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A Successful Transition to AWS Cloud for
a Fortune 500 Manufacturing Giant

Introduction

In the dynamic landscape of technology, legacy systems can pose significant challenges for large enterprises. This case study delves into the intricacies of a mainframe modernization project undertaken by the LMTEQ team for our client who is a renowned global manufacturing leader—a Fortune 500 giant with a robust presence in the automotive industry.

Objective

  • Our client aimed to migrate its legacy applications, hosted on a mainframe system, to the AWS Cloud. This ambitious undertaking by our team involved modernizing applications catering to diverse business functions across the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

  • The primary goal was to enhance operational efficiency, improve user experience, and leverage the benefits of cloud-based technologies.

Challenges and Pain Points

Onboarding & Access

The onboarding process presented a multifaceted challenge, from setting up essential accounts to configuring access for various applications, requiring meticulous attention to detail.

Infrastructure Setup

Migrating all servers, software, and networks to the cloud posed a significant challenge, necessitating a seamless transition for end-users accessing the infrastructure in real time.

Pipeline Setup

Configuring a valid action pipeline within strict time constraints proved to be a hurdle, demanding precision in resource management.

Video Capture of Program Execution

Demonstrating the final product to the client through video capture added complexity, requiring synchronization with client and customer availability.

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

The challenge of UAT stemmed from the heritage program’s origins in the 1930s, making data retrieval and screen recreation a formidable task.

Budget Analysis

Financial challenges included billing issues due to a lack of qualified resources, outdated development environments, manual processes, and restricted access to data.

Overcoming the Challenges

Addressing the multifaceted challenges inherent in mainframe modernization demanded a strategic approach at the technical level. The following key technical aspects were instrumental in overcoming hurdles

  • Customized Template Screen  : The legacy system presented challenges with a hung screen and numerous patchwork issues. Our technical team successfully created a customized template screen, replacing the legacy interface. This innovation not only resolved performance issues but also improved efficiency and user experience.

  • Resource Allocation Strategies  : Managing resources for Information Management System Data Communication (IMS DC) was a critical technical challenge. To ensure availability, our team adopted a dual-pronged approach. Alongside internal resources, LMTEQ’s experts proficiently handle two projects concurrently. This ensured optimal resource allocation for the mainframe migration

  • Employee Training and Skill Enhancement  : Managing resources for Information Management System Data Communication (IMS DC) was a critical technical challenge. To ensure availability, our team adopted a dual-pronged approach. Alongside internal resources, LMTEQ’s experts proficiently handle two projects concurrently. This ensured optimal resource allocation for the mainframe migration

  • Supervision from Retired Mainframe Experts : Managing resources for Information Management System Data Communication (IMS DC) was a critical technical challenge. To ensure availability, our team adopted a dual-pronged approach. Alongside internal resources, LMTEQ’s experts proficiently handle two projects concurrently. This ensured optimal resource allocation for the mainframe migration

  • Communication and Collaboration : Managing resources for Information Management System Data Communication (IMS DC) was a critical technical challenge. To ensure availability, our team adopted a dual-pronged approach. Alongside internal resources, LMTEQ’s experts proficiently handle two projects concurrently. This ensured optimal resource allocation for the mainframe migration .

  • Rehosting Technique : One of the cornerstone technical strategies employed was the rehosting technique. Leveraging this approach, our team successfully moved applications to the cloud rapidly and efficiently. This method, also known as re-platforming or lift and shift, expedited the migration process, meeting the project's fixed timeline and budget constraints.

Results

The mainframe modernization project delivered by our team has seen significant outcomes, including a 20% reduction in operational costs, a 90% success rate in migrating applications within the planned timeline, and a remarkable 30% improvement in user satisfaction. Our team has also seen a boost in operational efficiency with a 25% reduction in system response time. 

On top of that, real-time analytics implementation enhanced data processing speed by 15%, contributing to informed decision-making. The transition ensured a remarkable 99.5% system uptime and security measures led to a 30% reduction in incidents, achieving 100% compliance with industry regulations. 

Integration and Implementation 

Our experts leveraged a diverse skill set, including JCL, COBOL, IMSDB, RAINCODE, and AWS, for the project. Additionally, we employed Azure Board as a tool to facilitate database management using VSAM and IMSDB. Operating on Z/OS ensured enhanced security and stability. Lastly, our team adopted an Agile methodology, contributing to efficient project management practices.

Conclusion

Our team’s Mainframe Modernization project for our client stands as a testament to the successful transformation of a legacy system into a modern, cloud-based infrastructure.

Overcoming challenges through innovative solutions and strategic planning has not only enhanced operational efficiency, and user experience but also positioned our client for future growth in an ever-competitive market. 

The integration of skills, tools, and methodologies played a pivotal role in achieving a seamless transition and ensuring the long-term sustainability of their IT infrastructure.

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