HCLTech Automated Technology Modernization Accelerator

Automation solution to accelerate modernization of applications from legacy platforms to modern tech stacks

HCLTech's Automated Technology Modernization Accelerator (ATMA) is patented under US Publication No: 2019/0212992 A1. It is an offering to help organizations address the challenges with legacy technology platforms through modernization and overcome the hurdles of modernization programs by leveraging automation. ATMA platform accelerates the modernization programs through automated code transpilation, thus significantly reducing dependency on the application SMEs, minimizing effort, cost, duration, and also delivering high quality applications on modern technology stacks with consistent coding standards, design patterns, and architecture.



United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, KSA, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore


  • Economical

    Significant reduction up to 70% in effort and cost of modernization compared to traditional approaches

  • High quality

    Delivers applications on modern technology stacks with consistent standards for maintainability

  • Better time to market

    Reduces the duration of modernization through automation of design and coding activities

  • Low risk

    Low dependency on SME, unchanged data model and business logic, hence no risk of functionality loss

  • How it works
  • This consulting offer helps organizations to overcome the challenges with their IT applications running on legacy technology platforms. It is a managed services offer leveraging HCLTech's IP and methodology to deliver the service.

    HCLTech’s IP "Automated Technology Modernization Accelerator (ATMA)" helps to achieve the modernization of business applications running on legacy technologies by refactoring them to run on modern technology stacks such as JAVA, .NET, and NodeJS. It supports a wide range of legacy technologies such as COBOL, JCL, Natural, PL/1, HPS on Mainframe, RPG, Lansa on Midrange and Oracle Forms, PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, TIBCO on 4GL domains. The core part of the solution involves automated transpilation of the legacy application sources into modern code through the ATMA platform, then carry out the refactoring and testing activities. ATMA platform also offers flexibility on the implementation frameworks for the target platform, so that the modernized application complies with the technology standards, architecture principles, and best practices of the organization.

    The modernization engagement may begin with an application portfolio assessment exercise to identify the candidate applications and appropriate modernization treatments from Gartner's 7 R's. The solution approach described here is suitable for applications identified for "Refactor" or "Rearchitect" treatments where the application functionality remains like to like in the modernized state with the following benefits:

    •  Technical debt due to legacy platforms eliminated
    • Applications transformed into loosely coupled architecture
    • Web based user interfaces provided to deliver better user experience and usability
    •  Efficient build and deployment processes enabled

    The detailed methodology and step by step approach of this solution offer for modernization of each of the identified applications is described in the next section titled "Key Activities"

  • Key activities
    • Discovery

      Functional and technical understanding through application walkthroughs, SME interactions and document reviews

    • Preparation

      Collate the legacy application sources, setup conversions, and target state environments along with DB

    • Conversion

      Transpile the legacy application sources into target tech stack using ATMA to deliver like to like functions

    • Code refactoring

      Manual refactoring of generated code to address any functional gaps, code quality, and unit testing

    • System testing

      Carry out system testing and integration testing to validate end to end functionality and close any defect

    • Deployment

      Retrofit fixes for incident and change requests and promote code to pre-production and production environments

  • Customer contribution
    • Enable ATMA installation

      Customer to provide required infrastructure, grant necessary access to transfer, install, and execute the tool

    • Source code and application access

      Customer to provide access to legacy sources and application in dev or test environments for verification

    • Functional / technical SME support

      Functional and technical SME support during discovery, refactoring, testing phases, and provide clarifications

    • Target technology standards

      Customer to provide technology standards, guidelines, and preferences for the target stack and frameworks

  • About this consultant
  • HCL is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner with a dedicated full stack Business Unit which provides an end-to-end road map to enterprise clients for adopting AWS at scale. HCL also holds Migration, DevOps, SAP, Storage, and Mainframe Modernization Competencies in addition to being an MSP Partner. HCL is uniquely positioned to help enterprises, both as a GSI and an ISV with a cloud-focused ecosystem.

    HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. The technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risk-taking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships. HCL also takes pride in its many diversity, social responsibility, sustainability, and education initiatives. Through its worldwide network of R&D facilities and co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities, and over 210,000+ ‘Ideapreneurs’ across 52 countries, HCL delivers holistic services across industry verticals to leading enterprises, including 250 of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000.

    Enterprises across industries stand at an inflection point today. In order to thrive in the digital age, technologies such as analytics, cloud, IoT, and automation occupy center stage. In order to offer enterprises the maximum benefit of these technologies to further their business objectives, HCL offers an integrated portfolio of products and services through three business units. These are IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS), and Products and Platforms (P&P).

    ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses via Digital Foundation, our modernized infrastructure stack built around hybrid cloud, software-defined networks, the digital workplace, and other elements; Digital Business, a combination of our application services and consulting capabilities; and Digital Operations, a three-pronged setup for modernized and efficient operations at enterprise level.

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