‘Modernizing the Core’ is a key component in mainframe modernization strategies. Wipro, Microsoft and Micro Focus have partnered to empower organizations to achieve this through an ‘IT renovation’ framework. This holistic approach across business, IT, people, and processes enables companies to meet their business needs through digital transformation. Leveraging the expertise of these powerful partners, businesses can realize the same quality of service with a 50-90% reduction in cost.


In this webinar (embedded below), speakers from Wipro, Microsoft, and Micro Focus shared current best practices for mainframe modernization projects, the benefits of migrating mainframe platforms, and the different migration options available today. Key takeaways will include:

  • How enterprises can leverage Azure cloud and Micro Focus toolsets for their mainframe transformation journey
  • How companies can tap into Wipro’s application modernization service to make their IT landscape digital-ready, cloud-enabled, and agile
  • Ways in which Azure addresses mainframe challenges and can be a cornerstone for digital disruption
  • Strategies to mitigate risk and eliminate barriers to achieve superior application performance

Presenter Biographies

Ravi Seshadhri, VP & Global Head of Market Making, Wipro Digital

Ravi leads the global Market Making function for Wipro Digital, collaborating with partners, advisory channels, and analysts to drive integrated go-to-(GTM) market programs. With a focus on “getting things done,” he strives to generate meaningful business impacts for all involved. Ravi previously managed GTM for the Application business in the Americas, transforming how customers leveraged Wipro’s Application services.


Bob Ellsworth, Director – Mainframe Transformation, Azure Applications and Infrastructure Solutions, Microsoft Corporation.

Bob Ellsworth leads the Mainframe Transformation program. This includes managing an ecosystem of mainframe transformation partners, enabling field sellers, engaging with mainframe customers as a trusted advisor, and driving marketing and awareness of Microsoft’s mainframe transformation offerings. He has 30 years of experience working with enterprise customers on the IBM and Amdahl mainframe platforms, and has worked on multiple operating system and virtualization technologies since 1971.



Howard Hinman, Global Chief Technologist of Mainframe Modernization, Micro Focus

Howard has been at the forefront of utilizing alternate platforms for Mainframe Development and Modernization from day one. During his career, he has worked heavily in shaping tools and technologies related to moving and enhancing Enterprise Legacy Applications to a number of platforms as they have emerged. His journey has taken him from Micro Focus to Fujitsu, Microsoft, Idemia, CSC, DXC and back to Micro Focus to name a few. While at Microsoft, he was the Worldwide Lead for Mainframe Modernization for Microsoft Services and an advisor to Bill Gates on this topic.


Ashok Kumar Saravanan, General Manager & Head, Application Modernization at Wipro Limited

Ashok is General Manager and Head of Wipro’s Application Modernization unit. He has worked in applications, modernization and delivery, with the special focus on banking and financial-services sector, for more than 23 years.






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