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Are you struggling to drive innovation and deliver more services on a flat or reduced IT budget? Are the costs of maintaining your existing applications preventing you from meeting new requirements?

As a cornerstone of Smarter Computing, the IBM enterprise modernization approach is one of continuous improvement that enables you to revitalize applications, leverage existing and new skills, unify teams and optimize your infrastructure -- all with the goal of helping you make breakthroughs in IT productivity, efficiency and innovation.

Enterprise modernization solutions can help you cost effectively and incrementally evolve your core IT systems towards modern architectures and technologies for Smarter Computing. As a result you can leverage your existing investments, reduce maintenance costs and efforts and free-up resources to deliver new business requirements and create new, innovative capabilities that help you compete.

IBM enterprise modernization solutions provide you with the capability to:

Real results

SIBRA GmbH, a technology services provider, wanted to automate the updating of a unique identifier code for a major manufacturing client. The company needed to identify all instances of a serial number and its relationship to other data fields across more than 7,000 mainframe programs and database files. SIBRA chose IBM Rational to create an inventory of the affected applications and to perform impact analyses, gaining an overview of the quantity and complexity of the changes. In a prototype scenario, the Rational solution updated the serial number 50% faster than another vendor’s tools and 10 to 20 times faster than a manual effort, keeping a vital project on time and within budget.

The INTER group, a German insurance company, made a strategic decision to implement Eclipse as the core development environment for its mainframes. The goal was to do more with fewer staff resources, and address resistance to developing on the mainframe. To complement Eclipse, INTER group chose Rational Developer for System z for its innovative approach to software development. This lets the company benefit from both the advantages of its previous software development environment and the modern features offered by Eclipse and the Rational toolset – just what its young developers were looking for.

Explore IBM enterprise modernization solutions in detail

Application modernization

Modernization approaches and techniques to transform business critical systems into flexible applications and services.

Application portfolio management

Align investments with business objectives, to maximize business value, while maintaining focus on stakeholder needs.

Multiplatform development

Integrated development and test environment to build and deploy multi-platform applications for System z, zEnterprise and Power Systems.

Compilers

Boost performance, productivity and cost savings with IBM’s latest compilers for System z and Power Systems.

Application lifecycle management

Coordinate the flow of people, processes and information across an iterative cycle of software delivery activities.

Get more value - modernize, extend and reuse existing assets

Modernize and streamline the design, development and deployment of multiplatform applications including z/OS, AIX, IBM i, Linux and Windows.

Featured enterprise modernization solutions

  • IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z

    IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z

    Automate mainframe and multiplatform application testing, creating a continuous feedback loop from QA to development. Reduce costs, shorten schedules, and improve quality by finding defects earlier, while also reducing mainframe testing MIPS consumption

Featured enterprise modernization products

  • Rational Asset Analyzer family

    Rational Asset Analyzer family

    An application discovery and analysis tool for improving your understanding and insight into relationships within and among mainframe and composite applications.

  • Rational Developer for System z family

    Rational Developer for System z family

    The premier IDE for creating platform independent services and for building traditional and composite applications, including IBM CICS®, IMS™, COBOL, PL/I, Java, EGL, Web, Web 2.0, and XML-based applications.

  • Rational Developer for Power Systems Software

    Rational Developer for Power Systems Software

    A comprehensive development environment for creating and maintaining applications on IBM AIX® and IBM i, including C/C++ and COBOL applications on AIX and RPG, COBOL, CL, and DDS applications on IBM i.

  • Rational Host Access Transformation Services (HATS)

    Rational Host Access Transformation Services (HATS)

    Quickly transform your 3270 and 5250 green screen applications to intuitive Web, portlet, rich client or mobile device user interfaces, and extend 3270, 5250, and VT green screens as standard Web services.

  • Rational Team Concert

    Rational Team Concert

    A unified and collaborative multiplatform team infrastructure including support for System z, IBM Power Systems™ and distributed systems to help streamline the entire application development and deployment life cycle across all operating environments.

  • IBM PureSystems

    IBM PureSystems

    IBM PureSystems, the world's first family of expert integrated systems, seamlessly integrates each phase of the IT/workload lifecycle.

Learn more about enterprise modernization solutions

Solution brief

Leveraging 20th century technology in 21st century government

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Modernize, Extend and Reuse. The Jazz revolution Video.

Podcast

Accelerate System z software delivery with IBM’s Integrated Solution for System z Development

ROI calculator

Rational Developer for System z ROI calculator.

Case study

Gulistan Carpet used the logic of the company’s existing applications to create a more intuitive and full-featured customer portal.

