Mainframe modernization is the process of migrating or improving an enterprise’s existing legacy mainframe footprint in the areas of interface, code, cost, performance and maintainability. In some instances, mainframe modernization can encompass the complete migration of code and functionality to a platform that is based on newer technology and/or hosted in the cloud.
Banking and finance today require agility, or the ability to respond quickly when the market changes or a disruptor enters the field. Fintech startups and your savviest competitors are winning customers by delivering what they want—speed. They use the cloud, modern architectures, platforms as a service, NoSQL databases, containers, data lakes, and microservices to provide the fast, high-performance engagement customers expect.
What is mainframe modernization? Basically, it is a solution for addressing the challenges of an aging, expensive mainframe full of legacy applications. Because many mainframes now struggle—and even fail—to meet ever-changing demands for digital innovation, agility, cloud-native and mobile apps, and omnichannel experiences, mainframe modernization offers a fast and cost-effective way out.
If legacy and on-premises databases were core to running your business before 2020, it is highly likely that this is not the case now. What the events of 2020 and 2021 demonstrated is that data centers and on-premises data base infrastructure can be stressed to the breaking point by a sudden, intense, and significant rise in work from home, software-defined wide area networks, and distributed computing across the cloud and edge.
To create a workforce from home, in 2020, organizations stepped up their digital transformation in the form of cloud migration and modernization. As a result, modern applications have come into their own. Some of the biggest names in business have released modern applications that do cool things from the cloud and excite consumers, the race is on to build more of them. In this blog, we break down modern applications for you and explain how they relate to mainframe modernization.
Technical debt is usually associated with new software development But, it can also apply to deciding to do nothing but patch and maintain your legacy mainframe applications. Why? Because you’re paying for your inaction with what is often more time, money, and resources than it would have taken you invest in modernizing your applications. And you’re paying a high price. In this blog we explain the technical debt your legacy applications are racking up and what you can do about it.
Recently, we proudly announced our partnership with Microsoft Azure to deploy TmaxSoft OpenFrame on its leading cloud platform. Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform, and it offers seemingly limitless computing capability for everything from data storage to running core business systems to creating apps out of microservices. For enterprises who need to modernize legacy applications and mainframes on the cloud, Azure is an ideal infrastructure for OpenFrame implementations. This blog explains why.
Some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies have been transforming inflexible monolithic application architectures to agile, nimble, and responsive microservices. To be able to meet the ever-changing demands of consumers and customers and even exceed their expectations, you need these new types of applications—along with the architecture and infrastructure to support them. If you’re still using monolithic legacy applications on a mainframe and you want to take advantage of microservices and service mesh, it’s time for a change. Learn how modernization and migration can be the foundation of microservices architectures in this final blog from our series about the top 7 tech trends in 2021.
Are you excited by the possibilities of automation? Perhaps you’re worried that your aging applications and mainframe will be a major roadblock to taking advantage of robotic process automation, digital experiences, and AI/ML. Or maybe you’re turning away from automation because you don’t have the resources for rewriting all your apps or connecting them with APIs you have to configure. Learn how modernization and migration can shore up your automation plans in this blog from our series about the top 7 tech trends in 2021.
Are you starting to think that digital transformation is just too hard and complicated? Are aging applications or mainframe technologies holding you back? It’s time to move to the newest paradigm—the composable enterprise. The foundation of this digital makeover is the migration of legacy apps, mainframes, and databases to a modern, cloud infrastructure. Learn how you can compose yourself through modernization and migration in our series about the top 7 tech trends in 2021.
Do you have an innovative idea for your business that you want to make a reality? Are aging applications or mainframe technologies holding you back? The foundation for your digital innovation is the migration of legacy apps, mainframes, and databases to a modern, cloud infrastructure. Learn why digital innovation is critical for 2021 and how modernization and migration can make it happen in this fourth blog in our series about the top 7 tech trends of 2021.
If your business wants to stay ahead in an uncertain climate, on-trend digital transformation is a must. The good news is that we have the prescription for success—the migration of legacy apps and databases to a modern, cloud infrastructure. This has inspired us to write a series of blogs that tackles each of the seven trends and explains how modernization and migration can make them happen. The third in the series tackles digital culture.
If your business wants to stay ahead in an uncertain climate, on-trend digital transformation is a must. The good news is that we have the prescription for success—the migration of legacy apps and databases to a modern, cloud infrastructure. This has inspired us to write a series of blogs that tackles each of the seven trends and explains how modernization and migration can make them happen. The second in the series tackles data integration.
