Find a cost-effective and agile alternative to a mainframe environment. Lantik wanted to align its IT infrastructure while integrating its development efforts.
Lantik ran its IT operations from a mainframe for many decades. Valentin Garcia Souto, Head of Innovation, Lantik, explains: “We were happy with the mainframe functionality and performance, but as our requirements grew, we felt limited by the MIPS consumption cap we had agreed contractually. We could of course exceed this, but it was expensive. At a time when we wanted to increase our development flexibility, while managing our investments effectively and efficiently, in light of the financial crisis in Spain, we decided to look for alternatives.”
One critical business function is local tax collection. This application has to be available at all times. If performance slows down, the delays in payment are immediately visible and regional government is alerted.
Over the years, other technologies, such as MS Active Directory, SQL Server, and DLRS Printing Technology, had already been introduced at Lantik. With two separate data repositories, and the inconsistencies this caused, consolidating the IT infrastructure became a priority. This made it easier to decide on a path towards a distributed, open systems, environment. Valentin Garcia Souto and his team wanted to increase the flexibility of the IT operations to respond quickly to new business requirements. Although a move to a distributed systems platform seemed right, they worried how it would impact the applications and their users.