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August 8th, 2017

Legacy modernization - MOST Software
Technologies helps Ministry of Transport to
ready legacy applications to handle car
registration for the next 50 years!


As of 12th July 2017 all cars in Israel hit the road with 8 digit registration plates thanks to MOST Software Technologies. In a project conducted
together with the Ministry of Transport (MOT), affecting over 80 independent bodies and government agencies, all legacy applications on
both mainframe and open systems were remedied to support the expanded car registration numbers.

 

Background:
Planning for this project began 4 years ago – a project that impacted a multitude of government ministries and agencies and major financial organizations in the Israeli market. Two years back, in 2015, MOST Software Technologies was awarded the government tender to work with the ministry on this highly visible project. 

Ministry of Transport currently handles 4 million drivers, 3.2 million vehicles with an annually increase of 5.6% new vehicles on the road.

 

Project overview:


The project kicked-off in December 2015. During the course of the project all applications serving the Car Registration Authority on IBM mainframe and open
systems went through an automated conversion process. In March 2017 the converted applications, readied to handle 8 digit car registrations, went into production. In the course of the 14 month project MOT continued to operate without interruption including ongoing changes and modifications to existing applications.

 

Two stage roll-out:
The ministry operates multiple interfaces to other government agencies, ministries, local authorities and other parties connected to the automotive sector including banks, insurance companies, vehicle importers and all the way down the supply chain to local service stations and parking attendants – each with their own unique interface to the MOT. In spite of the fact that MOT was now ready to
handle 8 digit registrations, these entities continued to co-exist with MOT via the existing 7 digit registration, gradually implementing their updated interfaces in a staged roll-out process. The two stage roll out served to significantly reduce potential project risks. This necessitated the development of a co-existence layer using multiple technologies, each adapted to the unique requirements of the
different interfaces. Go-live required the testing of not only the modified applications but also the co-existence interface layer.
The beginning of July 2017 saw the final stage of the project – all interfaced entities having been fully transferred to the new 8 digit system. Cars with 8 digit registrations are already on the road.

 

Testing environment:


Key to meeting the project deadline was the establishment of an automated testing environment based on MOST Technologies’ – MF-Test and HPE-ALM from HP. Test management and control was under HPE-ALM. Test automation and execution ran under MF-Test control and interfaced to HPE-ALM. This included both batch and online testing. Tester’s prime interface was HPE-ALM with the ability to run all requisite tests real-time or via overnight submission. Test reports generated by MF-Test were populated seamlessly within HPE-ALM for tester review.


Key achievements of the project:


1. Application transformation automation -

The use of automated tools at all stages of the project to handle impact analysis at the planning stage, managing the individual requirements during the design, execution of the requisite changes during the development stage and finally the high degree of test automation.


2. Test automation

Testing automation and process to support large scale testing in a relatively short time frame.


3. Application Life Cycle Management -

Integration between mainframe test automation via MF-Test and application life cycle management of both the open and mainframe environment via HPE-ALM.


4. Interface transition -

Development of a co-existence layer to support coexistence of all external 3rd party interfaces and their gradual transition to the
new system. This called for the central systems to support the old format of car registration with the new.


5. On time delivery -

The ability to meet a tight project timeline within a proscribed budget and going into production with the new system with zero
impact on the ongoing operation of MOT. The final stage of the project was completed 7 weeks before the date originally requested

by MOT's bid.