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February 3, 2017
ALTOS Runtime for renovated ALGOL applications simplifies integration, paves the way to cloud deployments  

January 17 , 2017
ALTOS Java Runtime provides dramatic performance and scalability  improvements for  database-centric renovated COBOL applications 

August 2, 2016
A Major Payments Company chooses  ALTOS   to renovate Unisys ALGOL and COBOL - based  applications

June 1, 2016
ALTOS Release 2.3 supports big data processing with Apache Cassandra.

June 16, 2015
ALTOS Release 2.2 is now available.

February 1, 2015
Solution for opening up ALGOL code and gradual migration of UNISYS applications

September 1, 2014
Solution for UNISYS ALGOL and COBOL  applications re-hosting

 February 22, 2014
Spectrum Systems turns 20!

February 18, 2013
Spectrum Systems embarks on a new venture with Equifax

October 22, 2012
ALTOS© Release 2.0 is now available.

March 01, 2012
Spectrum Systems and Inventigo Partner Up on Delivering High-Performance, Flexible XML Processing Solutions for Financial Applications.

July 08, 2011
ALTOS© Contract Announcement

November 08, 2010
Spectrum Systems awarded GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract

October 28, 2010
SIBOS 2010, Amsterdam Spectrum's CEO is on the winning team for  Innotribe competition - 2nd year in a row.

April 30, 2010
Spectrum Systems announces creation of Advanced Data Analysis and BI practice.

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 ALTOS: Solution for UNISYS and IBM ALGOL and COBOL Applications Modernization

Spectrum Systems, Inc. presents ALTOS, the only solution for automated re-hosting of legacy UNISYS applications that consist of components written in both Unisys COBOL and ALGOL. The ALTOS set of tools automatically converts Unisys ALGOL applications into C++, IBM and Unisys extended COBOL applications into Java, and provides run time support for the converted applications on a variety of target platforms - including multiple flavors of Linux, UNIX, and Windows. 

ALTOS has been used to successfully convert and deploy into production large, mission critical financial applications

ALTOS transforms legacy Unisys COBOL and ALGOL, and IBM COBOL applications into open, expandable systems that run on inexpensive commodity hardware/software. Converted applications preserve an organizations' intellectual and operational investment into their legacy applications.

Business processes and  operations stay untouched. ALTOS changes only the underlying technology, while providing organizations with all of the benefits of running a modern system that is based on industry standards and widely available technologies  

Operational savings alone from ALTOS conversion may amount to tens of millions of dollars annually

The technology is proven. Financial applications converted with ALTOS process transactions worth trillions of dollars a day. Experience shows that converted code is robust and performs better than original ALGOL/COBOL code. The number of detected problems per line in converted software is two orders of magnitude less than in newly developed code. The entire conversion effort takes a small fraction of time and cost that would be needed to re-write a legacy system.

When compared to continued legacy application operation or development of a new application to replace it, ALTOS is by far the most cost effective option - both financially and in man-hours



Deploying converted legacy applications in a modern data center

Converting legacy applications to Java and C++ is the first step in a comprehensive renovation program. Spectrum Systems offers the expertise necessary to choose and implement optimal applications packaging, integration, and deployment strategy.

 Individual application components may be deployed in virtual machines, containers, or directly on a target OS (Linux/Unix/Windows).  Packaging in VMs or containers allows for easier horisontal scaling and performance management, especially when many instances of a particular component may have to run concurrently. This also allows for easier deployment of converted applications in a cloud. In situations when a component needs to provide highly predictable, high-performance behaviour, a better option may be deploying it directly on a target OS. 

We have significant experience using IBM MQSeries and Apache ActiveMQ/Camel for converted applications integration, and using VMs and containers for applications packaging and deployment.  Spectrum's team includes committers to several Apache open source projects (including ActiveMQ and Camel)

Renovated applications can make the full use of a modern software lifecycle management ecosystem. The tools that an organization uses for software builds, testing, and deployment automation may now be used to manage converted applications' lifecycle. Spectrum has high degree of expertize in setting up and managing continuous integration and delivery environments for renovated legacy applications


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