We believe that enterprises are on the doorstep of very important changes in the evolving IT market conditions. New technologies emerge almost every day changing everything and increasing the gap between the modern and traditional systems. Even forward-thinking companies that have been running smart and agile can feel that something is holding them back. With the rising competitive pressures, rapidly shifting business dynamics, and changing demands of connected customers, it is absolutely essential for businesses to modernize their legacy applications if they are to survive.

So, is your business or technology functions ready for the digital world? Prior to the buzzing digital transformation concept to achieve the new value creation, enterprises have to undertake application modernization initiatives to ensure that their technology systems can support the high-performance digital transformation.

 

Why do companies need to modernize their current landscape?

Majority of the businesses run on legacy applications which come with a lot of shortcomings like non-agility, high maintenance, lack of vendor support, lack of business functionalities to expand, and lack of adaptability and flexibility to the new technology upgrades.

Big IT modernization journey takes the form of Agile/ DevOps, Hybrid Cloud computing adoption, Big Data Analytics, Business intelligence, and deeply embedded security. These journeys dramatically require changes across people, strategies, technology, and processes. That’s why many major brands are pivoting and making strategic changes to scale up, obtain long-term growth and improve flexibility.

For example:

  • Many major financial institutes have incorporated big data analytics to enhance their services
  • Almost 70% of the enterprises consider application modernization and data center vital for their business.
  • Almost 50% of the companies have already adopted agile methodologies and its cousin DevOps which drastically improve their ability to change

But before you embark on the actual process of modernization you need to visualize what you want to achieve, clear road-map insight and determine how you want certain things to be.

 

So, how to modernize your IT?

 

Define a purpose to modernize

Shifting from a traditional system to modern system is not easy! To some extent, it requires a huge investment in new technologies and operations, hi-tech workforce & training and a new approach to run certain aspects of your business. On top of that, implementing these changes concurrently with everyday tasks is a challenge. Hence, it is necessary to define a purpose.

Do you want to build a completely new migration tool? Will you be able to afford the loss due to the current application downtime, service level breakage while migrating and inaccessibility to the application for a certain time? Or you just want to upgrade certain area of your current system which requires modernization.

So, before jumping on the modernization journey, lay out your strategy accurately ahead of time, define key business metrics and measure the effectiveness and save yourself a lot of time and hassle!

 

Make ultra-targeted improvements

Don’t rush to change everything at once! Make focused changes and slowly enhance them, allowing your employees to get used to the new systems as they grow. This not only will help to ensure that your employees are on board and that they understand the new technology & its structure but it will also boost employee satisfaction, ROI and long-term efficiency.

A safe way to achieve this is with mobile optimization like the development of a new mobile application which will help you to connect with the Generation Z customers both internally and externally. This will shift your legacy hardware to scalable cloud-based environments while enabling flexibility and speed in operations.

 

Automate manual operations

Majority of the companies today have manual processes that leaves a room for errors or hinders growth and decreases efficiency. It’s vital to replace these manual steps with scheduled automation. This will increase your efficiency, standardize your operations, streamline your processes and delay human errors.

 

Benefits of IT modernization

  • The future system development cost is reduced
  • Enhances service delivery quality while lowering cost
  • Boosts control over the process by increasing efficiency and eliminates wasteful processes
  • It helps to centralize the geographically dispersed resources
  • Streamline workflow integration and enable cross-application code usability efficiently
  • You can open your business to new modern languages, agile/ DevOps processes, and interfaces
  • You can even keep your trusted system in place while updating areas that need to be modernized

 

 

Our Ideas

Over the recent years, DevOps and Cloud automation has garnered a lot of attention because of their capability to address some key transitions in IT. Playing a big role in some of the biggest digital transformations of the era, DevOps and Cloud are oft-touted vital for the success of the corporations in today’s swiftly changing world.

DevOps is all about process and its improvement whereas Cloud is referred to as technology, automation, and services. In the software development life cycle, there is no better companion for DevOps than cloud. Driven by agility and an efficient approach, DevOps helps in quick, quality, continuous software delivery, whereas Cloud is responsible for the scalable and agile performance of the software execution. In order to unlock the full potential of the cloud automation, DevOps and Cloud go hand-in-hand.

 

Reasons DevOps and Cloud need each other:

Trend 1: Transition from product to service

Today’s millennial customers are becoming aware of their interaction with the brand and not only want great products, but also demand great personalized experiences to use these products. Hence, many forward-thinking companies are in the midst of transitioning from a product economy to a service economy. For example:

  • Android and iPhone include customer service as a part of their product package.
  • Even BMW offers daily car maintenance in the price of the new car.
  • Mobile and computer technologies include food delivery, Maps, GPS, online banking and food delivery as a service with their product delivery

How to achieve this?

This swing from the product as a concern to now service as a priority is also reflected in the software delivery, enabling companies to include innovation, speed, reliability, frequency, and operation on customer’s behalf. Now with cloud automation, companies are able to move their focus from machine-based functions to software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service, and DevOps helps integrate user experience smoothly by eliminating the gap between support and development.

Trend 2: Shift from stability to agility                               

With an increase in the speed of production, companies are challenged to change their go-to-market strategy and shift their focus from efficiency and stability to innovation and agility. Faster innovations in technology lead to shorter work cycles, inventive designs, and rise in the delivery frequency.

The advent of social media marketing and internet technology are shifting the power from production and keeping consumers at the centre. Branding and marketing functions now respond to consumer behaviours rather than activate it. From SME’s to start-ups, companies must empower creative responsiveness and focus on reducing waste.

How to achieve this?

It’s time IT organizations, right from production to development, enable software as a service with the help of DevOps methodologies and Cloud automation. DevOps coupled with cloud helps in determining quality outcomes in the customer experience. This cross-department and cross-functional collaboration enhances operations and helps in gaining the market advantage.

Trend 3: Digital infusion with materials and process

One thing digital transformation has taught us is that hardware and software must work together. The digital dimension is completely imparting the physical dimension, raising the stake for IT. Do you look for books in the local library or online? Is your office building a marvel of HVAC system or Big Data?

How to achieve this?

Every corporation must adapt to the collaboration of digital application with material mechanisms. While DevOps offers innovation in software development and continuous reliability to its users, Cloud, on the other hand, offers ease of use and quality in the product through automating the operational performance. Therefore DevOps in combination with Cloud meets user expectations with the help of powerful execution.

Our Ideas

This past Wednesday, Apple and IBM announced that their 2014 collaboration, IBM MobileFirst for iOS, has more than 100 enterprise-focused apps developed to work across iPads and iPhones – accomplishing a goal set at the onset of the relationship. For Apple, who has traditionally focused on individual tech users, this new venture is definitely a leap into a different direction that exclusively targets business consumers. The new apps are tailor-made for corporate teams and work alongside IBM’s corporate analytics, security, and cloud-based services.

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