In the fast lane: Meeting the challenges of modernization

By | 4 minute read | October 16, 2020

The events of 2020 have increased the need for organizations to pivot to meet the growing demands resulting from remote work and digital transformation. Use of applications continues to rise. According to IDC, by 2023, over 500 million digital apps and services will be developed and deployed using cloud-native approaches.[1] With the increase in applications, the cost of maintaining and managing them is skyrocketing.

Cloud computing architectures, legacy systems, compliance and security concerns are just some of the challenges that we hear customers talk about. Addressing these challenges isn’t simple. Organizations likely need to modernize, while also running their day-to-day operations.

The challenges of modernization

Making a fresh start simply isn’t realistic for most enterprises as they struggle with how to effectively engage, sell to and support customers. At the same time, the pressures of having to plan and operate in ever-changing market conditions, while prioritizing decisions around immediate cost reductions, yet still investing to emerge stronger in the new normal create dramatic and unforeseen challenges.

Technology is constantly evolving—the reality is that something that is leading-edge today may be obsolete tomorrow. Operating in this environment requires modernization and agility, and while many organizations have been on a journey to transform aspects of their businesses to better operate in an increasingly digital world, most are struggling. According to an Everest Group study, 73% of companies fail at digital transformation.[2] At the same time, over 75% of surveyed decision makers in a Forrester Study acknowledged that further digital transformation would require a fundamental shift in how work is done.[3].

When modernizing, businesses are dealing with complex application and data architectures and integrations; security; culture and skills transformation; and the need for flexibility and vendor choice. They need to make sure that they are functioning with up-to-date technology standards while maintaining compliance with the latest requirements of their industry.

Managing cloud sprawl

As more and more companies move to the cloud, the amount of issues and pain points directly related to cloud computing architecture increases. C-level executives are increasingly frustrated when trying to cope with the multiple applications and cloud services within their organizations. This cloud sprawl is costly. According to McKinsey, companies estimate that 30% of their outlays on cloud spending are wasted. [4]

And, the problem isn’t going away – 47% of companies expect to increase cloud spend in 2021.[5] The rise of cloud services is shifting the way companies do business. IT managers and executives alike find their company’s cloud computing architecture growing beyond their control. Others are still struggling to sift through the hundreds (if not thousands) of providers to find the right partner.

A modernization story

TxMQ has seen over 40 years of technological evolution in the applications and computing infrastructure businesses that consumers rely on. Technology never stands still, and no two organizations are alike in their preferences and goals.

Clients are trying to address issues with application integration sprawl, and data complexities, whether driven by crisis or meeting future goals, there’s opportunity for innovation and digital transformation.

That’s how we came to develop TxMQ’s QConsole. Our customer, a global manufacturer, had a utility they’d written for managing their IBM MQ infrastructure. The application had been written for Apache Beehive on Java 6, and was bound to an older and no longer supported version of Oracle WebLogic. TxMQ worked with the customer to identify Spring Boot and Angular as the target platform. We migrated the application logic and data scheme to Spring Boot and Hibernate, designed and implemented a REST API to expose that logic and replaced the existing client code with a new Angular application built from the ground up. The resulting application is designed to be easier to maintain and deploy on supported software components. The application has taken a leap forward in usability making it easier to add new features.

Our partnership with IBM

TxMQ may have its roots in the early days of mainframe computing, but we’ve always been on top of the latest technical innovations and industry trends. We’ve helped many of our customers migrate infrastructure and applications to new modern technology platforms and cloud-centric deployments.

Our business has expanded to include support for customers of all sizes, and regardless of their technology platform. As we work with them, we’ve seen the importance of making sure we include flexibility, vendor choice, and open standards.

IBM’s commitment to a hybrid cloud strategy makes them the right partner for helping our customers. We have more than 40 years of experience working with IBM, and like IBM, our business has changed and evolved over the years.

Chuck Fried, President and CEO of TxMQ says “While we work with a large array of technology companies, our partnership with IBM remains first and foremost, and among the strongest working relationship we have with any of our partners. We look forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring”.

Today, we are proud to be an IBM Business Partner.

Our deep industry experience and subject matter experts are available to help solve your most complex challenges. We deliver solutions and innovations to do business in an ever-changing world, helping guide and support your organization through the digital transformation journey. Learn more at TxMQ.

IBM has more on this topic on Seismic; you’ll find tailor-made resources developed to help drive innovation and shape your journey to hybrid cloud.

 

 

Sources:

[1] Business Wire. IDC FutureScape Outlines the Impact “Digital Supremacy” Will Have on Enterprise Transformation and the IT Industry. 29 October 2019. www.businesswire.com

[2] Everest Group. Digital Services Annual Report 2018: Future Operating Model to Scale Digital. www.everestgroup.com. Accessed October 2020.

[3] Forrester Consulting. The Future Of Work Is Now: Build Resiliency And Adaptability With Automation And AI. April 2020. “The Future of Work is Now”

[4] McKinsey & Company. “Making the Cloud Pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud”. October 2020. www.mckinsey.com

[5] McKinsey & Company. “Making the Cloud Pay: How industrial companies can accelerate impact from the cloud”. October 2020. www.mckinsey.com

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