Avanade Acquires Asysco, a Specialist in Migrating Legacy Mainframe Applications to the Cloud

June 19, 2022

The acquisition will become part of the Avanade Azure Center of Excellence, helping organizations enter the new era of mainframe modernization and realize the cost, agility, scalability and security benefits of moving to a modern cloud platform.

SEATTLE; June 16, 2022 — Avanade, the leading Microsoft solutions provider, today announced it has acquired Asysco, a specialist in legacy transformation technology that helps organizations with critical legacy applications on mainframe systems to convert to modern cloud-based enterprise platforms easily and securely.

Asysco, headquartered in the Netherlands, will increase Avanade’s capability to support clients in their overall digital transformation and business innovation journey, where legacy environments are standing in the way of realizing the strategic and operational benefits of moving to a Microsoft cloud environment.

Asysco’s team of experts will join the Avanade Azure Center of Excellence devoted exclusively to legacy mainframe conversions and helping clients gain business agility, flexibility, speed to market and break down data silos. This team will support clients’ migrations globally, especially Europe and North America where the core of business is currently located.

“Asysco’s technology and expertise allows companies to move beyond the limitations and expense of legacy mainframe applications to cloud-based technologies from which they then can springboard to a full digital transformation,” said Sean Peterson, global application & infrastructure lead, Avanade. “In Asysco, we have found a business that strategically complements ours. We share a dedication to our clients and employees, a commitment to world-class delivery and a deep technology expertise with a belief in the power of Microsoft technologies to spur business transformation.”

“All of us at Asysco are extremely excited about joining Avanade, and the tremendous growth opportunity ahead of us,” said Jaap van Barneveld, CEO of Asysco. “On our own we were already on an incredible growth trajectory and market leading in our field, but with Avanade we can take this even further. Together, we offer our clients unique global expertise with respect to legacy and application modernization.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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9 Mainframe Statistics That May Surprise You

August 7, 2020

Interesting perspective from our CCO, Mr. Herman Eggink:

Reading this article the other day: 9 Mainframe Statistics That May Surprise You, https://www.precisely.com/blog/mainframe/9-mainframe-statistics.

I was indeed surprised by the bias of the article just conveniently omitting a couple of facts:

  • Mainframes are the only remaining proprietary compute platform. Everything else has already moved to x86 (Itanium, Sparc, System P, ..).
  • All ISV’s develop for x86, not for mainframe. IBM is the only ISV considering the mainframe a tier-1 platform.
  • None of the tier-1 public cloud providers offer running z/OS (IBM mainframe) based applications in the cloud. Windows yes, Linux, yes, z/OS is not supported.
  • Over 99.9% of the world’s IT related R&D budgets (i.e. innovation) for compute go to x86, not to mainframe, not to COBOL or any other legacy technology.
  • Mainframe based environments emerged being a major source of trouble during the pandemic due to their proprietary nature and lock-ins.

Then again, not surprising as all the sources of the article seem to come from one vendor…

The longer you stay on legacy, the bigger the innovation gap, the bigger the challenge gets!

Solve the problem: The cloud is the NEW mainframe: Agile, effective, dramatically lower TCO and much more pandemic proof.

 

Mainframe to Cloud migration

July 8, 2020

mainframe to cloud

Technology is evolving quickly and is essential for organizations to gain market share and improve efficiency. Moving the mainframe to Cloud is a challenge many organizations face.

Cloud technology is instrumental and is seen as a multifaceted ecosystem enabling the interconnectivity of a great number of devices through a securely accessed network.

Asysco helps to deploy the converted applications to the Cloud to allow our customers to take advantage of the Cloud’s reliability and scalability. We support all varieties of Cloud:

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

Right after a mainframe migration or  legacy transformation, you will be able to make the move to a Cloud environment. Enabling you to benefit from enhanced integration and new technologies.

Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution

At Asysco we focus on quality and security, that’s why we only work with a selected group of trusted, knowledgeable partners. For our Cloud solution, we work with Microsoft Azure, an open and flexible cloud computing platform and infrastructure, for building, deploying, and managing applications and services.

Pay for what you use

Check out the pricing calculator to price and configure Microsoft Azure features for your scenarios.

Easily migrate legacy systems to Cloud

Taking your legacy applications to the Cloud opens doors to innovation and drastically increases the flexibility of your IT environment. We are convinced that with the right partner and the right technology Cloud migration projects make a lot of sense, the risk can be well managed and the resulting value is simply outstanding.

Mainframe migration

July 8, 2020


About a decade ago, the estimated mainframe install base was in excess of 30,000 installations. Today, there are less than 10,000 left. Some of this decline happened as a result of consolidation; some because of package replacement. A significant number (in the 1000’s) are gone because of mainframe migration effort. All moved because of the same underlying issues: current high cost or forced upgrades, technology lock-in, de-support risk and last but not least, skills retirement. According to leading analysts like Gartner and Forrester, tens of thousands of Cobol programmers are retiring every day continuing beyond 2019.

