One of the best things that you can do before outsourcing your mainframe is to have your mainframe optimized. You want to make sure that your mainframe is efficient and has the smallest “foot print” possible. You should do this because most vendors charge by the MIP or MSU. Optimizing your mainframe will lower your MIPs charges and ensure that you are getting the best contractual price.
Most vendors won’t shed any light on this for you and they assume your system is already performing efficiently. We advise our clients to optimize their systems before they outsource their mainframe.
One of the best ways to optimize your mainframe is to make sure that your file structures are efficient. A lack of optimization often produces a slowdown in performance with an associated increase in outsourcing costs. We employ a Mainframe Optimization Analysis™ tool to help you identify ways to improve your current mainframe file structure.
This automated tool generates a series of reports, which describe those data sets that are not optimized. After running this analysis, you will know which files are underperforming, the amount that they can be optimized and the amount of your decreased software costs.
Our clients typically see a 12% – 22% improvement in operating efficiencies once their file structures have been optimized. They achieve reductions in MIPS/MSUs usage, lowered software costs, and recovery of DASD/storage space.
To access a complementary assessment of your mainframe system click here: Mainframe Optimization Analysis™ The process is simple and quick, it will take you about 1-2 hours to complete. Once we have your information, we will provide you with the Analysis of your mainframe in about 5 days.