Application Modernization Needs to Get Mobile and Social

Michael Vizard
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Business Drivers for IT Innovation

In cost containment, after an IT organization has done the comparatively easy stuff, the question quickly becomes what to do next.

There's been a lot discussion as of late of the need to modernize legacy applications in the enterprise. Most of the applications are pretty dated and cost more to run on existing hardware infrastructure than they would if they were rewritten and deployed on the latest IT infrastructure.

The bit that most IT enterprises may not appreciate as much is that the definition of what constitutes a modern enterprise application is rapidly changing. Not only is that application expected to take advantage of all-things virtual and cloud on the back end, it needs to be readily accessible from any mobile computing device and tightly integrated with multiple social networks.

That's a difficult goal to achieve in a mobile computing and social networking world where application development technologies and standards are a work in progress. To help IT organizations address these issues Hewlett-Packard this week extended its Application Transformation services to include tools and methodologies for adding mobile computing and social networking support in enterprise applications.

According to Paul Evans, worldwide lead for application transformation solutions at HP, IT organizations need a lot of help with application modernization these days because they are being asked to integrate traditional systems of record with new systems of engagement that rely heavily on mobile computing and social networking platforms that most of them have limited experience with, especially when it involves new immature technologies such as HTML5.

Evans adds that as the economy continues to improve, the number of these projects is starting to increase, but to pay for them many IT organizations are being asked to be more aggressive about consolidating existing enterprise applications. The fact is, says Evans, is that most organizations are usually running twice as many applications that IT is aware of. But discovering those applications may be the easy part. Getting the business to actually collectively agree on which of those applications should be rationalized in the name of progress is never easy.

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Mar 23, 2012 4:55 AM Christian Weichelt Christian Weichelt  says:

Michael, thanks for raising an interesting topic. I'd like to stress one of the points you make: given the complexity of IT portfolios and the dynamics of their development it's hard for the IT organization to stay on top of what applications they have and why they have it. A study that we ran last year with Nucleus came  to the conclusion that decision makers in IT on average have to work with information that is 14 months old and only 55% accurate. And it's even harder to see the business story behind each IT investment, because often enough the link is not made. Only then one can tell what makes sense from a business perspective when modernizing IT.

Aug 16, 2012 1:44 PM Tyler Frieling Tyler Frieling  says:
Great article. Speaking from experience I agree with the pressure and pain points as well as the importance of taking an system inventory and executing a rating and scoring process against the list. The HP solution is enticing. We (Kapow Software) solve many of problems related to mobile-enablement and application migration. Readers might want to review our features to deem if we can help in a mobile-enablement or modernisation endeavor. Reply

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