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Are you leading the disruption – or waiting to be disrupted?

The concept of digital business is on the mind of many business leaders today. It’s beyond a CEO topic and is now a Board of Directors topic. Chaos and confusion is rampant, however, regarding digital business. As long as this continues, business leaders will be out of step with their CEOs and Boards. Digital business is more than technology-enabled business Let’s start with what digital business is not – it...

Actionable blueprints: An application modernization best practice

I talk to clients all the time about their application modernization initiatives. And while they may have different reasons for modernizing their applications (e.g. legacy applications are too expensive and hard to change, some are constantly in fire-fight mode, others cannot support modern business needs for mobile, ease-of-use, 360 engagement), clients generally have a common set of questions about their...

Legacy Modernization: First, Do No Harm

I began my career in the tech biz in the halcyon days of ERP. Back in the early aughts, when demand was high and there was still a great deal of efficiency to be wrung out of business process, a few widely held beliefs permeated the industry’s collective consciousness. First, that commercial-off-the-shelf solutions were superior to homegrown, custom and bespoke software.  And second, that business process...

Why application modernization does not equal code translation

For a while, it seemed as if the IT world had found the perfect solution to application modernization: code translation. You would take an application written in an older language, send it through a tool to translate it, and then—presto!—you had the same application in a modern language. The problem is, it never really worked. It was still the same application. What we’ve learned as an industry is that...

Application Modernization: There’s a better way

As the CEO of a global IT consulting company, I’ve spoken with business leaders from a wide range of industries. While clients’ needs and concerns differ, one common thread emerges – the urgent need for application modernization. Organizations are constrained by outdated legacy applications that prevent them from realizing the benefits of cloud, mobile and social platforms. These applications are costly and...
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