Revitalization is an architecture designed to make your existing
legacy applications user interface independent. By modifying your
applications to use the web browser as your user interface, your
programs can be run in batch. Programs modified this way no longer
contribute to the interactive workload, and therefore they can be run on
machines with a much smaller interactive CPW rating.
How can this benefit your company ? In two distinct ways: by
reducing your hardware and software costs, and by providing you
stepping-stone to true client/server development without the costs
associated with a high learning curve.
As an example, take a model 820-2395 processor with a 35CPW
interactive feature. This machine costs $ 39,400. The same
machine with a 120CPW interactive feature costs $ 119, 400 - over three
times the cost! Not only that, the larger machine is in the P20 software
tier, as opposed to P10 for the smaller machine. Depending on
which licensed products you need, this can be a significant savings as
That's the sort-term tactical advantage. The longer-term
strategic advantage is that by implementing revitalization you will
begin the process of redeploying your applications as true client/server
systems. This means that no matter what new technologies arise, from new
interfaces like wireless devices to new network strategies such as B2B
portals, your applications will be poised to take advantage of them.
The end result of revitalization is simple. You give your users
a graphical interface with little cost to you, while creating an
infrastructure that will allow you to extend your applications into the
future. You take advantage of the strengths of your programmers,
since your applications initially can remain almost unchanged, while
providing a foundation that allows you to write completely new
applications without the baggage of the old 5250 interface.
It's truly the best of all possible worlds, and the first step is
repeating the interactive tax.