Scarborough Building Society migrates to BluePhoenix

Source: BluePhoenix Solutions

BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ:BPHX), the leader in value-driven legacy modernization, today announced the successful completion of a strategic upgrade project for Scarborough Building Society, which ranks 18th in the list of United Kingdom building societies, and offers mortgages, savings, insurance and financial planning services to approximately 120,000 members.

Scarborough Building Society decided to migrate its legacy IDMS(X) database and applications in order to create a more flexible platform for future business growth and development. Scarborough also decided to replace its Fujitsu mainframe with a more flexible and cost effective solution which can be more easily integrated with new and emerging technologies.

The strategic modernization project involved the migration of the Society's mainframe applications and IDMS(X) database to the Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft .NET platform. The COBOL applications were converted to Micro Focus COBOL/C# applications. This has improved the performance of its existing business applications by 30% on average and paved the way for the cost-effective development of new applications. The Society also expects to reduce development time using the .NET Framework by around 30%.

"In order for businesses to succeed, they need to be agile and flexible to change. Modernizing legacy applications and migrating from the mainframe to the .NET platform helps organizations reduce complexity, increase performance and leverage existing investments," said Spyros Sakellariadis, director of Legacy Modernization at Microsoft Corp. "BluePhoenix's unique approach to legacy modernization, coupled with their extensive industry expertise, helps organizations take full advantage of the power of the Windows platform and .NET Framework."

"With BluePhoenix's extensive experience in Legacy migration and modernization to Microsoft solutions, its staff knew exactly what steps were required and what pitfalls to avoid," said Kevin Moran, IT director, Scarborough Building Society. "Although the project was not without its challenges, the implementation was remarkably smooth and painless. Our users were barely aware of it happening except for noticing that the look and feel of the application was much more modern."

"In today's competitive financial services industry, Scarborough Building Society is working to maintain its leadership position by creating an IT environment which can deliver cutting-edge business performance," said Arik Kilman, CEO of BluePhoenix Solutions. "With its modernized environment, employees are able to operate more efficiently, respond more quickly to customer needs and develop new applications faster than ever to service business demands."

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