In our 2020 Mainframe Modernization Survey, we received responses from mainframe users all over the globe. Respondents had varying levels of seniority, job functions and came from a wide variety of industries in both the public and private sectors. However, many of them shared one thing in common and that’s the motivation behind their modernization plans.

According to our survey, when asked what business goals mainframe users are trying to accomplish through their integration initiatives, 53.8% of respondents said cost reduction. While this may not be surprising, it’s worth noting that cost reduction is the most commonly chosen mainframe integration initiative in our survey along with digital modernization and innovation (53.8%).

It’s no secret that mainframes are expensive. They can cost from $250,000 to closer to $5 million per year, depending on CPU capacity, the amount of data passing through and other various aspects.

When deciding to migrate off the mainframe, companies often underestimate the cost and time it will take to migrate, as well as the increase in staff needed to cover any over-run. Additionally, moving off the mainframe to distributed servers often increases the overall total cost of ownership, sometimes by as much as 2.2 times.

Given that the cost to migrate off the mainframe is often higher than expected, mainframe migrations can take years to achieve. Those reliant on mainframes are looking for an option to help keep their costs in check with the lowest risk possible.

Meanwhile, integration solutions harness the power, security, stability, and reliability of the mainframe and bring new capabilities to its existing technology. This is often done by creating SOAP and REST APIs that inexpensively integrate legacy systems to the latest applications. APIs can aid in mobile application development, implementing a service-oriented architecture and more. Essentially, mainframe integration is a simple and cost-effective way to take your legacy investment into the future.

Mainframe integration can make legacy applications easier to use. It eliminates redundancies and manual processes, which can cut costs as additional full-time workers do not need to be hired. Integrating the mainframe with the hybrid cloud will also reduce MIPS, which will lessen the total cost of ownership while still maintaining the connectivity of applications.

When talking about mainframes, cost reduction can be hard to achieve. Our product, Ivory Suite, creates APIs five times faster and at one-fifth the cost of other solutions, all without the use of coding!

Learn more about Ivory and see how we can elevate your legacy mainframe system to leading edge.


-Amanda Bierfeld Williams, Marketing Coordinator at GT Software