IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - June 2018 - 41
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ASNA Common Sense modernization helps you make sense out of all this gobbled-goop!
Application Modernization: It's not about
the app, it's about the business.
Forget what your applications need. What does your business need?
he subject of "Application modernization" is
a hot topic in the IBM i community. However,
defining and implementing application modernization is challenging, confusing and frustrating.
IBM's own modernization Redbook's swerves from
the interface improvement, database reengineering,
EGL, PHP, security and cloud as application modernization focuses.
At ASNA, we think that all misses the point. Modernization should start with your business, not your
business applications. What are you doing right? What
are you doing wrong? What could be done better? What
doesn't need to be done? What parts of your business,
if streamlined and improved, would dramatically
improve your ROI? Your business doesn't really need
"modern applications," it needs a better ROI through
improved business workflows.
Forget what the app needs. What does the business
need? At ASNA, we call it common sense modernization. For example:
➔ Mobile IBM i applications, if they can be created
quickly and under a reasonable budget, can dramatically refine business processes and supercharge
➔ Adding power and grace to existing RPG applications through a better, more productive UI can add to
your bottom line and also help improve the perceptions of a decades-old application
➔ A diminished RPG programmer talent pool may
be your tipping point to port your mission-critical RPG applications to another platform where a
younger, more plentiful programming team can take
over. (Nearly 22 percent of respondents to the 2018
HelpSystems Marketplace Survey said they were
going to migrate all or some IBM i applications to a
➔ Integrating your IBM i data with other vertical data
silos and presenting this disparate data in a single
dashboard-like application empowers decision making and supports a more nimble workflow.
➔ An adjunct programming/services team may help
propel stalled projects to success-and help deliver
the subsequent business improvements they provide.
➔ ASNA's common sense modernization can help
with business issues like these and many others.
Don't spin your wheels agonizing over application
modernization features. Instead, focus on the benefits
your business needs and start there.
ASNA can help you chart your course to effective,
rational business modernization through improved
use of your IBM i RPG applications.
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