Modern Woodmen of America successfully live after mainframe migration

June 1, 2018

Over the weekend of 2-4 February 2018, Modern Woodmen went live after successfully migrating their OS2200 mainframe to a distributed server environment using Asysco Migration Technology.

Modern Woodmen of America is one of the largest fraternal benefit societies in the United States, with more than 750,000 members. The organization has helped provide financial security to families since 1883.

The project started in January 2016. The migration encompassed an OS2200 COBOL application of over 5 million lines of code, 3,000 ECL scripts and over 170 integrating applications to an AMT COBOL solution – a huge undertaking by any measure. The vastly increased scale and requirements of Modern Woodmen required a relatively new platform to evolve into one that can support over 20 developers, 400,000 daily transactions and a daily batch of 700 programs. A big challenge especially since Modern Woodmen, as a financial services organization, has to comply with strict regulatory requirements. This project was all about testing, testing and more testing.

After months and months of hard work the hour of truth arrived. In just one weekend the final cutover, from the old system to the new, took place.  Given the complexity of the project, a significant Asysco presence was there. To afford the project team the most time Modern Woodmen closed the business at noon on Friday.

Saturday was predominantly the execution of the daily batch. This ran like clockwork and finished within a few minutes of schedule. On Sunday morning nearly 100 business users came in to run through a series of scripted tests, inquiry only at first but moving on to some updating later. Here a first serious issue was encountered. A team was quickly assembled to work through what was happening. Within a few hours the problem was isolated and a fix in progress. Once ready and deployed, Modern Woodmen continued testing and everything passed with flying colors! On the first day of running the new AMT system it was business as usual. Only a handful of AMT related problems were identified, as was to be expected. But nothing has stopped the processing of a normal day’s work.

Nathan Bignall, Project Manager, Modern Woodmen of America: “This has been an incredible project. With every challenge, a solution was found which proved the dedication, talent and hard work of the entire team, Modern Woodman and Asysco. It was not an easy journey but we made it happen, together!”

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