Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Agile Computing, @DXWorldExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Value of Unlocking Legacy Applications | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics

For many state & federal agencies, the data & the processes associated with legacy applications take on a similar rarified value

The Value of Unlocking Legacy Applications
By Craig Marble, Sr. Director, Legacy Modernization Services, Astadia

There's an impulse to roll one's eyes and think of legacy applications as problematic, almost by definition. They're old, and they may run on hardware that's slower or more difficult to maintain. But in many instances, that's too simplistic an assessment. Would you respond the same way to an older bottle of a Grand Cru Bordeaux?

For many state and federal agencies, the data and the processes associated with legacy applications take on a similar rarified value. There may be years of insights bound up in that older database, processes that have been tried, tested and streamlined over years of use. That data and those processes may be an essential part of what enables an agency to meet its stakeholder needs. Rather than viewing it as a creaky old system that should be replaced, it's worth looking instead at modernizing how users interact with it.

What do I mean by this? Let's say a legacy application has for years been tracking and managing configuration and repair histories for an aging line of small naval vessels. What if the service members responsible for ship repair could now point a cell phone camera at a component on the vessel that has been misbehaving and instantly pull the service history of that component from the data center? Legacy applications don't need to be rewritten from scratch to enable this kind of real-time recognition and remote data retrieval. It works because the way users interact with the existing data and processes has been modernized.

In this instance, the technician might be using a phone or some other device (think along the lines of HoloLens technology) that could capture visual information on site. The device would transmit the information about the component to a cloud-based application that would interpret the image data and formulate a query based upon needs. The cloud application would query the legacy application, gather a response and then provide the technician with the information required in a useful format - a schematic diagram, a repair history or procedure or whatever had been requested.

There are clear advantages to a modernization strategy of this kind. An agency can continue to derive value from the investments already made in data and processes. At the same time, more modern innovations can help expedite resolution. In the example of the component repair on a naval vessel, a technician might be able to identify a problematic component, pull all the information from the legacy app required to repair it and get it up and running again within moments. Previously such a repair might have been more costly and time consuming.

Modernization is not limited to adding an image capture system, either. Modernization can take many forms, and that's part of what makes it so exciting. An emergency management agency, for example, might pull data from a legacy application into a cloud-based virtual reality app that can show first responders where water pipes or electrical lines should be in a neighborhood that has been ravaged by an earthquake or flood. Thinking about how legacy applications can be modernized (rather than rewritten), sparks innovation and formulation of new ways of interacting with constituents or new ways of capitalizing on those assets to add value.

In this way, modernizing a legacy system can save significant amounts of money, even as it reduces the risks that always accompany a large system rewrite. But those reductions are not the best reasons to look at modernization. Better reasons focus on the ability to incorporate innovation while building on the assets already in place. An agency's IT organization can play more of a consulting role. It can implement new ways to meet the needs of stakeholders - both inside and outside the agency - who can benefit from interacting with existing information and processes.

As first published in GCN.

###

Craig Marble is the senior director of Astadia's legacy modernization practice. Craig has spent over twenty five years in the information technology industry, most of which has been focused on legacy modernization projects. For more information about Astadia, a premier cloud consultancy for businesses expanding to the cloud, visit http://www.astadia.com and follow Astadia at @AstadiaInc, Facebook/AstadiaInc and LinkedIn/Astadia. For more on legacy modernization, visit www.astadia.com/insights/.

More Stories By Astadia CloudGPS

Astadia is a premier technology services consultancy for businesses expanding to the cloud. We bring industry insights and a keen eye for our clients’ bottom line that makes us an ideal and trusted partner for responding to business and technology change.

CloudEXPO Stories
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage of data and analytics in the cloud, Architecture, integration, governance and security scenarios and Key challenges and success factors of moving data and analytics to the cloud
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value extensible storage infrastructure has in accelerating software development activities, improve code quality, reveal multiple deployment options through automated testing, and support continuous integration efforts. All this will be described using tools common in DevOps organizations.
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.