For those of you tracking ‘all things cloud’, no doubt you’ve seen articles by one of our Knowledge Matters community members, E.G. Nadhan, Distinguished Technologist as he covers key cloud topics like Cloud Transformation Bill of Rights , Moving the House that IT Built to Cloud Computing and adopting the first technical standard for Cloud Computing.
But if you are like me and juggling too many things, you might have missed his excellent blog post on architecting your enterprise for cloud computing and a video recorded by Michael Smith, Global Chief Technologist, HP Applications Modernization.
Michael sat down and captured his thoughts on why it is essential to have a well-defined enterprise architecture as a solid foundation for cloud-based initiatives which can truly enable effective alignment between business and IT. He noted that the siloed applications approach has previously held back enterprise architectures and sometimes relegated them to gathering dust on the shelf. With our evolution to a ‘services world’ (and the need to expose apps internally as well as to clients and partners) combined with the emergence of cloud, we’ve finally put the key in the lock to drive the promised improvements.
But what do we do with the elephant in the room, i.e. legacy apps and the resulting great piles of legacy code? As Michael points out, it starts with an assessment and the categorization of code into four main buckets. Wondering what these our steps are? Take a look at this short video about the logical first steps of assessment that can help you drive towards your roadmap to success.
This blog post is one more in our Knowledge Matters program for cloud. Check out Building a house or moving apps to the cloud: Start with a good foundation , as Tom Hall kicked off our series with a blog on developing a cloud application strategy. In upcoming articles, we’ll talk about key cloud topics such as the relationship between SOA and cloud, avoiding vendor lock-in, measuring your cloud applications maturity… and much more. And we’d love to hear from you about hot topics on your mind.