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Mainframe Migration. Macrosoft – Leaders in Mainframe Migration [ Lift & Shift *] “Lift & Shift” is a trademark of Microfocus. Macrosoft Inc. Founded in 1993 by a team of AT&T executives, Macrosoft is a Global System Integration and IT Services firm

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mainframe migration

Mainframe Migration

Macrosoft – Leaders in Mainframe Migration [ Lift & Shift *]

“Lift & Shift” is a trademark of Microfocus

macrosoft inc
Macrosoft Inc.
  • Founded in 1993 by a team of AT&T executives, Macrosoft is a Global System Integration and IT Services firm
  • Privately owned with no venture capital, it has grown over the past decade by adding offices on the East Coast, West Coast and South Asia
  • Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, with operations in both Northern and Southern CA, it has dedicated development centers in India, Pakistan and China
  • More than 12 yrs of successful engagements and a technical staff in excess of 180 professionals on projects at this time
  • As a true business partner – all of our original Fortune 100 customers have been with us for nearly a decade
  • Off-shore development centers at India, China & Pakistan

We deliver on all commitments and provide quality service

global locations

2 Sylvan Way

Parsippany, New Jersey

353 Bel Marin Keys Blvd

Novato, California

Techno Park Campus

Trivandrum, India

Core Competency

Mainframe Development

QA/Testing Outsourcing

Application Development


Lahore, Pakistan

Core Competency

Product Development

Application Development




Canton University Campus

Shanghai, China

Core Competency

C++/VC++ Development

Telephony Applications

Open Source Development

Global Locations

Large enough to meet client requirements, yet small enough

to always receive senior management focus and attention

why migrate from mainframe
Why Migrate from Mainframe
  • High Mainframe Cost
  • Poor Mainframe Value
    • In the competitive environment, survival depends on being cost efficient
  • Mainframe Inflexibility
    • Mainframes do not provide the flexibility needed to meet market demands
  • Poor Mainframe Supportability
    • Fewer vendors, products for mainframe
    • Deficiency in mainframe skilled professionals
  • Mainframe roadmap risks losing valuable legacy
    • Porting COBOLs to Java on mainframe (UNIX) will not solve the problems in many cases
  • Advancement of Technology
    • High end PC class / Midrange servers with latest Windows/UNIX out‑perform mainframe
do s don ts in migration
Do’s & Don'ts in Migration
  • What Best to Migrate
    • Applications requiring Flexibility & Supportability

Example: Print Industry applications, ERP Systems

Windows has a large number of vendors and supporting products to choose from, whereas in Mainframe the list is limited

  • What not to Migrate
    • Highly secure and sensitive data such as finance / military data requiring B1 level security
  • What to Lookout for
    • Latest Technologies (Both Hardware & Software)
    • Success / Failure Stories, Reliable Resources for Guidance
    • Options  Assessment  Decision  Vendor selection
when to think of migration
When to Think of Migration
  • Point of Inflection
    • M&A activity
    • Changes in regulatory environment
    • Vendor support discontinued
    • Launching new products and services
  • Business Pressures
    • Current IT not able to meet growth
    • Shrinking mainframe labor pool
    • High turn around time to implement changes
  • Cost Reductions
    • IT budget cuts announced
    • High maintenance costs of legacy systems
    • Renewal of lease is coming up
    • Expansion plans around infrastructure

Macrosoft can support in all phases beginning from assessment (Diagnostic - roadmap definition) and solution definition. We have proven tools & methodologies for all these phases.

migration options
Migration Options
  • Lift and Shift- The best option
  • Legacy Modernization / Transformation

Eg: Convert COBOL's to JAVA on mainframe UNIX

Limitations of flexibility & supportability remains

  • Replace with Packaged Applications

Eg: ERP systems

Workflow dictated by the package's functionality

Much business intelligence is lost

  • Rip and Replace

Not recommended due to the time, cost & risk involved

75% of such projects fails

process steps assess transform manage
Process Steps [ Assess – Transform – Manage ]
  • Ecosystem analysis
    • Identify which applications are good candidates for moving off the mainframe
  • TCO and ROI analysis
    • Total Cost of Ownership & Return on Investment from a migration
  • Risk analysis
    • Review the current environment and IT deployment plans and assess the risk of each scenario
  • Migration planning
    • Migration planning and scheduling is possibly the most critical element
  • Infrastructure and application design
    • Design both the target environment and the application architecture
    • Reverse / Forward engineering
  • Database, custom code & screen migration
    • MVS Change Management
  • System monitoring, management, and support
    • Performance Tuning, Security Audits
how macrosoft lifts shifts applications
How Macrosoft Lifts & Shifts Applications
    • Recompile COBOL's in target environments
    • 99% COBOL reuse

We have the know-how and tools for direct transformation of COBOL's

The target executables are .NET applications, DLLs and EXEs (with XML support)

  • JCLs
    • Use KornShell Scripts as Job control language (Batch Processing retained)
    • All features of JCLs (eg: RESTART facility ) retained

We have standard tools for direct conversion of JCLs to Shell Scripts

  • VSAM / EBCDIC Data
    • Convert to ISAM / ASCII data

Our tools understand both formats, and transparently convert


We have standardized migration strategy, processes and tools for database schema and data migration to various RDBMs such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 UDB, etc. Automated tools for data extraction, cleanup and format conversion helps to save much time. The migration workbench helps in validating the migration process, including access privileges and performance optimization.

how macrosoft lifts shifts applications continued
How Macrosoft Lifts & Shifts Applications (continued)
  • CICS

Windows path

    • Microfocus Enterprise Server with Mainframe Transaction Option

[ Provides run-time environment for CICS COBOL applications ]


    • SUN MTP and similar tools

Custom Path

    • Java, XML, .NET
  • MQ Series – Messaging & Queuing
    • IBM MQ SDK (Software Development Kit) provides all necessary support for migration / development in various platforms
  • IBM & Third Party Utilities

Example: Quikjob, FileAid, IEBGENER, IDCAMS, etc.

