Modernization.You probably see this word all the time. I'm curious, what does it mean to you? Specifically, what does modernization mean for your business-critical application that is built on a MultiValue platform.
Your organization has invested in your business-critical MultiValue-based applications over the course of years and maybe decades.
How do you ensure those applications can adapt and grow alongside your organization for continued return on investment for years to come?
If you're focused on increasing productivity, are you looking at development tools and modern programming languages that are easy to use, efficient, and address the skills gap?
If you're focused on simplifying integration, are you interested in lightweight, zero-install client applications with Open APIs?
Is speed to market at the top of your list, including implementing continuous integration, continuous delivery (CI/CD), cloud (on-premises or hybrid cloud deployment and containerization)?
Great to see the discussion.
No surprise I'm going to agree with the sentiment of "Don't Do IT".
I'd say the enormous cost is experienced when customers attempt to migrate off the platform, not in modernizing an existing application. We've had several customers attempt a migration only to abort the project after months/years, costing the organization millions of dollars.
Many organizations state they're interested in modernizing their applications, but they don't know where to begin; unsure of best practices, do I start with building a front-end web interface with tools like Angular or should my first consideration be exposing MV data and business logic through RESTful APIs so systems can communicate with one another. What are the right tools to use? How do I strategically think about modernization?
David brings up a great point of a staged approach; where you start out small and gradually move to more complex initiatives; with each phase you gain more knowledge and success along the way. Most important is understanding the strategic imperatives of your organization so you can align the project with those imperatives, showing results and success to your executive team. With executive buy in, a green light for the next stage can begin.
One of my favorite modernization stories is Eurotunnel Le Shuttle where they were faced with a difficult decision; replace their proven, business-critical system– which would cost several million euros and take years to complete or prove to their executive team they could modernize their MV based reservation system.
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