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Same Development Environment for Different Programming Languages

The Bedag Informatik AG modernises its development environment and combines the development in C# and Delta ADS in a .NET framework under Microsoft Visual Studio.

A uniform process control and development environment for the different programming languages is the goal of many enterprises. Bedag Informatik AG (Bedag) has mastered this step, it unifies its development processes and thus ensures a more efficient and future-proof application development.

(Further) Development of Viacar

Bedag develops and maintains the Viacar application with the solutions from Delta Software Technology GmbH (Delta) for many years. Many business cases as well as different canton-specific requirements were developed and generated Viacar-wide with Delta ADS.

New parts of the application are developed in C# for .NET by using Microsoft Visual Studio. In order to avoid unnecessarily different processes and development environments, Bedag had the requirement to standardise its development of C# and Delta COBOL in one development environment.

ADS on Visual StudioIntroduction of Delta ADS on Visual Studio

For this purpose Delta provided the plugin “Delta ADS on Visual Studio”. After a successful test, Bedag opted for the use of the Delta ADS plugin under Visual Studio. Delta ADS programs can now be maintained directly in Visual Studio and the corresponding COBOL code is generated. In this way, control processes could be unified and coordinated.

By using a unique development environment as well as the seamless integration of the Delta ADS plugin, Bedag's developers do not have to switch between the development environments anymore. The provision of this uniform and modern user interface allows the efficient and future-proof development of the application.

Bedag Informatik AGAbout Bedag Informatik AG

With a revenue of more than CHF 100 million, Bedag is a leading Swiss IT service provider. Its 400 staff, including 27 trainees, ensure broad and sound IT expertise. Bedag’s core business is the development, maintenance and running of critical business IT solutions, and the company thereby guarantees economical and problem-free IT operations for its customers. Bedag has a strong regional presence, with a network of highly secure data centers, as well as sites in Berne, Aarau, Delémont, Geneva, Lausanne and Wettingen. Its customers are mainly public authorities and organisations, companies in the health and insurance sectors and UN organisations. Bedag was founded in 1990 and is owned by the Canton of Berne.

Viacar: The application for the Swiss Traffic Office

Viacar is a software system for traffic offices and is currently used by the six cantons Aargau, Luzern, Schaffhausen, Waadt, Zug and Zürich. The cantons manage therewith about 900 users and approx. 2.5 million vehicles and ships. At the Aarau location, Bedag and its team ensure the maintenance and further development of Viacar.

Go the way, too

If you want to standardise your development environment and processes under Visual Studio, we provide a trial version of the Delta ADS plugin.

If you don’t use Visual Studio, we also provide plugins for Eclipse as well as for IBM RDz, Micro Focus EDz, Compuware Topaz and other Eclipse-based development environments.
We would like to discuss with you the possibilities to optimize your development with Delta ADS.

Please get in touch with us.

Bedag Relies on Delta ADS on Visual Studio

The Bedag Informatik AG modernises its development environment and combines the development in C# and Delta ADS in a .NET framework under Microsoft Visual Studio.

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A large insurer has renovated a key component of his core application with the solutions from Delta Software Technology (Delta). Delta's AMELIO-Tools for automated analyses, code clean-up and re-documentation ensure a future-proof application infrastructure and an easy know-how transfer to the application heirs.

In the 1980s the insurer's IT developed a COBOL application for the screen control. Until now this forms an important part of the application infrastructure. Since its initial development this part of the application and the entire application have evolved: Extensions have been added over and over again. The screen control has been maintained by several generations of developers. Different programming styles and COBOL versions have been used for the further development. Moreover, the screen control has been optimized according to former criteria. These criteria are no longer applicable. However, over time all of these measures have greatly affected understandability and maintainability.

The screen control has proven itself over the years. For this reason, it was decided to make this part of the established and reliable application fit for the future to preserve the proven application logic and to ensure the investments effected. The improvement of the application should be carried out safely and with as less effort as possible.

Fit for the future

For making the application fit, the following measures should be implemented:

  • Clean-up and upgrade (refactoring) of the source code, so that it will be understandable and maintainable again and that changes and extensions can be implemented efficiently.
  • Creating a technical documentation to better understand what the application does and how it works.
  • Knowledge transfer about the application and its functionality to new developers.

