Automate the journey from legacy to modern

Modernize mainframes through code conversion for a lower risk, lower cost, accelerated path forward.

Legacy of challenges

For child support agencies, legacy mainframe systems have become an operational liability. These systems are difficult to maintain, they’re costly to run and outdated tools block the potential for innovation.

Modernizing these mission-critical mainframe systems without disrupting operations is challenging. Historically, modernization approaches focused on system transfers and custom builds. However, transfer systems rarely achieve more than 50% of a state’s requirements – and custom builds are high risk, high cost with lengthy delivery timeframes.

Today, mainframe modernization through code conversion addresses these historic challenges and offers a lower-risk, lower-cost, accelerated path forward.

Imagine the ability to harvest legacy business logic and functionality and realize its intrinsic value on a new platform. Code conversion makes this a reality. The converted, modernized legacy capabilities become the core of a new Child Support Enhancement (CSE) system. The new system architecture and advanced technology platform positions innovation for the future.

Mainframe challenges in child support

Difficult to maintain

Mainframes make it hard to update applications or embrace advanced workload to support modern and future business requirements.

Innovation potential blocked

Outdated tools limit visibility, automation and integration with the modern technologies required to drive innovation.

Increasing costs

Ongoing maintenance costs and increased spending on middleware means the cost burden has never been greater.

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Paths to modernization

Modernizing mission-critical mainframe systems without disrupting operations is challenging. Historically, modernization approaches focused on system transfers and custom builds. However, transfer systems rarely achieve more than 50% of a state’s requirements – and custom builds are high risk, high cost with lengthy delivery timeframes.

Today, mainframe modernization through code conversion addresses these historic challenges and offers child support agencies a lower-risk, lower-cost, accelerated path forward.

Code conversion makes it possible to harvest legacy business logic and functionality – and then realize its intrinsic value on a new platform. The converted, modernized legacy capabilities become the core of a new Child Support Enhancement (CSE) system. The new system architecture and advanced technology platform positions innovation for the future.

There’s a better, faster, more cost-effective way to move child support systems from mainframes to the cloud.

Code conversion: Paths to mainframe modernization

Path #1: Convert Legacy System to the Java Enterprise or .NET platform

Traditional code conversion and re-platforming is not a new concept. Success is determined by a winning combination of team, tools and methods. Accenture child support and technology experts leverage proven code conversion methods and automated tooling to offer fit for purpose traditional code conversion solutions. When converting to Java/.NET solutions IV-D Agencies can choose between on premise or in cloud implementations.

Path #2: Convert Legacy to a Platform-as-a-Service model

The Accenture Intelligent Cloud Conversion Platform provides the ability to automatically convert legacy systems directly to a platform. A cloud native platform offers powerful features that accelerate innovation and enables robust functionality for CSE systems. Post conversion, ongoing system enhancements and incremental modernization are realized via the platform’s clicks not code, configuration first, no-code/low-code solutions. A platform continuously takes advantage of technology advances and transparently delivers updates to ensure IV-D systems built on the platform are never legacy.

Platform-as-a-Service

The Accenture Intelligent Cloud Conversion Platform has three phases.

Migrate from mainframe to cloud

Migrate from legacy to Salesforce, retiring old technology and continuing to get value from past investment in functionality, business logic and data.

Harness the power of the platform

Take advantage of a modern, feature-rich platform without disrupting current operations. Deliver new functionality using point-and-click tools.

Innovate at pace and scale

Leverage powerful platform capabilities to pursue a modular and incremental modernization roadmap according to your schedule and priorities.

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Find your path

The advantages of code conversion over system transfer and custom build cannot be ignored.

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) recognizes the inherent advantages of code conversion and specifically that this approach maintains functional equivalency between the legacy and new systems. In result, states pursuing this modernization approach do not need to complete the Federal Feasibility Study and may also avoid Federal System Re-certification.

The market has taken notice and this modernization approach is gaining popularity as IV-D agencies look to pivot off the mainframe to a modern system platform. We invite you to contact us to further discuss your modernization path and our capabilities to help you along the journey.

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