Magazine article American Banker

Atlantic Data Offers Software for Merging Computer Systems

Magazine article American Banker

Atlantic Data Offers Software for Merging Computer Systems

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Atlantic Data Services, Inc. has introduced data conversion software designed to aid bankers in one of the most complicated tasks in an acquisition: merging computer systems.

ADS' Conversion Productivity Tool speed the time it takes to evaluate the match existing applications and data with the applications and data from an acquired bank, said William Gallagher, president.

This task is often one of the most difficult and time consuming in an acquisition. Banks convene teams of technical staff that evaluate the acquired bank's technology and products.

This information is used to create a "map" showing what data will be received from the acquired bank and how it will be modified or reformatted to comply with the acquiring bank's systems.

From this map a software conversion program is created. The program is tested using files from the acquired bank and must usually be modified - sometimes more than once - to handle the data.

With the Conversion Productivity Tool, an analyst can use actual data fles from the acquired bank to map the data online and uncoverany data problems. Then, instead of a programmer writing a conversion program from mapping specifications, the system generates rules from which it can perform a conversion.

The result is that programming changes are greatly reduced or eliminated because problems with the data are discovered much earlier in the conversion process. This brings a higher level of consistency and accuracy to the conversion process, said Mr. …

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