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Instead of completely replacing mainframe systems, businesses have begun looking for ways to extend the functionality of mainframe systems by linking them to emerging technologies. The trusty old mainframe may seem synonymous with a bygone era of computing. Left behind by cloud computing and walled off from next-gen functionalities such as artificial intelligence and business process as a service, it once seemed destined for the dustbin of IT history. But a funny thing happened on the road to ob-solescence. People kept using mainframes. No matter how attractive cloud platforms become or how imperative modern features are to leading businesses, the mainframe continues to offer a compelling value proposition. Mainframes often host applications that can’t be moved to the cloud because it would be either too cost-prohibitive due to the substantial work needed to refactor applications or too risky due to the possibility of breaking system dependencies. The trick is getting the mainframe to communi-cate with modern applications, and this is where leading enterprises are getting creative. To be sure, enterprises have been working on this problem for years, but they’re giving it a fresh look as they see the costly and potentially risky work associated with cloud migration. Rather than rip and replace legacy core systems, businesses are increasingly looking to link them to emerging technologies us-ing innovative new connectors so that each family of systems can do what it does best.

Connect and extend: Mainframemodernization hits its stride

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