IAI Project Synopsis: Bingaman Lumber UNIX to Windows Migration
IAI was engaged to assist Bingaman Lumber, a major provider of lumber materials in the mid-Atlantic region, in the migration of their legacy COBOL Inventory Management application from the existing UNIX platform to a Microsoft Windows platform. The original code and screens were a customization of an old package called TechGAP, which used COBOL with indexed (C-ISAM) files and a proprietary screen handler. IAI utilized its ICONS toolset to automate the conversion of the source code and screens to Micro Focus COBOL with Screen Section. IAI also utilized ICONS to automate the conversion of the indexed files to Microsoft SQL Server database, implementing IAI’s DBIO modules to access the database, so minimal changes were needed in the client’s application code. IAI’s approach to the engagement was to work with Bingaman staff, mentoring them in all aspects of the migration process and intervening when necessary to assure project progress. IAI also provided training sessions at key points in the migration process.
The migration of about 650 programs and 750 screens, comprising about 2 million lines of code, was conducted over a 6 month schedule and resulted in a successful production deployment of the migrated system on the Microsoft Windows platform, running a SQL Server database.