Google details three common mainframe modernization mistakes

by Jeremy

As more organizations embark on mainframe modernization journeys, Google wants to make sure they head down the right path. The company outlined common pitfalls and antipatterns businesses face when migrating or modernizing their workloads.  Migrating or modernizing your mainframe workloads is complex and challenging, even under ideal conditions,” Travis Webb, solutions architect at Googe, wrote in a blog post. “If you avoid the antipatterns discussed in this document, you increase the odds of a successful transformation.

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While these approaches may work for some circumstances, Webb warns against them because “they have a high probability of failure. According to Webb, the three most common antipatterns are: 

  • Big bang rewrite applications: Rewriting or re-architecting your legacy mainframe code into a more modern language or design patterns can help the speed of application development and future-proof solutions. Still, it’s a capital-intensive and time-consuming endeavor, Webb explained. Risks include budget overruns, unanticipated complexity, and staff turnover. “Even for companies that have the tenacity to see through a multi-year transformation effort, the raw cost of a rewrite is often prohibitive. When compared to all other approaches, a big bang rewrite is the costliest way to modernize your mainframe software,” Webb wrote. 

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