Press Release: TSRI Completes Four Government Mainframe Modernizations with TMF Funds


"The successful modernization and cloud deployment of these four critical government applications is proof that the U.S. Technology Modernization Fund is beginning to fulfill its purpose."

Nicolas Newcomb, TSRI President


KIRKLAND, Wash., March 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --TSRI, a recognized leader in fully-automated software modernization — announces the recent completion of a large-scale, public sector application modernization and mainframe retirement effort that transformed four critical, aging applications from Unisys COBOL to Java for a United States federal government agency. The federal agency’s applications containing millions of lines of code were modernized over three years and deployed to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

The effort was the first of its kind to leverage the funds available to government entities via the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act’s Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). With federal government mandates gaining further prominence and the bipartisan bill — the Legacy IT Reduction Act of 2022 — currently on the floor of the U.S. Senate, TSRI is well-positioned to support government entities in modernizing their outdated legacy information technology systems. 


Critical and Aging Systems, Transformed for Modern Times
Despite incremental upgrades or patches over the years to this federal agency's decades-old mainframe applications, a dwindling supply of programmers made it increasingly difficult to maintain them. In addition, cloud computing would improve these mission-critical applications' reliability and security. Using TMF funds, this U.S. government entity sought to modernize several of its remaining critical systems on a legacy Unisys mainframe. TSRI provided automated code conversion of more than 1.3 million lines of the client's COBOL applications, with hierarchical DMS and relational RDMS databases, to the Microsoft Azure cloud. TSRI implemented Java as the target language and Microsoft SQL Server as the target relational database at 99.67% automation levels.

On day one after the production systems were switched over from the Unisys mainframe to the Microsoft Azure cloud, the new system supported 25,356 users and 299,715 transactions with only three user problems reported. These critical systems — responsible for managing, storing, and protecting personal financial and employment-related data for government-supported home financing — were seamlessly deployed to the new Microsoft Azure Cloud environment without impact on operations. The positive results could be seen in the first 30 days during which the new system disbursed billions of dollars in program funds to eligible users without a single error.

“The successful modernization and cloud deployment of these four critical government applications is proof that the U.S. Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) is beginning to fulfill its purpose,” TSRI President, Nicolas Newcomb, said. “This federal agency’s crucial technology now serves people more predictably and reliably while providing efficiency and cost-savings for the government and therefore, Americans. Furthermore, these applications can now be more effectively maintained and evolved now and in the future.”


View the case study for more details on this government IT modernization project.








For Government Agencies, The Time to Modernize is Now
Four years ago, the United States government established the Technology Modernization Fund to support federal agencies in funding the modernization of their aging information technology infrastructure. On March 23, a bi-partisan bill was introduced to the United States Senate: The Legacy IT Reduction Act of 2022. The bill aims to make the modernization of federal legacy IT systems mandatory.

“Every year, the number of programmers required to maintain or improve the legacy systems we all rely on shrinks but that doesn’t mean we depend on those systems any less,” TSRI’s Nicolas Newcomb said. “We can say that this one federal agency’s crucial technology is now serving the American people more predictably and reliably, but there are still thousands of crucial, at-risk applications that we rely on to conduct our daily lives and business. We have never previously witnessed the scale and severity of technology obsolescence we may currently face.”

Nicolas continued: “TSRI can reliably and rapidly modernize — and frequently improve —these carefully designed systems. Cloud architectures offer predictable landing zones, and the sophistication of the foundational technologies have made modernizations more seamless than ever. Done well, a modernization accelerates the delivery of benefits to business bottom lines and improves the lives of end-users. Simultaneously, modernizations help relieve the liabilities caused by technical debt and human resource scarcity. In the end, application modernization is organizational modernization. Therefore, TMF funding is a responsible step to ensure our government is competitive, secure, and efficient. There should be no doubt that the time to modernize our crucial software infrastructure applications is indeed now,” he concluded.

TSRI has decades of experience modernizing applications in over 35 legacy languages for public sector, government, and military entities in the U.S. and beyond. Examples include the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Customs and Border Control, the U.S. Navy, the Canadian Revenue Agency, and the Government of Denmark. View TSRI’s case studies for more.

Today’s modern systems often require deployment to cloud environments. TSRI modernizes applications for deployment to any cloud environment and is a validated Amazon Web Services Mainframe Migration partner.



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As a leading provider of software modernization services, TSRI enables technology readiness for the cloud and other modern architecture environments. We bring software applications into the future quickly, accurately, and efficiently with low risk and minimal business disruption, accomplishing in months what would otherwise take years. 

