The benefits of cloud approaches may have you asking, “Is now the right time to switch from mainframe?” The availability of cloud and on-premises cloud hybrid consumption models have caused organizations to rethink their overall application portfolio strategy. This is no less true for mainframe users. This has been happening for a while now and more and more people are looking to reap the benefits. What are the main ones?
So if mainframe migrations are risky, what are the common mistakes? Mostly the lack of experience. After all, mainframe shops aren’t in the habit of migrating. Second, it’s not knowing the accuracy of the application library, where it’s used, where it resides, and any adverse interdependencies. Related would be the feeling of knowing what to move and when, a priority list based on ease and impact. In turn, the ease and impact graph should reflect which of the 6Rs are applicable to each of the applications. Let’s not forget stakeholder involvement. Many fail due to business pressures NOT to act, or at least not yet. See how this can relate to phasing?
The value of a trusted partner when migrating from mainframe cannot be underestimated. Mainframe migration is not a core competency for most companies. There are clear and obvious criteria to look for when choosing a mainframe migration partner. You need to understand how to assess your potential partner’s strengths, challenges, and unique traits. Many consider the cloud perhaps a potential destination, while others may suggest other paths where you can choose not to. Either way it will take time. It is the critical workload for your business that is being discussed – it is a continuous experience and journey of choices. When looking for a partner to deliver a mainframe migration, there are some obvious characteristics such as strengths and experience, but it’s much more than that, it’s about them taking the journey with you and bringing your digital visions to life. If you want to migrate successfully, your team may definitely need help to allow you to focus on your business while they focus on your new operating model.
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