National Grid Transforming Dev/Testing for Billing with Virtual Mainframes on Cloud

The Billing System transformation programme at National Grid was severely hampered by mainframe test environment unavailability across multiple systems.

Dev & Test mainframe environments were already close to capacity, so mainframe modernisation initiatives required acquiring expensive new hardware. One mainframe modernisation proof of concept (using z/OS Connect to improve mainframe access) could not proceed without additional environments.

National Grid's cloud-first policy fuelled the desire to:

  • create dev and test environments in the cloud

  • offer self-service

  • remove third-party dependency

  • improve agility with on-demand access

  • and reduce cost

The new self-service capability has transformed National Grid's ability to deliver transformative change across billing systems. Using Delphix and PopUp Mainframe running on Azure, National Grid accelerated their projects. The company is now planning to spin up new mainframe environments with the latest secured data using automation pipelines in minutes.

Delphix and PopUp on Azure empowered National Grid with autonomy over their mainframe systems and the ability to increase productivity. National Grid can now immediately innovate to solve business problems using ephemeral mainframe environments spun up on demand. They are also planning to redevelop some of their legacy .NET processes using modern tooling.

Watch the webinar to find out more.

Tarandeep Singh Bhatia

Performance Engineering & Virtualisation Manager, National Grid

Engineering Manager & SRE enthusiast with a demonstrated history of working in the energy / utility, storage , pharma and resources industry. Skilled in Salesforce, Pega, Performance Tuning, Garbage collection , JVM , Oracle Database, Requirements Analysis and Agile methodology. 

Richard Gamblin

Mainframe & Midrange Technical Leader | Europe, Middle East & Africa, Microsoft Cloud

Richard Gamblin is a Microsoft Global Black Belt for Mainframe and Midrange platforms. In this role, he works with organisations throughout EMEA, who are seeking to transform and accelerate their most trusted applications and data services with Microsoft Cloud. Richard is an Open Group Distinguished Technical Specialist, having shaped and driven technical strategy with Fortune 500 companies both in Microsoft and IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Richard was a researcher at the University of Leeds, from where he obtained a doctorate in the field of Bioinformatics.

Gary Thornhill

CEO of PopUp Mainframe

Gary has vast experience in leading and developing teams in the high tech and consulting industries in both large and small organisations. Mainframe has always been a theme and passion running throughout his whole career as he started his career working as a Mainframe Operator at IBM. He brings a combination of strategy, ops, bus dev and tech consulting expertise which has enabled him to be successful both in the revenue and operational roles he has held developing the skills to manage the unique and differing demands both models present in a highly valued, accomplished manner.

Muthiah Maruthappan

Mainframe Technical Lead, PopUp Mainframe

Muthiah is a Mainframe Lead with extensive experience in application development, technical project management and mainframe DevOps. He is expert at integrating PopUp with other software including PopUp Virtualisation with Delphix.

Gary Hallam

Director of Channels, Delphix

Gary is the director of Channels at Delphix and started his career delivering retail banking systems on IBM mainframes.  He has a long experience in technology development & delivery, project management and sales. He is passionate about delivering real business value through innovative technology.  Before joining Delphix Gary worked for Oracle focused on Middleware, Database and Information Security solutions.