ICWA needed to address a mandate to reduce costs, increase productivity, improve the ability to support new business initiatives, reduce disaster recovery time, and reduce reliance on vendors.
ICWA’s 360 staff uses around 1,200 ageing COBOL programs to manage thousands of claims every year. The outsourced mainframe was expensive to maintain and offered limited agility and flexibility. However, infrastructure modernization was a daunting prospect.
The project’s strategic goals included cost reduction, increased productivity, improved ability to support new business initiatives, reduced disaster recovery time and reduced reliance on vendors.
Glenn Myers, CIO for ICWA: “The mainframe has its place in organizations requiring significant processing capability but it was an expensive component of our IT infrastructure for an organization of our size. Because we outsourced the facilities management of the mainframe it was, effectively, just a ‘big black box’ to us.”
The need to lease a logical partition (LPAR) for disaster recovery purposes resulted in the time taken to stand up our disaster recovery environment being unacceptable.
“This factor, coupled with high associated operating costs, provided us with sufficient justification to re-host our core systems on a more contemporary platform.”