November 11, 2016 | Written by: Steven Spooner Goss
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Somewhere between the classic car and the showroom model is the junker we all drove in high school. We may have loved it, but it took a lot of work. The same could be said for today’s old Legacy systems. Helix International helped amp up the antiquated data for a large United States hospital. In the ever changing health care industry, growth is vital and our client’s engine had passed its prime. Helix compressed over 50 terabytes of Mobius data bringing new life into their information engine with IBM CMOD’s eArchival system.
MARS Conversion platform is a content management tool along with a document transformation application that transforms print streams, finding and unlocking dark data. We help clients improve information access while minimizing support needs, reducing licensing costs and eliminating redundant or obsolete technology. In the hospital’s case, MARS striped PDF transform were used to convert striped PDF to PDF and optimize for space/storage. Components ran on the mainframe and offloaded decompression and processing data to the MARS lab equipment. This allowed for round the clock (24×7) running without impacting the mainframe production jobs. MARS was throttled to run multiple jobs and batches more efficiently from the tapes themselves. This provides a 200-300 times through put for unloading data from a tape library. We were able to run as many jobs as free initiators on the mainframe, running 75 jobs and modified the MARS schedule based on free initiators scheduled to occur for lights out operation.
During this migration, bottlenecks were shifted between i/o, storage, network and applications. The MARS migration engine allowed us to react to shifts and modify the schedule to address needs without impacting production systems. Improved MARS lab equipment utilized only 20% of overall available capacity and the on-demand migration tools were employed to re-prioritize the end user’s needs. Helix International setup a migration plan to move reports based on usage patterns to create “movegroups.” These “movegroups” would be created and reports processed based upon the usage patterns. These are ingested into the IBM Content Manager OnDemand (CMOD) system based on the date range and heaviest use. The on-demand migration tools allow for re-prioritization of “movegroups” allowing for large migrations even without all the data.
Our tool doesn’t need a perpetual license to work. We access your data just like Open Office can read word or excel documents. We read the archive for Mobius and move it to IBM CMOD with our original application freeing you from the need to pay for a Mobius/ASG type license. Now utilizing Helix International, our client’s engine is roaring along at much lower storage and processing costs. By partnering with IBM CMOD solutions running on all platforms, the road ahead is bright.
IBM Content Manager OnDemand (CMOD) provides solutions in high performing archival and retrieval of high volume capture, statements, confirms, EOB’s, and other related customer data. Its provides flexible search and retrieval options using the interactive interface, Content Navigator, for multiple desktop, browser, and mobile environments.
To get the most out of your data or content manager visit us at www.helix-int.com or attend a IBM Content Manager OnDemand Workshop to partner with industry leaders and business professionals.
The IBM Content Manager OnDemand workshop is a series of complimentary events held in cities around the world. The workshop features both informative and how-to sessions with demonstrations of the latest IBM Content Manager OnDemand V9.5 has to offer from IBM product experts.