Innovative "Batch Off The Mainframe" Project Prepares MTA for the Cloud

Modern Systems and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Take New Approach to Mainframe Modernization, Focusing on Improving Maintainability of Batch Processes as Cloud Strategy Emerges

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - April 28, 2015) - Modern Systems (NASDAQ: MDSY) announced completion of a successful project with Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) using its new Batch Off The Mainframe service. This service targets specific mainframe workloads and executes them in an off-mainframe environment, allowing customers to prepare for the future without the disruption of a full migration.

"The MTA's overall objectives were to substantially reduce costs, provide more flexibility, and improve future maintainability," says Rick Oppedisano, Modern Systems Vice President of Global Product and Marketing.

Moving the batch workload off the mainframe helped MTA reduce overall mainframe usage costs as well as improve application maintainability, as developers can now leverage Java to update the application as opposed to COBOL. Modern Systems also updated the converted code to interface with utilities such as the MTA reporting server.

The project also served as a first step towards a broader cloud strategy. "MTA identified what they could take off the mainframe, then proved they could take it off and still maintain a fully functional, high-performing core application," says Oppedisano. "Now they're in position to evaluate next steps like the cloud."

Modern Systems worked with partner Infosys International, who led project implementation and provided testing and functional validation.

Projects using this service are completed much faster than a manual modernization initiative, and often pay for themselves in short order. "Reducing mainframe MIPS is a great way to save money," says Oppedisano. "And if you can do it without disrupting the business, it's a win for everyone."

The Batch Off The Mainframe service is powered by Modern Systems' Automated Refactoring technology, which enables fast and accurate conversion of COBOL syntax to modern, maintainable Java or C#.

About Modern Systems Corporation

Modern Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MDSY) is a leading provider of legacy modernization services. The Modern Systems portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services that modernize legacy applications and databases incrementally or all at once. 

Modern Systems technologies can be applied to source applications and databases leveraging COBOL, Natural Adabas, IDMS, CA GEN and more. The modernized environments can leverage Java, C#, SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM DB2 and virtual infrastructure to deliver identical or better functionality and performance. Modern Systems customers come from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. The company delivers services worldwide through offices in the USA, the UK, Italy, Romania, and Israel. Modern Systems Corporation is a subsidiary of ModSys International Ltd. (MDSY) "Modern Systems".

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