Discussing the 2022 Mainframe Modernisation Report
Projects have a lower chance of success when they are complicated by a lack of understanding and, without the necessary knowledge, it’s difficult to properly determine how best to deliver a project.
It takes much longer to on-board new employees when organisations run undocumented applications. Documentation educates new employees so they can hit the ground running – and with fewer mistakes.
Understanding your technology stack is essential. Otherwise, if applications are connected, changes to one application or the addition of new technology could disrupt or halt processes elsewhere.
If your legacy technology is written in an older language, those that can understand it may soon retire or leave the industry, with no one with that same knowledge to replace them.
Using ‘easily’ implemented code in the short-term as a workaround creates complex applications that are difficult to understand, along with technical debt due to the extra work that will arise, draining resources.
Failed projects can incur unnecessary costs, and it usually takes too long to on-board new employees with undocumented applications to redo the projects -while those who already understand the applications are often expensive.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Application Sustainment focuses on understanding the processes, procedures, people, materials and information required to support, maintain and operate applications.
These include continuing business as usual with critical applications delivering their normal functionality, as well as maintaining and enhancing existing systems.
There is often a need to maintain service levels, with a reduced headcount and increasing workload. Challenges may also include a change request backlog and making new resources productive.
Using Application Analyzer enables you to better understand your applications to maintain their service and function levels while your business can move forward and embrace modernisation.
Modernising your applications is a choice that should be made once your business needs are defined – a process that works best as part of an overall strategy to align your applications to your future. This can be through refactoring, repurposing or consolidating.
These include modernising and transforming existing systems plus engaging with, and fulfilling, new business requirements and initiatives –supporting technology upgrades in the process.
There is often a need to understand existing systems, particularly the components and relationships, before restructuring the estate through application management.
Application Analyzer is an automated tool specifically designed to deliver the comprehensive understanding required to achieve effective application modernisation.
Returning the maintenance of your application to in-house teams, or integrating the technology of merged or acquired businesses, can be a complicated process. But, with Application Analyzer it can be simplified with appropriate and detailed documentation.
These include increasing internal capabilities, taking support back from an external service provider and handling mergers and acquisitions more smoothly, quickly and efficiently.
If an organisation is to improve its internal skills, it is vital new staff have a reduced learning curve so they become productive and gain a good understanding of the systems and components.
Create the understanding and documentation required to speed up on-boarding of new staff, as well as support their maintenance and repatriation of your applications with Application Analyzer.
In recognition of internal capabilities, priorities or broader IT strategy, outsourcing your application management is a viable option. For this to be successful, your applications need to be easily understood and well documented.
These include moving application support to a trusted external service provider, while recognising a need to reduce current support costs.
There is a need to provide an understanding of your systems to your service providers, but this can be complicated if you are lacking the appropriate documentation for your applications.
Develop the necessary documentation with Application Analyzer to help your outsourcer quickly understand your applications, so they can support them effectively.
Organisations recognise the need to invest in digital transformation projects. But their success relies on detailed information about your current applications, so that you can determine their value and prioritise the maintenance of each one.
These include a need to develop short and long-term plans for IT, and determine the value of applications, so the IT budget can be allocated in the most appropriate way for your business.
A comprehensive understanding of your application inventory, including the application software costs and quality, will help you make informed decisions with your business goals in mind.
Application Analyzer delivers an in-depth understanding, with information that can ensure your investments and successful strategies are worthwhile.
The effective management of applications is vital to the smooth running of a business. Accurate and comprehensive understanding and documenting of applications is a key part of this.
Assess and compare applications in terms of size, complexity and quality to enable effective planning. This results in better choices for strategies that are more likely to succeed.
Monitor your applications, learning exactly how they operate, so you can gain a greater understanding in order to manage them better.
Evaluate the cost of maintaining your current application functionality. This will give insight into which costs cannot be avoided and which can be reduced or removed.
Day-to-day problems arise when misunderstood and undocumented applications need work because fixing them is always a struggle. Learning more about the distinct workings of the business-critical applications within your IT estate can alleviate these issues.
View your existing application structure, as well as how applications were implemented, to see exactly what is happening within your IT estate so you can manage it in the best possible way.
Map your current IT architecture across platforms and types of applications (transactional, decision support, customer self-service etc.) with information and data flows to enhance understanding.
Assess the feasibility and cost of re-engineering and re-platforming options, as well as alternatives, to effectively budget for projects so you can ensure your choices are cost-effective.
As the world rapidly digitises, businesses cannot be truly analysed if their IT estates are ignored. Our application analysis tool automates the creation of application documentation, delivering a deeper understanding of core business applications.
Translate the comprehensive mapping of business processes and information that needs to be implemented in a suite of applications. This accuracy and detail will ensure risk is minimised in all planning.
Our tool understands over 100 languages, and parsers can be developed for others. This means you can receive an overview regardless of the language of your business-critical applications.
Get an accurate view of your IT estate to better analyse your business digitally. Knowing how your applications work, and how well they interoperate, shows the effects of changes before they take place.
The best testing environments perfectly replicate both standard and stressful situations for an application. But these cannot be effectively built if what is standard and what is stressful to the application is unknown. Our tool provides this understanding.
Trace from test case, to application object and to business requirement. Our solution follows the entire process and ensures what is being tested truly meets the specified needs.
Assess the completeness and appropriateness of application test scenarios. The better the testing environment, the more confident you can be that the application will work.
Save time and money by only testing what you need to. Application Analyzer delivers the test cases required and tells you what to test based on the components being modified.
Developing an application is difficult if there is a lack of documentation. Without this insight, you cannot understand where you are – and therefore accurately develop the application to support your organisation’s aspirations.
View application design, structure and organisation accurately so you can have where-used and where-updated type questions answered immediately – removing long, incorrect overviews and processes.
Access data by viewing program context, structure, call patterns (upstream / downstream) and inheritance information with just one click, quickly delivering accurate details.
We are always improving and innovating our products to deliver the best experience for our customers. Here are a selection of the latest updates to our Application Analysis tool.
"Application Analyzer saved us weeks, if not months, in reverse engineering time. Without Application Analyzer, our incoming developers would have to take weeks to understand how our stack is built. With it, we have trimmed that time to days.
Mark Kaplan, Senior IT Director
The BARBRI Group
This whitepaper details why a detailed assessment of legacy applications and databases is essential for risk mitigation prior to any modernisation effort.
Although the mainframe’s stellar reputation for security remains untarnished, there are some growing ancillary risks that are influencing platform decision-making.
Companies across the globe are seeking to embrace digitalisation and cloud infrastructure. However, there are a number of potential challenges one might face.