If your enterprise is like most, you have a variety of platforms that span decades of IT innovation. These may include IBM mainframes, Tandem, Bull and Unisys, to name a few. Furthermore, you may run a legacy database, such as DB2, IMS/DB, IDMS, or Adabas, with applications written in COBOL, PL/I, CICS and a 4GL language such as Natural or CA Gen. Holding on to this environment is not only costly but it also limits you from innovating and growing your business.

Mainframe migration gives you the ability to:

  • reduce the TCO of your business-critical applications;
  • invest in business growth;
  • innovate with tools and technologies that increase your agility;
  • take advantage of new technologies like Mobility and Cloud.

Asysco provides solutions for automated migration from:

Unisys

IBM

The right partner

July 8, 2020

A legacy transformation or modernization process can only be completed with the right partner to guide and assist you along the way. A partner that has the experience, the expertise and the attitude to complete the project successfully.

8 reasons why you should work with Asysco:

  1. Futureproof solution: True legacy transformation. Unlike typical rehosting companies, Asysco does not re-platform legacy issues elsewhere but we solve them by transforming all legacy to modern, .NET based equivalents.
  2. Proven quality: having converted hundreds of millions of lines of code, our target solution has proven itself to be resilient, manageable, performing, scalable, secure and capable of running the equivalent of 10’s of thousands of MIPS. No other transformation company has this track record which is why we guarantee the same or better quality of service which no-one else does.
  3. Coverage: these critical projects are more than just code and data conversions as entire ecosystems (code, data, security, management framework, application lifecycle development and management, etc.) all need to be in scope which is exactly what we do in every project.
  4. Partner centric: projects like these involve many different skills and experts. As experienced as we are, there are many other companies that specialize in change management, testing and/or large program management all of which Asysco has worked with before (including Accenture, Dell, Fujitsu, Tieto, Keane, TCS, HP and so on).
  5. Automated testing: Testing is typically the biggest contributor to delays. Failure to test properly will cause major issues. Asysco uses a unique tool specifically built for testing mainframe migrations where mainframe transactions and outcomes are captured (with no limits and no impact on the mainframe performance), replayed in the migrated environment and automatically compared for correctness. This approach typically saves 50%-90% of the customer testing and substantially reduces the impact of the migration on your organization.
  6. Freedom of choice: You have total freedom to choose whether to deploy in the Cloud, on-premise, or Hybrid. Our solution allows any model and has proven itself in the Cloud.
  7. Innovation: Once in the new environment, time to the solution can be accelerated through a more efficient development lifecycle, the ability to modularise and (where applicable) replace applications with standard solutions (GL, CRP, SFA, CTI, …), web enablement, enhance self-service (integrating with systems such as SharePoint) and so on. The possibilities are endless but would otherwise be a lot more difficult to achieve.
  8. Reliability: Asysco has been in business since 1979, has successfully completed more than 60 migrations and legacy transformations and has a large base of satisfied customers that are willing to testify to our customer-centric and result-driven approach.

 

“We selected Asysco based on the quality they offered and their ability to provide a solution in the timeframe we needed. They provided everything promised and more”.
John Weinstein, County Treasurer, Allegheny County.

Check out more customer experiences.

Security Management Letter

July 6, 2020

Asysco is very happy to announce that Access42, renowned cybersecurity expert, has released its security management letter indicating Asysco has completely mitigated the critical and medium rated vulnerabilities.

While it is important to note that a penetration test is a measurement of a fixed moment in time, this significant progress shows the commitment Asysco has to security within its products and Access42 will continue to support Asysco in its ambition to keep the customers of AMT safe.

This letter is an indication of the confidence that Access42 has in Asysco’s ability to maintain this high level of security, and regular penetration testing on a biannual basis will help ensure this into the future.

For more information, feel free to contact us.

ATC Chicago 2020 postponed

July 3, 2020

At the beginning of the year, we announced that our annual Asysco Technology Conference would be from the 20th to the 22nd of October, in Chicago. Since then, the COVID-19 infections have had a major impact on the world and everyone’s lives.

Even today, the impact is still very much there. Looking at the current situation and expectations for the October timeframe, we unfortunately had to decide that the ATC2020 in Chicago is not achievable: Travel restrictions prevent us from both organising and attending the event ourselves. Even if these restrictions were to be lifted, there’s too much uncertainty and not enough time to organise the high quality event we strive for.

Rather than cancelling the event, we are postponing the event to early Q2 2021, in Chicago. That way, we will be able to reuse current efforts and investments in the most effective way.

We will however organise a (limited, 1 to 2 hours) on-line update session instead, in Q3 2020, so stay tuned for the invitation!

At the moment, we are coordinating with all the various parties involved (Hotel, restaurant, Microsoft) in order to find the most workable date and expect to be able to announce this in the late summer timeframe.

I hope that this is not causing too much inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the ATC2021.

