What happened next
To begin transforming its data and applications landscape, significantly reduce costs, and address the shrinking mainframe specialist labor pool, the organization worked with Deloitte to understand the value that resided in the mainframe environment and to determine a way to get it out.
The organization had already been moving in the direction of cloud for some of its enterprise needs, and it already had a Microsoft Azure agreement in place. Cloud, therefore, emerged as an obvious choice as it looked to simplify IT and streamline its business processes through a true enterprise-level pilot project—with cloud offering lower total cost of ownership, scalability, and rapid innovation.
But with a tremendous amount of data and applications still residing in the mainframe, becoming a cloud-driven organization would require a major effort to analyze the resources and define a path forward. Leveraging the knowledge of mainframe and health care specialists, the hospital conducted a thorough inventory of all of its existing mainframe assets, including an analysis of their value and retention policies.
The assessment uncovered 54 applications and 53 databases on mainframe, most of which were retired or nearing retirement. Although those assets might have been retired in the move to the cloud, lengthy data retention policies required that the organization maintain data for most of the applications.