Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) is a modern, high-tech mining company headquartered in Zeitz. MIBRAG is one of the largest brown coal producers in Germany, mining up to 20 million tons of lignite (brown coal) each year – providing reliable power and heat. In addition to its mines, MIBRAG also operates a processing plant and three power stations. These supply power for mining operations, and district heating and process steam for around 9,000 local customers. MIBRAG employs around 2,000 people in secure jobs, provides vocational training for young people and contributes sustainably to regional economic development. 

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CLIENT
MIBRAG

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SECTOR
Mining

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PROJECT
OpenVMS Application Migration

"Advanced has the technical expertise and well-established methodology”

Rainer Waldbauer > CIO > MIBRAG

CHALLENGES

CHALLENGES

MIBRAG was running critical lignite mining, modelling and data processing systems on ageing HP OpenVMS Alpha server hardware. The ability to shorten delivery times, minimise costs and ensure the quality of the migration proved challenging. MIBRAG also wanted to reduce the risk of dependency of critical applications on the ageing HP OpenVMS Alpha platform and have a possible package replacement.

SOLUTIONS

SOLUTIONS

MIBRAG asked us to migrate the critical mathematical modelling and data processing applications. The process started with an Advanced PathFinder Assessment phase in order to analyse the applications’ assets and assess the scope and complexities of the project. The PathFinder Assessment also ensured a firm price for the project up front. The applications were then migrated to an open and more flexible Microsoft Windows Server environment with Oracle 11g replacing the Rdb database. Open Libr8 and Open DCL products were deployed to support the OpenVMS system services and lexical functions and DCL scripts respectively.

MAJOR BENEFITS

MAJOR BENEFITS

With the move to the Windows environment, MIBRAG has been able to consolidate its skill-set by maintaining all its applications within the more productive Microsoft Visual Studio development environment, and this will enable better future integration into the .NET architecture. Taken together, MIBRAG will be able to reduce their operating costs while obtaining greater reliability and flexibility for the future.

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