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  • May 11th, 2021

    Heirloom Computing Named a Leader in the ISG Provider Lens™ Mainframe Services & Solutions U.S. 2021 Quadrant Report

    Heirloom® recognized as Rising Star for Mainframe Modernization Software.

    Information Services Group (ISG), a well-known technology research and advisory firm renowned for its industry and technology expertise, has named Heirloom Computing a Leader in its Mainframe Services & Solutions U.S. 2021 Quadrant Report.

    Companies that receive the Rising Star award have a promising portfolio or the market experience to become a leader, including the required roadmap and adequate focus on key market trends and customer requirements. Rising Stars also have excellent management and understanding of the local market. This award is only given to vendors or service providers that have made significant progress toward their goals in the last 12 months and are expected to reach the Leader quadrant within the next 12 to 24 months due to their above-average impact and strength for innovation.

    Enterprises with IBM mainframes are increasingly making the decision to exit the data-center business and modernize their infrastructure to the cloud in order to increase agility and dramatically cut costs. Heirloom replatforms mainframe workloads using compiler-based refactoring to produce cloud-native Java applications that run on any cloud.

    “Heirloom toolset delivers fast and effective refactoring for large-scale mainframe modernizations and migrations to the cloud.”

    “Heirloom refactors mainframe applications to cloud-native Java programs that can scale horizontally on AWS and other clouds. The company offers a modern refactoring toolset that attracts system integrators and cloud providers’ attention because of its code refactoring speed and scalability.”

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  • February 5th, 2020

    Splice Machine Partners with Heirloom Computing to Modernize Mission-Critical Mainframe Applications

    Partnership enables modernization of legacy applications to cloud-native targets with new data sources and injection of AI and machine learning, without rewriting them

    San Francisco, Calif. – February 5, 2020 – Splice Machine, a provider of a scalable SQL database that enables companies to modernize their legacy and custom applications to be agile, data-rich, and intelligent, today announced a new partnership with Heirloom Computing to enable enterprises to modernize legacy, mission-critical, mainframe applications with Splice Machine’s intelligent SQL database. Businesses will benefit by at least an order of magnitude, from reengineering applications by hand, to refactoring at compiler-speed to an agile Java ecosystem on a modern data platform. In addition, enterprises will gain access to powerful new functionality by running their applications on the Splice Machine platform, such as leveraging real-time and historical data in analytics and injecting AI and machine learning into their applications.

    For decades, mission-critical mainframe applications have anchored the banking, insurance, healthcare, and retail industries, as well as the public sector, all of which require heavy-duty, low latency transaction processing, where downtime would be extremely costly and unacceptable. But mainframe applications are being left behind as businesses strive to transform using distributed computing and public clouds. In large part, this is due to the perception that it’s overwhelming, even impossible, to modernize a mainframe application.

    “The perception that mainframes can’t be modernized is outdated and misguided,” said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine. “With Heirloom Computing’s cloud-native refactoring solution combined with migration to our scale-out SQL database, the barriers to mainframe modernization are broken down, resulting in reduced costs, increased business agility and entirely new business outcomes through the infusion of AI and machine learning.”

    Heirloom® automatically refactors mainframe applications so they execute on any cloud, while preserving critical business logic, user-interfaces, data integrity, and systems security. Replatforming is a fast and accurate compiler-based approach that delivers strategic value through creation of modern agile applications that utilize an open industry-standard deployment model that is cloud-native.

    “After decades of working with customers to first build – and now refactor – mainframe applications, we have now reached a tipping point where the benefits of refactoring are essentially business-centric and not solely technical,” said Gary Crook, president and CEO of Heirloom Computing. “The partnership with Splice Machine gives those enterprises that have been on the fence about moving off the mainframe yet another compelling reason to act. Splice Machine’s unique combination of scale-out, SQL and in-database machine learning will help breathe new life and intelligence into their prized mainframe applications.”

    Heirloom, in combination with Splice Machine, offers enterprises the fastest way to modernize mainframe applications, enabling them to scale out on commodity hardware and leverage more modern, analytical techniques using an intelligent, SQL platform with in-database AI and machine learning.

  • December 16th, 2017

    Application Transformation Done In 60 Seconds

    Mainframe COBOL/CICS/VSAM to Java Application Server & Relational DB

     

    TL;DR — Watch the video below to see how Heirloom automatically takes a complex mainframe warehousing application to Java in 60 seconds with 100% accuracy, guaranteed.

    Migrating mainframe workloads to anywhere is hard, right?

    You may have seen vendor presentations that promise an assured migration process, led by analysis tools that paint interrelationships between application artifacts that bedazzle (mislead) you into believing that the complexity is well understood. I get it. It looks good; impressive even.

    It’s also blatant vendor misdirection.

