Screw cloud: Coogans upgrades mainframe instead
blog To paraphrase Francis Urquhart, you might very well think that no Australian organisation would be spending much money these days upgrading their old mainframes or deploying new ones. Isn’t everything about cloud computing these days, after all? Well, true, it is, but that hasn’t stopped some Australian groups from hanging onto their old mainframe infrastructure and even pushing it further. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in February (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Tasmanian retailer Coogans has bucked the trend towards cloud computing and upgraded its Unisys mainframe systems for its mission-critical applications and online infrastructure … [Coogans] has been a loyal client of the IT provider and its predecessor, Burroughs, since before 1965.”
I’d say the Coogans case provides an excellent example of where there’s absolutely no need to go through a fundamental IT infrastructure change, when the organisation’s existing infrastructure can be kept stable and extended to keep up with the functionality required from its operations today. Retail doesn’t change much from an IT perspective (although RFID may eventually change this), and above all what retailers want is stability and a low administration cost overhead. Mainframe technology certainly provides this. On the other hand … we can’t see the mainframe quite surviving yet another full decade of technological change at Coogans. I guess time will tell.