If your business wants to stay ahead in an uncertain climate, on-trend digital transformation is a must. The good news is that we have the prescription for success—the migration of legacy apps and databases to a modern, cloud infrastructure. This has inspired us to write a series of blogs that tackles each of the seven trends and explains how modernization and migration can make them happen. We start with customer experience (CX).
At the end of last year, there was the usual flurry of predictions and lists of tech trends for 2021. We looked over a number of these and found 7 trends that we believe will be making an impact in 2021. After we made our list, we discovered they all had something in common. Read this blog to find out what the trends are and what they share.
If your legacy applications and data reside on an aging mainframe with inflexible architecture, you might be considering ditching the big iron for the cloud. But how will your applications perform if you make the move? Will you sacrifice speed and performance? To find out, we conducted a sizing study with Microsoft, that pitted OpenFrame and Azure against z/OS and System Z infrastructure. This blog has all the details and the results.
It’s that time of the year again. Analysts, IT experts, and industry bloggers are sharing their predictions for 2021. So, what’s in their crystal balls? Most foresee new solutions, new roles, and a need to modernize technology to address a new breed of digital transformation. We don’t have to predict what can make a more far-reaching form of digital transformation easier for you. We know it’s IT modernization. Let’s explore why it should be your New Year’s resolution.
Database vendor lock-in is costing businesses billions worldwide. Monolithic databases are difficult to manage, and their management systems struggle to bridge the gap from data center to cloud. The result is an adverse effect on performance, stability, and reliability, along with a difficult learning curve and inflexibility. This blog is about how three companies ended their vendor lock-in with a database strategy that cut costs and improved performance.
No amount of agility and innovation could have prepared even the most forward-looking enterprises for what has happened in 2020. The demand for and sense of urgency around digital transformation has reached epic proportions, and IT modernization is on the front burner. However, aging infrastructure and legacy applications are holding many enterprises back. In this blog, find out what you can do about it and how to get it done.
Reactive database management can drag down your business and prevent you from using data to create new business or gain the competitive edge. This blog explores how you can address the reactive database management issues created by legacy monoliths and their nimble open-source competitors with a solution designed for a proactive approach.
As licensing becomes more complicated and complex, should you give up Oracle and go open source? Or do you stick with Oracle for security and features? This blog explains why you don’t necessarily have to do either.
Moving to the cloud offers the elasticity, reliability, and scalability needed for a massive increase in digital business, workplaces, and social and healthcare. And only the cloud can deliver the fast access to data for the business, edge computing, and AI. Let’s explore why going 100-percent cloud and legacy modernization should be part of your 2021 IT strategy.
Modernizing systems and moving workloads to the cloud is the best and fastest way to deliver on digital initiatives and address disruption and crisis. Yet many of these projects are abandoned because the options for addressing legacy mainframe apps and monolithic database lock-in make it all seem so hard. Find out what you can do about it in this blog.
Thanks to the pandemic, the need to be digital is greater than it has probably ever been before. So, how well can mainframe applications handle work from home, new digital apps, and increased eCommerce? Does your enterprise really have the appetite to find out? Now is the perfect time to move your legacy applications and your database management to the cloud. This blog explains why.
Since 2015, IBM has been making changes to System z to make it more attractive to new customers and a better fit for the 21st century. There’s just one hitch. Most of these changes are not compatible with older versions of z/OS. So, if you’re running legacy apps written for z/OS, what can you do? This article has some answers.
IBM appears to be abandoning z/OS as it focuses on Linux and making System z more attractive to customers. But where does that leave companies with business-critical z/OS applications who have been IBM customers for years? And what can they do? This blog has the answers.
IBM’s mainframe revenues are up. But, long-time customers and their applications could be left out in the cold by dramatic changes to System Z that include abandoning its core operating system. Learn why and what you can do about it.
When faced with aging mainframes and legacy systems, maintaining the status quo might be coming at a price. New licensing models, applications that are at end of life, and skyrocketing maintenance costs can all deliver a major hit to the IT budget. Find out how three companies from three different industries came out on top after they left the status quo behind.
Spring is a time of migration. Many bird species fly back from their winter homes, including Canadian geese. Interestingly, however, some Canadian geese who flew south for the winter, don’t return. Their one-way migration pattern is based on their adaptability to new habitats. This blog explains how mainframe applications can benefit from a one-way migration, too, and what the migration patterns are.
In this blog post, we introduce you to the common database challenges you can drive out of your business and introduce you to three companies (in honor of the three-leafed shamrock that is one of St. Patrick’s symbols) that have successfully done so.
Where are companies planning to allocate their 2020 IT budget? We delve into a recent report on the state of IT budgets and find out the answers. For most companies, keeping IT infrastructure up-to-date is their biggest budget spend. Despite numerous examples of cloud-first startups or enterprises that have reduced IT costs by moving to the cloud and the growing number of hyperconverged infrastructures, 64% or more of today’s enterprises still rely on the mainframe to house and feed core business systems.
