HP Looks to Assist in Mainframe-to-SOA Transitions
The company is offering a suite of services aimed at customers who need to modernize to establish a service-oriented architecture.Increasing its heft of services available to companies looking to implement an SOA, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Wednesday HP Application Modernization Services, a suite geared toward upgrading legacy applications that in turn support a services architecture. Paul Evans, worldwide director for Application Modernization Services at HP, in Palo Alto, Calif., said the company found that its customers were looking at modernizing their older applications based on two basic needs: to create a more agile legacy environment that lets IT respond faster to changing business requirements; and readying applications for those companies that are interested in moving toward a services-based architecture but arent able to based on older application technology. "What were saying is some applications are legacy that are not capable of SOA [service oriented architecture], so [users] have to modernize them first, then they can be part of SOA," said Evans. "We tried to apply SOA to legacy applications but it really doesnt work. Customers understand that they have to modernize first, then they can move to SOA."
HP is focusing on a specific set of concepts around application modernization: re-engineering, re-hosting, retiring or retaining. Options may include porting and migrating applications to upgraded platforms, replacing legacy mainframe functionality, or reengineering applications using a service-oriented approach.