    What you are seeing is superficial at best. A “shiny object” that distracts you from the complexity ahead, and one that steers you towards an expensive multi-year services-led engagement that is aligned with the vendors business model, not yours.

    Just ask the vendor “where does the application get deployed?”. If the answer is not “any Java Application Server“, you are being quietly led into a dependency on a labyrinthic proprietary black-box that underpins an enforced application software architecture (e.g. MVC). Any assertions that you are now on an agile, open, scalable, performant platform, die right there.

    I’m not going to get into an extensive takedown (in this article) of why migration transformation toolsets that are borne of application analyzers are a hugely expensive strategic misstep because I’d like you to spend the next 60 seconds watching how astoundingly fast Heirloom is at transforming mainframe applications to Java.

    Need a recap? What you saw was a mainframe COBOL/CICS implementation of the TPC-C benchmark (an application with over 50,000 LOC and 7 BMS screens) being compiled by Heirloom (without any code changes) and deployed to a Java Application Server for immediate execution via a browser. All the data for this application was previously migrated from VSAM (EBCDIC encoded) to an RDBMS (ASCII encoded). In later articles, we’ll demonstrate how Heirloom migrates mainframe batch, data and security profiles just as quickly.

    Although the resulting application is 100% Java (and deployable on-premise or to any cloud), Heirloom provides full support (via Eclipse plug-ins) for on-going development of the application in the host language (COBOL in this example, but PL/I also) or in the target language (i.e. Java), or both. This was done because any transformation is not just about the application artifacts. People are obviously a big part of the IP equation, and securing the engagement of IT staff is essential to ensure a successful transformation. Not just on day 1, but for many years post-deployment.

     

  • August 16th, 2017

    COBOL/CICS Hooks Up With Pivotal Cloud Foundry

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    How To Make An Agile Dinosaur

     

    Would you be skeptical of a claim from a vendor that stated you can take existing mainframe workloads (online and batch), and automatically transform them (with 100% accuracy) into instantly agile Java applications that can immediately be deployed to the cloud? You wouldn’t be alone. For many of our initial client meetings, there’s a palpable sense of disbelief (or, healthy skepticism if you prefer).

    So, here’s another 3-minute video from Ian White, Heirloom Computing’s VP of Engineering that demonstrates that claim, using Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF).

    TL;DW? These are the (simplified) steps:

     

    Want to try it? Execute the Mortgage App on PCF! This link will continue to work until the marketing budget has been exhausted 🙂

    What happened? We took an online mainframe application and deployed it to PCF in 3 minutes. No misdirection, real code, real results, and a re-platforming project lifecycle that puts you in control (so you can avoid black-box solutions).

    For us at Heirloom Computing, Cloud Foundry is a great example of how Heirloom maximizes the power of open source stacks to provide clients with a way to include high-value mainframe workloads in strategic initiatives (e.g. cloud, digital transformation etc). One that protects existing function, but also one that is seamlessly integrated with an agile ecosystem.

     

  • August 9th, 2017

    Amazon Alexa Hooks Up With COBOL/CICS (On The Cloud)

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    Extending Heirloom Applications

     

    There’s a lot of chatter about how to make mainframe workloads agile. I have contributed to that chatter myself. The discourse is essential. Boiled down, my assertion is that the mainframe ecosystem is foundationally not agile (and never will be). No amount of DevOps tooling, nor vendor misdirection is going to change that.

    In my last article, I made the following statement:

    Mainframe workloads are an essential part of any digital transformation strategy, but those workloads will persist in a different form. One that protects existing function, but also one that is seamlessly integrated with an agile ecosystem.

    Below is a (3 minute) video that implements the above statement. It was put together inside 2 hours by Heirloom Computing’s VP of Engineering, Ian White.

    This was a mainframe application that was compiled (unchanged) to Java and executed on the cloud using Heirloom, which automatically makes the workload instantly agile (all transactions are immediately accessible as a service). Agile enough for Ian to very quickly hook it up to Alexa.

  • June 28th, 2017

    COBOL & The Definitive State of the World’s Greatest Legacy Ecosystem

    TL;DR — see picture above, or… a career COBOL’er makes a compelling argument that legacy application systems (COBOL et al) on the IBM Mainframe are killing IT digital transformation initiatives.

    So, a heads-up… this article is going to be self-serving (at least to start with, perhaps longer), as I’ve come to the conclusion that it is necessary for me to “introduce” myself in an attempt to establish a greater level of credibility than I might otherwise be able to muster!

    I’ve been working for over 30 years. My entire career has been in the “COBOL space”, the vast majority of it working with Global 2000 companies to deliver COBOL application development & deployment platforms that were primarily focused on adding value to the IBM Mainframe (“The World’s Greatest Legacy Ecosystem”).

