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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About Avanade
Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital, cloud and advisory services, industry solutions and design-led experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem. Every day, our 56,000 professionals in 26 countries make a genuine human impact for our clients, their employees and their customers.

We have been recognized, together with our parent Accenture, as Microsoft’s Global SI
Partner of the Year more than any other company. With the most Microsoft certifications (60,000+) and 18 (out of 18) Gold-level Microsoft competencies, we are uniquely positioned to help businesses grow and solve their toughest challenges.

We are a people first company, committed to providing an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable being their authentic selves. As a responsible business, we are building a sustainable world and helping young people from underrepresented communities fulfill their potential.

Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at http://www.avanade.com/.

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Asysco Technology Conference 2022 in Amsterdam

May 12, 2022

We are happy to announce that, after 2 years of Covid-19 restrictions, the Asysco Technology Conference is back in Europe again!

Please join us at our ATC from 5th to 7th October 2022 in the capital city Amsterdam.

The place of venue is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, located in the city centre and just a few minutes away from the Central station.

At this hotel, we have a block booking of hotel rooms for you.
The deadline for a hotel room reservation is the 2nd of  September 2022.

The Asysco Technology conference (ATC) is the opportunity to meet and interact with customers and partners of Asysco Technology from all over the world.

This year’s theme: Innovating legacy: Securely and Effectively

In addition to our conference, we are also planning alongside, free of charge, two days of technical training, to enable you to achieve more with your AMT systems.

The preliminary ATC program is as follows:

  • Wednesday 5th October (whole day): Training new features AMT Dev Studio
  • Wednesday 5th October, early evening: Welcome reception
  • Thursday 6th October (whole day): The Asysco Technology conference
    The ATC is all about exchanging information, learning about new technology (tips & tricks), networking and…. fun!
    You can expect keynote speeches from Asysco, our partners and customers project experiences followed by a relaxed evening program including a dinner.
  • Friday 7th October (whole day): Training advanced features AMT Visual Studio solution

Stay tuned, more details about the conference presentations, and training subjects will follow.

Click here to register.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam!

PWC, Microsoft and Asysco announce legacy transformation partnership

April 25, 2022

On April 20th, PWC, Microsoft, and Asysco announced a partnership to accelerate legacy transformation into the cloud.

In a world, in which innovations happen faster than ever, enterprises recognize the need to modernize their infrastructure. Digital transformation is on the top of the modernization agenda of most CEO’s and CIO’s. Moving to the cloud is an essential component. Many organizations still depend on mainframe systems for their business-critical applications and processes which, in many cases are self-developed.

PWC’s The Mainframe to Cloud transformation approach ensures that organizations can safely and reliably transform their IT systems to customer-centric, agile, and scalable cloud-based platforms in order to accelerate time-to-market and service provisioning.

 

The success of a Mainframe to Cloud transformation is largely determined by the adaptability of the customer’s organization, their knowledge of the complex technical systems, and management buy-in. This partnership between PWC, Asysco, and Microsoft is therefore specifically aimed at the transformation of people, processes, and technology, from strategy all the way to execution.

This unique approach is therefore more than ‘just’ an IT transformation. It is aimed at finding the right balance recalibrating the transformation strategy, the impact on financial and operational management, and ensuring active contribution from the entire organization. By applying change management on every level, financial, operational, security, and HR, this partnership is the first true solution for large-scale mainframe transformation.

The qualities and experiences of PwC, Asysco and Microsoft are essential. PwC provides market knowledge and transformation expertise for Mainframe to Cloud. Asysco provides fully automated, safe, and proven technology for the transition from mainframe to Cloud. Microsoft Azure is the hyper-scale cloud platform serving as the landing zone simultaneously providing the possibilities for further development and innovation, application modernization, and data insights.

 

New comparative study: Proven benefits from legacy code conversion

April 6, 2022

– 7N Advisory’s view on the practical implications of legacy code conversion

Large IT organizations often deal with legacy applications. Maintaining these can be challenging. Specifically, resource availability, keeping up with the pace of change, and the need for improved functionality, and flexibility at lower costs. Asysco AMT conversion engine aims to tackle this problem by converting mainframe legacy source code to modern platforms and technologies (Java or C#). This creates new possibilities for modernization.

CAST and Asysco agreed to objectively study and compare overall application quality metrics for a representative, end-to-end mainframe migration. The study compares the quality and risks, of a Policy Admin System before and after the conversion. Converting and moving 2 million lines of code from the IBM Mainframe environment to a Microsoft .NET cloud environment.

The results show a massive quality improvement in the converted code, at the expense of an acceptable and maintainable increase in lines of code among a variety of additional benefits.

This means for organizations that legacy code conversion is a valid alternative that should be taken seriously by those wanting to move away from mainframe setups.

