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BluePhoenix Completes Large-Scale Migration Project, Part of Multi-Million Dollar Contract for Major US Bank.

NEW YORK & HERZLIA, Israel -- Project Uses BluePhoenix(TM) DBMSMigrator Tool to Migrate Legacy Trading Application to a More Flexible IT Environment

E[acute accent]BluePhoenix Solutions (Nasdaq:BPHX), the leader in Enterprise IT Modernization, today announced that, utilizing its DBMSMigrator tool, it has successfully completed a large-scale IDMS to DB2 database and application migration project. The project, part of a two-year multi-million dollar contract, was done for a prominent North-American banking group and involved the full-scale non-relational to relational database and application migration of over 170 database records and about 1,050 legacy programs. E[acute accent]"Non-relational databases have become increasingly constraining and relatively expensive to modify and maintain when compared to newer relational databases such as DB2," said Eran Frank, vice president of business development at BluePhoenix Solutions. "Licensing costs and the scarcity of experts are just a couple of reasons why more and more companies are performing automated migrations to relational databases." E[acute accent]The bank requested the migration of its trading application, which is used to manage the bank's financial portfolio. The firm looked for a solution that would enable the bank to combine the newly converted application data with the majority of its other applications which are already using DB2. This would in turn significantly reduce operating costs and improve the integration level of data in all databases and the applications that access the data. In addition, the bank wanted to be able to implement changes and modifications to the application with relative ease. The BluePhoenix(TM) DBMSMigrator tool was chosen due to its highly automated conversion capability, cost effectiveness, and repeatable, consistent process. E[acute accent]The conversion project began with planning and analysis during which BluePhoenix used its IT Discovery tool to perform a global analysis of the source-code inventory comprised of batch COBOL/IDMS programs and online COBOL/CICS programs. This was followed by a detailed analysis step where the relational structure of the new data model was designed and mapping migration rules from the old database to the new one were defined. The project involved migrating the old database that resides in 170 IDMS record types to the new DB2 tables. Lastly, an automated code conversion was preformed on approximately 1,050 programs modifying them from accessing IDMS with DML commands to accessing COBOL/DB2 with SQL - both for Batch and online CICS programs. E[acute accent]"Automated migration is the most cost effective, reliable and efficient way to migrate systems today," said Yuval Sadan, vice president of North American delivery services at BluePhoenix Solutions. "The advantage of DBMSMigrator is that it gives you all the benefits of automated migration, while allowing you to control the conversion process by configurable rules." E[acute accent]BluePhoenix has extensive experience in automated global assessment, migration, and remediation projects for a range of companies in the finance and insurance industries worldwide, including Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, Fortis, Rabobank, LBS Group, Phoenix Assurance, and others.

E[acute accent]About BluePhoenix Solutions

E[acute accent]BluePhoenix Solutions leads the IT Modernization market by developing unique solutions that enable companies to automate the process of modernizing and upgrading their mainframe and distributed IT infrastructure, thus quickly and cost-effectively extending the ROI of their existing IT systems. The company's comprehensive suite of tools and services, (including technology for Understanding, Presentment, Migration, Remediation and Redevelopment), reduces the cost of renovation and speeds up the renewal process. BluePhoenix has 12 offices throughout the world, including locations in the US, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Australia and Israel. The company's major shareholder is Formula Systems (NASDAQ: FORTY), an international Information Technology company principally engaged in providing software products, solutions, and services in various vertical markets.

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