IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - September 2017 - 13
Executives understand that a
nine- to 12-month cycle to release
new applications is unacceptable
and the existing IT infrastructure can't support its business in
today's competitive environment.
Additionally, the organization
lacked the cloud skills needed
to re-architect applications and
As part of the IT transformation,
executives also want to instill a
culture of grassroots innovation
and more rapidly bring new value
and services to its constituents,
which include physicians, staff,
patients and their communities.
Because IT isn't the organization's
core competency, it's working to
offload that overhead to IBM.
The healthcare organization
needed more than just a public
cloud provider; it needed a much
broader spectrum of capabilities
and support, not just platform as
a service with Bluemix, but also
the fully managed capabilities
of the IBM Global Technology
Services, local migration capabilities, and help transforming legacy
applications into cloud microservices architecture.
Working with IBM, the organization is implementing a
soft launch pilot with a first
production workload that some
6 million patients will eventually use. In just 12 weeks, they
overhauled the application's
architecture into microservices in
a Garage-thinking, agile approach
that complied with HIPAA and
With one cloud native
re-architecture under their belts,
the team now plans to tackle three
other applications. Seeing they
can be much more innovative, the
healthcare executives are considering Internet of Things (IoT)
applications, blockchain innovations and implementing other
cutting edge technologies that are
being sponsored by the CTO.
Easing the Transition
As these enterprises learned, moving to
the cloud wasn't easy. But success and business innovation can occur when a clearly
identified stakeholder works with a
trusted partner to create and execute a
"I tell clients there's no magic
wand and pixy dust," Schuneman
says. "Just because the cloud sounds
cool, doesn't mean it's easier.
In many ways, it's harder. A lot
of hard work goes into making
it work and being successful."
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