Today businesses running on legacy systems (Unisys, Data General, ...) are searching for ways to take advantage of the reduced costs and newer features of current hardware platforms as well as to reduce the risk of remaining locked-in to these aging technologies. However, at the same time they have made substantial investments in these platforms which tend to be fine-tuned to the business processes of their organizations.
Datatek has been a firm advocate for the cause of businesses retaining those investments. Too many companies have tried to throw away their valuable business logic in return for an off-the-shelf software package with a high price tag, required extensive (and costly) customization, and required their business processes to change to meet the requirements of the software. Put simply, the software no longer served the business, the business served the software. Other companies who saw the value of their business logic tried to use large pools of cheap programmer labor to migrate/convert it. Unfortunately, the technical expertise in these types of systems has been dwindling. Migration projects would come in over budget and/or timeline, perform miserably, lose functionality, become non-maintainable, or in some cases just completely fail.
Migrating off a legacy platform requires addressing a wide range of intertwined issues such as:
Given the complexity of these systems, automated migrations are the only reasonable approach to moving to a new platform. Automated migrations provide the flexibility of allowing the client to continue to manage/modify their systems for daily business operations while also providing the flexibility to make changes during the migration cycle. Datatek takes automated migrations to the next evolutionary step with its customized automated migration (CAM) service. No two businesses are alike and often one business needs something migrated in a much different manner than is required by another business. Using Datatek’s CAM service, companies are no longer forced into the only option of “whatever the tool generates.”
For over 15 years, Datatek has been migrating businesses off of a variety of legacy systems by providing cost effective, low-risk, and customizable migration solutions. Contact a Datatek representative to see how our technical and innovative solutions can solve your legacy migration needs.
A subsidiary of a Fortune 100 Media/Entertainment provider wanted to migrate from their legacy platform to Open Systems. Their applications were written in a combination of proprietary COBOL, Fortran, Assembler, and script/macro language. Database access was performed through a proprietary hierarchical data manager. Consolidation of languages was a major priority for the client.
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