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July 1, 2008

Webinar - Modernizing from Mainframes to Next-generation IT Systems

In a flattening world, agile companies will succeed because their underlying IT systems can rapidly adapt to changing business priorities. Companies are moving toward SaaS and SOA to provide flexibility in IT systems so that IT remains relevant to business.

Join us as we discuss Infosys’ Mainframe Modernization Framework with the help of case studies of global companies, in our upcoming Webinar on July 16th

 

February 26, 2008

Gupta to .Net migration

I have been working on few opportunites on Gupta to .Net migration. In most of the cases the client was thinking on a complete rewrite from Gupta to .Net 2.0.

During my research on vendors who can provide tools/ Services for the gupta code migration to .Net, i can across a vendor known as Ice Teagroup, which has tools and expertise in the code migration.

ITG provides licensing of the tool as well as services for various phases during the migration project life cycle.

ITG has a tool known as PPJ inventory analyser which helps in the analysis of the exisintg Gupta application.

PPJ Inventory will open your top level applications and all included libraries and collect the following information:

· number of items

· included libraries

· included dynalibs

· external functions

· images and bitmaps

 

PPJ Inventory will also add warnings if certain items of the SAL language are used which are known to generate more or less manual interaction or cannot be ported at all.

This tool needs an Gupta runtime for the tool to run. The tool has an very intutive GUI which requires the gupta code as an input for the report to be generated. The report generated will be in a XML format.

The translation process is straighforward and quite flexible.

Ice Porter™ loads the source SAL application using the CDK, parses all expressions into expression trees, loads and binds all known assemblies (including modules that have already been ported and custom plugins), analyzes all references and relationships, re-generates the application into a CodeDOM structure (XML-Like Code Document Object Model), optimizes the resulting structures, and finally feeds the final CodeDOM to code renderers that generate the final source code in reliable and consistent manner.

Throughout the entire process, the tool generates special events that can be handled by custom-developed translation filters.Translation filters can modify and enhance the translation process at every step.

Our translation technology can be adapted virtually to any requirement.Migration Support Library 

The migration support library is called PPJ Framework™.

All migration solutions have a support library. Some may be better or more extensive than others, but all automated,semi-automated, or manual conversion approaches have one. (If someone from marketing tells you otherwise, don't believe them).

Our library is entirely written in C# and it directly extends native types and native controls.

The only third party component that we use is the FlexGrid .NET, for which we have obtained a OEM license. The database layer in the PPJ Framework is entirely based on ADO.NET and can use any ADO.NET compliant driver.Our library is as thin and modular as possible. The Visual Toolchest implementation is in a separate module, the XSal2  implementation is also in a separate module, and so is the M!Table implementation and the reporting engine. This approach  allows you to deploy only the modules that are needed by the project.

You also get the full C# source code for free, as part of the maintenance agreement.
 
Customizations
 
Using some of the unique Translation Filters technology, we can add any kind of additional processing logic to the translation of the Gupta code and the generation of the new .NET code.

In addition to our standard customizable filters, we can custom develop personalized rules to normalize the UI of the application, extract documentation in a specific format, generate ad-hoc wrappers to fit in a SOA architecure, change the naming convention, and much more. There is almost no limit to what we can do.

Customers can also develop their own translation filters directly in C# or VB.NET.

The cost of the tool is very competative and the services offered are cheaper and are right fit for a automated code migration to .Net technology
 

 

 

 

September 12, 2006

Legacy Modernization Assessment

In my experience, the sales cycle in Legacy Modernization (LM) programs is a challenge. A transformational LM program is a major investment for the business and in some sense it is a leap of faith to move from the time-tested big iron to nimbler and (more importantly) cheaper technology platforms. The business decision to go ahead is bold and risky as it has to override the opinion of some within the IT community who are staunch mainframe aficionados. The big blue hasn't had too many trysts with the blue screen of death.

 

The assessment of the business scenario is vital; it takes patient and painstaking effort in terms of PoC and pilot projects to lay out a compelling case for a high performing alternative. Uh-oh, now that the business case is sold, one still needs to make sure the LM exercise is executed as per plan. At the end of an LM exercise, in hindsight the assessment phase is not just worthwhile but perhaps the most crucial step.

 

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