Luc Vogeleer, Chief Technologist, HP and Tom Hall, WW Product Market Manager, HP are presenting their version of the Top 10 Best Practices learned from customer projects in their HP Discover 2013 session DT2883 Application Transformation in Preparation for Cloud. I’m going to come at this with a slightly different take — the Top 10 Commandments for enterprises looking to transform applications in preparation for the cloud. What say you?
Modernization of legacy mainframe applications has been progressing for years. Enterprises take strategic steps to modernize, driven by key business drivers and financial benefits. However, the applications on a modernized platform still require the basic, time-tested skills of software engineering and system architecture. Those same skills laid the foundation for software development at the dawn of IT. When enterprises modernize applications, they should not lose sight of these basic skills. In other words, technology must be modernized while preserving the art of software engineering.
I looked forward to hosting my first blogger Coffee Talk at HP Discover. I was eager when I chose the topic of Transforming Applications to new Frontiers. As I outlined in an introductory post, over the years, Applications Transformation methodology has reached a steady state. But today we are in a world where there are several more options available to us, and we need to synthesize those in a systemic manner. So, what is different about Applications Transformation going forward? This set the stage for the discussion.
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.
I am heading out to HP Discover conference in Frankfurt wearing multiple hats. As an HP Distinguished Technologist, I am always interested to learn about emerging technologies from HP Software and innovative solutions from HP Labs. As an HP Cloud Advisor, I look forward to thought-leading sessions on HP's Converged Cloud solutions as well as interacting with various thought leaders in this space—such as HP blogger Christian Verstraete. And last, but not least, I look forward to meeting you—my fellow bloggers at this conference—in person! But, hold on—I’m not only meeting you. I’m actually conducting a Coffee Talk with the bloggers at the HP Conference on a topic near and dear to my heart—Transforming Applications to New Frontiers.