University of California, Santa Barbara, Selects ATERAS to Transform the Legacy Software AG Mainframe-Based Student Information System to Microsoft .NET Framework

By Ateras, PRNE
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Project includes transformation of Natural/ADABAS to C#/SQL Server

DALLAS, February 16, 2011 - ATERAS announced today that it has been selected by the University of
California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB), to perform conversion and modernization
services for over 20 of UCSB's legacy mainframe-applications including its
mission-critical Student Information System from SAG Natural/ADABAS to
Microsoft C#/SQL Server. The applications include 1,350,000 ADABAS records,
1,250,000 lines of Natural code, and support over 85,000 users, including
students, applicants, and employees.


The UCSB RFP process invited 22 vendors to participate. Of these
participants only ATERAS and one other vendor met the comprehensive set of
requirements to continue to the Proof of Concept (POC) stage of the selection
process. Following a thorough analysis of the POC process, ATERAS was chosen
based on the best overall score and the completeness of their solution. The
measured evaluation criteria included; legacy modernization expertise,
technology relevant experience, ratio of automated solution to manual effort,
ability to meet strong architectural requirements, ability and track record
to deliver timely and a cost effective solution, credible references, vendor
flexibility to adapt to scope change, technical support, and Proof of Concept
performance results.

ATERAS will leverage the power of its patent pending transformation tool
suite, and proven delivery methodology. This combination will enable the
execution of a quality, efficient, flexible, and timely project, as required
by UCSB. Improving the look and feel of the current green screen user
interface is a requirement along with maintaining existing logic and
functionality of the Natural programs. The resulting web applications are
truly native, taking full advantage of the Microsoft software stack (Windows,
SQL Server, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, etc). The .NET Framework
solution exploits the features of ASP.NET, ADO.NET, C# and object-oriented

The inclusion of NeoBatch from ATERAS' strategic partner, Alchemy
Solutions, will provide an environment for managing and executing jobs under
the Windows .NET Framework. The result is a high performance platform that
satisfies the requirements of UCSB.

The UCSB mainframe-based systems being modernized, used primarily by the
Office of Admissions and the Registrar's Office, are the core back-end to
many front end, web-based applications (Microsoft .Net Framework) used by
UCSB students, staff, faculty, parents, community members, alumni,
applicants, etc. The transformation will consolidate all core student
information related systems into one standardized Microsoft .NET framework,
eliminating all costs associated with the mainframe, improving computing
efficiencies, and enabling lower cost, higher quality, and easier
maintainability of UCSB IT systems.


ATERAS, a market leader in the legacy modernization niche, has supported
global enterprises for 27 years, offering state-of-the art services that
exploit automation for transforming legacy applications and databases into
modern, sustainable technologies. Core competencies include transformations
from ADSO, COBOL, Natural, VSAM, IDMS, IMS, ADABAS to C#, Java, COBOL, DB2,
SQL Server, and Oracle. In conjunction with the company's patent-pending
automated technologies, ATERAS' Application Portfolio Management (APM)
solutions and Application code understanding range from Assessments of
existing IT environments, enterprise field expansion, COBOL and Natural
workbenches to automated documentation tools. Information at

About University of California Santa Barbara

An integral part of the ten-campus University of California system, UC
Santa Barbara is an internationally recognized leader in teaching and
research, and is distinguished by its interdisciplinary programs and a
commitment to innovation. With an enrollment of 22,000 and a 1,166-member
faculty, UCSB is one of only 63 research-intensive institutions elected to
membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The
faculty includes five Nobel Laureates, winners of the Millennium Technology
Prize and Fields Medal, dozens of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and
scores of elected members or fellows of elite national and international
academies and associations. The campus is also home to 12 national centers
and institutes, eight of them sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
U.S. News and World Report's guide, "America's Best Colleges," ranks UCSB
number 9 among all public universities in the nation.

    Media Contacts:
    ATERAS: Anna Stamatelatos, +1-469-385-7236 []
    University of California Santa Barbara: George Foulsham, +1-805-893-3071

Media, Anna Stamatelatos, ATERAS, +1-469-385-7236, annas at; or George Foulsham, University of California Santa Barbara, +1-805-893-3071, george.foulsham at

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