In the last few years there is a lot of focus around “Mainframe Modernization” … and there are multiple reasons for this focus and great benefit for the enterprises that will embrace this journey. In the journey to Cloud, the market is entering in a new chapter, while in the initial phase, that we call chapter 1, the focus and the plan was to migrate existing workload and application to Cloud, with a modernization of the IT and build new application as Cloud-ready, in the new chapter (Chapter 2) the focus on “migration “ was strongly reduced for multiple reasons.
Some part of workload and applications will continue to run in on-premise environments, mainly due to the cost and risk of migrating them. Side-effect of this is the up to 94% of the enterprises will have heterogeneous IT environment supporting their business applications, including multiple kind of clouds (public, private, dedicated) as well as on-premise traditional IT environment. Due to this changed approach, the possibility to integrate hybrid cloud application with application running on-premise is becoming more and more important. It includes the possibility to integrate hybrid cloud applications with mainframe applications and data in an easy and standard way.
Mainframe is perceived quite frequently as a “black box”, that requires deep skill to interact with and it is hard to integrate with applications running on other platforms. While it is not completely true, for sure enterprises leveraging Z are even facing with a generational shift that is triggering the challenge to on-board quickly young talent.
To summarize, journey to Cloud with a growing need for integration and the generational shift are challenging Z IT leaders in the current era. In order to overcome these challenges, brilliant IT leaders need to modernize their Z environment. Specific opportunities for Z IT leaders are:
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