplification– Obsolete unneeded functions, reports, and code– Move to one platform• Project implementation planning was almost perfect!• Excellent Micro Focus support– Cicero vendor15Project Successes
  16. 16. • IT Value– Technical Knowledge– Users (Gen Y & Millennials)• Build Server using Team Foundation Server (TFS)• Users Love our IT Solutions– Redesign Online Screens for LCS16Future Strategic Direction
  17. 17. 17Future Strategic Direction – Current State Rate Screen- Character/Terminal Screen Look- Fixed Size Screen – No Scaling- Static Field Layouts (unused fields)- No Clipboard = No Copy & Paste- Lots to memorize…
  18. 18. 18Future Strategic Direction – Future State Rate Screen- Modern Look.- Stretchable Size Screen –Scales- Dynamic Field Layouts (no unused fields)- Clipboard Available = Less rekeying- Drop-Down Lists (allowed values listed)
  19. 19. @microfocus or hashtag #devcon2013Follow us on LinkedIn or join the groupConnect with your peers on the Community

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