    I have worked at the “coal face” developing bespoke commercial COBOL applications. I have worked developing COBOL compilers and runtimes. I have led global teams of astoundingly brilliant people that have built COBOL ecosystems from scratch. Back in 2010, myself and a group of others with similar career profiles, and significantly greater areas of expertise, founded Heirloom Computing to bring a new COBOL ecosystem to market.

    Heirloom leverages open-source software stacks (primarily Java); one that immediately exposes existing business rules from mainframe workloads as a collection of Java interfaces and RESTful services so they are immediately available to other applications; one that from day 1 is absolutely guaranteed to accurately retain existing business logic, data integrity, and security profiles; one that allows application developers (using Eclipse) to continue in COBOL, or Java, or both, so IT can “iterate away” from a constrained model to an agile one, at a pace that is determined by their own unique business drivers. This approach removes the “re-platforming” risk and makes the workload instantly agile.

    We did this because we believe (and our investors and customers have validated) that IT needs to get beyond decades-old legacy systems if they are going to compete in a digital world.

    Credibility enhanced? Either way, on we go…

    The IBM Mainframe is without a doubt (and by far) “The World’s Greatest Legacy Ecosystem”. It’s reliability, pervasiveness, and keeper of systems of record is unmatched. Today, however, that proud legacy is increasingly burdensome. These (crucial) systems: are severely & systemically constrained (and today, agility really matters); have paralyzed IT with a (fearful non-viable) “do nothing” strategy which consequently inhibits execution of strategic initiatives (like digital transformation) that are needed to compete. And up to this point, we’ve not even mentioned the operational expense nor the risks of an ever aging/depleting skills pool.

    Some of these systems, especially in government, have eroded/warped to the point that paper processes have been introduced to integrate legacy workloads with new services! This is NOT a failure of DevOps, nor tooling, but a failure of leadership and the brutal reality that mainframe systems of record are inherently NOT agile because a) they were never designed that way, and b) the COBOL ecosystem itself (an archaic compute-model, a procedural language, a failure to embrace open source, a lack of application frameworks, an entrenched culture, …) is NOT agile.

    In article, after article, after article, IT leaders and analysts have clearly identified the challenge. Progressive enterprises like GE and Capital One are already working on solutions. Mainframe workloads are an essential part of any digital transformation strategy, but those workloads will persist in a different form. One that protects existing function, but also one that is seamlessly integrated with an agile ecosystem.

  • June 28th, 2017

    LJM Global Cyborg Specialist Forges Alliance with Heirloom Computing to Deliver on Mainframe Transformation Demand in Australasia

    SAN FRANCISCO & SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LJM Global Cyborg Specialist (LJM) is partnering with Silicon Valley software firm Heirloom Computing to meet demand from the Australasia market for automated mainframe workload transformations to Java and the cloud.

    LJM will leverage their quickly expanding footprint in Australasia as the exclusive systems integrator for Heirloom’s ground-breaking Heirloom platform.

    “There’s real leadership from enterprise CIO’s in Australasia who understand that standing-still with legacy systems is not an option when executing digital transformation strategies,” said Larry McGean, LJM’s CEO. “LJM shares this outlook and is now uniquely positioned to help CIO’s deliver lT for legacy workloads which are aging fast, and approaching a tipping point. Critically, they are already inhibitors to the execution of an increasing number of strategic initiatives.”

    Kevin Moultrup, Heirloom’s COO, added, “Our team has been working with LJM for several years now, and we are excited to formalize our partnership with LJM to deliver high-quality proven software solutions to Australasia’s most recognized companies.”

    About Heirloom Computing

    Heirloom Computing is a global enterprise software company that partners with Systems Integrators to implement initiatives that enable the Global 2000 to automatically modernize legacy application systems to Java and the cloud where they can be aligned with broader strategic initiatives such as digital transformation — whilst guaranteeing to retain existing business logic and data integrity. For more information about how Heirloom can increase agility, and save IT departments time & money, please visit http://www.heirloomcomputing.com.

    About LJM Global Cyborg Specialist

    In coordination with its field offices in Sydney and Melbourne, LJM purses software solution opportunities around the globe. Specializing in company-wide implementations of packaged systems such as SumTotal Payroll, Workday HR Integrations, Blue Prism IPA, QlikView/Sense, and now automated mainframe workload transformations with Heirloom. For more information, please visit http://ljmcyborg.com.

  • March 29th, 2017

    Trump, Kushner, COBOL

    Not 3 words you’d immediately assemble together, but that’s exactly what Senior ComputerWorld Editor, Patrick Thibodeau, did yesterday.

    His article was prompted by a White House announcement of an “Office of American Innovation” to oversee the modernization of federal IT.

    The article then goes on to give Compuware a platform to launch a somewhat bizarre defense of COBOL, as if somehow, wrapping COBOL applications up in DevOps methodologies makes them agile, and consequently, the mainframe can be seen as (according to Chris O’Malley, Compuware’s President/CEO) “… a working environment that looks exactly like Amazon (Web Services)”.

