Increase business agility with IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center

By | 2 minute read | December 8, 2021

It’s no secret that digital transformation requires modernization. But the path to modernization can be less clear-cut. Many businesses struggle to identify who they can trust to bring the right approach for their business that is grounded in experience and proven business outcomes.

As digital transformation speeds up and modernization requirements become more urgent, it’s more important than ever to turn to a trusted partner like IBM. Sixty-seven of the Fortune 100 companies rely on IBM Z technology today and in a recent study of 261 decision makers, 74%1 say they “believe the mainframe has long-term viability as a strategic platform for their organizations.” With industry-first investments in AI and data analytics, IBM Z innovates with the clients and industries it supports.

The rise of hyperscalers has led many organizations to consider an application migration approach to public cloud alone, but in many cases it can be a one-way street and lock-in to one public cloud which may have implications on cost, governance and security.

IBM Z takes a more balanced approach to application modernization that brings the best of cloud and IBM Z together.

To help clients choose the best approach for their unique business, IBM today announced the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center. The center is a digital front door to tools, resources, training, ecosystem partners and real client examples. It is designed to help clients on their modernization journey and provide support for creating an effective modernization roadmap. The center is the result of collaboration with IBM Consulting and broad ecosystem participation, including global services and technology partners. The ecosystem brings deep expertise in modernization, whether clients are modernizing existing apps and data or integrating cloud native apps and data.

The IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center helps clients leverage existing investments, rather than committing to a costly one-size-fits all migration strategy. A study done by the IBM IT Economics team shows a 3.2x2 lower annual TCO with IBM Z application modernization vs. application migration to the cloud only. With the expertise and guidance of partners clients can accelerate transformation in their Z environment.

Inaugural Center partners include Capgemini, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Episode Six, Fiorano Software, Fujitsu Limited, Software Business Unit, HEXANIKA, Illumio, Luxoft, a DXC Technology Company, MuleSoft, Pennant Technologies, Software AG, Suntec Business Solutions and Zafin.

IBM Z clients across industries have begun their modernization journeys, including Garanti BBVA, a Turkish bank that was one of the first to launch mobile banking in Turkey. By taking advantage of tools from IBM to modernize applications, Garanti BBVA estimates increased developer productivity up to 25 percent. This transformation has enabled Garanti BBVA to continue hiring top talent and maintain a competitive edge

To accelerate your modernization journey today, visit the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center for access to top industry resources.  Schedule a briefing, connect with a partner, join a workshop, earn digital badges, speak with a domain expert or dive deep with additional in-depth technical resources.

[1]A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Deloitte Consulting LLP, June 2020 | Base: 261 businessand IT decision makers with authority or influence over mainframe decisions. [2]IBM clients across different industries and geographies requested TCO analysis of their IBM Z workload offload projects. Mainframe operations ranged in size from 88 to 12,500 MIPS and required some application rewrite effort, varying from 750,000 to 10,000,00 lines of code, to move to an x86 environment. client workloads were comprised of IBM monthly license charges (MLC) and International Program License Agreement (IPLA) licensing and independent software vendor (ISV) licensing. Hardware was comprised of IBM Z servers running z/OS and specialty engines such as IBM z Integrated Information Processors (zIIPs). Each client engaged the IT Economics team to evaluate the workloads, their existing mainframe environment and proposed distributed environment for the offload. One third of clients had already initiated IT offload activities while another third had completed the effort, although reported the project as a failure. The remaining third was considering offload and was still in the planning phase of their project. For all the TCO assessments, IT Economics consultants met on-site with the client to discuss offload planning and execution, analyzed forecasted project costs, and examined actual cost to date for those in execution mode. IT Economics analysis observed activity omissions and underestimated sizings in the offload projects and quantified offload costs for the clients. The clients concurred that their plans had underestimated the effort, cost and risk of their offload project plans. The average five-year x86 TCO for all clients was 3.2x higher than the IBM Z TCO, with a range of 2.1x to 3.7x.