Mainframe components are classified and listed in detail and notes are attached to components requiring special attention during the conversion process. All application components are inventoried, classified by language, and cross-referenced. Missing components are collected and added to the inventory, while duplicate components residing in multiple customer repositories are eliminated from the inventory. The Assessment results in a complete understanding of the current processing environment.
Modern Systems designed and developed its automation technology to allow preliminary conversion of the database design and application software during the Assessment. This preliminary conversion further defines areas of concentration and is used in preparation of the project plan for the full conversion. It also proves the conversion concept and identifies any special requirements for a successful conversion. No converted code is delivered as part of the Assessment. All of the collected source code is parsed down to the line and field level and stored as metadata in the database. Portions of this source code metadata can be packaged and made available to the customer teams for additional analysis if desired.
During the Mainframe Assessment, Modern Systems will define a set of topics that must be addressed prior to modernization.
Once these Areas of Concentration are identified, customer teams and Modern Systems will address the areas about which they are most knowledgeable and for which they are best suited to implement a solution. Any additional Areas of Concentration that are identified during the course of the Assessment will be addressed and assigned in the same manner, to the most appropriate team.
A Mainframe Assessment has a well-defined process that includes automated collection and inventory, analysis, and measurement of all software and database components in the current customer environment. The assessment begins with a question-and-answer session and ends with the presentation of findings and plans for the modernization effort. Iterations of re-collection and re-assessment may be required and performed as additional components are identified and brought into the assessment scope. The assessment process is 100 percent automated, so it is fast, simple and comprehensive.