Isle of Man to save £1.5m moving off mainframes

The Isle of Man government is set to save £1.5 million after moving its core mainframe applications to Microsoft Windows-based platforms.

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The Isle of Man government is set to save £1.5 million after moving its core mainframe applications to Microsoft Windows-based platforms.

The nine month migration, using Micro Focus Net Express software, a Cobol development environment, was completed in December, and the government expects to make a return on investment in the next 12 months. The £1.5 million saving will be generated over the following five years, through lower maintenance costs, it said.

Five developer years of work were used in the migration, the government said, as opposed to the five to ten it estimated were required to rewrite one mainframe application.

It migrated the National Insurance, company register, rates and vehicle registration applications, leaving them with the same user interface.

Allan Paterson, IT director, said the project had been “highly cost-effective” and had not impacted services used by residents or businesses.

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