Coming of age: Jumar’s legacy modernisation software evolves with new look and new functionality

It has been the mainstay of CA Gen modernisation and transformation projects for more than a decade.

We are taking about our very own Project Phoenix.  Known simply as ‘Phoenix’ in these hereabouts, it was a collection of automated software tooling, supported by world-class consultancy, which has been used to modernise legacy systems across the globe for some of the world’s biggest names.

Now, as the target technologies continue to move on, so does the need to develop increasingly complex tooling to help modernise, re-platform and/or migrate the legacy systems.  And that means Phoenix is getting a makeover.

MAPS-strap-opaqueBuilding on the sound Phoenix principles, but with modern CA Gen transformation challenges in-mind, Jumar has overhauled its automation tooling to the extent where it needs a new name and a new look and feel.  Enter – Jumar MAPS – the new name for the new generation of Project Phoenix.

However, it’s more than just a name change.  The functionality has been significantly upgraded, and you can read about new capabilities here.

We’ve also categorised the tooling into three distinct families: ANALYSE, TRANSFORM and ACCELERATE.Categories in a row

The ANALYSE family includes our widely known Model Analyser tool and consists of a suite of software tooling which allows users to carry out a detailed inspection, analysis and assessment of their CA Gen models.

Analysis typically focuses on a particular type of transformation or project, highlighting issues that will be faced in the context of the actual models in scope, and providing information for estimation and planning. The Analyse family also helps to highlight issues around performance, upgrade (issues between source and target versions) and model corruptions.

MAPS box multi disc smallerTRANSFORM is a family of tools which significantly accelerate the transition to new architecture and technologies.  Our green-screen-to-client-server tool, 3270 Transition (previously 3270AUTO) falls under this category heading, as does Jumar’s forward engineering XML Code Generation tool which supports a number of target platforms including Java and COBOL.

Last, but not least, is the ACCELERATE group of products. As the name suggests, they allow CA Gen users to carry out modernisation and day-to-day development activities much more quickly – but more importantly, more accurately.

An overview breakdown of all the tools is available here.

All the above are supported by Jumar’s team of CA Gen experts, spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia – backed up by our UK-based development centre.

Jumar MAPS (which actually stands for Modernisation Automated Product Set – and that is why we abbreviate it!) replaced Project Phoenix in July 2014, …and will continue to evolve as Jumar’s R&D department work tirelessly to ensure that it keeps pace with the ever more demanding legacy modernisation projects we encounter.

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Partnership between Jumar and Capgemini reduces cost and risk of legacy IT transformation

It’s been a busy week here at Jumar, thanks to our latest partnership.  Read more about the launch of our alliance with Capgemini UK below…


PRESS RELEASE: (Birmingham, UK) Organisations setting out to modernise their legacy IT applications in a lower-cost, de-risked manner are to benefit from a new partnership between Capgemini UK plc and Jumar Solutions.

Jumar Solutions is a worldwide specialist in the software development tool CA Gen, which has been used since the 1980s to develop and maintain mission critical, head of duty applications in some of the world’s largest public and private organisations.

Jumar has today announced a UK-wide partnership with Capgemini to provide customers with a unique combination of expertise and tooling to support projects involving transforming, modernising or migrating a customer’s CA Gen system.

Projects may be driven by financial efficiencies, by a need to move towards more modern technology or by a lack of access to skilled CA Gen resources.

The partnership provides a joint conversion factory allowing organisations to accelerate (by up to six times) their CA Gen transformation, migration or modernisation projects by deploying Jumar’s proprietary automated software tooling.  This is enhanced by Capgemini’s considerable experience in supporting large scale transformation projects in mission critical environments in a robust, proven process.

The approach allows for a much more rapid return on investment from a CA Gen transformation project, from more than 10 years to less than two years.

Risk is significantly reduced by applying this robust, automated conversion facility, allowing projects to be delivered in a repeatable, reliable and accurate manner in partnership with Capgemini.  Its network of development centres has a proven track record of executing large-scale projects with no negative impact on both public and private sector organisations.

Wendy Merricks, Jumar’s Managing Director says: “CA Gen-using organisations have a massive appetite to modernise their portfolio and this partnership provides them with unparalleled access to the best knowledge, software and resources.

We find that many CA Gen modernisation projects benefit from the wider expertise of Systems Integrators of Capgemini’s calibre and scale.  Indeed, the productivity and efficiencies that this collaboration brings, significantly benefits from our error-free automated approach, combined with Capgemini’s capacity to deliver, brings projects within reach that would not have been previously considered viable”

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