Illinois Township High School District 211 Migrates IMS to SQL Server with ATERAS and Fujitsu Solution

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ATERAS and Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation announced today that Township High School District 211 in Illinois, in its overall effort to reduce IT costs and improve productivity, has selected a solution by ATERAS and Fujitsu to migrate its student information, payroll, personnel and security database systems from a mainframe IMS environment to the Microsoft® SQL Server platform.

ATERAS and Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation announced today that Township High School District 211 in Illinois, in its overall effort to reduce IT costs and improve productivity, has selected a solution by ATERAS and Fujitsu to migrate its student information, payroll, personnel and security database systems from a mainframe IMS environment to the Microsoft® SQL Server platform.

Township High School District 211, the largest high school district in the State of Illinois with nearly 13,000 students on five campuses, will have ATERAS and Fujitsu move its applications off a mainframe and onto the Microsoft® Windows® platform. The solution uses ATERAS DB-Shuttle™ and Fujitsu's NetCOBOL® for .NET, NeoBatch® and NeoKicks®. ATERAS' technical expertise and 100 percent automation technology will meet the district's requirements for a quick and error-free conversion of the IMS calls, database and data. The Fujitsu suite of products will automate the migration of CICS, COBOL and JCL code, and be used for future development of tightly integrated high-performance applications in the Windows environment.

A key objective for the project is to make the migration, which will modernize all of the district's critical business processes, as transparent as possible to users who are dependent on minute-to-minute interaction with their business applications and interfaces. District 211 also wants to avoid any interruptions that might lower the productivity of the district-wide staff. ATERAS and Fujitsu will support this effort by using DB-Shuttle and NetCOBOL technology to create an open-architecture environment providing seamless computing across the district's enterprise.

"We've chosen to migrate these back-office functions, which are critical to our overall technology infrastructure, to a more agile platform like Windows® to eliminate the significant costs associated with mainframe maintenance, while at the same time increasing our internal control over core applications," said Charlie Peterson, director of technology services at High School District 211. ATERAS and Fujitsu offered us the most comprehensive solution for meeting our goal within a relatively short timeframe.

"Organizations like Township High School District 211 are looking for ways to reuse legacy applications without sacrificing the performance and reliability of their mission-critical business processes," said Scott Miller, president and CEO for ATERAS. "DB-Shuttle and NeoKicks provide a low-risk solution that enables District 211 to eliminate mainframe maintenance costs and reuse existing business processes, while simultaneously improving performance and security."

Ron Langer, vice president of legacy modernization at Fujitsu Computer Systems, added, "Our strategy is to offer tools that revitalize applications as they are migrated off a mainframe. For example, NeoKicks transforms CICS character screens into ASP.NET Web pages, and NetCOBOL opens the door to the .NET Framework. Consequently we see ATERAS as the ideal partner because DB-Shuttle provides that same revitalizing ability for IMS databases. By taking them to SQL Server, new possibilities are available to the applications, and users have the option of creating their own ad-hoc queries and reports using one of the many packaged tools available."

About Township High School District 211

Township High School District 211 is the largest high school district in the state with 12,878 students in its five high schools. All five District 211 high schools have been recognized by the United States Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Township High School District 211 is located about 25 miles northwest of Chicago and serves the communities of Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Palatine, and Schaumburg, and parts of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Streamwood, and South Barrington. The five high schools include: James B. Conant, William Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg. District 211 also has two alternative high schools, Academy-North and LEAP (Life Skills and Educational Alternatives Program), which service approximately 40 special needs students each. For more information visit: http://www.d211.org/aboutus.shtml.

About ATERAS

ATERAS has supported global enterprises for over 20 years, offering state of the art services to our clients by modernizing and migrating legacy systems to the most current IT environments. The patent-pending DB-Shuttle™ automation technology provides everything from comprehensive assessments of existing IT environments to fully automated conversions. Migration of mission critical applications and databases can be either mainframe to mainframe or mainframe to distributed platforms utilizing the .NET Framework. ATERAS delivers these solutions by working through leading systems integrators and alliance partners in markets including: Insurance, Financial Services, Healthcare, Government and Universities, both domestically and globally. For more information visit: http://www.ateras.com

About Fujitsu

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE® strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world's leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com for further information.

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ATERAS

Anna Stamatelatos

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

469.385.7236

Township High School District 211

Charles A. Peterson

Director, Technology Services

847.755.6600

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Karen Richardson

PR Manager

408.746.3300

Fujitsu, the Fujitsu logo, and TRIOLE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. NetCOBOL, NeoBatch and NeoKicks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation in the United States and other countries. ATERAS and DB-Shuttle are trademarks or registered trademarks of ATERAS in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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