5 Tips to Successfully Plan for IT Modernization

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Implement in Phases and Select the Right Partner

When the organization seeks a partner to modernize their application infrastructure, it's important to scope the entire project and implement in phases. It's understood that an organization is not going to move everything from their legacy infrastructure to their new private cloud from the start. Instead, they should first build an implementation for a few specific applications, projects and teams. Identify those teams that would benefit most from the agility provided by these new processes, then use this as a model going forward. It is also important to NOT try to use legacy infrastructure to build and support these new applications.

Legacy infrastructure typically lacks the right architectural components, APIs and service automation capabilities to make these initial implementations successful. That is where selecting the right technology partner is critical. It's important that the solution provider can ensure success in the initial deployments and once these initial projects have been proven, then work with you to expand to other initiatives based on business priorities and costs.

At this point, the focus can shift to scaling these services, adding new applications as well as migrating existing applications from legacy infrastructure when it makes sense to do so. As always, this is not a one-size-fits-all strategy, but when implemented in phases with the right partner, you should be able to gain measurable benefits for your application modernization initiative.

Today's IT leaders are not the same as yesterday’s. As more economic activity continues to take place digitally, IT departments are faced with more challenges every day. Not only are CIOs and IT decision makers being tasked to take on a multitude of ambitious strategies to transform the digital enterprise, but they are also expected to execute against their everyday demands – overseeing company computer operations; supervising information system and communications networks; and addressing policies, governance, compliance and security, just to name a few.

One strategy that will help drive real business growth and strategy across multiple departments, and free up the IT department to focus on the bigger picture, is IT modernization. And it's something that a lot of enterprises are considering – in fact, 70 percent of enterprises consider data center and application modernization a top priority for their business.

In this slideshow, Mark Lewis, CEO of Formation Data Systems, distills the top five things IT leaders should prioritize in order to make IT modernization a reality. The key to successful IT modernization includes proper planning, alignment with current and future goals and objectives, understanding vulnerabilities, and finding the right partner in order to facilitate implementation.


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