Cost-Effective Strategies for Mainframe Modernization: Maximizing Your Information Assets With Real-Time Data and SOA
There is no question that mainframes continue to serve a wide range of organizations by providing a secure, high-performance, and scalable computing platform that’s hard to match on other systems. The issue comes when you attempt to extend mainframe data or applications to participate in new business applications on so-called open systems. Non-relational data, mainframe COBOL programs, and 3270 screen-based applications are difficult to access from open systems, and this inhibits modern data-driven business practices, like 360-degree views, on demand performance management, just-in-time inventory, business intelligence, and so on. Mainframe modernization strategies that transform legacy data and applications should not add complexity or cost; rather they should accelerate development and reduce costs. Organizations with isolated mainframes need cost-effective tools that enable interoperability with data integration and SOA infrastructures, so the mainframe can participate fully in a wide range of business and technology activities.
You will learn:
- Business and technology reasons why your mainframe should be a full participant in the modern application and data integration processes you apply to other systems.
- Requirements for modern integration with mainframe applications and data sources.
- Specific technologies that make the mainframe fully accessible to a wide range of applications and users, like direct, real-time interfaces (instead of indirect, latent ones), query-based data transfer (not flat files), change data capture (not table dumps), native processing on the mainframe (instead of downstream), Web services and SOA, and so on.
Philip Russom, Ph.D.