Solving the mainframe risks

Contrary to what people have been claiming for years, the mainframe is still alive. Not from a luxury position but because in most of the cases it is running complex, custom made, mission critical applications. Although the mainframe itself is still functioning well in terms of technology an increasing number of risks are emerging that […]

Quantum computing: entering the Matrix

In the film the Matrix, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus. In the movie, the red pill represented an uncertain future—it would free him from the enslaving control of the machine-generated dream world and allow him to escape into the real […]

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 […]