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Application modernization

I've mentioned before the importance of application portfolio management and apps modernization in general. Recently, Steve Woods from HP wrote a very visual article on how tools can facilitate modernization activities. This kind of portfolio analysis can create an informative visualization of legacy source code, revealing patterns of similarity, uncovering the unintended patterns and relationships that develop over time during the maintenance process. Take a look at the article and it might help you think about the problem differently.

Today is Cyber Monday

Somehow I've not really heard about Cyber Monday before this year, or maybe I just forgot since last year's retail holiday season was so dismal. Cyber Monday is the term for the Monday immediately following Black Friday. It's been around since 2005 and appears to be more of a marketing term than a reality -- as the busiest shopping day of the year. Some people say that Cyber Monday will catch up with Black Friday, but I doubt it, since Black Friday is as much a sport as it is shopping - sometimes a full contact sport at that. There is some difference of opinion about when it is though, since in the UK it is the first Monday of December.

With the recovery starting it will be interesting to see how the numbers pan out this year, since expectations are high. Retail organization's IT systems will be put to the test so it hopefully we'll not see too many IT system meltdowns, like they have in the past.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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