Automated Tool for Converts ADABAS/Natural Applications to Java Using Relational Databases

New software tool to help organizations migrate from legacy ADABAS/Natural applications

CARY, N.C. and HERZLIA, Israel -- Aug. 16, 2005 -- BluePhoenix Solutions, a leader in enterprise IT modernization, today announced its newest solution: a fully automated converter for ADABAS/Natural applications to Java accessing a relational database management system (RDBMS). The solution helps companies migrate applications away from the proprietary ADABAS/Natural environments to modern, open technologies such as Java, J2EE, relational databases, and Web-enabled graphical user-interfaces. The migrated applications can then be extended more easily to meet new business requirements.

The ADABAS database software was created in 1971. It remains one of the fastest databases in the world and is used by more than 3,000 major companies worldwide. Natural is a fourth generation programming language, first developed in the late 1970s.

“The need to cut costs and to catch-up with emerging business requirements is driving companies to move their older applications and databases to modern Web environments such as Java and .NET,” said Orit Abelson, product manager at BluePhoenix. “Although many of these legacy applications are still functioning quite well, the costs of execution and license fees are rising steadily while the specialized programmers needed for these 4GL environments are getting harder and harder to find.”

“Companies have made substantial investments in their IT assets to support their mission-critical processes,” said Dale Vecchio, research vice president at Gartner. “But the Web has changed everything. Now, in order to stay competitive, IT managers have to cut costs and improve response time by modernizing their legacy applications to Web-based environments such as Java or .NET.”

In 2004, BluePhoenix announced plans to provide customers with the industry’s most complete portfolio of high-efficiency conversion tools for application migration for all major 4GL languages. To date, the company has developed specialized tools for five major 4GL languages and now offers LanguageMigrator software for Natural, ADSO, Mantis, COOL:Gen, and PowerBuilder. BluePhoenix now offers a complete solution for clients looking to migrate away from ADABAS/Natural. Clients can migrate to RDBMS /Java or RDBMS/COBOL. The solution also enables migrating ADABAS/COBOL to RDBMS/COBOL.

A platform migration is also provided for customers moving away from the mainframe. All job control streams and mainframe utilities are also migrated to scripts and appropriate utilities on the target environment.

BluePhoenix™ DBMSMigrator for ADABAS/Natural is designed to provide an end-to-end solution including Java code generation, JSP screen generation, RDBMS schema generation, data migration programs to migrate the data from ADABAS to RDBMS, thus creating a target application ready for acceptance tests. The converted code is supplied with a Java open source library to implement Natural-specific functions, thus speeding the adoption of Java and accelerating the development of future Java applications.

BluePhoenix™ LanguageMigrator for Natural supports all versions of Natural including both reporting and structured mode. It can be used to migrate both online and batch applications to Java running on any J2EE platform. It also supports Natural to COBOL on Unix or Windows platforms. DBMSMigrator migrates all ADABAS files to standard relational databases such as DB2, SQL Server, or Oracle.

About BluePhoenix Solutions

BluePhoenix Solutions is a leader in 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. For more information, please visit

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