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Applications are like Cars: Nadhan’s Top 5 similarities

As [Gartner’s] Duggan says, once any application hits production it is instantly labeled "legacy".  I immediately thought about new cars and their similarities with applications.  As soon as you drive a new car off the lot, it loses half its value.  It is an expensive purchase that will require attention and maintenance to be eventually replaced with a newer, improved version that better meets your current needs.

 

Here are the top 5 similarities I see between applications and new cars:

Portfolio of Cars

 

Instant Obsolescence.  Even in the first minute of the application in production, the next generation of features is evolving across the Applications Development life cycle.  Obsolescence sets in the minute the application (car) hits production (the road). 

 

Information Superhighway.  Introduction of an application into the network is like adding another car into the constantly moving traffic.  The concept of a stand-alone application is a rare phenomenon.  New applications (cars) trigger new interfaces (traffic) that entail data exchange through various channels (highways and side-roads) and formats (traffic regulations).  This has a cascading impact on the state of other applications (cars) across the extended enterprise (roads).

 

Changing Requirements. Fresh out of college, you get a sports convertible.  Lifestyle changes result in a graduation to a sedan leading up to a family oriented vehicle like a minivan after which you settle down for a low-maintenance easy-to-use vehicle.  In other words, application (vehicle) requirements continue to change. 

 

TLC.  Applications consume resources -- disk space gets consumed, code segments are executed repeatedly multiple times, varying transaction loads are pumped through the guts -- all leading up to continued wear and tear and exposure to scenarios that may not have been addressed during development.  Cars are no different.  Different components (parts) have a projected lifespan needing tender, loving care for continued functioning.

 

Antique Value. Some cars stand the test of time and continue to make a statement about a point in time that oneAntique Car recalls with fond memories.  Think of those code editors that UNIX developers used -- vi or emacs editors -- which may still score high in many developers' minds.  Welcome to the Applications Antique Car show of sorts where you can witness a parade of applications (cars) that served a useful purpose once upon a time (Model-T).

 

If an application within an enterprise is like a car, the corresponding business and IT teams are the family using the car. Don't you continue to buy cars with new and improved cars functionality each time?  Or in other words, modernize it?  Is such transformation a journey or a destination?

 

Also, what could be another name for car rentals or hailing a taxi?  CaaS - Cars as a service? 

 

If you’re ready to upgrade your car, HP probably can’t help but if you want to learn more about Application Transformation solutions, check out these resources:

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Mike Keohan | ‎10-10-2012 03:37 AM

Similar to the first similarities : "Instant Obsolescence", I would add, Todays new feature is tomorrows standard requirement.

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