Earlier this week one of our senior migration specialists took a plane to the UK to assist one of our customers with the last preparations prior to the application Go-Live at the end of the month. In this project, the customer makes the transition from Adabas-Natural on IBM Mainframe to a Linux stack, with Java and Oracle as the key technologies.
This imminent Go-Live will come 15 years after our first customer replaced their Adabas-Natural from BS2000 with the Anubex products CodeTurn and DataTurn. And since those days, a lot has changed both in the underlying technologies and how projects get executed.
To illustrate the technical evolutions consider the target programming language: Java and C# have replaced COBOL as the most requested programming language for our transformation projects – with COBOL still available as a valued alternative. The advances in our testing products TestMatch and DataMatch (not even available 15 years ago), and how these are integrated in our DevOPS tools have redefined the testing and release management activities. On the one hand they have reduced the testing effort, while at the same time improving the quality of our deliveries to customers.
This begs the question: where will migration projects go from here on? Remember the famous words of Bill Gates: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”