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Application Modernization and the Shift to Cloud

The Situation Today

In our dealings with numerous enterprises across the telecom sector, we see that

  • CIOs struggle with tight IT budgets, an unavailability of skilled resources, and are required to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their current and new applications
  • Legacy applications are hampering the organizations’ ability to satisfy internal and external customer needs, and are unable to provide new differentiating capabilities
  • Globally dispersed organizations have multiple instances of software products for similar functions resulting in an integration standoff, and non-standard processes
  • Application portfolios are plagued by performance issues as the current metrics for communication service providers do not address  application health and performance
  • Organizations are unaware of their application portfolios and are investing in IT without considering the long term strategies and business value that can be derived from these applications

How HCL Can Help

HCL’s application modernization proposition has been designed to help enterprises transform their customer engagement experience and the potency of their operations, by modernizing legacy applications and shifting them to the cloud, thereby creating a seamless data fabric and transforming their business process landscape using digital technologies.

HCL’s Application Modernization Delivery Network (AMDN) is a company-wide initiative aimed at driving industrialized delivery and adopting cloud services. Especially in the SME/SMB market segment, ‘ease of migration’ is fundamental to CTL shifting their B/OSS and enterprise application assets into the cloud for enterprise customer cloud adoption.  It is certainly not a stretch to say that every enterprise will be in need of application modernization at the portfolio level or even at the use case level (Mainframe MVS/ZOS to Linux, Unix to Linux, Cobol to Java, Legacy Cobol to MF Cobol, Oracle Forms to Java, VB to .Net, IMS to Db2 etc.).

HCL’s AMDN approach aims at making customer experience as seamless as is practically possible [with minimal human intervention], amidst the technical constraints that currently exist in the cloud segment today. Although CIOs are saddled with a huge number of legacy applications, they are now enabling dual transformation strategies – application modernisation and a shift to the cloud.

What You Can Expect

HCL has already created templates for industrializing various migration treatments and has achieved considerable levels of automation for many recurring use cases. The HCL Cloud Service Delivery Platform is a key enabler to maximize automation opportunities in the migration process.

Migration process

HCL’s Services

  • Initiating the portfolio discovery exercise - mapping between key business functions, applications, internal and external interfaces, and infrastructure.
  • Analyzing how the portfolio can be simplified, and what applications should be retired, replaced, refactored, revised, re-hosted, converted, or rebuilt.
  • Cloud Readiness Assessment can help in defining your cloud strategy, and the options for the applications/infrastructure
  • Creating platforms on Cloud Infrastructure - Cloud based platforms enable rapid application development using API and SAAS applications like SFDC. This allows organizations to easily innovate with low capital expenses.
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