26 November 2020

Building a business case for legacy migration: Diary of a Mainframe Rehoster volume 4

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The time at which a change or an effect cannot be stopped

Most IT leaders understand they must migrate away from legacy technologies before they reach a..

18 November 2020

Making application migration seamless for Delta ADS for COBOL and PL/1 customers

Many organizations use tooling to facilitate faster development and maintenance of their legacy applications. One example is Delta ADS for COBOL and PL/I, tooling which helps companies maintain..

30 September 2020

Diary of a mainframe rehoster volume 3: the role of systems integration partners

Companies seeking to migrate away from any legacy platform are faced with challenges in two key areas:

  1. Application and artefact knowledge – what do their applications do, is source code available,..
18 August 2020

Diary of a mainframe rehoster volume 2: solving the incremental migration challenge

“Big problems are best solved in small pieces”  - Frank Sonnenberg

We are working with a finance sector client which is looking to offload some of its production MIPS to the more cost effective..

30 June 2020

Diary of a mainframe rehoster volume 1: the challenge of going paperless with legacy apps

“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book”  - Northrop Frye

If more people still owned the book that documents the configuration of their mainframe..

17 April 2020

COBOL Crisis for US State Government Departments is the Canary in the Coal Mine

Multiple US state government departments were in the news last week, calling for COBOL programmers to come forward as their mainframe systems failed to handle a surge in unemployment claims..

8 April 2020

Automated Testing at LzLabs: Practices, Processes and Numbers

At LzLabs, we work relentlessly on improving test facilities to deploy new versions of our own product rapidly. We believe our customers can achieve significant agility benefits if they are able to..

26 March 2020

What Does an English Cardinal Have to do with IT Modernization?

John Henry Newman was an English theologian in the 1800’s – first an Anglican priest and eventually a Catholic Cardinal. As an educator and an author, Cardinal Newman has said and done some quite..

20 March 2020

CEO Update: Remaining Resolute During COVID-19

Like many companies, recent events have made us pivot our focus away from "business as usual" and towards how we support our employees and their families, and how we help our customers during a..

11 March 2020

Enabling Innovation: From Discovery to Software Defined Mainframe

In a previous blog, I talked about the initial steps necessary for any successful modernization project. The process of discovering, or perhaps re-discovering all the technological component and..

27 February 2020

Discovering Innovation: The Value of a Thorough Discovery Process for Mainframe Migration

Much of the focus of IT modernization presumes an organization has an existing install base of computing infrastructure and applications and wants to move them forward in some meaningful way...

18 February 2020

Mainframe Innovation: Modernizing & Testing for Success

Much of the discussion I’ve seen about the mainframe is a debate about whether it’s a great platform and people should stay, or they are about all the challenges organizations face with this..

21 January 2020

Containerized Testing: Mainframe Modernization Survey 2019

As we discussed in our previous blog about application development challenges on the mainframe, our survey shows that testing mainframe applications is also an issue. The processes involved in..

8 January 2020

Application Development Challenges: Mainframe Modernization Survey 2019

In our last blog about our 2019 Mainframe Modernization Survey, we talked about the advantages respondents report when migrating applications off the mainframe. Over half (52%) report increased..

19 December 2019

Mainframe Modernization Survey – 2019: Cloud and Development Agility

The lack of agility and innovation in their mainframe environment is driving many to consider alternatives, including cloud deployment models. It is believed that there are advantages to moving off..

3 December 2019

Mainframe Modernization Survey – 2019: liberate applications and enable innovation

If an organization can’t innovate how can it expect to compete?

Our belief is that organizations should modernize their application portfolios to enable innovation. And what exactly do we mean by..

19 November 2019

Three Strategies for Dealing with Legacy Applications: Rip & Replace vs. Lift & Shift vs. Move & Improve

LzLabs recently sponsored a survey of 650 of the world's largest organizations. The selected organizations have significant applications still running on mainframes. In this survey 94% of the..

13 November 2019

Mainframe Modernization Survey – 2019: The Skills Gap

How long will it take for organizations to act on a problem they KNOW they have

The mainframe skills challenge is looming. Everyone knows it! Survey after survey shows a recognition that this is a..

29 October 2019

The Future of Mainframe Applications Remains a Concern for IT Leaders

The challenge of managing mainframe applications continues, unabated by the passage of time. While organizations see the merits of bringing core applications into the modern era, few of them have..

8 October 2019

Reduce the Risk of Re-writing Legacy Applications

In all the years I have been involved in the mainframe market, as a developer, systems programmer and Gartner analyst, it’s been quite surprising in the last decade to see organizations believe that..

23 September 2019

Legacy Modernization - Change is Hard! What to Do About It

In a recent Avanade blog post entitled "The 'C' in CX really stands for change", Ken Ramoutar discussed how the greatest challenges in enhancing the customer experience is the change it brings to a..

6 September 2019

Four Reasons Why Your Mainframe Applications are Considered Legacy

According to a Google search, one of the definitions of "legacy" is "denoting or relating to software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use."

We..

14 August 2019

The advantage of using Docker containers for LzLabs Global Test Harness (GTH)

When implementing the LzLabs Software-Defined Mainframe® - a container-based re-hosting technology which enables organizations’ mainframe applications to run, unchanged on x86 and the cloud – our..

6 August 2019

Mitigating the Risk of Mainframe Migrations

What characteristics or steps determine the difference between a successful or failed mainframe migration? Having followed mainframe migration projects for 18 years (and over 10,000 inquiries) at..

30 July 2019

Infrastructure Modernization – The Horizontal Scaling of Batch Workload

A common question when rehosting mainframe batch workload to a Linux O/S, whether in the cloud or on-premise, is "how do I achieve scalability to respond to business needs?" This blog is designed to..

17 July 2019

Using Containers to Deliver Microservices from Legacy Systems – Bringing The Power of Modern to Mainframe Application Workload!

Google has been one of the leading pioneers of software containers. In 2006, two of its engineers, Paul Manage and Rohit Seith, defined and implemented an essential component of this new container..

9 July 2019

DevOps for Agile Mainframe Legacy Maintenance: not an Oxymoron!

Recently, I heard: "DevOps was created to fix the issue caused by Agile". Even though, "issue" is probably not the right word, it is true that DevOps was born from the requirement for faster rollout..

19 June 2019

Progressive refactoring from COBOL to JAVA: brought to you by LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe®

COBOL and Java represent two different eras of computing history: COBOL was invented in the early sixties by a team led by Grace Hopper (now considered as the mother of modern programming) based on..

7 June 2019

“Software is eating the world”: a seat at the banquet table for mainframe shops!

In 2011, Marc Andreessen, father of the seminal and legendary Mosaic internet browser and co-founder of Netscape, wrote in the Wall Street Journal a very famous article "Why software is eating the..

16 May 2019

Swisscom migrates entire mainframe workload to the Cloud

Recently, one of our key clients, Swisscom turned off their mainframe! They migrated their ENTIRE mainframe application portfolio to the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe (SDM). In fact, as far as I..

1 May 2019

The Mainframe Endowment Effect: The Reality of Computing

In psychology and behavioral economics there is the notion of an "endowment effect". This notion suggests that people attribute MORE value to something they already have than something new.

Many..

6 March 2019

The LzLabs Difference

There is a story in Greek mythology about creatures, called Sirens, whose song caused sailors to crash their ships on the rocky shores. Like the Greek sailors of old, business leaders have been..

19 February 2019

Legacy Modernization: a continuum of (visible) impact levels using the SDM

Modernization of legacy applications is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach: LzLabs Software-Defined Mainframe® offers a wide palette of solutions for a business application, usually both critical..

22 November 2018

Migrating to SDM: a Q&A with Swisscom's Markus Tschumper

Markus Tschumper, Head of General IT Services at Swisscom, and I met on stage at Garter Symposium/ITXpo 2018 to discuss Swisscom’s migration to the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe®(SDM). Covering..

12 November 2018

That’s a wrap – Gartner Symposium 2018

As Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 drew to a close, attendees left Barcelona with a clearer understanding of the benefits that surround embracing open-source solutions. In addition to this, and possibly..

7 November 2018

‘Under the hood’ of an SDM migration with Swisscom

If day one at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo was about making introductions and reacquaintances, day two was about taking a deeper dive into digital transformation. At the LzLabs booth, visitors had the..

6 November 2018

Swisscom - Open for Business

With over 6,000 attendees flooding through the doors at this year’s Barcelona Gartner Symposium, day one was always going to be busy on the LzLabs booth with attendees from around the world..

4 November 2018

The road to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona 2018

Over 6,000 senior IT executives and CIOs are expected to attend this year’s Gartner Symposium which takes place between 4th-8th November at the CCIB conference centre in Barcelona. For the second..

15 October 2018

Why is the mainframe holding organizations back from modernization? The results of the LzLabs and Microsoft Mainframe Modernization Survey are in…

In conjunction with Microsoft we recently commissioned Vanson Bourne, a well-respected survey organization, to talk to 500 senior IT executives across almost that many companies using mainframe..

8 October 2018

What does the Power of Open mean?

At LzLabs, what we call the Power of Open is at the core of everything we do. It’s about allowing customers to move from legacy proprietary environments, to ones in which they can leverage the..

21 June 2018

When Will Innovation Overcome Procrastination?

For decades we’ve heard about the superiority of the mainframe legacy platform for high performance and reliability. But today’s problems aren’t about the platform, they are about the applications..

1 May 2018

The Changing Technology Demographic and Its Impact on the Open Source Community – What Does This Mean for the Transformation of IT?

The changing demographics in the IT industry are clear. This existential paradox is driven by the belief that the demands of a modern IT workforce are dramatically different than those of the “Baby..

26 February 2018

Unlock legacy systems to a world of innovation: the Power of Open

In February 2018 the computing world celebrated the 20th anniversary of “open-source”. Or rather, it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the definition of open-source being formally set down by the..

19 February 2018

Elon Musk: The Architectures of Leading IT Systems and the Falcon Heavy Rocket are Fully Aligned

SpaceX revolutionized spacecraft architecture with the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket on 6th February for the number of engines its triple-core booster used to reach orbit. Each of the craft’s..

18 January 2018

Global Retail Banks – The Demise of the Mainframe or vice versa?

The world of banking has been dominated by mainframe infrastructure for decades. However, one would be hard-pressed to find any bank or financial institution that has been created in the last 10-15..

20 December 2017

Serverless Computing: from DevOps to DevNoOps in an increasingly transactional world?

The current leading edge form of cloud computing is serverless. Wikipedia says thatserverless computing is “a cloud computing execution model in which the cloud provider dynamically manages the..

26 October 2017

The Power of Cloud: A Modernization Continuum

It is claimed that we have Compaq to thank for first coining the term ‘cloud computing’ in 1996. Perhaps if Compaq had slapped a copyright on the concept and followed through with conviction that..

10 October 2017

Moving Legacy Mainframe Batch Processing to the SDM

Batch processing, long an architectural approach of many legacy mainframe environments continues to operate even today in a modern world of web and mobile computing. This type of workload is..

22 September 2017

Taking advantage of the Power of Modern

The past decade has seen massive advancements in technology. Advancements that have created new economic models, new means of consuming content, and new communications channels. The majority of these..
21 June 2017

As Much Mainframe as Needed, But as Little as Possible

The LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe® (SDM) enables legacy applications to execute in a binary-compatible form, in an x86 Linux OS environment or in the cloud, by providing two key components:

  1.  The..
13 June 2017

LzLabs caps off successful year with plans to re-host Swisscom’s legacy applications on the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe®

Just over a year since our launch at CeBIT 2016, LzLabs has gone from strength to strength, topping off 12 months of successes by recently announcing a landmark move by Switzerlands largest telcos..

2 June 2017

The Impact of Cloud Computing on the Mainframe

In a recent post by Robert Cringely, “The Cloud Computing Tidal Wave” (http://www.cringely.com/2017/05/04/cloud-computing-tidal-wave/ ) he suggested that cloud computing was going to have as big an..

19 May 2017

Bringing the REAL Legacy to the Cloud

Reaction to: ‘Docker Containers for Legacy Applications’ by Christine Hall, available here: http://windowsitpro.com/cloud/containerize-legacy-apps-docker-mta

What if someone could bring the REAL..

29 November 2016

Cloud-Only for Legacy Mainframes: The LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe

Big Iron, Light as a Cloud: Flexibility, Cost Savings, AND Innovation

Over the past few months, we’ve seen some global household names decide to adopt a “cloud-only” strategy: international brands..

24 November 2016

A Perfect Storm

Legacy Languages, Fewer Skilled Team Members, and Moore's Law

There are points in time when all things combine to ensure only one likely outcome. Those who can see it coming can prepare, and those..