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Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Retiring the Mainframe?

January 21, 2016

This is an all day event

Spark Centre CGI, Rotterdam

CGI, Microfocus, LRS

Why retire the mainframe

For many clients we have demonstrated that retiring the mainframe platform can save up to 90% of its associated operating expenses, reduce time for competitive upgrades and more. Today’s modernization paths enable businesses to keep all of their applications intact and can trigger the simplification of the legacy portfolio—all without investing a single dollar to fund the adoption of a far more competitive platform. Is this too good to be true?

The goal of this seminar

In this seminar we will share our experiences with several client cases and we will show you that our modernization approach migrates mainframe-based applications to open and cost effective platforms and has generated beside large cost savings the following benefits for our clients:

  • Minimal disruption – The whole migration was done with minimal disruption to the critical business processes;
  • Improved response time – Processing capacity was increased and provisioning lead-time reduced;
  • Increased flexibility – By becoming vendor independent and opening the possibility of technology changes.

Key note speakers

Júlio Gonçalves - IT Executive with a strong focus on innovation and new business development. He worked for many multinational IT providers for more than 25 years and deliver continuous results with innovative thinking. After setting up the first Cloud Computing and Shared Services Company in Portugal (e-Chiron), he founded the IT Modernization Global Competency Centre, establishing CGI as the strong legacy modernization provider in the World.

Gareth Watts - Senior Sales Manager, Northern Europe, LRS – For most of the last 20 years, Gareth has run European operations for software companies offering soltuions in the manufacturing, retail, financial and public sector.

Simon Musgrave - Director Application Modernization, Micro Focus.  Mr. Musgrave has over 28 years of experience within the IT industry, his initial years with a Services organization, then with a software distributor of Expert Systems, Application Generators and Development Productivity software. Since 1993 he has been a senior Manager involved with Software and Services supporting Application Modernization. He has defined and refined approaches to achieve business objectives in a repeatable and predictable manner. This work has involved major, global blue chip companies, involving the analysis of systems, the preparation and submission of business cases through the deployment and successful completion of the modernization initiatives.


We welcome you with a lunch at 12h and start the seminar at 13h.

13:00    Opening by CGI Netherlands
13:15      Simon Musgrave - Director Application Modernization, Micro Focus
13:45     Risk free replatforming – Júlio Gonçalves, CGI
14:15     Break
14:30     Gareth Watts – Senior Sales Manager, Northern Europe, LRS
15:00     Open Forum on retiring the mainframe
15:30     Tour through CGI’s Spark Centre
16:30     We will close the seminar with some drinks

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Location:  Spark Centre CGI, Rotterdam

Timezone:  (Central European Standard Time)