DWP Wraps Up Mammoth Mainframe Migration of Job Seeker’s Allowance Payment System

The Department for Operate and Pensions (DWP) has productively shifted its Occupation Seeker’s Allowance Payment Program (JSAPS) from its mainframe to an X86 architecture operating on Purple Hat Enterprise Linux — a mammoth activity involving reams of legacy code, some of which was penned in the sixties.

The re-platforming concluded with the closing migration of 54 databases that contains 6.three billion records from the primary database/s to a “leading present day relational database management system” in less than 24 hours

JSAPS (released in the late nineties) was centered on an IT code established that experienced been intended in the sixties, with code extra in excess of the many years as new technological and policy necessities improved. It has in excess of 50,000 stop consumers. The substitution program incorporates 7.two million lines of code, and 29,592 batch procedures.

That’s in accordance to IT firm Innovative, which supported the DWP with the transfer. The change has halved how prolonged it normally takes to procedure purposes, Innovative stated: the initially full doing the job working day of things to do on the new program was finished in two hours and 11 minutes as opposed to a earlier 5 hours, allowing the DWP to challenge 200,000 particular person payments worthy of in excess of £53 million.

Mark Bell, VME-R Deputy Director at the Department for Operate and Pensions stated: “This has been greatly recognised as a single of the greatest technological achievements shipped by DWP Digital for many many years and as ground-breaking against broader market requirements. It also permits us to make more digital enhancements to reward thousands and thousands of Uk citizens.”

Tim Jones, MD of Application Modernisation, at Innovative informed Pc Business Overview: “The programme to transfer DWP’s purposes to a new system is aspect of a main modernisation initiative to safeguard and improve the units responsible for a £170 billion of welfare payments for every annum.

“The scale, complexity and worth of the task is most likely the largest of its sort to adopt an automatic re-system approach.

To give an idea of scope of the project…

  • The Occupation Seekers Allowance software is the seventh DWP’s software to ‘go live’ as aspect of a a great deal bigger programme of function to decommission its mainframe which started out in earnest with Innovative in August 2017.
  • Each program presents a mission significant company and as these has national ‘critical asset’ status.
    • C. 25+ Million Strains of Code converted applying an automatic approach
    • All code productively translated to a present day code established and a present day built-in advancement environment (like a main language translation for significant code)
    • The migration of 9 billion info rows all converted, loaded and confirmed
  • Only three units now continue being on the mainframe as the programme enters its closing section.

He informed us in an emailed response to quite a few queries: “There have been technological and shipping and delivery similar troubles but these have been very well managed and organized for. The major challenge was to handle a significant-scale shipping and delivery with many ‘swim streams’. A little something the department took on on their own and managed magnificently as aspect of making their own inner capability.

Advanced’s Tim Jones extra: “Some unique technological achievements that occur through the JSAPS task in unique consist of:

1) The complex database mapping and use of options these as partitioning and Index Arranged Tables which resulted in much better on the internet and batch overall performance than on the primary mainframe software. No variations ended up essential to the converted software code to satisfy overall performance targets.

two) Changing untyped info with COBOL computational things and EBCDIC figures into equivalent ASCII info.

three) Whole byte-by-byte reconciliation in between the primary database and the go forward database ensured any database conversion difficulties ended up resolved very well prior to cutover totally de-jeopardizing the implementation into reside.”