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Architect your enterprise to transform to Cloud Computing

As I work on my 100th blog post, I cannot think of a better topic than what Michael Smith, Global Chief Technologist, Applications Modernization talks about in his video from HP Discover 2012 conference. Michael connects 2 of my favorite subject areas that I have been blogging about -- enterprise architecture and cloud computing -- in the context of applications modernization – another key area of interest for me.

 

Michael first lays the foundation characterizing enterprise architecture as exercises that gather dust on the shelves rather than being applied effectively across multiple environments – traditional or cloud-based. He attributes the "siloed" applications as being one of the contributing factors for this syndrome.

 

Michael then brings in the cloud as being a catalyst for change because these very applications have to be exposed in the services world we live in to various parties internal and external to the enterprise.

 

But that is easier said than done.

 

Enter the big elephant in the room -- legacy applications. These applications have to be selectively modernized to the cloud in order for the enterprise architecture to effectively give them the visibility they deserve.

 

Watch the video to see how Michael characterizes these legacy applications while they are assessed for their suitability to be transformed to the cloud.

 

As Michael makes these points, I circle back to some of the points I make in Cloud Transformation Bill of Rights and the Five Tips Enterprise Architects can take from the Winchester Mystery House. Also, while you are at it, you may want to consider adopting the first technical standard for Cloud Computing.

 

So, this is my 100th blog post. I’m wondering what I will be blogging about for the next 100 posts and whose video I will be watching to author my 200th post? I’m open to your ideas and suggestions. Please leave me a comment here or send me a message via Twitter  -  @NadhanAtHP.

 

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