Cybermation Inc.

Cybermation Inc.

October 18, 2005 08:55 ET

Cybermation Joins Microsoft Mainframe Migration Alliance

MARKHAM, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - Oct 18, 2005) -

Cybermation Helps Enterprises Achieve Cost Savings and Improve Business Agility by Moving Their Job Scheduling Systems from the Mainframe to a Single Open Platform

Cybermation, a leading developer of enterprise job scheduling and software change management solutions, has joined the Mainframe Migration Alliance (MMA) a Microsoft partnership initiative aimed at helping enterprises move to the .NET platform. As a member of the co-marketing program, Cybermation can offer enterprises assistance with the conversion tools and resources necessary to migrate mainframe legacy schedulers to a lower cost platform. By working with Cybermation, enterprises can reduce the risk, time, costs and complexity of migration, and improve ROI. Recent reports refer to a telecommunications company that estimated it would save $12 million in three years on software licenses alone after moving applications from the mainframe to a single open platform.

The MMA comprises a number of information technology companies who collaborate to assist customers with their migration from proprietary host-based mainframe systems to Intel architecture and Windows Server System platforms such as .NET and Wintel. The partnership program also provides a central location for information and tools to help enterprise IT organizations understand migration-related issues and to learn from others' success.

Enterprises with mainframe systems are considering migrating to a single platform to avoid a growing skills shortage which threatens to stifle innovation in the ISV ecosystem. Mainframe systems engineers are becoming a scarce and expensive resource; as a result organizations are spending up to 90 per cent of their IT budget on maintenance rather than development. Many are therefore looking to replace these systems. Migrating to lower cost technologies delivers the agility needed to adapt to new business requirements at a lower cost, without sacrificing the scalability, reliability and security of the mainframe. Cybermation's comprehensive enterprise solution can cater for either Windows-based or mainframe platforms.

Cybermation recently announced its first MMA project for insurance company Lombard Canada Ltd, undertaken with MMA partners CRATOS, a migration specialist, and Micro Focus, a provider of legacy application development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. The three worked with Lombard Canada to move its core applications from the mainframe to the Windows Server™ 2003 operating system and SQL Server™. As part of this project, Lombard replaced its legacy job scheduler with Cybermation's ESP distributed job scheduler to automate batch job scheduling workload and manage system resources.

"By migrating to a Windows-based platform we were able to reduce our expenditure and increase our investment in other areas. We expect to see cost savings of up to $1 million a year simply from migrating to the new open system," said Peter Howling, vice president of IT, Lombard Canada Ltd. "We chose to work with partners from the MMA because this is seen as a trusted resource for locating vendors, service suppliers and the tools necessary to migrate applications."

"By moving to a Windows-based platform, enterprises find they have a wider choice of vendors. Plus, firms can avoid costly licensing, upgrades and support costs. Many vendor mainframe applications have cost factors of 5 or 10:1 compared to those running on a Windows server," said Spyros Sakellariadis, Director of the Mainframe Migration Alliance at Microsoft Corporation.

"The MMA partnership supports lower cost migration offered in line with the customer's technology and business needs. Our position within the MMA is to offer greater choice to our customers to run mission-critical applications on these types of platforms while also helping people continue to exploit their investment in legacy applications and protect that investment," said Ray Nissan, CEO, Cybermation.

About Micro Focus - Unlocking the Value of Legacy™

Micro Focus is a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. Micro Focus enables organizations to reduce costs and increase agility with minimal risk by reusing their legacy applications with contemporary architectures and web services. Founded in 1976, Micro Focus is a global company with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. For more information, visit www.microfocus.com.

About the Mainframe Migration Alliance

The Mainframe Migration Alliance (MMA) is an alliance of companies offering technology and services to support customers who wish to migrate applications from the mainframe to the Microsoft Windows platform. The MMA provides a central location for information and tools to help enterprise IT organizations understand migration-related issues and to learn from others success. For more information on the MMA, visit www.mainframemigration.org.

About Cybermation

We make the complex, simple. Cybermation develops enterprise job scheduling and software change management solutions for automating mission critical IT processes. Over the last four years, Cybermation has been recognized as one of the fastest growing software vendors in our industry and as the largest vendor focused primarily on job scheduling. Cybermation has a dedicated team of experienced industry professionals to effortlessly install our solutions, train staff and support customers. We have industry-leading customer enthusiasm levels and an enviable list of Global 2000 customers, including Allstate Insurance, CN Rail, Delta Air Lines, Gap Inc., Honda, McDonald's, Nike, Hudson's Bay Company, UPS, and Verizon in North America and T-Systems UK, Sony, GE Capital and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Europe.

Cybermation has global presence, with offices throughout North America and Europe. Our enterprise solutions include ESP Workload Manager and ESP Espresso for job scheduling environments and ESP Alchemist for software change management environments. For more information, visit www.cybermation.com.

Cybermation® and ESP Workload Manager® are registered trademarks of Cybermation Inc. ESP Espresso™, ESP Business Agent™ and ESP Alchemist™ are trademarks of Cybermation International Inc. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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