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London, England – June 28 2001 – Owners of legacy software written in Assembler can now re-engineer their applications to a more modern, e-business focused environment, following the launch of a new system by Software Migrations Limited (SML). Unlike any previous system, SML’s Fermat transformation technology identifies key business rules and original logical design within Assembler, giving a complete migration.

Using the Fermat technique, complex Assembler systems can be analysed, re-engineered and transformed into a more modern and flexible Java, C or CoBOL-based environment. Re-engineering legacy Assembler code has always been seen as one of the most significant barriers to effectively transforming mixed Assembler and CoBOL applications, says SML.

According to Simon Grant, SML’s Sales & Marketing Director, “There is about 50 billion lines of Assembler code still in use around the world, and much of it is still there because there have not been the tools and techniques available to effectively re-engineer it. Using Fermat’s new re-engineering capabilities we can slash the cost of modernising legacy Assembler code by over 50% compared to purely manual methods.”

Compared to CoBOL and other legacy languages, Assembler is anywhere from 3-5 times more complex (According to Tapers Jones of Software Productivity Research, Inc.) to understand and therefore re-engineer. Fermat is able to capture the entire functionality of an Assembler application and using a series of mathematically proven code transformations, radically restructure and re-engineer the code without changing its original functionality.

“This may not seem like a big deal to someone who hasn’t had to maintain and update a 20 year old legacy Assembler system, but the fact there is still so much business-critical Assembler code out there is a testament to how difficult it is to change it. If it was easy, there wouldn’t be any Assembler left,” says Grant.

Software Migrations Limited (SML) is a UK based software tools development company. Founded in 1993, SML developed Fermat, one of the world’s leading code transformation technologies technology and as has become the world leader in the development of analysis, re-engineering and transformation tools for IBM mainframe Assembler. As part of Plato, SML is now able to provide its customers with additional value-added legacy services ranging from on-site tool support and consultancy to managed migration and re-engineering projects. Some past Fermat customers include IBM Global Services, IBM Japan, Galileo, GPT, Debis GmbH and other major corporate Assembler users world-wide.

Plato Computer Services (UK) Limited is an independent software consultancy that provides IT services and solutions to meet organisation’s business and technical needs. Customers include Blue Chip companies such as NatWest Group, Sun Life Financial of Canada and Thomson Holidays. Established in 1984, and wholly owned by its employees, Plato employs some 250 consultants who contribute a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience across a variety of disciplines within enterprise computing.

Through more than 15 years of controlled growth and consistent profitability, Plato has proved time and again its ability to deliver specialist resources or entire projects to time, specification and budget. Long-term relationships are the foundation of Plato’s success and the guarantee of both its own and its customers future.

For further information, please contact:


Mary Hennessy
Plato Computer Services (UK) Limited
01707 600700
mary.hennessy@plato.co.uk
Peter Linton
Media Link
0118 984 3386
peter@medialink.co.uk


David Threadgill
SML
01707 600700
david.threadgill@smltd.co.uk

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