Five Basic CA Gen Modernization Strategies

Part 4 of a 6 Part Series
For many organizations today, CA’s model-based application development tool CA Gen continues to be a business-critical environment.  These CA Gen applications typically represent a large technology investment; for most organizations, the time has come to modernize them to support modern technologies and evolving business needs. Modernizing these CA Gen legacy systems will deliver improvements in application utility, minimize growing operational risks, and improve maintainability. Here are the five basic CA Gen modernization strategies that enterprise organizations and government entities are utilizing:

1. Upgrade
Take advantage of the strategic enhancements that improve the way you use CA Gen and the applications it generates found in each release of CA Gen with an upgrade.

QAT Global can provide you with consulting services for any or all parts of the upgrade, including analysis of the current system, preparation for the upgrade, testing, and performing the upgrade itself. QAT Global also provides training services to enable users to extract the maximum value from the latest features.

2. Encapsulate
Functional encapsulation takes areas of functionality and makes them independent from the remainder of the application(s) and exposes them to increase flexibility, improve transparency, reduce costs and risk, and extend legacy value.

Functional encapsulation also makes any future transformation efforts easier and puts the organization into a much safer and stronger position. This type of modernization is done using standard parallel development techniques.

3. Augment
Use external components, custom solutions, or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packages to extend legacy systems’ value and functionality and lessen the impact of application development or functional limitations.

4. Improve
Take your CA Gen applications to the web or mobile with sophisticated, dynamic, and responsive user interfaces. Using the Rapide tool gives organizations new possibilities within their CA Gen applications.

Alternatively, select components can be modernized using other traditional methods to extend the legacy value of your CA Gen investment.

5. Migrate
As a long time CA partner and pro-CA Gen organization that’s made significant investments in the technology ourselves, we don’t like to see organizations move away from it, but we accept there is sometimes an explicit desire to migrate to an alternative technology.

CA Gen Modernization Strategies: Options by Lifecycle Stage

Options include:

  • Upgrade
  • Encapsulate
  • Augment
  • Improve

Active

  • CA Gen applications are actively being developed
  • CA Gen is strategic
  • Flexibility-focused modernization sought

Maintained

  • CA Gen applications are stable and mission critical
  • CA Gen is upgraded
  • Flexibility-focused modernization sought

Options include:

  • Upgrade
  • Encapsulate
  • Augment
  • Improve

Options include:

  • Upgrade
  • Encapsulate
  • Augment
  • Improve
  • Migrate

Evolving

  • CA Gen applications are unstable and unmaintained
  • CA Gen is unsupported internally
  • Technology-focused modernization sought

To maximize ROI and minimize risk of modernizing CA Gen applications, organizations are urged to select an experienced modernization partner that can bring significant first-hand expertise in CA Gen, enterprise architecture, Java, and .NET systems. What sets QAT Global apart as a modernization partner, and makes delivery of custom enterprise systems possible, is our repeatable development process. All QAT Global engineers, no matter their experience level, are on-boarded using our repeatable development process model. This model creates a unified development team of process experts able to deliver consistent results from day one through project hand-off. It also establishes a system of governance that holds cross-organizational teams accountable for delivering results that adhere to industry standard best practices. This methodology also ensures seamless product hand-off and knowledge transfer to foster autonomy for internal technology teams.

Our modernization philosophy employs a holistic approach that not only focuses on improving efficiencies and lowering costs, but also helps solve business problems and achieve user objectives; addressing workloads, systems, processes, skills, and culture as critical components of a successful modernization.

QAT Global welcomes the opportunity to engage with CA Gen users in North America, to help them discover the optimal strategic pathway to CA Gen modernization, allowing them to reduce risk, increase flexibility and ensure that they are ready to deal with any eventuality.

Interested in learning more? Start the conversation today.

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