A manual implementation of the measures would have been risky and inefficient:

  • Efforts and risks could not be estimated.
  • The daily business would have been disturbed due to a strong resource commitment.
  • Massive testing efforts, to ensure the correctness of the changes.

The insurer has chosen the automated solution with Delta’s tools and was able to avoid the problems of a manual approach.

AMELIO FamilyUsage of the Delta AMELIO family

To solve the task, Delta suggested a multi-level approach with the following elements:

  • Code clean-up
  • Replacement of VORELLE
  • In-depth source analyses
  • Refactoring
  • Re-documentation
  • Workshops for the knowledge transfer

Analysis and clean-up of the sources

During the first step, the AMELIO toolset was configured regarding the customer-specific programming styles, name conventions, etc. General clean-ups, like the removal of redundant code and the standardisation of syntax variants, were implemented by using the AMELIO CleanUp-Factory.

The analysis with AMELIO Logic Discovery identified what the application does and how it works. From these analysis results Delta derived suggestions for a tailor-made refactoring. These suggestions, as well as other requirements of the customer, were evaluated and coordinated in close cooperation to build the customer-specific factory.
With this tailor-made solution the refactoring was performed in an audit-proof way.

Workshop for the knowledge transfer

The results of the analyses and the refactoring were presented in a workshop and thus new employees were trained to work with the implementation of the screen control. Further possible improvements of the application were defined. The employees benefitted from the functionality of AMELIO Logic Discovery when implementing these improvements. They gained deep insight in the sources and were able to build their know-how about the application.

Final analysis and re-documentation

Finally, these sources were analysed again by AMELIO Logic Discovery and a documentation of the entire application was created automatically. With the help of this documentation and the interactive presentation in AMELIO Logic Discovery, first maintenance cases have been implemented quick and efficiently.

Analysis and cleansing of sources with AMELIO

Highlights and benefits of the Delta solution

The clean-up and refactoring were performed by a factory specifically configured for this purpose:

  • Automated - The changes were implemented automatically and without manual interventions. The strict process ensured that the results are always comprehensible and reproducible. In this way, efforts and risks of the project have been minimized.
  • Audit-proof - All changes to the code have been documented automatically. The complete automation and the change log provide security for internal and external auditors.
  • Tailor-made - The necessary code changes were agreed with the customer and adapted to his requirements and company policies.
  • Documented - A documentation of the application was created automatically.
  • Knowledge Building - The knowledge about the application and its functioning was regained.
  • Without footprints, without vendor lock-in - No additional runtime components or new products have to be installed or licensed. In addition, third-party tools, such as the decision table generator VORELLE, could been removed.
  • Short freeze phase - The development and maintenance of the application could be continued in parallel without hindrance.
  • Minimal test effort - Using Meta-level testing, not all changed programs had to be tested, but only the change rules using a small test set.

Goal achieved …

The customer has managed to make his application fit for the future with little effort and low risk. With the gained experience it is now possible to decide how to make further (complex) applications fit for the future, while reusing the factory.

When will you make this step?

You have COBOL, PL/I or Delta ADS applications that have proven themselves and you want to make sure they are fit for the future?

Get in touch with us and find out what is possible with an automated approach.

Insurer makes important core application fit for the future

A large insurer has renovated a key component of its core application with the solutions from Delta Software Technology. Deltas AMELIO-Tools for automated analyses, code
clean-up and re-documentation ensure a future-proof application infrastructure as an easy know-how transfer to the application heirs.

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A selection of case studies from Public Administrations and general trade companies using Delta products and services:

  • Bedag Informatik AG - Bedag modernizes its development environment and combines the development in C# and Delta ADS in a .NET framework under Microsoft Visual Studio.
  • Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann –  The leading German steel producer Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann (HKM) has selected SCORE Adaptive Bridges. Delta's generative development tool will be used in the “Online Steelworks” project to automate service development. The "Online Steelworks" application controls and administers the core steel production process.
  • RDW – gained future reliability and reduced costs by a full IT modernisation in 3 steps: optimisation of the development processes and off-loading from mainframe to PC, removing all platform dependencies and modernisation of the application architecture, error-free platform and database change.
  • Schorch – Schorch has benefited several times from the sustainability and long-term feasibility of platform-neutral development with Delta products. The migration of the production management from Fujitsu BS2000/OSD mainframe to Microsoft Windows took place “at the push of a button” and provided the expected cost-reduction. In an earlier project Schorch has already seen how applications can be successfully modernised: by the automatic service enablement of strategically important business functions without changing the existing legacy applications.
  • B+S Banksysteme - Has one of the largest application systems that has been developed with Delta tools. In April 2012 B+S started to introduce the pre-release of ADS 6 in order to again increase the efficiency and quality of their software development and maintenance.

