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Assessing IBM i’s Role In Digital Transformation
This is going to sound silly,” he says. “The hardest part isn’t necessarily the refactoring. The hardest part is convincing people to do this. Because, let’s be honest the upfront cost can be very scary, man. It can be frightening. The business is going to say, ‘We just put in X amount of dollars last year to support these kinds of environments.’ You kind of have to ask the question, what’s going to happen five years from now?”

While the legacy application may not be “broken,” forward-looking companies will consider the lost opportunity costs that are inherent when an existing system is not agile enough to support new opportunities and initiatives.

“You’re going to have to have the conversation where you can’t integrate with cloud at all, or you can’t integrate with data analytics, or you’ve failed to do cognitive system and your competitors are because RPG can’t support this stuff?” Kleyman says. “But just because it’s working doesn’t mean necessarily it’s bringing value back to the business.”

It’s easy for an executive to identify problems when servers are down, the application is throwing errors, and the day-to-day business is being impacted. It’s much harder for the executive to be able to identify the ways in which a legacy system could put hamper growth in the future.

“Honestly that’s one of the best approaches, when things aren’t on fire, to start asking some of these difficult questions,” Kleyman says. “It’s kind of like in a relationships. When everything’s going great, you don’t want to bring up any sore points. But realistically speaking, you don’t want to start arguing when everything’s wrong and you start bring up the pain points.”
Finance  digitaltransformation  modernization  legacy  IBM  Systemi  links  via:Workflow 
7 weeks ago by cote
Thoughts on DockerCon 2018
“Docker is focusing on enterprise buyers and legacy workloads.”
containers  cloudnative  docker  modernization  redmonk 
july 2018 by cote
Enterprises taking path of greatest resistance to cloud, survey shows
Still a lot of stuff on-premises, and people want to move it to public cloud:

'More than 80 percent of respondents have more than 100 applications under their purview, and a solid majority have a good deal still managed on-premises. The survey finds 74 percent stating at least half of these applications are on-premises. Another 71 percent of respondents see many of their on-premises applications as mission-critical to their business.'

How they're moving apps:

'Yet, the report's authors state, "enterprises are choosing the path of most resistance, unintentionally creating a self-induced cloud skills gap." That consists of cloud migration strategies that require the highest degree of IT skills -- 49 percent cited refactoring or rewriting applications as their primary modernization strategy.

'One in five, 20 percent, say they are rewriting core applications from scratch using cloud-native PaaS services. Another 28 percent are refactoring applications for the cloud using cloud-natuive and traditional applications. Another 20 percent are outright replacing applications with SaaS-based applications. About 12 percent are taking a "lift-and-shift" approach to simply move entire applications to hosted services.'

Survey of 450 "executive," by 451 Research.
surveys  migration  privatecloud  modernization  451  publiccloud 
june 2018 by cote
‘A crisis bigger than Y2K’
The US Federal government needs to modernize more of it's IT to meet demands.
modernization  federal  legacy  IT 
november 2015 by cote
Infrastructure Readiness? It's time to get realistic
Check in on how the IT department thinks it's doing, minus custom software development.
modernization  planning  itmanagement  hardware  surveys 
september 2015 by cote
Con-way Freight’s Modernization Journey Using SOA at Mainframe Executive
"Con-way Freight recently reached a milestone marking its arrival near the finish line of a decade-long journey to modernize its mainframe applications.... In the final stage, the EJBs and their methods were wrapped as standard Web services. With this, the team had arrived at SOA as we know it today." In the words of that ever quotable movie: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Snarkyness aside, it's a pretty good and detailed write-up of mainframe modernization.
stories  cases  Con-way  mainframe  SOA  EJB  legacy  z  modernization 
november 2009 by cote
Quick take: Will Borland find a good home with Microfocus? « Views from the bridge
"Where’s the hinge? I believe it lies in SOA – or at least, in the drivers towards an IT environment in which the principles of SOA make sense. This convoluted statement is somewhat deliberate given our consistent finding that many organisations may be doing SOA-like activities, they just don’t use (or even dislike) the term." Also, "From a Microfocus/Borland perspective, then, there is the potential for a good fit between traditional and modern, legacy and agile. Taking into account questions of scalability, availability, security and the like, application modernisation can lead to a platform of functionality to be used across the organisation, which can then be built upon using agile techniques to respond to specific business requirements."
JonCollins  Borland  m&a  development  legacy  modernization  Microfocus 
may 2009 by cote

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