Jefferson County, Alabama

Mainframe Migration


Jefferson County Is the First County Government to Successfully Migrate from A 

Mainframe System To A Windows Environment in The Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson County’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Team along with several other County department-staff and Astadia (our Mainframe implementation partner) and Microsoft collaborated remotely and finished what was a 24-month project injust 14-months, saving the County over $600,000 a year.

 “Kudos to the team, I’m very proud of this group as they finished this project, not only successfully, but quicker than planned despite facing several obstacles,” said Sri Karra, Jefferson County Chief Information Officer. “Microsoft was also impressed with our team and says we are the first local government to make this migration to the cloud in the Country.”

 Over the last several years the County has transitioned several mainframe application systems to Open systems. However, we had a few systems left functioning on a Mainframe platform like the Sewer Billing system,that generates approximately $250 million in revenues. It was crucial that it transition properly and have no data lost in the migration.

Not only did the migration go smoothly, the team was able to complete the project 10 months ahead of schedule, saving County on maintenance, licensing, and support costs of the old mainframe. And, while normally we would like to celebrate this success together, but due to COVID-19 that’s just not possible, so here is a picture of some of the members of the team, in a Microsoft Teams virtual success meeting.