Cloud is the Goal for Canadian Mainframe Users

Mainframes are prime targets for digital transformation at many Canadian enterprises that want to increase data access, agility, and automation, according to a new research report published by global technology research and advisory firm, Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III).

A cloud migration trend that began in reaction to the COVID-19 issue in 2020 has increased, according to the 2022 ISG Provider Lens Mainframes – Services and Solutions report for Canada. Many firms affected by the epidemic have attempted to shift on-premises technology to public clouds, with mainframe modernization being one of the most prevalent obstacles.

“Mainframes, in some ways, have become a stumbling block to digital transformation,” said Victor Medeiros, market leader, ISG Canada. “Cloud migration of legacy applications promises higher performance and lower costs over time, but it is a complex, expensive process.”

Mainframe Modernization Goals

The benefit of modernization and cloud adoption for cybersecurity, better government services, and protection of peoples’ personal data has been acknowledged by Canadian government IT decision-makers, according to the research. Despite the fact that there are fewer service providers in Canada, businesses are increasingly seeking assistance with change.

According to the survey, most Canadian businesses have three mainframe modernization goals:

  • Making mainframe data available through cloud applications
  • Increasing agility through DevOps
  • Automating operations through self-service and provisioning
Photo Victor Medeiros, market leader, ISG Canada
“Mainframes, in some ways, have become a stumbling block to digital transformation,” said Victor Medeiros, market leader, ISG Canada.

According to ISG, the best method for achieving these objectives is determined by the status of an organization’s digital transformation. Companies in the early phases of digital transformation may preserve mainframe applications but operate them on outsourced data centers or participate in mainframe-as-a-service (MFaaS) agreements.

Firms with more complex COBOL programs may upgrade them to combine mainframe data with current technologies. Automated tools are used by the most aggressive modernizers to adapt mainframe applications to run in the cloud.

It might take months or years to prepare mainframe applications for cloud deployment. According to ISG, service providers may assist customers in completing such initiatives by assisting them in planning staged changes with each stage delivering real outcomes.

“Some enterprises question whether the benefits of migration will compensate for the cost over time,” said Jan Erik Aase, Partner and Global Leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “Companies should consider self-financing modernization by taking savings from one phase to fund the next.”

About the ISG Report

The report by ISG includes an overview of application transformation time and cost estimations, a description of popular automated technologies used in the process, and other insights on how Canadian businesses are approaching mainframe modernization.

Mainframe Modernization Services, Mainframe Application Modernization and Transformation Services, Mainframe as a Service (MFaaS), Mainframe Operations, and Mainframe Application Modernization Software are all evaluated in this report, 2022 ISG Provider Lens Mainframes – Services and Solutions report for Canada.