The Imperative of Mainframe Modernization: Insights and Strategies

by | Apr 19, 2024

In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, the pressure on businesses to evolve their IT infrastructure is immense. A recent survey conducted by the Information Services Group (ISG), highlighted in a comprehensive report by LzLabs, reveals a critical issue facing the IT industry: a significant backlog in mainframe modernization.

The Modernization Mandate

According to the report, a staggering 95% of IT leaders express concern over the ramifications of not updating the applications and data on their mainframe systems. This delay in modernization is not just a technical issue but a strategic misstep that could impair business agility, deteriorate customer experience, and create compatibility issues with newer technologies. LzLabs CEO Thilo Rockmann emphasizes that modernizing is not just beneficial; it’s essential. “The risk and cost of doing nothing are not options,” states Rockmann. The data backs him up—enterprises that fail to modernize risk falling behind their more agile competitors.

Overcoming the Barriers

The study not only underscores the urgency of modernization but also sheds light on the various obstacles that organizations face. These include the complex nature of migration projects, a scarcity of specialized talent, and the entrenched cultural resistance to change. Additionally, regulatory compliance issues pose another layer of challenge that cannot be ignored. Despite these challenges, only 46% of modernization initiatives have been reported as “very successful” or “successful,” indicating a gap between the need for modernization and its successful implementation.

Embracing Forward-Thinking IT

Adaptigent, at the forefront of mainframe integration software solutions, is uniquely positioned to address these challenges. We provide the expertise, tools, and partnership needed to navigate the complexities of modernization.

Our Approach to Mainframe Modernization

Mainframe Modernization: Insights and Strategies

At our company, we understand that mainframe modernization is a crucial step for any organization looking to thrive in today’s fast-paced digital landscape. Our suite of products and services is designed to facilitate this transition smoothly and efficiently.

Enterprise Data Integration

Our Enterprise Data Integration solution accelerates business operations by providing swift and secure access to data trapped inside mainframe systems. This tool simplifies the integration of information from multiple sources, ensuring that organizations can develop high-value web and mobile applications without the need for extensive mainframe expertise. With features like standard SQL access, bi-directional data flow, and support for multi-tier applications, our solution is built to handle the demands of modern IT environments efficiently.

NetCOBOL® for Modern Development

With Fujitsu NetCOBOL®, we eliminate the traditional COBOL runtime fees, thereby reducing costs and administrative burdens. This product integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Visual Studio® and Eclipse, offering an interactive debugging experience and the ability to combine legacy and contemporary development skill sets. NetCOBOL® empowers businesses to modernize applications, allowing for the integration of COBOL with modern programming languages and enabling applications to run on the latest cloud platforms.

Adaptive Integration Fabric

Adaptive Integration Fabric offers a revolutionary approach to integrating and extending legacy systems. This platform allows even non-programmers to develop sophisticated interfaces for legacy systems using a visual, no-code environment. It supports bi-directional communication and orchestrates business logic without the need to write a single line of code. Our clients can create REST or SOAP interfaces rapidly, and extend their existing COBOL or PL/1 applications using modern programming languages, significantly reducing development and maintenance costs.

This blog addresses the critical issues and strategies around mainframe modernization, using insights from the ISG survey report by LzLabs to underscore the urgent need for businesses to update their IT infrastructure.