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

DALLAS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ — 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 completely.

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 environment.

“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.


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

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CONTACT: Anna Stamatelatos of ATERAS, +1-469-385-7236, [email protected]

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