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Building a Business Case for Shifting COBOL Compute Now Available on YouTube

Developing a sound business case for your modernization projects is critical to success. The business case helps you communicate your modernization project’s impact, scope, cost, and lasting benefits. It lets you plan and rationalize the modernization choices you’ll make in the project. Without a strong business case, your project is less likely to succeed.    Attend this webinar and learn about CloudFrame tools and processes to help you construct a financial business case for shifting COBOL

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Top Questions About Moving COBOL Compute Now Available on YouTube

You’ve heard that COBOL cross-compile delivers Java byte code that allows you to move COBOL execution or compute to less expensive platforms.  That includes the zIIP, cloud, Linux, or anywhere else a JVM is running.  But, you’ve got questions. So many questions. You’re in good company because we get questions all the time! In this session, CloudFrame leaders reveal and answer the top questions. The webinar includes • The basics of COBOL cross-compile • The

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Live Transformation: Maintainable Java from COBOL in 60 Minutes Now Available on YouTube

When you hear “COBOL transformation to maintainable Java in 60 minutes” the reaction is predictable; eye rolls, thinking – “yeah right,” and suspicion.  It’s understandable that you have a healthy skepticism when it comes to COBOL transformation pronouncements.  After all, COBOL has been on the “replace” list for decades, and stories of failed projects are numerous and easy to find. CloudFrame wants to chip away at the skepticism and suspicion. Demonstrating and displaying our approach

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From A to zIIP: What you need to know to reduce COBOL Costs with the IBM Specialty Processor Now Available on YouTube

The zIIP, an IBM specialty processor, allows organizations to reduce the workload of their general processors (GPs).  This reduction can lower the MSU metrics used to calculate MLC software charges.  Lower MSU usage can lead to lower MLC charges. Knowing that zIIPs may reduce your cost and achieve the benefit isn’t as complicated as you might think.  Understanding how to leverage the zIIP for cost reduction is a CloudFrame Modernization Best Practice and can be

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COBOL Modernization Myth Busting: Maintainable Java Now Available on YouTube

The drive to get COBOL applications into the cloud, and specifically Java, created a monster: JOBOL. It is the evil offspring of COBOL and Java when no planning, optimization, and design is applied to transformation.  JOBOL is the byproduct of speed at all cost, check-the-cloud-box initiatives. But when modernization efforts deliver JOBOL to application teams, with its inheritance of complicated mainframe COBOL structure and bloated code base, problems arise. Development teams are reluctant to own

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Want Proof? How CloudFrame Delivers Proof of Concept Engagements Now Available on YouTube

Organizations invest time and effort into new software products based on business plans and goals. They want to solve a problem, gain an advantage, or reduce risk and cost. One of the first steps on the new software journey is to establish that the product can do what the vendor says the software will do. Organizations want proof. That’s the purpose of the Proof of Concept (POC) engagement. An example solution scenario is tested in

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Intelligent Automation: The Modernization Force Multiplier Now Available on YouTube

COBOL modernization projects can be high-risk and costly.  Especially if applications are modernized using a green-field rewrite approach.   These projects can involve small armies of developers deployed for the heavy lifting of code production as they attempt to reduce the risk of extended project duration. Some of these projects are “successful” – often by tweaking the definition of success. The reasons for redefining success are varied. The code produced by the deployed army might be

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What’s the Cure for COBOL? Now Available on YouTube

Enterprises have long sought the Cure for COBOL, the cure for rising costs, the cure for risks associated with the loss of knowledgeable resources, the rise of technical debt, and loss of understanding the mission-critical business applications and processes. History provides examples of what not to do: • ignoring the problem • thinking Lift and Shift modernization supports innovation attempting to conform Java to COBOL structures • using large teams of coders to manually transform

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Incremental Modernization: The Successful Approach for COBOL Application Modernization Now Available on YouTube

Almost everyone wants to modernize their mainframe COBOL applications, but most see the process as too big, too costly, and too risky. They are rightfully fearful as it’s reported that 77% of organizations have started but failed to complete at least one modernization program. That’s probably the result of big bang projects or inadequate planning and execution. The antidote for these failed modernization programs is incremental modernization. Incremental modernization reduces risks, accelerates progress, and provides

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A Modernization Dilemma: Cloud Application – or an Application in the Cloud – Now Available on YouTube

We’re moving to the cloud. That simple declaration has launched a thousand modernization projects. Mission-critical mainframe COBOL applications be damned! We’re moving to the cloud. It’s a reaction to peer and societal pressures for some IT leaders. For others, it’s the modern-day “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM” cliché. Or it could be just a career trajectory checkbox. If moving your mission-critical, intellectual-property-filled, what-pays-the-bills application to the cloud is simply an exercise to list

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Building a Business Case for Shifting COBOL Compute Now Available on YouTube

Building a Business Case for Shifting COBOL Compute Now Available on YouTube

Developing a sound business case for your modernization projects is critical to success. The business case helps you communicate your modernization project’s impact, scope, cost, and lasting benefits. It lets you plan and rationalize the modernization choices you’ll make in the project. Without a strong business case, your project is less likely to succeed.    Attend […]

The Impact of Staffing and Skills Changes on Modernization Plans

The Impact of Staffing and Skills Changes on Modernization Plans

In an earlier post, we discussed changes in the technology landscape that should be understood when evaluating an organization’s modernization plans. Another essential reality of the current IT market must be considered as part of a company’s modernization strategy: staffing and skills. For many organizations, staffing changes are driven by the inevitable march towards the […]

MIPS versus MSUs: What’s the Difference?

MIPS versus MSUs: What’s the Difference?

How do we rate the capacity of IBM System Z mainframe hardware? Well, these days, IBM publishes the capacity rating of every mainframe that they sell in MSUs, not MIPS. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. When people discuss mainframe capacity, they often talk in terms of MIPS. But what does MIPS mean? And […]