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Posted by Phil Murphy on August 31, 2011
In Champions Of Change: The App Dev & Delivery Role In 2020, we began to think about the business climate in the year 2020 and how it affects the application development and delivery role. Building on that theme, turn your attention for a moment to your existing application portfolio.
UGH! Yes, that dark, dank, ugly bucket into which you've been dumping applications, enhancements, and upgrades for decades - that place where even though it is overflowing, only a few intrepid souls have the courage to look. What do you see? Duplication? Yes. Waste? Yes. Needless heterogeneity? Yes. A tangled mess of point-to-point, siloed, marginally integrated apps and data seething and roiling with cost, complexity, and other innovation-crushing-demons?
If you are both truthful and like most of your peers, there is only one answer: Yes, to all of the above! OK, so let's stipulate that's at least partially true for all of us and that there is a chasm between that "place where demons be" and where your business leaders would like to be today. How will you begin to sort it out, state its health and future usefulness, then reshape it toward the future that awaits us in 2020? Do you even try? Here are a few schools of thought meant to spur debate:
Scenario 1 - You don't even try, because you know you'll rewrite all those apps before 2020
Scenario 2 - You have blind faith that between now and then, someone will develop a magic tool to decouple valuable business functions from monolithic apps
Scenario 3 - You get started and pray for a hybrid ... you begin to assess and streamline your portfolio manually, hoping that tooling improves
Scenario 4 - I'm throwing down the gauntlet. What's your scenario?
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