Multipass Asia – A Voyager Case Study: ASG Mobius to CMOD
The move from an outdated or end-of-life system to a modern, cloud-native solution comes with many benefits. Upgrading legacy systems comes hand-in-hand with a more efficient, effective approach to processes and functions, while saving on complexity and cost of operations.
MPS Voyager can assist clients in upgrading their systems from a legacy ASG Mobius to IBM CMOD (IBM Content Manager OnDemand). IBM CMOD is ideal for businesses that need to store high volumes of documents including statements, XML data sets, production reports, and more. We will show you the tangible benefits through the journey of one of our clients from the insurance sector.
With MPS Voyager, data migration from an end-of-life system to a Cloud-based solution is easy and secure. You can move your valuable business data to a more advanced, modernised system reliably and simply.
A reason to start changing: Runaway costs with no upside
Many enterprises still rely on technology that’s completely outdated. Unfortunately, this costs you more money than you think. Let’s start with why our client transition to a cloud-native content manager, and why you should do the same.
Our client has been using a ASG Mobius since it was an attractive alternative for a report manager, however it has been years since you could say that. Allen Systems Group who owns and should develop Mobius filed for bankruptcy in 2014. Ever since then Mobius has not really seen many relevant updates but has seen many price hikes in the maintenance costs. Having a vendor under a bankruptcy process is a risk on its own but having a system that has significant licence and infrastructure costs, without it staying relevant and compliant is a definite no-go.
ASG rather than improve and upgrade their existing technologies, have bought out different platforms and continued charging customers for maintenance. Inevitably, their customers switched to more relevant products just like our client did.
This could easily lead to compliance issues especially if as in the case of ASG, if you only offer renewals every 3-5 years, you’re locking customers into your services without offering new features or relevant upgrades.
Mobius works like an EOL (end of life) system: there is no significant product development, the user interfaces (UI) re outdated and they use proprietary formats that lock in your data, and moreover, support and maintenance cost are sky high. Thus, these systems face many serious limitations.
Maintenance is also exceedingly difficult, first, the older the system, the harder it is to find the right experts who can help you with it, as everyone is learning newer technologies and moving on. Thus, the few remaining professionals, can ask as much as they want to. This combined with the cost of support makes it very hard to justify the cost of continuous upgrades to the budget holders, as you are not actually getting any new functionality, just fixes and security patches, which help you stay compliant. If you end up skipping regular maintenance, it leads you into a vicious cycle of expensive major upgrades every few years.
If you skip on these major upgrades, you can find yourself in even hotter waters, as out of date systems that are not regularly updated can become out of compliance as well. Non-compliance with the relevant regulations can result in severe consequences, such as fines.
Another problem when we talk about compliance with our clients running outdated systems is that new regulations relating especially to privacy, and personal data might require you to do things your system is simply incapable of doing. Let this be redaction of certain information, application or change of retention policies, proper access control and so on. Consequences on skipping these not only include the regulatory consequences but also civil litigation, settlement compensations, loss of prestige, credibility, and negative public image.
Our insurance client has caught on early and have decided to move away before another 3-5 years of lock-in. Their main drive was the cost of maintenance, and the lack of new functionality, the immense risk they carried with the solution and finally a companywide initiative to drive as many business applications to the cloud as possible – which of course also have a cost and complexity decreasing drive from the infrastructural. This is when the client reached out to Multipass Asia for their expert advice.
Where to next? Minimizing cost, maximizing benefit: migrating to a containerized IBM CMOD with the help of MPS Voyager
If you’re working with an end-of-life or legacy report manager, for example with ASG’s Mobius, you should consider migration to IBM CMOD for multiple reasons. A migration to CMOD offers:
- best of breed report manager according to Gartner and our experts
- openly available expertise and documentation, no lock-in
- active product development, regulatory compliance
- cloud-native architecture and resources, containerized deployment
- cost savings on infrastructure, support, and maintenance
Our insurance client has also decided to take the move to CMOD on a containerized basis. This multinational insurance company has approximately, 3 million reports, which contain about 450 million documents in their system which took up more than 10TB of disk space even after migration when compressed. The data was migrated to a state-of-the-art cloud-native system using MPS Voyager in a way that has helped to optimise the activities of the business units too.
By migrating to CMOD, like them, you can enjoy zero downtime upgrades, a cloud-native business transformation and deployment automation.
Cloud service can be a solution to private cloud-native automation from inhomogeneous application servers to automated deployment and redeployment. This solution also provides continuous system upgrades, containerised workloads, and improved protection of data and records.
Let’s see why they used MPS Voyager to accomplish the migration. MPS Voyager is an ECM ETL (Enterprise Content Management, extract, transform, load) toolkit that has connectors to work with legacy systems and the most modern cloud-based applications too. This toolkit is an integration platform that can migrate data in any heterogeneous IT environment and the existing set of connectors also mean instant integration with all supported systems without having to do custom development.
You can use MPS Voyager to move your data and processes to an IBM CMOD system, IBM Business Automation Workflow (BAW), IBM Cloud Pak for Automation (CP4A) and many more. It is also useful in cases like cloud-native transformation or containerisation.
MPS Voyager offers specialised migrations and can aid with content filtering and transformation. An example of this is on-the-fly PCI-DSS redaction and transforming legacy formats into open archival standard formats which are both functions that were a must to our client.
You can use MPS Voyager to integrate or synchronize any ECM system or database, clean up business data and mitigate security risks. It also boasts Enterprise Content Governance. This means it can remove duplicates and non-business content, archive outdated data, and fix damaged data.
Conclusion: Just do it! Seriously, get in touch today.
The benefits are clear: significant cost savings, simplified architecture, diminished operation and infrastructure risks, better SLAs with virtually no down time upgrades and deployments. All readable data successfully migrated and if necessary redacted on the fly, duplicates filtered, business data cleansed.
MPS offers just such specialised migrations with MPS Voyager. MPS optimises the process to suit your business needs, as opposed to working with a blanket solution. Get in touch today!