These applications support the production processes and the
accounting functions of the open cast mining. For example the
quality of lignite (heating value, sulphur content, etc.) is
traceable throughout the whole process from planning, mining and
different means of transport to the customers. This is important
because there are different modelling systems for each transport
type, including "shuffling" lignite between stockpiles, which must
meet strict values. Data is delivered by OPC-Servers, from each
device and laboratory, to the various applications and displayed on
the screens from which the operations are controlled.
The applications currently run on ageing
HP OpenVMS Alpha
server hardware and are written in Fortran using the Rdb
database and DCL scripting language. Transoft will migrate
them to an open and more flexible Microsoft Windows Server
environment with Oracle 11g replacing the Rdb database.
Transoft’s Open Libr8 and Open DCL products will also be deployed to
support the OpenVMS system services and DCL scripts respectively.
Transoft will use its Legacy Liberator toolset for OpenVMS to
automate the majority of the migration process and hence
shorten delivery times, minimise costs and ensure the
quality of the migration.
Transoft has already undertaken a PathFinder
Assessment phase in order to analyse the applications’
assets, and assess the scope and complexities of the project. It
also ensured a firm price for the project was provided.
Rainer Waldbauer, CIO of MIBRAG, commented, "We
needed to de-risk the dependency of our critical applications on
the ageing OpenVMS Alpha platform and with there being no
possible package replacement, migration offered the quickest,
cheapest and minimum risk option."
With the move to the Windows environment, MIBRAG is also able to
consolidate its skill-set by maintaining all its applications
within the more productive Microsoft Visual Studio development
environment and will enable better future integration into the .NET
architecture. Taken together MIBRAG should be able to reduce its
operating costs while obtaining greater reliability and flexibility
for the future.
Walbauer continued, "We chose Transoft for this complex and
demanding migration as it had both the technical expertise to
convert our OpenVMS applications to Windows and also its well
established migration methodology".
Geoff Baker, General Manager of Transoft, commented, "We
were delighted to have been chosen for this significant project and
it further consolidates Transoft’s position as the premier OpenVMS
migration company. More and more companies with mature mission
critical applications on older platforms view migration as the most
cost effective and least risk replacement option. We were also ably
assisted in obtaining this significant contract by our German
partner, B+B Unternehmensberatung, who provided specialist German
Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) is a modern,
high-tech mining company headquartered in Zeitz, a town in the
south of Saxony-Anhalt. MIBRAG is one of the three largest brown
coal producers in Germany.
The company’s core business is the production and sale of
raw brown coal (also known as lignite). Continual
investment paired with the use of state-of-the-art technology makes
MIBRAG an important factor in the economy, the community and in
cultural life in the region around Zeitz: it employs around 2000
people in secure jobs, provides vocational training for young
people and contributes sustainably to regional economic
In its Profen and United
Schleenhain mines, MIBRAG contributes over 10 percent to
total brown coal production in Germany. The company’s output
amounts to around 20 million tonnes annually, the vast majority
going to the power stations at Schkopau in Saxony-Anhalt and
Lippendorf in Saxony. Other major customers include the Südzucker
AG sugar mill in Zeitz and municipal utility companies in Dessau
In addition to its mines, MIBRAG also operates a processing
plant and three power stations. These supply power for
mining operations, and district heating and process steam for
around 9000 local customers.
About B+B Unternehmensberatung
B+B Unternehmensberatung, based in Bad Dürkheim, Germany, has
placed its knowledge and experience at the service of companies and
organisations since 1986.
The Personnel Management division of B+B provides services for
organisational and staff development, HR consulting and
The Information Management division focuses on projects and
services for proprietary operating system environments and
mainframes (e.g. MPE/iX, OpenVMS, z/OS, VSE). This division of B+B
supports customers in modernisation and the migration of legacy
applications. As regards development languages, B+B specialises in
COBOL (ACUCOBOL-GT / Micro Focus COBOL) and provides application
outsourcing services in this space.
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