SC Data Center, Inc. is an affiliate of Colony Brands, which is best known for its direct mail catalogs, such as The Swiss Colony, Montgomery Ward, and Seventh Avenue. So, what happens when the customers of a venerable brand that does 94% of its sales via online and direct mail become more tech and mobile savvy? In the case of SC Data Center, Inc., they look to the cloud and mainframe rehosting. This is the story of their success.
Most mainframes are aging, causing unpredictability, bugs, downtime, and performance issues. So, how can enterprises reconcile the issues of aging mainframes and legacy applications with heavy reliance on the mainframe for core business? To answer that question, let’s look at two days in the life of Neil, a system administrator at “Loan Star,” a leading financial services firm in the U.S. The company has a 30-year-old legacy system called TruFront running on a mainframe.
Do artificial intelligence and mainframe rehosting really have something in common? The answer to that question is yes. AI and re-platforming mainframe applications on the cloud share common attributes and can enable similar business outcomes. After defining AI properly and looking at what it’s being used for, we’ll show you how AI and rehosting intersect.
2019 is drawing to a close, and you know what that means. It’s time for technology predictions for 2020. And there are plenty of those to go around.
Rehosting migrates your mainframe assets to the cloud fast and with minimal risk. Your applications work as-is with no changes to the underlying business logic or user interface. Not only are there cost savings, but you also gain greater flexibility and can better address peak workloads. Recently, two long-time, name-brand retailers rehosted their mainframes on the cloud with impressive results.
In the business world, “Corporate Stockholm Syndrome” is being used by some free thinkers to describe the almost irrational dependency companies develop on suppliers and other types of partners. This blog post introduces an offshoot of Corporate Stockholm Syndrome that we’re calling Database Stockholm Syndrome and explains how you can break that unhealthy bond with your database technology.
The retail industry is in the midst of the most tumultuous period in its history. Many iconic brick-and-mortar brands are fighting for survival, The magic words in retail—other than “Black Friday”—are “omnichannel experience.”
As we approach another new decade in the 21st century, agility and innovation are more important than ever. But how can an enterprise deliver them? The answer lies in your making your technology stack nimble. This blog looks at ways you can do that.
Halloween is coming, so it’s the perfect time to discuss the mainframe fear factor. This blog looks at the mashup of applications installed on your mainframe, the frightening cost aspects of updating and maintaining it, and how it can chain your business to old-fashioned ways that don’t work like they used to. It then offers you a treat: a way out of being held hostage by older programs and slowing performance.
JEUS and WebtoB have been powering applications, transaction processing, and client requests for two decades. Much like the original Batman and Robin movies have been revamped for a modern audience, this dynamic duo has been modernized into modern-day superheroes.
Mainframe rehosting in the cloud and infrastructure modernization offered by TmaxSoft OpenFrame and our other solutions—Tibero, JEUS/WebtoB, and Tmax—provide the performance, speed and availability needed to complement the demands of banking and financial services in the 21st century.
Mission-critical OLTP workloads demand an infrastructure that delivers mission-critical performance, reliability, availability, and manageability. Tmax from TmaxSoft is a TPM that delivers all this and more, enabling you to transform your infrastructure to keep up with today’s business demands, all within the bounds of your IT resources.
TmaxSoft Tibero is unique within RDBMSs in that customers only license the compute power associated to a given VM, regardless of the amount of resources the database consumes. With an upfront licensing fee that is 50% of the competition and the fact that customers only pay for the cores actually used in the server, Tibero offers straightforward, easy to understand pricing that is a better value than the competition.
Rehosting and RDBMS designed to run workloads on the cloud create a solid foundation for the innovation and business agility needed to keep up with the startups. Enterprises gain a fast, flexible foundation for quickly responding to market change and future integration requirements. Applications are now running in a modern cloud architecture, positioning an organization for greater agility, growth, and competitive advantage.
When companies move core systems and applications to virtualized data centers and the cloud, the focus is mostly on re-architecting or rewriting the software to improve performance. The migrated systems and applications must still access a database, and in many of these scenarios, a legacy relational database management system (RDBMS) is still being used with—of course—a relational database. Tibero, a new breed of RDBMS, bridges the gap between your legacy relational database and RDBMS and your cloud workloads.
Industrial services company, Ibergraf Siglo XXI in Spain was faced with an obsolete inventory control system and an aging, complex inventory database with high costs. Learn why Ibergraf Siglo XXI decided to go with Tibero for its database management needs, as well as the results that the organization realized with Tibero.
