GATEKEEPING – THE PROCESS OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION AS IT MOVES THROUGH A GATE.
(FORMERLY LOGIC ONLINE INC.)
MY LAST ROUTINE
Do you have a technology to effectively pass your mainframe legacy systems down through time? Legacy systems have
been tuned and streamlined over many years, and they most likely perform very well. Leveraging these existing assets in
place, where possible, is the best approach to capitalize on your investment and years of work spent perfecting them.
We developed a radical technology (RIPPLETRAC) which can resolve many of the issues surrounding legacy systems
especially the issue of retiring baby boomers as it relates to passing the knowledge onto a new generation.
If your systems were developed in the ‘70s or 80’s, it will be tougher and tougher to find people with the skills and
desire to work on them. Waiting to modernize will only cost you much more later. If you think programmers are
having a hard time determining what an old COBOL program is doing, consider the difficulty in deciphering hundreds
or even thousands of new interfaces that were built on top of legacy architecture. The business rules from yesteryear
are probably not appropriate for todays’ world.
A logical course of action would be to suggest knowledge transfer, but that will not completely resolve the situation
because of two significant issues. The first is the applications that were installed on your mainframe decades ago
were consistently tweaked, updated, and enhanced through the years. It would be impossible to review every
change made along the way to pick up exactly where a COBOL expert with 30 years of experience left off.
This leads to the second issue—experience. It is simply not possible to transfer this knowledge from the retiring
workforce and expect a new team of developers to be as conversant in COBOL as people who have dedicated their
careers to it.
RIPPLE-TRAC is a technology for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things,
for seeing patterns for change rather than static “snapshots.” Legacy complexity can easily undermine confidence and
responsibility. RIPPLE-TRAC is the antidote to this sense of helplessness that many feel as we try to understand legacy
systems. RIPPLE-TRAC is a technology for seeing the “structures” that underlie complex relationships, and for discerning
high from low leverage change. By seeing wholes we learn how to restructure a relationship.
IN SUMMARY, RIPPLETRAC FITS INTO THREE MAJOR CATEGORIES:
*ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
*THE ABILITY TO CREATE AND DRIVE TRANSFORMATION ROADMAPS