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With the onset of cloud computing and mainframe outsourcing, it means that there is less and less need for businesses to continue investing in legacy IT systems. Unless your mainframe is a strategic part of your overall business plan, it might be time to migrate to an outsourced mainframe.

But how do you know when it’s time for your company to make the move? Here are five signs it's time to migrate away from mainframe ownership.

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The thing about Mainframe outsourcing is that it covers a lot of ground. You may be facing near-term need for a total transformation to retain functionality. Or maybe your in-house systems just need a little fine-tuning. Working with the right consultants will help you find better solutions.

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Outsourcing mainframe technology has proven to be an effective way to reduce an organization’s costs, increase agility, and refocus core business, among other benefits. Once you choose to transition your mainframe from in-house to outsourced, the migration progress can be time-consuming and without the proper transition plan in place, delays can occur that can impede operations and leave IT leaders frustrated. To ensure a successful transition, here are 3 hurdles to avoid during the migration period:

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IT leaders are faced with increasingly difficult decisions every day as their IT environments become more complex and difficult to maintain. However, when making decisions regarding your enterprise’s IT, it’s essential to evaluate whether the solution also reduces costs and supports business initiatives. If this is the case, then the solution makes sense. Seems pretty simple, right? When it comes to the mainframe, most enterprises agree that this powerful and robust technology makes sense, but it comes at a cost. CIOs will have to face the inevitable question at some point, “Should I outsource our mainframe operations, or do we continue owning and maintaining our own?”

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It’s hard to imagine your company functioning without the IBM Mainframe-based foundation that supports your information technology system. Yet for many companies legacy systems are bringing increased concerns about the cost of operating and updating IT infrastructure. They’re seeing IBM Mainframe outsourcing as an intriguing alternative.

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Up until recently, price was considered to be a key differentiator used to separate one enterprise from another. However, now that the primary focus for most organizations is geared towards becoming more agile, efficient, and cost-effective, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete on price while sustaining profitable margins. In fact, according to Gartner’s Customer Experience Report, by 2017 89% of companies expect the customer experience to be their primary form of competitive differentiation.

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