The Government of Alberta re-hosts its mainframe ‘JOIN’ IDMS based application to Windows and SQL Server with Anubex’ technology


Anubex, leader in automated application modernization, is pleased to announce that Mariner Innovations, its partner specializing in application modernization and IT professional services, has completed the migration of the governments’ application from z/OS and IDMS to .NET.


In order for the Province to meet the present and future business needs, JOIN had to undergo modernization to provide a foundation that can easily add new functionality when required by legislation and/or business needs. The initiative required code modernization, database re-engineering, new component development and migration to a new target platform.

Therefore the project expectations were amongst others to:

  • Implement a solution that would allow full migration of JOIN off the existing mainframe hardware and software base.
  • Deliver a fully migrated technical application environment that would result in reduced overall costs of operation and increased supportability and sustainability of the application base.

The migration had to minimize retraining for the development and support staff by maintaining the application code, external applications support, and existing user interface for online screens, while maintaining ongoing operations.

Selection and Execution

On February 10th, 2014 the Province issued an RFP and the contract was eventually awarded to Mariner Innovations on June 10th, 2014. The re-hosted application went into production on the new, modern environment in the weekend of 13-14 June 2015.

Tony Van der Beken, Project Manager at Anubex comments: “Our migration solutions and unique expertise played a crucial role in the success of this project, but we could only succeed with the trust from and the commitment of the experienced technical teams from Mariner Innovations and from the customer.”

Louis Heymans, CEO of Anubex adds: “We used our automated testing product TestMatch intensively during this project. TestMatch offers automated recording and replay of complete scenarios or individual sessions and it can be used for both functional testing and stress testing. The product goes as far as providing detailed analysis of response times and throughput, and also contains helpful utilities to detect performance problems. It calculates elaborate test scenario coverage statistics and the pass rate of replayed tests.”