Nord/LBs primary challenge involved upgrading from a legacy version of MxG2000 (version 2.10.90) derived from a version of Murex that was over 10 years old. “This was one of the most important upgrades from MxG2000 to MX.3 that we have seen in Europe due to the scale of work involved” states Adam Vile, Head of Financial Services at Excelian.
The latest version of MX.3, MX.3.1.28 was a major technological jump and, whilst it would bring significant business and operational benefits, required a highly specialised team with experience of the FEM approach to ensure that timelines, costs and delivery risk were kept to a minimum.
“Excelian had all the expertise we needed for the project, and we received the relevant expert advice throughout each stage” said Volker Raguse, Project Manager for NORD/LB.
The FEM approach involves high levels of automation for the migration of both functionality and data, and so contains an advanced suite of tools, methodologies and processes adapted to the client’s platform. Excelian made use of many of these native migration tools and functionality such as MXpress to accelerate the upgrade, and increase productivity.
Excelian also made extensive use of its own automated testing and reconciliation software, Smart Suite of which Volker commented “Using Smart Suite has helped us to reduce the cost on the business side by repeatedly and quickly entering and processing deals. Previously this would have been done manually, so this has been a big benefit to us.”
“Smart Suite enabled multiple delivery streams to co-ordinate their testing which was critical in a test heavy project such as this.” says John Williamson, Head of Development at Excelian. “We were able to test critical interdependencies across the streams and reconcile differences far earlier than taking a normal silo approach to testing the system ‘stream by stream’, and therefore picking up issues late in SIT or even in UAT.”
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