It’s not necessarily for the reasons you think.
Let’s take a step back and take a high-level view and ask:
Who is driving Modernization and why?
Watch this short 4-minute video (and text) from the CTO of Deloitte, Bill Briggs. It paints an interesting picture of IT in the Enterprise.
He is right. The role of IT and the Business have merged.
The one thing that everybody agrees on is from a technology perspective is that more change is coming.
For years, IT has always had the philosophy that we have to speak the language of the business but now,
We’re at this interesting point in time where we’re flipping it into … business has to be tech savvy in a way they haven’t had to before.
This brings a different dynamic into play. The business, today, understands technology, how it works and what it can do. In many cases “the business” is more forward-thinking than IT.
This is, at the core, why there is a push for modernization and it is not going to slow down.
As an IBM i community, we have to embrace the change and learn as much as we can about new technologies that are being implemented at the enterprise level. Then partner with the business to demonstrate that the IBM i platform can provide the solutions they are looking for.
Legacy systems are not irrelevant in digital transformation. In fact, the data in them becomes your competitive advantage.
On to this weeks issue.
Imagine if there was a company that was “building a no code, metadata-driven enterprise application development environment” that could completely change Enterprise Software? Well, there is, and it’s roots come from JD Edwards.
As the lead story highlights. Consumers and businesses consumers are pushing modernization. “According to a global survey, 78% of consumers want to receive updates on the status of their orders when purchasing goods, and they won’t hesitate to switch brands if supply chain performance fails to meet their expectations.”
So, “it’s time to put your departure in writing. Whether it was an awesome company or one that you’re totally dying to leave, you’ll need to write a resignation letter.” Business Insider offers some sound advice on just how to get this done.
Are you getting ready to pitch an IBM i Modernization project to the business? If so, you might want to take a quick read of this article. It offers some helpful insight on how you might want to position your material so it is most effective.
Here is an excellent article about DBS Bank and how they made it through modernization, to digital or as it might be better called Business Transformation. “If you focus purely on digital and forget the organizational change you have to make, you won’t get very far.”
Here is a study on why many enterprises are using Containers “the technology to support the remodeling of their legacy applications in microservices.” Much of this is due to hybrid and multi-cloud options.
This article highlights the lead story in this issue in that the business is tech savvy. As a result, they demand more responsiveness from IT. It is also ”becoming commonly accepted even among the most staid and risk-averse organizations that the way to go is no longer to align to a single IT vendor and trust them to deliver on their vision, but rather to design custom-fit, multi-solution toolchains, including home-grown, open source and commercial tools.”
As an IBM i Developer. If you have ventured into the web development side of IT and are responsible for the website at your company. You should become familiar with AMP. “It has been observed by many experts in the industry that AMP is the next level of mobile pages that will take the outlook of the business to another level.“
I work with a high percentage of transportation companies who rely on the IBM i as their core business system. This article touches on what the transportation is up to. Things are changing. “Transportation operators have taken a huge leap in the last decade since data connectivity has become available everywhere. Their digital transformation is awe-inspiring.”
This article, from Forbes, puts technical debt in perspective. It uses the retail industry as an example. Amazon, Jet.com and other online retailers all agree that the reason they are successful is due to technology. “While traditional retailers have struggled with these challenges, some upstart retailers – with an eCommerce-only heritage – have upended everything about retail.” What can we learn from this?
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