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A Roadmap for Building Modern Applications

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No matter what industry you’re in, your application modernization strategy matters. Overlooking or downplaying its importance is a quick way for customers to sour and competitors to gain an edge. It’s why 91% of executives believe their revenues will take a hit without successful digital transformation.

The good news is modern applications offer a clear path forward. Creating a roadmap for your modern application strategy is a critical step toward a more agile and continuous model of software development and delivery – one that’s centered on delivering perpetually expanding value and new experiences to customers. 

This is the first of a series of blogs where we will look at industry viewpoints, different approaches, underlying platforms and real-world stories that are foundational to successful modern application development in order to provide a roadmap for application modernization.

What’s in Your Environment? 

The technology inventory at companies today is as diverse, distributed and complex as ever. It includes a variety of technology stacks, application frameworks, services and languages. During a modernization process, new Open Source technologies are often integrated with legacy solutions. Existing applications need to be maintained and enhanced, modern applications need to be Continue reading

5 Things That Happen When You Get Locked In to an Application Platform

The Consequences of Application Platform Lock-in 

If you’ve worked in IT for a few years, you’ve seen it happen. You select an application framework, operating system, database platform, or other infrastructure because it meets the checklist, the price is right, or sometimes because of internal politics. You quickly discover that it doesn’t play well with other solutions or across platforms — except of course it’s “easy and seamless” when used with offerings from the same vendor.

Locked gate

But try telling your developers that they can’t use their favorite framework, development toolset, or have to use a specific operating system for everything they do. If developers feel like they don’t have flexibility, they quickly adopt their own tools, creating a second wave of shadow IT.

And it doesn’t just affect developers. IT operations and security get bogged down in managing multiple systems and software sprawl. The business suffers because efficiency and innovation lag when teams get caught up in fighting fires.

Below are 5 things that can go wrong when you get locked in to an infrastructure platform:

#1 Other Platforms Become Inaccessible

Will the platform you pick work with any combination of public and private clouds? Will you get cornered into Continue reading