ROI Calculator

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White Paper

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    Enterprise Modernization: Business agility and commercial edge through application reuse and modernization

    A strategy towards smarter computing and IT processes

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    Using the latest compiler technologies on System z

    Capitalizing on the hardware and software that run your business

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    What’s new in Rational Hats V8?

    Learn benefits of IBM HATS enhancements in the latest release – including Web 2.0 and port let enhancements, Apple iPad support, ease-of-use improvement.

  • MacFarland Consulting Report-System z Compilers and Business Technology Evolution

    Learn how four IBM customers share their experiences; what they have in common is a focus on evolving their entire software stack, including the compilers, to optimize their IT environments.

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    IBM PureSystems Cut Costs and Increase Agility by Simplifying the IT Life Cycle

    IDC whitepaper discusses why converged systems, such as IBM PureSystems platforms, have the potential to radically simplify many aspects of the IT life cycle

Videos and Demos

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    Continuous integration and test virtualization in a mainframe world

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  • Opening the mainframe to mobile devices

    Opening the mainframe to mobile devices

    The IBM Mobile Enterprise solution: combining end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features all integrated together in one package.
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  • Revitalize. Empower. Unify. Optimize.

    Overview of IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development

    Learn about IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development, some of its capabilities, and its constituent member products.
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  • Bridge Mainframe and Mobile Application Development with the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and Worklight demo

    Bridge Mainframe and Mobile Application Development with the IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development and Worklight demo

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    Building next-generation enterprise IT skills

    Learn how the IBM Academic Initiative is helping to create the next-generation of enterprise IT leaders.
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  • The IBM CICS development team simplifies software build

    The IBM CICS development team simplifies software build

    Learn how The IBM CICS development team simplifies software builds
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  • How the IBM Academic Initiative is Growing the Mainframe

    How the IBM Academic Initiative is Growing the Mainframe

    Describes the origins of the IBM Academic Initiative, detailing how it was conceived to meet the need for a new generation of Enterprise-class computing experts.
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  • AIX COBOL Development with Rational Developer for Power

    AIX COBOL Development with Rational Developer for Power

    An overview of how Rational Developer for Power can be used to develop COBOL applications for AIX.
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  • C/C++ Development with Rational Developer for Power

    C/C++ Development with Rational Developer for Power

    An overview of how Rational Developer for Power can be used to develop C and C++ applications for AIX and POWER Linux.
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  • BM i Development with Rational Developer for Power

    IBM i Development with Rational Developer for Power

    A brief video showing what the new live outline view for ILE RPG in version 8.5 of Rational Developer for Power
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  • Modernize, Extend and Reuse. The Jazz Revolution.

    Modernize, Extend and Reuse

    This video highlights how Jazz Revolution is able to leverage the investment in their proven mainframe environment.
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Customer Story

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    Aon Integramark

    Aon Integramark increases efficiency by 85 percent

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    SIBRA GmbH

    Learn how SIBRA GmbH cuts developer effort by at least 50 percent

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  • Atos Origin

    Learn how Atos realized a 55 percent reduction in operating costs, with return on investment in less than one year.

  • INTER Versicherungsgruppe

    Learn how INTER Versicherungsgruppe increases productivity in application development

  • Kenco

    Kenco uses automation to streamline development

  • IBM CICS development team

    Learn how The IBM CICS development team simplifies software builds

  • Rocket Software

    Rocket Software, Inc. increases development efficiency

  • Gulistan Carpet

    Learn how Gulistan Carpet creates an intuitive customer portal while taking advantage of existing application logic

  • University of Florida

    University of Florida helps students stay on track with a mobile app based on IBM CICS Transaction Server

  • ISGN

    Learn how ISGN improves the customer experience using IBM Rational Host Access Transformation Services software

  • Leading card processing company

    IBM CICS Transaction Server improves time-to-market for new solutions and services

Datasheet

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    IBM Rational Developer for IBM System z Version 8.5.1

    Develop and maintain multiplatform applications on System z and IBM z/Enterprise

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    IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS

    Enable your COBOL applications to exploit the latest z/Architecture


Solution Brief

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    Enterprise Modernization - The Cornerstone to Smarter Computing

    Cutting costs, increasing innovation with IBM enterprise modernization

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    IBM Integrated Solution for System z Development: Accelerating multiplatform development

    Accelerating multiplatform development


Podcast

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    Get smart with mainframe development

    Learning about Rational Developer for System z

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    Bringing Mobile to Your Power Systems Applications

    We seem to be in a mobile "2.0" zone, where companies are realizing that they must up their game to remain competitive

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    Save money and trade your IBM i Green Screen development tools for modern IDE's

    New ADTS trade up program saves money

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    Rational Developer for Power 8.5.1, What You Need to Know.