Download the complete 7N advisery view including the additional benefits:

Download the CAST study report:

Visit 7N

Independent study confirms Asysco’s AMT migration greatly improves overall mainframe system quality

March 28, 2022

By Herman Eggink, COO, Asysco

CAST software recently conducted an independent assessment of a mainframe migration for the Ingenium Policy Admin System for an insurance company in the US. In this assessment, ISO metrics were compared for the entire mainframe system, using technologies such as COBOL, CICS, Easytrieve, JCL, DB2, FTP running under IBM z/OS, with the migrated environment, using only native Microsoft technologies such as .NET, C#, SQL Server, Azure DevOps, IIS running on x86 under Microsoft Windows.

In all key areas, such as Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Maintainability, Robustness, Security, and Changeability, metrics improved significantly.

IBM Mainframe environment:

 Converted AMT .NET environment:

 

The full report is available here.

The assessment was done using CAST “Imaging” based on a deep dive syntactic and semantic parsing of all application layers. The assessment model proposed by the CAST platform was a concrete implementation of the ISO-5055 norms, targeting the structural quality as defined by the CISQ (https://www.it-cisq.org/standards/code-quality-standards/). The abstraction level allows comparing the same software characteristics from different technologies, hence evaluating structural quality the same way for both mainframe and .Net technologies. These measurements are not only useful to assess and scope our code conversion projects but also enable us to sanitize the source code, pre or post-conversion.

The assessment was also evaluated by 7N, a leading data-driven digital advisory specialized in solving complex IT challenges. “The result of the study shows that legacy code conversion is a valid alternative that should be taken seriously by those wanting to move away from mainframe setups,” says Freek Hoekstra, Management Consultant at 7N.

This independent study and evaluation underlines Asysco’s AMT conversion technology leadership and proves that systems migrated by Asysco are a great starting position for further modernization.

Our mainframe modernization approach allows moving fluidly from re-hosting through refactoring to total transformation. Asysco’s ‘as is code conversion’ approach converts COBOL into modern language without additional emulation software that offers enterprises the choice to retire the COBOL or continue to use it.

CAST Imaging reverse engineers and automatically ‘understands’ software systems built with any mix of 3GL, 4GL, Mobile, Web, Middleware, Framework, Database, Mainframe technologies. It creates accurate, zoomable architecture blueprints of all database structures, code components, and their interdependencies that allow faster decoupling, refactoring, and re-architecting.

CAST Software also provides CAST Highlight along with CAST Imaging. These “MRI for software” can be used to define either the pre-migration modernization roadmap, in case of a large mainframe environment that requires a phased, incremental approach, or a post-migration modernization roadmap, in case of big bang migrations to the cloud.

We also worked with Erik van Enk, Microsoft Global Black Belt Mainframe Modernization on this project. In his words, “Mainframe transformation isn’t easy. So, why is it so hard? In theory, mainframe applications look like a multilayer environment. But they look like a sort of spaghetti when you do a proper assessment. This approach will help, and guide getting real insights into the mainframe environment and supports creating the right strategy about how we can transform the mainframe applications to Azure in a controlled and secure way. Knowing all the relations and interdependencies between applications, databases and APIs is key to build a roadmap to transform to Azure”.

Erik says, “another important element is maintainability of the migrated code after the transformation. Any mainframe user still doubting the power and validity of this approach can now comfortably do a pre and post-assessment. I am confident that they will get at least the same results”.

About Asysco

Asysco offers cloud-proven, turnkey technology solutions and expertise for delivering high-quality transformation and modernization without failure. This transformation enables organizations to reduce cost while increasing flexibility, facilitating streamlined business process integration and innovation. Asysco was founded in 1979 and has offices in Coevorden the Netherlands and Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Our motto: “Unlocking Your Legacy Value” expresses our confidence that legacy transformation projects make a lot of sense, the risks can be well managed, and the resulting value is simply outstanding.

About Microsoft:

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft provides a safe and compliant mainframe landing zone, with security that spans your hybrid environment throughout the transition. Security is Azure’s highest priority and Azure can address the most security-sensitive organizations’ requirements. Azure delivers equivalent mainframe functionality and features, at a much lower cost. TCO of the subscription-based, usage-driven cost model is less expensive than mainframe computers.

About CAST

CAST is the market leader in Software Intelligence, achieving for software what MRI has for medicine: unprecedented visibility. Backed by almost $200 million in R&D, CAST technology drives IT automation at the world’s largest systems integrators and generates insight into complex systems by scanning and understanding software structure, architecture, and composition. Customers rely on CAST to make fact-based decisions, see their architectures, security threats and ensure the safety and soundness of business applications and software products. Visit www.castsoftware.com.

Fujitsu in partnership with Asysco, migrated SPV in one seamless move

January 20, 2022

Seamless migration amid a global pandemic

Anticipating future synergism with sister agencies, Sweden’s National Pensions Board (SPV) contracted Fujitsu, in partnership with Asysco, to migrate and modernize its platform in one seamless, efficient move.

The one-to-one migration meant legal agreements and functionality for members remained intact. Despite disruptions by the global pandemic just after launch, the original tight timeline and strict budget were kept in check.

