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The business is asking for Modernization? FINALLY!

mobile apps world.jpgBy:  John Bennett, WW Transformation Consulting and Applications Modernization Marketing Manager, Hewlett Packard Company

 

One of the classic challenges for IT executives raising the issues of transformation and modernization is that the business usually says “not interested.”  Or … “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”  IT leaders are often sent off on a rock fetch exercise, building a business case much more detailed than required for other significant strategic business programs.  The result: their ability to serve the business is hobbled by the legacy applications and infrastructure, the string and wax and the sweat and tears which keep IT running.

 

That appears to be changing, as surveyed and reported by Forrester Consulting in this new thought leadership paper, “Application Modernization is King, and Mobile Is The Heir Apparent.”[1]  The research shows that:

 

Business and IT leaders want lean, rationalized portfolios.  Application modernization takes top honors in this survey because business leaders can’t get new innovative products to market – in large part because their existing applications and processes slow them down. Successful firms will rationalize redundant, obsolete, hard-to-integrate applications from their portfolios to enable innovation. They’ll modernize the rest by leveraging successful cloud and mobile strategies for today’s needs, and build a solid technology base for tomorrow.”

 

What is this conclusion based on?  81% of the respondents said that business leaders are demanding the modernization of existing business/customer facing applications and their ecosystems (see Figure 1 in the white paper).  Second to that was business leaders driving them to integrate their business applications with mobile applications, along with developing new mobile applications.

 

I found it interesting that more IT leaders were being pressured to modernize and integrate, rather than develop new mobile apps.  I guess the business leaders are finally waking up to the fact that their strategic initiatives in areas like mobility, social media, big data, enabling employees and customers alike with capabilities integrated into their back end systems means they need to invest in IT strategically … to transform it, modernize it where necessary, and make it an effective enabler of the business.

 

You’ll find this study documents more issues and findings around these topics, with Forrester finally recommending that IT leaders:

 

  • “Stop thinking in short-term solutions; they simply add more long term technical debt.
  • Create a modern business case to make modernization appealing to the business.
  • Use application assessments to guide modernization and cloud migrations.
  • Partner for success – do not attempt portfolio modernization on your own.”

 

 

 

References

[1] “Application Modernization is King, and Mobile Is The Heir Apparent,” a Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper commissioned by Hewlett Packard, May 2013.

 

 

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About the author

 

John Bennett Photo - cropped.jpgJohn Bennett, WW Transformation Consulting and Applications Modernization Marketing Manager, Hewlett Packard Company

John has been with HP for over 30 years.  He is responsible for pan-HP Enterprise Services Applications Modernization and Transformation Consulting Services marketing.  Before joining HP Enterprise Services, John led the development and marketing of the HP Data Center Transformation Solution.  Based in Massachusetts, he has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Clark University.



[1] “Application Modernization is King, and Mobile Is The Heir Apparent,” a Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper commissioned by Hewlett Packard, May 2013.

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