When you begin an application modernization journey, your enterprise’s applications transformation program must define the destination and be able to identify your position at any point in time. It’s important for enterprises to continually “check-in” with themselves on their transformation roadmap to gauge progress and determine the optimal path going forward.
This process is not unlike the steps we go through when taking a personal road trip or journey. The Global Positioning System (GPS) in our vehicle determines where we are located (current state), the optimal path based on its settings (strategy) and then offers the path to get to the destination (future state) interspersing key milestones. Once on course, the GPS reminds us where we are, re-charting the course if needed.
The GPS may be new but the concept of man embarking on a journey while continuously repositioning himself dates back to the roots of civilization. Natural phenomena like planetary configurations and astronomical constellations are foundational concepts used to position ourselves as Planet Earth.
We use various types of GPSs in our daily lives as well. Let us see how:
1. The Parental GPS. We receive guidance from parents. This is symbolic of the respect one has for the experience of others who have tread the course before us. We look to learn from their experiences. The technologies might have changed but some of the fundamental concepts still stay put. “Things like virtual machines, hypervisors, thin clients, and swapping are all old hat to the mainframe generation,”, states NASA CIO Linda Cureton in her recent post. We have checkpoints at strategic milestones in life – the first college application, the wedding proposal etc. just like we would have checkpoints when migrating off the last mainframe like NASA did or introducing the Performance Optimized Data Center like the City and County of El Paso, Texas did.
2. The Educational GPS. The cliché ” “You learn something new every day” comes to mind. We learn about the world around us with a goal to define our place in it, taking tips from the high school guidance counselor, the research assistant in college and mentors in the workplace. Enterprises need to do this as well whether it is learning about the introduction of the first Cloud Technical Standard or the fact that you could modernize your brick and mortar infrastructure to the HP Performance Optimized Data Center (POD).
3. The Medical GPS. We seek medical advice from doctors. We seek validation, hence the annual health checks. Corporate offerings tend to be labeled "health checks," which is symptomatic of this syndrome. Enterprises need to keep a constant tab on the overall IT performance across its project portfolio. The health of the ongoing projects has significant impact on the overall transformation program. Coming back to our own journey on the road, think about all the gauges that we have for fuel, RPM, temperature, etc. that require us to take a detour before steering back into the mainstream.
4. The Financial GPS. Making the business case for the investment needed for the overall Transformation Program is essential – just like we would work, in our personal lives, to identify various investment strategies in line with our goals. If investments go south, we make corrections, just like taking a second look at projects that don’t realize the projected gains.
5. The Technological GPS. If you think tweeting is the lively chirp of the swallow at dawn, you are in serious need of a course correction by the Technological GPS. Just when IT thinks it can sit down, relax and enjoy the remaining portion of the ride, the next technological paradigm shift knocks on the door. This requires IT to get a deeper understanding of newer technological options available that need to be given due consideration as alternatives to existing solutions. Legacy mainframe applications require mobile interfaces too. What would your modernization strategy be? Your Technological GPS should give you this answer.
When it comes to the Applications Transformation program for your enterprise, you are likely to have a gut feel for the right thing to do. You may already have a well-defined strategy in place. Or, you may be in a perceived state of chaos (Hope not!). Regardless of your specific scenario, you need an Enterprise GPS to collectively address the various facets outlined above as part of the transformation program.
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