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Asseco created NATO’s IT systems migration strategy

Asseco created an IT systems transfer strategy for one of NATO agencies and, based on the strategy, went on to carry out an example migration. In addition, Asseco developed procedures and implemented tools in the safety tests area. It also checked and modified the source code used in NATO systems.

Several of NATO systems run graphical user interfaces based on Silverlight technology. It is going to be phased out over the coming years and will no longer be supported by its manufacturer. Some third party solution providers are already withdrawing their support for products based on Silverlight. Additioanlly, some web browsers (including Chrome, Microsoft Edge) will not run it either. It is a natural phenomenon associated with the life cycle of a certain technology, but it requires preparation and taking into account the current activities of the organization.


This is why Asseco developed an IT systems migration strategy for the NCIA (NATO Communications and Information Agency). The strategy is designed to transfer solutions based on Silverlight on to newer, modern technologies based on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It describes detailed procedures for migration, technologies, and potential problems that may arise during its implementation.


Zdzisław Wiater, Deputy Director of the Public Administration Division at Asseco Poland: Having a good strategy is essential for systems migration, in particular when you’re acting for a unique and demanding organization like NATO. Procedure is grounded in Asseco’s expertise and experience gained, among others, by carrying out a number of migrations for the EU agency FRONTEX. This project also required Asseco to check and modify the source code used in NATO systems. It is worth noting that we are the only company from Poland doing this type of work.


The company also carried out a successful migration of a NATO application – this, too, was done according to the previously developed strategy. This helped create a system prototype, running on HTML5 and JavaScript.


Tomasz Jaros, systems architect at Asseco involved in the project, said: A working prototype confirmed that the procedures and technologies selected by Asseco were correct. It has been presented in the Hague, during a dedicated internal NATO workshop, alongside the entire strategy.


Asseco is the only Polish company that has a team of experts who, for 15 years already, specialize in software development for the defense industry. It benefits both the Polish armed forces as well as NATO and European Union agencies, such as ESA and FRONTEX.



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