5 ways to ensure your enterprise applications are ready for a multicloud world

Driving digital transformation and economies of scale with containerization and microservices

Digital transformation is creating a huge impact across enterprises, eliminating redundant, manual jobs and the hassles of paperwork. At the same time, the industrialization of technologies such as blockchain, microservices architectures, DevOps and the Internet of Things is massively streamlining business efficiencies across industries, reducing costs, increasing productivity and driving economies of scale along the way.

According to IDC, worldwide spending on digital transformation will be nearly $2 trillion in 2022. Here are five ways to modernize your applications to support DevOps methodology, multicloud environments and microservices architectures, all of which are at the core of digital transformation.

Respect the application layer

Enterprises must pay serious attention to the application layer to rebuild code using microservices architecture so they can provide an enhanced user experience. Containerization and microservices-based enterprise applications provide a means to access application solutions on numerous cloud platforms with varied deployment models

Integrate with a digital data lake

Digital transformation requires the ability of an application to have secure access to data of high quality and purpose. Even if an application has access to all the data it needs, that data often resides in a number of disparate data sources and often needs to be pulled together for analytical purposes – no small task. Having a view into a single data lake within an enterprise architecture provides standard and easy access to data.

Implement AI to make your data more accessible

Innovate while maintaining governance, agility and control of your hybrid cloud landscape

The purpose of a digitalization engagement model is to enhance the user experience. Users have traditionally been required to look at multiple sets of dashboards and reports to gain access to data insights, an often cumbersome and frustrating process. Using artificial intelligence services on the cloud, microservices-based analytical applications can discern which reporting tool a user is engaged with and generate dashboards on the same reporting tool.

Provide continuous application delivery

Multiple toolchains can be leveraged to build, deploy and manage applications to enhance the digital experience. An integration architecture provides a set of DevOps toolchains that deploy container-based workloads. Toolchain templates, automated build, test and deployment pipelines – along with integrated development toolkits – enable a seamless experience from code build-up to production deployments. This can be further enhanced by the addition of tools for collaboration, planning, source-code management and testing, providing a continuous delivery experience.

Manage your containers wisely

Container technology can be used to isolate each ecosystem hosting each application on a desired operating system. An orchestration service provides the necessary cluster and cloud infrastructure management to load-balance, scale and monitor the containers. These capabilities accelerate the journey to digital transformation by increasing development productivity, eliminating software dependencies and avoiding inconsistencies across different environments.

Learn more about modernizing your applications to increase agility.

Gautam Bhat, a senior technical staff member at IBM’s GTS Labs, contributed to this article.