If you’re contemplating moving your applications to the cloud or are in midstream, you may also be asking what about having the right enterprise architecture in place and what do I do with the piles of legacy code? Michael Smith, Global Chief Technologist, HP Applications Modernization, shares his insight in his recent video.
I’m frequently asked “What’s the best first step?” when clients want to build a plan to bring their applications to the cloud. It’s a tricky question to answer because it depends on their starting point or how advanced their organization is regarding apps readiness for the cloud. However, regardless of starting point, what we usually agree upon is that it’s like the architecture of a house - you need to build a good plan, a good foundation, if you want to be successful in moving apps to the cloud (or building a house to survive the storms through the years)!
A barren patch of land outside my hotel at the HP Discover conference reminds me of how the city started many years back. If you were the CIO of Las Vegas at that time, you would have had all the flexibility to evolve this stretch of land into what it is today. Not so today. Welcome to reality. Suddenly, you are faced with a labyrinth of casinos and other supporting infrastructure that takes up every inch of space -- except for the accidental patch of barren land in front of my hotel. Enterprises are like Vegas -- with existing investments, legacy infrastructure and an endless maze of applications. Enterprises need to have in place a transformation strategy just like the city of Las Vegas