“I am too busy to plan!”
It seems like most IT professionals today are so busy keeping up with day-to-day tasks, not to mention myriad unexpected issues that arise; that project planning and time management often take a back seat., Besides, “planning” sounds like such an “open-ended” thing that is frequently deemed a waste of time and lost in the shuffle.
In fact, a little proactive planning could save a lot of time and stress in the future. And it does not have to take up a lot of time, e.g. like planning how to better deal with production issues. Continue reading
Help Your Business (& yourself) with Application Modernization
It’s that time of year again – when our thoughts turn to the holidays and year-end business gets wrapped up. As we turn the page on the calendar and begin planning for the forthcoming year – many of us will make New Year’s resolutions – and the majority of us will fail to keep them. So, this year, let’s make one we can keep that will benefit both our business and ourselves by making our jobs a bit (and potentially a lot) easier – Application Modernization.
Your company’s NonStop application was developed years, if not decades, ago; and you’re wondering whether to move on to new technology which may be a big headache, or update your current system, which you suspect may be an even bigger one. Well, fret no more as legacy application modernization may just be the answer you’ve been searching for… Continue reading
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”.
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
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
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
For Easy Legacy Data Analysis & Distribution – the answer is Cypress
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
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
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
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