Payment clearing house Voca is about to start running its new IP-based £100m payments engine in parallel with its existing system.
Parallel running will continue until both systems produce fully reconciled output. Chris Dunne, head of IT and operations business management at Voca expects this be completed during the third quarter of 2006.
Dunne said, “We have a significant project team to take information from the new and old system, identify differences and reconcile them.”
The test is essential to ensure transactions produced by both systems are identical as business rules running in the old system have not been mirrored on the new payments engine.
Dunne said, “With the old system, business rules grew organically. The new payment engine gave us a chance to tidy up business rules. We collaborated with the banks to build consistent business rules.”
The new system is a Sun Solaris–based system, which has been developed in Java, using the BEA Weblogic 8.0 application server running on an Oracle 9i database, and will eventually replace the existing mainframe payment engine.
Voca has already provided the banks with the specifications for the new business rules so that they can adapt their own back-end systems.