IN THE NEW ‘DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ECONOMY', MODERNIZING CORE TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURES IS CRITICAL

CIO Review|December 2019

IN THE NEW ‘DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ECONOMY', MODERNIZING CORE TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURES IS CRITICAL
We’ve heard the term ‘digital transformation’ used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years – but it’s not just a lot of hot air: It’s the future.
Raghu Radhakrishnan
IDC predicts that digital transformation will attain macroeconomic scale over the next three to four years, changing the way enterprises operate and reshaping the global economy. According to the research company, “By 2020, 50 percent of the Global 2000 will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally enhanced products, services and experiences.”

To meet the challenges of what IDC calls the ‘digital transformation economy’, organizations need to modernize their core technologies to meet consumer and staff needs – including the mainframe architectures that provide the very foundation of many businesses these days.

If you’re ready to upgrade your architecture but you’re concerned with the risks, time and cost of a complete rewrite, however, there is another option: Rehosting.

What is Rehosting?

Rehosting is an option whereby existing mainframe applications move unchanged to a modern open system, such as multi-tiered, SQL-based x86 environments, or the cloud.

Each has its own advantages. Rehosting to an x86 system results in lower capital expenditure in the long term, newer systems result in lower purchase costs and have reduced space, power and cooling requirements over their lifetimes.

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