AUTOMATED DATA MIGRATION

Legacy IDMSX Modernisation

Our Automated IDMSX Modernisation solution delivers modern Cloud-enabled databases and supporting applications that are functionally equivalent to their legacy counterparts. Our software converts the IDMSX database into a relational model, providing instant access to vendor and third party tools for reporting, monitoring, maintaining, and documenting. In addition, it eliminates IDMSX licensing costs and allows the data to be accessed and analysed by a vast talent pool of DBAs with modern skillsets.

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Why modernise?

CHALLENGES

Scarcity of domain expertise

Developers and database administrators who understand mainframe technology are reaching retirement age and no one is trained to replace them, resulting in a steadily diminishing talent pool. As this shortage grows, the costs and risk of relying on legacy systems will continue to rise.

Limited flexibility

Successful digital transformation and business agility hinges on good data. Non-relational databases and the underlying assets that support them were not designed for today’s business demands or modern IT. This results in difficult integrations, inaccessible data, and limited flexibility.

Exorbitant costs

Mainframes cost as much as 4,500 per cent more to operate than equivalent Cloud counterparts. This figure is compounded by rising licensing and maintenance fees for ancillary mainframe applications and databases.

Automated IDMSX Migration

OUR SOLUTION

Our Automated IDMSX Migration solution includes the generation of a new relational database to replace the functionality, set relationships, indexes, and data structures that are currently part of the IDMSX network database. The new target database can reside on or off-mainframe, and can use any of the standard relational database management systems (SQL Server, Oracle, Db2, PostgreSQL).

Automated IDMSX Migration provides a complete replacement for all IDMSX database functionality including multi-member sets, chained and sorted sets, bill-of-material structures, group and occurring fields, DBKEY usage, and more. Primary keys, foreign keys, and index definitions are automatically created, and all constraints are generated into the resulting DDL. Table spaces, indexes, table names, and column names are all generated according to your naming standards.

The IDMSX data extract and relational load process is simple, straightforward, and fast. We can provide a number of extract variations for customers that have special requirements for a short IDMSX data migration window. Our Data Migration software gives us numerous capabilities for tailoring your data migration so that the new database meets your requirements.

The IDMSX database definition can be re-collected and processed through our Automated IDMSX Migration software anytime throughout the project lifecycle. This prevents the need to put a freeze on changes to the IDMSX structure, a huge win for critical business systems that change often.

Refactoring ancillary applications

Our Automated Refactoring solution provides a turnkey modernisation of the applications that use the IDMSX database including ADS/Online (ADSO), COBOL, Assembler, Easytrieve, JCL and Procs for IDMSX applications. This service also includes IDMSX-based application components such as process modules, maps, ADSA structures, edit and code tables, automatic editing, IDD messages, and scratch and queue processing.

Our solution preserves the benefits of legacy systems while empowering organisations to leverage the advantages of newer platforms, especially the Cloud. This unlocks a whole new world of automation and scalability from automated testing to quality assurance, and the ability to leverage containerised deployments and orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes.

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Over 35 years of mainframe modernisation experience

More than 500 successful modernisation projects completed

Over 2.5 billion lines of code refactored through automation

Intelligent modernisation, unparalleled experience

OUR PROCESS

Additional insights to help you modernise

RESOURCES

  • 2021 Mainframe Modernisation Report

    Explore the the impact Covid-19 is having, and will continue to have, on modernisation plans, and the case for application modernisation amongst large enterprises with annual revenues over $1 billion.

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  • Liberate legacy data

    This whitepaper provides insight to the common challenges in handling legacy data and options for solving them.

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  • Liberating Legacy Data from IDMS and IDMSX

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News & Opinions

BLOG // 07-09-2021

IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot

by Brandon Edenfield, Managing Director of Application Modernisation

IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot