This is a personal selection of some of our more interesting projects and events in our 30+ year history.
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Below is a small selection of the hundreds of migration projects we've undertaken since 1985.
Created out First Migration product a Microsoft BASIC to C translator. Sold exclusively to PC Software Manufacturers. Our First Client was Pegasus Accounting.1985
It was this product that started Sector7 USA (in Austin texas). Texas Instruments Like many hardware manufacturers at that time has a number of Unix/Xenix computer systems. TI has the TI1300 (x86 running Xenix) and the TI1500 Motorola 68020. TI wanted to move CCI/Triad from DEC PDP11's to TI1300. They had a "Bake Off" for the best migration solution. Sector7 won the deal and never looked back.1987
Rolfe and Nolan, a large financial software house, asked us a simple question: "You can do PDP11 BASIC+2, Can you do VAX BASIC?". Being young and naive and having no idea about project planning, we said "Sure, How hard can it be?". Then we found out that along with VAX BASIC came: system services (SYS$, LIB$, SOR$), RMS, DCL, Job and Print Queue Management. If we had been smart, we'd have said "No", but, we were young, we worked all hours and made it happen.1987
Sector7 Relocated Our Corporate Headquarters to Austin Texas. Our focus was on the VMS Installed Base; 50% of all VMS Server were installed in the USA, 35% in Europe, 15% in AP.1987
In Late 1988, Rolfe and nolan went live and the first cut of the VX/TOOLS migration tool kit was established. We made mistakes (The S7 team want this to read "Discoveries" but then were definitely "Mistakes") with regard to future product development. One classic was using the same string descriptors that we used on the PDP-11 for VMS. This was not an issue if our clients only had VMS BASIC since the 'format' of the descriptor didn't really matter (to a certain extent). Later on when we started migrating C applications and our clients used the real VMS descriptor we realized that we were in for a big update. From this we learned a golden rule: If VMS does something one way - do it the same way or trouble will eventually come around. There's a reason VMS is one of the best operating system on the planet, it had great designers and a great company producing it. If they chose a way of doing things not doing it the same way will cause migrated applications to fail. So, we mimic exactly what VMS does. No arguments, no matter how odd the behavior may seem, it was done that way by DESIGN not by ACCIDENT.1989
DEC OSF/1 Marketing was very excited to put our DCL onto their new UNIX; and mass mail the installed VMS base about how they can migrate to ALPHA OSF/1. The rest of DEC weren't as happy about the OSF/1 team trying to take away VMS users, and managed to "Lose" the response cards. DEC marketed OSF/1 as the "Best Unix" because it had Sector7's DCL.
Sector7 Migrates PROMIS Systems (Toronto) FORTRAN, SMG, DCL, Queue's, RMS. The system is still in use today.1995
Sector7 Migrates Toronto SUN Postage and Mailing System.1995
Sector7 Migrates CHX, more than 1 million lines of VAX BASIC, DCL, SORT, RMS, BATCH and PRINT. CHX sold their system internationally. The Migrated system was installed in over 12 international exchanges.1995
DEC contracted with Sector7 to train 40 DEC OpenVMS Engineers in migration competence. these were all top Level OpenVMS engineers and the course lasted for 10 days.
Sector7 releases TDMS for UNIX. TDMS form files translated into Flexus SP2 COBOL Forms Manager,1996
Sector7 Migrates the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. VMS COBOL, MQSeries, Rdb to Sybase, TDMS to Flexus SP2.1996
You simply cannot go wrong having an Office in Australia. They are great people. We completely enjoyed our Australia Office1996
IBM (also HP) partnered with Sector7 to provide migration tools and services from DEC VAX and ALPHA to the IBM RS6000.1996
Sector7 migrated one of the Largest stock exchanges. Written in VMS C and using RTR (Digital's Reliable Transaction Manager) together with DECForms1997
We truly enjoyed have an office in Stockholm. We partnered with isite.se. If you ever visit Stockholm some "musty see's" are : The Vasa Museum, The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged and the voyage could continue. Today Vasa is the world's only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. The Cafe Opera definitely the place to see and be seen in Stockholm. Get here early, for those of us in boring software, we have to wait in line.1997
Sector7's first VAX C to ANSI C translator.1997
IBM recognized that the key to low-cost low-risk migration is to keep the IP around in one group. IBM asked Sector7 if we could do "UNIX to UNIX" migration. At that time, Big iron was still king. with large servers costing $500,000 or more. If applications from HP/SUN could be ported "Quickly" and "Cheaply" then the cost of the server consolidation could be offset by the profit from the iron. Sector7 got into the large-scale server consolidation. in some cases such, as Honeywell, porting thousands of applications.1997
More than 1 million lines of C, SQL.1999
Sector7 Opened its New York Office Approx 4000 Sq Ft
590 Madison Avenue 14th Floor
New York, NY 10022 Phone: 212-745-2833
Sector7 Opened its Toronto, Ontario Office1999
Our First DEC PASCAL Translator. At the time C++ was just in its infancy and the C++ was not potable and didn't have the syntax or semantics to make it a good target language. We went with C, the product worked. Telstra went live.1999
Probably the most complex migration we have ever done. Coded in 20 year old PDP-11 assembler, they wrote their own real time operating system, and completely relied on the RTOS relocating 512 byte pages that contained the engine, Unit, and Routine Data. The PDP-11 was executing 13,000 page swaps a second. We decided to migrate the system to VAX VMS. The VAX had a 512 byte page size and this was critical in order to meet the schedule. When we got the code running on the VAX, it would only do 2,000 page relocation per second. This was because of the accounting that each MGBLSC went through before relocating a page. So, we wrote our own $QIO device driver to do the page relocations. This got us up to 60,000 per second. The system has finally been replaced (2016). Our system went live just before 9/11.
