New pathways to the modern enterprise
If you work within IT for a midsize to large business, you’ve probably struggled now and then -- if not daily -- to make sense of the diverse technologies maintained by your department. A mix of hardware, old and new, and a wide variety of software applications, old and new, form a virtual landscape of technical challenges. Maybe you’ve met some of these challenges with creative bridges from one system to another, or maybe you’ve worked with teams of engineers who have risen to the occasion.
You might also be aware that there’s much more information, somewhere in the decades old mix of technology, that could benefit the business. But for now the bridges are working, the patches are manageable, and your current project has got most of your attention anyway. Still, what if ... ?
In a new paper by IBM Rational director Ashok Reddy begins by acknowledging this common situation: “Organizations find themselves with an incredibly diverse and evolving set of contributors distributed across geographies and generations with different skills, needs, and expectations. Furthermore, new technologies continue to emerge at an increasing pace.”
If your organization is considering ways to modernize existing applications, processes, and development infrastructure, actually knowing where to start can be a separate challenge in itself. Ashok’s paper makes it clear that there is no ONE place to begin. Enterprise modernization doesn’t simply mean updating your mainframe and core software applications. EM is also about “distributed applications written in Java™, Microsoft VisualBasic, C, C++, C#, PHP, and more. It’s about open source, Blackberries, iPhones, outsourcing, process improvement, and finding the right combination of assets to ensure that the technology ... can support the vast sea of challenges that businesses are confronted with.”
He offers a number of strategies, one of which may be right for your own team. Application Portfolio Management, for example, can be one great on-ramp to a broader EM plan; we’ll have more on APM soon, but for now this paper offers an introduction to the technique.
Find this paper here or visit the following page: ibm.
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