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Press Release: TSRI Celebrates 25 Years and Expands Modernization Offerings




KIRKLAND, WA – March 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)The Software Revolution, Inc. (TSRI), a recognized leader in fully automated software modernization, marks its 25th anniversary with new partnerships and solutions to meet an urgent need for the modernization of enterprise-scale applications. As organizations face diminishing resources, technical vulnerabilities, and rising costs, TSRI enables the rapid, low-risk modernization of systems that are critical to our society’s infrastructure. TSRI has demonstrated success in the military, government, and commercial sectors while delivering a full, end-to-end solution ready for cloud architectures and continuous DevSecOps maintenance and development.

Since the 1990s, TSRI has helped organizations migrate their systems into fully modern environments, databases, and languages. Its core technology, JANUS Studio®, is a model- and architecture-driven technology suite for automatic software modernization. Now in its third generation, JANUS Studio® is an advanced framework for automated assessment, documentation, transformation, and refactoring, tied in with DevSecOps processes. TSRI modernizes where engineering teams need help the most: languages such as COBOL, PL/1, JCL, Java, C#, MUMPS, Fortran, and Ada, as well as over 35 other supported languages, databases, and user interfaces. The sophistication and versatility of the model-based approach allows TSRI to modernize applications at an enterprise scale.

“Just as the Industrial Revolution took decades to transform 19th-century society and industry, TSRI is systematically applying formal methods and artificial intelligence to continuously transform and evolve software,” Philip Newcomb, Founder, Executive Chairman, and CTO of TSRI said. “JANUS Studio® is an industrial-scale technology for highly efficient and accurate analysis and transformation of code on a vast scale. Today, with the infrastructure of our society based on software, the need to expeditiously and reliably modernize these systems is more urgent than ever. Our approach is focused on providing semantic code transformation, which has enabled us to perform rapid, low-risk automated modernization for organizations who would have otherwise been left behind.”

Client Success Story

When NTT DATA was asked to modernize the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 50-year-old legacy mainframe Integrated Logistics Systems-Supply (ILS-S) Standard Base Supply Systems (SBSS), they queried leading software modernization vendors to assist, including TSRI. USAF wanted to reduce operating costs, improve system agility, and enable full mission readiness of its bases around the world. TSRI was chosen to help NTT DATA meet the USAF’s tight-turn and proof-of-concept trial.

“For this program, the United States Air Force required system modernization with no loss in functionality, no loss of performance, and adherence to price and schedule,” Paul Saladna, Associate Director and Enterprise Architect at NTT DATA said. “Throughout the project, TSRI proved to be an optimal partner who delivered on-time, on-budget, and to spec. They made the modernization process easy from start to finish.”

The result of NTT DATA’s successful effort, with TSRI’s assistance, is a fully modernized Java system deployed in the AWS GovCloud on over 260 U.S. Air Force bases around the world, saving the client CAPEX and OPEX costs, while allowing them to remain agile to business and program needs.

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Looking Ahead

TSRI was recently named as a launch partner for Amazon Web Services’ Mainframe Migration Competency. In late 2020, the company launched DocsRev™, a code-level-based “Documentation-as-a-Service” product that enables organizations to easily take advantage of JANUS Studio’s® documentation while reducing operational and maintenance costs. In addition, TSRI is expanding its product and services, driving toward a fully integrated, continuous cloud modernization offering with DevSecOps functionality. This framework establishes a “modernization permanence” model, with on-going support required for continuous code and security deployment.

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Cloud Migration & Containerization

With over 74% of server workloads now running in virtual environments, containers provide consolidation benefits by permitting application instances to be stacked in larger virtual machines. Containerization improves efficiency, security, and software licensing. It reduces complexity and ensures application portability among other benefits. To take advantage of these possibilities, applications must be modernized to externalize APIs and microservices. It is also important to ensure proper function within a containerized environment. Modernization transforms legacy applications to operate efficiently, reliably, and securely within the new environment with identical performance to the original application.

A Refreshed Brand Foundation to Align with an Expanded Mission

New tagline: Software Modernization Assured

New mission statement: Through technical ingenuity, dedication, and collaboration, we automate the modernization of high-value software, advancing organizations into a better business and technology reality.

New vision statement:  Creating a world where organizations aren’t limited by technology.

