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BCI Specialty Services

Has maintaining your in-house mainframe service requirements become an area of concern as hardware and software becomes more expensive, and finding skilled mainframe professionals become harder to replace?

BCI Specialty Services can help you address the disruptive change and modernization challenges IT Departments face today, i.e. replacing / upgrading aging CPU, operating systems, mixed-platform monitoring and updating old management software facing end-of-life support. Baer Consulting is here to listen and support your mainframe project needs should meeting your business service demands require our assistance. BCI's goal is to partner with our client's Information Technology management and executive team to support their efforts and direction in all cases.

Baer Consulting Specialty Services include:

  • Mainframe Modernization
  • Re-Hosting Services (DevOps)
  • Sunsetting Mainframe
  • Consolidation / Re-Location
  • Outsourcing

Mainframe Modernization

As your Business Units drive Digital Transformation of your legacy mainframe applications, is your IT Department planning to keep mission critical assets and data on the mainframe? Many project leaders lack the time or technical resources to envision and plan for a mainframe modernization strategy. BCI can help you Cross Traditional IT and Cloud for the mainframe to act as a Hub for business-Critical Applications still residing on the mainframe.

Migrating a Mainframe Application to Cloud involves:

  • Application Modernization, re-Hosting
  • IBM z Infrastructure Transformation

Our solution supports mainframe DevOps Modernization projects, both during and after transition to the new hosted environment. For sites migrating applications to cloud services, using BCI hosting services offers cost savings; i.e. current hardware environment is growing older, out of service and / or IT is downsizing due to less workload and desires to reduce MSU and platform cost. BCI provides clients a flexible choice between managing their IT Services and hardware on-premise at your site or using a BCI-supplied computing platform hosted remotely. Our solution also offers managed production, disaster recovery, and data archival recovery services when leveraging a two-platform Hybrid Cloud IT model makes sense.

BCI will help transform your data management systems to solve your most pressing issues while preparing for future growth. Hybrid Cloud offers the best mix of technology to deliver the right solution to meet your business goals.

A BCI Hybrid Cloud solution combines the optimal mix of on-premise IT, private cloud, and public cloud to deliver the business value you need. It also allows you to evaluate and integrate new technologies where needed and leverage legacy systems as appropriate.

Extend your IBM z to participate in a Hybrid Multi-Cloud Infrastructure with cross-platform integration to support your DevOps Modernization Strategy. BCI’s z Cloud Services can peer with Amazon’s AWS Cloud or other cloud providers to integrate with IBM z, IBM p, IBM i Series processing requirements.

Mainframe Modernization / Professional Services - BCI offers Cloud Consulting and Project Management for complex Technology Refreshes and re-use of critical system investments. We deliver strategic Implementation / deployment road maps & time-line planning, helping clients select, deploy & deliver intelligent, cost effective IT solutions for supporting digital business growth and strategic direction.

BCI’s System z Modernization Services Benefits:

  • Preserve mainframe investment and assets
  • Drive digital transformation on mainframe
  • Integrate the mainframe using DevOps strategy
  • Modernize DevOps toolsets for developers
  • Enable next-gen developers work on mainframe
  • Increase collaboration with your business units
  • Planning and Consulting

Re-Hosting Services (DevOps)

Our re-Hosting Solution supports mainframe DevOps Modernization projects, both during and after transition to the new hosted environment. Transform your data management systems to solve your most pressing issues while preparing for future growth. BCI’s Hybrid Cloud model offers the best mix of technology to deliver the right solution to meet your business goals. BCI will extend your IBM z to participate in a Hybrid Multi-Cloud Infrastructure with cross-platform integration to support your DevOps Modernization Strategy. BCI’s Cloud Services will peer with Amazon’s AWS Cloud or other cloud providers to handle IBM z to IBM p Series, and IBM z to i Series processing.

The BCI approach provides:

  • Solution Planning
  • Analysis & Reporting
  • Database & Data Transformation
  • Application Modernization

BCI Solutions for the Transformative Mainframe

Does your business depend on a very large high-speed transactional mainframe?

As your Business Units drive Digital Transformation of your legacy mainframe applications, is your IT Department planning to keep your mission critical assets and data on the mainframe? Cross Traditional IT and Cloud for the mainframe act as a Hub for business-Critical Applications still on the mainframe. Baer Consulting (BCI) supports the IBM Cloud Delivery Partner program (PCDPS) and delivers a comprehensive set of managed hosting service options for organizations looking to adopt cloud services quickly and efficiently. For DevOps teams in need of technical expertise in transforming mainframe databases and applications modernization projects, BCI leverages our partnership with IBA Group, a proven IBM Cloud Delivery Partner for Mainframe Application Transformation and DevOps re-hosting initiatives. Teaming with IBA allows Baer Consulting to deliver a total DevOps solution package involving hardware, software infrastructure and applications transformation to meet your Digital Business needs.

