CA Gen End of Support – deadline change

Jumar MAPS significantly facilitates CA Gen upgrades by using automation

Jumar MAPS significantly facilitates CA Gen upgrades by using automation

You may have heard that CA Technologies has announced that it is extending its End of Support date for CA Gen version 8.0 – originally due year – to August 2016.

Despite this postponement, now is still the best time to consider an upgrade to the latest version (v8.5).

Indeed, CA itself recommends users upgrade “as soon as possible”.

Jumar’s automated CA Gen upgrade service supports the transition to the very latest version of CA Gen (v8.5 IE2) from all earlier releases.

It follows a proven, predictable activity framework using experienced consultants in CA Gen. Crucially, it automates aspects of the model upgrade using its world-class suite of software tools – Jumar MAPS – which increases reliability and predictability, while reducing time cost and risk.

Further, it avoids the ‘do nothing’ option, which could see CA Gen users facing costly extended support fees.

Even if an organisation is considering migrating away from CA Gen in the future, upgrading to the latest version now provides a supported reference implementation which streamlines any migration process.

For our whitepaper on why you should act now, please click here.

Next steps

If your CA Gen system is running v8.0 or earlier, it is strongly advisable to consider your upgrade options as soon as possible. Jumar’s team of technical consultants can give an initial, no-obligation, view of what would be required to ensure your CA Gen system remains supported as a current version and whether further model-level improvements can be introduced at the same time. Contact us here.

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Attitudes towards CA Gen – results of our survey

attitudesnewsthumbThroughout last year, we carried out a survey among the CA Gen-using community to gauge their latest thoughts and attitudes towards the tool.

This became known as our ’watercooler survey’, as it addressed topics that the CA Gen community would discuss if gathered informally around an office watercooler.  You may have seen various invitations to take part.

As promised, we are now sharing the results with you in our latest whitepaper.

It includes insights such as…

  • the CA Gen Community’s views on the tool’s legacy status
  • availability of CA Gen skills
  • attitudes towards upgrading,
  • dealing with model corruptions
  • many other topics

Read the document here

For further information about any aspect of CA Gen modernisation or transformation, including upgrade, migration and consultancy, please contact us.

Whitepaper – CA Gen modernisation: What’s another year?

legacy word in vintage wood typeOnce a part of the IT estate gets labelled legacy, it takes on a whole new personality. It is almost as if it finally gets the recognition it deserves for many decades of long and faithful service. It’s done its job so well, that the business can’t live without it, and so it finally takes its place in the ‘hall of fame’ where it continues to provide excellent, wise and revered service to anyone who wants to use it. And there it stays, safe in the knowledge that the young, fashionable alternatives – who may be faster, more agile and designed to work with the new wave of mobile, internet-based, cloud-ready technology – just don’t have the same ‘presence’ as their legacy counterparts.

But, all the time this is happening, so is ‘business as usual’, and the legacy systems continue to run quietly in the background, notching up another year of service without anyone really noticing. Let’s face it, when a piece of business technology something is 15 or 20 years old, what’s another year or two? Especially when all this ‘business as usual’ provides convenient day-to-day distractions from the legacy system. The legacy technology, meanwhile has steps in place to keep it in a steady state, whether offshored or kept ticking along with one or two stalwart staff.

However…

There is a risk in this mentality of “what’s another year?”- and it is this risk that we investigate in our latest whitepaper on our core area of expertise, CA Gen.

In it, we look into those risks and compare them to concerns that organisations have over modernising CA Gen systems NOW. In particular, we look at how automation can mitigate those risks, and enhance the process.

You can read the whitepaper here – and don’t forget that we’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.

For more information about CA Gen modernisation services, please contact us.

Latest Jumar Case Study: Completed within budget – CA Gen Upgrade from v6.5 to v8.0

We’ve uploaded our latest case study to our website.  

Jumar is delighted to have worked with State of New Mexico Human Services Department to upgrade their CA Gen environment from v6.5 to v8.0.  This passes through v7.6 which is generally accepted in the industry to be a major step.  Read more here.

For more information, please feel free to get in touch.

Coming of age: Jumar’s legacy modernisation software evolves with new look and new functionality

It has been the mainstay of CA Gen modernisation and transformation projects for more than a decade.

We are taking about our very own Project Phoenix.  Known simply as ‘Phoenix’ in these hereabouts, it was a collection of automated software tooling, supported by world-class consultancy, which has been used to modernise legacy systems across the globe for some of the world’s biggest names.

Now, as the target technologies continue to move on, so does the need to develop increasingly complex tooling to help modernise, re-platform and/or migrate the legacy systems.  And that means Phoenix is getting a makeover.

MAPS-strap-opaqueBuilding on the sound Phoenix principles, but with modern CA Gen transformation challenges in-mind, Jumar has overhauled its automation tooling to the extent where it needs a new name and a new look and feel.  Enter – Jumar MAPS – the new name for the new generation of Project Phoenix.

However, it’s more than just a name change.  The functionality has been significantly upgraded, and you can read about new capabilities here.

