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One of Holland’s largest public transport providers uses AOK from ChangeBASE to successfully migrate applications to Windows 7.

London, 8th September 2011 – ChangeBASE, the world leader in application compatibility testing, remediation and conversion today announced that RET, one of Holland’s largest public transport agencies, has deployed AOK to accelerate its migration to Windows 7.

RET provides for the daily transportation needs of over 600,000 people and is responsible for the safe and timely travel of approximately two hundred million people per year. Keeping Rotterdam moving means utilising the very best technology available, so when the Board at RET decided to combine a move to a new headquarters with a hardware refresh and an operating system migration to Windows 7, the project team needed to test, report, fix and deploy over 200 business and safety critical applications all within a five month time frame. The organisation engaged with ChangeBASE through its Dutch partner, PDS, a leading European distributor of application migration tools.

AOK is a modular software suite that enables organisations to test, remediate and convert their application estate for compatibility with Windows 7, 64-bit, Windows Server 2008, Office 2010, Internet Explorer 8 and all major virtual environments. AOK offers dramatic cost and time savings across the entire application testing and packaging process, ensuring high quality and consistent results.

“AOK is so simple, it does exactly what it says it does, quickly and efficiently,” commented Martin Spijkers, Technical System Development Co-ordinator, RET. “And, within tight timescales, AOK delivered. AOK reduced our packaging time by a third on average - AOK goes straight to the issue, fixes it and moves on. With AOK we don’t waste time anymore, we’re winning time.”

“AOK’s immense capability to accurately and quickly test, report and fix applications has really proved itself with the RET project,” commented John Tate, Managing Director of ChangeBASE. “As we approach the end of life for key enterprise operating systems such as XP, the clock is now ticking for organisations to complete their migration to Windows 7. The speed at which AOK can shorten the migration timescale is a positive benefit to every organisation now looking to deploy Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8.”

“Efficiency and speed were the key drivers for the team at RET,” commented Coert Bosker, PDS. “From our experience of working with ChangeBASE and deploying AOK into numerous client sites, we knew that AOK was the only solution that would meet their needs. AOK’s bulk loading, testing, reporting and fixing shortened the repackaging elements of the migration considerably for RET - we’re delighted with how smoothly and efficiently the project went.” RET is now in the final stages of its migration project and AOK has been established as a company standard. “AOK now plays a major part in our repackaging process,” concluded Martin Spijkers. “It’s a standard tool that we use to cut processing time and it provides us with quality assurance in our compatibility requirements.”

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About RET
RET transports more than 600,000 passengers every day in and around Rotterdam. With around 3000 employees (full-time and freelance), the company is responsible for transporting 185.7 million passengers per year.

Since its creation in 1878, RET has grown considerably. We now have 34 bus lines, 8 tram lines, 2 metro/fast-tram lines and the Erasmus Randstad Rail-line. This network is served by a fleet of 238 busses, 118 trams and 152 metro trains. And, since the summer of 2008, we also transport our passengers over water. The Nieuwe Prins is the name of the new RET-Fast Ferry. This fast vessel links Hoek van Holland with a number of destinations on the Maasvlakte (a large industrial area constructed in the North Sea).

About ChangeBASE
ChangeBASE is the world leader in automated application analysis, remediation and conversion. Its software suite, AOK, enables enterprises to migrate to Windows 7, the latest Internet Explorer, and virtual platforms from Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and Symantec.

ChangeBASE aspires to facilitate the application migration process, by accelerating time scales and improving the quality and consistency of output, while minimising costs and resource requirements. 6 of the top 10 FTSE companies are currently using AOK to reduce costs and migrate faster.
ChangeBASE has an extensive global partner base, and is Microsoft Gold Certified, a Citrix Ready Partner and a VMware Technology Partner.

About PDS
Founded in 1989, PDS is one of the most successful distributors for application migration tools in EMEA with focus on the BeNeLux countries.
With dedicated staff for sales, marketing, training and support on the leading software development & packaging tools in the industry and organizer of industry event www.packagingevent.com, PDS has a strong reputation in this particular market thanks to dedication and product knowledge.

For further information, please contact:
Emily Jones
Marketing Coordinator
ChangeBASE Ltd.
Email: emily.jones@changebase.com
Tel: 00 44 207 194 8078
Web: www.changebase.com

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