CA IDMS Migrations

Many of today’s mainframe applications that were developed with CA IDMS are still mission critical and continue to deliver significant benefits to the organizations that use and rely upon them. Nevertheless, the Total Cost of Ownership and technological risk associated with these applications have now escalated to unacceptably high levels. Astadia’s automated CA IDMS modernization and migration solution provides an opportunity to liberate these valuable and reliable business systems from their dependency upon non-strategic, legacy technologies and enable them to be integrated with state of the art components.

Solution Highlights

The Astadia CA IDMS migration solution takes any application developed with CA IDMS technology and automatically converts it to a functionally identical one, now ready to run within an alternative technical environment on the same platform, or on a different platform altogether.

The migrated application is completely free of dependencies on CA IDMS technology and relies on industry standard technologies instead.

Three Strong Promises

All Astadia migrations ensure three types of equivalence:

  • Functional equivalence: the migrated application will behave identical to the original one
  • Performance equivalence: the migrated application will perform as good or better than the original one
  • Maintenance equivalence: maintenance of the migrated application will be at least as easy as it was on the original application.

Native Technologies / No Emulation

After the migration,  organizations will be able to provide their core applications with new capabilities, while granting access to exciting opportunities, such as the use of Cloud, DevOps, CI/CD.

By doing this, it is ensured that migrated applications use technologies that are widely recognized and accepted as native on the chosen target platform, instead of choosing to emulate the source platform technologies on another platform.

Whenever the functional equivalence promise forces the introduction of components into the migrated application that could be perceived as non-native on the target platform, we offer a clear modernization path whereby our customers can eliminate these components for good.

Target Technologies

Astadia's IDMS migration solution offers multiple choices when it comes to mapping the source system technologies to their alternative target technologies:

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User Interface Modernization

Our CodeTurn tool enables the conversion of many legacy character-based user interfaces, including CA IDMS OLM maps, into modern, browser-based front-ends that can be maintained using standard tools and modernized incrementally.

Since clients have often invested significantly in a large volume of screen scraping and automation scripts that rely on the use of a specific terminal emulator, Astadia’s IDMS migration solution also contains a component that enables the continued use of these terminal emulators while concurrently enabling the use of modern browser clients.

Automated Testing

A key factor of successful migration projects is making sure that the migrated system is ready for production. At Astadia, this is done through extensive and repeated testing cycles.

DataMatch and TestMatch are the core of our automated testing offering for mainframe migration projects. They were built to reduce the time and effort needed to complete this crucial testing phase:

  • TestMatch eliminates the need to manually create test scenarios for the complete application
  • DataMatch enables quasi automatic testing of batch jobs
  • Both limit the end-user involvement in the project for acceptance testing.

Explore the tools' capabilities

TestMatch Fact Sheet ->

DataMatch Fact Sheet ->

Visit our Case Studies to see how we use automated migration and testing tools to help organizations accelerate digital transformation.

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