Jaap van Barneveld
CEO

Transform your enterprise into an agile, innovative and future-proof business

May 27, 2020

Meet Asysco through our new released overview video.

We transition your mainframe to modern cloud platforms, quickly, reliably and cost-effectively, future-proofing your business. Our solution uses a sophisticated Conversion Engine to transition your entire system. The fully automated technology converts legacy code and data into a modern platform language, readying it for development and innovation in the cloud.

Mainframe and pandemic – how to modernise safely and securely

May 18, 2020

Never has it been more important to keep track of your legacy applications.

When Covid-19 appeared it changed a lot of things in our lives. For example, schools and workplaces had to change their way of working dramatically. Very soon two things stood out clearly:

  1. All services in the public cloud could really quickly scale up and down depending on need.
  2. Services in Mainframe environments encountered major issues.

Many organizations have to adjust to the new circumstances. Public service needs more resources as public activities are increasing. In other industries, demand is declining and you want to be able to scale down while you await the turnaround – and just as quickly scale up when the situation improves.

Mainframe has yet another problem, there is a huge lack of competence, which is a bottleneck in many organisations’ preparedness and future plans.

To learn how to modernise your IT environment, join the webinar on Friday 28th of May from 09.00 am to 10.00 am CET, with Fujitsu, Microsoft & Asysco.

In this webinar, you will be guided and advised with concrete tips and examples of successful migration projects that Fujitsu and Asysco have done together. Microsoft will also show possibilities of the cloud in times of crisis.

To register click here

USA Government Legacy systems are suffering from Corona virus

April 22, 2020

The Coronavirus holds our entire world in a tight grip. Many businesses have shut down, while hundreds of thousands of people are directly affected by the virus, leaving millions of people to suffer the impact of the economic crisis caused by the lock-down.

As a result, many people need to claim insurance and government benefits. Since social distancing is still required, all applications must be made online, with countless disastrous effects.

Most government still have their vital systems running on a mainframe. These systems are not capable of handling the enormous workload pressure that Covid19 puts on them.

Below are some examples of how US governments sound the alarm as they struggle to keep their legacy system up and running during these challenging times.

The I.T. systems of unemployment insurance and other social safety net organizations all around The United States are under high pressure.

The U.S. Labor Department last week reported a record 3.28 million new unemployment claims in the week ending March 21, as businesses nationwide shuttered their operations. The result is an unprecedented stress test of the states’ unemployment eligibility systems, many of which are built on decades-old technology that’s now buckling under the increased traffic.

A nationwide problem

In a video broadcast, New Jersey’s governor put out an urgent call for legacy systems programmers. He said,

“Given the legacy systems, we should add a page [to their online call for health professionals] for COBOL computer skills because that’s what we’re dealing with.” Gov. Phil Murphy said April 4.”

Florida’s unemployment system crashed under the weight of hundreds of thousands of applications. The state initially urged applicants to use an out-of-support version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser before switching to paper applications.

A fire getting out of hand

The age and legacy codebase of government systems are not the only factor when it comes to failure and overload. It is increasingly the case that the shortage of skilled COBOL developers often contributes to the fact that many legacy systems are not sufficiently maintained and are therefore extra vulnerable. The sparsely available skills are used to keep the system running and extinguish fires wherever possible becomes now more compromised as the arrival of Covid19 has caused a fire that is difficult to extinguish and is getting way out of hand.

Legacy modernization pays off quickly

Are all governments in trouble? A lot are, but there are a few that are doing quite well.

The success that the city government of Los Angeles has found in smoothly transitioning thousands of city staff to a remote-working platform has positioned the city as one of the technological leaders to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

LA’s chief information officer, Ted Ross, told STATESCOOP that IT leaders in other jurisdictions wanted to know more about what the city’s Information Technology Agency did to quickly move more than 10,000 city staff to a secure, cloud-based platform on such short notice. Ross shared how internal conversations started after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began warning localities in February.

In a Podcast, Ross tells listeners how his team reviewed a range of options the city could face should it need to stand up a remote-working platform.  It soon did, with success, by first putting a dozen workers online remotely on March 13 before eventual onboarding the more than 11,600 employees who use it today.

Ross largely credits success to the groundwork the city laid in recent years modernizing the IT environment and improving its digital infrastructure and tools.

“Where we are today is dramatically different than where we were five years ago,” he says. “And when it comes to agility and tackling different kinds of challenges that come your way when you have to pivot in a pandemic situation, I am extremely happy in the investments we’ve been making available in the last five years.”

To find out how we can help you modernize with our solutions, click here and/or for government-specific here

Sources:

https://fcw.com/articles/2020/04/05/legacy-tech-hinders-gov-covid19.aspx

https://statescoop.com/podcast/how-los-angeles-went-remote-fast-after-pandemic-hit/

https://onezero.medium.com/amp/p/61ec0bc8e121

https://statescoop.com/states-unemployment-systems-are-failing-their-stress-test/

https://qz.com/1832988/covid-19-results-in-new-jersey-desperately-needing-cobol-coders/