Modern Systems came together this week in San Francisco with thousands of other global organizations at Oracle OpenWorld 2018 to discuss everything from AI to blockchain to defense against cyber threats and more.
In his keynote address, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, who last year predicted that 85 percent of production applications will run in the cloud by 2025, was even more aggressive in updated guidance on cloud adoption.
“Migration to cloud is happening far faster than anticipated,” Hurd said. “Cloud is irrefutable; it’s foundational,” Hurd added during his Oracle OpenWorld keynote. “This is no longer a debate. The only thing we’re debating is the speed of getting this done.”
While we agree that a move to the cloud is irrefutable, the fact is, transforming some applications to cloud environments is easier said than done. (Nor would you necessarily need to move everything to the cloud in the first place.)
For the more than 70 percent of Fortune 500 companies that are still running their businesses on mainframes, there is no magic bullet for getting this done, particularly when you think about the unique characteristics associated with the starting point of a traditional mainframe environment.
Mainframe legacy projects involve decades of complex integrated applications developed in different languages and accessing different data stores – all supported by a complex operational and infrastructure landscapes that require unique yet highly diminishing skills. Migrating monolithic workloads to the cloud, especially to cloud-native microservices is complex, and requires a deep level of analysis, planning, and hands-on domain expertise.
Too many vendors focus on code conversion in isolation, but legacy modernization projects should be approached both holistically and incrementally, and should always begin with an assessment. With the results of an assessment, you can then look to define the conversion scope and approach, validate the desired disposition strategy, and document a clear plan forward.
For example, with our Modernization Platform as a Service (ModPaaS™) you can gain complete visibility into your legacy system. Assets loaded into ModPaaS are automatically parsed, counted and categorized by asset type. You can automatically generate reports and documentation, as well as program interactions to represent the overall program flow, individual paragraph flow, and inter-relationships between the programs, data, and other component types. To get started right away, find ModPaaS on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.