In her HP Discover keynote, HP CEO Meg Whitman explained a new, emerging style of IT. I kept this in mind when I walked into a session entitled: Application Transformation— the future will not be like the past (#TK12127) led byPaul Evans and Silvia Vigant. Evans characterized the changing landscape of applications for today's business from traditional Systems of Record to the disruptive Systems of Engagement. Both need to co-exist—just like the city of Frankfurt did it for me at the conference. What struck me was how well the applications transformation approach outlined in this session mapped to the new style of IT characterized by simplicity, agility, speed and cost.
In a landscape replete with redundancy and a myriad set of platforms and technologies, applications exhibit multiple personalities. Tools can simplify how we address this complex environment. The Applications Portfolio Management tool identifies the rationalization opportunities. The Visual Intelligence tools identify the root causes of application complexity while projecting the code that matters. You get a higher Return on Information, when you are using data that matters. And you can also realize a Return on Transformation, when you are using code that matters.
Applications Transformation is an art. It is not a one-size-fits-all situation when transforming to the cloud. Some applications continue to reside in their traditional environment or the private cloud. Others are deployed in the public cloud, and even others are best deployed in a managed cloud environment. The art of Applications Transformation lies in being agile enough to accommodate these choices while converging to a cohesive mix of environments.
Mobility has redefined user experience with game-changing Systems of Engagement. User experiences are determined quickly. To meet user expectations, the interface must not only add value, but also be enjoyable, easy-to-use, and easy-to-understand. Speed is a common denominator. There was also a Mobile App Development and Integration approach discussed in this session. For Systems of Engagement this approach showed a reduction in the time-to-order from 5 days to 3 hours!
Throughout the session, cost was an implicit consideration. Evans outlined the approach to the transformation of traditional System of Record applications, driven by requirements to reduce the maintenance cost. Also, the approach and case study that Evans walked through for Systems of Engagement resulted in a cost-of-sale reduction of $1m/yr.
It was obvious: Whitman's New Style of IT maps very well to this approach to Applications Transformation.
It is a new style of Applications Transformation—a style that:
- Creates a new end-user experience
- Is a source of differentiation for an enterprise
- Realizes growth, while reducing cost with simple solutions.
Enterprises can now differentiate themselves, not only by transforming applications, but also in how they actually go through the transformation process. Simply put: how an enterprise transforms applications can impact what they transform to and when.
How has the new style of IT affected your enterprise? What is your style of Applications Transformation? Do you have a Transformation GPS for your journey? Please let me know.