The software controlling central business processes is like a central nervous system, and in our consulting projects around IT strategy, modernizing aging applications is our client’s focus.
The modernization and replacement of self-developed core applications are increasingly becoming a central challenge for many companies, especially on mainframes. Selecting the most suitable modernization approach is a strategic decision with far-reaching consequences for the business and IT.
Mainframe modernization projects are not only cost-intensive, highly complex, and risky but, in many cases, also represent change projects for the IT organization itself. Nevertheless, such projects are inevitable due to the digital transformation and modernization of business processes in companies. Since mainframes are technically the “royal league” of the most powerful servers, the bar is set high for comparable scalability, performance, security, and availability.
In our current whitepaper, we provide an overview of the possibilities of modernization for legacy applications from a strategic perspective and structure the solutions offered on the market.
The realities and challenges of mainframes and legacy applications are countered by business demands for digitalization, greater efficiency, and improved time-to-market.
In our consulting projects in IT strategy, we have seen a clear will by decision-makers to invest more in external software, cloud-based solutions, and SaaS models. As a result of these two paradigm shifts, core questions - for example, about costs, sourcing, skills and staff, and the core competencies of IT - will be answered in new and different ways in the future.
So the question arises: What modernization options are there for mainframes?
Based on many discussions with solution providers, service providers, and customers, as well as the study of various analyses, white papers, and red papers, we have structured the solutions offered on the market similar to the package insert of a medicine. On the insert, we find:
Our goal is to provide an understanding of what works well when, what effects, and “side effects” are associated with the approaches in order to accelerate the decision-making process in selecting the “Legacy Modernization” solution that is best for you.
In addition to these “major” solutions, mixed or combined approaches and many smaller, targeted approaches or supporting measures are listed and described in detail in the publication. The corresponding measures can be implemented individually or in combination and planned in addition to the aforementioned comprehensive solution approaches.
With the contents of our publication, we would like to create transparency. The next steps are probably obvious: working out the specific pain points in your own company, identifying suitable solution approaches from providers on the market to turn ideas into concrete plans, developing the ideas into a modernization strategy that suits you, selecting appropriate providers for implementation, planning the modernization and driving it forward.
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