Increased disruption will create new imperatives to modernize the mainframe in 2017
According to Microsoft’s recent Digital Transformation report, 43 per cent of business leaders believe that their business models will cease to exist within the next five years, while more than half of companies expect disruption to impact their industries within the next two years.
TmaxSoft espouses that organizations are limiting the scope of their digital transformation strategies by depending entirely on these legacy technologies, which have been around for decades. Slow time-to-market inhibits innovation by making the process of launching new services and responding to competitors a time-consuming, lengthy ordeal.
Fast moving trends such as big data, hybrid/cloud data management and the Internet of Things (all offering agility, speed, scaling and high-impact business outcomes) create an incredible amount of strategic and tactical decision making capabilities. With many legacy mainframe architectures being unable to live up to the demands of these trends, they can pose serious headaches for businesses with sluggish and inert technologies looking to remain competitive and agile. Without capable hardware, software and applications, many companies will lack the performance necessary to take advantage of these new initiatives.
Not only do companies incur high mainframe maintenance costs, they also have restricted access to best-in-class software. There are other severe limitations facing the traditional mainframe – including being locked into a single provider, as well as being exposed to the risk of an ever-contracting pool of people with the skills and experience to work with this legacy technology.
The age of disruption is here and businesses must do everything they can to make sure they can fend off the competition from new market entrants and other established businesses – and that means moving away from mainframes and taking advantage of new technologies. Organizations who fail to acknowledge the importance of this from both a business and IT perspective, risk suffering serious consequences and depreciating their competitive advantage.