Business risks that make mainframe modernisation an imperative

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Tales of business application failure in the wake of departing mainframe personnel are legion – and are ringing alarm bells all the way to the board. Outages to billing, payroll, core banking and policy admin and other critical services are routinely caused by the great retirement skills void. The US airline that entrusted its core […]

Make culture the centrepiece of mainframe modernisation


A transformation study by Boston Consulting Group found that five times as many companies focusing on culture perform well financially compared with those that neglect culture (90% v 17%). That’s the carrot, or the incentive to act — and the stick is just as persuasive and more familiar: according to the Project Management Institute, at […]

Securing legacy applications the open source way

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Today, the mainframe’s memory and batch processing capacity means that many corporations still rely on it to run their core business applications. But the mainframe now has to co-exist with a distributed computing environment that includes open-source and cloud, which, as platforms go, offer enough flexibility to meet the demands of modern business. Being interconnected […]

Legacy modernisation: Solutions, risk, people, and a providential illusion.

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This fundamental principle is just as valid for mainframe application modernisation as for anything else. Because there is no silver bullet: there is no single product, technology, architecture, or AI algorithm that will solve the complexity that comes with modernising business-critical applications written decades ago. A key reason is that application modernisation is not only […]

Delivery of disruptive technology – Five key principles

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The term ‘disruptive technology’ refers to inventions or improvements on current technologies that change how consumers, businesses, or an entire industry operates. These technologies can be introduced by established companies or startups. And it is crucial to use project management strategies that have been tested over time. We have gained some experience in this regard […]

Application modernisation: Safe and steady on an incremental journey

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As we’ve learnt, paying attention to the journey and being light footed is vital when external shocks like the pandemic or market volatility mean that business priorities can switch overnight. Legacy application modernisation is a complex endeavour that rarely lends itself to a simplistic A-B route. But that doesn’t mean it should become an unpredictable […]

What makes modernisation projects succeed?

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Our LzLabs teams have helped many organisations in their modernisation projects, from the initial consultation and planning stages all the way through implementation, testing and go-live. This end-to-end expertise is unique and has allowed LzLabs to experience how the very philosophy behind modernisation has changed over the years. In so doing, we’ve identified four key […]

Considering going paperless in insurance? Modernise your mainframe applications.

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That is the rule, not the exception, in the financial services sector. Obviously, the application owners would know. But those mainframe experts are reaching retirement age and what they are leaving behind is a puzzle to everyone else. For many of our customers the mainframe is often a mystery. And yet, the business logic of […]

Cloud: too tempting for financial services to pass on?

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In LzLabs’ Mainframe Modernization Survey (November 2021), 100% of decision-makers from the financial services companies who took the survey said mainframe applications are at least “important” to their organization. At the same time, IT survey respondents said that they believed the cloud was the ideal future for their IT estate. It can be inferred from […]

The role of systems integration partners

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Companies seeking to migrate away from any legacy platform are faced with challenges in two key areas: As a software provider, our goal is to develop technology that makes this process as smooth as is technically possible for our clients. However, in our experience, the success of any migration is equally dependent on project execution […]

Mainframe modernization’s knowledge transfer paradox

Mainframe modernization’s knowledge transfer paradox

But moving these business-critical assets to modern platforms isn’t enough if the knowledge and skills to run and optimize them are not transferred as part of the journey. A successful and smooth transition comes down to bridging the knowledge gap between teams and employees that have different language and application expertise.  A known but difficult […]

How to navigate complex cloud migrations

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Technology is at the heart of every modernization project, and it promises greater flexibility and speed to unlock a competitive advantage. However, legacy application migration and modernization from the mainframe is often the biggest barrier to the cloud.   As a result, innovative business models and new ideas are being held back. But standing still is […]