Revisiting modernization: the answer for successful cloud adoption

By | 3 minute read | June 1, 2020

Across all geographies, businesses are moving to cloud, but the important point that they need to keep in mind is that cloud adoption is not an infrastructure play but instead an application transformation journey. You’ll need to modify monolithic legacy applications and business systems all while making smart choices among the seemingly bewildering variety of cloud platforms, services and benefits.

And while demanding, this transition will offer you a unique opportunity to question and revisit the way you are doing business today.

The technology question

Your business likely has legacy applications — the nucleus of operations for most corporations — and the new ideas that you are shaping up. Both should be on cloud. The legacies need to be changed, while the new ideas need to be built for holistic co-existence.

As you transform or build, you can opt for concepts that are in vogue or adopt new technological and infrastructural patterns. Take, for an example, a system that we here at  Tata Consultancy Services are developing using microservices with polyglots. We are benefitting from the use of containers in a cloud vendor neutral mode coupled with microservices. We are also considering fostering serverless to reap those benefits.

For this project, we are focused on finding the right combination of technologies that fit today’s purpose while being easy to change later. Technology is growing at an ever-increasing, exponential speed, and change is inevitable in the near future.

The revenue question

Business is ever evolving, and enterprises should be constantly thinking of new ideas for revenue generation. What are some concepts you should consider?

  • Monetize every service as it is exposed — enterprises are a plethora of information
  • Take advantage of an API ecosystem
  • Use analytics to identify new business opportunities and operational efficiencies
  • Adopt cloud native services to such an advanced extent that the profits are realized quickly and steadily with a shorter time to market
  • Focus on creating a digital ecosystem that will be extendable as newer architectural principles are embraced

Ideas that generate revenue from your core business concepts and expertise should be founded on a strong modern technological base. At the same time, I recommend that enterprises should not focus solely on modernizing. This should be a parallel activity.

You should be implementing new line of thoughts, generating revenue, making profits and modernizing your legacy applications simultaneously.

Implementation questions

While determining your cloud migration strategy, there are several other choices that you’ll need to make:

  • How do you modernize business-critical applications during the cloud migration or modernization journey?
  • What’s the best way to manage integrations and reporting in a cloud architecture?
  • Where should you focus deployment of modernized applications for a quicker ROI?
  • What kind of cloud platform should you choose — SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, private cloud or a hybrid cloud including on-premise enterprise systems?

The way ahead

TCS and IBM believe that this cloud migration journey is not a simple “lift and shift,” but it is instead a lift, modernize and adopt strategy. The important part in this process is the time and speed of innovation and execution. And accelerators help you and your customers make the decision faster.

Similarly, joint services, such as the TCS Intelligent Cloud Migration Continuum (TCS iCMC), can speed enterprises along the “migration-modernization continuum.” TCS iCMC acts as an automated accelerator service to plot your cloud adoption strategy. The solution provides a rules-driven decision-making process that can be aligned to your enterprise-level guiding principles while also considering industry migration trends. These services combine leading-edge technology, future-state cloud architecture from IBM, business innovation aspects and operational agility.

As a cloud vendor, IBM brings the end-to-end offerings that will empower you to approach the cloud migration journey with a different thought process. Both the IBM® Cloud® Transformation Advisor and IBM Cloud Pak® offerings can facilitate your cloud migration while keeping modernization aspects in mind.

Finally, TCS and IBM jointly created the Modernization Propeller, which offers an industry specific microservices catalog.

By remaining aware of these various factors and pursuing a holistic modernization strategy, your business will be better equipped to make the right choices on the road to cloud. And as we continue to help our customers throughout their application transformation journey, we will take advantage of our partnership with IBM.

IBM is constantly evolving and innovating, and it is currently focusing heavily on quantum computing and edge computing — which will be the the next paradigm to reshape our businesses.