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What’s your IT strategy for 2021?

In these crazy times, IT has been upended. Incremental digital transformation and other slow-moving strategies are not enough to meet the needs of a mobile workforce, lockdowns, quarantines, and a burgeoning need for new types of applications. For example, using a lab and its equipment onsite might not be an option in some places, so a digital application for checking the equipment out for use at home or a designated safe place is suddenly necessary. Or, your online transactions with customers might have increased by 75 percent.

If you’re still using aging legacy applications and systems, you might not have the agility to build that app or the processing and performance for those online transactions. Modernizing your legacy applications by moving them 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.

100-percent cloud: What’s in it for you?

The benefits of 100-percent cloud are many. For one, it delivers the agility necessary to survive market and other disruptions. Things get done faster because you don’t have to wait for infrastructure procurement and deployment. Also, you are no longer maintaining one or more data centers.

With cloud, there’s no need to have staff in fixed onsite locations to maintain hardware. Firmware updates, interoperability testing, hardware bugs, asset disposal, large data silos disappear. Large cyclic capital costs and the accounting associated with them are eliminated, replaced by predictable costs. You no longer have to deal with on-premises and hardware infrastructure that can consume 90 percent of its utilization supporting itself and its prerequisite components.

Recoverability becomes a minor issue. When you have infrastructure as code, the only thing you need to back up is your data. The underlying infrastructure can be re-deployed with a click. In addition, the need for traditional infrastructure expertise is increasing and going unmet at the same time that the talent pool is decreasing. Younger developers are learning DevOps and cloud in school.

In short, 100-percent cloud just makes sense—even if you’re in an industry that requires that you meet regulations for data sharing and storage. For example, IFTAS operates India’s critical financial infrastructure. Charged with providing agile banking solutions, IFTAS needed to juggle between making optimal use of cloud infrastructure and meeting the needs of multiple clients. IFTAS deployed Tibero as its key database management system for its electronic banking solution in the cloud, which enabled it to meet the needs of its customers and achieve a lower total cost of ownership.

So, as you develop your strategy for 2021, 100-percent cloud should be at the top of your list. Legacy modernization can get you there.

What is legacy modernization?

Simply put, legacy modernization is the process of updating all or some of your IT stack to better support your business goals and processes. Legacy modernization is a key part of digital transformation. It’s your fast path to the cloud. The benefits of legacy modernization include:

  • Up to 60% reduction in costs
  • A decrease in transaction processing time of up to 1/3
  • Online performance improvement of up 30% or more
  • Reduction in TCO of 50% over 5 years

Legacy modernization can be divided into two parts. The first is modernizing mainframe apps. The second is modernizing your monolithic on-premises relational database or databases, and their associated management systems on the cloud. A legacy modernization platform can help you tackle the mainframe aspects, while a modern database provides an enhanced view of processing, managing and securing large-scale databases and can even help you implement a cloud database.

The benefits of a legacy modernization platform

A legacy modernization platform is specially designed software that can move legacy mainframe applications from an IBM z/OS environment to the cloud of your choice quickly and cost-effectively. The process takes about 6 to 12 months, ensuring a rapid ROI. Supporting COBOL, Assembler, PL/I, Easytrieve, and more legacy technologies, it deploys on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud environments. There is no change to the end-user experience or application business logic. Organizations can use their existing workforce and skillsets. It supports both containers and virtualized environments.

Concerned about effort and cost? A legacy modernization platform offers options for taking it slow:

  • Re-platforming: Re-platforming recompiles and migrates mission-critical legacy business applications to the cloud and modernizes the data tier. With native support for most mainframe technologies, it preserves valuable business logic and syntax.
  • Refactoring: Some outdated or unsupported legacy technologies are better handled by re-factoring them into another supported form with automated tools. You can restructure or convert these technologies without losing the original business logic.
  • Rearchitecting: The transformation of legacy applications into a modern Java microservices architecture is automatic. The conversion of source code, data, security, online and batch processes, is automatic, and the technology stack is cloud native.
  • Legacy modernization platform as a service: Fully managed services migrate and host the mainframe workload on the cloud. Everything about the move is done for you.

The benefits of a modern database

On-premises, legacy databases and their management systems often have usage or licensing restrictions. You might be feeling locked-in to an inflexible monolith. Fortunately, you can solve this problem with a modern database and a modern RDBMS that can bridge the gap between legacy relational databases and running workloads on AWS or Microsoft Azure.

A modern RDBMS provides the hyper-thread architecture, high-security database encryption, and multi-node parallel recovery required for reliability and high performance. It scales with the cloud rather than proprietary database servers. It is highly compatible with Oracle, offers high availability with active-active clustering, high-performance transaction processing, and active or passive standby database capability.

A modern database reduces capital expenditures and operating expenses and simplifies licensing, while providing freedom of choice. Organizations only license the compute power associated to a given VM regardless of the amount of resources the database consumes.

Need help with 100-percent cloud?

Two TmaxSoft products, OpenFrame and Tibero, can provide the legacy modernization platform and RDBMS to help you implement your 100-percent cloud and legacy modernization strategy. The result is a super-charged application and data infrastructure that runs flawlessly on the cloud.

To learn more about how OpenFrame can help organizations with legacy z/OS apps, read our newest whitepaper, Mainframe at a crossroads. For details about how you can regain control of your database, check out one of our eBooks, Time for lower costs, greater flexibility, and more security.

Kelly McClure is the Vice President of Global Marketing for TmaxSoft. Her 20-year marketing career spans both Fortune 1000 companies and fast growth technology startups. Kelly is responsible for leading TmaxSoft’s marketing strategy. She is experienced in aligning marketing and sales, building relevant content and messaging and developing integrated lead generation campaigns. Before joining TmaxSoft, Kelly served as the Vice President of Marketing for 10th Magnitude and held senior marketing roles with DataStax, BMC Software and Micro Focus. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago.