Monday, October 26, 2009

Application transformation targets enterprise bottom line with eye-popping ROI

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Is 80% of your IT spend committed to maintenance? Are inflexible and expensive legacy applications suffocating your innovation? Is the unprecedented economic climate demanding that you take a step back and ask, "Now what do we do?" If you're like many of us, you answer these questions with a resounding "YES". And you aim to do something about it by tackling one of the primary contributors to corporate lethargy... the legacy application.

In his introduction of a compelling series on "the how and why of transforming legacy enterprise applications," Dana Gardner hosts Paul Evans and Luc Vogeleer from HP's practices for Application Transformation and Modernization.

To whet our appetite, the gang speaks to a case study with the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research (MIUR). The case study explains how they were able to achieve significant ROI - millions of dollars in savings - in only 18 months by employing a multi-faceted strategy that takes a "very holistic approach and looks at the entire portfolio of applications." Depending on parameters such as the usage of the application, the business criticality, the frequency of changes, cost, complexity, etc, the team selects transformation targets and techniques that create quick wins - immediate benefit. And the "ROI and the benefits from those quick wins are immediately reinvested for continuing the transformation. So, transformation is not just one project. It's not just one shot. It's a continuous program over time, where all the legacy applications are progressively migrated into a more agile and cost-effective platform."

When it comes to large-scale transformation (or any large initiative for that matter), take note of the incremental approach focused on constant value creation.

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