Software AG has joined the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, a "digital front door" comprised of tools, training, and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernization of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture.
Software AG is part of IBM’s partner ecosystem to help IBM Z clients accelerate the in-place modernization of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture.
According to the companies, the aim of the collaboration is to remove barriers to mainframe modernization for clients by using APIs to connect mainframe applications to the cloud without altering any code.
APIs provide a non-invasive approach to modernization by creating real-time interactions between applications distributed across on-premises and multi-cloud environments. Software AG’s API-enabling mainframe integration solutions, webMethods and CONNX, are designed to give enterprises options to create reusable services from mainframe application code, screens or data.
According to a recent IBM Institute for Business Value survey, “The hybrid cloud platform advantage,” the value derived from a full hybrid, multi-cloud platform technology and operating model at scale is 2.5 times the value derived from a single platform, single cloud vendor approach. In addition, an IBM hybrid cloud transformation that integrates IBM Z can extend up to 5x the value of a public-cloud-only approach.
“As digital transformation initiatives progress and mature, we believe that a hybrid infrastructure model is the only viable option,” said Arno Theiss, general manager of mainframe solutions at Software AG. “Companies need the flexibility of the cloud for some applications and platforms, combined the with stability and ownership of an on-premises mainframe. In a truly connected enterprise, data should be able to flow in any direction between applications, regardless of where they reside. This is the only way to deliver connected services to customers and make business operations more efficient. We will help IBM Z clients build a hybrid environment using APIs around their mainframes so they can connect to the cloud in a non-invasive way and address the risk of disrupting their core applications.”
The IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center offers clients a one-stop digital interface to schedule briefings, connect with partners, join workshops, and speak to personnel with domain experience and is designed to help clients fully realize and extend the value of their IBM Z environments. Through the center, clients will gain access to a partner learning hub, including resources from Software AG and details about its API-enabling mainframe integration solutions, webMethods and CONNX.
“The pressure for organizations to accelerate transformation for speed and efficiency is greater than ever,” said Meredith Stowell, VP, IBM Z Ecosystem. “Collaborating with ecosystem partners like Software AG as part of the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center provides innovative capabilities and expertise to help joint clients in the design and execution of their modernization strategies.”
For more information about the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, visit https://ibm.biz/z-and-cloud.