We’ve also categorised the tooling into three distinct families: ANALYSE, TRANSFORM and ACCELERATE.Categories in a row

The ANALYSE family includes our widely known Model Analyser tool and consists of a suite of software tooling which allows users to carry out a detailed inspection, analysis and assessment of their CA Gen models.

Analysis typically focuses on a particular type of transformation or project, highlighting issues that will be faced in the context of the actual models in scope, and providing information for estimation and planning. The Analyse family also helps to highlight issues around performance, upgrade (issues between source and target versions) and model corruptions.

MAPS box multi disc smallerTRANSFORM is a family of tools which significantly accelerate the transition to new architecture and technologies.  Our green-screen-to-client-server tool, 3270 Transition (previously 3270AUTO) falls under this category heading, as does Jumar’s forward engineering XML Code Generation tool which supports a number of target platforms including Java and COBOL.

Last, but not least, is the ACCELERATE group of products. As the name suggests, they allow CA Gen users to carry out modernisation and day-to-day development activities much more quickly – but more importantly, more accurately.

An overview breakdown of all the tools is available here.

All the above are supported by Jumar’s team of CA Gen experts, spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia – backed up by our UK-based development centre.

Jumar MAPS (which actually stands for Modernisation Automated Product Set – and that is why we abbreviate it!) replaced Project Phoenix in July 2014, …and will continue to evolve as Jumar’s R&D department work tirelessly to ensure that it keeps pace with the ever more demanding legacy modernisation projects we encounter.

Find out more.  Contact us here – or discover www.jumar-solutions.com/maps

Partnership between Jumar and Capgemini reduces cost and risk of legacy IT transformation

It’s been a busy week here at Jumar, thanks to our latest partnership.  Read more about the launch of our alliance with Capgemini UK below…


 

PRESS RELEASE: (Birmingham, UK) Organisations setting out to modernise their legacy IT applications in a lower-cost, de-risked manner are to benefit from a new partnership between Capgemini UK plc and Jumar Solutions.

Jumar Solutions is a worldwide specialist in the software development tool CA Gen, which has been used since the 1980s to develop and maintain mission critical, head of duty applications in some of the world’s largest public and private organisations.

Jumar has today announced a UK-wide partnership with Capgemini to provide customers with a unique combination of expertise and tooling to support projects involving transforming, modernising or migrating a customer’s CA Gen system.

Projects may be driven by financial efficiencies, by a need to move towards more modern technology or by a lack of access to skilled CA Gen resources.

The partnership provides a joint conversion factory allowing organisations to accelerate (by up to six times) their CA Gen transformation, migration or modernisation projects by deploying Jumar’s proprietary automated software tooling.  This is enhanced by Capgemini’s considerable experience in supporting large scale transformation projects in mission critical environments in a robust, proven process.

The approach allows for a much more rapid return on investment from a CA Gen transformation project, from more than 10 years to less than two years.

Risk is significantly reduced by applying this robust, automated conversion facility, allowing projects to be delivered in a repeatable, reliable and accurate manner in partnership with Capgemini.  Its network of development centres has a proven track record of executing large-scale projects with no negative impact on both public and private sector organisations.

Wendy Merricks, Jumar’s Managing Director says: “CA Gen-using organisations have a massive appetite to modernise their portfolio and this partnership provides them with unparalleled access to the best knowledge, software and resources.

We find that many CA Gen modernisation projects benefit from the wider expertise of Systems Integrators of Capgemini’s calibre and scale.  Indeed, the productivity and efficiencies that this collaboration brings, significantly benefits from our error-free automated approach, combined with Capgemini’s capacity to deliver, brings projects within reach that would not have been previously considered viable”

For more information, please contact us.

 

Your future with CA Gen: Three steps to your ‘sleep at night’ strategy

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Jumar’s latest whitepaper. Click to download.

Your legacy technology may have served you well for decades, but you must – at some stage – accept the fact that you will need to do something to modernise that technology.

Avoiding this, opens you up to risk – and that risk is only going to increase as time goes on.

So, how can you reduce this risk, and begin to sleep a little more soundly at night – knowing that everything is sorted’?

It sounds like a mammoth task, but we propose a solution in our latest whitepaper. In it, we focus on our core area of expertise: CA Gen.

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Click image to download the whitepaper

The whitepaper categorises CA Gen users into three distinct types, and goes on to illustrate a common solutions which:

  • Reduces risk
  • Enhances future options
  • Puts organisations into a stronger position
  • Enables you to ‘sleep at night’

The strategy we propose may, on the face of it, sound complex and daunting – but it only needs to be done proportionately. On top of that, our legacy modernisation automation tools accelerate the process, reducing costs and eliminating error-prone manual methods.

Download the whitepaper here – and begin by categorising your organisation into one of our three classifications. Then, find out how our automated solution could put you in a much stronger position.

It you’d like to discuss any aspect of the whitepaper, please contact us – and we’ll happily clarify any points or help you explore further options.