DALLAS, May 14 /PRNewswire/ --

ATERAS announced today that the Policy Number Expansion Project for Claims IT Systems at Progressive using DB-Shuttle(TM) Enterprise Change capabilities has been a success! The purpose of the project was to use a standard automated method to identify and change the field definition and length of 69 different DB2 columns (including policy number, street names, form numbers and status codes) across multiple databases in the Progressive Enterprise.

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ATERAS used DB-Shuttle Enterprise Change technology to collect and analyze 11,186,985 lines of code. During the analysis, DB-Shuttle identified 41,431 lines of code impacted by the changes and identified 2,827 possible lines of code to change. DB-Shuttle generated the required change rules and applied them to 1,993 programs and copybooks, including changes required within the logic for handling numeric to alphanumeric changes. The modified programs were delivered to the Progressive teams, ready for installation and testing. All modifications were migrated to production on April 26, 2008.

Enterprise Field Change Manager identifies every line of code that might be affected by the required change. Recommendations on the required code changes are also made automatically. In addition the tool can determine additional "watch fields" as data moves between fields and programs. DB-Shuttle generates the change rules to make all the source code changes. Once the changes are accepted, the rules are automatically applied and the revised application code is generated and is ready for testing.

The automated process that Enterprise Field Change Manager offers allowed Progressive to continue with production changes throughout the testing phase. New production changes were collected each month and the change manager analysis repeated with the new code, then the deltas were delivered to Progressive.

"Our patent-pending DB-Shuttle automation technology offers a full suite of modernization tools for Global Enterprises. The Enterprise Change technology allows any organization the ability to effect change through minimized risk by using an automated solution. Insurance companies benefit from this unique capability as their business changes or mandated regulatory changes occur. ATERAS is the natural choice for modernization without adding risk," says Scott Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATERAS.


ATERAS has supported global enterprises for 25 years offering value-driven legacy modernization solutions that enable companies to leverage their IT assets for increased business value and improved competitive advantage. Global enterprises benefit from a comprehensive suite of automated tools and services, from IT global assessments, impact analysis, COBOL workbenches, automated documentation to automated database and application migrations. Migration of mission critical applications can be either mainframe to mainframe or mainframe to distributed platforms utilizing the .NET framework. For more information on ATERAS' solutions visit http://www.ateras.com.

About Progressive

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, is the country's third largest auto insurance group and largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies based on premiums written, and is a market leader in commercial auto insurance.

Progressive is committed to becoming consumers' #1 choice for auto insurance by providing competitive rates and products that meet drivers' needs throughout their lifetimes, superior online and in-person customer service, and best-in-class, 24-hour claims service, including its concierge level of claims service available at service centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Progressive companies offer consumers choices in how to shop for, buy and manage their auto insurance policies. Progressive offers its products, including personal and commercial auto, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicle insurance, through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the U.S. and online and by phone directly from the Company. Private passenger auto products and prices are different when purchased directly from Progressive or through independent agencies. To find an agent or to get a quote, go to http://www.progressive.com.

Contact: ATERAS Anna Stamatelatos, Vice President Sales & Marketing annas@ateras.com +1-469-385-7236 Web site: http://www.ateras.com http://www.progressive.com

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