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Best Practices for Mainframe Migrations

Published: 18 December 2006

ID: G00144822

Analyst(s): Dale Vecchio


Organizations planning to migrate workloads off the mainframe must plan for the impact of architectural differences on people, technology and processes. Entire platform migrations require greater diligence. Best practices recognize the complexity and power of the installed environment.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Solving 25-year problems is expensive.
  • APM is the first step to migration.
  • Recognize the timeframes necessary to modernize the application portfolio.
  • Invest in application understanding and documentation.
  • Define the destination architecture and map the current environment.
  • Build the project plan for a phased approach.
  • Leverage available tools, platform vendors and service providers.
  • Manage the risk.

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