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Were Blockbuster's Legacy Systems Part of the Problem?

Were Blockbuster's Legacy Systems Part of the Problem?

The first Blockbuster store opened in 1985. From the outset, the chain really took off. It wasn’t just the corporate power and aggressive marketing – at the time, technologies like scanners and[...]

Unpacking Competitive Advantages with API Integration

June 22, 2017

The digital economy is no longer a subset of the broader economy but has evolved into the global economy itself, there is no longer a distinction. Digital native start-ups have tactfully inserted[...]

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How to Leapfrog Legacy Complexity with a Modern API Integration Strategy

May 05, 2017

[Originally published by Jason Bloomberg in Brain Blog, Intellyx, May 1, 2017]

The contrast between traditional legacy integration and modern API-based approaches is profound – especially when[...]

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Adapt, Renew, Transform: Bridging the Digital Transformation Gap in Banking and Financial Services

October 19, 2016

Digital disruption is causing problems for long-standing enterprises across many industries, but none may be more vulnerable than well-established financial services companies. In a 2015 equity[...]

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How FinTech Companies Are Changing the Financial Services Landscape

October 11, 2016

In early 2016, a Russell Reynolds Associates survey found that executives anticipate the consumer financial services industry to be one of the most heavily affected by digital disruption.

Despite[...]

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APIs Connect Businesses to their Market, Wherever it May Be

February 07, 2016

Business is transforming. Once business was conducted at specific places. Now it can be conducted anywhere through a variety of channels including cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT). And[...]

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Little by Little Goes a Long Way with Done-For-You IBM i 5250 Legacy Modernization

January 17, 2016

When most companies begin a legacy data modernization project for their IBM i (AS/400) systems, they assume they have to convert their thousands of 5250 screens in one gigantic project. Having[...]

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Breaking Bad Projects: How APIs Fuel Legacy Modernization For Your 5250 Systems

December 16, 2015

Modernization of Legacy applications that reside on IBM i AS/400 and mainframe infrastructures is not an easy undertaking. These systems have been developed over years or decades at considerable[...]

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Your 5250 Screens to Mobile In A Click - Why Now Is The Time To Get Started.

November 24, 2015

Many businesses shudder when the subject comes up regarding how to bring their IBM i AS/400 Legacy systems out of the days of green screen character-based functionality. Typically the choices are[...]

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Challenges and Opportunities in Quick Customer Responses

November 05, 2015

Customers on-the-go appreciate their service providers delivering meaningful, useful information to them – directly to their mobile devices. For example, imagine the effect of sending a[...]

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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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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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What's Your Legacy Modernization Goal?

May 26, 2015

"The problem is when you talk about application modernization, you're talking about an activity without a driver. It's essentially a project without a benefit because legacy modernization within[...]

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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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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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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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KPIs for Mainframe and IBM i Modernization Projects

March 26, 2015

Regardless of project scope or business need, financial groups are continuously asking IT to account for every dollar invested – and compute its return. ROI exercises are a necessary business[...]

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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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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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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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The Fast Approach to Enterprise Modernization - When Less is More

February 17, 2015

In any situation of panic, the knee-jerk response is almost always to “do something!” Today, many CIOs are feeling a strong sense of panic around the perceived need to modernize their legacy[...]

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