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Make the most of application modernization

A business rules engine can help your organization unlock insights buried inside legacy code, reduce your compliance burden, and gain a competitive edge throughout the modernization process.

When it comes to modernizing your legacy applications, organizations that have ready access to their business rules can become more nimble, competitive, compliant, and successful. Deloitte’s innoWake™ Discovery and Mining solutions and IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS® can help.

Mainframe, meet modernization

Rapid innovation is creating an environment where application modernization is table stakes. Our 2020 Mainframe Market Pulse Survey results pointed to an expected increase in the amount of data and applications on the mainframe, as well as transaction volume over the next two years.

When asked about priorities over the next 12 months, a vast majority of US business and IT leaders noted both increasing application availability and refactoring applications as critical or high priority. They’re also already undertaking a number of application modernization activities.

The potential benefits of application modernization are many, including digital transformation; better developer experiences; end-to-end insight into code, applications, and business rules; increased speed to deployment; and improved operations in a hybrid environment. But where should you start?

Rev up your business rules engine

As indicated in our survey, business rules engines—which express core business knowledge, processes, and intellectual property inside applications—are one area of focus for organizations making changes. Why? Because having ready access to these business rules and the ability to adapt them to changing requirements can help you stay competitive, harvest your intellectual property, and give you the flexibility to apply it outside of your mainframe code.

Beyond offering enhanced agility, a business rules engine can help reduce the risk of duplication and errors, document code changes, lower costs, and accelerate application go lives. Yet, for many organizations, these rules can be buried deep inside legacy code, making them hard to find and properly update.

Deloitte’s Application Modernization innoWake™ Discovery and Mining solutions help automate, streamline, and accelerate the extraction of business rules so they can be integrated into a rules manager via IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS® (IBM zODM). IBM zODM supports a more modern, sustainable, self-service model for business rules management by allowing cross-functional teams to develop, change, and manage rules using a single automated tool and process.

Find your path to a digital future

No two application modernization journeys are alike, and the best approach for your organization depends on your existing estate. Our proprietary methodologies, technology alliances, and Application Modernization innoWake™ suite of solutions provide end-to-end business processes and technologies. The end result? A business-led, application-driven approach to legacy transformation and modernization that’s focused on driving business outcomes quickly and sustainably.

In addition, our collaborative alliance with IBM helps you capitalize on the benefits of going digital. We’re here to guide you through the design and implementation of end-to-end transformations tailored to your needs. Check out our field guide to get smart on the steps that can comprise your modernization journey.

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Olivier May

Olivier May

US S&O M&A Leader | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Olivier is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP focusing on strategy and operations (S&O) and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and has worked on global transactions ranging from $700M to $85 billion... More

Terri Cobb

Terri Cobb

IBM Alliance Lead | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Terri has more than twenty years of experience in consulting and alliance management. A skilled and trusted advisor in Deloitte’s Ecosystems & Alliances organization, she focuses on developing go-to-m... More

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