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Simulate the Future of a Business-Driven IT

By:  Daniel Amor, EMEA Lead for Application Modernisation, Hewlett Packard Company


The HP Application Transformation Workshop has been upgraded to version 5.0 at HP Discover in Barcelona this year to shift the focus towards mobility and cloud. These are the areas where applications will play a more important role in the years to come and the executive teams at our customers want to understand the impact in more details now.


The HP Applications Transformation Experience workshop is unique, hands-on, and practical. It can help you clarify basic business questions such as:

  • What is your current situation? - Develop a clear understanding of your business drivers, challenges, and ongoing initiatives to modernize.
  • What will your transformation journey look like? - Walk through a large applications transformation program by looking at critical success factors and best practices from successful client projects.
  • What can be achieved in business terms? - Discuss value contribution and issues, possible solutions, and achievements.
  • How do you develop a roadmap? - Gain a clear understanding of typical modernization methods; discuss sample business cases and return on investment (ROI) models.

 roadmap.pngSo what's new in Version 5.0?  A lot has changed, all of the panels have been designed from scratch, although the approach has stayed the same:

  1. Preparing the workshop by conducting customer intervews.
  2. Customising the workshop with the customer-specific aspects.
  3. Run the workshop with three parts: Setting the Scene (current and future state), Transformation Solution (what would the company look like in the future and what would need to have happened in order to get there) and finally the roadmap with customer-specific action items.
  4. The report which helps our customers to take the next steps.

Here is a short overview on panels that are now part of the version 5.0:

  1. Setting the Scene - Understanding the current situation, summarised from the interviews and agreeing on a future state.
  2. Business Context - Before getting into the actual transformation, a discussion around the business context needs to happen with the full team (both for IT and the business participants).
  3. Expose a realistic as-is state - Talking the customer on a simulated transformation needs to start with understanding on what is there already. Best-practices and examples will be used to

    provide insights on how to gather information on the current state of affairs with regards to applications.
  4. Architecture - The architecture methodology is an established approach on designing the future state. Here we provide insights on building architectures for our clients and what kind of best practices can be used to short-cut the process.
  5. Transform - Once the future state has been defined, we speak about our experience in transforming large estates of applications using tools and methods, and how that could be applied to the customer situation in the business context discussed earlier.
  6. Managing the transformation - The transformation does not stop with the move to a new environment, but is an ongoing programme that needs to be managed properly. A strong focus is given here on the people and process perspective.
  7. End-to-End Application Lifecycle - Part of the ongoing management is ensuring quality in delivering updates to processes and technologies. Here we discuss on how that could be achieved best for a given customer situation.
  8. Outcomes that matter - The underlying driver for the transformation needs to be a business case. Here we discuss relevant example business cases and how a specific business for a customer can be developed to create a sustainable transformation programme.
  9. Roadmap - Discuss example roadmaps and how that knowledge could be applied to the customer situation.

More information can be found in the embedded video, where I discuss the workshop in more detail. If you are interested, please talk to your local HP representative.


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danielamor2.jpgDaniel Amor, EMEA Lead for Application Modernisation, Hewlett Packard Company

Daniel’s expertise includes Applications Modernisation (AMod), Cloud, Portals, Web Apps and the SOA domain. He has designed and led the implementation of large-scale, complex applications-related projects with clients throughout Europe. Daniel has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry and is the author of six books and numerous articles in European and US-based publications on IT change. More information about Daniel can be found at

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