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.
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