Market forces and technology-savvy consumers have created significant headwinds in the insurance industry. There is pressure to grow market share while reducing the costs of underwriting and claims handling. Innovative solutions from nimble insurance technology (“InsurTech”) competitors are stealing away customers and policyholders. Demands for more customer friendly products and applications are at odds with industry regulations and the mainframes that are running core business systems.
Digital transformation has the potential to turn enterprises into butterflies—able to agilely navigate a changing landscape quickly and lightly. But a significant aspect of their digital footprint is holding them back: the mainframe and its legacy systems and applications. This post explores how to overcome that challenge by making rehosting a key ingredient in your digital transformation.
Hear about TmaxSoft customer Heel España and why they selected Tibero for their database needs and the benefits they have realized from Tibero.
Now that you know what mainframe rehosting is, what are the benefits from doing it? The author looks at six common benefits our customers realize from rehosting their mainframes in this blog.
In this blog, the author defines mainframe rehosting, explains how it works, provides reasons for choosing it, and shares examples of successful rehosting projects. After reading this blog, you will have a clear understanding of mainframe rehosting and if it’s a fit for your enterprise.
Determining how to address an aging mainframe with legacy applications and the adverse effects on cost, resources and performance isn’t easy. In this blog, we address why rehosting is the most cost-effective and least time-intensive solution.
Hear from our head of business development on what to expect when engaging with TmaxSoft for the first time. Learn about what happens during initial OpenFrame meetings and what TmaxSoft will provide. This is a great blog to read for anyone considering to reach out to us about OpenFrame.
Today’s IT innovations guide us on a journey of improving core parts of IT infrastructure that many organizations have had challenges with for decades. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the state of mainframes and legacy applications today and how both are acquiring new life in this era of disruption, agility and innovation.
IT organizations have ended up being the overseers of an infrastructure where applications and some data are hosted in the cloud, and others remain on-premises. A relatively new term, “hybrid IT,” is being used to describe this infrastructure mix. Many see this as a passive state, something over which we have little control, but there’s more to it than that.
What do the technology trends from 2018 mean for 2019? CEO and President Joshua Yulish decodes technology innovations and what it means for 2019.
Rehosting allows enterprises to realize cost savings to apply toward innovation instead of legacy system maintenance. The fastest, least risky and most cost-effective solution to migrate applications off the mainframe to the cloud is rehosting.
What do sharks, IT ecosystems and databases all have in common? Not sure? Check out this blog and learn more about the TmaxSoft RDBMS Tibero.
In this blog, the author explains that rehosting moves applications to a cloud-based environment with no reformatting, code changes or user impact. With this enterprises have the agility, reliability and scalability of an open, modern system and can apply the cost savings toward innovation, instead of legacy system maintenance.
This blog examines five reasons why code conversion projects are often not the best method for mainframe modernization. The author discusses the problems that plague code conversion projects and why rehosting your mainframe may be a better solution for modernization.
In time for AWS re:Invent 2018, you can try rehosting with OpenFrame for free. TmaxSoft has launched a unique, never before seen BYOC program. Securely provide us with your source code and datasets, and we will lift and shift your application running on OpenFrame on AWS.
Many enterprises first go down the path of rewriting mainframe applications before considering alternatives. This blog post shares many of the challenges of rewriting over rehosting options.
Rehosting is a cost effective solution to an aging mainframe and its applications. Using TmaxSoft OpenFrame and Amazon Web Services (AWS) you can rehost your mainframe. Learn about how to do this as well as the best practices for a successful migration in this blog.
Whether it’s your first time visiting AWS re:Invent or your fifth time, check out our 10 practical tips for getting the most out of the conference this year. We guarantee that everyone will learn something new with these tips.
In this blog, the author compares the small British fleet that took out the Spanish Armada or Netflix that took out the giant Blockbuster to the rise of Tibero battling Oracle in the database wars.
In this blog, the author compares IT innovation with the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup. And introduces the concept of mainframe rehosting in the cloud.
How are your mainframe systems and applications holding up to the requirements of more agile and modern technology? What are the maintenance costs looking like? How can your organization reliably extend the ROI of its IT systems? This blog overviews your options.
Misinformation, misconceptions, fears, and myths about mainframe rehosting are all around us. This blog lists the top 6 and debunks each one. Take a look.
Mainframes have been hosting and running the software applications of the world’s larger organizations and enterprises for upwards of four decades. What are the risks of ignoring your aging mainframe?
How well is your mainframe meeting increasing and ever-changing demands for new business applications and processes, digital transformation, innovation and reduced costs?
As workloads expand and applications evolve, enterprises across the globe are migrating to new environments that can host their data – but experts agree: It’s no easy feat.