In proactive anticipation for future collaboration with sister agencies, the prudent move was to migrate the COBOL mainframe to the Microsoft C#.NET and Microsoft SQL server platform.

The mainframe wasn’t good at communicating with other systems,” explains Jakob Björklund, Head of IT at Statens Tjanstepensionsverk (SPV). “We had different platforms when we should have the same tech platform.”

SPV needed to complete the migration within a tight deadline and to a strict budget, while restricted by security matters and remote working.

When asked why Björklund, believes the project was such a resounding success he answered:
It’s all about the project management skills with Fujitsu and Asysco, and not as much about the technical migration. Though that was excellent, too.”

You can download the complete case study here:

Legacy Mainframe Modernization to Cloud with SLK Software

October 27, 2021

We are delighted to announce our strategic partnership with SLK. Asysco is at the forefront of legacy migration and modernization for enterprises. Working with SLK extends our global reach, and we look forward to accelerating enterprises’ legacy modernization journeys so customers can maximize the value of their ecosystem.

With over 40 years of experience in legacy modernization, Asysco prides itself on providing fast and flexible legacy transformation, while respecting your past investments. Asysco helps transform your existing legacy mainframe applications into C# and Java that can be easily maintainable as containers, native applications in the cloud and provide a foundation towards a truly digital business.

Using the Asysco Platform, SLK will help businesses migrate, integrate, & democratize their varied legacy, on-premises mainframe applications into scalable right fit infrastructure on the cloud enabling the Enterprises to scale faster by transitioning out of legacy systems.

Asysco Platforms allows us to double our pace for go-to-market for our customers through automated mainframe migration to new-gen Java, C# languages including utilizing cloud-native technologies. This enables SLK to fastrack the go-to-market capabilities for our customers through intelligent innovation and automation thereby enabling huge savings.
Nagesh K.P, Head of Data & Digital, SLK Software

Contact us to find out more about the SLK-Asysco Partnership.

The Record: Migration for modernization

October 6, 2021

Asysco helped Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (SFBLI) migrate to Windows, combating the challenge of mainframe skills loss and enabling them to provide services suited to modern customers.

Recently we have engaged with SFBLI and the Record magazine, to publish an article in the Technology record issue Autumn 2021 about this mainframe to Windows migration project.

The result is a great “Migration for modernization” story with lots of nice quotes and conclusions, of Charlie Allen (VP, CTO) :

What can I say? I am ecstatic on what Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance and Asysco pulled off!”

To read the complete Record article, click here

Asysco successfully completed a SOC 2 Type 1 audit without any major incidents

October 1, 2021

Asysco is very pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type 1 audit without any major incidents.

This is a key step to ensuring that Asysco’s processes and procedures are suitably established according to industry standards relevant to the security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of our customer data,” says Jeremy Lukins, Asysco Information Security Officer, and CISSP, PMP.

According to Jayson Goldman, MD Asysco, Inc., “SOC2 is a widely adopted audit vehicle here in the United States. Conducting this audit demonstrates our unwavering commitment to designing and implementing suitable procedures that will safeguard the data security, privacy, and systems availability of our customers“.

About Asysco

Asysco helps enterprises to future proof their business quickly, easily, and cost-effectively by helping them to transition from mainframe to Cloud.

We provide them with a new foundation for their business innovation using our automated, predictable, and cloud-proven migration approach putting the customer (instead of their vendors) back in control of their modernization roadmap.

Asysco was founded in 1979 and has offices in The Netherlands and in the United States of America. Today, Asysco has successfully completed legacy migrations from many COBOL variants (Micro Focus, IBM Mainframe, Unisys Libra, and Dorado mainframes, …), Natural/Adabas, LINC, and other legacy technologies, realizing re-platforming, rehosting, and refactoring approaches with no failures. Target platforms are Microsoft Windows and Linux.

Asysco, the true Unisys mainframe solution

August 5, 2021

We occasionally run into companies who accepted an initially attractive-looking offer from Unisys to reduce costs on their mainframe applications.

They get a proposal to run MCP or OS2200 in emulated mode on Intel hardware on-premises or move these workloads into the Cloud where they are supposedly more agile. This solution is advertised as low risk pointing at ‘the risk of failed migrations’ under the Clearpath Forward tag line.

But once they are in this lower-cost environment, the problem becomes apparent: they are now completely stuck in an MCP or OS2200 environment running old COBOL, LINC, ALGOL, or XGEN code bases. Support for these is exceptionally challenging, and people with the right skills are gone.

Big problem! And essentially Clearpath Backward instead of Forward! But it gets worse: now there is also no ROI of migrating off of these programs onto open technologies anymore, and you are stuck with outdated technologies where the only option is to sunset that system and replace it entirely. Ultimately this is much more expensive. Sounds like the good-cheap-fast predicament.

Facing and solving these legacy issues upfront is ultimately much more effective, less disruptive, and the ONLY solution to the problem.

Asysco has NEVER failed a migration, and you can trust us to do the job. We are the true Unisys migration experts. Contact us to understand how we can give you a real Forward solution that helps you.