5 Things To Know About Rethinking Your Mainframe Applications
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New trends in IT have uncovered many new opportunities. In order to take advantage of these opportunities with your mainframe, it is necessary to extend and transform its architecture. Here are 5 things to know about rethinking your mainframe applications.
1. No transformation means no progress, and no progress is a step backwards
Trends in IT are driving the transformation of mainframe applications. If these trends are not addressed, the result is a step backwards in relation to the rest of the market. Here is what CIOs are interested in: http
2. Transformation can enable you to drive down IT cost while gaining flexibility
Ideally, the IT budget is used to add new business functionality, while expenses for maintenance are kept to a minimum. There are a number of factors that influence the cost of application maintenance. One is the use of middleware, which helps you to reduce application development and deployment cost by facilitating the work of the application developer. A second one is the application architecture, which determines how easily new business functionality can be added, influencing the application maintenance cost. Last but not least, a well-integrated application lifecycle management process in your business provides productivity and quality and has a positive impact on cost, too.
3. You can kill four birds with one stone
By transforming your existing applications, you can fight multiple problem areas at the same time, reaping these benefits.
4. Extension and transformation provides evolution paths to achieve more value
To gain more value, consider these ideas. Depending on the balance between cost reduction and optimal agility that you want to achieve, you can add value by optimizing your application runtime, without changing application code or architecture, but using it more effectively. This either reduces costs or extends your usage of the application, as does the next idea: enhance your application development tools and processes. Furthermore, with business application modernization, you can focus on taking a new look at existing CICS and IMS applications, allowing them to become a client of new types of services, so you can use them more efficiently. A tried and true idea is to build an end-to-end application infrastructure so you can focus on reusing existing CICS and IMS programs as services in other applications.
5. The ideal IT environment is complex, but powerful
To build a powerful IT environment, there are nine characteristics you can focus on. There are some contrasting characteristics, but if you succeed in combining them, you will have a solid and worthwhile foundation for your applications. I’d like to give you a taste of them, so I have listed three of them. You can find the complete list in our Redpaper.
• Reduced costs that allow effective ROI in less than a year.
To see the complete list of the characteristics of a ideal IT environment and to read more about reasons and approaches for extension, transformation and growth of your mainframe applications, visit this IBM Redpaper publication: Reth
Benjamin Köhler works within the IBM Redbooks Team with technical experts to create books, guides, blogs, and videos. Follow Benjamin on Twitter at @koehlerBenjamin.