Modern Systems completes mainframe retirement and data archive modernization for a large manufacturing company

As a services led leader in legacy application modernization, we rely heavily on our customer and project references, and we’re only as good as our last completed modernization project.

As such, we’re excited about the successful completion of a recent data archiving modernization project for a leading manufacturing company.

This particular customer tapped into Modern Systems for a modernization project that ultimately saved the company more than one million dollars in annual software licensing costs. In addition, the company’s legacy data and files are now securely archived and retained in an accessible format for the future.

The project leveraged Modern Systems’ portfolio of solutions for two key applications, involving more than 20 million lines of legacy code, with 61k components. This project consisted of two phases, encompassing three data archives, one for IDMS, one for IMS data and one for flat files.

Modern Systems used its DB-Shuttle solution to organize, measure and assess code and definitions, to migrate IDMS and IMS Databases to Microsoft SQL Server, and to convert ADS/Online queries to C# .NET.

Leveraging Modern Systems’ Enterprise Application Viewer® (eav®), the customer will be able to continue to analyze their remaining mainframe COBOL and ADSO language source code on an ongoing basis, retaining and archiving the source code for future reference and analysis as needed.

The company was able to offload more than 35,000 sequential flat files from the mainframe for safekeeping on their servers. They will use Modern Systems’ eav File Converter to reformat these flat files from mainframe EBCIDIC to ASCII “on demand” if and when needed in the future.

Using Modern Systems’ eavJES® Job Execution Suite, the customer is able to execute JCL, Procs and newly converted C# programs together in a Windows environment, and to perform job submission, manage job execution, and route job output for access by the end user community.

The customer was under a tight timeline for this project, and it was crucial that they not only unravel from the crippling costs associated with legacy software licenses and end of life software support issues, but also address the challenge related to a widespread legacy modernization skills gap.

The company initially reviewed several different modernization companies, some of which were 10x the size of Modern Systems. In the end, they selected Modern Systems because of our superior experience in IDMS and IMS technologies, combined with our highly automated migration technology and specialist approach to legacy mainframe environments.

Modern Systems’ approach to data archiving eliminates the reliance on expensive legacy IT skills as well as mainframe support and maintenance costs. Archiving can also increase productivity and service levels by providing fast, easy access to data while eliminating the need for new users to learn how to extract information from old, unfamiliar systems.

By moving underlying data and supporting apps to a secure, searchable archive and decommissioning the legacy system, organizations can also more easily meet growing compliance obligations because data and source code is archived in a read-only, tamper-proof format and archive rules can be created to automatically delete data at the end of its life.

According to Brandon Edenfield, President & CEO of Modern Systems, “Data and source code archiving will continue to play an increased role in customers’ modernization strategies as they look to natively access data without the significant costs associated with retaining the original mainframe infrastructure.  Our work with this customer helped them meet their deadline expectations and created significant cost reductions, while also establishing a modern foundation for their archived data to move to a Windows-based environment such as Microsoft Azure.”

Modern Systems was recently as recognized by Forrester as a leader in their recent report, Application Modernization & Migration Services, Q1, 2019.

To learn about our data archiving solution, be sure to sign up for our free webinar, set to take place on September 11.

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