AUTOMATED DATA MIGRATION

Migrate IMS to Relational

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

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Why modernize?

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 IMS Database Migration

OUR SOLUTION

Our Automated IMS Migration solution includes the generation of a new relational database to replace the functionality, parent-child relationships, and other data structures that are part of your IMS hierarchical 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).

Replacement of database functionality through Automated IMS Migration provides a complete replacement for all IMS database functionality including multi-view records, parent-child relationships, indexes, and more. Primary 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 IMS 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 IMS 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 IMS database definition can be re-collected and processed through our Automated Data Migration software anytime throughout the project lifecycle. This prevents the need to put a freeze on changes to the IMS database structure, a huge win for critical business systems that change often.

Refactoring ancillary applications

Our Automated IMS Migration solution also includes Automated Refactoring of applications and languages that use the IMS database including COBOL, Assembler, Easytrieve, JCL and Procs for IMS applications.

This solution preserves the benefits of legacy systems while empowering organizations 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 containerized deployments and orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes.

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Over 35 years of mainframe modernization experience

More than 500 successful modernization projects completed

Over 2.5 billion lines of code refactored through automation

Intelligent modernization, unparalleled experience

OUR PROCESS

Additional insights to help you modernize

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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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  • 2021 Mainframe Modernization Report

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

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  • IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot

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  • Live Discussion: The 2021 Mainframe Modernization Business Barometer Report

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  • How cloud migration can help your organization to go green

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News & Opinions

BLOG // 07-09-2021

IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot

by Brandon Edenfield, Managing Director of Application Modernization

IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot