Mark Cresswell, CEO, LzLabs

Recent Posts

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..

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..

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..

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to a Google search, one of the definitions of "legacy" is "denoting or relating to software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use."


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..

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..

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..

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..