Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

20th Century Fox delivers IT at the pace of business with converged cloud

“Tomorrow the sun would rise. Who knows what the tide could bring,” was the ending quote from actor Tom Hanks in a video shown before the 20th Century Fox (Fox) keynote by Exec VP and CIO, John Herbert at HP Discover in Barcelona. Herbert also oversees the Shared Service Group, which provides infrastructure shared services and corporate application support for multiple business units. Fox’s business has undergone a transformation – from physical to digital distribution, film to digital cinema, tape delivery to digital file delivery. This has driven Fox’s IT environment to go through a transformation of its own – to deliver at the pace of business. Let’s see how:

Transforming from the landscape of applications to the cloudscape of services

Cloudscape is a new word I came across in this HP newsletter on evolving to the New Style of IT (featuring Gartner research.) The newsletter asserts that the Cloud may not be the right answer for all the scenarios enterprises encounter in their transformation journey. Cloudscape represents a well-defined fabric of applications, solutions, and service providers across the right mix of cloud environments. To realize the full potential of the Cloudscape, enterprises must address key questions raised in this paper.

Ten Commandments for Transforming to Cloud

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?

Modernize the application, but retain the expertise

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.

Transforming to newer frontiers at HP Discover with fellow bloggers

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.

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