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UBS and Partner HAL Complete Europes Largest IT Migration Project

Wednesday 27 April 2005 09:26 CET | News

Swiss UBS AG, working in partnership with HAL Knowledge Solutions, has completed a major project to migrate its integrated banking system Abacus.

The migration programme saw all applications transferred from the legacy Unisys-based platform OS 2200, to the new IBM platform zOS - in the record time of just twelve months. HAL played a key role, enabling a degree of automation of over 98% in the conversion of programs. Every function critical for the daily business operations of a global bank ran on the legacy platform including: client data; company liquidations; payment transaction; stock value processing and electronic banking. Hundreds of thousands of clients used these applications every day, making payments to the value of billions of Euros. To complete the project, a massive 2,000 online programs and 5,000 batch programs, 3,000 database objects, 10,000 data records, over 300,000 program tasks and nearly 40,000 batch nets had to be migrated. To successfully carry out the project, a high degree of professionalism, technical skill and project management were prerequisites. Dr Loacker also highlighted other key qualities including: a highly skilled and outstanding team; absolute trust and commitment of each specialist, and the courage to use unconventional methods. It was also essential to gain support of the entire management team. UBS and HAL secured the comprehensive control of quality and risk throughout the migration, establishing a single source management process to ensure the seamless continuity and operation of the system during periods of change. All test reports and parallel runs in production made the risks visible at all times to UBS, and enabled them to be adequately handled. Without such knowledge the migration would not have been possible so close to the end of the year and over three weekends. UBS faced a number of especially demanding project management challenges including; the continuous flow of necessary program adaptations and expansions in Abacus, the switch from ASCII into EBCDIC; the move from a hierarchical to a relational database system; the correct tuning of the systems; the timely provision of all middleware components and batch jobs; as well as the high availability of the key people. The migration was of huge importance for UBS. Yet this was simply the first phase of a comprehensive Strategic Solution Program (SSP) to renew its entire IT system, which will allow UBS to focus on the growing demand of clients. UBS had already established the SSP a few years ago. The dynamics of the financial services sector require more flexible systems that adapt faster to the changing needs of the market and the adoption of new methods.


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