APPLICATION MODERNISATION

VMS Platform Modernisation

Our comprehensive, tools-based approach and proven expertise can take your existing legacy VMS COBOL, Fortran, Pascal, C or BASIC application, user interface (SMG, FMS or DECForms), DCL command files and associated data (RMS, Rdb or Oracle) to your choice of Unix, Linux or Windows.

We can improve the functionality and handle the conversion of your data to the new relational format. Alternatively, you can take your RMS files directly to an equivalent ISAM structure on your target platform.

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Over 35 years of application modernisation experience

More than 500 successful modernisation projects completed worldwide

Over 2.5 billion lines of code processed through automation

Understanding key issues

CHALLENGES

Finding specialists

VMS developers can be difficult to recruit and retain. It’s a specialist skill set developed over the years and many specialists are reaching retirement or leaving the industry.

Less hardware available

VAX and Alpha chips have not been sold since 2000/2007 respectively and Intel is stopping production of the Integrity chip and OpenVMS support on Integrity will cease at the end of 2022.

Difficult integrations

Middleware can be purchased to improve interoperability between legacy and modern technologies as well as ease data management, but this is expensive and not always successful.

Unsafe infrastructure

Workarounds are often not permanent fixes – nor are they robust or secure enough to support an IT estate safely and effectively over a sustained period of time.

Time-consuming

Developers are time-poor. Moving to a modern infrastructure, which can integrate easily, will significantly improve productivity as less workarounds are needed.

High costs

Maintenance costs are increasing as the knowledge and hardware required to support a VMS platform are becoming scarce.

How our VMS Migration services can help you

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How we handle each element of a VMS migration

PROCESS OVERVIEW

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“Advanced's proven migration methodology and initial PathFinder process helped us to analyse the migration before we even started, and gave us the confidence that Advanced was able to handle this complex project.”

Alan King, Chief Engineer

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“There are no package replacements for our applications – so migration offered the quickest, cheapest and lowest-risk option for us to move from this ageing DEC VAX platform to an open Windows server environment.”

Martin Heaton, Control Systems Development Manager

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"We retained the business logic and uniqueness of our system, increasing our return on investment, with no retraining required. There was no need for a code freeze, so we could make changes during the migration.”

Rob Hussey, Head of Solutions Delivery

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  • Balfour Beatty
  • Springfields Fuels Ltd - Westinghouse
  • Mercer

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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  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water I Utilities

    Due to regulatory requirements for data archiving and access, we migrated 416m rows of historical billing data from IDMSX to SQL Server in 4 month time frame.

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  • Live Discussion: The 2021 Mainframe Modernisation Business Barometer Report

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  • How cloud migration can help your organisation to go green

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  • Know the details, reduce the risk: How to begin your mainframe modernisation journey

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  • Struggling to adopt DevOps? Maybe it’s because of your aging mainframe

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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