The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s transition from the mainframe offers valuable insight into the benefits of legacy modernization. The lessons learned apply broadly to IT pros, but are especially relevant to those who rely on well-architected automation and scheduling in a mainframe environment.
The challenge of creating a “Windows-based environment that met or exceeded the standards that were established by the mainframe….was a tall order given that mainframes were designed exactly for the type of environment running at Public Safety: high volume, high demand, and large batch processing,” notes the report. If you have automated with JCL or JES2, you are aware of the sacrifices and workarounds a move to Windows Task Scheduler requires. An enterprise job scheduling solution, such as JAMS Job Scheduler, provides the environment needed to maintain the rigorous and dependable automation systems that have often served mainframe-based organizations for decades.
“Plus, with more than 2,000 programs running on it, hundreds of integration points, over 30 million letters being successfully generated annually, and a massive batch process, there was no compelling operational deficiency or problem to force a move from the mainframe.”
Proven Savings with Reliable Batch Processing Preserved
Following its 3-year investment in the process, Public Safety is on track to save the citizens of Ohio “$7M-10M during the next five years.” Notably, the successful migration includes “400 batch jobs and integration with 2,500 contributing entities”.
Cost savings like these validate the investment in distributed computing and legacy modernization, but not without enterprise-quality batch automation solutions ready to deliver once the core code and applications have been migrated.