Arriva are one of the largest bus companies in London, running more than 1,500 buses a day from 14 garages. They employ over 30,000 people and are part of the Arriva Group, which is one of the largest European transport service organisations. Arriva buses run all around the UK, delivering more than one billion passenger journeys across eight European countries every year.
"Advanced has migrated our applications without any changes for daily users”
Alan Ricot > IT Manager > Arriva
Implementing a new package would have adhered to Arriva Group policy, but would also have forced changes to working practices, which we they were keen to avoid. Such changes would have probably incurred significant retraining costs in all their garages, with no guarantees of improved functionality. A new bespoke solution would have likewise involved very large costs and additional risks. They were happy with the existing system they had, so the best option was to migrate it.
Arriva London wanted the migrated applications to offer the staff in the garages the same character based look and feel that they were used to. They also hoped it could provide a Windows graphical browser interface for other staff where appropriate. The main goal was to migrate applications to reduce business risk and the ongoing maintenance costs associated with the applications and ensuring vital information is also easier to retrieve.
Through converting COBOL code to ANSI standard open systems ACUCOBOL on an IBM xSeries model 255 server, using the Microsoft Windows Server operating system with an SQL Server database. This was undertaken while avoiding critical system downtime. After an extensive usability and testing period, the new system is live and has been rolled out to 14 Arriva garages around the Capital.
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