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Case Study

T-Systems

IT service provider: market position strengthened

Together with PKS we are able to offer our customers the mainframe as a high-performance platform for the digital future. Mainframe is the zFuture!

Georg Rätker

Managing Director T-Systems onsite GmbH
T-Systems, Head of Global Delivery Unit Automotive & Manufacturing Industries

THE COMPANY

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T-Systems International GmbH belongs to T-Systems, the large-customer division of Deutsche Telekom. With a worldwide infrastructure of computing centres and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) for multinational concerns and public institutions. For many decades its core business has included everything to do with the mainframe. T-Systems provides a complete value chain, operating infrastructure and applications, including their own products, as well as successfully supporting and further developing applications.

The Company

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employees
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billion € revenue
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MIPS

T-Systems International GmbH belongs to T-Systems, the large-customer division of Deutsche Telekom. With a worldwide infrastructure of computing centres and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) for multinational concerns and public institutions. For many decades its core business has included everything to do with the mainframe. T-Systems provides a complete value chain, operating infrastructure and applications, including their own products, as well as successfully supporting and further developing applications.

A look back

For many years the mainframe platform had been considered outdated and was the object of replacement strategies. However, as the applications, often programmed in COBOL, contain complex and critical business processes, replacement projects tend to drag on or were postponed until an unspecified date.

The replacement strategy had considerable consequences for system architectures and the staff responsible: mainframe architectures were not being modernised in accordance with technical progress, nor were staff being increased in the continuously developing technology stack.

During this time, so-called “hybrid applications” developed, whose databases and business logic are still found on the mainframe platform and whose interfaces were implemented as modern web applications on X86 servers.

Due to the development of the mainframe as a high performance platform for modern architectures and the things now being required of big data and IoT due to digitisation, “the host” is now regaining considerable significance.

A closer look

Like other IT service providers, T-Systems faces two challenges:
modernising mainframe architectures and increasing young mainframe personnel

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How do you create

clarity and how do you plan mainframe modernisation efficiently and comprehensively?

How can

legacy landscapes be transformed from recording systems into catalysts of competitive advantage?

Which

technical, staffing and organisational aspects guarantee project success?

A closer look

Like other IT service providers, T-Systems faces two challenges:
modernising mainframe architectures and increasing young mainframe personnel
Image

How do you create

clarity and how do you plan mainframe modernisation efficiently and comprehensively?

How can

legacy landscapes be transformed from recording systems into catalysts of competitive advantage?

Which

technical, staffing and organisational aspects guarantee project success?

The solution

In 2017, together with PKS, T-Systems began its mainframe innovation journey.

Conclusion

PKS’s comprehensive experience in modernising legacy applications and developing system architectures based on the modern mainframe technology stack, and the enthusiasm of young IT talents were combined with T-Systems’ in-depth knowledge of customer processes and architectures. The result was a forward-looking mainframe strategy called zFuture, which aims to implement a long-term innovation process.  The idea is optimum deployment of the IT budget for functional enhancements such as Java on zLinux. Excellent technology is thereby combined with optimum functionality.

The benefits at its glance

Agile organisation &
approach
Preservation of
business-critical
knowledge

Increase in skills and personnel

Innovative use cases
Agile tool chain
Future technology stack

Tools/processes
  • Strategy consulting
  • eXplain
  • Architecture consulting

The benefits at its glance

Agile organisation &
approach

Preservation of
business-critical
knowledge

Increase in skills and personnel

Innovative use cases
Agile tool chain
Future technology stack
Tools/processes
  • Strategy consulting
  • eXplain
  • Architecture consulting

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