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MQ V9 upgrade on large mainframe banking platform  

 

 

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Customer Context

A major UK financial organisation initiated several projects to upgrade critical software across its mainframe and middleware infrastructures.  These infrastructures are key to the day to day business of the organisation as they support critical services and applications. The delivery of these projects resulted in the latest software version being rolled out across all environments including production and test thus aligning these software versions to the latest Vendor Support agreements.

“MQ is at the heart of our transaction processing engine. With Agenor, we found the expert and trusted partner we needed to embark on this vital, high-risk project. "

Head of Middleware Services 

 

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The Problem

The mainframe and middleware infrastructures are critical to the day to day operations of the organisation. Failure of software supporting these infrastructures would cause severe reputational and financial impacts for the organisation. To prevent impacts on the stability, resilience and day to day operations it is critical that the latest software versions are used and aligned to the latest vendor support agreements. Agenor Testing Services was the preferred supplier to deliver regression testing across several platforms, applications and test environments to ensure that the stability resilience and day to day operations were not impacted by the upgrade to the latest software versions. 

The Goal

  • Deliver comprehensive regression testing services for each project delivery software upgrades 
  • Provide the resources to scope, manage and deliver regression testing for each project 
  • Co-ordinate and deliver business checkout post-delivery of project changes

The Challenge

For each project upgrade a total of 40 applications were impacted of which 23 Applications were critical to the day to day business activities of the organisation. Total of 14 distributed systems and 3 test environments impacted each time a project delivers a software upgrade.

Agenor Testing Services was able to deliver regression testing services for the below software upgrade projects:

  • CICS Upgrade – CICS 5.1, CICS 5.4, CICS Optimisation and CICS VSAM
  • DB2 Upgrade – DB2 V10, DB2 V11 and DB2 V12
  • zOS Levelset Upgrade – zOS 1.13/1.13b, zOS 2.1 (58, 59, 60 and 61)

 

The Result 

  • Deliver comprehensive regression testing services for each project delivering software upgrades 
  • Provide the resources to scope, manage and deliver regression testing for each project utilising various testing tools and techniques 
  • Co-ordinate and deliver business checkout post-delivery of project changes 

The Outcome 

  • Completion of regression testing across multiple middleware and mainframe software upgrades, test environments, applications and distributed systems 
  • Delivery of testing artefacts for each project, meeting the governance and compliance policies of the organisation
  • Utilised testing tools and techniques to deliver successful regression testing for each project
  • Successful coordination and delivery business checkout post-delivery of project changes
Began delivering regression testing services
Regression Tests delivered
Critical Applications tested
Projects completed Regression Testing
Risks effectively managed
Excellent communication
Exceptional cross project planning
Successful delivery of testing services

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