APPLICATION MODERNIZATION

VMS Migration

Our comprehensive, tools-based approach and proven expertize 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 modernization experience

More than 500 successful modernization 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 scarcer.

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 analyze 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 resources to help you modernize

 
 

CASE STUDY

Police Mutual Assurance Society

Police Mutual migrated from OpenVMS with Natural/Adabas to Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio and Hyper-V.

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WHITEPAPER

OpenVMS application migration

This whitepaper looks at the available options for migration and the benefits that might be achieved through OpenVMS modernization.

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REPORT

2022 Mainframe Modernization Report

Exploring the impact of the new era of digitalization and change on the current state of legacy systems and organizations' modernization plans.

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Oct 21, 2022 by Tim Jones, Managing Director of Application Modernization, Advanced

OpenVMS: Navigating the crossroads

Several big tech partners are parting ways with OpenVMS. This blog navigates the potential avenues one might take towards modernization.

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Feb 09, 2021 by Rob Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Product, Advanced

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Apr 04, 2019 by Rob Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Product, Advanced

News & Opinions

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