Now that we’re a month into 2013, and the dust has settled after the annual whirlwind that is January, we thought we’d take stock of what’s in store for the rest of 2013. We have, therefore, polished our CA Gen crystal ball to see what the future may hold.
To do this, we’ll start by reflecting on the last few months, which have been significant for Jumar and our customers. Our expansion into Asia-Pacific is continuing to gather pace, and a number of exciting new projects are beginning, with many getting underway in the first few days of this year. A good basis on which to start our prediction.
First – a little look back
In 2012 Jumar undertook major CA Gen related projects to:
- transition a European Government finance body’s IT architecture to allow it to exploit the latest technologies
- facilitate one of the world’s largest companies’ plans to migrate from CA Gen to COBOL
- upgrade a number of global organisations to CA Gen v8.0 (including Government departments, a major telecoms provider and some of the UK’s biggest household names). Its approach to automation not only saved many (sometimes thousands of) hours compared to a manual process, but its assessment service also allowed that upgrade to take place with maximum confidence
- provide training to Government and corporate organisations (across all levels from basic CA Gen training to regular specialist academies)
…and that’s just the start of it. We’ve also helped an international insurance organisation to transition .NET and other applications, delivering on-time and in-scope using Agile development techniques. Another significant project was a web-based java project for a governmental transport body.
We could go on – but this is supposed to be about the future, not the past.
So what are our CA Gen predictions for 2013?
As our portfolio of CA Gen-related services continues to expand yet further, we find ourselves deploying them into new sectors and territories globally – particularly Asia Pac. But just what sort of CA Gen activity do we expect to see over the next twelve months?
There’s a lot of value in CA Gen systems The over-riding buzz we get from the community is that many users are still very much pro-CA Gen, and we’re seeing a significant upturn in customers modernising their CA Gen portfolio. This allows them to continue to exploit the benefits which already exist in their existing systems – and the trend seems to be to use re-platforming as a way of modernising their environments. Whilst each organisation has its own motivations for modernisation, these typically include:
- business demand for better user interfaces. A common scenario we see is the organisation retaining CA Gen for the server side – where its greatest strengths lie – and moving to some other technology for the presentation layer.
- the need for better integration of hitherto ‘silo’ CA Gen applications – often within a Service Oriented Architecture
- downsizing of infrastructure to save money. For example moving off the mainframe or moving from Host Encyclopaedia to CSE
Too many people still believe that it is too hard to do these types of modernisation with CA Gen: splitting block mode into client-server; creating web UIs, componentising, re-platforming, migrating. We disagree and have projects in progress now around the world doing all of these things.
A lot is possible – if you do it properly The other popular trend, which we expect to continue to increase in 2013, is the recognition among CA Gen users of the benefits of automation techniques to achieve results which would otherwise be impossible, if reliant on manual methods. We’re seeing a large number of clients who are embracing tools in the Project Phoenix suite of software, which opens up a wealth of possibilities, maximises budgets and saves time and frustration.
The types of modernisation listed above can all be achieved using a largely automated process. The beauty of CA Gen is that the model holds the definition of the application. Each type of modernisation requires changes to the model and the cost of making these changes manually can be prohibitive. Jumar’s approach is to automate what can be automated – which is often 100% of the changes needed. For example, we can convert old block mode applications to client-server 100%, allowing the previously hidden business logic to be exposed and integrated using any of the popular modern technologies.
When the time comes to migrate, ask for help As we said above, each organisation has different motivations and alongside the CA Gen modernisers we also expect to continue to see some companies taking the strategic decision to migrate away from CA Gen – to other platforms. We appreciate this is not an easy decision to make, but for those companies which have chosen to do this Jumar – as experts in CA Gen – can help. We offer a range of consultancy, outsourced and technical services to support migration initiatives. Our proven track record in migration speaks for itself, and is backed up by our world-class automation tools, but to find out more, please contact us.
So, our main expectations are threefold: more organisations maximising the value of their core CA Gen systems through modernisation and integration, more organisations using automation to push the boundaries of what’s possible, and more organisations taking the strategic decision to migrate.
Whichever of these categories your organisation falls into, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Jumar has already ‘been there, done that’. Our new clients in the Asia Pacific region are already benefiting from this extensive experience, and their roadmap to transform and improve the business value delivered by their CA Gen portfolio is now more than just a vision.
Over to you
So, we’d now like to hear from you. What are your predictions for CA Gen in the coming year? What are your plans for the coming year – and what difficulties are you facing, or expecting to face? What level of support do you need? Jumar can help you understand the scale of the task, and the resources you will require. Have you made strategic decisions regarding the future of your CA Gen applications? Are you going to modernise, downsize or migrate? Again, we have the know-how to support you in this change.