Public Sector Case Study

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Application(s): CTAX, HBIS, OAP, UniPay/PER, PALS, HREP

Region: UK

Company Size: Medium Enterprise

While the client was engaged in upgrading its core VME production systems to modern Windows Server-based software solutions it became apparent that the cost and time to convert the old data to the new systems would be prohibitive. The choices were to continue to finance its VME infrastructure for the sake of 15 GB of data or archive the data and lose direct access.

The project included decommissioning 7 applications containing 15 GB of financial records and convert the data to an open platform application view for interrogation and analysis.

DataNovata expert data consultants successfully deduced the data logic of the undocumented applications and were able to proceed immediately.

The Challenge:

  • Retire the Fujitsu VME mainframe within the upgrade timeline
  • Decommission applications even though they lacked documentation and source codes
  • Maintain direct access to the data
  • Avoid compromising the ROI benefits of the overall systems upgrade

The Project:

  • CTAX (Council Tax)
  • HBIS (Housing and Council Tax Benefits)
  • OAP (Orders and Payments)
  • UNIPAY/PER (Payroll and Personnel)
  • PALS (Public Authority Ledger System)
  • HREP (Housing Repairs) IHSL (Integrated Housing Rentals and Lettings)
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The Results

  • Project completed in 6 months via remote access to the VME mainframe and Windows Server

  • Client was able to fulfil its mandate

  • Mainframe successfully retired while retaining direct access to the data

The DataNovata applications not only replicate the original applications’ enquiries, but do so with a considerably improved & more intuitive user interface.

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