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Ways to Overcome Common IBM Mainframe Challenges

Ways to Overcome Common IBM Mainframe Challenges

Using microservices and APIs to leverage data and business logic locked inside IBM mainframes (z/OS) are often a slow and time consuming task. Mainframe application releases are more frequent[...]

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Responding to Customer Events with Agile Mode Tools

October 20, 2015

Engaging with customers in meaningful ways has become a central theme in customer retention. For example, IBM sights the importance of delivering “personally relevant and rewarding experiences” as[...]

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Legacy Modernization for Healthcare

September 22, 2015

It is a widely accepted myth that medicine requires complex, highly specialized information-technology (IT) systems. This myth continues to justify soaring IT costs, burdensome physician[...]

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BPM + API Integration = Business Speed

September 08, 2015

One of the common themes of IT over the years has always been that disparate systems are not easily integrated, which has led to effectively slowing down corporations and their ability to quickly[...]

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ETL vs. API: Understanding the Implications for Legacy Modernization

August 25, 2015

Business is changing, but there are two things you know for sure. You love your legacy mainframe systems, and you need to modernize to help keep your company competitive in today’s mobile world.[...]

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An Ode to Middleware

August 11, 2015

Today, we say goodbye to one of the greats of the software industry: Middleware. More of a concept than an off-the-shelf product, it allowed companies to see beyond application silos and envision[...]

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Mainframe Modernization: Migration or Integration?

July 28, 2015

Everywhere you turn, B2B tech vendors are trying to convince you that you need to upgrade your legacy systems. “It’s time to embrace the mobile business world”, they say. “It’s time to invest in[...]

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IT Leaders Meeting Demands with Lower Budgets in 2015

July 14, 2015

With the increased technology demands of companies today, every year IT departments are expected to do more with less. But this year, IT leaders don’t seem to be worried.

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Are CIOs the New Sheriff in Town?

June 23, 2015

The role of the CIO ain’t what it used to be. There was a time when your responsibilities mostly involved choosing communications systems, selecting enterprise application packages (finance, ERP,[...]

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Custom Mobile Apps for Enterprises: A Growing Trend?

June 09, 2015

Few can deny the positive impact mobility has had in the corporate world. Employees are free to work remotely, customers can engage on their terms and companies can pioneer innovative business[...]

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Why Developers Should Avoid Screen Scraping

May 28, 2015

When OpenLegacy first describes what we do – extending mainframe assets to web, mobile and cloud environments – the inevitable initial response is always, "Oh, you do screen scraping." While it’s[...]

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What's Your Legacy Modernization Goal?

May 26, 2015
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Defining Your Tolerance Level for Legacy Modernization Projects

May 21, 2015

For companies that insist on traditional legacy modernization projects – which can take years and involve a massive overhaul of the company’s infrastructure – project tolerances are a familiar[...]

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RPG: A Dead End or Path to Mobility?

May 14, 2015

Every good Mainframe/Mid-Range Administrator knows the value of RPG – the “official language” of backend application development. Originally released in 1959 for modifying punch card machines,[...]

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Back to the Future: Impressions from COMMON Annual Meeting

May 11, 2015

We’re back! OpenLegacy went to the 2015 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition last week in Anaheim and we’re still recovering from seeing the “Back to the Future” DeLorean time machine in person.

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Integration: The True Make/Break Point for Government Modernization

May 05, 2015

Any IT professional that has ever tried to modernize a government’s mainframe or legacy data store has inevitably faltered at the integration point. The complicated middleware schemes of the past[...]

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Legacy Modernization: Are PHP and Java Mortal Enemies?

April 29, 2015

If you work on legacy modernization projects, you may have come to view PHP and Java as the mortal enemies of the programming world. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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6 Sessions You Don't Want to Miss at COMMON 2015

April 22, 2015

It’s been described as the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users. We’re talking of course about COMMON, and in a few days, the OpenLegacy team will be attending their[...]

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The DIY Approach to Legacy Modernization

April 21, 2015

For many organizations, the idea of a full-scale legacy modernization effort is a scary, nearly imponderable notion. Tearing down the company’s entire infrastructure to rebuild a more modern[...]

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Those Were the (Mainframe) Days, My Friend

April 16, 2015

If you’re the type of person who gets upset when people talk about the death of the mainframe, and fondly remember using an IBM Selectric typewriter as an input console, then you, too, may enjoy[...]

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Questions We Were Asked at the WMCPA and NEUGC Events

April 08, 2015

March was a busy month for OpenLegacy as we made our way up to Wisconsin and Massachusetts for two regional COMMON events. In this post, we wanted to share a few notes on our experience and our[...]

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5 Reasons Why Companies Resist Modernization

April 07, 2015

Are you struggling with the limitations of your legacy applications? Are you resisting or delaying a modernization project because of these roadblocks and challenges? You are not alone.

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Integrate vs. Recreate: Which is Right for Your Business?

April 01, 2015

IT groups with legacy investments are constantly being asked how they plan to make them compatible with next-gen environments. After all, employees everywhere are clamoring for anytime/anywhere[...]

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Bridging the IT “Innovation Gap”

March 24, 2015

No IT environment springs fully formed from the pages of Information Week. Companies make critical purchases – and inherit older systems – on a continuous basis. The key to institutionalizing[...]

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API 101: The Fast Path to Legacy Modernization

March 18, 2015

Since the advent of IT, the inability to easily integrate disparate systems has plagued corporate efforts to adapt to changing business needs. Fed up, technologists created Application Programming[...]

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Tips on Calculating the Average Cost of a Legacy Mobilization Project

March 12, 2015

Legacy mobilization is a top-of-mind for many of today’s CIOs. They consider it a necessity, and chances are, they have a pretty good understanding of the key steps that will be involved. The one[...]

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Develop Mobile Apps with AS/400 Applications: 6 Things to Avoid

March 10, 2015

No two development projects are the same; every enterprise will have different goals and success metrics for creating mobile apps tied to their AS/400 systems. Regardless of scope, there are[...]

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Mainframe and Legacy Systems: The Classic Cars of IT

March 03, 2015

Design, power and durability. These are the qualities that most people – including the younger generations – tend to associate with the classic American muscle car. This is also how a true IT[...]

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Legacy Modernization Projects: The Forgotten Stakeholders

February 26, 2015

The CIO is onboard with the strategy, the IT staff has a well-crafted plan for implementation, and the developers have their marching orders. Who’s being left out? The end-users!

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Rethinking Mainframe Modernization: Top 5 Misconceptions

February 24, 2015

With all the lip service paid to making business apps more mobile or accessible from the cloud, many mainframe owners are starting to feel left out. That’s because they still believe that[...]

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