Discussing the 2022 Mainframe Modernization Report
As mainframe experts leave your organization, new hires often lack the knowledge you require and can be unfamiliar with mainframe technology.
Many applications that exist on mainframes are customer-facing and the teams managing these often rely on manual processes, lacking an automated approach and the visibility needed to improve customer experience.
The isolated culture around the use of mainframes, prevents cross-team and cross-platform collaboration. This removes the chance for innovation as it’s difficult to share ideas and technologies.
As systems become outdated, workarounds that are not permanent fixes are often deployed. These are not robust or secure enough to support a full IT estate safely and effectively.
Maintenance costs are rising as the knowledge and hardware required to support mainframe platforms are becoming scarcer. Providers of supporting technologies are also increasing their prices.
Embracing a digital future is simpler with systems that are open to integration. Mainframes and their legacy COBOL applications restrict your ability to connect with the latest technologies.
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Mainframes have been a staple environment for many organizations. However, they can be expensive to maintain and difficult to integrate with modern technology. To drive business benefits, your use of mainframes need to be reviewed.
A driver behind digital strategies is Cloud consumption and distributed computing, meaning there is a move away from mainframes. We build and execute strategies that include iterative migration.
Mainframes are well-suited to dealing with high volume transactions and the necessary data processing. Our specialists review your environment to ensure your access to data is secure.
Mainframes, and the legacy code that fuels them, restrict your organization through a reliance on legacy technology. The role of IT has changed and your technology needs to reflect this.
When the age of your infrastructure causes as many problems as benefits, do you stick with it, or do replace it with modern technology? Our experts can help you examine the issues and support whichever route you take.
Mainframe experts are retiring and leaving the industry. Younger IT professionals are trained in different technologies, meaning it can be difficult and costly to find the resource you need.
Although in its infancy, distributed computing and the Cloud promise to replace mainframe environments. We develop individual strategies that can include management and re-hosting.
Offloading work can reduce MIPS costs by up to 40% without impacting your end users. This lack of impact means they are benefited, not disrupted.
Legacy applications are embedded in your organization, yet they complicate your day-to-day work. Speak with our experts to assess your environment and develop a strategy of improved maintenance and / or rehosting on a more modern platform.
Mainframes pull towards a centralized architecture, with the majority of processes and transactions depending on it. Spreading your architecture over smaller servers can be less risky.
Our specialists ensure you maximize the capabilities of your mainframe environment, so you can effectively run both legacy and modern code that’s appropriate for your organization.
Data is often trapped in pre-relational databases that don't connect with modern data warehouses. Integrate these databases on the mainframe with relational data warehouses – without disturbing IT.
As the role of IT evolves, current estates need to be assessed and reviewed against the future digital aims of the company. IT should no longer be an expensive bill for keeping the lights on, but a strategic investment moving forward.
Mainframe systems are less common, which means resources are scarcer and hardware or license costs are increasing. Developing the environment, or moving away from it, reduces such costs.
There is a move away from CapEx spend to OpEx – or 'pay as you use'. Migrating from mainframe can reduce your CapEx, while better management of your environment makes your spend more efficient.
When assessing your mainframe, we ensure business rules and technical use cases are documented and that no critical requirements or functionality are left out of the target state.
“At the start of this project, I thought I knew what my application did, but I was wrong. Advanced showed me how much more there was than I assumed.”
Marc Rubel, Executive Director of Application Development
This whitepaper details why a detailed assessment of legacy applications and databases is essential for risk mitigation prior to any modernization effort.
Companies across the globe are seeking to embrace digitalization and cloud infrastructure. However, there are a number of potential challenges one might face.