speaks to curious users
HP presents managers from first completed projects
HP provided evidence that migrations from the
3000 are possible by presenting several completed case studies during
HP World 2004 in Chicago. A room with almost 50 attendees asked
detailed questions of a handful of customer managers, some of whom
had recently finished their migrations from the 3000.
One attendee, Gary Paveza of insurance giant
AIG, had said at last years HP World hed only come back
if his project was successful. Paveza, wearing an Interex 30-year
anniversary ballcap, connected with the crowds curiousity about
migrations lessons and pitfalls.
The multiple-year project at AIG took the
resources of 100 staffers, Paveza said. His company purchased
migration services from HP to complete the task of moving COBOL
applications to HP 9000 servers. When the panel asked him what
prompted his migration, Paveza said their Series 997 server was
running out of horsepower.
Wed reached the top of the
highest-performing models at the time, Paveza said. We
were already making the analysis to leave when HP announced it would
stop support of the 3000. AIG had split its application across
four 3000s, tied together with NetBase, to meet performance needs.
It became very unwieldy. HPs announcement speeded up the
migration process very much.
Other panel members said HPs 2001
announcement sparked their departure. Bob Lewandowski, who also
provided a testimonial as part of HPs update talk at the
conference, said that at reseller ASAP Software the news from HP
started his companys project. ASAPs $2.5 million effort,
which includes a services contract with HP, isnt complete, but
the company expects to begin testing this fall. The spending, across
two continents, gives ASAP an improved system.
We had to keep the business running on
the 3000, so were making changes to the 3000 the whole time
were doing this migration, he said. Migration code is
frozen, and then when its finally moved over, we have to
incorporate all those changes weve made on the 3000. HP
is moving the companys code to Windows and .NET.
Thats on a fixed bid, he said, when asked how close
he was to budget, so that ones right on.
Customers in the room wanted to know about
the financial impact of migration. Lewandowski had a budget figure
and estimate of completion. Paveza didnt know how much his
companys migration cost, but said that AIG has benefited from
more uptime now that it doesnt have to split its app across
four servers and suffer the impact of network outages.
Lewandowski was moving ASAP away from the
3000 by 2001. I had positioned us to minimize the impact on the
business when HPs announcement came, he said. He
developed applications in Microsofts tools ASAP resells
Microsoft products, among other PC solutions and did not
develop them on the 3000, fearing that one day HP would make that
ASAP did have the heart and soul of our
business applications on the 3000 on that day in November,
though. Inventory management and revenue processing took place on the
3000 in COBOL, and the company is moving to a Windows .NET
environment using Fujitsus COBOL environment.
Of the customers on the panel, only the City
of Houstons Ken Taylor appeared to start moving away from the
3000 on the day HPs news arrived. Taylor was the only panelist
not purchasing HPs Services or running a business built around
delivering IT Services (Oy Porasto AB, an IT services company with
large insurers as clients, sent director Matti Merilainen to speak on
Most migration managers on the panel appeared
to have started to move away from the 3000 in some measure at the
time HP delivered its 2001 news. Merilainen said that when Compuware
declined to revise its Uniface software tool for MPE/iX, Porasto got
a little earlier jump on the migration task.
The challenge of migration also presented
some opportunities for the panelists. Lewandowski said ASAP will be
standardizing on its new app in both the US and Europe. Taylor said
his migration will help the City of Houston clean up old
In our migration project, weve
taken this opportunity to resolve all the ills weve had for
years and years, Taylor said. This is going to be our one
shot. The city is creating a new report generator and
re-engineering its entire application. When we finish,
theres going to be less maintenance in the end.
After HPs Alvina Nishimoto said
customers are re-approaching HP about migrations after failing at
rewrites, Merilainen said there were two things his company had
Migration is much cheaper than a
rewrite, he said. We have no time to rewrite all our
applications. But the second thing is that migration will cost a lot
more than we thought one year ago.
Taylor said hes learned that the new
A-Class servers are considerably more powerful than the huge
servers we had. Im going to save $100,000 in maintenance as
soon as I can retire those [Series 960 and 959-400] HP 3000s. I just
cant get off of them fast enough.
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