Dispelling the Myths of Mainframe Modernization
We join forces with LRS to bust the myths around mainframe modernization at seminars on 7 March in Edinburgh and 9 March in London
There can be little doubt about it. The digital age has arrived and digital technologies will continue to make themselves felt throughout 2017 and beyond. Organizations that were once merely supported by technology are now driven by it, and how well technology and applications perform determines which organizations succeed – and which ones flounder.
Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Big Data are all making waves in the enterprise and we have seen how organizations of all sizes and sectors have turned to these new technologies to achieve competitive advantage. But for those organizations stuck on their mainframes, which effectively serve as a brake on technological innovation, these trends present a challenge. It should come as little surprise, then, that there’s a growing desire to break away from these infrastructures or that legacy modernization is rapidly rising up the CIO agenda.
The challenge is that while CIOs broadly recognize the need to modernize their mainframes, questions remain about if they’ll be able to pull it off, with many concluding that it is simply too time consuming, too risky and too expensive. There’s an element of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ here but this is one of those cases when “good enough” isn’t good enough…
The fact is that these mainframes are becoming increasingly costly to maintain, the skills required to keep them going are difficult to come by, and they are increasingly unstable. That’s before we even get on to the opportunity costs of not being able to take advantage of the new wave of digital technologies.
In truth, it is a myth that rehosting mainframe applications is too risky, time-consuming and expensive. Moreover, it’s possible to migrate legacy applications off of the mainframe to a new open systems environment without having to rewrite the code. They run the same and their logic remains the same, meaning that staff don’t have to get used to a whole new set of applications. Indeed, among other things, this is what we’ve built our business on!
Partners – the key to success
That said, planning and ensuring you’ve got the right mix of partners on your side is critical if your mainframe modernization projects are to be successful. One of the biggest challenges is that there are lots of things that happen on the mainframe that don’t happen on the open systems side, and many organizations come unstuck when it comes to their mainframe document archives.
These archives don’t typically have open systems alternatives, rendering them inaccessible in Windows or Linux environments. This is a problem; for obvious reasons organizations need to maintain access to their data (not least for compliance purposes), leaving organizations with two options. Either they maintain their mainframes to enable continued access to documents and data, or they find a way to convert their files into formats that can be consumed in modern IT environments – and that is where our partners LRS Output Management come into the picture.
The TmaxSoft and LRS advantage
Working together we’ve been able to help organizations completely overhaul their legacy IT to support digital business initiatives, reduce costs and drive competitive advantage – TmaxSoft taking care of the applications with our OpenFrame solution and LRS managing the documents and data.
That’s why we’ve joined forces for two seminars next month in Edinburgh (7 March) and London (9 March), at which we will bust the myths around mainframe modernization, share the best practices we’ve learnt along with real life case study examples, and help attendees devise their IT modernization strategies.
Seminar dates and locations:
7th March 2017 from 9am-12pm followed by an informal lunch: Regus, 9-10 Andrew Street, Edinburgh: Register today for Edinburgh!
9th March 2017 from 9am-12pm followed by an informal lunch: Regus, 25 Canada Square, London: Register today for London!