Do you know your Modernization Project requirements?

You guys start coding, I’ll go find out what they want
You undoubtedly have seen the broadly circulated cartoon with this punch line. It’s funny because for many of us it comes too close to reality of many projects that are done with very poorly defined requirements. You have also probably seen the famous “Tree Swing” cartoon of requirements drift that has floated around for years.  In this cartoon, a collection of improbable variations on a simple tree swing diverge further and further from the client’s desire for an old car tire tied by a rope to a sturdy tree branch.  Here are two of my favorite panels from “Tree Swing”.

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Does it have to be this way?  Let’s find out. The usual way that requirements are documented begins in a requirements meeting, often the first of so many. Continue reading

Legacy Application Modernization – You Can Have it All

Obsolescence – it’s a fact of life. Wikipedia defines the term as “the state of being when an object, service or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order.” We always want the next big thing; the latest Smartphone, the next tablet, the newest car. But with legacy systems – you can keep the past AND have the latest technology. Have your cake and eat it too…

Modernizing legacy applications with the latest enhancements for web services and communications has enabled many firms in a variety of industries to update their current platforms with today’s technology. Every day, organizations in banking and financial services, government, education, healthcare and manufacturing and distribution and other data-centric sectors, choose to keep their systems current and operating smoothly; and the firm they choose to assist with these efforts is TIC Software. Continue reading

Extend Your NonStop with XML

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Extensible Markup Language, or XML, defines a set of rules for structuring and coding documents in a format that are both human and machine readable. XML is developed to be non-proprietary (open standards) and simple to implement for Internet usability. XML design focuses on documents, but is also widely used to represent data structures in applications such as web services. XML has also been employed for such diverse uses as communication protocols, source code configuration and is commonly used for data interchange via the Internet such as FIX and OFX (Finance), SWIFT (Banking), ACORD (Insurance) and many others. Continue reading

Data Analysis and Distribution with Cypress

For Easy Legacy Data Analysis & Distribution – the answer is Cypress

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Compiling and leveraging legacy data to help your business can be a challenge at times. The disparate document and data types stored, that need to be accessed and integrated into cohesive and comprehensible information, can make this task seem daunting. But fear not, help is on the way in the name of Cypress. Continue reading

Modernization Productivity- Part 3

III Measuring Modernization Productivity – measuring metrics for tangible benefits

Being able to show quantifiable progress and positive results for any undertaking is a good thing. In IT, obtaining data that shows a development project is on the right track to help the business is a great thing. And, when benefits may be measured both during a project’s development process, and after, to assist the company’s effort, that’s an extraordinary thing…

Implementing a mainframe application modernization project can have clear advantages and immediate impact. For both the IT group in particular, and the business in general, the results are beneficial and many. Especially when an innovative automation tool suite specifically designed for the job is brought to bear. Continue reading

Modernization with TIC Software

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Founded in 1983, TIC Software has been designing, developing and distributing IT solutions to address the technical challenges of modernizing legacy applications for over three decades and counting! We’re proud of our history – helping our clients maintain the highest standards with innovative solutions that keep their business IT infrastructure running smoothly.

Our products and services provide our customers with solutions that optimize: data flow and reporting, gateway and communication development, business intelligence and, of course, legacy application development. We’ve been modernizing legacy applications for a variety of companies in myriad industries such as financial services, healthcare and wholesale distribution. We work with technology partners to leverage the most up-to-date IT innovations – to best serve our clients – many of whom have been with us since day one! Continue reading

Modernization Solutions- Part 2

Automating application architecture

The process of mainframe application modernization may be accomplished by several methods – all with the same goals in mind – to reduce risks and costs, and increase system agility and longevity. The resources a firm has to allocate to the project will generally determine the approach chosen. For instance, an organization with a large IT staff may lean more towards an in-house solution versus a more outsourced choice that a company may choose with fewer internal resources. Let’s take a look at those options.

Application development tools for legacy application conversion may be obtained and used by an internal IT group, or employed through a modernization service provider such as TIC or BluAge Software Companies. There are pros and cons to both development paths. While internal development may have cost savings on the services side, the development process will probably take longer due to software learning curves and usually consulting support will need to be provided anyway. Hiring a service provider will have higher upfront costs due to consulting time, but will result in quicker, and quite possibly easier, development and solution implementation due to the expertise and experience of the provider. Continue reading

Reporting with Report.Web

Better Business Intelligence & Reporting with Report.Web

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One of the challenges organizations face today is capitalizing on the sheer volume of information available and how to best leverage what’s pertinent to help make optimal business decisions. Company databases are filled with a variety of information about clients, prospects, revenues, costs and market trends – but often this data isn’t used to its fullest potential – and one of the firm’s biggest assets isn’t exercised to help the organization grow and prosper.

The vast amounts of raw data collected and stored in a firm’s data repository can be daunting – and attempting to gather this information into an organized report that may be distributed across the enterprise can seem like a Herculean task – especially when dealing with multiple computer architectures. What is needed is a solution that speaks to the many computing environments found in business today for data access and compilation, and then provides a universally readable reporting format via Web-based distribution; in other words Report.Web. Continue reading

Modernizing Legacy Applications

A three-part series by Scott Pasho:

BluAge and TIC Software have helped dozens of HP NonStop, IBM and other organizations keep their legacy systems current with ever-evolving technology. Upgrading systems to meet both current and future business needs and positioning their clients’ to proactively address challenges in the marketplace.

This series will outline three subject areas of legacy modernization:

I – Legacy Application Modernization – IT flexibility & business opportunity

II – Modernization Solutions – automating application architecture

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Modernize or Migrate? That is the Question…

Organizations that have implemented mainframe computing solutions in the past have two viable IT options as time passes and technology evolves. One option is to keep their systems in synch through modernization – adding current application software, firmware and tangential hardware – to integrate newer features and benefits into existing platforms. Alternatively, they can move away from their existing systems and migrate to a new platform. We’ll take into consideration the challenges (as well as the pros and cons) of these choices as we examine some of the factors to consider when deciding upon which path to take:

• System Upgrade Requirements to Address Ongoing Business Needs
• Costs & Resources Needed to Continually Meet Business Goals
• Clearly Defined Strategy & Road Map to Correctly Guide Efforts Continue reading