B+S Banksysteme AGB+S Banksysteme AG (B+S) has one of the largest application systems that has been developed with Delta tools. In April 2012 B+S started to introduce the pre-release of ADS 6 in order to again increase the efficiency and quality of their software development and maintenance.

Generative Development with ADS

B+S successfully uses the generative development system Delta ADS for the development of their products already for decades. More than 300 million lines of code are generated for four completely different platforms every year. "For more than 20 years now we successfully use Delta tools to develop and maintain our large scale and complex banking solutions. The excellent implementation of the principle of generative software development by all Delta tools enables us to develop our software products platform independently and with the highest possible degree of automation. Thereby we meet our customers’ demands on reliability and quality.", says Wilhelm Berger, CFO at B+S.

Experiences with the new ADS 6

In April 2012, B+S started to introduce the pre-release of ADS 6. Oswald Klackl, head of architecture & quality management at B+S, about the new functions: "The new ADS 6 enables us to further improve the efficiency and quality of our software development and maintenance. For example, new functions for the detailed documentation and description of the generating process help us to securely and fast perform changes and enhancements on our large scale and complex applications."

About B+S Banksysteme AG

B+S Banksysteme Aktiengesellschaft (B+S) supports banks, data centres and core banking manufacturers with customizable standard software and with powerful, flexible and scalable application packages for financial management. The products of the company which is listed at the Frankfurt stock exchange are completely platform-independent and due to their standard interfaces they can flexibly be integrated. They are multi-client and multi-currency capable as well as multilingual.

Further information on B+S: www.bs-ag.com (website only available in german)

More about ADS 6

You want to benefit from the new functions of ADS 6 as well? Then order your update now.

 

Delta has a proven track record of building long-term working relationships with our customers. Read what some of them have to say about Delta products:

We are particularly proud of the statement by Gerard Doll, Director ICT RDW, regarding the successful co-operation with us:

"Working with the people from Delta proved to be a very good choice. They delivered when other companies couldn’t. From RDW’s point of view Delta is a highly dedicated company with an even higher level of expertise. All the people from Delta we met have this dedication and expertise. And as a bonus: they are also very nice people to work with.
We have done business with a lot of companies but this is the first time I can, without holding back, truly recommend one: Delta has proven that it is a reliable and trustworthy partner."
Gerard Doll, Manager ICT, RDW, The Netherlands

You can find detailed information for selected customer projects in our references.

Leading organisations in the banking and insurance market, mail and telecom providers, industrial enterprises, public administrations, software companies and system integrators in Europe and all over the world increase the quality and productivity of the development, integration and modernisation of individual software applications by using our solutions.
We have selected just some of these customers to give you an impression of the wide range of large and well-known companies that use Delta products for their mission-critical applications:

  • Banking and Insurance
    • BCP, BSQ, Deutsche Bundebank, Zürcher Kantonalbank, ...
    • AON, AXA, Generali, Gothaer, RSI, Medicare, Zurich, ...
  • Software Houses, Post, Telecom
  • Trade and Public Administration

 

  • References – Read detailed case studies from customer projects to understand how they used Delta products and the benefits to their business.
  • Customer Quotes – Read some of the nice things that customers have said about Delta’s products and services and how they have helped them meet demanding business and technical challenges.

RDW Modernizes Multi-Platform Development with SCOUT²

"Delta’s SCOUT² Development Platform not only allows us to support our Unisys OS2200 mainframe and PC-based development processes, but it is also fully embraces our special security and quality management processes."
Gerard Doll, Manager ICT, RDW, The Netherlands

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Schorch - Automatic Service Enablement with SCORE Adaptive Bridges

Schorch quickly and easily integrate their mainframe legacy applications into their enterprise portal using SCORE Adaptive Bridges from Delta Software Technology.

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Development: Efficiently Generated

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Integration: Simply Building Bridges

Reuse legacy functions in SOA, build composite applications and business services, join different database architectures.


Modernisation: Really Safe

Understand legacy applications, automate migrations, mass changes and architecture transformations.
 

    

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