Thought Leadership

Gartner describes Blue Hill as providing very high touch customer service, for being proficient at providing private cloud services that are cost effective, delivered by a qualified team, with a proficiency in mainframe and midrange skills.

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Supporting Legacy Applications Cost Efficiently Without Risk: Choosing the Right Mainframe Sourcing Partner

Areas of coverage:

  1. Sourcing Options for Legacy Application
  2. Modernization; Getting Started; Best Practices
  3. Focus on Both Operate and Modernize to Bring Operational Flexibility
  4. Use Case: Modernization Roadmap for Mainframe
  5. Legacy Applications
  6. Blueprint for Success

Operating Efficiently While Modernizing Applications to Support Growth: Putting a Bi-Modal Strategy into Practice

Areas of coverage:

  1. Sourcing Options for Legacy Application Modernization
  2. Research from Gartner: Adaptive Sourcing Run IT Layer: Focus on Both Operate and Modernize to Bring Operational Flexibility
  3. Use Case: Modernization Roadmap for Mainframe Legacy Applications
  4. Use Case: Modernization Roadmap for Mainframe
  5. Blueprint for Success

Cloud Strategies to Generate Successful Business Outcomes

Areas of coverage:

  1. Key Take-Away’s
  2. Use Cases: Insurance, Higher Education, Government
  3. Roadmap: Beginning Your Cloud Journey
  4. Strategy: Build a Data Center Strategy By Utilizing Tactical Decisions to Achieve Business Results
  5. Research from Gartner: Four Types of Cloud Computing Define Spectrum of Cloud Value
  6. Driving Business Outcomes and Making Your Business More Successful

Best Practices in Transitioning to a New Provider

  1. Key Take-Away’s
  2. Case Study: When a Customer Wants a New Provider
  3. Research from Gartner: The Five Keys to Successful Service Provider Transitions
  4. Best Practices When Transitioning Providers
  5. Use Cases: Healthcare, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing




Top IT Challenges and Determining Best Solutions

  1. Key Take-Away’s
  2. Research from Gartner: Top Challenges Facing I&O Leaders in 2018, and What to Do About Them
  3. Use Cases: Automobile Manufacturer, City Government, School District
  4. Selecting the Best Cloud Service Provider For You
  5. How to Know You Are Selecting the Right Partner

Measuring Outsourcing Results in Supporting Business Goals

  1. Identifying Risks: Baby Boomer Time Bomb!
  2. Research From Gartner: Create Sustainable Outsourcing Measures Using Technology and
  3. Business Outcomes
  4. Defining a Successful Service Provider Engagement
  5. Use Case: City Government

Defining the Best Roadmap for IBM Legacy Platforms, and Mastering the Art of a Smooth Transition

  1. Research from Gartner: Considering Leaving Legacy IBM Platforms? Beware, as Cost Savings May Disappoint, While Risking Quality
  2. Transitioning Out: A Fond Farewell to this County Government
  3. Transitioning In: Highlight 3 New Customers Who Recently Selected Blue Hill to Manage their Traditional Legacy IBM Platforms


Keeping Your Business Running: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, and Ways to Reduce Costs

  1. Research from Gartner: Reduce Costs and Piggyback DR Investments
  2. Work-From-Home (WFH) Program Selected 18 Months Before the COVID-19 Pandemic Began
  3. Security Strategies in Evaluating Data Center Services
  4. Transitioning In: 3 New Customers and Why They Selected Blue Hill, Serving a State Government, Higher Education and State Retirement Fund

Best Practices - Applications

Best Practices for Sourcing IT Applications


  1. Availability of Legacy skills on the open market.
  2. Sourcing only certain parts of applications portfolio.
  3. On-shore vs. off-shoring the workload requirements.
  4. Logistics: Onsite, Remote, Hybrid
  5. IT Transition Management and Risk Mitigation
  6. Business and Operational Knowledge Transfer
  7. Getting Started
  8. Applications Services Assessment
  9. Personnel and Functions
  10. Workflow Processes
  11. Communications: The Business Units and the IT Staff
  12. IT Governance and Service Level Agreements
  13. Special Requests and Projects
  14. Production Support
  15. Escalation

Learn from our Best Practices FAQs for Legacy Modernization


  1. Can I modernize my Mainframe environment without moving to a server platform?
  2. What are the latest trends for modernization and how do I know what is right for my company?
  3. What are the options for modernization or transformation of my Mainframe applications?
  4. What are the differences in terms of costs and effort between Emulation, Porting, and Re-writing applications?
  5. What are the objectives and options available with language conversion tools?
  6. Are code converters viable options when the decision is to re-write legacy applications?
  7. What are the options for modernizing my CICS systems?
  8. What code converters are available for Third Party/ISV Mainframe software products?
  9. Are there effective code converters for Assembler?
  10. Can source code such as COBOL be ported to a client server platform and run in a native mode?
  11. What are the options with Mainframe code such as DLY-280 and QuikJob?
  12. What do we do with scheduling software such as CA-7 when applications are ported to a server platform?
  13. What are my options regarding VSAM files? How are VSAM files handled on a server platform?


Learn from our expertise and experience in providing our portfolio of hosted and private cloud managed services solutions.

ITO Solutions Overview

Blue Hill’s suite of Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) and Cloud Inspired solutions enables companies to improve service delivery and reduce operating costs.


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Applications Services

Best Practices for legacy support and modernization.



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Client Server / Distributed Systems Overview

Working closely with each client to understand their particular business needs and compliance requirements, Blue Hill delivers private cloud solutions that protect companies from costly downtime and eliminate the risk of data loss.


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AS/400 - iSeries-as-a-Service

Fully managed midrange private Cloud Solutions.




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Why Blue Hill

Blue Hill provides the best value in delivering 24/7 IT Infrastructure Services for all platforms: Legacy and Modernization, MF, Mid-Range and Cloud, 100% On-Shore USA.


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About Blue Hill

Delivering Best-in-Class IT Cloud-Inspired Services



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Top 8 Reasons Why Clients Source Their IT Infrastructure and Applications

Business drivers for determining how private cloud and managed services can deliver efficiencies and exceed Service Levels.


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Dedicated Disaster Recovery

Satisfy your DR requirements efficiently and seamlessly.



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