The final version of IBM’s z/VSE operating system will reach its end-of-service date on September 30, 2023. In their announcement, IBM “strongly suggests” that customers plan to migrate to an alternative platform prior to that date. The company plans to remove z/VSE documentation from its website by September of 2026.
For customers running Adabas & Natural under VSE, this can pose a serious risk, both in terms of security vulnerabilities and potential software issues. And because VSE 6.2 is not compatible with newer software and hardware, the functionality, maintenance and support of Natural & Adabas applications will be limited.
Software AG is encouraging its customers to migrate to their Linux cloud option, claiming that Adabas & Natural running on VMs makes for a relatively quick and easy transition.
But this may just be kicking the can down the road and does not address today’s challenges lack of skilled development and support staff, and the need to migrate core business systems to newer technologies to gain business agility and competitiveness.
Events like these are opportunities to assess the current situation and determine the best strategy moving forward, as the investment to do a lift-and-shift of a legacy system may be more expensive than transitioning it to newer technologies over the same amount of time.
Organizations running Natural & Adabas should take this moment to assess a range of options, including refactoring to modern programming languages like C# or Java running in more cost effective platforms like private or public cloud.
Here are some main modernization options to update and optimize these technologies for current business needs and technology trends.
Rising licensing costs and a shrinking talent pool are driving organizations to seek alternatives to Adabas & Natural. Here are some of the them:
The odernization approach should always follow a thorough assesment of the applications and the IT and business objectives of an organization. In most cases however, refcatoring Adabas & Natural is a great option for several reasons:
As mentioned, the modernization approach will depend on the organization's specific goals, resources, and existing technology landscape. Careful planning and assessment are necessary to choose the right modernization path for Natural & Adabas systems on z/VSE.
The good news is that modernization is happening faster and more efficiently than ever before, – and with confidence levels that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. With the right tools, and with thorough planning and preparation, the move from Natural & Adabas and z/VSE can proceed far more smoothly than you might imagine.
By investing one hour in our free Rapid Questionnaire process, we can begin to build a high-level roadmap of what a mainframe migration journey will entail for your organization, including estimates for both the timeline and cost. To get started, fill out our contact form.
Companies running older mainframe technology with Adabas & Natural are faced with the daunting task of moving to RDBMS databases and object-oriented languages that can better support agile development and modern integration standards.
If you’re currently running Adabas & Natural or IDMS on z/OS, chances are pretty high that you’ve been thinking about the need to modernize those systems at some point. Here are some factors to consider when planning your roadmap.
Using powerful conversion and testing tools, complex migration processes can be almost entirely automated, which results in minimal turnaround time for workflows, no errors or delays, and reduced project costs. Here's how.
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