A recent report completed by IDC suggests that modernised IBM i and System Z applications enjoy both a higher satisfaction rating and lower overall costs than migrating off those platforms.
IDC measured the results of modernisation and migration projects by surveying IT leaders at 440 businesses in Australia, India, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States and published the results in their 'Quantified Business Benefits of Modernising IBM Z and IBM i to Spur Innovation'. The report investigated a range of metrics including performance, experience, security, web enablement, agility and more and across ALL metrics, the businesses that modernised their applications scored higher than their migrated counterparts.
The study pointed out that modernising not only reduced risk from replatforming but also improved innovation potential and allowed the business in question to grow faster. The IDC report found that stigma against legacy machines is unfounded and that using the rich information collated by the incumbent systems can be reused and repurposed to great effect.
Indeed, businesses that modernised their IBM i enterprise have done so with a view on improving key areas with the most popular digital transformation initiatives for IBM i businesses including IoT, Analytics and Web enablement.
In conclusion, the study highlighted that there are great opportunities for IBM i businesses to improve their operations through modernisation. Applications from business such as Utilities 400 can help empower business to enact on new technologies WITHOUT the need to migrate.