    No. It’s not. There’s no amount of makeup that you can apply to my face to make me look like Brad Pitt. Fundamentally, all the required structures for that transformation just do not exist.

    There’s much to applaud with Compuware’s mission to modernize and retool the application development lifecycle on the mainframe and impart valuable new skill sets to a workforce that has been largely isolated from considering different approaches to the art of application development. However, beyond that DevOps veneer, you are still working with COBOL. If that’s where you want to be, go for it.

    As Shawn McCarthy, an analyst at IDC said later in the article: “… the challenge with older COBOL systems is that many were not designed to be extensible and everything that needs to be done has to rely on custom code”.

    And that’s essentially why no matter how much makeup you apply, COBOL systems on the mainframe will never be truly agile. Instead, for as long as they persist, they will continue to be an increasingly burdensome anchor that will slowly but surely impinge on an enterprise’s ability to compete.

  • December 26th, 2015

    Heirloom Transforms Custom Mainframe CRM App to 100% Java in 90 Days

    FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heirloom Computing today announced that OCLC has utilized Heirloom to enhance IT agility by transforming a mission-critical mainframe workload to a cost-effective, open-systems platform.

    When OCLC needed to enhance IT agility, they discovered that Heirloom was aligned with their need to modernize their application portfolio, and move away from their dependence on an inflexible and expensive IBM mainframe infrastructure.

    “Heirloom’s platform and outstanding project team delivered on the promise of automatically transforming and deploying a complex mainframe workload to 100% Java in 90 days,” said Tim Schwab, Director of Enterprise Applications at OCLC.

    Kevin Moultrup, Heirloom’s COO, said “With automatic transformation of mainframe workloads and guaranteed preservation of existing business logic, Heirloom enables any company with an expensive legacy infrastructure, to move with great speed to a Java platform that is cloud enabled.”

    About OCLC

    OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. We are librarians, technologists, researchers, pioneers, leaders and learners. With thousands of library members in more than 100 countries, we come together as OCLC to make information more accessible and more useful.

    About Heirloom Computing, Inc.

    Heirloom Computing is on a mission to modernize the world’s business-critical enterprise software applications. Heirloom’s best-in-class tools seamlessly migrate legacy systems to private and public cloud computing infrastructures, so IT departments can reap the cost benefits of cloud computing and satisfy user demands for applications accessible via web browsers and mobile devices.

    For more information about how Heirloom Computing’s legacy transformation platform can save IT departments time and money, please visit www.heirloomcomputing.com.

  • November 24th, 2015

    Heirloom Immediately Available on the CenturyLink Cloud

    Heirloom Computing, Inc. today announced the certification of Heirloom (Platform-as-a-Service) under the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program. Heirloom is a patented software platform that automates the transformation of mission-critical enterprise COBOL/CICS applications to 100 percent Java source and the cloud.

    By simply getting started with the CenturyLink Cloud Blueprint, prospective users can easily leverage the value of Heirloom and its rich development toolset called Elastic COBOL (EC) Developer. Within minutes, a Windows-based instance of EC is automatically provisioned and ready for use.

    Enterprise CIOs are being challenged to increase business agility, align and consolidate infrastructure to strategic platforms such as Java and the cloud, and significantly reduce the cost of maintaining an inflexible mainframe footprint that costs the industry $70 billion annually.

    Today’s Heirloom announcement provides CIOs with a low-cost, low-risk, pay-as-you-use, COBOL-to-Java solution that is readily available on the CenturyLink Cloud platform.

    “The ROI of using Heirloom is as immediate as it is profound – Java apps that can run on any Java virtual machine means increased agility combined with significantly lower execution, maintenance and support expenses,” said Gary Crook, CEO, Heirloom. “We’re excited to be working with CenturyLink to meet the needs of enterprises that understand how the cloud can be used to transform legacy IT infrastructure to make their organizations instantly agile and super-competitive.”

    “Heirloom is a great example of the workload breadth we’re seeing enterprises considering for migration to cloud,” said David Shacochis, vice president of platform enablement at CenturyLink. “Elastic infrastructure is transformative when applied to mainframe applications – technology like Heirloom EC makes that possible for our customers.”

    About Heirloom Computing, Inc.

    Heirloom Computing is on a mission to modernize the world’s business-critical enterprise software applications. Heirloom’s best-in-class tools seamlessly migrate legacy systems to private and public cloud computing infrastructures, so IT departments can reap the cost benefits of cloud computing and satisfy user demands for applications accessible via web browsers and mobile devices.

    For more information about how Heirloom Computing’s legacy modernization tools can save IT departments time and money, please visit www.heirloomcomputing.com.