    What's new in Rational Developer for Power 8.5.1, and how do you get it?

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    Continuous integration and test virtualization in a mainframe world

    IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z helps significantly improve software quality while reducing delivery time and costs.

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    Opening the mainframe to mobile devices

    Podcast highlights few challenges and the unique solution that IBM offers which combines end-to-end application lifecycle management with both mobile and mainframe development features

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    Announcing the IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z

    Expedite mainframe application delivery via continuous integration and testing, IBM is introduces the IBM Continuous Integration Solution for System z (CIz)

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    Accelerate the Quality, Delivery and Adoption of Mainframe Applications with RDz 8.2

    Developing on System z is now simpler, smarter and better than ever.

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    A new class of tools for developing, porting, and optimizing C/C++ applications for AIX

    Hear from Bill Smith, Product Manager, about the capabilities of the latest release of Rational Developer for Power Systems Software for IBM i, AIX and Linux.

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    Expert Integrated Systems: defining a new category and Rational is ready!

    IBM's next generation platform

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    Accelerate System z software delivery with IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Development

    IBM's Integrated Solution for System z

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    Realizing more value from your IMS compiler upgrade

    Upgrade to the latest compilers when you upgrade to the latest IMS

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    Realizing more value from your DB2 compiler upgrade

    Upgrade to COBOL V4 when you upgrade to DB2 V9/V10

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    Realizing more value from your CICS COBOL upgrade

    Upgrade to COBOL V4 when you upgrade to CICS V4

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    Sandboxes are not just for kids!

    Playing in a sandbox has never been more rewarding

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    Hear what’s new in Rational Developer for Power and the COBOL for AIX compiler

    IBM Rational introduces new functionality

Webcast

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    IBM DevOps Solution Series

    Best practices and tools for continuous delivery of software-driven innovation on System z

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    Mainframe and mobile - are you back-end apps ready?

    Learn how to bring a green-screen application into the mobile era using Rational® Developer for System z® and Worklight.

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    Continuous Integration and Test Virtualization in a Mainframe World

    Learn how continuous integration and service virtualization technology help companies drive increased quality, at a faster pace.

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    Full Steam Ahead with Business-Critical COBOL Applications on System z, from IBM

    Learn about developing and modernizing COBOL applications, and best practices for a successful compiler upgrade in conjunction with System z® hardware and middleware, CICS®, IMS™, and DB2®.

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    10 things you’ll want to know about Rational development tools – before you start that project

    Overview of the tool and answers to 10 questions around features that should reduce the complexity of your daily development tasks.

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    Realize increased productivity when you move from ADTS to Rational Developer for Power for IBM i

    This webcast demonstrates some of the top features to show how Rational Developer for Power can provide you with double digit increases in productivity.

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    New application development game changers for AIX development on Power

    This webcast demonstrates the new features including the performance and porting wizards that will support your multi-core and multi-thread application requirements to exploit your POWER hardware.

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    Considerations in opening the mainframe to mobile devices

    Learn about the five key themes of the IBM approach to mobile application development

  • Making DevOps Real for System z

    Making DevOps Real for System z

    Hayden Lindsey, IBM Rational Vice President and Distinguished Engineer, discusses how DevOps is a good fit for big iron.

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  • Making DevOps Real for Power Systems

    Making DevOps Real for Power Systems

    Hayden Lindsey, IBM Rational Vice President and Distinguished Engineer, discusses how DevOps is a good fit for Power users.

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    Enterprise COBOL 5.1—Where Tradition Meets Innovation

    Read about the advanced functionality in COBOL v5.1.

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    What's new: Rational Developer for Power

    Find out what's new in the various versions of IBM® Rational® Developer for Power Systems Software™, which provides integrated analysis, development, and debugging tools for IBM AIX, IBM i, and Linux operating systems.

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    Performance tuning C/C++ applications with Performance Advisor in Rational Developer for Power Systems Software

    Performance Advisor, introduced in IBM Rational Developer for Power Systems Software 8.5, provides a rich set of tools that enable you to get better performance from your C/C++ applications that run on IBM Power Systems.

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    Improve your productivity by using the debugger in Rational Developer for Power Systems Software

    This article shows you how to use the debugger's core features, its advanced features, and its integration with the rest of Rational Developer for Power Systems and other IBM technology.

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Saleem PadaniThe thought of modernizing enterprise systems can be overwhelming. Smarter software from IBM lets you tackle the problem in ways that make sense for your business. Saleem Padani, speaker.

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Hayden LindseyFour trends for modernizing enterprise, multiplatform management and development
All four of these trends fit within a general "flow" from customer requirements through development to delivery and then circling back to customers where the "engagement" aspect becomes most critical. Hayden Lindsey, author.

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