Platform economy and the role of the mainframe

Our economy is going through a revolution, a digital revolution that goes beyond anything we have experienced before. New disruptive technologies are rapidly creating new opportunities to interact and do business. Digital platform business models are on the rise. We are entering the era of the platform economy. Experts say that every organization, without exception, […]

Why emulating a mainframe is a 20th-century solution to a 21st-century problem

Many companies offer solutions aimed at replicating the IBM mainframe ecosystem on x86. Some solutions, previously Platform Solutions Inc (aka PSI, and currently LzLabs (, provide a form of binary compatibility that should allow complied programs to run on x86 unchanged. Other solutions emulate specific IBM mainframe components such as IBM COBOL, CICS, and JCL. […]

CIO’s greatest concerns around legacy transformation

Along with the rise of the digital transformation era the role of the CIO has changed quite a bit over the past years. Along with keeping fully up-to-date with the emerging new technologies they also need to keep a close link to the organization’s business and financial strategic goals and results. Legacy systems are one […]

Modern Woodmen: Mainframe Migration lessons learned and key advice

  Modern Woodmen of America is one of the largest fraternal benefit societies in the United States, with more than 750,000 members. Total assets reached $16.17 billion in 2017. The organization had been running its OS2200 mainframe for over 50 years, and, using internal development staff, developed their own COBOL applications and built custom-made solutions […]

Trust, key to success in legacy transformation projects

The human factor Trust, key to success in legacy transformation projects! Trust is hard to gain but easy to lose. Trust is the key concept that makes or breaks a legacy transformation process. It is especially challenging in times of change. Most people don’t like the uncertainty that comes with change, it makes them feel […]

Software programmers; shoemaker’s children with holes in their shoes?

On O’ Mike Loukides wrote an article about the next generation of programming tools commenting on a Quora post written by Alan Kay. In his article Loukides states that software programmers even today still do line-oriented programming with an alpha-numeric character set in ancient programming languages to create the most sophisticated pieces of software. It […]

Into the DARQ

In Accenture’s annual tech trend report: Technology vision of 2019, new technologies are described that are catalysts for change in the post-digital era. These are Distributed ledger technology (such as blockchain), Artificial intelligence (AI), extended Reality (including virtual and augmented reality), and Quantum computing, or in short, DARQ.  As each of these technologies reaches maturity, […]