ATERAS Awarded New Conversion After Successfully Completing Migration of Progressive Insurance's IDMS ADS/Online to DB2 CICS COBOL

    DALLAS, April 10 /CNW/ -- ATERAS announced today that they have been
selected by Progressive Casualty Insurance Company for the Policy Number
Expansion Project, using DB-Shuttle(TM) Enterprise Change capabilities. This
project follows the successful ATERAS migration of Progressive's IDMS CORE
Claims System to a CICS COBOL DB2 environment, retiring IDMS and ADS/Online
    ATERAS will use its DB-Shuttle Enterprise Change technology to perform
the Policy Number Expansion. The purpose of the project is to use a standard
automated method to identify and change the field definition and length of 36
different DB2 columns (including policy number, name and address) across
multiple databases in the Progressive Enterprise. DB-Shuttle's Enterprise
Change technology will also find and change all related program variables,
regardless of the variable naming conventions and the use of these fields in
the business logic.
    The DB-Shuttle Enterprise Changer will collect and analyze more than
13,000,000 lines of code across more than 8700 programs and copy modules.  It
will then generate the required change rules and apply them to the programs
and modules, including changes required within the logic for handling numeric
to alphanumeric changes.
    In May 2006, ATERAS used DB-Shuttle's Transformation Engines to modernize
Progressive's mission-critical CORE Claims System.  The Claims System supports
10,000 users, processes 2,000,000 transactions a day, and supports claims
activity nationwide.  The following statistics summarize the conversion:
     (*)  5 million lines of code
     (*)  265 IDMS Schema Record Types
     (*)  397 IDMS Maps
     (*)  603 ADS/Online dialogs
     (*)  1797 IDMS COBOL programs

    Progressive now has functionally equivalent DB2 applications that are
high-performance, non-proprietary and fully relational.  The new configuration
reduces overall cost, improves access to the data, and provides the business
with greater agility.  This transition was performed without disrupting
Progressive's business activities and without impacting the end-user
    "Our patent-pending DB-Shuttle technology assesses, analyzes and converts
non-relational applications, databases and languages to relational
technologies, while assuring the integrity and completeness of the resulting
applications.  Our new Enterprise Change technology allows any organization
the luxury of automated field expansion throughout their enterprise. Insurance
companies benefit from this unique capability as their businesses require
change to fields such as names, addresses, age tables and policy numbers. More
and more companies are choosing automation over manual methods for conversion
and enterprise-wide change.  We believe that our unique technology is a key
driver in this movement," says Scott Miller, president and chief executive
officer of ATERAS.

    About Progressive Insurance
    The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, now celebrating its 70th
year in business, is the country's third largest auto insurance group and
largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies based on
premiums written, and is a market leader in commercial auto insurance.
    Progressive is committed to becoming consumers' #1 choice for auto
insurance by providing competitive products and rates that meet driver's needs
throughout their lifetimes, superior online and in-person customer service,
and best-in-class, 24-hour claims service, including its concierge level of
claims service available at service centers throughout the United States.
    Progressive companies offer consumers choices in how to shop for, buy and
manage their auto insurance policies. The Agency Business sells Progressive
Drive Insurance private passenger auto insurance through more than 30,000
independent agencies. To find an agent, go to
The Direct Business sells Progressive Direct Private passenger auto insurance
online at and by phone at 1-800-Progressive. Each
business makes independent decisions about private passenger auto insurance
product design and pricing, and both offer Progressive's other products,
including Progressive Commercial, Progressive Motorcycle, Progressive Boat,
etc. Progressive and Drive are registered trademarks.
    The Common Shares of the Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village,
Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at NYSE:   PGR. For more
information, please visit Progressive and Drive
are registered trademarks.

    About ATERAS
    ATERAS has supported global enterprises for over 20 years offering state
of the art services to our clients by modernizing legacy systems to the most
current IT environments. The patent pending DB-Shuttle(TM) automation
technology provides everything from comprehensive assessments of IT
environments to fully automated conversions. DB-Shuttle offers a complete and
automated method for organizations to protect legacy assets, reduce
maintenance costs, provide agility and flexibility, and enable Service
Oriented Architecture (SOA) of business-critical applications. For more
information on ATERAS' solutions visit

     Contact:  ATERAS
               Anna Stamatelatos


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