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The NZ Transport Agency avoided a $70 million rebuild of its driver and vehicle registration system via a carefully-planned migration that moved ageing mainframe apps onto a modern Windows server environment. Its experience provides 10 useful lessons in how to manage large-scale app migrations while minimising risks and costs.

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Mainframes are an extraordinary story of technology survival, having lasted from the very beginning of the computing era and survived PC-based computing, Y2K code rewrites and the onset of cloud. But what would drive someone to buy a new mainframe today?

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Cloud computing promises us flexible and reliable service delivery based on charging for what we use, but that's a model which mainframe computing has been using for decades. How will the use of mainframes evolve in the future?

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You might think that we live in a mobile device era, but many of the services delivered to our phones are still drawing on mainframe computing power. And that legacy doesn't come cheap: a survey of 590 mainframe users suggests that in companies that still use mainframes, 30 per cent of the total IT budget is dedicated to maintaining them.