Key pillars of IT Modernization
It is apt to say that the business applications in the legacy environment were fit for use at the time of adoption but with the difference in business requirements in the digital world; their value has dropped significantly over time. We have witnessed many organizations shifting the same kind of business applications to cloud or new on-premise systems, which is similar to moving a same old vehicle into a new fancy garage where the internal components have not gone through any changes. Hence, the business value realized in this case will be very limited. To get a higher ROI, there is a need to modernize them with a cloud-first approach, where the applications can be easily assembled, are easy to update and maintain, and can be ready to be delivered in an as-a-service mode.
In conjunction with application modernization, the infrastructure modernization journey starts with analyzing its fitment for the current adoption scenario but it loses its value with increase in demand. For organizations that adopt cloud, infrastructure is quickly modernized and its business value grows as cloud infrastructure leads to drastic reduction in deployment times from weeks to hours. Cloud adoption interconnects the complete ecosystem with the business stakeholders or partners, which leads to the emergence of a seamless hybrid infrastructure supported by processes and teams that use DevOps methodology and further positioned as software as a service. As the infrastructure is further modernized, IT teams use infrastructure as a code, automated provisioning & self-healing techniques to strengthen their business value.
Per IDC, about 80% of IT organizations are set to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy by 2020 and 60% of enterprises are set to adopt DevOps methodology by 2020 per Forbes. In order to achieve optimal speed, scalability and reliability, there is a need for organizations to modernize legacy infrastructure into a more flexible, hybrid and automated environment.
In the digital world, there is an increasing demand of employees empowered with collaboration tools to work smarter. In the legacy or a conventional environment, an outdated platform or operating system limits the usage of modern applications and resists the modern working styles. At this stage, if an organization has introduced various methods of collaboration, the effect of it will be very limited with a very low business agility. Hence, modernizing legacy workplace is a stepping-stone toward a smart digital workplace.
As we modernize the workplace and business with complete integration of applications, a fully enabled workforce aligned with new-age digital devices, our workforce tends to gain seamless experience across platforms, applications and the self-service portals in place for most user requirements. This makes the workplace environment more dynamic and enterprises see more agility and reliability that in turn leads to increase in realization of business value.
Analysis of various QA approaches across different types of modernization
In the world of digital transformation, traditional enterprises struggle to live up to end- user expectations. In order to adopt rapid digital transformation, these enterprises are looking for robust end-to-end quality assurance (QA) techniques supported by automation. The below table indicates which QA techniques are best suited to all three types of modernization techniques. ‘Yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ represent the degree of applicability and effectiveness for a particular type of modernization, keeping in mind the overall business operations.