As we mark our 25th anniversary, the TSRI you see today is a fresh, renewed TSRI. As we embarked upon the celebration of this milestone, we realized that our brand deserved to catch up to the advances the company has made in technology, delivery, and that we needed to better capture a track record of success and client-focus that our team is proud of. For a company that specializes in assuring software modernizations, it was time for form to reflect function.

TSRI’s mission has evolved. While we are known as a company that provides efficient and effective technology modernization, we needed to better communicate that our capabilities, while applicable to the modernization and refactoring of a broad array of legacy computer languages, are matched by our investment in the holistic guidance of our clients through their modernization journey and beyond.

We began with questions. Lots of questions. True to TSRI’s culture, we established our new brand as a team effort. We knew, all the way across the company, who we’ve been and how we show up for our clients: Precise. Dependable. Innovative. Collaborative. Experienced. Proven. But we also wanted our refreshed brand to take us forward. The logo, the colors, the design of our website, the printed materials we distribute… every place we make an impression we put on the table.

Understanding What Our Clients Value!

Our first step was to understand not only our unique brand personality and brand promise, but also to understand our clients. We undertook an exercise that forced us to dig deep—into the culture, how we feel we represent ourselves to our clients, and how we want to show the best of our expanded, collaborative end-to-end services. We explored multiple visualizations to convey the key pillars we knew would describe the evolution of TSRI.

Once we’d established our pillars, we explored what that personality would look like, starting with our new logo.

The Logo

TSRI logo

TSRI’s previous logo made a statement: the classic red-black target was intended to imply precision and accuracy, which we do in fact prioritize, in the outcomes of transformations. However, it also confused some people about the mission of our company. We still wanted to maintain that idea of precision while remaining close to our roots. The brand mark, or icon, that was developed, as well as the abstracted moving reticle on our homepage, tells that story. The circular arrows inside the reticle show the forward-moving, iterative processes that make our modernization and refactoring projects highly successful while invoking the limitless horizons a modern codebase can open for our clients. Our clients trust us to think outside of the box as we partner with them to modernize, and they can trust that we will stick around to keep modernizing and support them in the evolution of their systems.

The TSRI word mark itself evokes that feeling of openness while the connected ‘S’ and ‘R’ feels almost space age—definitely futuristic!


Our palette

The two shades of blue that anchor our logo are TSRI's new primary colors.

Brand blues

To us, the navy blue feels like professionalism, steadiness, and establishment. We paired that dark blue with a lighter sky blue to reflect the expansive ideas and experience our technical team and collaborators bring to each and every project.

brand grays

For our secondary colors, we landed on two lighter grays. These underscore the gravity of the systems we modernize. The soft black, clear and simple, represents accessibility to our clients.


Brand typefaces

The typeface we chose to represent TSRI’s brand, Montserrat, is modern, refreshing, clean, inviting, and bold — we feel it represents our confidence in our own evolution and dedication to developing technologies and services in the service of our mission.

The Wider Angle

brand lines

Colors, type, and logos can show off the brand, but more subtle cues guide its implementation. These include the angled lines that show our innovation, our forward thinking, and how we move our clients into the future. We use photos with more of an abstract feel that tell the story of how our products provide precise results, which are inherently designed to help keep project risk at a minimum.

brand image settings

Pulling it All Together

All told, the process of reimagining the TSRI brand took just under three months. While we knew we would end up with a tone and voice that would tell the story of TSRI’s end-to-end capabilities, we were so gratified to have everyone aboard to guide us toward the bold, forward-thinking statement that sets us on the path of our next 25 years.

TSRI is a team that can move you forward, and we feel as though our visual brand now conveys that more accurately. We are dedicated to helping you carry your critical software applications into the future. We are “software modernization assured.”


TSRI is Here for You

As a leading provider of software modernization services, TSRI enables technology readiness for the cloud and other modern architecture environments. We bring software applications into the future quickly, accurately, and efficiently with low risk and minimal business disruption, accomplishing in months what would otherwise take years.

See Case Studies

Learn About Our Technology

Get started on your modernization journey today!

U.S. Department of Defense Mainframe COBOL to Java on AWS

On behalf of a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) client, our multi-company team—comprised of staff from ARRAY, NTT Data, TSRI, and Datum—delivered a successful modernization of a COBOL-based system running on aged mainframes to a Java-based system running on x86 Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

The goals were to introduce agility, reduce costs, modernize the technical stack, and enhance security by leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). We did this using automated code conversion tools and techniques while maintaining all functionality, screens, and reports.