Vendor Solution Showcase: Software AG’s Adabas, Natural and webMethods Application Modernization Suite
In a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Software AG titled “The Total Economic Impact (TEI) of Maintaining Adabas and Natural,” Forrester interviewed four Software AG customers. As a result of their financial analysis, Forrester calculated that the risk-adjusted ROI for maintaining and possibly upgrading Adabas and Natural, vs. replacement alternatives, was 331 percent over five years. The study also drew this conclusion: “By maintaining and perhaps upgrading Adabas systems and applications created with Natural, existing customers possess options for creating additional business value from modernization initiatives and service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects.”
At the core of Software AG’s ability to create measurable business value for customers are three powerful product groups:
“We opted to keep Adabas/Natural as our application development and deployment environment. This decision brought the same conceptual advantages of the mainframe platform. It also enabled us to develop a more modern platform, to which we could gradually incorporate enhancements and improved functionality.” —Carlos Castillejos, Head of Technical Support at CVG Alcasa, Venezuela
webMethods Application Modernization Suite
Easing the renewal of existing environments and applications permits companies to make a smooth transition to SOA and Web services. Software AG’s webMethods Application Modernization Suite enables organizations to leverage existing investments in their core systems— including Adabas and Natural systems— by making them accessible via the Internet and exposing key functionality as standards-based services for reuse in an SOA.
“Through our partnership with Software AG, we enhanced our existing mainframe system quickly and easily, providing remarkable value to our county’s citizens.” —Tom Trimble, MIS Director, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
To this end, webMethods Application Modernization Suite offers three editions to help organizations extend valuable resources throughout the enterprise:
• Web Edition: easily transforms “green screen” applications into Web-based applications in just a few days.
• SQL Edition: integrates valuable enterprise data by providing real-time, SQL-based access to one or more relational and non-relational data sources as if everything was stored in a single relational database.
• SOA Edition: delivers rapid service enablement by extending valuable core applications to SOA environments without extensive programming effort and includes SOA governance and lifecycle management for long-term success.
In addition, the Natural and Adabas products themselves provide the capabilities and tools necessary to enable application modernization through the preservation and enhancement of mission-critical systems built on Adabas and Natural.
Natural Development and Deployment Environment