    • Automated tools (source code generators) to replace standard IBM utilities with Perl Scripts, COBOL's or C
  • Third Party Tools

Example: SyncSort, Transformer, Anchor, Dialogue, EZ-Letter, etc.

We have partnership with many of the third party tool vendors, who provided know-how on directly transforming to Windows version of their mainframe tools

[ Reference Our Vestcom Migration Project ]

lift shift tools based approach partnership technology expertise success
“Lift & Shift” + Tools Based Approach + Partnership + Technology Expertise = Success

This is the secret of Macrosoft’s Successful Migration Strategy

Partner – Mainframe Transformation Consortium

Partner – Mainframe Migration Alliance [ MMA ]

Partner – Microsoft

macrosoft s migration services
Macrosoft’s Migration Services
  • Platform Migration
  • Database Migration
  • Data Migration
  • Application Migration
  • Capacity Planning
  • Performance Tuning
  • Migration / Conversion Plan
  • Migration plan Assessment & Validation
  • System Environment Analysis (Security, Performance)
  • PoC Migration
  • Migration Technology Transfer
  • Migration Tools Support
  • Migration Consultancy / Training / Documentation
  • Vulnerability Assessment ( Security Audits )
macrosoft migration toolkit mmk
Macrosoft Migration Toolkit (MMK)

A set of in-house RAD tools which can be used along with industry standard tools such as Revolve

  • Diagnostic Tools

 Reverse EngineeringROI Calculation  Risk Analysis

 Impact Analysis  Gap Analysis

System Environment Analysis ( Parmlib, RACF, ACF2, JES2, DB2 Metadata)

  • JCL Analyzer
  • CICS Analyzer
  • JCL Converter
  • COBOL Converter
  • QUICKCODE - Source code generator for IBM utilities
  • SHELLGEN - Direct converter for 3rd party tools to windows version
  • VSAM / GDG Handlers
  • DATACLEANER - Data Migration Tools
  • JOB Scheduler - VC++ based IDE for job scheduling in embedded UNIX
technology expertise mainframe
Technology Expertise - Mainframe
  • Operating Systems : OS/390, MVS, UNIX
  • Languages
    • JCL, COBOL, REXX, CLIST, PL/1, C/C++, Assembler, Java
  • Databases/TPs
  • Utilities
    • SyncSort, Quikjob, Fileaid, Transformer, Anchor, Dialogue,

EZ-Letter, PKZIP

  • Tools
    • REVOLVE, CA7 (Job Manager), XPEDITER, ACF2, CA-Examine
technology expertise target platform
Technology Expertise – Target Platform
  • Operating Systems : UNIX, Windows, Embedded UNIX, LINUX
  • Languages
    • COBOL, C/C++, Assembler, Java, XML, Korn Shell, Perl, VC++, .NET,
  • Databases/TPs
  • Application Servers
    • WebLogic, WebSphere, Oracle 9iAS, Tomcat, Jboss, IIS
  • Utilities
    • Windows versions of SyncSort, Transformer, Anchor, Dialogue, EZ‑Letter, PKZIP
  • Tools
    • REVOLVE, Rational Rose, Enterprise Architect, QTP, WAPT, CVS, PVCS Tracker
process overview macrosoft global delivery model
Process Overview [ Macrosoft Global Delivery Model ]

Off-Shore + Near-Shore + On-Site

= Lowest Cost Solution

result case study overview vestcom
Result - Case Study Overview - Vestcom

Handed over to Vestcom March 31, 2005

  • 220+ complex print applications of 36 clients
  • Move from IBM Mainframe S-390 to Windows 2000 server
  • Successfully migrated in a period of 12 months
  • Migration rate of approximately 1 application / day

 JCLs : 260+  JCL Procs: 1400+

 COBOL's: 500+  SyncSorts: 520+

 Quikjobs: 175+  Fileaids: 560+

 Transformer: 220+  Anchor: 220+

 Dialogues: 220+  EZ-Letter, etc.: 1 per application

Quoting Vestcom

"We’re delighted with the move and have seen significant reduction in our IT expenses – we estimate the ROI to be over $500,000 per annum."

Successful production run with 75% IT Cost Reduction

resultant application architecture
Resultant Application Architecture

True One-To-One conversion retaining all features

may i help you
May I Help You ?

Macrosoft will

  • Provide all consultancy/Guidance, if you have plans…
  • Review existing application code, environment…
  • Outline a high-level project plan & approach
  • Migrate sample programs & data (PoC)
  • Provide a fixed price proposal
  • Cost: $0!!

This is participative development. Transparent with no hidden costs.

Will this work for you ?