Application modernization approaches: Reducing cost, enabling agility and developing understanding
Phil serves Application Development & Delivery Professionals seeking strategies that will help them streamline and manage their application portfolios. Phil's coverage includes application modernization (monitoring, renewing, replacing, or retiring existing applications/platforms); portfolio management (APM) (driving business-aligned modernization via metrics/assessments); rationalization (streamlining the portfolio to reduce lights-on IT costs and increase agility); and strategic planning (aligning business and IT vision and aligning the application/infrastructure to fulfill the joint business/IT vision).
Phil focuses his research on application professionals, but his research also draws the interest of enterprise architects, CIOs, and other IT professionals.
Cameron Jenkins serves as an executive director in the Application Modernization division of Dell Services. In this role he is responsible for sales operations and helping set the company's strategic direction for application migration and modernization services. Additionally, Cameron establishes and manages alliances with platform, technology and service partners.
Prior to joining Dell, Cameron was COO and executive vice president of Clerity Solutions. Clerity was a leading global provider of application modernization and legacy system re-hosting solutions and software. Under his guidance, Clerity’s customer base grew to include clients in all major countries, including some of the largest financial services ISVs and Fortune-class end uses.
Cameron has been working in the open/distributed and legacy IT systems community for more than 22 years. He began his career in sales management at NCR/AT&T. He then held the position of Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at Acucorp and then as Senior Director of Marketing at Informix Software.
How do organizations develop the knowledge required to choose a modernization approach? In Part 2 of this webcast series Phil Murphy (Forrester VP / Research Director) and Brandon Edenfield (Executive Director, Dell Application Modernization Services) discussed the benefits that could be realized by acting on a strategic disposition strategy (discussed in Part 1 of the series) and what the risks of executing a modernization roadmap are.
In Part 3 Phil will identify specific modernization approaches and industry trends, the benefits and drawbacks of each and how they align to both project objectives and strategic plans. He’ll highlight how organizations need not only the strategic alignment and metrics discussed in Part 1 and Part 2, but also the right technical solution and sponsorship to succeed.
Cameron Jenkins, (Director, Dell Application Modernization Services), will then illustrate how Dell Services provides unique capabilities in key approaches that help organizations realize their modernization goals:
- Application Re-architecture – a solution backed by proven IP that allows Dell to redevelop applications to Java/.NET with lower risk and higher quality results than some competitive approaches
- Application Re-hosting – the ability for Dell Services to migrate the clients mainframe applications to a significantly lower cost either as an end state or as an incremental step to fund future modernization efforts
- Unix to Linux migration – an offering that can help organizations reduce their exposure to proprietary systems either as a stand-alone effort or as part of the larger disposition strategy