Data Center Outsourcing

Baer Consulting, Inc. (BCI) is positioned to implement any level of Facilities Management support, which covers all areas of Operations, Systems Support, and Management. We help our customers to better align IT services to business priorities by helping reduce risk and the CAPEX / OPEX of maintaining and managing your own Enterprise Server on-premise.

The BCI management and technical staff is comprised of long-term, experienced Enterprise support specialists. BCI consultants and technical professionals provide the best possible proven solutions to any project. Due to the confidential nature of BCI's client base and their business-critical systems, a superior facilities security policy is maintained for a highly secure network of systems and communications with our clients.

Applying proven information systems project management principles from BCI's collective internal knowledge base can prevent project cost overruns and staffing overhead. Availability and continuous communication with clients allow BCI to assist with future resource planning, including complete job descriptions, individual facilities functions, and required skill definitions. Additionally, BCI has certified System z administration specialists and veteran systems programmers to provide any level of services, support, and resources that a data center management team may require. BCI's goal is to listen to and partner with the client's Information Technology (IT) management and executive teams to support their efforts and direction in all cases. BCI utilizes the expertise of its entire staff to provide co-sourcing services to our clients. We are in the business of supporting, developing, and positively improving the position of IT departments and businesses worldwide.

Outsourcing Services:

  • BCI Mainframe Hosting
  • Remote Operations systems support
  • 24/7 Customer Help Desk, call center
  • Manage Software License contracts and renewals
  • Platform Maintenance & production support
  • Operations Staffing & Management
  • End-to-End Cross-Platform Enterprise Application Hosting
  • Production Workload Hosting

Sunsetting Services

Baer Consulting can help you deliver on your initiative to shut down the mainframe. BCI Managed Hosting Services supports both traditional CP and Linux IFL platforms to deliver core mainframe services for Sunsetting your platform and provides the zCloud services our customers need most during transition; i.e. Disaster Recovery/event readiness, Enterprise Storage and tape restoration, Single Vendor Help Desk Operations support.

BCI Mainframe Sunset Services

  • Hardware upgrade or swap(s) if benefit to installed software savings
  • Profile downsizing with application schedule
  • Multi-vendor single point of contact, software license ISV negotiations
  • Staff Augmentations, SME Support
  • Transitioned replacement of current staff, Retirements, Internal re-assignment
  • Outsourcing (host in our datacenter)

Are you consolidating workloads and Sunsetting your Mainframe?

Baer Consulting can assist your IT planners with your mainframe consolidation efforts. BCI provides a full range of services while you plan to either just offload your Mainframe environment or also are in process of migrating to a new platform. Are you facing challenges due to limited hardware options of available engines and your business need is to preserve certain legacy workloads that are vital part of your operations? We will help you attain exact capacity of hosting you need for those indispensable jobs.

By teaming with BCI Consulting you get a Managed Service Provider skilled & experienced in delivering mainframe systems services, custom fit for purpose to meet your needs.

Consolidation / Re-Location

One of the most difficult projects that faces an Information Technology (IT) department is the consolidation of two or more Data Centers. Often the scope of such a project is tremendous and crosses many boundaries of expertise. Lack of planning, extended time frames and budget overruns challenge many mainframe consolidations.

BCI has successfully managed and implemented numerous consolidations over the years. The management and technical staff at BCI have the necessary skills and experience to successfully analyze, plan and initiate a mainframe consolidation with the least possible impact to your organization.

The primary advantages of using BCI to manage your consolidation is the combined years of experience available within our vast knowledge base and our ability to provide continuous support before, during, and after the consolidation process. Utilizing our knowledge base and defined methodologies, we quickly identify common areas for potential pitfalls. We have the project planning tools and experience to further organize the detailed planning efforts and assist with the selection of the most suitable approach. Our ability to use proven processes assures success in the least amount of time possible.

Quite often, the merger/consolidation will involve several products from multiple vendors. As experienced systems integrators, BCI can quickly assess the existing infrastructure, and identify the "surviving" hardware / software to meet the defined business goals. Once the survivors are selected, BCI can assist with the conversion/migration.

If your business is faced with the challenges of consolidating Data Centers, call BCI to assist with this process from beginning to end to ensure success that is crafted to meets your needs.


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