ALTERNATIVE SOURCING FOR LEGACY CODE
For many, mainframes are still the heart of their data center. However, advances in technology, the dwindling number of workers who understand legacy code, and the rising costs to maintain that code are driving companies to modernize these often antiquated systems.
It is estimated that nearly 200 billion lines of legacy code are in use today. Dealing with this monolithic yet business-critical legacy code can be torturous, not to mention time-consuming and costly.
Unfortunately time may be running out for the existing code. Given that few, if any, universities are teaching mainframe languages, the life expectancy of legacy code could only extend another ten years at best when mainframers retire.
So where does this leave legacy code? Your options could include quick fixes like legacy wrapping, or something more permanent (yet complex) such as platform migration.
Platform migrations or mainframe modernization can raise a number of issues, including what to do with legacy code – often the biggest inhibitor to a successful migration.
Legacy code, no matter how antiquated it may seem, remains entrenched in companies due to its unique business processes and historical data.
A more effective way to address legacy code during your migration is to outsource it. Utilizing this method allows your company to work towards finishing the migration in a timelier manner with the confidence that mission-critical data will not be lost in the process.
Since 1968 Computer Reserves has specialized in providing mainframe consulting services. We have addressed legacy issues for numerous clients by locating alternative sourcing.
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