Böhler Edelstahl Moves to Open Systems with Platform from Sun

5/4/2004 - Showing continued momentum away from expensive, legacy, mainframe computing environments, Böhler Edelstahl GmbH, a leading manufacturer of high speed steels, tool steels and special materials, has selected an open systems platform from Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW). Böhler Edelstahl will migrate the production planning processes from an IBM zSeries 900 mainframe system to Sun Fire systems running the high-performance Solaris(tm) 9 Operating System software, to lower operational and service costs. Based on a successful mainframe rehosting pilot project completed in the Summer of 2003, Böhler Edelstahl expects to realize a substantial return on investment and reduce operational costs up to 40 percent. The complete rehosting project was completed in March 2004, moving the production planning system off the mainframe and onto cost-efficient, reliable Sun-only systems.

Headquartered in Vienna, Böhler Edelstahl concentrates its efforts on developing materials for highly demanding manufacturing applications. Before committing to a full scale migration project, Böhler Edelstahl analyzed the possibility of introducing an open systems platform in a pilot project. The company had to be able to continue to use its highly specialized and networked production and finishing planning application with minimal disruption and no change to end users in functionality or performance.

"We want to introduce IT technologies to future-proof our business," says Johann Weigand, CFO, Boehler Edelstahl. "Sun Microsystems provided us with a wonderful IBM mainframe retirement plan to get into a more flexible and open environment. The new Sun platform allows us to quickly adapt changing production processes in order to benefit from new market opportunities."

Lowering Cost in a Seamless Transition
The cost and usage analysis completed by Böhler Edelstahl early in 2003 indicated a great potential for savings through mainframe migration and server consolidation in the areas of licensing, maintenance and operating costs. These positive results led Böhler Edelstahl to partner with Sun Professional Services(sm) to perform intensive testing on 50 selected online and batch applications. The tests were successfully completed in the summer of 2003. With that, the source files of the selected PL/1 programs were compiled onto the Solaris Operating System running on Sun servers. Because of the simple migration strategy from Sun Professional Services, costly and disruptive reprogramming was avoided.

In September, Böhler Edelstahl began a complete rehosting project of more than 500 programs with more than 1450 PL/1 sources. On the subject of coordination and teamwork, Josef Scheiber, IT Coordinator for Böhler Edelstahl says, "The competence and flexibility of Sun Professional Services are the reasons we are able to quickly and successfully complete this complex rehosting project. We are very satisfied with the project advancements."

Major elements of the Sun mainframe rehosting solution are the Sun(tm) Mainframe Transaction Processing (Sun MTP) tool and the Sun Mainframe Batch Manager (Sun MBM) software for the migration of CICS applications to an open environment and the management of batch workloads. Job scheduling is provided by UC4, and global coordination came from Sun partner SBB Software GmbH.

About Böhler Edelstahl
Böhler Edelstahl GmbH is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high speed steels, tool steels and special materials. It concentrates its efforts on materials for highly demanding applications. Böhler Edelstahl was founded in 1991 and is a 100% subsidiary of the BÖHLER UDDEHOLM AG group in Vienna. www.bohler-edelstahl.com

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, Sun Professional Services, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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