COBOL: 2 Million Lines of Code, DCL, Print and Batch Queues, System Services, Rdb2001
Sector7 Migrated the S&P CUSIP and BOND system COBOL: 2 Million Lines of Code2001
VX/COBOL is an excellent tool that will convert millions of lines of DEC COBOL to Fujitsu or Micro Focus COBOL. It is part of the Sector7 Continual Integration Suite and therefore will convert code time and time again with 100% efficiency.2002
FORTRAN: 1 Million Lines of Code. SMG, DCL.2003
We decided to formalize mathematically the process of Costing a migration and also executing a migration. If we can mathematically write down the process, then we have a repeatable, scalable process. We filed 2 patents: 7,616,583 Method and program product for consolidating computer hardware resources [pdf], #8,869,124 Method and program product for costing and planning the re-hosting of computer-based applications [pdf]2003
IBM decided that it was going to get into "cloud" computing and also Pay per Transaction. Effectively, you only pay for the capacity that you use. Those of us old enough to remember Computer bureaus realize that there are no new ideas, just recycled ones. However, the economics of hosting cloud solutions and also server consolidation and outsourcing all depend on application running on 1 computer type and the knowledge being scaled. IBM did not want to take the chance of its "Migration factory" going elsewhere so they acquired the people and the IP (and Patents) who were invoked in the UNIX to UNIX porting. IBM did NOT acquire the OpenVMS CapabilityOct 16, 2003
As a subcontractor for IBM Global Services, Sector7 migrated Fords HP3000/MPE system to Red Hat Linux. TWOS was written in 'Transact' a 3.5GL written in about 1980. In addition to over 1 million lines of Transact, TWOS also make extensive use of MPE's intrinsic capabilities: IMAGE - a hierarchical database which we migrated to Oracle. 50 factories were migrated in all. For the first few factories we implemented a dual data strategy which kept the HP3000 up to date with the Linux Oracle system in case of a need to fall back to the original system. No fall back was required and all 50 factories went live within a year. The Ford team presented Sector7 with an "EASY BUTTON".
Sector7 migrated one of the Largest stock exchanges. Written in VMS C and using RTR (Digitals Reliable Transaction Manager) together with DECForms2007
Another trading system. e-speed made extensive use of the lock manager. All instruments held as locks with AST's triggered on time outs and free'd locks2009
Another interesting HP3000/MPE project. About 7 Million Lines of code, mostly in MPE COBOL (Sector7 have an MPE to Micro Focus Cobol Translator) but also including SPL, PASCAL, BASIC, IMAGE hierarchical database.2010
Our best translator product to date. All our 30 years of experience went into making VX/PASCAL produce 'beautiful' maintainable output that also works!2012
Re-release of DECForms and ACMS using more modern Linux/UNIX capabilities.2014
Converts Rdb SQLMOD to Oracle Pro*C2014
We are under a non disclosure so cannot make public the name of this Institution. This application has over 12 MILLION Lines of FORTRAN, over 250,000 lines of DCL2014
We are under a non disclosure so cannot make public the name of this Institution. One of the largest distributors in the world/2015
We are under a non disclosure so cannot make public the name of this Institution. This application has over 8 MILLION Lines of COBOL, over 80,000 lines of DCL, They continue to maintain on OpenVMS and send each release through the Sector7 Continual Integration process.2014
We are under a non disclosure so cannot make public the name of this Institution. This 'world critical' application has over 4 MILLION Lines of Fortran, over 40,000 lines of DCL, They continue to maintain on OpenVMS and send each release through the Sector7 Continual Integration process.2015
We are under a non disclosure so cannot make public the name of this Institution. In addition to Fortran, extensize use of QIO to control PLC's, DCL etc"2015
Many customers have wondered why we only update the web site every 15 years. The answer is simple, We are Just Too Busy. However, when Google announced that you wont be seen in the ranking unless you are mobile friendly we figured that it was time. So, here it is. All "Responsive Design" .. Thanks twitter . great job with "Bootstrap". Everyone codes at Sector7, the CEO down. So, out came Dreamweaver and a bunch of web searching and its almost done. Your comments would be very welcome. Personally, I can sit and watch the Adobe Stock Photo's of 'Guys with Gears' for ever, and considering they are in the template for every page .. if you've made it to the time line you are probably sick of them.May 16, 2016